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No One Ever Told Us That

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ISBN: 9781455511556
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Published: Business Plus - April 3rd, 2012

John Spooner writes from the heart in friendly and upbeat letters to his grandchildren, giving financial lessons and kindly advice about life. It is easy to read and hard to put down once you start. Some essential tidbits from Spooner's book include 'always have a dream', 'never spend the money until it is in your pocket', 'all life is relationships'. This is a treasure for your own grandchildren and a perfect gift for graduates. Spooner is a natural storyteller and his wisdom and love for life resound in these insightful, affectionate letters.

Megan


Midnight in Peking

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Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143121008
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Penguin Books - April 24th, 2012

Midnight in Peking is a story of empire, fascism, colonialism, lust, and murder. Set against the background of impending Japanese occupation and lingering mistrust among the Chinese and foreigners in the city, the body of a prominent young girl is found. Despite (or because) of multiple players in the investigation, the mystery of her death was never officially solved. Paul French, journalist, analyst and Shanghai resident brings life to this dusty story. Midnight in Peking provided me with one of my favorite benefits to reading – a whole world of other books to explore!
Jane J.


The Bluebird Effect

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ISBN: 9780547003092
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 20th, 2012

A delightful book of skillful backyard birding, organized by season and species and illustrated with the author's beautiful sketches and paintings.  From talking starlings and rescued bluebirds to starving turkey vultures, each chapter provides entertainment, educates and draws back the curtain on the private lives of the birds we see so often but never really know.  

Susannah


Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms

Even if you've never rolled a polyhedral die in your life, you're bound to enjoy Ethan Gilsdorf's journey from teenage dungeon master to geek scholar extraordinaire.  Written in the form of a quest, this book chronicles the author's travels through various fantasy subcultures, while attempting to answer some big questions: What makes fantasy appealing?  Is it escapism, and is that healthy?  Why would a self-respecting liberal feminist pine for the Middle Ages?  Whether donning a monk tunic for a live action role playing game or trying to pick up chicks at DragonCon, Gilsdorf turns out witty, insightful journalism that's a pleasure to read.  
Kim


Thinking the 20th Century

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$36.00
ISBN: 9781594203237
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Published: Penguin Press HC, The - February 2nd, 2012

Judt, the late great author of Postwar, Past Imperfect etc. had been thinking long and deeply about history, Europe, America, and the state and weal of the world when he became ill and could not physically write. He produced this remarkable dialogue/rumination with historian Timothy Snyder via a unique long-form interview format.  Thought-provoking and full of intellectual pleasures.

Gary


The Information

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ISBN: 9781400096237
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Published: Vintage - March 6th, 2012

Talking drums, the difference engine, code breaking and computer software. As with Chaos, Gleick’s The Information is not just a story of science, but a story of how we think about ourselves and our world. Filled with fascinating people and eye-opening perspectives, Gleick guides us through the discovery, growth, and development of one of the most important ideas in the modern world.
Josh


The Cat’s Table

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ISBN: 9780307700117
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 4th, 2011

Imagine letting your eleven year old son board a ship in Colombo bound for England.  This is the stage Ondaatje set’s for three young adolescent boys traveling alone in the 1950’s. I still feel the sheer sense of joy the boys experience finding each other at the Cat’s Table and begin their adolescent romp exploring the ship.  In exquisite prose Ondaatje weaves this well told story of their adventures on board ship and after.
Jane D.


The Mezzanine,

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ISBN: 9780802144904
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Published: Grove Press - July 13th, 2010

In this acclaimed novel, a businessman’s daily escalator ride prompts an impressive meditation on modernity and the life of the mind.  Baker’s elegant opusculum describes the texture of the late twentieth century with wonder, linking everyday experiences in intimate and unexpected ways.  The narrator, a neurotic young professional with a passion for earplugs (and a woman known only as ‘L’)  is as witty as he is endearing.  Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, The Mezzanine examines routine with rare tenderness.  You will never look at life, love, or Jiffy Pop the same way.
Kim


The Patrick Melrose Novels

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The Patrick Melrose Novels: Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother's Milk Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312429966
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Published: Picador USA - January 31st, 2012

Brideshead meets Sade, with a touch of Lord Henry Wotton, a bit of a Brit snob Trainspotting and even, within a carapace of disdain, heart.  This quartet of short novels starts quietly, like a razor through silk, with 5-year-old Patrick an almost peripheral figure throwing into highlight his helplessly appalling aristo family.  Things go deliciously, decadently downhill from there.  Superb prose in service of an elegant black comedy bildungsroman.
Gary


All Our Worldly Goods

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ISBN: 9780307743299
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Published: Vintage - September 6th, 2011

Published in 1947 five years after the author’s death, All Our Worldly Goods, tells the story of life in a provincial French town in the years 1910 to 1940.  A gripping story of romance, intrigue, and war, this novel captures the insularity of a small world filled with an intriguing cast of characters. Beautifully written, All Our Worldly Goods, embodies Nemirovky’s acute observations in her brilliant nuanced way.

Nathan


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