December 2011

A Christmas Tree for Pyn

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By Olivier Dunrea, Olivier Dunrea (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780399245060
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Published: Philomel Books - October 13th, 2011

Fans of Gossie can graduate to this beautifully illustrated Christmas tale.Pyn successfully convinces her grumpy Dad that they need to get a Christmas tree and celebrate the holiday. He surprises her with a very special gift (which may require having a tissue nearby).


Carol


The Elements of F*cking Style

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ISBN: 9780312583774
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Because of how it is sold to us we cannot accept a return of this title.
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 5th, 2011

C'mon. You know you want to give this to the grammar nazi in your life. Or even better, the grammar resistor you know--what better way to get to know English grammar than through dirty, foulmouthed examples?

Jill


1493

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ISBN: 9780307265722
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Published: Knopf - August 9th, 2011

Charles Mann has done it again. Like his previous book, 1491, Mann synthesizes current historical scholarship and gives us a radically new and fascinating interpretation of the enormous, world-wide changes brought about with the European discovery of the New World, known as the Columbian Exchange.

Dale


The Annotated Peter Pan

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By J. M. Barrie, Maria Tatar (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780393066005
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 11th, 2011

If you read this story as a child, and even if you didn’t, this work is a revelation. Many books written for children are, as Tatar says, “encoded with adult matters,” but the matters buried in this classic are often startling in their scope. Captain Hook emerges as quite a tortured graduate of Eton, where he read poetry, and Mr. Darling is a mere child. The tale overall is darkly Victorian. Tatar provides useful insights into the life of J,M. Barrie, Peter’s creator, and the five “lost” boys he adopted. The cinematic survey and the section “J.M Barrie and Peter Pan in the World” are equally riveting.

Joan


Blood,Bones & Butter

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ISBN: 9781400068722
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Published: Random House - March 1st, 2011

A universally acclaimed debut memoir from a celebrity chef with a MFA in creative writing.  Hamilton traces her trajectory from hippyish Pennsylvania in the 70's, through the rock n roll urban cowboy 80's in New York, with time spent in Europe in basic country kitchens and in the events catering trade before she opened her restaurant, Prune, in New York.   While some of the writing is food porn at its best, you don't have to be a food enthusiast to enjoy her descriptions of the shattered family that she comes from and the new one she creates.   Thoroughly enjoyable and equally well written.

Susannah


Stuck

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By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780399257377
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Published: Philomel Books - November 10th, 2011

Floyd's kite gets stuck in a tree and he gets very creative trying to get it down again.  Oliver Jeffers has great fun making Floyd the modern day Jack and the tree the "house that Jack built".  Funny and rollicking writing along with Jeffers' sensational illustrations.   A book destined to be read over and over....... and over and over....

Susannah


Spinster Goose

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By Lisa Wheeler, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781416925415
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 8th, 2011

You've heard of Mother Goose of course.  Spinster Goose is her more demanding sister who specializes in ill-mannered children and improving their dreadful behaviors.  Did you know that Georgie Porgie was a bully? That Jack and Jilly played hooky? And that Little Miss Muffet was a chalk-eater?  These disrespectfully twisted verses are sure to delight and surprise.

Susannah


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