December 2014

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Dept. of Speculation

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ISBN: 9780345806871
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Published: Vintage - October 7th, 2014

A wonderfully disjointed narrative detailing the inexhaustible speculations (neuroses) of an apprehensive new mother in Brooklyn. At times reminiscent of Lydia Davis' bizarrely specific-vague short stories, with humor and form more akin to Mary Robison's One DOA, One on the Way, Renata Adler's Speedboat or Annie Dillard's The Writing Life.


The Kitchn Cookbook

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ISBN: 9780770434434
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 7th, 2014

Isn’t winter the perfect time for curling up with good cookbooks? KITCHN makes it even better by including cooks’ kitchens, hints on setting up and organizing your own kitchen, and wonderful new and classic recipes. Great photographs, great recipes, great fun!


The Collected Essex County

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ISBN: 9781603090384
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - September 14th, 2009

Jeff Lemire is one of the finest craftsmen of literary graphic novels working today, and the Essex County trilogy is his masterpiece. A bit of Southern Gothic  for rural Canada, Essex County is a triptych on guilt and grief, and the ways  places lay claim to the people who inhabit them. Smart, complex, and full of heart,  this is a must-read for serious graphic novel fans, or any fan of well-told stories.


The Hotel on Place Vendome

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ISBN: 9780061791086
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Published: Harper - March 11th, 2014

Author Tilar Mazzeo brings to life the magic of the Hotel Ritz, the glorious luxury hotel in the heart of Paris, during the Occupation. Despite the raging war, the hotel carries on becoming the headquarters for Hermann Goring and home to the rich and famous, including Coco Chanel. Rich in atmosphere and intrigue, The Hotel on Place Vendome is a fascinating portrait of Paris, World War II and a hotel that somehow survived it all and continues to thriveto this day. 


How to Breathe Underwater

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ISBN: 9781400034369
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Published: Vintage - April 12th, 2005

The stories in this collection are a handful of literary gems that provide emotionally resonant insight into the obstacles and victories of today’s teenage girls. The challenges the protagonists face range from a mother in the late stages of cancer, to a brother intent on passing his own pain on to his sister, and to a cousin who possesses extraordinary beauty.  While the stories are, at times, intense, they are also deeply honest and hopeful.

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Spare Parts

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Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374534981
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Published: FSG Originals - December 2nd, 2014

It's a feel-good story- inner-city high school students learn to build robots and in a national competition on a shoestring budget, defeating teams from Caltech and MIT -- with a twist: most of the students are undocumented immigrants from Mexico, living in a time of increasing deportations, and their undocumented status means that college, jobs, and the other elements of a happy ending are just out of each.



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ISBN: 9781576876671
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Published: powerHouse Books - August 5th, 2014

For the book lover, the art lover, the graphic designer, the coffee table book collector, Cover collects artist Peter Mendelsund’s many breathtaking and arresting cover designs. As an added bonus, Cover features an interview with Mendelsund that first appeared on none other than the Porter Square Books Blog.


As You Wish

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By Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781476764023
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Published: Atria Books - October 14th, 2014

Cary Elwes delivers a memoir so delightful it can only be compared to true wuv (or a nice MLT). Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles, up to and including the ROUSes... This book is an INCONCEIVABLY PERFECT holiday pick for fans of The Princess Bride. Run, don't walk.



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