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Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062267412
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Published: Ecco - April 14th, 2015

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Tibetan Peach Pie

Comments:
We All have Imaginative Lives- eh? but some are more imaginative.

What a pleasure to sit down with Tom Robbins as he leads us into the far corners of his long, creative Life!

I laughed, I shared his stories with my family. I couldn't believe the stories would end.


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In Paradise Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594633171
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 8th, 2014

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: In Paradise


Comments:

This is one serious book, but well worth the journey.

Olin Clements goes on a meditation retreat to- Auschwitz. Right away, we are jarred by the visceral conflict of those descriptive words- out of the "OM"- into the challenge. We think we've found a reasonably comfortable spot to begin to get a grip on the enormity of Evil- then it crumbles away as further witness, another set of eyes, another heart, another life is added to the testimony. "And we do not become or even journey toward wholeness, until we are fully broken."

An exquisitely sensitive story.


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The Blazing World: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476747231
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 11th, 2014

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Blazing World

Comments:
Why do I read?

Why do we look at art?

I am searching for the words, the movements, the melody, the structure of how I fit in this world... perhaps... and artists of all types, be they writers, painters, musicians, dancers, sculptors draw me into their percecption of this world... and I can go on.

This piece of art was a pleasure to read.


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Lulu Walks the Dogs (The Lulu Series) Cover Image
By Judith Viorst, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781442435797
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2012

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Lulu Walks the Dogs


Comments:

Funny!

Just a shade of sassy. A huge splotch of real. And spotted with the inspired creativity of a determined young girl.


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The Spinning Heart: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781586422240
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Published: Steerforth - February 25th, 2014

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Spinning Heart


Comments:

This tragic, sensitive story of a small town in Ireland after the housing crash is "full of the Irish" as my grandmother would say.

Phrases and perspectives echo in my memory when the unbearable, the unimaginable is given voice in that unmistakable lilt.


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How to Cover Image
By Julie Morstad, Julie Morstad (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781897476574
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Published: Simply Read Books - May 30th, 2013

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: How To


Comments:

Reminiscent of Ruth Krauss "A Hole is to dig..."

Gentle, quiet book to open all the senses- all the ways we perceive and define our world

So, how do you "go fast"?


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The ABC of Fabulous Princesses Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735841130
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Published: NorthSouth Books - February 1st, 2014

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: The ABC of Fabulous Princesses


Comments:

Hieronymous Bosch'esque illustrations...

and words... words... words!

lovely words:

judicious

joyful

jambalaya

jamborees

A feast for those who love words tripping luxuriously off the tongue.


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Orfeo: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393349849
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 2nd, 2014

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Orfeo


Comments:

Do you believe: "music could save your moral soul"?

Richard Powers has created an intense musical piece- novel (?).

In his retiring years, Els, a chemist turned avant-garde musician has brought his 2 interests together. But the NAtional Security Defense team claim he is a terrorist plotting chemical sabotage. He thinks he is teaching DNA to sing... ah...

The story never stops singing- a baroque opera.


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Where My Wellies Take Me Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763666293
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Published: Templar - August 27th, 2013

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Where My Wellies Take Me


Comments:

This is a treasure. Not an "at one sitting" book, but a "come back to" book.

Fine poetry, absorbing drawings and paintings, plus a story line that takes readers for a long, deep walk into the world.


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Rock-a-Bye Room Cover Image
By Susan Meyers, Amy June Bates (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781419705373
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2013

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Rock-a-bye Room


Comments:

A lovely, rhythmic, quieting book, just the book to read last as the day draws to a close.


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The Infatuations (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307950734
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Published: Vintage - April 22nd, 2014

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Infatuations


Comments:

A murder mystery- ah, but was it a murder? Maybe it was an accident of time and place. Aren't facts immutable? Whose facts carry truth? Is it possible for truth to be so- so mutable? Javier Marias has created a dilemna so absorbing you want to stay in his world.


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Pizza in Pienza Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781567924596
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - August 26th, 2013

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Pizza in Pienza


Comments:

Do you have a PASSION?

This young girl does- for pizza.

In English + Italian you can follow her quest to discover ALL there is to know about PIZZA!

And, Green + White + Red -

celebrate the glorious taste of pizza + a bit of history.


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Dream Boats Cover Image
By Dan Bar-El, Kirsti Anne Wakelin (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781897476871
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Published: Simply Read Books - September 1st, 2013

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Dream Boats


Comments:

Sleepy rhythm with just that tantalizing bit of excitement to pull you through the lavish illustrations of children all over the world- taking to their dream boats. A pleasure voyage.


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Monsieur Albert Rides to Glory Cover Image
By Peter Smith, Bob Graham (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781742376806
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Published: Allen & Unwin Australia - June 1st, 2013

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Monsieur Albert Rides to Glory


Comments:

Do you like bikes?

Do you like racing-

as fast as you can?

Well so does Monsieur Albert, an older Parisian who decides to enter the Grand Cycle Race.

Is it possible for him to finish- win?!!

Read this lovely illustrated book to find out.


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Snow Hunters: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476714813
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 6th, 2013

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Snow Hunters


Comments:

How do we reweave- or in this case- sew together the shreds of our lives into an arrangement that not only fits us but allows us to walk among our neighbors?

After the devastating horrors of war, Yohau has been a snow hunter in Korea and a POW at a casualty hospital before he is sent off to freedom- a small coastal village in Brazil. He begins to sew. And the matted knot of anguish is harried, fretted, niggled, until it loosens enough to be resewn.


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Last Friends Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609450939
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Published: Europa Editions - April 2nd, 2013

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Last Friends


Comments:

STOP!
You must NOT read this book before you read
  • 1st - Old Filth, then
  • The man in the Wooden Hat
Then, you are ready for this so English novel that looks back on the hay days of Book 1 and Book 2 with oh, so different eyes.

The humor - so subtle and so fine.


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TransAtlantic: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812981926
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 20th, 2014

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Transatlantic


Comments:

Ah, a pleasure to read! An Irish lilt.

With a few deft strokes McCann creates a personable journey across the centuries, across the Atlantic and into the heart of what it means to live in harmony with the world. His blend of historic and fictional characters force us to step out of the heroism of history and into life as it is liked, pushing it into the future.


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Puffin Peter Cover Image
By Petr Horacek, Petr Horacek (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763665722
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Published: Candlewick - March 26th, 2013

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Puffin Peter


Comments:

I love the colors in this book - from the brilliant yellow cover to the dashing splatters of the rocky island, to the roiling of the Sea, to the calm blue of the great friendly whale. Splash, dabble, swirl, ooze - Ah!


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Flora and the Flamingo (Flora and Her Feathered Friends Books, Baby Books for Girls, Baby Girl Book, Picture Book for Toddlers) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781452110066
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Published: Chronicle Books - February 5th, 2013

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Flora and the Flamingo


Comments:

Ah, Flora begins by mirroring Flamingo - but soon - they can't resist - They start to dance. If you like to dance you will LOVE this expressive flamingo - Enjoy!


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On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein Cover Image
By Jennifer Berne, Vladimir Radunsky (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780811872355
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 23rd, 2013

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: On a Beam of Light


Comments:

Vladimir Radunsky is one of my favorite illustrators. He takes Jennifer Berne's simple story of the essential Albert Einstein and turns int into a visual adventure. It is so hard to keep from asking question after question after question, just like Albert Einstein and you...


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What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316206662
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 2nd, 2013

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World


Comments:

Ready for a very unusual adventure? It all starts with a sofa with a slashed cushion and a mysterious dark red stain (beware, it can tesser!), a double-six domino (that talks!), and a zucchini crayon (everyone wants it).

River, Freak, and Fiona find the sofa at their bus stop - and they can't resist checking what is under those cushions. And what happens next?


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The House of Special Purpose: A Novel by the Author of The Heart's Invisible Furies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590515983
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Published: Other Press - April 2nd, 2013

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: House of Special Purpose


Comments:

The archaeological, medical and historical data are all inconclusive - but - this mesmerizing love story keeps you on the edge of your seat. Who are Zoya and Georgy?


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The Accursed: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062234353
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Published: Ecco - November 26th, 2013

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Accursed


Comments:

Ah, her tongue is in her cheek and it bites with such delicious pangs.

Princeton University at the turn of the 20th century. Stolid historical figures, Woodrow Wilson and Grover Clevland do not allow us to place this story in the fantasy world - quite - there are demons and diabolical works. Are they fits from strained minds or concrete realities?

An enjoyable, chilling read.


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Like Bug Juice on a Burger (Eleanor) Cover Image
By Julie Sternberg, Matthew Cordell (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781419701900
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Published: Amulet Books - April 2nd, 2013

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Like Bug Juice on a Burger


Comments:

Off to camp? A great book to read before you go. Just enough scariness - a few good friends and some really great words.


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Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780670024971
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Published: Viking - November 8th, 2012

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Fairy Tales form the Brothers Grimm


Comments:

With the same depth of insight he brought to his Dark Materials trilogy, Philip Pullman translates and retells the Grimm Brothers' fairy tales (including short translation and editing notes at the end of each tale).

If you think these takes are only meant to be shared with children, there is plenty here for the adult reader, but if you have a chance, as an adult, to read these tales once again - ah, the pleasures of a simple story well-told.


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Harvest Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385520775
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Published: Nan A. Talese - February 12th, 2013

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Harvest


Comments:

Feudal England countryside bracing for a major change. The lords are bringing in sheep to this farming community.

Change - who are we in the company of change, both large and small? At what point do we decide to cut our losses and move on? What do we leave behind?

A tightly told tale, rich in lore, with a wide field of contemplation to wander.


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Flowers in the Sky Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060297947
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Published: HarperTeen - March 5th, 2013

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Flowers in the Sky


Comments:

Nina is leaving behind her precious gardens, her Mama, her home, to go to NYC. Ah, everyone wants to go to NYC!

But New York City is not like the Dominican Republic. Nina has a tiny bare room with a fire escape hanging from her window.

Is it possible for anything - people - flowers - to live - or even grow?

A bit of beautiful writing.


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Road Trip Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385741910
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - January 8th, 2013

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Road Trip


Comments:

You get two points of view here: one two-legged 14-year-old and one four-legged (probably) 14-year-old of a "wild goose" - oops - a wild dog chase in a rattle bang truck.

Two-legs is suspicious - whyever is dad doing such a CRAZY thing?

Four-legs - Do I HAVE to share my home with a stranger?

It's not just scenery flashing by on this road trip.


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It's Fine By Me: A Novel Cover Image
By Per Petterson, Don Bartlett (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781555976262
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 2nd, 2012

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: It's Fine by Me


Comments:

ATTITUDE - I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Audun, following him as he maneuvered through the morass of his youth.

ATTITUDE - The mix of bravado and humility, innocence and cynical irony, hope and despair, ring with the truth of fine storytelling.

ATTITUDE - It makes all the difference.


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Memories Look at Me: A Memoir Cover Image
By Tomas Transtromer, Robin Fulton (Translated by)
$11.95
ISBN: 9780811220187
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Published: New Directions - December 17th, 2011

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Memories Look At Me


Comments:

An exquisite perceptive memoir - a step into Tomas Transtromer's poetry.


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Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel (Wolf Hall Trilogy #2) Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780805090031
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 8th, 2012

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Bring Up the Bodies


Comments:

Welcome to Part II of Hilary Mantel's fictional history of Thomas Cromwell. We saw his rise to power in Wolf Hall, now, let us tread slowly and carefully as he makes his way up to the very crest of power.

Oh, how his thoughts change! There is still the glimmer of a tender heart - but - Hark! Read on! Such a pleasure.


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In One Person Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451664126
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 8th, 2012

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: In One Person


Comments:

A captivating story spun with grace and humor. Billy recounts his 50+ years growing up in a social environment rife with sexual variation cloaked in the stage scenery of small town Vermont academia. Billy stumbles along, seeing and not seeing the truths in life, as it is experienced one day at a time.


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Debt: The First 5,000 Years Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612191294
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Published: Melville House Publishing - November 27th, 2012

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Debt: The First 5,000 Years


Comments:

Are you as baffled as I have been at the crazy financial chaos this country and, actually, most of the world has been struggling through these past few years?

What are the problems? What can we possibly do to solve them?

David Graeber gives us perspective. Debt crises have swept the globe - yes, even in 2,000 BC. An insightful read for all of us.


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The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812992793
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Published: Random House - January 10th, 2012

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: The Orphan Master's Son


Comments:

Pak Jun Do is not an orphan. He's a North Korean, swept into one challenging situation after another. "Who am I?" is not a question that is tolerated in North Korea. Nor is: "Why?"

This is the story of how one young man rescues his humanity in a caustic environment, with grace, integrity, and a deep sense of humor.

The writing is exquisite. The story could break your heart. Well worth it!


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The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales / With an Introduction by Lemony Snicket Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547548104
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Published: Clarion Books - October 25th, 2011

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: The Chronicles of Harris Burdick


Comments:

Chris Van Allsburg's eerie, otherworldly illustrations - lead 14 old favorite authors to places - well, have you been THERE?

Wonderful, amazing stories - now are you ready to choose an illustration and write your own story?


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The Cat's Table Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307700117
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 4th, 2011

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Cat's Table


Comments:

I jumped right into the young narrator's adventures on his sea voyage from Ceylon to London.

Alone, the adults at his assigned dining table both squeeze him into a fast friendship with the other two young men at the table and sketch for him a picture of adult power - beginning with Ms. Li's off-hand remark as to their position - The Cat's Table - those farthest from the Captain's Table. But who has Power? How does one hold it? Use it? And what does power have to do with love?

A deep, satisfying story.


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Drama: An Actor's Education Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061734984
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 9th, 2012

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Drama: An Actor's Education


Comments:

Have you ever had the chance to sit in a theater and be regaled, awed, mesmerized by John Lithgow? If so, you will have a hist as to what awaits you within the pages of this book.

If not, sit back, relax, and let an expert storyteller recount his life. You will laugh, you may cry, you will nod and sigh.

What a pleasure!


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The Night Circus Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385534635
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Published: Doubleday - September 13th, 2011

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Night Circus


Comments:

Turn of the century 1600 Shakespeare conjured up the magic of The Tempest to discuss the use and misuse of power. Erin Morgenstern uses turn of the century 1900s, the Gilded Age, to revisit the very same issue.

The man in the grey suit and Prospero, two old school magicians pit their proteges against one another. (Oh, no, they wouldn't dream of competing directly with each other.

So what do Celia and Marco do? They create a circus - a glorious, wondrous circus. Is this a competition or is it something else?


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Widow: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781934137307
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Published: Bellevue Literary Press - February 1st, 2011

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Widow: Stories


Comments:

Am I susceptible to pathos, to the tragic? Perhaps, but Michelle Latiolais chooses her words so finely & weaves them together into such a fabric - I can't help it- I must touch it - wear it.

Yes, there is anger, fear, but there is an undeniable compassion & exquisite storytelling.


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The Tiger's Wife: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385343831
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Published: Random House - March 8th, 2011

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Tiger's Wife


Comments:

Who needs stories?

We all need stories, especially when lines are being drawn and redrawn - your country, NOT your country; your people, NOT your people.

The place - Bulgaria - The people have lived through a world war, a communist takeover, the fall of the Iron Curtain... a constant rehashing of borders and loyalties.

But these people live in Their village with Those they've grown old knowing - yet - come, sit down with them, hear their stories - absorbing.


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How to Live: Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590514252
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Published: Other Press (NY) - October 19th, 2010

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: How to Live or A Life of Montaigne


Comments:

Montaigne, a French gentihomme of the late renaissance, a man who has the era's insatiable curiosity and the insight not only to poke into the whys and wherefores of all that comes his way - and then writes about it all from HIS point of view - Oh, yes, he'll try to strike a balance between his own observation and the philosophies of yore... but don't expect any answers.

Bakewell's biography is a pleasurable walk through Montaigne's life and world, as well as an ironic discussion of how we've retranslated and reinterpreted him and his writings throughout these past 500 years.


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Sunset Park Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780805092868
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - November 9th, 2010

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Sunset Park


Comments:

Guilt - Suffering - so archaic - the stuff of epics, of Shakespeare, the Bible. Miles Heller's brother is dead. Plainly & truly dead. Maybe, just maybe he - Miles - heard that car coming & deliberately pushed his brother into its path. All he really remembers is his burning, blazing anger.

So, he separates himself from all that was & works. Day after day - never letting anything under his skin. Then he meets Pilar- such a young woman she is... He shouldn't even be remotely involved with her, but he is. Where does this love take him? Step into Bing's shoes and watch it all unfold - or a little more remotely, Ellen's - or closer, still watch through his father's heart.


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Lulu and the Brontosaurus (The Lulu Series) Cover Image
By Judith Viorst, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781416999614
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 14th, 2010

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Lulu and the Brontosaurus

Comments:
Lulu is STRONG! She does not give up - and she WANTS a BRONTOSAURUS for her birthday.

She does NOT like "NO!" (Don't say it too loud.)

So off she goes - into the forest - to find her own brontosaurus for a pet.

Well, what do you suppose happens in the forest? Come sit down and read!

I wonder how this story will end - for you?


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Mirror Cover Image
By Jeannie Baker, Jeannie Baker (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763648480
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Published: Candlewick - November 9th, 2010

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Mirror


Comments:

Step inside. Feast your eyes on the details. Run your fingers over the pages. Oh, the textures! I wonder what stories you will tell each other as you share your journey into Morocco & Australia - over & over again.


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Luka and the Fire of Life: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679783473
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 20th, 2011

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Luka and the Fire of Life

Comments:
Whyever do we read/tell those old tales of gods and goddesses? Those has-beens are just plain silly! But Luka finds he needs them in order to save his father - the Shah of Blah - from his endless torpor.

Master storyteller Rushdie reminds us why we need our stories and of the sheer pleasure of words upon words, upon words...


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In the Wild Cover Image
By David Elliott, Holly Meade (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763644970
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 24th, 2010

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: In the Wild

Comments:
A feast of words! Poems that lift luxuriously from the tongue, leaving lovely, surprising pictures in your mind. A real pleasure to share with young children.


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Let the Great World Spin: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812973990
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 30th, 2009

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Let the Great World Spin

Comments:
Colum McCann throws us right out there on the streets of the Bronx (1970's) to meet-

a doubting monk, a mother/daughter hooker duo, a tightrope walker, a wife of a judge, an educated black woman from Missouri, a political refugee from Zacapa.

He never lets you pity them, never lets you draw a comfortable line between yourself & his characters; he nestles them right up close and forces you to make eye contact - conversation.

Read it slow - savor all the sights & sounds.

Could he have let us meet the cops, too?


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Seeking Peace: Chronicles of the Worst Buddhist in the World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594484407
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 6th, 2010

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Seeking Peace


Comments:

Mary Pipher held our hands through the insanity of raising our teenage daughters. Here, she allows us to hold her hand as she shares with us her arduous journey from a personal meltdown in the midst of her successful career, back to the acceptance of her own flawed self.

Honest, sincere. She allows us readers to be her friend-in-need and she teaches as she goes.


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Backing Into Forward: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385531580
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Published: Nan A. Talese - March 16th, 2010

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Backing Into Forward


Comments:

When I was young, forgotten, meek, the observer of all "the fun," I dreamed that someday I'd be famous - then they'd HAVE to notice. Funny, Jules Feiffer felt the same. He took his half-full glass of life and tried to fill it with all kinds of fame producing activities: comic strips, plays, novels, illustration - but his glass was always half full - now, in his 80's, he finds he hasn't really been filling his glass, he has been gulping it down - only to find that it has always been at least half full.

A lot of New York City name dropping, if you like that sort of thing. The storytelling is fine, so fine. I do wish I could draw as well as he. P.S. you do not have to be famous to enjoy this book!


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Wolf Hall: A Novel (Wolf Hall Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312429980
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Published: Picador - August 31st, 2010

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Wolf Hall

Comments:
A fine historical novel of Henry VIII's attempt to secure a son to continue the House of Tudor & stability in English society. We watch Anne Boleyn rise to power through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell. Excellent details. Wonderful storytelling.


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LMNO Peas (The Peas Series) Cover Image
By Keith Baker, Keith Baker (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781416991410
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Published: Beach Lane Books - April 6th, 2010

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: LMNO Peas

Comments:
A lively bunch of peas introduce themselves on their way through the alphabet.

Would I be a climber - up to the top of "C" - or a camper cradled in its curves - or a clown constructing balloon "C's"?

I'll have to think about it - WHO ARE YOU?

Enjoy this alphabet romp.


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Older than The Stars Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781570917875
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Published: Charlesbridge - February 1st, 2010

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Older Than the Stars

Comments:
Just as "The House That Jack Built" lets you peek into the home of Jack & see who lives with him - this book welcomes young children into the Universe - to learn about the smallnesses that make the vastness of our World.

A rhythmic book to grow a solid world view upon.


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Seeking Peace: Chronicles of the Worst Buddhist in the World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594484407
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 6th, 2010

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Seeking peace: Chronicles of the Worst Buddhist in the World

Comments:
Mary Pipher held our hands through the insanity of raising our teenage daughters. Here, she allows us to hold her hand as she shares with us her arduous journey froma personal meltdown in the midst of her successful career, back to acceptance of her own flawed self.

Honest. Sincere.

She allows us, readers, to be her friend-in-need - teaching as she goes.


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Say Hello! Cover Image
By Rachel Isadora, Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399252303
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - April 15th, 2010

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Say Hello!

Comments:
: "The world is so FULL of a number of things..." not only are there SO many people from SO many places, but they use SO many different words to say, "HELLO!"

Rachel Isadora has created the colorful world of a young tot - full of colorful words to greet that busy world: Hola! Shalom! Bonjour! Ciao! Yo! Woof!


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Cool Cat Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781596434295
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 1st, 2009

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Cool Cat

Comments:
Color! What would our world be without color? Cool Cat begins painting her drab world - a bit of green - a swab of blue. Then a rabbit..and a mouse arrive. One by one the animals join Cat's project until their once junkyard is full of light & COLOR! A beautiful, quiet, wordless book.


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Stitches: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393338966
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 13th, 2010

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Stitches: a memoir

Comments:
Never read a graphic book before? Do try this one.

Artist, David Small tells a spare tale of growing up in Detroit, MI. He illustrates it in black & white lines & shadows that draw you in, push you away, pull you onward until you stand with him - making THAT decision.


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Genesis Cover Image
By Eduardo Galeano, Cedric Belfrage (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780393317732
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 17th, 1998

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Memory of Fire: Genesis


Comments:

This is the first book in the Memory of Fire Trilogy - a history of the Americans from pre-history to the present day (1970's), with a primary focus on Central and South America. Jugo Cahvez gave this trilogy to Obama when they met in April of 2009.

Galeano takes the archetypical role of storyteller - beginning in Genesis with a folkloric voice and proceeding in short snapshots to describe how Europeans arrived and changed the lives and lands of the peoples of the Americas.

An eye-opener.


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El Juego del Ángel / The Angel's Game (El cementerio de los libros olvidados #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307455376
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Published: Vintage Espanol - May 13th, 2008

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: El Juego del Angel

Comments:
Asi que te gustan las novelas de suspenso? Pruebate este...

Te reiras..

Contendras la respiracion...

Suspiraras aliviado...

Mientras te pierdes por las calles de la Barcelona de Ruiz Zafon.

pero cuidado, querido lector,

te estara tomando el pelo?

Que disfrutes del libro!


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Alphabeasties: And Other Amazing Types Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781934706787
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Published: Blue Apple Books - July 1st, 2009

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Alphabeasties

Comments:
This is a fascinating primer of fonts.

Introduce your youngster to the POWER of BOLD, the slinkiness of Italics, as they meet zebras made entirely of Z's, bats made of flying b's, a sliky sheep of curling S's.

A book for all ages - to last for ages


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The Angel's Game Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385528702
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Published: Doubleday Books - June 16th, 2009

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Angel's Game


Comments:

So, you like suspenseful mysteries - try just this one more - You will laugh, hold your breath, sigh in relief - as Ruiz Zafon whirls you through Barcelona. Now, dear reader, is he pulling your leg? Enjoy!


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A Mercy (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307276766
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Published: Vintage - August 11th, 2009

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: A Mercy


Comments:

It is a pleasure to puzzle out the story, the relationships & the beating heart of this masterpiece.
1690: Europeans are taking dominion over the North American continent. In an isolated corner of that huge wild space a young entrepreneur brings together: a requested European bride, a lone survivor of a native village wiped out by small pox, a grieving survivor of a slave ship disaster and a young slave girl taken in trade to pay back debt.

Morality in the raw, etched into the American dream.


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Out Stealing Horses: A Novel Cover Image
By Per Petterson, Anne Born (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780312427085
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Published: Picador - April 29th, 2008

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Out Stealing Horses


Comments:

Off in the far north-eastern backwoods of Norway, Trond attempts to free his life from prying eyes. He can't escape from his own memories - though the ones he has allowed himself to remember and the ones that niggle at the cracks in his life story.
Sharp storytelling and beautiful language; a fine emotional story.


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To Siberia: A Novel Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780312428990
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Published: Picador - September 1st, 2009

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: To Siberia


Comments:

This is a sad story -
but
if you need a distraction from your own sorrows -

Petterson slips the pathos of a tragic life into our hearts with beautiful language and a character we can't help but love.


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The Gecko and Sticky: The Greatest Power Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375843778
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 26th, 2009

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Dave & Sticky

Comments:
Join Dave & Sticky on their quest to foil the Evil - Damien Black. An edge of your chair suspenseful read full od amazing words (even some Spanish) and crazy twists & turns - that coffee making monkey - he's something else! - Would you like to meet him in your kitchen? Have fun. And, what do you think? - Invisibility or Gecko Power?


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The Echo Maker: A Novel Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780312426439
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Published: Picador - August 21st, 2007

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: The Echo Maker


Comments:

An amazingly thoughtful examination of the mind


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After Dark (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307278739
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Published: Vintage - April 29th, 2008

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: After Dark


Comments:

What do we see in the dark? Lights - that blind us beyond their periphery? - or do they focus our sight so we see more clearly?
Murakami - through the eyes of a night bird, sweeps us along to examine how Mari and Takahashi move through the darkness of one early morning - does the light illuminate?
Beautiful writing, acute perception!


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A Tranquil Star: Stories Cover Image
By Primo Levi, Ann Goldstein (Translated by), Alessandra Bastagli (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393331615
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 17th, 2008

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: A Tranquil Star: Unpublished Stories of Primo Levo


Comments:

THE SHORT STORY LIVES!

Primo Levy has woven bits of life, bits of even fantasy together in a variety of forms.

Another late night, porch storyteller to sit back and enjoy - summer or no.


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Strawberry Fields Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143113553
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Published: Penguin Books - April 29th, 2008

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Strawberry Fields


Comments:

Marina Lewycka has done it again.

Poignant yet full of the humor of life at the edge, this story of an immigrant crew brought into the strawberry fields of rural England to reap the harvest is a satisfying read.

Enjoy these youthful hopeful innocents as they cope with unsavory employers, deceptive agents, rule-enforcing officials and grueling work - is there time for a little love?


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Divisadero (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307279323
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Published: Vintage - April 22nd, 2008

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Divisadero


Comments:

OK - it has no linear plot
OK - it seems disjointed - patched together - a scrap of history here
a bit of reality there.
BUT - the writing is lovely
AND - as you read - keep in mind- Divisadero. It is a Spanish word that could mean "division" or just as well "a vision of what is far off and distant." In this way - you can follow Anna as she struggles to make it through the nights, waiting for a phone call from her sister.


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Noisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs, and Some Other Things That Aren't As Scary Cover Image
By Ted Thompson, Eli Horowitz (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780385737470
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - September 8th, 2009

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Noisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs, & Some Other Things...

Comments:
Do you have a moment.. a quick read moment?

Ready for a new way to look at the Ordinary.

Take a break & read these short stories - even the introduction by Lemony Snickett - is fun- quirky- just like a visit to - Mars. (have you been there?)


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Bubble Trouble Cover Image
By Margaret Mahy, Polly Dunbar (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780547074214
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Published: Clarion Books - April 6th, 2009

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Bubble Trouble

Comments:
Are your lips ready for this lip challenge? On your mark - GO!

Jump into this rolicking adventure-

Mabel accidentally sends her baby brother wafting through the ether - in a bubble...

The rhyme & rhythem are surefooted, the words so tantalizing - Enjoy!


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A Spot of Bother Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307278869
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Published: Vintage - August 14th, 2007

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: A Spot of Bother


Comments:

A bit of bother alright!
George has made a plan for retirement


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Little Beauty Cover Image
By Anthony Browne, Anthony Browne (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763639594
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Published: Candlewick - September 23rd, 2008

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Little Beauty

Comments:
Need a hug?  Need a friend?  Sit down with this book and as many others who will fit on your lap - the words are exactly right - the art draws you in & there will be a smile att he end - AND HUGS!


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Brontorina Cover Image
By James Howe, Randy Cecil (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763644376
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 10th, 2010

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Brontorina

Comments:
Follow your dreams! Even if you are an apatosaurus, you can be a ballerina, if you are a ballerina at heart & have a supportive crew like Clara & Jack, as well as a flexible teacher.

What are they going to do about Brontorina's size? Where are they going to find proper shoes? And, the cows?

1-2-3 - follow Brontorina as she learns to dance.


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The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780061344312
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Published: Greenwillow Books - July 29th, 2008

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: The Trouble Begins at 8


Comments:

Ok, Sid Fleischman was once told he was "No Mark Twain"

BUT

this is an excellent biography of - well it starts off as Sam Clemen's story - ends as Mark Twain's - of course!

The details of his life are summarized at the end.

The meat of his life - his wonderful sense of humor - fill these pages - what a feast!


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The Man of Feeling Cover Image
By Javier Marías, Margaret Jull Costa (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780811216777
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Published: New Directions - February 27th, 2007

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Man of Feeling


Comments:

"Her whole figure, deprived of its face, gave an impression of perfection fixity, completion, and acceptance as if there were no room in her for change, emendation or denial - like the days that are ended, like legends, like the liturgy of established religions..."

To be loved - so deeply - in the reality of our dreams - the imagination of our lives.

An amazing story of love.


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Wave: (Books about Ocean Waves, Beach Story Children's Books) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780811859240
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 16th, 2008

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Wave

Comments:
Simple & beautifully executed. Those gulls remind you of anyone? That blue ocean - gorgeous! That SPLASH is something else! If you can't go to the beach - sit back & enjoy the ocean from your chair.


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The View from Castle Rock (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400077922
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Published: Vintage - January 8th, 2008

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: The View from Castle Rock


Comments:

Alice Munro draws a meandering genealogical story line from Ettrick, Scotland - a place of "no advantages" - to Ontario, Canada, keeping the strokes wide enough to include both those who can not resist the temptations of grandeur and those who cringe with apprehension at the sight and sound of it. For "self-dramatization got short shrift in our family... They called it calling attention to yourself."

Excellent storytelling - the essence of an impressionist painting - the details, the telling outlines.


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Wabi Sabi Cover Image
By Mark Reibstein, Ed Young (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316118255
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2008

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: Wabi Sabi


Comments:

A cat goes out into the world- Oh, what a world!- so full of textures-

to discover-

what does her name mean - Wabi Sabi?

Do you know what Wabi sabi is?

Come discover the world of wabi Sabi.

An excellent blend of word and art for children of all ages (tall ones, too).


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The Game Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142407189
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Published: Puffin Books - March 1st, 2007

Bookseller: Lauren
Title: The Game


Comments:

What kind of games do you play when you get together with your family?

Do you have a treasure hunt out in the many-threaded mythosphere?
Join Haley as she meets her many cousins and learns how to play - The Game! Diana Wynne Jones has the most amazing imagination!