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The Mapmaker's War: Keeper of Tales Trilogy: Book One
 

The Mapmaker's War: Keeper of Tales Trilogy: Book One

In an ancient, faraway land, young Aoife is allowed a rare apprenticeship to become her kingdom's mapmaker, tasked with charting the entire domain, in this follow-up to Ronlyn Domingue's The Mercy of Thin Air. Beyond her county's borders, Aoife finds a secretive people who live in peace amid great wealth, and claim to protect a mythic treasure connected to the creation of the world. When she reports their existence to her kingdom however, these peaceful people are declared enemies, and ...... read more

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  The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily  

The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily

"Resilient Queen Joanna of Naples (1326–82) weathered overwhelming political challenges, financial ruin and a papal-run murder trial for the death of her Hungarian husband—all by age 22. Nancy Goldstone [also the author of Four Queens: The Provençal Sisters Who Ruled Europe] expertly describes bloodthirsty 14th-century politics and the complex family entanglements that encouraged siblings and cousins to clash over kingdoms like toddlers brawling over toys. Adding to the fray was Joanna's ...... read more

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First Jobs: True Tales of Bad Bosses, Quirky Coworkers, Big Breaks, and Small Paychecks  

First Jobs: True Tales of Bad Bosses, Quirky Coworkers, Big Breaks, and Small Paychecks

Merritt Watts. Hanya Yanagihara, series editors.

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A future mayor shining shoes; an atheist shilling Bibles; a housewife heading to work during World War II; a now-famous designer getting fired: we all got our start somewhere, notes Merritt Watts. ... ... read more

 
The Atomic Bazaar: Dispatches from the Underground World of Nuclear Trafficking  

The Atomic Bazaar: Dispatches from the Underground World of Nuclear Trafficking

William Langewiesche.

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Once the domain of major powers with massive defense budgets, the ability to build nuclear weapons is following an inexorable drift from the hands of the rich to the hands of the poor. In this ... ... read more

 
Butterflies: Messages from Psyche  

Butterflies: Messages from Psyche

Philip Howse.

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To the human observer, butterflies are nothing but beautiful, delighting us with a seemingly endless variety of colors and patterns; to birds, lizards, monkeys, and other insectivores, however, ... ... read more

 
Seamus Heaney: A Bibliography 1959–2003  

Seamus Heaney: A Bibliography 1959–2003

Rand Brandes & Michael J. Durkan.

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This comprehensive bibliography of the published work of Nobel Prize–winning poet and critic Seamus Heaney has been compiled in accordance with principles of modern bibliographical scholarship, and ... ... read more

 
The Roof at the Bottom of the World: Discovering the Transantarctic Mountains  

The Roof at the Bottom of the World: Discovering the Transantarctic Mountains

Edmund Stump.

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The Transantarctic Mountains are the most remote mountain belt on Earth, a pristine wilderness of ice and rock rising to majestic heights and extending for 1500 miles across Antarctica. Geologist ... ... read more

 
 
Love and Lies: An Essay on Truthfulness, Deceit, and the Growth and Care of Erotic Love  

Love and Lies: An Essay on Truthfulness, Deceit, and the Growth and Care of Erotic Love

Clancy Martin.

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Wondering if it is possible to love well without lying, philosopher Clancy Martin explores the question in this provocative and unsettling look at the nature of love and deception. At least since the ... ... read more

 
Where Have You Been?: Selected Essays  

Where Have You Been?: Selected Essays

Michael Hofmann.

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The author of six volumes of poetry and translator of 60 German works, Michael Hofmann has also established himself as one of the keenest critics of contemporary literature. In these 30 collected ... ... read more

 
The African Svelte: Ingenious Misspellings That Make Surprising Sense  

The African Svelte: Ingenious Misspellings That Make Surprising Sense

Daniel Menaker. Roz Chast, illus. Billy Collins, foreword.

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(First Edition, Signed Bookplate) During his time at The New Yorker, former Random House editor-in-chief Daniel Menaker happened across a printed mistake: "The zebras were grazing on ... ... read more

 
Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook  

Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

Ina Garten.

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For Emmy Award–winning Food Network host and cookbook author Ina Garten, there is no greater pleasure than cooking for the people she loves—particularly her husband Jeffrey—and this 10th cookbook is ... ... read more

 
Vintage Coloring Book: Gorgeous Retro Patterns to Personalize and Keep  

Vintage Coloring Book: Gorgeous Retro Patterns to Personalize and Keep

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Paisleys, chintzes, mosaics, and any number of wallpaper patterns—including tendrils, blossoms, filigrees, crests, and cupids—fill this opulent coloring book, inspired by Victorian and other vintage ... ... read more

 
 
The Rolling Stones—All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track  

The Rolling Stones—All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track

Philippe Margotin & Jean-Michel Guesdon.

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Since their 1963 debut album, recorded over five days at Regent Studio in London, the Rolling Stones have produced 29 studio albums, 18 live albums, and more than a hundred singles. In this massive, ... ... read more

 
The Darkangel: Book One of the Darkangel Trilogy  

The Darkangel: Book One of the Darkangel Trilogy

Meredith Ann Pierce.

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Years before Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Meredith Ann Pierce created the Darkangel trilogy for readers 12 and older. In this, the first book in the series from 1982, Aeriel is kidnapped by the ... ... read more

 
Shooting in the Dark  

Shooting in the Dark

Carolyn Hougan.

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April, 1980. America is reeling from the Iran hostage crisis, which is threatening to topple the Carter presidency, and Claire Brooks is reeling from the sudden collapse of her marriage. Frantic to ... ... read more

 
Seven Mozart Librettos: A Verse Translation  

Seven Mozart Librettos: A Verse Translation

J.D. McClatchy, trans.

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The editor of the Yale Review and president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, J.D. McClatchy is also a librettist with ... ... read more

 
Warning Shadows: Home Alone with Classic Cinema  

Warning Shadows: Home Alone with Classic Cinema

Gary Giddins.

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Exploring the evolution of film from the first moving pictures and peepshows to the digital era of DVDs and streaming video, cultural critic Gary Giddins considers how technologies have changed our ... ... read more

 
 
Travels in the Scriptorium  

Travels in the Scriptorium

Paul Auster.

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The author of The Brooklyn Follies, Invisible, and Sunset Park, Paul Auster returns to his metaphysical literary roots with this tightly packed, ever-shifting "treatise on crime ... ... read more

 
Rotten Reviews Redux: A Literary Companion  

Rotten Reviews Redux: A Literary Companion

Bill Henderson, ed.

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A quarter century ago Pushcart Press took aim at laughable reviews that had trashed literary masterpieces through the centuries, quoting some 175 attacks in a little book that itself became a ... ... read more

 
The Book of Love: In Search of the Kamasutra  

The Book of Love: In Search of the Kamasutra

James McConnachie.

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Notorious as a manual of sexual instruction, the Kamasutra was written in 3rd-century northern India, when erotic culture lay at the heart of an exquisite civilization. And yet, as travel ... ... read more

 
Under the Sun: The Letters of Bruce Chatwin  

Under the Sun: The Letters of Bruce Chatwin

Bruce Chatwin. Elizabeth Chatwin & Nicholas Shakespeare, eds.

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The author of such brilliant travel-themed works as In Patagonia and The Songlines, Bruce Chatwin was a nomad whose restless desire for adventure and enlightenment was wholly evident in ... ... read more

 
Shelter Puppies  

Shelter Puppies

Michael Kloth, photog.

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If you have determined never to rescue a dog from an animal shelter—and especially if in your heart of hearts you know you should—then we must, in all fairness, warn you not to look through this ... ... read more

 
 
Vanishing Borderlands: The Fragile Landscape of the U.S.-Mexico Border  

Vanishing Borderlands: The Fragile Landscape of the U.S.-Mexico Border

John Annerino.

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Unusual among John Annerino's superb albums of the Southwest, this book is as much concerned with the people—Mexican and American, residents and tourists, border crossers and border patrolmen—as with ... ... read more

 
The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout  

The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout

Jill Abramson.

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No one would accuse former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson of being a writer of "fluff pieces." But after she brought home a nine-week-old golden retriever named Scout in 2009, ... ... read more

 
Oath Breaker: Chronicles of Ancient Darkness: Book Five  

Oath Breaker: Chronicles of Ancient Darkness: Book Five

Michelle Paver.

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When he was condemned in Outcast, the previous book of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness saga, Torak was the hunted one; in this book, only nine moons later, he becomes the hunter, vowing to ... ... read more

 
The Highly Effective Detective Plays the Fool: A Mystery  

The Highly Effective Detective Plays the Fool: A Mystery

Richard Yancey.

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In this third outing for Richard Yancey's hilarious PI Teddy Ruzak, following The Highly Effective Detective Goes to the Dogs, Ruzak's latest client is a good-looking dame with long blond hair ... ... read more

 
The Cranford Companion  

The Cranford Companion

Sue Birtwistle & Susie Conklin.

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When Cranford aired on PBS's Masterpiece Classics in 2008, it garnered critical praise from all corners, earned a devoted audience, and secured Emmy nominations in nearly every category. ... ... read more

 
 
The Living Shore: Rediscovering a Lost World  

The Living Shore: Rediscovering a Lost World

Rowan Jacobsen.

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The James Beard Award–winning author of A Geography of Oysters, Fruitless Fall, and American Terroir, Rowan Jacobsen followed an expedition from the Puget Sound Restoration Fund ... ... read more

 
The Notebook  

The Notebook

José Saramago. Amanda Hopkinson & Daniel Hahn, trans.

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Thought-provoking and lyrical, The Notebook records the last year in the life of the Portuguese Nobel laureate through the online blog that his family encouraged him to write. José Saramago ... ... read more

 
Mr. Ferlinghetti's Poem  

Mr. Ferlinghetti's Poem

David Frampton.

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In swirling, richly textured woodcuts, David Frampton frames and illustrates a poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, "Fortune," about a sweltering day from his boyhood in Brooklyn, New York, for readers up ... ... read more

 
Snakes with Wings & Gold-Digging Ants  

Snakes with Wings & Gold-Digging Ants

Herodotus. Aubrey de Selincourt & John Marincola, trans.

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Because so much of what we know of the ancient world comes from Herodotus, writing in the 5th century BC, he will always remain, as Cicero deemed him, the Father of Historians. At the same time, a ... ... read more

 
The Great Silence: Britain from the Shadow of the First World War to the Dawn of the Jazz Age  

The Great Silence: Britain from the Shadow of the First World War to the Dawn of the Jazz Age

Juliet Nicolson.

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In this superb follow-up to her detailed snapshot of pre–World War I England, The Perfect Summer, Juliet Nicolson pieces together colorful personalities, historic moments, and intimate details ... ... read more

 
 
Curse of the Pogo Stick  

Curse of the Pogo Stick

Colin Cotterill.

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Following a rash but perhaps not unexpected moment of insolence, Laos's reluctant national coroner Dr. Siri Paiboun is forced to go on a road trip with Judge Haeng and the Justice Department. On a ... ... read more

 
A Potted History of Fruit: A Kitchen Cornucopia  

A Potted History of Fruit: A Kitchen Cornucopia

Mike Darton.

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This kitchen guide to fruits is full of delightful and surprising information, from the creation of the cubic watermelon to the naming of the "Big Apple," and the revelation of the electrical power ... ... read more

 
The Marriage Plot  

The Marriage Plot

Jeffrey Eugenides.

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(Winner of the 2011 Salon Book Award for Fiction) In his first novel since the 2002 Pulitzer Prize winner Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides gives us a classic love-triangle novel and then ... ... read more

 
Elizabeth Bishop and <I>The New Yorker</I>: The Complete Correspondence  

Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence

Joelle Biele, ed.

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"I sort of see you surrounded with fine-tooth combs, sandpaper, nail files, pots of varnish, etc.—with heaps of used commas and semicolons handy, and little useless phrases taken out of their ... ... read more

 
Just One Catch: A Biography of Joseph Heller  

Just One Catch: A Biography of Joseph Heller

Tracy Daugherty.

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Joseph Heller was a Coney Island kid, the son of Russian immigrants, whose experience flying WWII bombing missions over France would become the inspiration for Catch-22 ("The only war novel ... ... read more

 
 
The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb  

The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb

Philip Taubman.

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Offering a clear analysis of the present danger of nuclear terrorism and how it can be prevented, Philip Taubman—a former New York Times bureau chief for both Washington and Moscow—sheds light ... ... read more

 
Titus Awakes: The Lost Book of Gormenghast  

Titus Awakes: The Lost Book of Gormenghast

Maeve Gilmore & Mervyn Peake.

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Hailed as a gothic fantasy of manners, inspired more by Charles Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson than by J.R.R. Tolkien, the three novels of the Gormenghast series—Titus Groan, ... ... read more

 
Genius in the Shadows: A Biography of Leo Szilard, the Man Behind the Bomb  

Genius in the Shadows: A Biography of Leo Szilard, the Man Behind the Bomb

William Lanouette. Bela Silard, contributor. Jonas Salk, foreword.

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(A 1993 New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year) Virtually forgotten outside of the world of atomic physics, Leo Szilard has long been overshadowed by figures like Albert ... ... read more

 
Deadly Campaign: A Last Laff Mystery  

Deadly Campaign: A Last Laff Mystery

Alan Orloff.

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Comedy club owner and occasional performer Channing Hayes thought the comedy business was tough, but in this second Last Laff mystery—following Killer Routine—by Agatha Award finalist Alan ... ... read more

 
Blue Pastoral  

Blue Pastoral

Gilbert Sorrentino.

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Serge "Blue" Gavotte is a modern-day Candide who quits his job, mounts a piano atop a broken-down pushcart, and sets off with his family to find the "Perfect Musical Phrase," in this novel by the ... ... read more

 
 
The City Builder  

The City Builder

George Konrád. Ivan Sanders, trans. Carlos Fuentes, intro.

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An architect considers his life, his work, and the many-layered history of the unnamed city that he and his family—all of them architects—have helped to construct. After much of what his father built ... ... read more

 
The Count of Concord  

The Count of Concord

Nicholas Delbanco.

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Politician, scientist, spy, libertine—Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford was all these things and more, but his support for the British during the American Revolution cost him his immortality. In this ... ... read more

 
Vlad  

Vlad

Carlos Fuentes. E. Shaskan Bumas & Alejandro Branger, translators.

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The notorious Vlad the Impaler—chief inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula—leaves Eastern Europe for Mexico, in this novel by the Cervantes Prize–winning author of Terra Nostra and ... ... read more

 
Birding for Beginners, 2nd Edition: A Comprehensive Introduction to the Art of Birdwatching  

Birding for Beginners, 2nd Edition: A Comprehensive Introduction to the Art of Birdwatching

Sheila Buff. Richard Day, photos.

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"The most important requirement for becoming a proficient birdwatcher is something you have already: enthusiasm for the natural world," suggests Sheila Buff, who provides a step-by-step process to ... ... read more

 
New York Immigrant Experience: A Guided Tour Through History  

New York Immigrant Experience: A Guided Tour Through History

Randi Minetor. Nic Minetor, photos.

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This illustrated history of immigration in America's most international city—ranging from colonial times to the mid-19th-century Irish Potato Famine, and from Ellis Island to the present day—provides ... ... read more

 
 
Daniel: A Novel  

Daniel: A Novel

Henning Mankell.

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Known for his detective fiction featuring Kurt Wallander, which has earned such awards as the Glass Key and Gold Dagger, the late Henning Mankell also wrote dozens of plays, won the Astrid Lindgren ... ... read more

 
Traitor's Field  

Traitor's Field

Robert Wilton.

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It is 1648 and Britain is at war with itself, in this second historical espionage thriller drawing on the archive of the Comptrollerate-General for Scrutiny and Survey—the follow-up to Treason's ... ... read more

 
Big Book of Family Meals: 130 Inspiring Recipes from Around the World  

Big Book of Family Meals: 130 Inspiring Recipes from Around the World

Amy Corstorphine, ed.

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Offering international inspiration for answering that age-old question—"What's for dinner?"—this attractively illustrated cookbook provides 130 recipes for everything from Pad Thai to Pumpkin ... ... read more

 
The Safety Net  

The Safety Net

Heinrich Boll. Salman Rushdie, intro.

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In 1979, just a few years after he won the Nobel Prize, Heinrich Böll penned this "artful, gripping novel.... The strongest response to modern terrorism by a serious novelist" (Kirkus ... ... read more

 
The Diviners: Bright Lights are Hiding Dark Secrets  

The Diviners: Bright Lights are Hiding Dark Secrets

Libba Bray.

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Too fond of parties and too stubborn not to speak her mind, Evie O'Neill has been shipped off from her Ohio hometown to stay with her uncle in New York City, and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic, in ... ... read more

 
 
Thich Nhat Hanh: Buddhism in Action: Spiritual Biographies for Young Readers  

Thich Nhat Hanh: Buddhism in Action: Spiritual Biographies for Young Readers

Maura D. Shaw. Stephen Marchesi, illus.

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This colorful introduction to Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh touches lightly on his work to end the war in Vietnam and his eventual founding of the Plum Village community in France, ... ... read more

 
The Islands of the Blessed  

The Islands of the Blessed

Nancy Farmer.

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Three-time Newbery Honoree Nancy Farmer here concludes the young adult trilogy that began with The Sea of Trolls and continued with The Land of Silver Apples. It opens with a vicious ... ... read more

 
The Right-Hand Shore  

The Right-Hand Shore

Christopher Tilghman.

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It is 1920, and Edward Mason is making a call upon Miss Mary Bayly, the current owner of the legendary Mason family estate, the Retreat, in this stand-alone sequel to Christopher Tilghman's 1996 ... ... read more

 
The Arrow of Gold: A Story Between Two Notes  

The Arrow of Gold: A Story Between Two Notes

Joseph Conrad.

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During the Carlist war of the early 1870s, a young, unnamed protagonist joins the champions of Don Carlos de Bourbon, pretender to the throne of Spain, in this 1919 novel by the author of Lord ... ... read more

 
Theater of a City: The Place of London Comedy, 1598–1642  

Theater of a City: The Place of London Comedy, 1598–1642

Jean E. Howard.

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The commercial stage of 17th-century London depended on the demographic growth and commercial vibrancy of the city to fuel its own development, creating a particular synergy between the early modern ... ... read more

 
 
Wodney Wat's Wobot  

Wodney Wat's Wobot

Helen Lester. Lynn Munsinger, illus.

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In this follow-up to Hooway for Wodney Wat, for readers 4 to 7, the friendly rodent who has trouble saying his Rs must again face that big bully Camilla Capybara. But this time Wodney has a ... ... read more

 
Some Like it Hawk: A Meg Langslow Mystery  

Some Like it Hawk: A Meg Langslow Mystery

Donna Andrews.

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In this 14th Meg Langslow mystery by Agatha, Anthony, and Barry Award winner Donna Andrews, following The Real Macaw, the sometime sleuth is plying her blacksmith's trade at Caerphilly Days, a ... ... read more

 
Fresh & Fast: Inspired Cooking for Every Season and Every Day  

Fresh & Fast: Inspired Cooking for Every Season and Every Day

Marie Simmons.

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"Fresh food is more convenient than packaged," proclaims Marie Simmons, and she proves her point with more than 200 seasonally appropriate recipes. Simmons uses fresh vegetables and spices to jazz up ... ... read more

 
Virginia Woolf  

Virginia Woolf

Mary Ann Caws.

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A leading figure in the Bloomsbury circle, whose brilliant, stylistically innovative novels of the 1920s—among them To the Lighthouse and Mrs. Dalloway—extended the boundaries of ... ... read more

 
Oliver's First Christmas  

Oliver's First Christmas

Kristi Valiant.

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Embodying the excitement of Christmas merriment and mystery, this compact board book for prereaders follows bouncy young pup Oliver as he tries to help with wrapping presents, decorating the tree, ... ... read more

 
 
Red Rascal's War: A Doonesbury Book  

Red Rascal's War: A Doonesbury Book

G.B. Trudeau.

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From the exploits of Afghan legend-in-chief Sorkh Razil to the pipe dreams of Malibu's top nanny Zonker Harris, from the "no more chill pills" intervention by Obama's aides to the way-cool love of a ... ... read more

 
Joseph Anton: A Memoir  

Joseph Anton: A Memoir

Salman Rushdie.

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(Named one of the Best Books of 2012 by London's Economist, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Seattle Times, the Kansas City Star, and Newsweek) The author of ... ... read more

 
Do Not Disturb  

Do Not Disturb

Stephen Geoffreys, Tiffany Shepis, Ezra Buzzington, Corey Haim & others. B.C. Furtney, director.

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After his fiancée is brutally murdered, Don Malek seeks revenge in this 2013 recut and renamed version of 2010's New Terminal Hotel. Stephen Geoffreys (of Fright Night fame) plays ... ... read more

 
The Death of King Arthur: A New Verse Translation  

The Death of King Arthur: A New Verse Translation

Simon Armitage, trans.

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First appearing around 1400, The Alliterative Morte Arthure, or The Death of King Arthur, is one of the most spectacular poems ever written in Middle English. Only one copy of the ... ... read more

 
Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East  

Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East

Reza Aslan, ed.

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Spanning a century of modern Middle Eastern literature—from the Arab poet Khalil Gibran to the Nobel laureates Naguib Mahfouz and Orhan Pamuk, from the great Syrian-Lebanese poet Adonis to the grand ... ... read more

 
 
The Artful Cupcake: Baking & Decorating Delicious Indulgences  

The Artful Cupcake: Baking & Decorating Delicious Indulgences

Marcianne Miller.

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A visual treat as well as inspiration for your most ambitious inner cupcaker, this book collects three dozen cupcake projects—some straightforward (Chocolate Cabernet Cupcakes) and some rather ... ... read more

 
Starf*cker: The Rolling Stones Live in London '76  

Starf*cker: The Rolling Stones Live in London '76

Nobby Clark, photog.

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Capturing the Rolling Stones onstage during their legendary 1976 European tour—dubbed by wags as the "Starfucker" tour, largely due to the extraordinary lotus-shaped stage on which the band ... ... read more

 
SAS and Elite Forces Guide: Manhunt: The Art and Science of Tracking High Profile Enemy Targets  

SAS and Elite Forces Guide: Manhunt: The Art and Science of Tracking High Profile Enemy Targets

Alexander Stilwell.

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SAS veteran Alexander Stilwell details how to conduct and evade surveillance operations, including self-defense and wilderness survival tips. The massive manhunts that resulted in the capture of ... ... read more

 
SAS and Elite Forces Guide: Prisoner of War Escape & Evasion: How to Survive Behind Enemy Lines from the World's Most Elite Military Units  

SAS and Elite Forces Guide: Prisoner of War Escape & Evasion: How to Survive Behind Enemy Lines from the World's Most Elite Military Units

Chris McNab.

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Everything you need to know to escape from captivity or enemy territory is explained here, including how to evade capture, resist the psychological tactics of your captors, cover your tracks, and ... ... read more

 
SAS and Elite Forces Guide: Special Forces in Action: Elite Forces Operations, 1991–2011  

SAS and Elite Forces Guide: Special Forces in Action: Elite Forces Operations, 1991–2011

Alexander Stilwell.

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From the Gulf War to the search for war criminals in the Balkans, and from the war in Afghanistan to the invasion of Iraq, this history details the often clandestine roles of some of the world's most ... ... read more

 
 
Rome and Rhetoric: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar  

Rome and Rhetoric: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

Garry Wills.

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Renaissance plays and poetry in England were saturated with the rhetorical twists that Latin education made familiar to audiences and readers, yet even a formally educated man like Ben Jonson was ... ... read more

 
Bombing Hitler: The Story of the Man Who Almost Assassinated the Führer  

Bombing Hitler: The Story of the Man Who Almost Assassinated the Führer

Hellmut G. Haasis. William Odom, trans.

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Carpenter Georg Elser was an ordinary citizen living in 1939 Munich, who single-handedly attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler, nearly ending the war at its outset. Elser constructed a bomb and hid ... ... read more

 
Brave Donatella and the Jasmine Thief  

Brave Donatella and the Jasmine Thief

Caroline McAlister. Donald Hendricks, illus.

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The Duke Cosimo de' Medici loves his exotic-smelling jasmine plants—so much so that he keeps them to himself in the Boboli Gardens and forbids any of his staff to remove even one leaf to plant ... ... read more

 
The Opening Night Murder: A Restoration Mystery  

The Opening Night Murder: A Restoration Mystery

Anne Rutherford.

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The restoration of King Charles II to the throne in 1660 is occasion for much celebration in London; the Merry Monarch's boundless enthusiasm for entertainment of all sorts creates opportunities for ... ... read more

 
Let Freedom Reign: The Words of Nelson Mandela  

Let Freedom Reign: The Words of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela. André Brink, foreword.

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In 1994, Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first black president, uttering the words "Let freedom reign" as part of his inaugural address, which is featured here. Mandela's great skill as an ... ... read more

 
 
Art & Enterprise: American Decorative Arts, 1825–1917: The Virginia Carroll Crawford Collection  

Art & Enterprise: American Decorative Arts, 1825–1917: The Virginia Carroll Crawford Collection

Donald C. Peirce.

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Surveying the Virginia Carroll Crawford Collection at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta—one of the country's premier public collections of American decorative art—this sumptuously produced catalogue ... ... read more

 
The Fifth Impossibility: Essays on Exile and Language  

The Fifth Impossibility: Essays on Exile and Language

Norman Manea.

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Deported to a concentration camp in 1941, where he remained until the end of the war, Romanian Jewish novelist and cultural critic Norman Manea left his homeland once more in 1986 to escape the ... ... read more

 
Extraordinary Youth: Prodigies of Music, Science, Literature, Art & Sports Quiz Deck: Knowledge Cards  

Extraordinary Youth: Prodigies of Music, Science, Literature, Art & Sports Quiz Deck: Knowledge Cards

Patrice Morris.

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From a three-year-old math whiz who could calculate the number of seconds a person had lived, to a trio of young sisters who took the chess world by storm, each of these 48 cards highlights the ... ... read more

 
Peter Benchley Collection: Three Exciting Novels of Danger and Adventure: Jaws; The Girl of the Sea of Cortez; Beast  

Peter Benchley Collection: Three Exciting Novels of Danger and Adventure: Jaws; The Girl of the Sea of Cortez; Beast

Peter Benchley.

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A reporter at the Washington Post and an editor at Newsweek before he became a White House speechwriter, Peter Benchley exploded into popular fiction with the 1974 publication of ... ... read more

 
The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable: A True Tale of Passion, Poison & Pursuit  

The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable: A True Tale of Passion, Poison & Pursuit

Carol Baxter.

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A sincere Quaker if a sinning one, John Tawell had been convicted of forgery and transported to Sydney; he returned to England a wealthy man, having become Australia's first pharmacist, though he ... ... read more

 
 
The State vs. Nelson Mandela: The Trial that Changed South Africa  

The State vs. Nelson Mandela: The Trial that Changed South Africa

Joel Joffe. Nelson Mandela, foreword.

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On July 11, 1963, a dry-cleaning van drove up to a rural farm near Johannesburg, South Africa; within seconds, heavily armed police burst out and arrested the entire high command of the armed wing of ... ... read more

 
Bold: A Cookbook of Big Flavors  

Bold: A Cookbook of Big Flavors

Susanna Hoffman & Victoria Wise.

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"Although every cookbook proclaims it is new, not that many really are. I’m always on the lookout for truly innovative flavor combinations, the unfussy yet deft marriage of old ingredients in new ... ... read more

 
Letters and News from the Trenches and the Home Front  

Letters and News from the Trenches and the Home Front

Robert Hamilton, ed.

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A fitting companion to The Great War: Unseen Archives, this book offers an immediate and up-close look at the experiences and impressions of the fighting men in World War I and the families at ... ... read more

 
Am I a Monkey?: Six Big Questions about Evolution  

Am I a Monkey?: Six Big Questions about Evolution

Francisco J. Ayala.

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Despite the vocal controversy in American media, in which tradition often seems more significant than fact, evolution remains a cornerstone of science. Here evolutionary biologist Francisco ... ... read more

 
Truth's Ragged Edge: The Rise of the American Novel  

Truth's Ragged Edge: The Rise of the American Novel

Philip F. Gura.

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The author of the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award finalist American Transcendentalism: A History, cultural historian Philip Gura here presents an original and illuminating survey of ... ... read more

 
 
Lincoln Unbound: How an Ambitious Young Railsplitter Saved the American Dream—and How We Can Do It Again  

Lincoln Unbound: How an Ambitious Young Railsplitter Saved the American Dream—and How We Can Do It Again

Rich Lowry.

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In a thoughtful mix of history and politics, this book traces Abraham Lincoln's climb from the backwoods to the White House and calls for a renewal of the Lincoln ethic of relentless striving. ... ... read more

 
The Rough Guide to <I>The Lost Symbol</I>  

The Rough Guide to The Lost Symbol

Michael Haag.

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As he did in The Rough Guide to the Da Vinci Code, Michael Haag offers the decrypted information behind a popular Dan Brown novel starring symbologist Robert Langdon. Who are the Freemasons, ... ... read more

 
Soul Mates  

Soul Mates

Duo ST15.

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If you assume that the combination of saxophone and piano must sound like jazz, then Duo ST15 will surely surprise you. On this 2011 release, saxophonist Laurent Estoppey and pianist Virginie Falquet ... ... read more

 
In Memoriam M.P. Belaieff  

In Memoriam M.P. Belaieff

Elena Vassilieva, soprano. Quatuor Sine Nomine.

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A patron saint of Russian composers, M.P. Belaieff (1836–1903) gathered the best musicians of his generation around him, supporting them financially and popularizing their compositions. For this ... ... read more

 
Bardell v. Pickwick: A Dickens of a Case  

Bardell v. Pickwick: A Dickens of a Case

Percy Fitzgerald. Baroness Hale, foreword.

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When Samuel Pickwick—protagonist of Charles Dickens's novel The Pickwick Papers—uttered soothing words to his landlady Mrs. Bardell in her time of need, he never dreamed that he would find ... ... read more

 
 
Brief Lives: E.M. Forster  

Brief Lives: E.M. Forster

Richard Canning.

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A century after his first novels were published, E.M. Forster (1879–1970) remains one of the most widely read authors of the 20th century, making his name with such novels as A Room with a ... ... read more

 
The Devil's Disciple  

The Devil's Disciple

Shiro Hamao. J. Keith Vincent, trans. and intro.

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"Prosecutor Tsuchida, I am being held here as a murderer. But the truth is that I am probably not that murderer. That's right. Probably." While Shimaura Eizo sits in jail awaiting trial for ... ... read more

 
Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Girl  

Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Girl

Jenny Wren. Jenny Éclair, foreword.

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Essentially a female riposte to Jerome K. Jerome's Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, this 1891 book by the pseudonymous Jenny Wren presents her amusing thoughts on matters ranging from love and ... ... read more

 
Love and Gymnastics  

Love and Gymnastics

Edmondo De Amicis. Italo Calvino, foreword. David Chapman, trans.

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Timid little Mr. Celzani is consumed by love for gymnast Maria Pedani, with whom he shares an apartment block, in this comic 1892 novel by Edmondo De Amicis. Even with the well-intentioned assistance ... ... read more

 
Once Upon the Orient Wave: Milton and the Arab Muslim World  

Once Upon the Orient Wave: Milton and the Arab Muslim World

Eid Abdallah Dahiyat.

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Like other 17th-century writers, John Milton had only a sketchy idea of Islam and the Arab world, obtained from travelers and linguists who had made journeys to and from the Middle East. Yet buried ... ... read more

 
 
Poetic Lives: Keats  

Poetic Lives: Keats

Robert Mighall.

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One of the leading figures of the English Romantic movement, John Keats (1795–1821) is chiefly remembered for his immortal odes, with such works as "Ode to a Nightingale," "To Autumn," and "Ode on a ... ... read more

 
The Princess of Mantua  

The Princess of Mantua

Marie Ferranti. Andrew Brown, trans.

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(Winner of the 2002 Grand Prix du Roman de l'Académie Française) Who is the woman who looks out at us from Andrea Mantegna's masterful painting, The Gonzaga Family? In this ... ... read more

 
The Turn  

The Turn

Luigi Pirandello. Howard Curtis, trans.

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Marcantonio Ravì's plan to give his beautiful daughter, Stellina, in marriage to the elderly but wealthy Don Diego Alcozèr is met with dismay by his family, in this 1902 novel by Nobel Prize winner ... ... read more

 
Two Princesses  

Two Princesses

Vladimir Odoevsky. Bridget Kendall, foreword. Neil Cornwell, trans.

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In 1839's Princess Zizi—the first of these two novelettes by Vladimir Odoevsky (1803–69)—passionate Zinaida devotes her youth to serving her mother, but when her chance at love comes, the ... ... read more

 
Outfoxing Fear: Folktales from Around the World  

Outfoxing Fear: Folktales from Around the World

Kathleen Ragan, ed. Jack Zipes, intro.

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Humans have always lived with fear—of jaguars, of raiding Vikings, of nuclear holocaust—and folktales, according to Kathleen Ragan, often reflect how people cope with their fears and put them in ... ... read more

 
 
Jim Lee: Arrested  

Jim Lee: Arrested

Jim Lee, photog. Peter York, text.

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This big black book is the visual biography of idiosyncratic London-based photographer and film director Jim Lee, who established himself while shooting such bands as the Kinks and the Who, and whose ... ... read more

 
Poor Robin's Prophecies: A Curious Almanac, and the Everyday Mathematics of Georgian Britain  

Poor Robin's Prophecies: A Curious Almanac, and the Everyday Mathematics of Georgian Britain

Benjamin Wardhaugh.

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Author, astrologer, journalist, satirist, and "well-willer to the mathematics," Poor Robin of Saffron Walden was an invented figure of British popular culture from the Restoration to the end of the ... ... read more

 
The Dime Museum Murders: The Harry Houdini Mysteries  

The Dime Museum Murders: The Harry Houdini Mysteries

Daniel Stashower.

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New York City, 1897: Young escape artist Harry Houdini is struggling to get the recognition he craves working in the ruthless entertainment industry, in this first Houdini mystery. When toy tycoon ... ... read more

 
The Floating Lady Murder: The Harry Houdini Mysteries  

The Floating Lady Murder: The Harry Houdini Mysteries

Daniel Stashower.

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In turn-of-the-century New York City, young Harry Houdini takes work with Harry Kellar, the "Dean of American Magicians," in this second Houdini mystery. One night the performance of Kellar's ... ... read more

 
The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton  

The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton

Diane Atkinson.

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Married at 19 to bullying Tory lawyer George Norton, Caroline Sheridan had become a respected poet and a celebrated society beauty when she separated from her husband. He then accused her of ... ... read more

 
 
The Names of Our Tears: An Amish-Country Mystery  

The Names of Our Tears: An Amish-Country Mystery

P.L. Gaus.

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In this eighth Amish-Country mystery, following Harmless as Doves, Ruth Zook returns home to the Amish and Mennonite community of Holmes County, Ohio, carrying a heavy suitcase and a heavier ... ... read more

 
A Lion Among Men: Volume Three in the Wicked Years  

A Lion Among Men: Volume Three in the Wicked Years

Gregory Maguire.

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In this third volume of Gregory Maguire's series following Wicked and Son of a Witch, we return to his wildly reimagined Oz, seen now through the eyes of the Cowardly Lion. "Hardly more ... ... read more

 
Ida Haendel & Misha Dacic: Live in Recital  

Ida Haendel & Misha Dacic: Live in Recital

Ida Haendel, violin. Misha Dacic, piano.

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This live, 2009 performance from the Miami International Piano Festival features violinist Ida Haendel and pianist Misha Dacic performing Robert Schumann's Sonata for Violin and Piano no. 2 in D ... ... read more

 
A Struggle for Life: Selected Essays of Llewelyn Powys  

A Struggle for Life: Selected Essays of Llewelyn Powys

Llewelyn Powys. Anthony Head, ed.

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Describing locales ranging from colonial Africa to rural France, and from Switzerland to his native Dorset, Llewelyn Powys (1884–1939) was a gifted travel writer and essayist. In the 28 essays here, ... ... read more

 
The Book of Times: From Seconds to Centuries, a Compendium of Measures  

The Book of Times: From Seconds to Centuries, a Compendium of Measures

Lesley Alderman.

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Our relationship to time is complex and paradoxical; time stands still, and time also flies. Tomorrow is another day, yet there's no time like the present. And despite all of our time-saving devices, ... ... read more

 
 
The Treasures of Noël Coward: Star Quality  

The Treasures of Noël Coward: Star Quality

Barry Day.

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Playwright, director, actor, songwriter, singer: few artists have influenced popular culture more than Noël Coward. He chronicled high society with sparkling wit, played a crucial role in Britain's ... ... read more

 
Handy Projects for Boys: More Than 200 Projects Including Skis, Hammocks, Paper Balloons, Wrestling Mats, and Microscopes  

Handy Projects for Boys: More Than 200 Projects Including Skis, Hammocks, Paper Balloons, Wrestling Mats, and Microscopes

The Editors of Popular Mechanics.

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First appearing in a 1913 collection from Popular Mechanics Press (hence the none-too-subtle gender discrimination in the title), the projects in this handbook (for boys and girls 12 and up, ... ... read more

 
Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem and the Modernisation of the Monarchy  

Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem and the Modernisation of the Monarchy

Paul Thomas Murphy.

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During Queen Victoria’s 64-year reign, no fewer than eight attempts were made on her life; the would-be assassins included a bartender dreaming of becoming an admiral, a hunchback longing for ... ... read more

 
Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens  

Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens

Andrea Wulf.

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On two days—one in 1761 and the other in 1769—hundreds of astronomers prepared to observe a rare astronomical event: the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. Hoping to use the observations to ... ... read more

 
Criminal Ancestors: A Guide to Historical Criminal Records in England and Wales  

Criminal Ancestors: A Guide to Historical Criminal Records in England and Wales

David T. Hawkings.

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The author of Pauper Ancestors and Railway Ancestors here offers practical, in-depth guidelines for researching criminal ancestors in the British family tree, many of whom were ... ... read more

 
 
We Love You, Hugless Douglas  

We Love You, Hugless Douglas

David Melling.

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Poor Douglas—all he wants is a best friend. Flossie the sheep has one, and Cow has one, and even the rabbits have a special trampoline play group, the Best Friend Bouncers. Maybe big, huggable ... ... read more

 
Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science  

Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science

Christoph Irmscher.

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During an 1846 lecture tour in Boston, Swiss biologist Louis Agassiz decided to stay, eventually becoming the best-known American scientist of his era. Renowned for his pioneering studies of the ice ... ... read more

 
Friendship & Betrayal: Ambition and the Limits of Loyalty  

Friendship & Betrayal: Ambition and the Limits of Loyalty

Graham Stewart.

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Can there be friendship at the top? The author of Burying Caesar and The History of the Times: The Murdoch Years, Graham Stewart here explores the fragility of personal relationships in ... ... read more

 
New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville  

New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville

Joy Peterson Heyrman, ed.

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During his tragically short artistic career Richard Caton Woodville (1825–55) produced a small yet iconic collection of works that vividly depict antebellum America, including Politics in an ... ... read more

 
Nighty-Night, Cooper  

Nighty-Night, Cooper

Laura Numeroff. Lynn Munsinger, illus.

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Teaming up once again as they did in Lots of Lambs, the author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and the illustrator of Tacky the Penguin and the Wodney Wat books here offer a ... ... read more

 
 
Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi  

Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi

Charles Dickens. Richard Findlater, afterword.

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In 1837, the 25-year-old Charles Dickens was asked to rewrite the memoirs of the world-renowned clown and pantomime Joseph Grimaldi, presented here in a handsome, pocket-sized edition. Born to a ... ... read more

 
A Window on Eternity: A Biologist's Walk Through Gorongosa National Park  

A Window on Eternity: A Biologist's Walk Through Gorongosa National Park

Edward O. Wilson. Piotr Naskrecki, photos. Jessica Yu, filmmaker.

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Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique was nearly destroyed in a brutal civil war, but international efforts are slowly restoring it to its original state. The two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning author ... ... read more

 
Ferenc Fricsay Conducts Stravinsky & Bartók  

Ferenc Fricsay Conducts Stravinsky & Bartók

Arthur Grumiaux, violin. Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester. Ferenc Fricsay, conductor.

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Under Ferenc Fricsay, Belgian virtuoso Arthur Grumiaux (1921–86) performed Igor Stravinsky's neo-baroque Violin Concerto at a 1951 concert with the Cologne West German Radio Orchestra. On May 4, ... ... read more

 
Thomas Pasatieri: Letter to Warsaw  

Thomas Pasatieri: Letter to Warsaw

Jane Eaglen, soprano. Music of Remembrance. Gerard Schwarz, conductor.

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This tonal, late-Romantic work by American composer Thomas Pasatieri was commissioned in 2003 for soprano Jane Eaglen and conductor Gerard Schwarz by the Seattle-based group Music of Remembrance. ... ... read more

 
Tavener: The Protecting Veil; In Alium  

Tavener: The Protecting Veil; In Alium

Eileen Hulse, soprano. Maria Kliegel, cello. Ulster Orchestra. Takuo Yuasa, conductor.

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In one of British composer John Tavener's most famous works, The Protecting Veil, a cellist plays continuously (here Maria Kliegel on a 1693 Stradivarius) to represent the beneficence of the ... ... read more

 
 
Wazzyjump  

Wazzyjump

Michael Moniz.

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A charming fable for readers 4 to 8, illustrated with elegant, golden-hued watercolors, Wazzyjump is the tale of a magical rabbit. No one knows what his magic is, or where he hides in the ... ... read more

 
The Torch in My Ear  

The Torch in My Ear

Elias Canetti.

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In his second memoir, Nobel Prize winner Elias Canetti (1905–94) gives us a perceptive portrait of Vienna and Berlin in the 1920s, and of Canetti's admiration for his first great mentor, the Viennese ... ... read more

 
The Play of the Eyes  

The Play of the Eyes

Elias Canetti.

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This third memoir from Nobel Prize winner Elias Canetti (1905–94) is set in Vienna between 1931 and 1937, years when Hitler's rise to power—already clear to anyone with eyes to see—was approaching ... ... read more

 
The Mushroom Man  

The Mushroom Man

Ethel Pochocki. Barry Moser, illus.

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Originally published in 1993, this is a lovely and unexpected tale about an odd friendship, for readers 6 to 9. The mushroom man spends his days in the dark, sleeping while the sun is up and then ... ... read more

 
Sydney and Violet: Their Life with T.S. Eliot, Proust, Joyce, and the Excruciatingly Irascible Wyndham Lewis  

Sydney and Violet: Their Life with T.S. Eliot, Proust, Joyce, and the Excruciatingly Irascible Wyndham Lewis

Stephen Klaidman.

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Even the most brilliant writer is nothing without the right reader. To many of the most creative minds in pre–World War II Britain, those readers included Sydney and Violet Schiff. Sydney, himself a ... ... read more

 
 
Selected Letters  

Selected Letters

D.H. Lawrence. James T. Boulton, ed.

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Writing to aristocrats, fellow authors, painters, publishers, and others from the intelligentsia—and with equal concern to his sisters, a childhood friend suffering from tuberculosis, a post office ... ... read more

 
Moody Monsters: Storybook, Finger Puppets & Play-Stage, 75 Stickers  

Moody Monsters: Storybook, Finger Puppets & Play-Stage, 75 Stickers

Jenne Simon.

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Moody Monsters reveal their feelings through their exaggerated facial expressions, and this book and activity set includes brightly colored stickers, finger puppets, and a play stage backdrop (about ... ... read more

 
Walden Then & Now: An Alphabetical Tour of Henry Thoreau's Pond  

Walden Then & Now: An Alphabetical Tour of Henry Thoreau's Pond

Michael McCurdy.

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The illustrator who superbly illuminated the 150th anniversary edition of Walden, Michael McCurdy here applies his lush woodcut illustrations to an alphabetical appreciation of Walden Pond for ... ... read more

 
A Curious Invitation: The Forty Greatest Parties in Fiction  

A Curious Invitation: The Forty Greatest Parties in Fiction

Suzette Field.

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Great literature is filled with feasts and parties—an endlessly useful device for the writer, not only for social commentary and satire but also as an occasion where characters can meet, fall in or ... ... read more

 
The Household Tips of the Great Writers  

The Household Tips of the Great Writers

Mark Crick.

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Just because they have deep thoughts and singular perspectives on the human condition doesn't mean that the great writers of literature don't occasionally have to throw a dinner party, caulk a ... ... read more

 
 
West's World: The Extraordinary Life of Dame Rebecca West  

West's World: The Extraordinary Life of Dame Rebecca West

Lorna Gibb.

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Born Cicely Fairfield in 1892, Rebecca West was a young woman and a budding actress when she changed her name to that of the feminist heroine in Ibsen's play Rosmersholm. West became a ... ... read more

 
Magical Monty  

Magical Monty

Johanna Hurwitz. Anik McGrory, illus.

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In this fourth Monty chapter book from Johanna Hurwitz and Anik McGrory, for readers 5 to 7, the intrepid first-grader tries to master a new magic kit, and finds that some real-life situations are ... ... read more

 
The Eve of St Venus: And The Venus of Ille  

The Eve of St Venus: And The Venus of Ille

Anthony Burgess & Prosper Mérimée. Andrew Brown, trans.

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Discouraged by a feminist friend, Diana is having second thoughts about her impending wedding. Worse yet, her fiancée Ambrose has abruptly become engaged to a statue of Venus, which is in possession ... ... read more

 
Canada  

Canada

Richard Ford.

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"First, I'll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later." In this haunting novel from the author of the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award winner ... ... read more

 
The 1970s: Britain in Pictures  

The 1970s: Britain in Pictures

Paul Richardson, series ed. Huw Pryce, ed.

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The 1970s were, for Britain, a time of oil crises, terrorist bombings, and living by candlelight during power strikes. But they were also a time of Space Hoppers, Glam Rock and Punk Rock, and the ... ... read more

 
 
The 1980s: Britain in Pictures  

The 1980s: Britain in Pictures

Paul Richardson, ed.

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The 1980s were boom years for Britain, with finance and technology seeing the country through some otherwise difficult years as traditional industries gave way to new ones, while also experiencing ... ... read more

 
The 1990s: Britain in Pictures  

The 1990s: Britain in Pictures

Paul Richardson, series ed. Huw Pryce, ed.

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The 1990s began with record interest rates in Britain, misery for homeowners, the poll tax, and a threat to the nation's currency. But along with the financial crisis came feats like the Channel ... ... read more

 
The 2000s: Britain in Pictures  

The 2000s: Britain in Pictures

Richard Wiles, series ed. Ian Penberthy, ed.

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The new millennium saw protests against globalization, fears over climate change, a devastating financial crisis, and a scandal over the expenses of Parliament ministers. Britain was drawn into a war ... ... read more

 
The Animals: Love Letters Between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy  

The Animals: Love Letters Between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy

Christopher Isherwood & Don Bachardy. Katherine Buchnell, ed.

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English novelist and screenwriter Christopher Isherwood was already famous as the author of Goodbye to Berlin when he met Don Bachardy, a California teenager, on the beach in Santa Monica in ... ... read more

 
Bazooka Joe and His Gang: 60th-Anniversary Collection  

Bazooka Joe and His Gang: 60th-Anniversary Collection

Jeff Shepherd, ed. Talley Morse, preface. Nancy Morse & Kirk Taylor, intro. Len Brown, R. Sikoryak & Bhob Stewart, essays. Jay Lynch, afterword.

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A fixture in many of our childhoods, Bazooka Joe was the creation of pop culture entrepreneur Woody Gelman and artist Wesley Morse, a specialist in salacious drawings. This history of the iconic ... ... read more

 
 
Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens  

Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens

Robert Gottlieb.

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Famous for the indelible child characters he created, from Little Nell and Oliver Twist to David Copperfield, Charles Dickens was himself the father of ten children (and a possible 11th). Robert ... ... read more

 
The Red Pole of Macau: An Ava Lee Novel  

The Red Pole of Macau: An Ava Lee Novel

Ian Hamilton.

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In this fourth Ava Lee investigation, following the Lambda Award finalist The Wild Beasts of Wuhan, the Chinese-Canadian forensic accountant is called upon to defend her family. Ava's ... ... read more

 
The Wild Beasts of Wuhan: An Ava Lee Novel  

The Wild Beasts of Wuhan: An Ava Lee Novel

Ian Hamilton.

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(Finalist for the 2013 Lambda Award for Best Lesbian Crime/Mystery Novel) In this third Ava Lee investigation (following The Disciple of Las Vegas), Chinese powerbroker Wong Changxing ... ... read more

 
Britten's Century: Celebrating 100 Years of Benjamin Britten  

Britten's Century: Celebrating 100 Years of Benjamin Britten

Mark Bostridge, ed. Nicholas Kenyon, intro.

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In the nearly four decades since Benjamin Britten's death, appreciation for his music—particularly the opera Peter Grimes and the masterful War Requiem—has only grown, even as his ... ... read more

 
The City of Devi  

The City of Devi

Manil Suri.

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The author of The Age of Shiva and the PEN/Faulkner Award finalist The Death of Vishnu here gives us a dazzling epic about love and the fate of the world. Mumbai has emptied under the ... ... read more

 
 
Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live For Ever  

Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live For Ever

Ray Kurzweil & Terry Grossman.

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Immortality is within our grasp, argues inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who posits that we are in the early stages of several profound revolutions in human ability, spawned by advances in ... ... read more

 
The Journey Abandoned: The Unfinished Novel  

The Journey Abandoned: The Unfinished Novel

Lionel Trilling. Geraldine Murphy, ed.

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Prominent literary critic Lionel Trilling in fact saw himself as a novelist, notes English professor Geraldine Murphy; in 1947 he published The Middle of the Journey, and though he had high ... ... read more

 
To the Letter: A Journey Through a Vanishing World  

To the Letter: A Journey Through a Vanishing World

Simon Garfield.

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From Roman wood chips discovered near Hadrian's Wall to the wonders and terrors of e-mail, the author of On the Map and Just My Type here delves into how we have written to each other ... ... read more

 
Chinese Books: Sam Fogg Rare Books and Manuscripts  

Chinese Books: Sam Fogg Rare Books and Manuscripts

Wei Chen-Hsuan. Crofton Black, ed.

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This book catalogues some of the remarkable volumes in the collection of London gallery Sam Fogg Rare Books and Manuscripts: 86 manuscripts, woodblock-printed books, fragments, and scrolls from ... ... read more

 
Food for the Flames: Idols and Missionaries in Central Polynesia  

Food for the Flames: Idols and Missionaries in Central Polynesia

David Shaw King. David Attenborough, foreword.

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In 1797—barely 25 years after Captain Cook's Pacific voyages—the London Missionary Society sent its first representatives to the South Seas. Although their express goal was to spread the Gospel and ... ... read more

 
 
Picture Paradise: Asia-Pacific Photography 1840s–1940s  

Picture Paradise: Asia-Pacific Photography 1840s–1940s

Gael Newton.

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Photography came to the Asian Pacific region in the 1840s while still in its infancy, and as it matured over the following hundred years it recorded many aspects of the region that have long since ... ... read more

 
A Discovery of New Worlds  

A Discovery of New Worlds

Bernard de Fontenelle. Aphra Behn, trans. Paul Murdin, foreword.

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Born in 1657, Bernard de Fontenelle first achieved literary success with Nouveaux Dialogues des Morts, a brilliant series of philosophical debates between historical figures. But it was this ... ... read more

 
Love and Longing: A Collection of Classic Poetry and Prose  

Love and Longing: A Collection of Classic Poetry and Prose

Jacqueline Wilson, intro. Kate Agnew, ed.

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From pieces by Shakespeare, Lord Tennyson, and Emily Brontë to the less familiar poetry of Charlotte Mew and Aphra Behn, from excerpts of Thomas Malory's epic Le Morte d'Arthur to the minutely ... ... read more

 
Gilbert & George  

Gilbert & George

Jan Debbaut, Marco Livingstone, Michael Bracewell & Ben Borthwick, contributors.

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"Since first meeting at St Martin's School of Art, London, in 1967," writes Michael Bracewell in his essay contained in this book, "Gilbert & George have worked without pause to make an art that ... ... read more

 
Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure that Took the Victorian World by Storm  

Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure that Took the Victorian World by Storm

Monte Reel.

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The author of The Last of the Tribe, former Washington Post reporter Monte Reel here gives us the riveting, almost unbelievable adventure of an unlikely young explorer who in the 1850s ... ... read more

 
 
Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology  

Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology

Alexis Madrigal.

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Our relationship with green technology is hardly a recent development; Americans have been imagining and inventing cheap and renewable energy solutions for more than a century. Here Atlantic ... ... read more

 
No Man's Land: Fiction from a World at War: 1914–1918  

No Man's Land: Fiction from a World at War: 1914–1918

Pete Ayrton, ed.

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Although World War I is often viewed through the lens of the poetry it inspired, the conflict also had a momentous effect on the fiction of the era. Featuring 47 writers from 20 different ... ... read more

 
Who Are You?  

Who Are You?

Anna Kavan.

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Sophisticated and sensitive, "the Girl" pines away in a tropical backwater, bound by marriage to the sadistic alcoholic Mr. Dog Head, in this experimental 1963 novel by Anna Kavan (1901–68). When the ... ... read more

 
Ooga-booga  

Ooga-booga

Frederick Seidel.

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(Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award) "She loves the hippos bathing in the perspiring water / Her curls are African lions exploding from a thicket," writes Frederick Seidel in ... ... read more

 
The Woman Reader  

The Woman Reader

Belinda Jack.

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In a lively story rarely told, the author of George Sand: A Woman's Life Writ Large here explores the evolution of women's reading and the seemingly endless controversies it has inspired. ... ... read more

 
 
Madame Bovary (Movie Tie-In)  

Madame Bovary (Movie Tie-In)

Gustave Flaubert. Lydia Davis, trans.

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(Winner of the French-American Foundation Translation Prize) Beautiful and bored, Emma Bovary finds little pleasure in motherhood or in her marriage to a provincial doctor. Embarking on a ... ... read more

 
Casino Journal  

Casino Journal

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Record your black jack winnings, jot down your poker opponents' telltale quirks, or document your gambles in the high stakes game of life with this casino-themed journal. The pocketable notebook ... ... read more

 
Invisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen  

Invisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen

Philip Ball.

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If offered the chance—by cloak, spell, or superpower—to be invisible, who wouldn't want to give it a try? We are drawn to the idea of stealthy voyeurism and the ability to conceal our own acts, but ... ... read more

 
The Story Hour  

The Story Hour

Thrity Umrigar.

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From the "perceptive and piercing" author (NYTBR) of The World We Found and The Space Between Us, this is a heartbreakingly honest novel about friendship and secrets, forgiveness ... ... read more

 
Touching the Mekong  

Touching the Mekong

Andrea Baldeck, photog.

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In her luscious black and white images, Andrea Baldeck variously captures the weathered stone of a god in an Angkor temple carving and the wise gaze of the shrine attendant who resembles him, the ... ... read more

 
 
H is for Hummus: A Modern Parent's ABC  

H is for Hummus: A Modern Parent's ABC

Joel Rickett & Spencer Wilson.

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An ABC not for toddlers but rather for their beleaguered mums and dads, this hilariously askew book looks at the realities of modern parenting by illustrating pertinent vocabulary words. A is for au ... ... read more

 
The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus  

The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

Richard Preston.

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A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure, and in a few days 90 percent of its victims are ... ... read more

 
On Rare Birds: A Lamentation on Natural History's Extinct and Endangered  

On Rare Birds: A Lamentation on Natural History's Extinct and Endangered

Anita Albus. Gerald Chapple, trans.

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A writer and artist based in Munich and Burgundy, Anita Albus is a recipient of the Medal of Honor from the Federal Republic of Germany and known for her detailed nature paintings as well as for her ... ... read more

 
The World of Dylan Thomas  

The World of Dylan Thomas

Peter Stevenson.

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Although writing predominantly in the English language, Dylan Thomas is often regarded as Wales's finest poet. He became popular in his lifetime and remained so after his premature death, acquiring a ... ... read more

 
Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin  

Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin

Andrew Wilson.

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When Alexander McQueen committed suicide in February 2010, aged just 40, a shocked world mourned the loss of a visionary fashion designer. McQueen had risen from humble beginnings as the youngest ... ... read more

 
 
Joan Rivers Presents Mr. Phyllis & Other Funny Stories  

Joan Rivers Presents Mr. Phyllis & Other Funny Stories

Joan Rivers.

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Long before she was a scathing critic of celebrity fashions, Joan Rivers was a pioneering stand-up comedian, with her unsparing wit making her a fixture on late-night television. On this 1967 debut ... ... read more

 
The Double-Crested Cormorant: Plight of a Feathered Pariah  

The Double-Crested Cormorant: Plight of a Feathered Pariah

Linda R. Wires. Barry Kent Mackay, illus.

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An iridescent black water bird superbly adapted to catching fish, the double-crested cormorant belongs to a family of birds vilified since biblical times and persecuted around the world as a ... ... read more

 
Learning Chinese: A Foundation Course in Mandarin: Intermediate Level  

Learning Chinese: A Foundation Course in Mandarin: Intermediate Level

Julian K. Wheatley.

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This second, intermediate volume of Learning Chinese provides stimulating material designed to improve conversational ability and literary skills in Mandarin. Conversational lessons are ... ... read more

 
Here I Am  

Here I Am

Jonathan Safran Foer.

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(First Edition, Autographed) (A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2016) In Genesis, when God calls out "Abraham!" before ordering him to sacrifice his son Isaac, Abraham ... ... read more

 
Generation of Swine: The Gonzo Papers, Volume 2: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80s  

Generation of Swine: The Gonzo Papers, Volume 2: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80s

Hunter S. Thompson.

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This 1988 book, the second volume of The Gonzo Papers, collects the best of Hunter S. Thompson's weekly columns for the San Francisco Examiner. Against a backdrop of late-night tattoo ... ... read more

 
 
Guilty Robots, Happy Dogs: The Question of Alien Minds  

Guilty Robots, Happy Dogs: The Question of Alien Minds

David McFarland.

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When we interact with animals, we intuitively read thoughts and feelings into their expressions and actions; it is easy—often irresistible—to suppose that they have minds like ours. And as technology ... ... read more

 
The Light of the World: A Memoir  

The Light of the World: A Memoir

Elizabeth Alexander.

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(Finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Biography and the National Book Critics Circle Award, a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, and a New Yorker, Boston Globe, ... ... read more

 
Dot-to-Dot Mindfulness  

Dot-to-Dot Mindfulness

Chris Bell.

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Inner peace awaits in these pages. Raising the childhood activity of dot-to-dot drawing to a more adult level of patience and attention, the images in this utterly absorbing book are like visual ... ... read more

 
Floral Coloring Book: Beautiful Pictures from the Garden of Nature  

Floral Coloring Book: Beautiful Pictures from the Garden of Nature

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From fantastic gardens to intricate floral patterns, tendrilled abstractions to mandala-like kaleidoscope images, this coloring book celebrates the delights of flowers, vines, and leaves. ... ... read more

 
General Theory of Knowledge  

General Theory of Knowledge

Moritz Schlick. Albert E. Blumberg, trans.

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"Thinking does not create the relations of reality; it has no form that it might imprint on reality," reasoned Viennese philosopher Moritz Schlick. "And reality permits no forms to be imprinted upon ... ... read more

 
 
The Peking Man is Missing  

The Peking Man is Missing

Claire Taschdjian.

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In the 1920s, on a hill near Beijing, scientists discovered a cache of human bones—some of them half-a-million years old. Collectively dubbed "Peking Man," the bones were one of the greatest finds in ... ... read more

 
City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York  

City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York

Tyler Anbinder.

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(First Edition, Signed Bookplate) (A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2016) With more than three million foreign-born residents today, New York City has been America's ... ... read more

 
Dubliners: Pulp! The Classics  

Dubliners: Pulp! The Classics

James Joyce. David Mann, illus.

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Originally published in 1914, this was James Joyce's first major work, written in self-imposed exile in Trieste. A collection of 15 short stories dealing with fleeting episodes in the everyday lives ... ... read more

 
The Hound of the Baskervilles  

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Arthur Conan Doyle.

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With the sudden and brutal death of Sir Charles Baskerville—and the only clue being the footprints of a giant hound—Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson must find out whether this is the work ... ... read more

 
Taking Shape: Finding Sculpture in the Decorative Arts  

Taking Shape: Finding Sculpture in the Decorative Arts

Martina Droth, Mary D. Sheriff, Katie Scott, Mimi Hellman & Charissa Bremer-David, contributors.

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While some three-dimensional artworks are labeled as "decorative arts" and others as "sculpture," the differences between the two can overlap so broadly that they become virtually indistinguishable; ... ... read more

 
 
Castoriadis's Ontology: Being and Creation  

Castoriadis's Ontology: Being and Creation

Suzi Adams.

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Taking an in-depth look at the ontological system of Cornelius Castoriadis (1922–97), Suzi Adams reconsiders the ancient problematic of human institution (nomos) and nature (physis) on ... ... read more

 
Loyalty to Loyalty: Josiah Royce and the Genuine Moral Life  

Loyalty to Loyalty: Josiah Royce and the Genuine Moral Life

Mathew A. Foust.

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Uniquely among American philosophers, Josiah Royce (1855–1916) based an ethical system upon the virtue of loyalty; in the pluralistic 21st century, however, loyalty can be viewed more subjectively, ... ... read more

 
Mourning Philology: Art and Religion at the Margins of the Ottoman Empire  

Mourning Philology: Art and Religion at the Margins of the Ottoman Empire

Marc Nichanian. G.M. Goshgarian & Jeff Fort, trans.

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"Pagan life seduces me a little more with each passing day. If it were possible today, I would change my religion and would joyfully embrace poetic paganism," stated the poet Daniel Varuzhan in 1908. ... ... read more

 
An Irishman in China: Robert Hart, Inspector General of the Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs  

An Irishman in China: Robert Hart, Inspector General of the Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs

Zhao Changtian. Tang Shuhui & Yang Yunqin, trans.

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It was a long journey for Robert Hart—in many ways—from his childhood in Northern Ireland to becoming the most influential foreigner in 19th-century China. As the Qing government's Inspector General ... ... read more

 
Barnaby: Volume Two: 1944–1945  

Barnaby: Volume Two: 1944–1945

Crockett Johnson.

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Though best known as the creator of Harold and the Purple Crayon and its sequels, Crockett Johnson's first triumph was a wryly thoughtful, slyly observant newspaper comic strip starring a ... ... read more

 
 
The Best American Infographics 2015  

The Best American Infographics 2015

Gareth Cook, ed. Maria Popova, intro.

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The rise of infographics across nearly all print and electronic media reveals unexpected patterns in our lives and our world. From an elegant graphic comparison of first sentences in classic novels ... ... read more

 
My Notorious Life  

My Notorious Life

Kate Manning.

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Nineteenth-century New York City midwife Axie Muldoon and her husband parlay the sale of "Lunar Tablets for Female Complaint" into a thriving business, in this novel based on a true story. Flouting ... ... read more

 
Armenian First Names  

Armenian First Names

Nicholas Awde & Emanuela Losi.

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With names like Aikoun ("Dawn") and Khat ("Sabre"), this gift-worthy little volume contains more than 500 Armenian names for girls and boys, compiled by the author of Armenian Perspectives. ... ... read more

 
The Guardian of All Things: The Epic Story of Human Memory  

The Guardian of All Things: The Epic Story of Human Memory

Michael S. Malone.

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Memory makes us human; no other animal carries in its brain so many memories of such complexity, nor so regularly revisits those memories for happiness, safety, and the accomplishment of elaborate ... ... read more

 
Paranormality: Why We Believe the Impossible  

Paranormality: Why We Believe the Impossible

Richard Wiseman.

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Britain's only professor for the Public Understanding of Psychology, with an international reputation for his research into such unusual areas as deception, luck, humor, and the paranormal, Richard ... ... read more

 
 
Savage Park: A Meditation on Play, Space, and Risk for Americans Who Are Nervous, Distracted, and Afraid to Die  

Savage Park: A Meditation on Play, Space, and Risk for Americans Who Are Nervous, Distracted, and Afraid to Die

Amy Fusselman.

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On a visit to Tokyo with her family, Amy Fusselman stumbled onto a Hanegi playpark, where children saw wood, hammer nails, string hammocks to trees, and build open fires. When she returned to New ... ... read more

 
I Was A Tiger Hunter: Eyewitness Accounts  

I Was A Tiger Hunter: Eyewitness Accounts

J. Moray Brown.

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"And, as [the tigress] turned her head back, gazing towards the beaters, I aimed at her neck ... and fired." With very British understatement, army officer J. Moray Brown relates his experiences with ... ... read more

 
American Smoke: Journeys to the End of the Light  

American Smoke: Journeys to the End of the Light

Iain Sinclair.

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Much as he has done for London, Iain Sinclair here traverses the memory-filled landscape of America to pursue a "psychogeography" of the Beats and their fellow travelers. In his riffing style, packed ... ... read more

 
Walker's Provence in a Box: Original Walks Across the Region on Pocketable Cards  

Walker's Provence in a Box: Original Walks Across the Region on Pocketable Cards

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There are 35 half-day and full-day walking tours of Provence in this set, from a circuit around a nature reserve in the Camargue to a stroll along the villa-lined streets of the Cap d'Antibes, and a ... ... read more

 
Walker's Tuscany in a Box: Original Walks Across the Region on Pocketable Cards  

Walker's Tuscany in a Box: Original Walks Across the Region on Pocketable Cards

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Among 35 half-day and full-day walking tours of Tuscany in this set, you'll find Vinci, the land of Leonardo's youth; a hermitage built by St. Francis in the hills above Cortona; and Monte Argentario ... ... read more

 
 
Count Basie: Vintage Vaults, Vol. 3  

Count Basie: Vintage Vaults, Vol. 3

Count Basie, piano. Jimmy Rushing & Ann Moore, vocals, & others.

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With quite a few songs penned by Count Basie and his band members, this disc is full of swing classics. The golden voice of Basie veteran Jimmy Rushing is featured on "Harvard Blues," "Brand New ... ... read more

 
Shrek 2  

Shrek 2

Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Julie Andrews, John Cleese & others. Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury & Conrad Vernon, directors.

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Happily ever after never seemed so far, far away as when the lovable green ogre (Mike Myers) allows his avocado-colored wife Fiona (Cameron Diaz) to talk him into traveling to her parents' kingdom to ... ... read more