Staff Picks Archives

Of course, not everyone can stay at The Bookloft forever, but that doesn't mean we stop carrying (and loving) their staff picks. So here's a selection of staff picks from former and very part-time booksellers! Or, view by person:

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The Way of Kings: Book One of the Stormlight Archive By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780765365279
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Published: Tor Fantasy - May 24th, 2011

Bookseller: Alec
Title: The Way of Kings

Comments:
In the past few years, Sanderson has become an absolute powerhouse of a writer who can craft good books year after year. The Way of Kings is the dramatic beginning of an epic fantasy series that will become one of the next classics.

 

Three characters with three personal quests: a young natural historian enters the wider world to save her collapsing family; an enslaved officer tries to protect his fellows from shadows of his past; an honorable warlord struggles against a foe he never imagined-his own sanity.

 

The 1009 pages fly by as the brilliant world and intriguing characters bring to light surprises large and small and offer an immensely entertaining read that's well worth the time investment.


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American Gods: Author's Preferred Text By Neil Gaiman Cover Image
$19.99
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ISBN: 9780062080233
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 5th, 2013

Bookseller: Erica
Title: American Gods

Comments:
Absolutely my favorite book. Neil Gaiman is the master of magical realism, weaving together mythology, love, action, and a great American Road Trip in a story that probes at the landscape of modern belief. Gaiman sets up a showdown between the OLD GODS- brought to the U.S. by immigrants, and the New Gods, embodied by capitalism, technology and media. Only Shadow, caught between the two, can stop this war before it begins. Exciting and a fascinating interpretation of familiar figures whose grand, mythic origins are juxtaposed with a new American life. A classic, and one that has changed the way I read.


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Gone Girl: A Novel By Gillian Flynn Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780307588364
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 5th, 2012

Bookseller: Arlene
Title: Gone Girl

Comments:
A psychological thriller where the author reveals early on the truth behind the main character's disappearance while still managing to keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. Great character development and a gripping story line. No wonder it's in its 39th printing!


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Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet By Bill McKibben Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780312541194
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 15th, 2011

Bookseller: Laurie
Title: Eaarth

Comments:
I read this book because Barbara Kingsolver implored me (see front cover of book in red).

It was not a happy read, nor uplifting, nor even all that hopeful - but it was necessary. Remember Cher and Nicholas Cage in "Moonstruck"? This book is a "SNAP OUT OF IT!" slap for all of us. And by us, I mean we who knew global warming was occurring back when it was called the greenhouse effect, as well as those who think it is still just a plausible "theory."

Bill McKibben forces us beyond any lingering unsurity. We can stop talking, debating, questioning, even lamenting - and we can start understanding and adapting to this new planet Eaarth that we have made.


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When She Woke: A Novel By Hillary Jordan Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616201937
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 18th, 2012

Bookseller: Kat
Title: When She Woke

Comments:
This is an absolutely compelling look at what might happen if the evangelical right becomes more powerful. Set in some future United States and centered around a young woman convicted of having an abortion, this could have been a preachy attack, but Jordan does not throw the baby out with the bath water. The value of faith and morality are supported.

Read the first page; after that I couldn't put it down!


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State of Wonder: A Novel By Ann Patchett Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780062049810
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 7th, 2023

Bookseller: Kat
Title: State of Wonder

Comments:
With an intricate plot and achingly realistic depth of character, Patchett creates an aura of dark mystery. The characters have pasts as troubled and ensnaring as the present. All wrestle with fears. The Brazilian rain forest acts as yet another character, as confused and unpredictable as any.

State of Wonder is an addictive page turner. I did not want to set it down until I gobbled up all the plot threads; racing through to find out what might happen next. Try to read it at a more leisurely pace if you can - the lush details deserve it. I plan to read it again soon.


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Ten Thousand Saints: A Novel By Eleanor Henderson Cover Image
$16.99
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ISBN: 9780062021212
Published: Ecco - September 12th, 2017

Bookseller: Kat
Title: Ten Thousand Saints

Comments:
Small town Vermont (Burlington?) is the setting for this coming-of-age novel.

Teddy, Jude, Eliza, and Johnny are the children of the 1960's. Their parents are pot growers, bong makers, or gone. They are finding their way through the hardcore punk, drugs vs. straight-edge scene and identity issues of birth, adoption, sexual orientation, and AIDS.

As we follow along we are treated to a glimpse of an era.


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Man with a Pan By John Donohue Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781565129856
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 17th, 2011

Bookseller: Kat
Title: Man with a Pan

Comments:
The perfect gift for the male in your life who cooks!

Fathers, brothers, sons, and uncles will find something to like in this collection of essays by well-known writers and foodies.

Some are very funny, some are somewhat sad, some come with bonus recipes and cooking tips, but all are worth a look!


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Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters By Natalie Standiford Cover Image
$17.99
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ISBN: 9780545107105
Published: Scholastic Press - September 1st, 2010

Title: Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters

Comments:
Someone has offended 'Almighty' (Grandmother & holder of the family fortune) and now everyone will be cut out of her will unless that person confesses & apologizes.

All 3 Sullivan girls decide that it must have been one of them. They each set out to prepare a confession.

Told in parts by each girl, this is a poignant but fun story of a family (that even though they obviously love one another) are keeping secrets that could be hurtful.


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City Dog, Country Frog By Mo Willems, Jon J. Muth (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Jon J. Muth (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781423103004
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - June 8th, 2010

Title: City Dog, Country Frog

Comments:
The best picture book of 2010! This is what can happen when a great author works with a great illustrator on just the right book.

Perfectly paced & beautifully nuanced, dog lovers and their friends will love this book


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Out of My Mind (The Out of My Mind Series) By Sharon M. Draper Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781416971719
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 1st, 2012

Bookseller: Kat
Title: Out of My Mind

Comments:
Eleven-year-old Melody can not speak, and she uses a wheelchair. (Wait! Don't stop reading now!) She is concerned about all the usual teenage stuff. Once she is given a computer that generates speech for her she is able to take part in many more aspects of normal life.

This book is not sad. It is not sweet. It is not even a little bit preachy or boring. It does let us begin to understand the many life challenges that differently-abled kids face.

It puts in perspective the little everyday teenage issues in a light, funny way.


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Pop By Gordon Korman Cover Image
$16.99
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ISBN: 9780061742286
Published: Balzer + Bray - August 25th, 2009

Title: Pop

Comments:

Marcus Jordan loves football. Practicing his passes in the park, he meets ex-NFL player, Charlie Popovich and the two begin an unlikely friendship based on grueling football drills and childish pranks.

Before long, Marcus realizes that Charlie doesn't just act like a teenager --- he thinks he still is one and that Marcus is his old friend Mac.

Alzheimer's disease -- possibly brought on by the multiple injuries he suffered as a football player, has disrupted Charlie's memory. Korman has created believable characters and a powerful story.

Also, YES, this is a book about football but it is NOT just for boys.


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Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute: Lunch Lady #1 By Jarrett J. Krosoczka Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780375846830
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - July 28th, 2009

Title: Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute: Lunch Lady #1

Comments:

A lunch lady super hero?

Secret spy tools that include a spork phone and a spatu-copter?

Dispensing justice while she dispenses lunch, Lunch lady and her cohort keep school safe.

This clever, funny graphic novel is the first in a series. The black, white and yellow art captures the action perfectly. A great choice for the reluctant reader too.


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The Omnivore's Dilemma, Young Readers Edition: The Secrets Behind What You Eat By Michael Pollan, Richie Chevat (Adapted by) Cover Image
By Michael Pollan, Richie Chevat (Adapted by)
$9.99
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ISBN: 9780803735002
Published: Dial Books - October 15th, 2009

Title: The Omnivore's Dilemma for Kids: The Secrets Behind What You Eat

Comments:
Is a "Young Readers Edition" of the best selling Omnivore's Dilemna really necessary?

YES!

Kids want to know about the food they eat but they do not want to hear it from their parents. This new version will capture them from the first sentence of the introduction. A clear, well researched, fascinating account of our food from farm to plate.


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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes By Mem Fox, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mem Fox, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780152060572
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Published: Clarion Books - October 1st, 2008

Bookseller: Kat
Title: 10 Little Fingers & 10 Little Toes

Comments:
The best new picture book to arrive in years! This book has it all; charming illustrations that gently support the simple rhyming text show happy babies at play.

But that is not all!

In just a few hundred words and with just 40 pages, author Mem Fox & illustrator Helen Oxenbury have managed to convey the weighty idea that we are all alike at the same time as we are all different and most importantly that either is wonderful and deserving of love & laughter.

A PERFECT BOOK!


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The Principles of Uncertainty By Maira Kalman Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780143116462
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Published: Penguin Books - October 27th, 2009

Title: The Principles of Uncertainty

Comments:
This is a book that was published for adults but young adults may enjoy it as well.

Amazing, unusual, whimsical, historical, philosophical & ...

Kalman has combined her very personal art with a text of artful prose. Part personal narrative, part documentary, part travelog, part chapbook - but all Kalman. She tackles the huge questions: death, love, war, identity, happiness, coffee, and dancing.


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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler By E.L. Konigsburg Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780689711817
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 1998

Bookseller: Kat
Title: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Comments:
Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away...so she decided not to run FROM somewhere, but TO somewhere. That somewhere was the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. And she decided that she wouldn't return until she could come back different. This is my all-time favorite children's book!


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The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, Book One) By Suzanne Collins Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780439023481
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 1st, 2008

Bookseller: Kat, Laurie, Kelt, etc...!
Title: The Hunger Games

Comments:
Every year, 2 names are drawn from each region of the country to join the Hunger Games.  This isn't an honor, it's a death sentence.  The names drawn are 14-18 year olds-one boy, one girl.

In a future world, North America as we know it has been destroyed.  The continent is now divided into 12 regions.  Katniss is 16 years old, smart & very resourceful.

The hunger games are a mix of Survivor, American Idol and Gladiator. The story is violent at times but the brutality is balance by the utterly humane actions of many of the characters.

This is one novel you will not be able to put down!

A fantastic start to the Trilogy.


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Something Missing: A Novel By Matthew Dicks Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780767930888
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Published: Crown - July 14th, 2009

Title: Something Missing

Comments:
This is a book that was published for adults but young adults may enjoy it as well.

Martin is a thief -- a thief with a shopping list. He calls his victims clients and he keeps the same victims for years at a time. He never takes anything that will be missed. He takes that second roll of tin foil you bought forgetting that you already have a full roll. He takes one of the pair of diamond & pearl earrings from your jewelry box. He assumes you will think you lost the missing one. Six months later, he returns to take the other half of the pair. His clients/victims never know they've been robbed. Everything was going very well until the day he dropped Cindy Clayton's electric toothbrush in the toilet. Being a thief with a conscience he couldn't just fish it out and put it back on the shelf. He had to go to the store and find a new one for her. There was a very good reason he never visited his clients twice in one day.


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So Brave, Young, and Handsome By Leif Enger Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780802144171
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Published: Grove Press - April 8th, 2009

Bookseller: Kat
Title: So Brave, Young, and Handsome

Comments:
This is a book that was published for adults but young adults may enjoy it as well.

I met Leif Enger in Louisville, Kentucky. He was standing, shyly, hands clasped behind his back, with a chest-high stack of his new book. I asked him about the new book but all he could say was, "I really hope people like it. I know it was been long time since my first one". His "first one," Peace Like a River, was a critical and commercial success. The new novel, So Brave, Young, and Handsome, opens with a scene where Monte Becket, the author of a wildly popular book, ruminates upon his success and ponders his ability to follow it with a second novel of any quality. In at least this one respect, Leif Enger is Monte Becket. Neither of them need have worried, this is sure to be another bestseller. When Becket meets Glendon Hale, a forever-on-the-run aging outlaw, he is easily persuaded to leave his wife and son to go with him on an unclearly defined quest that leads them through the "Wild West" of the early 1900s. What follows are travels to places exquisitely evoked, meeting colorful characters, and enduring harrowing escapes. With cowboys, loose women, and lawmen, it is also a western tale for folks who don't or won't read westerns. It will be a proud member of the literary western genre. Go along for the ride!


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My Little Book of Chinese Words By Catherine Louis, MaryChris Bradley (Translator), Shi Bo (Other) Cover Image
By Catherine Louis, MaryChris Bradley (Translator), Shi Bo (Other)
$17.95
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ISBN: 9780735821743
Published: NorthSouth (NY) - May 1st, 2008

Title: My Little Book of Chinese Words

Comments:
Don't have any interest in learning Chinese? No? You'll still want this book!

Colorful & iconic wood cut print illustrations provide a visual nmemonic for the caligraphy.

There is even a guide to pronunciation for each word.

If you or the child in your life are beginning a study of Chinese language there is no better book than this one!


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Say You're One of Them By Uwem Akpan Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316086370
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 18th, 2009

Bookseller: Kat
Title: Say You're One of Them

Comments:
This is a book that was published for adults but young adults may enjoy it as well.

This is a book about the children of Africa told through their own eyes.

Akpan pulls no punches when relating these five stories. The children are ordinary, smart, witty kids who are caught in nightmarish situations.

Unbelievably this is not a depressing read. Akpan lets you see, feel and begin to understand Africa; its glory, its pain and its hope for the future.

An extraordinary book, it challenges us all to look.


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Weeping Under This Same Moon By Jana Laiz Cover Image
$14.00
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ISBN: 9780981491004
Published: Crow Flies Press - May 10th, 2008

Bookseller: Kat
Title: Weeping Under the Same Moon

Comments:
This strong debut novel is based on a true story of two teenage girls from very different cultures. When their paths cross it changes both of their lives.

Mei is an artist whose life has been disrupted by the Vietnam war. Her parents reluctantly send her away to what they hope will be a safer world. She joins the exodus of Vietnamese refugess know as the Boat People. Her parents are also counting on her to protect and care for her two younger siblings as they travel the oceans.

In Mei's own words we learn about the dangers she faces. Surviving hunger, thirst and the ravages of the sea, Mei and her little family eventually arrive in New York City -- still on her own. When Hannah and Mei meet, neither understands the language or the culture of the other but they both find in the other exactly what they need.

This is a powerful book about a time not so far distant in American history; it speaks to the teenagers of today about the power of love and the spirit of volunteerism; affirming that doing for others does so much for one's self.


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Never Take a Shark to the Dentist: (and Other Things Not to Do) By Judi Barrett, John Nickle (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Judi Barrett, John Nickle (Illustrator)
$19.99
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ISBN: 9781416907244
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 4th, 2008

Title: Never Take a Shark to the Dentist

Comments:
Laugh out loud fun! Pages & pages of vibrant illustrations & instructions for life. You'll learn why not to invite an ant to a picnic (they invite all their friends) and other important lessons.

The text is simple (a 3-year-old will get most of the jokes) but still thought-provoking.

 

Why should you never take araccoon to the bank? You will have to read it to find out.

 


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Sunrise Over Fallujah By Walter Dean Myers Cover Image
$10.99
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ISBN: 9780439916257
Published: Scholastic Press - April 15th, 2009

Title: Sunrise Over Fallujah

Comments:
In 2003 the war in Iraq is just beginning. The truth about "Weapons of Mass Destruction" will not be known by most Americans for years. Robin Perry enlists in the military instead of going to college. Not long after that he is sent to the Middle East where nothing is as he had expected. Assigned to the Civilian Affairs Team, he & his comrades are supposed to help the people living in the war zones. Unfamiliar with the religion or the customs of the Iraqi people, Robin struggles to understand them.

Myers draws us into this story with authentic-seeming situations, well-researched details and great characters. This is the one book about the war that I would choose to help teens visualize the war now being fought by some of their own peers. Must read!!


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My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park By Steve Kluger Cover Image
$12.99
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ISBN: 9780142413432
Published: Speak - February 19th, 2009

Title: My Most Excellent Year

Comments:
Assigned to keep journal & told that many people address their entries to someone, three friends document a year--A Most Excellent Year!

T.C. writes to his dead mother, Ale writes to Jackie Kennedy & Augie Kwan can't quite decide between Liza Minelli and her sister, Judy Garland.

This great cast of characters are involved in a school musical, mentoring a six-year-old deaf boy (who is waiting for Mary Poppins to come adopt him), petitioning to government to include a ballfield in the plans to honor the Japanese who were interred during WWII, to say nothing of surviving the year as friends & with their families.

Well written, funny, authentic & oignent!


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Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate #1) By Gail Carriger Cover Image
$8.00
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ISBN: 9780316056632
Published: Orbit - October 1st, 2009

Bookseller: Kat
Title: Soulless

Comments:
This is a book that was published for adults but young adults may enjoy it as well.

First let me say that I'm not a big fan of vampire stories. That said, I found this book to be a hoot!

This is one of the most downright clever and entertaining books I've read lately.

The plot centers around a half-Italian, food-loving spinster named Alexia Tarabotti and her encounters with the fanged and the furry.

Look out for the sequel: Changeless. Teaser: werewolves in kilts.


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A Thousand Splendid Suns By Khaled Hosseini Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594483851
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 25th, 2008

Bookseller: Kat
Title: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Comments:
This is a book that was published for adults but young adults may enjoy it as well. Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel that confirms his place as one of the most important literary writers today. Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns shines a light on the lives of women in Afghanistan throughout the past few tumultuous decades. It is an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.


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The Magicians: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy) By Lev Grossman Cover Image
$30.00
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ISBN: 9780670020553
Published: Viking - August 11th, 2009

Title: The Magicians

Comments:
This book was published for adults, but young adults may enjoy it as well. Brooklyn teenager Quentin Coldwater is at odds with himself. He's uncertain about his post-high-school direction and plays third wheel with two cooler friends, on one of whom he's had a longstanding crush. A bizarre turn of events leads him to a college examination that results in an invitation to study at Brakebills Academy, a school of magic. Though Brakebills is no Hogwarts, its courses and requirements have as much internal logic and suspension-of-disbelief-ability. One of Grossman's major achievements in The Magicians is to make readers almost believe that magic is possible, though tedious and difficult both to study and to master. Harry Potter comparisons are inevitable, given the subject matter, but The Magicians is not a charming romp suitable for younger readers. It's darker, more bitter and complex and melancholy, and the young adult characters (true young adults, not teens) drink and have sex (the latter mostly off-camera) and deal with the consequences of love and betrayal and loss. It's also romantic and real and absolutely un-put-down-able. Think of it as Donna Tartt's Secret History meets Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and slaps them on the side of the head with a heavy dose of homage-à-Narnia.


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What Have You Changed Your Mind About?: Today's Leading Minds Rethink Everything (Edge Question Series) By John Brockman Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061686542
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 20th, 2014

Title: What Have You Changed Your Mind About?

Comments:
This is a book that was published for adults but young people may enjoy it as well.

Even geniuses change their minds sometimes!

Is there a question you've been re-thinking? Is it about human nature, cyberspace, sex, UFOs, philosophy, artificial intelligence, religion, quantum theory, evolution or . . . everything?

Well, take a look at this book. I'm willing to bet that there will be at least one essay you'll want to stop and read right away.

The list of authors writing in this collection is eclectic but impressive. 150 brilliant, thoughtful, and focused essayists will make you think and think again.


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When You Reach Me: (Newbery Medal Winner) By Rebecca Stead Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780385737425
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - July 14th, 2009

Title: When You Reach Me

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My Secret: A PostSecret Book By Frank Warren Cover Image
$21.99
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ISBN: 9780061196683
Published: William Morrow - October 24th, 2006

Bookseller: Kat
Title: My Secret: A Postsecret Book

Comments:
This is a book that was published for adults but young adults may enjoy it as well.

Postsecret.com founder Frank Warren is back with a fresh and compelling companion to his wildly popular Los Angeles Times bestseller, PostSecret. Warren has personally selected never-before-seen anonymous postcards created by teens and college students from across the country. Each card bears an intimate and powerful secret; at turns inspirational, shocking, hilarious, and poetic. My Secret offers a raw and revealing glimpse into the real lives of today's teens and twentysomethings. Choosing their own handmade postcards over email or text messages, teens and college students express their hopes, fears, and wildest confessions in a way that truly represents their diverse personalities and voices.


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The Reserve: A Novel By Russell Banks Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061430268
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Published: Ecco - February 10th, 2009

Bookseller: Kat
Title: The Reserve

Comments:
This is a book that was published for adults but young adults may enjoy it as well.

This fascinating look at the "haves and have-nots" in a fictional Adirondack village is not exactly a departure for Banks, but while mining his familiar themes of class and culture he paints a crystal-clear portrait of a time and place.

In an Adirondack Club, not unlike the venerable Ausable Club, a cadre of wealthy NY 'summer people' clash with the townspeople and the guides.

The protagonist is a barking-mad heiress with the troubled past and lack of integrity so often found serving as mistress to inappropriate men. One such is the popular artist who struggles to span the socio-economic divide.

Questions of honor, love, loneliness, and lust feature large. A thought-provoking provocative tale.


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Dial H Vol. 1: Into You (The New 52) By China Mieville, Mateus Santolouco (Illustrator) Cover Image
By China Mieville, Mateus Santolouco (Illustrator)
$14.99
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ISBN: 9781401237752
Published: DC Comics - April 23rd, 2013

Bookseller: Alec
Title: Dial H: Into You

Comments:
This reboot of a Silver Age comic brings plenty of Mieville's oddities to bear in a frenetic story of mysterious badies and even more mysterious allies. Nelson, a lazy schlub of a man, is chosen by circumstance to become a superhero and finds that hero part was always inside of him - sounds pretty standard, I know, but it serves as a good grounding for all of the strange things going on around him. What is Abyss, and what does it want? What is the creature on the other end of the line?


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Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas By Jim Ottaviani, Maris Wicks (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jim Ottaviani, Maris Wicks (Illustrator)
$22.99
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ISBN: 9781596438651
Published: First Second - June 11th, 2013

Bookseller: Alec
Title: Primates

Comments:
Are you ready for this journey? Do you have your backpack, waterskin, machete, tent, etc.? You'll also have to bring your full range of emotions and wonder for this comic. Jane, Dian, and Birute all had their share of exciting, frightening, and enlightening moments. Isn't it time you learned about three of the world's most influential primatologists?

Ottaviani's writing is light but not devoid of material, and Wicks' illustrations playful without becoming satire.


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The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo (Pulitzer Prize for Biography) By Tom Reiss Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780307382474
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Published: Crown - May 14th, 2013

Bookseller: Alec
Title: The Black Count

Comments:
His was the true story behind the Count of Monte Christo. The duels he fought were again performed by d'Artagnon, Porthos, Aramis, and Athos. Alex Dumas was, in many ways, his son's hero - in life and in his books.

The amount of effort put into researching this biography practically lights up the pages. Dumas's story is closely intertwined with the surprisingly enlightened state of France in the late 18th century - with both being summarily erased during the rise of Napoleon.


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Joe the Barbarian By Grant Morrison, Sean Murphy (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Grant Morrison, Sean Murphy (Illustrator)
$19.99
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ISBN: 9781401237479
Published: Vertigo - March 12th, 2013

Bookseller: Alec
Title: Joe the Barbarian

Comments:
When Joe awakens in his room in hypoglycemic shock, a whole new world awaits him. To his toys he is the Dying Boy, destined to drive away the darkness of King Death - if only he could find some soda and reset the circuit breaker. The two worlds are tied to each other; but are the metaphors simply a manifestion of reality, or are they the true underpinnings of his life?

The art alone is worth a peek: the lines and coloring give a life and emotion to the crazy things that Joe meets on his adventures. I found a great character in Jack - or Chakk - Joe's pet rat and runt of the seven barbarians. Give it a look.


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A Little Book of Sloth By Lucy Cooke, Lucy Cooke (Photographs by) Cover Image
By Lucy Cooke, Lucy Cooke (Photographs by)
$18.99
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ISBN: 9781442445574
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - March 5th, 2013

Bookseller: Alec
Title: A Little Book of Sloth

Comments:
I have a giant dilemma, and I need your help. I cannot for the life of me decide whether baby three-toed sloths are cuter than baby two-toed sloths. I consider myself a connoisseur of cute animals; I've raised otters and emus, rehabilitated hummingbirds, and dealt with all sorts of cute creatures before - and even I am stumped! Please help! Read this book!


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A Wolf at the Door: A Jesse James Dawson Novel (Jesse Dawson #3) By K. A. Stewart Cover Image
$7.99
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ISBN: 9780451464637
Published: Ace - August 7th, 2012

Bookseller: Alec
Title: A Wolf at the Door

Comments:
In this third volume featuring the Kansas City samurai, Jesse Dawson takes on more demons, fleshless men, and the agents of LA when he receives a tip that the life of a superstar holds the key to a power that could shift the balance in a secret demon war.

Complex characterizations and good pacing continue to set this downright fun series apart.


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The Quantum Thief (Jean le Flambeur #1) By Hannu Rajaniemi Cover Image
$7.99
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ISBN: 9780765367662
Published: Tor Science Fiction - January 31st, 2012

Bookseller: Alec
Title: The Quantum Thief

Comments:
This heist tale set far in the future is a kaleidoscope of walking cities, dilemma prisons, mind-stealing pirates, and an economy based on how much time remains before a person dies. It may take a little time to orient yourself, but once you do, the reward is a real post-human treat.

Though the characters are certainly more than human, their relationships, needs, and desires are uniquely human. May require significant time to grok.


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Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) By James S. A. Corey Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316129084
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Published: Orbit - June 15th, 2011

Bookseller: Alec & Zazu
Title: Leviathan's Wake (Expanse #1)

Comments:

[Alec's original review has been lost to the deep recesses of time, so as a fellow lover of this book series, here's Zazu's take:]

This is the book I give to people who tell me "I love science fiction. This is also the book I give to people who furrow their brows and quirk their mouths when when they hear any words even remotely referring to space. Whether you're already a sci-fi convert or not, this is the book (the series!) to entertain and delight, to puzzle and gasp over, to clutch, white-knuckled, until every single page has been turned. You won't be able to help getting attached to the awesome characters as they plunge through a horror-filled, suspenseful noir-style mystery in the best contemporary space opera to hit the scenes since Ender's Game.
Whoever you are, just read this. And we'll see you again when you come back for the sequel.


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The Last Policeman By Ben H. Winters Cover Image
$14.95
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ISBN: 9781594745768
Published: Quirk Books - July 10th, 2012

Bookseller: Alec
Title: The Last Policeman

Comments:
A mystery. A coming apocalypse. The very infrastructure of the world has changed. People are walking away from their jobs, and services we take for granted are becoming hard to find. Incidents of suicide are skyrocketing. Gas is unavailable except to government employees. The US is looking more and more like a military state. So why does one suspicious suicide matter? Why solve a murder if it won't matter in six months? Hank Palace may be the new naive, book-smart detective in Concord, but to solve this case he must shift everything he knows about investigation to a world gone off its rocker.


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Caliban's War (The Expanse #2) By James S. A. Corey Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316129060
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Published: Orbit - June 26th, 2012

Bookseller: Alec
Title: Caliban's War

Comments:
Though some of the horror from Leviathan Wakes has been replaced with political maneuvering, its sequel provides just as many thrills as Corey expands the universe and the problems that exist within. Holden and crew are joined by three other POV characters, each of them entertaining in their own way; though I do have to say that the foul-mouthed Indian grandmother who has the UN by the balls was a particular treat. Strong female characters who aren't exceptional specifically because of gender, and an increasingly multifaceted plot play off of the quick writing and coalesce into a worthy sequel.


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The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel By Neil Gaiman Cover Image
$15.99
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ISBN: 9780062255662
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 3rd, 2014

Bookseller: Erica
Title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Comments:
Like with all of Neil Gaiman's books, I wanted to sit and savor his haunting, dreamlike prose and absorb this story of the indelible magic of memory over a span of days. However, I ended up consuming this book hungrily during a trip down the Taconic to NYC. Breathless with anticipation, I could only marvel over Gaiman's ability to seamlessly merge exhilaration and fear, bucolic fable and magical realism, and tell a story meant for adults using the voice of a child. A short read that packs a powerful punch - another fantastic addition to Gaiman's already treasured works of fiction.


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The Dark By Lemony Snicket, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lemony Snicket, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316187480
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2013

Bookseller: Erica
Title: The Dark

Comments:
Are you afraid of the dark?

Laszlo is.

But even though the dark can be a quiet, chilling, scary place,

It's not all that it seems...
This fantastically illustrated book by Lemony Snicket gets at the heart of why we fear the unknown... but also helps us to confront our fears.

A perfect book for nighttime (or daytime)/


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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead By Sheryl Sandberg Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780385349949
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Published: Knopf - March 11th, 2013

Bookseller: Erica
Title: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Comments:
I don't know about you, but I'm tired of hearing the question, "Can women have it all?" As a young woman about to enter grad school and poised to join the workforce, Sheryl Sandberg's book was like a breath of fresh air. Sandberg has an impressive resume (COO of Facebook, Vice President of Global Online Sales at Google) and has emerged as a (reluctant) champion for women who want to achieve positions of leadership without sacrificing personal goals. Sandberg notes that women often hold themselves back in their careers due to significant social and cultural pressures, and her book sytematically addresses these pressures while suggesting ways for women to "take a seat at the table!" Sandberg also reflects on her own experiences, creating a mix of wisdom, humor, and poignancy that makes "Lean In" feel less like a rulebook and more like a warm conversation with a mentor. An excellent read for those in power or those just getting started.


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Howl's Moving Castle (World of Howl #1) By Diana Wynne Jones Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780061478789
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greenwillow Books - April 22nd, 2008

Bookseller: Erica
Title: Howl's Moving Castle

Comments:
How do I describe Howl's Moving Castle? If you've seen the Miyazaki movie, you have a pretty good idea that this story contains colorful characters, magic, and adventure! Sophie, a simple hat-maker, has an unfortunate run-in with the Witch of the Waste, who transforms her into an old woman! Sophie has no choice but to join the eccentric (and dreamy!) wizard Howl on his moving castle to break the spell. Diana Wynne Jones' trademark slice-of-life writing creates a tale that's funny, charming, and will make you wish you had a moving castle, a fire demon, and a magical scarecrow of your own! One of my absolute favorites.


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Seven Days in the Art World By Sarah Thornton Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393337129
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 2nd, 2009

Bookseller: Erica
Title: 7 Days in the Art World

Comments:
Written in 2008 - just when the financial bubble is about to burst - 7 Days in the Art World is a fun and fascinating look into the contemporary art market, including the social, cultural, and financial agendas that prompt people to create and consume art. Each 'Day' Thornton spends covers a different facet of this world; from art fairs to auction houses to a CalArts crit class. We get a peek into the luxurious world of the 1%, while also getting a look at the complex relationships between artist, dealer, and collector. Written with wit and an engaging journalistic voice with a dash of sociology, Thornton constantly returns to the question, "What is art?" Read this to find out!


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Cloud Atlas: A Novel By David Mitchell Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780375507250
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 17th, 2004

Bookseller: Erica
Title: Cloud Atlas

Comments:
I was a third of the way into this book, and I didn't think we were meant to be... then suddenly my heart was aching for the characters and their stories, and it did catch me by surprise! It's been a month since I've finished it and I'm still thinking about it (hence the staff pick).

This book proves that David Mitchell can be any writer he chooses. The six novellas that comprise Cloud Atlas are original forgeries - each adopts the voice of a distinct author and the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It is a sextet, with each story bleeding slightly into the next, and a bizarre yet engaging narrative format - each story split into two parts, each concluding towards the end of the book: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Oh, and did I mention that the sotries stretch from the 19th century into a post-apocalyptic future?

Yes, it can be confusing and challenging, but so worth it. Despite the diverse and seemingly random plot lines, there is and overall message about the never-ending power struggle that seems inherent to humanity, that drives it forward - until one day perhaps drives it to the brink of demise. It's also about the Amazing Resilience of Humanity.

All of this is hard to sum up in one staff pick - but do yourself a favor and try out this complex, dazzling, and thoughtful story.


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The Hare with Amber Eyes (Illustrated Edition): A Hidden Inheritance By Edmund de Waal Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9780374168285
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 13th, 2012

Bookseller: Erica
Title: The Hare with Amber Eyes

Comments:
A lovely, sumptuous, and engaging memoir written by a young ceramist who receives a remarkable inheritance - 264 Japanese netsuke figurines previously thought to have been taken by Nazis. The discovery of this collection prompts the author to investigate the journey these objects took and the result is a beautiful story about his family: the Ephrussis, a European Jewish banking dynasty whose legacy can be traced from Odessa to Vienna to Paris in the late 19th century. Not only is this great story-telling, but all of it is true! Written with a lot of gorgeous detail and plenty of heart, this book will appeal to anyone who loves art, history, and family.


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The Flight of Gemma Hardy: A Novel By Margot Livesey Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062064233
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 26th, 2012

Bookseller: Erica
Title: The Flight of Gemma Hardy

Comments:
Margot Livesey weaves together a lovely and quiet retelling of Jane Eyre set in 1950's Scotland. As a lover of Bronte's original, I was skeptical at first of reading anything basoed on her classic novel. However, Livesey does a wonderful job of capturing the essence of Jane Eyre - a complex yet sincere portrait of a woman's mind, a haunting and engaging sense of place, and of course a brooding, byronic love interest. Perfect for a quiet afternoon's read with a cup of tea.


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A Year in the World: Journeys of A Passionate Traveller By Frances Mayes Cover Image
$16.00
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ISBN: 9780767910064
Published: Crown - March 13th, 2007

Bookseller: Erica
Title: A Year in the World

Comments:
Reading this book is like traveling with Mayes herself. Her writing is beautiful, poetic, and passionate as she describes the food, the people, and the culture of the places she visits. If you've read Under the Tuscan Sun, you'll recognize the feeling of yearning as her beautifully crafted words soak into your soul. You'll want to make your own voyage to the Greek Isles, Morocco, Italy, Spain, and more! If you're a fan of travel, food, literature, and poetry, this travel memoir is for you!
Happy travels!


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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780060853983
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 28th, 2006

Bookseller: Erica
Title: Good Omens

Comments:
It's the End Of The World...and it couldn't be funnier! Good Omens, the love child of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, is one of the most clever and well-written books to come about in a long time! Join an Angel and a Demon, who after around 6,000 years have struck up an odd friendship, as they try to prevent the apocalypse. Add even more colorful characters and a dash of unexpected depth and you have a (slightly philosophical) comedy you will read again and again!


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Wiggle By Doreen Cronin, Scott Menchin (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Doreen Cronin, Scott Menchin (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780689863752
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 1st, 2005

Bookseller: Laurie
Title: Wiggle

Comments:
Gotta Love this book! If you don't want to take my word for it, just come find me and I'll read it to you, and then you'll understand.


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The Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planet By Heidi Cullen Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061726941
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 19th, 2011

Bookseller: Laurie
Title: The Weather of the Future

Comments:
I know what you are thinking, "Oh brother! ANOTHER book about 'climate change' and 'global warming.'" And yes, this foremost climatologist does have a data-based vision for our near future that is as "scorching" as any other climate forecast I have read. But her voice contains no pessimism. In fact, she uses lots of prominent scientists' voices to remind us that a dire weather future is only one possible outcome, and that we have the power, right now, to affect that outcome.

Amidst all the facts and figures in this book - or perhaps because of them - she made me feel hopeful about the future, and she compelled me to make a change, a real one, that saved at least a tank of gas, and kept my money in the Berkshires. A win-win! That's the difference in this book, and that's why it is worth reading.


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F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers By Richard Benson Cover Image
$9.95
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ISBN: 9780811878319
Published: Chronicle Books - February 9th, 2011

Bookseller: Laurie
Title: F in Exams

Comments:

Best teacher gift EVER!!!

(1)Find x. Ans = "Here it is!" (As if it were a game of Hide and Seek)

(2)What is a "Fibula"? Ans = A little lie. (It is no lie that this book contains clever, insightful, hilarious answers to test questions that are familiar to us all.)

(3)Why would I want this book? Ans = For a laugh, for a change of perspective, for a gift, heck, even for a cheat sheet if you happen to have an upcoming exam!


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F for Effort: More of the Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers (Gifts for Teachers, Funny Books, Funny Test Answers) By Richard Benson Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781452113227
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Published: Chronicle Books - July 11th, 2012

Bookseller: Laurie
Title: F for Effort!

Comments:

Yay! More!

Q: Explain how energy is lost during an energy conversion.

A: Thinking about energy conversion is so boring that I completely run out of energy and have to go to sleep at my desk.

These are even funnier than the first! Enjoy!


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MAKE IT HAPPEN in Ten Minutes a Day: The Simple, Lifesaving Method for Getting Things Done By Lorne Holden Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781479212477
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(This particular book is non-returnable)
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - August 30th, 2012

Bookseller: Laurie
Title: Make It Happen in Ten Minutes a Day

Comments:
Just give it ten minutes...

Full of wisdom without being preachy, this book made me want to "Make It Happen." And because the gentle nudge from this book moved me from "have to" to "want to," I'm now getting so much more accomplished, and I am doing it with joy!

Remember Tony Robbins? Well, this tiny little book motivated me more than his complete set of CDs! Lorne Holden delivers her message with profound simplicity and large-heartedness. I know this gets said all the time, but you really can't afford not to read this book.


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Ship Breaker (National Book Award Finalist) By Paolo Bacigalupi Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316056199
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2011

Bookseller: Alec
Title: Ship Breaker

Comments:

Let me preface this by saying that I did not like The Hunger Games, and find many of today's dystopias and post-apocalypses to be sub-par. Characters, back story, and plot often play second string to base brutality and cruelty for no reason other than its own sake. (Why does a society just lie down and accept their 12-18 year old children murdering each other?) If our moral character has disintegrated as much as the world has, I need to know why.

This is where Ship Breaker comes in. It has all of the action, brutality, and violence, but it also has meaning. It may not be pleasant, but we know why-- increased storm activity destroyed coastal cities, Nailer's father became a violent amphetamine addict when his wife died, and the income gap between rich and poor has skyrocketed due to a lack of natural resources. These elements make a riveting book that could very well happen tomorrow.


The Sixty-Eight Rooms (The Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventures #1) By Marianne Malone, Greg Call (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Marianne Malone, Greg Call (Illustrator)
$9.99
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ISBN: 9780375857119
Published: Yearling - April 5th, 2011

BOOKSELLER: KAT

IN CHICAGO THERE IS A MUSEUM CALL THE CHICAGO ART INSTITUTE. AT THIS MUSEUM THERE IS AN EXHIBIT OF 68 MINIATURE ROOMS. EVERY DETAIL OF THE ROOMS ARE PERFECT. EACH ROOM IS FROM A DIFFERENT PERIOD IN HISTORY. IMAGINE IF YOU DISCOVERED A KEY THAT WOULD LET YOU INTO THE ROOMS! A KEY THAT ALSO LET YOU SHRINK TO JUST THE RIGHT SIZE. FOLLOW THE ADVENTURES OF TWO CHICAGO CHILDREN WHO FIND THE KEY IN THIS EXCITING STORY. I WAS INSPIRED BY THIS BOOK TO TAKE A TRIP TO CHICAGO JUST TO SEE THE THORNE ROOMS FOR MYSELF!