December 2013

Longbourn

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$25.95
ISBN: 9780385351232
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Published: Knopf - October 8th, 2013

Think Pride and Prejudice. Now cross it with Downton Abbey, and you'll have an idea of what you're getting into when you step inside the world of the servants who run the Bennet household. Baker's evocative prose introduces Sarah, a housemaid used to minding her own affairs -- that is, until a mysterious new footman arrives at Longbourn. Sarah's story is expertly interwoven with the affairs of Pride and Prejudice, but readers unfamiliar with Austen's original will still find a lush, captivating tale that stands on its own."Rebecca


Provence, 1970

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780307718341
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - October 22nd, 2013

Take Julia Child add Paul Child, M. F. K. Fisher, and Richard Olnay, mix in Simone Beck and James Beard and you have a recipe for a fascinating book on how these authors/cooks/chefs came together in Provence, 1970 and changed the American gastronomical world.  A perfect gift for the Foodie in the family. Nathan


George Hurrell's Hollywood

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By Mark A. Vieira, Sharon Stone (Foreword by)
$60.00
ISBN: 9780762450398
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Running Press Adult - November 12th, 2013

An almost unbearably gorgeous book full of almost impossibly glamorous people. One of the ancillary art forms spawned by Hollywood in the studio era was the studio star portrait, and probably the master of them all was George Hurrell. Lighting, makeup and wardrobe helped, but look at what there was to work with (see freckled Joan Crawford's before-and-after portraits)!

Gary


Ottolenghi

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781607744184
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 3rd, 2013

From the authors of Plenty and Jerusalem just in time for the cook on your gift list. What i love about Ottolenghi's recipes is that they always turn out as hoped and usually look just as good as the photos.  Page 126 is really good and p122 was excellent.  The soups are delicious and p46 would be great for a holiday accompaniment. And there is a baking chapter too - p224 I'm coming for you!   Enjoy.

Susannah V.


White Girls

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$24.00
ISBN: 9781936365814
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Published: McSweeney's - November 12th, 2013

Intrigued by the description, I borrowed this from the library. Als’ essays tear right through you. Intelligent, honest, and unflinching explorations of love, race, music, culture, and literature. I thought immediately of James Baldwin, Joan Didion, and Hunter S. Thompson. (Imagine that dinner party.) It’s the first essay collection I’ve ever been compelled to charge through cover to cover. I returned the library copy  and bought my own.  

Josh


Looking for Palestine

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ISBN: 9781594487088
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 2013

Najla Said grew up as a Jew on Manhattan's Upper West Side - except she wasn't. Her father, Edward Said, was the preeminent Palestinian intellectual of his time and her living room was filled with people like Noam Chomsky and William Buckley. She's a performance artist, which clearly comes through in this memoir about a childhood of confused identity that finally, with her own adulthood and her father's death, leads to her forging her own views of the ideological conflict with which he was so deeply involved. (It also makes you want to go back and read, or re-read, Edward Said's Orientalism.)

David


Starglass

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ISBN: 9781442459533
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - July 23rd, 2013

The Council keeps a tight rein on the passengers of the Asherah, which is nearing the end of its 500-year journey to colonize a new planet, but there's a rebellion brewing on the ship, and Terra Fineberg ends up in the midst of it. Gripping sci-fi with a Jewish twist.

Sarah


An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316253017
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 29th, 2013

Only one man has performed David Bowie's "Space Oddity" in space -- and then he returned to earth and wrote a book. If you enjoyed Commander Hadfield's videos and pictures during his stay on the International Space Station, you'll love his take space travel, farm life, and being prepared for anything.

Sarah


The Son

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062120397
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Published: Ecco - May 28th, 2013

Without question one of my favorite 2013 releases and destined to be a classic, The Son is an incredible, old-fashioned epic about the American West. It’s as violent and tough as it is gripping and unforgettable. Meyer gets right into his characters’ heads and fills the book with impressive historical and geographic detail; you’ll think you’re reading Cormac McCarthy crossed with Margaret Atwood. You’ll wonder at how he pulled it off.

Marie


A Very Klingon Khristmas

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By Paul Ruditis, Patrick Faricy (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781476746807
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Published: Gallery Books - October 29th, 2013

Finally, a Christmas picture book to share with the whole qorDu’; A VERY KLINGON KHRISTMAS is that perfect book for the holidays. It tells the story of how the holiday of QISmaS, celebrating our hero Kahless, came to be with beautiful illustrations and heartfelt prose. A book to enjoy for generations! QISmaS botIvjaj 'ej DIS chu’ DatIvjaj!!!

Marie


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