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ISBN: 9781455501557
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 18th, 2012

Bellamy Lyston was only 12 years old when her older sister Susan was
killed on a stormy Memorial Day. Bellamy's fear of storms is a legacy of
the tornado that destroyed the crime scene along with her memory of
what really happened during the day's most devastating moments.

Now, 18 years later, Bellamy has written a sensational, bestselling
novel based on Susan's murder. Because the book was inspired by the
tragic event that still pains her family, she published it under a
pseudonym to protect them from unwanted publicity. But when an
opportunistic reporter for a tabloid newspaper discovers that the book
is based on fact, Bellamy's identity is exposed along with the family

Moreover, Bellamy becomes the target of an unnamed
assailant who either wants the truth about Susan's murder to remain
unknown or, even more threatening, is determined to get vengeance for a
man wrongfully accused and punished.

In order to identify her
stalker, Bellamy must confront the ghosts of her past, including Dent
Carter, Susan's wayward and reckless boyfriend -- and an original
suspect in the murder case. Dent, with this and other stains on his
past, is intent on clearing his name, and he needs Bellamy's sealed
memory to do it. But her safeguarded recollections -once unlocked-pose
dangers that neither could foresee and puts both their lives in peril.

As Bellamy delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Susan's slaying,
she discovers disturbing elements of the crime which call into question
the people she holds most dear. Haunted by partial memories, conflicted
over her feelings for Dent, but determined to learn the truth, she won't
stop until she reveals Susan's killer.

That is, unless Susan's killer strikes her first...

Now Eat This! Italian: Favorite Dishes from the Real Mamas of Italy: All Under 350 Calories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780446584517
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 25th, 2012

Weight-conscious food lovers no longer need to deprive
themselves of the ever-popular cuisine of Italy. Award-winning celebrity
chef and #1 New York Times bestselling author Rocco DiSpirito's latest Now Eat This! book is the solution .

In his signature style, DiSpirito has recreated 100 classic Italian
recipes to be healthy and low in calories and fat-yet still full of
flavor. After travelling to Italy and perfecting the dishes side-by-side
with the chefs who make them best-the Italian mamas-he offers sinful
pastas, sauces, and desserts you never thought you could eat while
keeping healthy, including: Spaghetti with My Mama's Meatballs,
Mozzarella en Carozza, Chicken Parmigiana, Hand-Torn Pasta alla
Bolognese, Sausage and Peppers, Classic Cannoli, Chocolate and Hazelnut
Espresso Budino, and much more!

proves that Italian food doesn't have to be calorie-packed to be
delicious. All under 350 calories, these full-flavor, low-fat recipes
are sure to indulge your appetite without packing on the pounds.

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ISBN: 9781455514045
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 18th, 2012

This is a true story.
As a kid growing up in a rough-and-tumble neighborhood in New York City, Joe Moglia dreamed of someday becoming the head coach of a college football team-not of becoming a corporate titan.
But sometimes, life gets in the way of our dreams. By the time Joe was in his early 30s, he had risen through the high school and college football ranks to become the defensive coordinator at Dartmouth. His dream was very much within reach. Problem was, Joe wasn't making enough money to support his growing family. Faced with the hard choice between chasing his lifelong dream and supporting his wife and four young kids, Joe did the honorable thing: He walked away from football and went to Wall Street to try to find a job that would foot the bills at home.
Joe had no training in finance. He had no MBA. His resume reflected his coaching accomplishments and his teaching jobs. And yet, somehow, through grit and determination, he was able to land an entry-level position at Merrill Lynch.
Fast forward 25 years later. Joe had reached the business world's mountaintop. He was the CEO of TD Ameritrade, one of the country's most successful financial firms. He was recognized as one of the most respected corporate chiefs in America.
But over all those years, Joe never shook his passion for coaching football. In 2008, he made a fateful and stunning decision: He voluntarily walked away from his high-paying corporate job to do the one thing he'd left undone in his life. He decided to pursue his original passion for becoming a college football head coach.
Getting hired as a college coach proved incredibly difficult. College athletic directors told him it was an impossible feat. He'd been out of football for nearly three decades. Undaunted, and at age 60, Joe became an unpaid intern with the University of Nebraska's football team in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, he was named the head coach of the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League, a professional league teetering on the brink of financial collapse. It was a risky proposition, but one he felt he needed to take to prove to his naysayers that he could coach a college team. Failure would mean the death of a dream that refused to die.
As told by Forbes writer, Monte Burke, 4TH AND GOAL is a detailed account of Joe Moglia's amazing and uplifting life story, his quest for his ultimate dream and its stunning conclusion. It's a tale of overcoming adversity...of never giving up...of never losing sight of one's true goals in life.
It is a story, quite literally, of a dream deferred, but never forgotten.

America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't: Now in 3-D High-Def Depthiness! [With 3-D Glasses] Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780446583978
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 2nd, 2012

Book store nation, in the history of mankind there has never been a greater country than America. You could say we're the #1 nation at being the best at greatness.
But as perfect as America is in every single way, America is broken! And we can't exchange it because we're 236 years past the 30-day return window. Look around--we don't make anything anymore, we've mortgaged our future to China, and the Apologist-in-Chief goes on world tours just to bow before foreign leaders. Worse, the L.A. Four Seasons Hotel doesn't even have a dedicated phone button for the Spa. You have to dial an extension! Where did we lose our way?!
It's high time we restored America to the greatness it never lost!
Luckily, AMERICA AGAIN will singlebookedly pull this country back from the brink. It features everything from chapters, to page numbers, to fonts. Covering subject's ranging from healthcare ("I shudder to think where we'd be without the wide variety of prescription drugs to treat our maladies, such as think-shuddering") to the economy ("Life is giving us lemons, and we're shipping them to the Chinese to make our lemon-flavored leadonade") to food ("Feel free to deep fry this book-it's a rich source of fiber"), Stephen gives America the dose of truth it needs to get back on track.

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ISBN: 9780446580847
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 16th, 2012

Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen-one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders-and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost. As latecomers to a deadly game, John and Kate don't know the rules, the players, or the score. What they do know is that there is more to their assignment than meets the eye-and that the hunters are about to become the hunted.
Filled with breathtaking plot turns and told in John Corey's inimitable voice, THE PANTHER is a brilliant depiction of one of the most treacherous countries in the world and raises disturbing questions about whether we can ever know who our enemies - or our allies - really are.

Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?: A Mennonite Finds Faith, Meets Mr. Right, and Solves Her Lady Problems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455502882
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 2nd, 2012

What does it mean to give church a try when you haven't really tried since you were twelve? At the end of her bestselling memoir Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, Rhoda Janzen had reconnected with her family and her roots, though her future felt uncertain. But when she starts dating a churchgoer, this skeptic begins a surprising journey to faith and love.
Rhoda doesn't slide back into the dignified simplicity of the Mennonite church. Instead she finds herself hanging with the Pentecostals, who really know how to get down with sparkler pom-poms. Amid the hand waving and hallelujahs Rhoda finds a faith richly practical for life--just in time for some impressive lady problems, an unexpected romance, and a quirky new family.
Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? is for people who have a problem with organized religion, but can't quite dismiss the notion of God, and for those who secretly sing hymns in their cars, but prefer a nice mimosa brunch to church. This is the story of what it means to find joy in love, comfort in prayer, and--incredibly, surprisingly--faith in a big-hearted God.

The Gluten-Free Table: The Lagasse Girls Share Their Favorite Meals Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455516889
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Published: Grand Central Life & Style - October 9th, 2012

Imagine growing up with a father known for his rich, Creole-style cooking, who instilled a love and appreciation of food from the very start. Now imagine not being able to eat most of his dishes anymore. That's what happened to Jilly and Jessie Lagasse when they were diagnosed with gluten allergies in 2001 and 2004, respectively. So they learned to adjust, changing the ways they cooked, ate, and used ingredients. THE GLUTEN-FREE TABLE provides a well-balanced base of recipes that can add flavor and enjoyment to the menus of even the most demanding gluten-free eaters. With appetizers, soups, salads, sides, entrées, and desserts, the book has something for everyone.
Featuring family favorites, Southern classics, and a few of Jilly's and Jessie's own culinary anecdotes thrown in, readers will delight in this compendium that includes recipes for Sweet 'n' Sticky Chicken Drumsticks, Hearty Butter Bean and Ham Soup, Jalapeño and Cheddar Cornbread, Slow-Cooked Rosemary Chicken with Apples and Fennel, Maple Syrup Johnnycakes with Ice Cream, and more!

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ISBN: 9781455507214
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 23rd, 2012

For more than thirty years, Edie and Richard Middlestein shared a solid family life together in the suburbs of Chicago. But now things are splintering apart, for one reason, it seems: Edie's enormous girth. She's obsessed with food--thinking about it, eating it--and if she doesn't stop, she won't have much longer to live.
When Richard abandons his wife, it is up to the next generation to take control. Robin, their schoolteacher daughter, is determined that her father pay for leaving Edie. Benny, an easy-going, pot-smoking family man, just wants to smooth things over. And Rachelle-- a whippet thin perfectionist-- is intent on saving her mother-in-law's life, but this task proves even bigger than planning her twin children's spectacular b'nai mitzvah party. Through it all, they wonder: do Edie's devastating choices rest on her shoulders alone, or are others at fault, too?
With pitch-perfect prose, huge compassion, and sly humor, Jami Attenberg has given us an epic story of marriage, family, and obsession. The Middlesteins explores the hopes and heartbreaks of new and old love, the yearnings of Midwestern America, and our devastating, fascinating preoccupation with food.

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ISBN: 9780446573054
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 20th, 2012

In Paradise, nothing is what it seems...
Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case-but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.
A picture-perfect town on Florida's Gulf Coast, Paradise thrives on the wealthy tourists and retirees drawn to its gorgeous weather and beaches. The local police have ruled his aunt's death an unfortunate, tragic accident. But just before she died, she mailed a letter to Puller's father, telling him that beneath its beautiful veneer, Paradise is not all it seems to be.
What Puller finds convinces him that his aunt's death was no accident . . . and that the palm trees and sandy beaches of Paradise may hide a conspiracy so shocking that some will go to unthinkable lengths to make sure the truth is never revealed.

The Dash Diet Weight Loss Solution: 2 Weeks to Drop Pounds, Boost Metabolism, and Get Healthy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455512799
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - December 18th, 2012

The most effective diet for healthy weight loss just got better! THE DASH DIET WEIGHT LOSS SOLUTION uses elements of the diet ranked as the "Best Overall Diet" by US News & World Reports in 2011 and 2012, and proven NIH research on DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) to create a program guaranteed to speed weight loss and boost metabolism.
Based on never before published NIH-funded research and developed by the foremost DASH dietician and leading nutrition expert, Marla Heller, this effective and easy weight loss program includes menu plans, recipes, shopping lists, and more. Readers will enjoy a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, low-fat and nonfat dairy, lean meats/fish/poultry, nuts/beans/seeds, heart healthy fats, and limited amounts of whole grains. The result: faster metabolism, lower body fat, improved strength and cardiovascular fitness-plus the diet can lower cholesterol and blood pressure without medication, and without counting calories!
As effective as the original DASH is for heart health, this plan is just as effective for weight loss.

It's Your Business: 183 Essential Tips That Will Transform Your Small Business Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455509003
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Published: Business Plus - October 16th, 2012

Based upon one of MSNBC's longest-running series (YOUR BUSINESS with JJ Ramberg), this collection of hard-earned practical advice is culled from the thousands of successful small business owners and entrepreneurs who have appeared on JJ's show.

With advice from Ramberg and such notable entrepreneurs as Blake Mycoskie and Guy Kawasaki, this right-to-the-point book covers topics from human resources to finance, public relations to sales, and much, much more -- all geared towards the small business owner.

Knowing that entrepreneurs have no time to waste, Ramberg presents simple and effective guidance that can be put to use right away. This book will be indispensable for every small business owner, from a family-owned store to a venture capitalist-backed start up.

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ISBN: 9780446554992
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - December 11th, 2012

For twelve years, he believed she died in an accident. Then, he was told she'd been murdered. Now, FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast discovers that his beloved wife Helen is alive. But their reunion is cut short when Helen is brazenly abducted before his eyes. And Pendergast is forced to embark on a furious cross-country chase to rescue her.
But all this turns out to be mere prologue to a far larger plot: one that unleashes a chillingly-almost supernaturally-adept serial killer on New York City. And Helen has one more surprise in store for Pendergast: a piece of their shared past that makes him the one man most suited to hunting down the killer.
His pursuit of the murderer will take Pendergast deep into the trackless forests of South America, to a hidden place where the evil that has blighted both his and Helen's lives lies in wait . . . a place where he will learn all too well the truth of the ancient proverb:
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

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By Christopher Hitchens, Carol Blue (Afterword by), Graydon Carter (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781455502752
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Published: Twelve - September 4th, 2012

On June 8, 2010, while on a book tour for his bestselling memoir, Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens was stricken in his New York hotel room with excruciating pain in his chest and thorax. As he would later write in the first of a series of award-winning columns for Vanity Fair, he suddenly found himself being deported "from the country of the well across the stark frontier that marks off the land of malady." Over the next eighteen months, until his death in Houston on December 15, 2011, he wrote constantly and brilliantly on politics and culture, astonishing readers with his capacity for superior work even in extremis.

Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open. In this riveting account of his affliction, Hitchens poignantly describes the torments of illness, discusses its taboos, and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us. By turns personal and philosophical, Hitchens embraces the full panoply of human emotions as cancer invades his body and compels him to grapple with the enigma of death.

MORTALITY is the exemplary story of one man's refusal to cower in the face of the unknown, as well as a searching look at the human predicament. Crisp and vivid, veined throughout with penetrating intelligence, Hitchens's testament is a courageous and lucid work of literature, an affirmation of the dignity and worth of man.

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ISBN: 9781455508389
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Published: Twelve - October 2nd, 2012

Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, has written what is destined to become one of the most influential books about education in our time.

A free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere: this is the goal of the Khan Academy, a passion project that grew from an ex-engineer and hedge funder's online tutoring sessions with his niece, who was struggling with algebra, into a worldwide phenomenon. Today millions of students, parents, and teachers use the Khan Academy's free videos and software, which have expanded to encompass nearly every conceivable subject; and Academy techniques are being employed with exciting results in a growing number of classrooms around the globe.

Like many innovators, Khan rethinks existing assumptions and imagines what education could be if freed from them. And his core idea-liberating teachers from lecturing and state-mandated calendars and opening up class time for truly human interaction-has become his life's passion. Schools seek his advice about connecting to students in a digital age, and people of all ages and backgrounds flock to the site to utilize this fresh approach to learning.

In THE ONE WORLD SCHOOLHOUSE, Khan presents his radical vision for the future of education, as well as his own remarkable story, for the first time. In these pages, you will discover, among other things:

How both students and teachers are being bound by a broken top-down model invented in Prussia two centuries ago
Why technology will make classrooms more human and teachers more important
How and why we can afford to pay educators the same as other professionals
How we can bring creativity and true human interactivity back to learning
Why we should be very optimistic about the future of learning.

Parents and politicians routinely bemoan the state of our education system. Statistics suggest we've fallen behind the rest of the world in literacy, math, and sciences. With a shrewd reading of history, Khan explains how this crisis presented itself, and why a return to "mastery learning," abandoned in the twentieth century and ingeniously revived by tools like the Khan Academy, could offer the best opportunity to level the playing field, and to give all of our children a world-class education now.

More than just a solution, THE ONE WORLD SCHOOLHOUSE serves as a call for free, universal, global education, and an explanation of how Khan's simple yet revolutionary thinking can help achieve this inspiring goal.

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ISBN: 9781455502783
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Published: Twelve - September 4th, 2012

"All first-rate criticism first defines what we are confronting," the late, great jazz critic Whitney Balliett once wrote. By that measure, the essays of Christopher Hitchens are in the first tier. For nearly four decades, Hitchens has been telling us, in pitch-perfect prose, what we confront when we grapple with first principles-the principles of reason and tolerance and skepticism that define and inform the foundations of our civilization-principles that, to endure, must be defended anew by every generation.

"A short list of the greatest living conversationalists in English," said The Economist, "would probably have to include Christopher Hitchens, Sir Patrick Leigh-Fermor, and Sir Tom Stoppard. Great brilliance, fantastic powers of recall, and quick wit are clearly valuable in sustaining conversation at these cosmic levels. Charm may be helpful, too." Hitchens-who staunchly declines all offers of knighthood-hereby invites you to take a seat at a democratic conversation, to be engaged, and to be reasoned with. His knowledge is formidable, an encyclopedic treasure, and yet one has the feeling, reading him, of hearing a person thinking out loud, following the inexorable logic of his thought, wherever it might lead, unafraid to expose fraudulence, denounce injustice, and excoriate hypocrisy. Legions of readers, admirers and detractors alike, have learned to read Hitchens with something approaching awe at his felicity of language, the oxygen in every sentence, the enviable wit and his readiness, even eagerness, to fight a foe or mount the ramparts.

Here, he supplies fresh perceptions of such figures as varied as Charles Dickens, Karl Marx, Rebecca West, George Orwell, J.G. Ballard, and Philip Larkin are matched in brilliance by his pungent discussions and intrepid observations, gathered from a lifetime of traveling and reporting from such destinations as Iran, China, and Pakistan.

Hitchens's directness, elegance, lightly carried erudition, critical and psychological insight, humor, and sympathy-applied as they are here to a dazzling variety of subjects-all set a standard for the essayist that has rarely been matched in our time. What emerges from this indispensable volume is an intellectual self-portrait of a writer with an exemplary steadiness of purpose and a love affair with the delights and seductions of the English language, a man anchored in a profound and humane vision of the human longing for reason and justice.

Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress--And a Plan to Stop It Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780446576444
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Published: Twelve - October 2nd, 2012

In an era when special interests funnel huge amounts of money into our government-driven by shifts in campaign-finance rules and brought to new levels by the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission-trust in our government has reached an all-time low. More than ever before, Americans believe that money buys results in Congress, and that business interests wield control over our legislature.

With heartfelt urgency and a keen desire for righting wrongs, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig takes a clear-eyed look at how we arrived at this crisis: how fundamentally good people, with good intentions, have allowed our democracy to be co-opted by outside interests, and how this exploitation has become entrenched in the system. Rejecting simple labels and reductive logic-and instead using examples that resonate as powerfully on the Right as on the Left-Lessig seeks out the root causes of our situation. He plumbs the issues of campaign financing and corporate lobbying, revealing the human faces and follies that have allowed corruption to take such a foothold in our system. He puts the issues in terms that nonwonks can understand, using real-world analogies and real human stories. And ultimately he calls for widespread mobilization and a new Constitutional Convention, presenting achievable solutions for regaining control of our corrupted-but redeemable-representational system. In this way, Lessig plots a roadmap for returning our republic to its intended greatness.

While America may be divided, Lessig vividly champions the idea that we can succeed if we accept that corruption is our common enemy and that we must find a way to fight against it. In REPUBLIC, LOST, he not only makes this need palpable and clear-he gives us the practical and intellectual tools to do something about it.

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ISBN: 9780446539487
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Published: Twelve - November 6th, 2012

When a health scare puts him in the hospital, Eric Weiner-an agnostic by default-finds himself tangling with an unexpected question, posed to him by a well-meaning nurse. "Have you found your God yet?"The thought of it nags him, and prods him-and ultimately launches him on a far-flung journey to do just that.

Weiner, a longtime "spiritual voyeur" and inveterate traveler, realizes that while he has been privy to a wide range of religious practices, he's never seriously considered these concepts in his own life. Face to face with his own mortality, and spurred on by the question of what spiritual principles to impart to his young daughter, he decides to correct this omission, undertaking a worldwide exploration of religions and hoping to come, if he can, to a personal understanding of the divine.

The journey that results is rich in insight, humor, and heart. Willing to do anything to better understand faith, and to find the god or gods that speak to him, he travels to Nepal, where he meditates with Tibetan lamas and a guy named Wayne. He sojourns to Turkey, where he whirls (not so well, as it turns out) with Sufi dervishes. He heads to China, where he attempts to unblock his chi; to Israel, where he studies Kabbalah, sans Madonna; and to Las Vegas, where he has a close encounter with Raelians (followers of the world's largest UFO-based religion).

At each stop along the way, Weiner tackles our most pressing spiritual questions: Where do we come from? What happens when we die? How should we live our lives? Where do all the missing socks go? With his trademark wit and warmth, he leaves no stone unturned. At a time when more Americans than ever are choosing a new faith, and when spiritual questions loom large in the modern age, MAN SEEKS GOD presents a perspective on religion that is sure to delight, inspire, and entertain.

Seriously... I'm Kidding Cover Image
ISBN: 9780446585040
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 25th, 2012

I've experienced a whole lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you'll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I've put together for you in this book. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I'm saying is, let us begin, shall we?

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ISBN: 9781455513079
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 18th, 2012

Michael Moore-Oscar-winning filmmaker, bestselling author, and the nation's official provocateur laureate-is back, this time taking on an entirely new role, that of his own meta-Forrest Gump.

Smashing the autobiographical mold, Moore presents twenty-four far-ranging, irreverent, and stranger-than-fiction vignettes from his own early life. One moment he's an eleven-year-old boy lost in the U.S. Senate and found by Bobby Kennedy; and in the next, he's inside the Bitburg cemetery with a dazed and confused Ronald Reagan. Fast-forwarding to 2003, he stuns the world from the Oscar stage by uttering the words "We live in fictitious times . . . with a fictitious president" in place of the usual "I'd like to thank the Academy." And none of that even comes close to the night the friendly priest at the seminary decides to show him how to perform his own exorcism.

Capturing the zeitgeist of the past fifty years, yet deeply personal and unflinchingly honest, HERE COMES TROUBLE takes readers on an unforgettable, take-no-prisoners ride through the life and times of Michael Moore. Alternately funny, eye-opening, and moving, it's the book he has been writing-and living-his entire life.

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ISBN: 9781455502035
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Published: 5 Spot - September 4th, 2012

In the tradition of Emily Giffin and Marisa de los Santos, HOW LUCKY YOU ARE is an engaging and moving novel about three women struggling to keep their longstanding friendship alive. Waverly, who's always been the group's anchor, runs a cozy bakery but worries each month about her mounting debt. Kate is married to a man who's on track to be the next governor of Virginia, but the larger questions brewing in their future are unsettling her. Stay-at-home mom Amy has a perfect life on paper, but as the horrific secret she's keeping from her friends threatens to reveal itself, she panics.

As life's pressures build all around them, Waverly knows she has some big decisions to make. In doing so, she will discover that the lines between loyalty and betrayal can become blurred, happy endings aren't always clear-cut, and sometimes you have to risk everything to gain the life you deserve.

Random House Kids Spring 2013

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By National Geographic Kids (Manufactured by)
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ISBN: 9781426311185
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Published: National Geographic Society - May 14th, 2013

Summary: The world's
best-selling Almanac for kids is packed with amazing animals, cool
inventions, dinosaurs, robots, maps, games, activities, and more all
in one "fun-tastic" volume. In true National Geographic
style, this book excites young people about their world and
everything in it, so it's no surprise that the 2012 edition landed at
#3 on the New York Times best seller list! The 2014 Almanac features
fun information, browsable features, and helpful reference on
subjects including technology, countries, presidents, animals,
weather, funny roadside attractions, outer space, green tips, and
natural disasters, just for starters. Chapters include Amazing
Animals, Going Green, Geography Rocks, Super Science, Wonders of
Nature, Awesome Adventure, Culture Connection, History Happens, and
an interactive Fun and Games chapter.

Weird But True! 5: 300 Outrageous Facts (National Geographic Kids) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781426311246
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Published: National Geographic Society - June 11th, 2013

Summary: Presenting all-new,
brain-bending facts and eye-popping illustrations on science,
animals, food, space, pop culture, geography and everything else
Did you know lemons can power light bulbs, or that
some goats and climb trees? - In this title are 300 more outrageous
and unbelievable facts like these in fifth installment of the Weird
But True
series, Weird But True! 5.
Series Overview:
Bursting onto the book scene in late 2009, Weird But True
paperbacks-with a distinct colorful design, whimsical typography, and
square shape-became instant hits, with more than 700,000 copies of
the first two books in print in less than a year. Ultimate Weird
But True
-the large format, hardcover addition to the series-took
this brand to a new level, selling thousands of copies in its first
few weeks alone. Born as a monthly page in National Geographic
magazinein 2004, "Weird But True" has been the
most popular feature every month since its inception.

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ISBN: 9780385738781
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Published: Delacorte Press - January 8th, 2013

Thomas knows that WICKED can't be trusted, but they say the time
for lies is over, that they've collected all they can from the Trials
and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to
help them with their ultimate mission. To complete the blueprint for
the cure to the Flare.

What Wicked doesn't know is that
something's happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen.
Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he
can't believe a word of what WICKED says. The time for lies is over.
But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine.

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ISBN: 9780385743013
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Published: Delacorte Press - March 12th, 2013

Welcome to the most magical house in
London. The family of eleven-year-old twins Oz and Lily have
inherited it, together with the mysterious shop downstairs. Long ago,
the shop's famous chocolate-makers, who also happen to be Oz and
Lily's great uncles, were clever sorcerers. Now evil villians are
hunting for the secret of their greatest recipe. The terrifying
powers of this magic chocolate have the ability to destroy the world.
Soon, Oz and Lily are swept into a thrilling battle, helped by an
invisible cat, a talking rat, and the ghost of an elephant. It's up
to them to stop the villians and keep the magical chocolate recipe
out of harm's way. Their family and the world depends on it.

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ISBN: 9780307979162
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Published: Golden Books - January 8th, 2013

Here's the first joke book every little
kid should have! Chock-full of riddles, limericks, jokes, and funny,
colorful pictures, The Little Golden Book of Jokes and Riddles
will keep 2-5 year-olds laughing.

Hachette Kids Autumn 2012

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ISBN: 9780316123532
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 23rd, 2012

Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?
Ethan Wate
has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small
Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of
his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and
cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have
expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and
everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling
events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to
return to Lena and the ones he loves.
Back in Gatlin, Lena is
making her own bargains for Ethan's return, vowing to do whatever it
takes -- even if that means trusting old enemies or risking the lives
of the family and friends Ethan left to protect.

Worlds apart, Ethan and Lena must once again work together to
rewrite their fate, in this stunning finale to the Beautiful
Creatures series.

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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 6th, 2012

In this stunning sequel to the highly
acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms
with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people.
Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new
characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight
brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand
new canvas.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone was declared a "must
read" by Entertainment Weekly, was named a Best Book of
the Year by, and The New York Times called it "a
breath-catching romantic fantasy."

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ISBN: 9780316197083
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 1st, 2013

When you can't trust yourself, who can you believe?
about Anna's life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the
helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments
to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their
farmhouse. There's Nick, solemn and brooding; Cas, lighthearted and
playful; Trev, smart and caring; and Sam . . . who's stolen Anna's
heart. Reserved and always controlled, Sam does everything with

When the Branch decides it's time to take the boys, Sam stages an
escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them. Anna is torn
between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday
life. But her father pushes her to go, making Sam promise to keep her
away from the Branch, at all costs. There's just one problem.
Sam and the boys don't remember anything before living in the lab --
not even their true identities.

Now on the run, her father's warning in her head, Anna begins to
doubt everything she thought she knew about herself. She soon
discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of
them expected. And if they're both going to survive, they must piece
together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them
and steals it all away.

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ISBN: 9780316126113
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 18th, 2012

Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her
boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New
York City--and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of
speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is
running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The
only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The
Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known
as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."
When a rash of
occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in
the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a
secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he
doesn't catch her first.

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ISBN: 9780316197960
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 18th, 2012

Reese can't remember anything from the time between the accident
and the day she woke up almost a month later. She only knows one
thing: She's different now.

Across North America, flocks of birds hurl themselves into
airplanes, causing at least a dozen to crash. Thousands of people
die. Fearing terrorism, the United States government grounds all
flights, and millions of travelers are stranded.

Among them are Reese and her debate team partner and longtime
crush David, who are in Arizona when the disaster occurs. On their
drive home to San Francisco, along a stretch of empty highway in the
middle of the Nevada night, a bird flies into their headlights. The
car flips over. When they wake up in a military hospital, the doctor
won't tell them what happened, where they are-or how they've been
miraculously healed.

Things become even stranger when Reese returns home. San Francisco
feels like a different place with police enforcing curfew, hazmat
teams collecting dead birds, and a strange presence that seems to be
following her. When Reese unexpectedly collides with the beautiful
Amber Gray, her search for the truth is forced in an entirely new
direction-and threatens to expose a vast global conspiracy that the
government has worked for decades to keep secret.

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ISBN: 9780316214407
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 16th, 2012

When news reports start appearing of a
zombie outbreak in Ireland, B's racist father thinks it's a joke--
but even if it isn't, he figures, it's ok to lose a few Irish.
doesn't fully buy into Dad's racism, but figures it's easier to go
along with it than to risk the fights and abuse that will surely
follow sticking up for Muslims, blacks, or immigrants. And when
dodging his fists doesn't work, B doesn't hesitate to take the piss
out of kids at school with a few slaps or cruel remarks.
That is,
until zombies attack the school. B is forced on a mad dash through
the serpentine corridors of high school, making allegiances with
anyone with enough gall to fight off their pursuers.

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ISBN: 9780316126540
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Published: Poppy Books - October 9th, 2012

In a crowd of beautiful ballet dancers, how can one girl stand

As a dancer with the ultra-prestigious Manhattan Ballet company,
nineteen-year-old Hannah Ward juggles intense rehearsals, dazzling
performances, and complicated backstage relationships. But when she
meets a spontaneous and irresistibly cute musician named Jacob, her
universe begins to change.

Until now, Hannah has happily followed the company's unofficial
mantra, "Don't think, just dance." But as Jacob opens her
eyes to the world beyond the theater, Hannah must decide whether to
compete against the other "bunheads" for a star soloist
spot or to strike out on her own.

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ISBN: 9780316198684
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Published: Poppy Books - October 9th, 2012

When Sid finds herself on a ski lift with hunky local college guy,
Dax Windsor, she's thrilled. "Come to a party with me," he
tells her, but Dax isn't what he seems. He takes everything from
Sid-including a lock of her perfect red curls-and she can't remember
any of it.

After the ski trip, Sid is an insomniac and an obsessive
late-night runner, unable to relate to her old friends.

Caught in a downward spiral, Sid drops her college prep classes
and takes up residence in the A/V room with only Corey "The
Living Stoner" Livingston for company. But as she gets to know
Corey--slacker, baker, total dreamboat--Sid finds someone who truly
makes her happy. Now, if only she could shake the nightmares,
everything would be perfect...

Witty and poignant, Colleen Clayton's debut is a stunning story of
moving on after the unthinkable happens.

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ISBN: 9780316122399
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Published: Poppy Books - January 1st, 2013

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley
Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport
and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in
London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met.
Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area.
His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row.
long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and
Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival.
Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel
about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a
twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you
believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

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ISBN: 9780316102551
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 15th, 2013

Nothing is going as planned for Rebecca Muir. She's weeks away from
starting college--at a school chosen specifically to put a few thousand
miles of freedom between Reb and her parents. But her dad's last-minute
job opportunity has her entire family moving all those miles with her!
And then there's the matter of her unexpected, amazing boyfriend,
Jackson, who is staying behind on the exact opposite coast.

if that isn't enough to deal with, mere days after moving
cross-country, Reb's dad drops shocking, life-changing news. With her
mother and brother overwhelmed and confused, Reb is left alone to pick
up the pieces of her former life. But how can she do that when
everything can change in an instant? How can she trust her "perfect"
boyfriend when her own dad let her down? Reb started the year knowing
exactly what her future would hold, but now that her world has turned
upside down, will she discover what she really wants?

Justina Chen, the acclaimed author of North of Beautiful,
has created a moving and powerful novel about the struggles that arise
from betrayal, the uncertainty of life after high school, and the joy
that ultimately comes from discovering what's truly in your heart.

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ISBN: 9780316190084
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 5th, 2013

It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another
to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to
Finishing School.

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger makes her
young adult debut with Ettiquette & Espionage, the first
book in the Finishing School series.

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ISBN: 9780316200769
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 5th, 2013

"My name is Tegan Oglietti, and on
the last day of my first lifetime, I was so, so
"Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every
other girl living in 2027--she's happiest when playing the guitar,
she's falling in love for the first time, and she's joining her
friends to protest the wrongs of the world: environmental collapse,
social discrimination, and political injustice.
But on what should
have been the best day of Tegan's life, she dies--and wakes up a
hundred years in the future, locked in a government facility with no
idea what happened.
Tegan is the first government guinea pig to be
cryonically frozen and successfully revived, which makes her an
instant celebrity--even though all she wants to do is try to rebuild
some semblance of a normal life. But the future isn't all she hoped
it would be, and when appalling secrets come to light, Tegan must
make a choice: Does she keep her head down and survive, or fight for
a better future?
Award-winning author Karen Healey has created a
haunting, cautionary tale of an inspiring protagonist living in a
not-so-distant future that could easily be our own.

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ISBN: 9780316207782
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2012

Celia Reynolds is the youngest in a set of triplets and the one
with the least valuable power. Anne can see the future, and Jane can
see the present, but all Celia can see is the past. And the past
seems so insignificant -- until Celia meets Lo.
Lo doesn't know
who she is. Or who she was. Once a human, she is now almost entirely
a creature of the sea -- a nymph, an ocean girl, a mermaid -- all
terms too pretty for the soulless monster she knows she's becoming.
Lo clings to shreds of her former self, fighting to remember her
past, even as she's tempted to embrace her dark immortality.

When a handsome boy named Jude falls
off a pier and into the ocean, Celia and Lo work together to rescue
him from the waves. The two form a friendship, but soon they find
themselves competing for Jude's affection. Lo wants more than that,
though. According to the ocean girls, there's only one way for Lo to
earn back her humanity. She must persuade a mortal to love her . . .
and steal his soul.

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By Marjorie Priceman (Illustrator), Julie Andrews (Selected by), Emma Walton Hamilton (Selected by)
ISBN: 9780316040518
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 2nd, 2012

A vast array of poems old and new
joyously celebrates each special day of the year, telling of New
Year's resolutions, Valentine's Day love, Easter parades, Fourth of
July fireworks, and more. From the cold of winter to the new hope of
spring, the brisk fall to the steamy summer, Caldecott Honor
illustrator Marjorie Priceman's vibrant watercolor paintings ring in
every month of the year, bringing each season to joyful life.
Featuring verse from favorites like Walt Whitman, Jack Prelutsky, and
Langston Hughes and poetic lyrics from the likes of Cole Porter and
Oscar Hammerstein, plus heartfelt introductions by Julie Andrews
describing favorite family holiday moments, this is the perfect
collection for families to share together.

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ISBN: 9780316204590
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 4th, 2012

From a music note to a teeny red boat,
a blue kangaroo to a robot or two, there are endless things to
discover in this zany follow-up to LOOK! A BOOK! from award-winning
artist Bob Staake. Die cuts on the cover and every spread reveal
hidden treasures in each vast landscape, from a zoo gone wild to an
out-of-this-world moon base to a crazy art museum, and more,
providing hours of entertainment to readers young and old.

A Fairy Merry Christmas (Passport to Reading: Level 1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316219624
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Published: LB Kids - October 16th, 2012

It's almost Christmas, and for
Geraldine that means it's time for snowflakes, presents, and
decorations galore. When her mom suggests that their family exchange
homemade gifts this year, Gerry gets to work in her Very Fairy
Princess Workshop crafting perfect presents that will show everyone
how much she thinks they sparkle. With full-color illustrations
throughout, this leveled reader is perfect for Very Fairy Princess
fans who are ready to take the next step beyond picture books.

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ISBN: 9780316045476
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2012

Once upon a time, there were three
little rascals who thought they were the BIGGEST, BADDEST monsters
around. Then along came an even BIGGER monster who changed their
minds. And all it took was two little words.
In this playful tale
from bestselling picture book author Patrick McDonnell, a very BIG
monster shows three very BAD little monsters the power of boundless

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By Barbara Dacosta, Ed Young (Artist)
ISBN: 9780316203845
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 18th, 2012

Late at night, when all is quiet and
everyone is asleep, a ninja creeps silently through the house in
search of treasure. Soon he reaches his ultimate goal...and gets a
big surprise! Will the nighttime ninja complete his mission?
spare text and lush illustrations, Nighttime Ninja is a fun,
adventure-filled story about the power of play and imagination.

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ISBN: 9780316070454
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My little one, lay down your
head.It's time to doze, it's time for bed.You tell me, "I'm not
sleepy now.""Just try," I say. You ask me, "How?"
this lyrical animal ABC book, a mother tries to tuck her child in for
the night by telling him about all the awake animals that are getting
sleepy. From antlered Antelope to zzz-ing Zebra, this alphabet of
animals becomes an exquisite celebration of language and nature, just
right for lulling even the most wide-awake little ones into a cozy,
soothing slumber.

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ISBN: 9780316206938
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Published: Jimmy Patterson - December 10th, 2012

Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a
mission: he wants to become the world's greatest standup
comedian--even if he doesn't have a lot to laugh about these days.
He's new in town and stuck living with his aunt, uncle, and their
evil son Stevie, a bully who doesn't let Jamie's wheelchair stop him
from messing with Jamie as much as possible. But Jamie doesn't let
his situation get him down. He practices the craft of stand-up every
day on friends, family, and the willing customers at his Uncle
Frankie's diner. When Uncle Frankie mentions a contest called The
Planet's Funniest Kid Comic, Jamie knows he has to enter. But are the
judges only rewarding him out of pity because of his wheelchair, like
Stevie suggests? Will Jamie ever share the secret of his troubled
past instead of hiding behind his comedy act?
Following the
bestselling success of the hilarious Middle School, The Worst
Years of My Life
, James Patterson continues to dish out the
funnies in another highly-illustrated, heartfelt middle school story.

MPS - Fall 2012

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ISBN: 9780374275631
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 25th, 2011

Selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the
best books of 2011A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011
TitleOne of The Economist’s 2011 Books of the Year One of
The Wall Steet Journal's Best Nonfiction Books of the Year
2011Winner of the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for
Current Interest 

Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences
for his seminal work in psychology that challenged the rational model
of judgment and decision making, is one of our most important
thinkers. His ideas have had a profound and widely regarded impact on
many fields—including economics, medicine, and politics—but until
now, he has never brought together his many years of research and
thinking in one book.

In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman
takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two
systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and
emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical.
Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults
and biases—of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of
intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behavior. The impact of
loss aversion and overconfidence on corporate strategies, the
difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the
challenges of properly framing risks at work and at home, the
profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the
stock market to planning the next vacation—each of these can be
understood only by knowing how the two systems work together to shape
our judgments and decisions.

Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think,
Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how
we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical
and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our
business and our personal lives—and how we can use different
techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us
into trouble. Thinking, Fast and Slow will transform the way
you think about thinking.

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ISBN: 9780765333841
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Published: Tor Books - September 4th, 2012

In the virtual future, you must
organize to survive. At any hour of the day or night, millions of
people around the globe are engrossed in multiplayer online games,
questing and battling to win virtual “gold,” jewels, and precious
artifacts. Meanwhile, others seek to exploit this vast shadow
economy, running electronic sweatshops in the world’s poorest
countries, where countless “gold farmers,” bound to their work by
abusive contracts and physical threats, harvest virtual treasure for
their employers to sell to First World gamers who are willing to
spend real money to skip straight to higher-level gameplay.

is a brilliant 15-year-old from rural India whose leadership skills
in virtual combat have earned her the title of “General
Robotwalla.” In Shenzen, heart of China’s industrial boom,
Matthew is defying his former bosses to build his own successful
gold-farming team. Leonard, who calls himself Wei-Dong, lives in
Southern California, but spends his nights fighting virtual battles
alongside his buddies in Asia, a world away. All of these young
people, and more, will become entangled with the mysterious young
woman called Big Sister Nor, who will use her experience, her
knowledge of history, and her connections with real-world organizers
to build them into a movement that can challenge the status quo.

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ISBN: 9781250010162
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Published: Square Fish - August 21st, 2012

The votes are in--it's a
Bad Kitty landslide! It's time to elect a new president of the
Neighborhood Cat Coalition! Who will win the election? The candidate
chosen by the kitties on the right side of the street or the
candidate chosed by the kitties on the left side of the street? When
election time rolls around, one candidate (guess who?) will discover
that she never bothered to register to vote and the entire election
will be decided by a surprise, last minute absentee ballot sent
by Old Kitty.

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By Nick Bruel, Nick Bruel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596438446
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 22nd, 2012

best friend stars in this zany companion to the best selling BAD
KITTY. Poor, poor Puppy:  Kitty isn't interested in
playing, so all puppy's left with are: 1 Airplane, 2 Balls, 3 Cars, 4
Dolls... and 22 other toys.  When he's done, Puppy's so tired,
he takes a nap--and dreams of playing apple bobbing in Antarctica,
Baseball in Brazil, Checkers in Canada, Dodgeball in Denmark... and
22 other games.  Who else but Nick Bruel could combine the
alphabet, a counting game, a whirlwind geography course, and a
screamingly funny story... all in 40 pages (previously titled Poor

Jet Plane: How It Works Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781596437678
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Published: David Macaulay Studio - September 18th, 2012

Go on an airplane ride. It
weighs as much as 100 elephants, but it can fly for hours. How does a
jet do that? From the engine that provides the power and wings that
lift the plane off the ground to the cockpit controls and passenger
cabin, see how these modern marvels work and what makes them stay in
the air.

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ISBN: 9781599908731
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - August 21st, 2012

Coming down from the
mountain to a new life in the city is a thrill to Miri. She and her
princess academy friends have been brought to Asland to help the
future princess Britta prepare for her wedding.There, Miri also has a
chance to attend school-at the Queen's Castle. But as Miri befriends
students who seem sophisticated and exciting she also learns that
they have some frightening plans. Torn between loyalty to the
princess and her new friends' ideas, between an old love and a new
crush, and between her small mountain home and the bustling city,
Miri looks to find her own way in this new place. Picking
up where
Princess Academy
left off, and celebrating the joys of friendship, romance and the
fate of fairy tale kingdoms, this new book delivers the completely
delightful new story that fans have been waiting for.

Castle: How It Works Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781596437661
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Published: David Macaulay Studio - September 18th, 2012

Take a tour of a medieval
castle. Every part of the castle has a function. Walls keep the
enemy out. Towers protect the lord and the soldiers. From the moat
and portcullis to the great hall and dungeon, see how a castle works
as an enemy army tries to storm the walls.

Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels #11: We'll Always Have Paris Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597073479
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Published: Nbm/Papercutz - October 2nd, 2012

What’s Geronimo to do in
order to prevent the Pirate Cats from turning the almost-complete
Eiffel Tower into a gigantic monument to Catardone’s already
monumental ego? No matter what the answer, this is a mission that
will require the scientific expertise of Ampy Von Volt, as Geronimo
takes to the skies in this new high-flying adventure set in late 19th
century Paris.

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ISBN: 9780805096668
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - October 2nd, 2012

A riveting historical
narrative of the shocking events surrounding the assassination of
John F. Kennedy, and the follow-up to mega-bestselling author Bill
O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln

More than a million readers have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's
Killing Lincoln, the page-turning work of nonfiction about the
shocking assassination that changed the course of American history.
Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping
detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a
sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved
president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of
the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

In January 1961, as the Cold War escalates, John F. Kennedy
struggles to contain the growth of Communism while he learns the
hardships, solitude, and temptations of what it means to be president
of the United States. Along the way he acquires a number of
formidable enemies, among them Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, Cuban
dictator Fidel Castro, and Alan Dulles, director of the Central
Intelligence Agency.  In addition, powerful elements of
organized crime have begun to talk about targeting the president and
his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy.

In the midst of a 1963 campaign trip to Texas, Kennedy is gunned
down by an erratic young drifter named Lee Harvey Oswald. The former
Marine Corps sharpshooter escapes the scene, only to be caught and
shot dead while in police custody.

The events leading up to the most
notorious crime of the twentieth century are almost as shocking as
the assassination itself. Killing Kennedy chronicles both the
heroism and deceit of Camelot, bringing history to life in ways that
will profoundly move the reader.  This may well be the most
talked about book of the year.

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ISBN: 9781608199372
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - September 4th, 2012

Thirty years after the
Civil War's Battle of the Wilderness left him maimed, Abel Truman has
found his way to the edge of the continent, the rugged, majestic
coast of Washington State, where he lives alone in a driftwood shack
with his beloved dog. Wilderness
is the story of Abel, now an old and ailing man, and his heroic final
journey over the snowbound Olympic Mountains. It's a quest he has
little hope of completing but still must undertake to settle matters
of the heart that predate even the horrors of the war.As Abel makes
his way into the foothills, the violence he endures at the hands of
two thugs who are after his dog is crosscut with his memories of the
horrors of the war, the friends he lost, and the savagery he took
part in and witnessed. And yet, darkness is cut by light, especially
in the people who have touched his life-from Jane Dao-Ming Poole, the
daughter of murdered Chinese immigrants, to Hypatia, an escaped slave
who nursed him back to life, and finally to the unbearable memory of
the wife and child he lost as a young man. Haunted by tragedy, loss,
and unspeakable brutality, Abel has somehow managed to hold on to his
humanity, finding way stations of kindness along his tortured and
ultimately redemptive path.In its contrasts of light and dark, wild
and tame, brutal and tender, and its attempts to reconcile a horrific
war with the great evil it ended, Wilderness tells not only the
moving tale of an unforgettable character, but a story about who we
are as human beings, a people, and a nation. Lance Weller's immensely
impressive debut immediately places him among our most talented

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Published: Picador USA - September 4th, 2012

Are the great love stories
of the nineteenth century dead? Or can there be a new story, written
for today and alive to the realities of feminism, sexual freedom,
prenups, and divorce?It’s the early 1980s. In American colleges,
the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking
Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her
senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the
marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.
As Madeleine studies the age-old motivations of the human heart, real
life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes---the
charismatic and intense Leonard Bankhead, and her old friend the
mystically inclined Mitchell Grammaticus. As all three of them face
life in the real world they will have to reevaluate everything they
have learned. Jeffrey Eugenides creates a new kind of contemporary
love story in "his most powerful novel yet" (Newsweek).

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Published: Picador USA - August 21st, 2012

America has a huge
problem. It faces four major challenges, on which its future depends,
and it is failing to meet them. In "That Used to Be Us,"
Thomas L. Friedman, one of our most influential columnists, and
Michael Mandelbaum, one of our leading foreign policy thinkers,
analyze those challenges--globalization, the revolution in
information technology, the nation's chronic deficits, and its
pattern of energy consumption--and spell out what we need to do "now"
to rediscover America and rise to this moment.
They explain how
the end of the cold war blinded the nation to the need to address
these issues. They show how our history, when properly understood,
provides the key to addressing them, and explain how the paralysis of
our political system and the erosion of key American values have made
it impossible for us to carry out the policies the country needs.
They offer a way out of the trap into which the country has fallen,
which includes the rediscovery of some of our most valuable
traditions and the creation of a new, third-party movement. "That
Used to Be Us" is both a searching exploration of the American
condition today and a rousing manifesto for American renewal.
we were writing this book," Friedman and Mandelbaum explain, "we
found that when we shared the title with people, they would often nod
ruefully and ask: 'But does it have a happy ending?' Our answer is
that we can write a happy ending, but it is up to the country--to all
of us--to determine whether it is fiction or nonfiction. We need to
study harder, save more, spend less, invest wisely, and get back to
the formula that made us successful as a country in every previous
historical turn. What we need is not novel or foreign, but values,
priorities, and practices embedded in our history and culture,
applied time and again to propel us forward as a country. That is all
part of our past. That used to be us and can be again--if we will

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Fall 2012

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ISBN: 9780547612133
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Published: Clarion Books - September 4th, 2012

From two-time Newbery honoree and Printz honoree Gary D. Schmidt comes a tale of high fantasy, where a peaceful civilization of a faraway planet has been besieged by a dark lord, and in a desperate attempt for survival send their most precious gift across the cosmos, hurtling past a trillion lighted stars . . . all the way into the lunchbox of Tommy Pepper, sixth grader, of Plymouth, Massachusetts.The Valorim are about to fall to a dark lord when they send a necklace containing their planet across the cosmos, hurtling past a trillion stars . . . all the way into the lunchbox of Tommy Pepper, sixth grader, of Plymouth, Mass.Mourning his late mother, Tommy doesn't notice much about the chain he found, but soon he is drawing the twin suns and humming the music of a hanorah. As Tommy absorbs the art and language of the Valorim, their enemies target him. When a creature begins ransacking Plymouth in search of the chain, Tommy learns he must protect his family from villains far worse than he's ever imagined.

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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) - October 2nd, 2012

An epic love story set in post-war New York by the bestselling author of Winter's Tale.

Can love and honor conquer all?

Mark Helprin's enchanting and sweeping novel springs from this deceptively simple question, and from the sight of a beautiful young woman, dressed in white, on the Staten Island Ferry, at the beginning of summer, 1946.

Postwar New York glows with energy. Harry Copeland, an elite paratrooper who fought behind enemy lines in Europe, has returned home to run the family business. Yet his life is upended by a single encounter with the young singer and heiress Catherine Thomas Hale, as they each fall for the other in an instant.

Harry and Catherine pursue one another in a romance played out in Broadway theaters, Long Island mansions, the offices of financiers, and the haunts of gangsters. Catherine's choice of Harry over her longtime fiancé endangers Harry's livelihood and eventually threatens his life. In the end, it is Harry's extraordinary wartime experience that gives him the character and means to fight for Catherine, and risk everything.

Not since Winter's Tale has Mark Helprin written such a magically inspiring saga. Entrancing in its lyricism, In Sunlight and in Shadow so powerfully draws you into New York at the dawn of the modern age that, as in a vivid dream, you will not want to leave.

Diez Deditos de Las Manos y Diez Deditos de Los Pies / Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes Bilingual Board Book Cover Image
By Mem Fox, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547870069
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 9th, 2012

A modern nursery rhyme about the things babies everywhere have in common

« "A gentle, joyous offering." -Booklist, starred review
"There was one little baby / who was born far away. / And another who was born / on the very next day. / And both of these babies, / as everyone knows, / had ten little fingers / and ten little toes." No matter which part of the world a baby comes from-born on the ice or in a tent-that baby has "ten little fingers / and ten little toes," the pleasing refrain of this rhyming tribute to the sweet universality of babies of all colors. Soft, rounded babies are captured in soft, rounded watercolors in this new Spanish-English bilingual board book edition!

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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 2nd, 2012

In his witty first novel for young readers, New York Times best-selling author Jasper Fforde introduces fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange, who runs an agency for underemployed magicians in a world where magic is fading away. But when visions of the death of the world's last dragon begin, all signs point to Jennifer--and Big Magic.

In the good old days, magic was indispensable-it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. But now magic is fading: drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians-but it's hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world's last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam-and for Jennifer. Because something is coming. Something known as . . . Big Magic.

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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) - October 9th, 2012

How a lone man's epic obsession led to one of America's greatest cultural treasures: Prize-winning writer Timothy Egan tells the riveting, cinematic story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history -- and the driven, brilliant man who made them.

How a lone man's epic obsession led to one of America's greatest cultural treasures: Prizewinning writer Timothy Egan tells the riveting, cinematic story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history - and the driven, brilliant man who made them.
Edward Curtis was charismatic, handsome, a passionate mountaineer, and a famous photographer, the Annie Leibovitz of his time. He moved in rarefied circles, a friend to presidents, vaudeville stars, leading thinkers. And he was thirty-two years old in 1900 when he gave it all up to pursue his Great Idea: to capture on film the continent's original inhabitants before the old ways disappeared.

An Indiana Jones with a camera, Curtis spent the next three decades traveling from the Havasupai at the bottom of the Grand Canyon to the Acoma on a high mesa in New Mexico to the Salish in the rugged Northwest rain forest, documenting the stories and rituals of more than eighty tribes. It took tremendous perseverance - ten years alone to persuade the Hopi to allow him into their Snake Dance ceremony. And the undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate. Eventually Curtis took more than 40,000 photographs, preserved 10,000 audio recordings, and is credited with making the first narrative documentary film. In the process, the charming rogue with the grade school education created the most definitive archive of the American Indian.

His most powerful backer was Theodore Roosevelt, and his patron was J. P. Morgan. Despite the friends in high places, he was always broke and often disparaged as an upstart in pursuit of an impossible dream. He completed his masterwork in 1930, when he published the last of the twenty volumes. A nation in the grips of the Depression ignored it. But today rare Curtis photogravures bring high prices at auction, and he is hailed as a visionary. In the end he fulfilled his promise: He made the Indians live forever.

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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 2nd, 2012

The thrilling and long-awaited conclusion to the Giver Quartet.

They called her Water Claire. When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didn't exist. That she had become a Vessel at age thirteen. That she had carried a Product at age fourteen. That it had been stolen from her body. Claire had a son. But what became of him she never knew. What was his name? Was he even alive?  She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. Now Claire will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice.Son thrusts readers once again into the chilling world of the Newbery Medal winning book, The Giver, as well as Gathering Blue and Messenger where a new hero emerges. In this thrilling series finale, the startling and long-awaited conclusion to Lois Lowry's epic tale culminates in a final clash between good and evil.

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By Deborah Underwood, Renata Liwska (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547558639
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 11th, 2012

The Christmas companion to the New York Times Bestsellers, The Quiet Book and The Loud Book!, celebrating quiet sounds of the holiday season.

The holidays are filled with joyful noise. But Christmas is sometimes wrapped in quiet: "Searching for presents quiet," "Getting caught quiet," and "Hoping for a snow day quiet." Irresistibly cute, soft colored pencil illustrations of bunnies, bears, and more paint a magical holiday picture indeed.
Deborah Underwood has written many books for children. She lives in San Francisco.
Renata Liwska lives and works in Calgary, Canada, with her illustrator husband, Mike. Her childhood memories are of growing up in Warsaw, Poland.

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By Jackie French, Bruce Whatley (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780547868721
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Published: Clarion Books - October 16th, 2012

Christmas from a wombat's point of view, including competition for the carrots children have left out for Santa's reindeer, and guess who gets stuck in the chimney?

"Slept. Scratched. Slept." Indeed, it seems like Christmas will be just another day for the wombat . . . until she smells carrots! In this charming picture book, the star of Diary of a Wombat goes head to head with Santa's reindeer in competition for carrots-and wins. Then, as an accidental stowaway on Santa's sleigh, she learns that carrots are internationally available. No wonder she isn't hungry for treats on Christmas morning! Engaging illustrations delightfully complement the spare text in this unique, wombat's-eye view of a favorite holiday.

PGW Fall 2012

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By Lidia Yuknavitch, Chuck Palahniuk (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780983477570
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Published: Hawthorne Books - August 7th, 2012

Dora: A Headcase is a contemporary coming-of-age story based on Freud's famous case study-retold and revamped through Dora's point of view, with shotgun blasts of dark humor and sexual play.Ida needs a shrink . . . or so her philandering father thinks, and he sends her to a Seattle psychiatrist. Immediately wise to the head games of her new shrink, whom she nicknames Siggy, Ida begins a coming-of-age journey. At the beginning of her therapy, Ida, whose alter ego is Dora, and her small posse of pals engage in "art attacks." Ida's in love with her friend Obsidian, but when she gets close to intimacy, she faints or loses her voice. Ida and her friends hatch a plan to secretly film Siggy and make an experimental art film. But something goes wrong at a crucial moment-at a nearby hospital Ida finds her father suffering a heart attack. While Ida loses her voice, a rough cut of her experimental film has gone viral, and unethical media agents are hunting her down. A chase ensues in which everyone wants what Ida has.

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ISBN: 9780802120397
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Published: Grove Press - October 2nd, 2012

Sherman Alexie's stature as a writer of stories, poems, and novels has soared over the course of his twenty-book, twenty-year career. His wide-ranging, acclaimed stories from the last two decades, from The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven to his most recent PEN/Faulkner award-winning War Dances, have established him as a star in modern literature.A bold and irreverent observer of life among Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest, the daring, versatile, funny, and outrageous Alexie showcases all his talents in his newest collection, Blasphemy, where he unites fifteen beloved classics with fifteen new stories in one sweeping anthology for devoted fans and first-time readers.Included here are some of his most esteemed tales, including "What You Pawn I Will Redeem," "This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona," "The Toughest Indian in the World," and "War Dances." Alexie's new stories are fresh and quintessential-about donkey basketball leagues, lethal wind turbines, the reservation, marriage, and all species of contemporary American warriors.An indispensable collection of new and classic stories, Blasphemy reminds us, on every thrilling page, why Sherman Alexie is one of our greatest contemporary writers and a true master of the short story.

Harper Collins, Summer, 2012

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ISBN: 9780062191380
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Published: It Books - June 26th, 2012

Covering every aspect of Amy
Winehouse's life, this is the inside story from the one person able
to tell it--her best friend, her father. With exclusive,
never-before-seen photos, original artwork, and lyrics from Amy, this
book will tell the story of one of the great talents of our time.

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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 15th, 2012

Neal Stephenson, author of the #1 New
York Times
bestseller Anathem, returns to the terrain of
his groundbreaking novels Snow Crash, The Diamond Age,
and Cryptonomicon to deliver a high-intensity, high-stakes,
action-packed adventure thriller in which a tech entrepreneur gets
caught in the very real crossfire of his own online war game.

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ISBN: 9780062201133
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Published: William Morrow & Company - April 17th, 2012

"Game Over" is filled with the shocking details of how a culture built around one deified coach with a glorious vision to have "success with honor" fails to act in the best interests of the most vulnerable. University president Graham Spanier has been consumed in this firestorm along with Joe Paterno himself in what spiraled downward into the worst scandal in the history of college sports.

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ISBN: 9780061962769
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - April 24th, 2012

The sequel to bestselling author Megan McCafferty's provocative novel about love, friendship, and sisterhood in a future that is eerily believable. Melody and Harmony are without a doubt two of the most powerful pregnant teens on the planet, and there's only one thing they could do that would make them more famous than they already are: tell the truth.

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ISBN: 9780062067753
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Published: Harper - June 19th, 2012

The first science fiction novel in over three decades from New York Times bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett in which he has created a new world-a series of parallel "earths" called The Long Earth-written with award-winning novelist Stephen Baxter.

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ISBN: 9780062012012
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Published: Harper Teen - May 29th, 2012

Can true love be forgotten? As the only scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on. Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out—a ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies' cry for blood is growing louder. As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen's sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.

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ISBN: 9780062107909
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 15th, 2012

With the rich detail of Cold Mountain, the strong female bonds of The Help, and the untold history of The Warmth of Other Suns, comes a powerful debut novel about the secrets a woman keeps, and those she will risk everything to tell.

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Published: Ecco Press - May 29th, 2012

"Like some heroic cartographer from a Borges story, Andrew Blum plunges into the unseen but real ether of the Internet in a journey both compelling and profound. For the first time, Tubes brings the 'network of networks' into stirring, and surprising, relief. You will never open an e-mail in quite the same way again."-Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic.

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Published: Harper Perennial - May 15th, 2012

Drawing on anecdotes and insights from new interviews with those closest to the man-including Maria Muldaur, Happy Traum, D. A. Pennebaker, Nora Guthrie, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and Dylan's sidemen throughout the years-The Ballad of Bob Dylan is a singular take on an artist who has transformed generations and, as he enters his eighth decade, continues to inspire and surprise today.

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Dr. Marina Singh, a research scientist with a Minnesota pharmaceutical company, is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have all but disappeared in the Amazon while working on what is destined to be an extremely valuable new drug, the development of which has already cost the company a fortune. Nothing about Marina's assignment is easy: not only does no one know where Dr. Swenson is, but the last person who was sent to find her, Marina's research partner Anders Eckman, died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding her former mentor as well as answers to several troubling questions about her friend's death, the state of her company's future, and her own past.
Once found, Dr. Swenson, now in her seventies, is as ruthless and uncompromising as she ever was back in the days of Grand Rounds at Johns Hopkins. With a combination of science and subterfuge, she dominates her research team and the natives she is studying with the force of an imperial ruler. But while she is as threatening as anything the jungle has to offer, the greatest sacrifices to be made are the ones Dr. Swenson asks of herself, and will ultimately ask of Marina, who finds she may still be unable to live up to her teacher's expectations.
In a narrative replete with poison arrows, devouring snakes, and a neighboring tribe of cannibals, State of Wonder is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss. It is a tale that leads the reader into the very heart of darkness, and then shows us what lies on the other side.

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ISBN: 9780061857645
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Published: Ecco Press - July 17th, 2012

Shackled to a GPS monitoring device and forbidden to live within 2,500 feet of anywhere children might gather, The Kid-a convicted sex offender-takes up residence under a south Florida causeway, in a makeshift encampment with other convicted offenders.
Barely beyond childhood himself, The Kid is in many ways an innocent, trapped by impulses and choices he struggles to comprehend. Enter the Professor, a man who has built his own life on secrets and lies. A university sociologist, he finds in The Kid the perfect subject for his research. The two men forge a tentative partnership, but when the Professor's past resurfaces and threatens to destroy his carefully constructed world, the balance in the two men's relationship shifts. Suddenly, the Kid must reconsider all he has come to believe, and make a fateful choice when faced with a new kind of moral decision.
One of our most acute and insightful novelists, Russell Banks explores the zeitgeist of a troubled society where zero tolerance has erased any hope of subtlety and compassion-a society where isolating the offender has perhaps created a new kind of victim.

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Published: Delphinium Books - April 10th, 2012

In Overconnected, Bill Davidow, a former Silicon Valley executive, explains how the almost miraculous success of the Internet Web has also created a unique set of hazards, in effect overconnecting us, with the direst of consequences for our political, economic, and day-to-day lives.
The practical applications of this new medium-not least among them the ability to borrow money, invest in the stock market, or buy a new home-have made it a force unequaled in scope or impact in our daily lives. But the luxuries of the connected age have taken on a momentum all of their own, ultimately becoming the root cause of the recent financial meltdown from which the world is now still struggling to recover.
Davidow meticulously and counter-intuitively anatomizes how being overconnected tends to create systems of positive feedback that have largely negative consequences.
Original, commonsensical and historically informed, Overconnected identifies problems we live with that are now so large, omnipresent and part of our daily lives that few people have noticed them.

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ISBN: 9780062136749
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Published: Harper - August 1st, 2012

Hope Solo thrives on competition. The post-feminist face of the modern female athlete, she's driven to win and isn't afraid to say it or show it. Determined to succeed on her own terms, she's never played it safe, even if it cost her a starting spot with the U.S. team during the 2007 World Cup. That aggressive resolve is encapsulated in her forthright, sometimes shocking, and ultimately moving memoir.
At the center of her story is the sweet and sorrowful relationship Solo shared with her father, a philanderer and a con-man who was convicted of embezzlement when Solo was a child. Drifting into homelessness after prison, he finally reunited with his daughter years later, when she was in college. Reminiscent of Jeannette Walls in her acclaimed memoir The Glass Castle, Solo does not judge her unconventional parent. Like her teammate Megan Rapinoe bending a masterful corner kick, Solo twists the familiar arc of the father-as-mentor theme to reveal how her dad not only taught her the game, but also instilled in her the athlete's mentality that defines who she is and how she plays.
A woman who has repeatedly triumphed over adversity-from suddenly losing her biggest champion, her father, to her battles with the U.S. national team, to her recovery from painful shoulder surgery-Solo's story holds lessons and insight not only for her thousands of young fans, but for us all.

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Published: Ecco Press - April 10th, 2012

In A Girl and Her Pig, April Bloomfield takes home cooks on an intimate tour of the food that has made her a star. Thoughtful, voice-driven recipes go behind the scenes of Bloomfield's lauded restaurants and into her own home kitchen, where her attention to detail and reverence for honest ingredients result in unforgettable dishes that reflect her love for the tactile pleasures of cooking and eating. Her innovative yet refreshingly straightforward recipes, which pair her English roots with a deeply Italian influence, offer an unfailingly modern and fresh sensibility. Ambitious dishes such as Whole Roasted Suckling Pig, homey re-imagined pub fare such as Beef and Bayley Hazen Pie, and delicate, thoughtfully composed salads like Radishes with Basil and Parmesan showcase her bold flavors, sensitive handling of seasonal produce, and nose-to-tail ethos. A cookbook as delightful and lacking in pretention as Bloomfield herself, A Girl and Her Pig combines beautiful full color photography and lively illustration with insightful sidebars and tips on Bloomfield's technique, as well as charming narratives on Bloomfield's journey from working-class England to the apex of the culinary world, along with loving portraits of the chefs who have guided her along the way.

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ISBN: 9780061257094
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Published: Harper - April 3rd, 2012

This riveting historical epic of love and family, war and loss, risk and destiny is the novel Adriana Trigiani was born to write, one inspired by her own family history and the love of tradition that has propelled her body of bestselling novels to international acclaim. Like Lucia, Lucia, The Shoemaker's Wife defines an era with clarity and splendor, with operatic scope and a vivid cast of characters who
will live on in the imaginations of readers for years to come.

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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 1st, 2012

One choice can transform you-or it can destroy you. Tris Prior's initiation day should have been marked by celebration, victory, and the thrills of being ranked first among the initiate class of her chosen faction, Dauntless. Instead, the day ends with the unspeakable horrors of Erudite simulation attacks, and while Tris survives thanks to her Divergent nature, many she loves do not.
War now seems inevitable. Though the Dauntless have been freed from Erudite mind control, conflict between the factions and their ideologies is only beginning. And in war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable-and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief, radical new discoveries, and a fast-deepening romance, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
Veronica Roth's first novel, Divergent, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list, the IndieNext bestseller list, and the BookScan Kids' bestseller list. Publishers Weekly named Roth a "PW Flying Start," and Divergent was named the #1 Summer Kids IndieNext Pick. Film rights were optioned by Summit Entertainment prepublication, and a movie is already in preproduction. Rights to the trilogy have been sold in twenty-five foreign territories (and counting)!

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Published: Harper Teen - July 24th, 2012

Evie's paranormal past keeps coming back to haunt her. A new director at the International Paranormal Containment Agency wants to drag her back to headquarters. The Dark Faerie Queen is torturing humans in her poisonous realm. And supernatural creatures keep insisting that Evie is the only one who can save them from a mysterious, perilous fate.
The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its fate rests solely in Evie's hands.
So much for normal.

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Published: Hyperion Books - May 1st, 2012

In My Extraordinary Ordinary Life, Academy Award-winning actress Sissy Spacek details a life that few truly know, but will fascinate the many fans who have fallen in love with her over four decades of a remarkable career in film. This moving memoir spans her childhood in Texas, her arrival in New York City with only a small suitcase and a guitar, and her adult life and distinguished acting career playing such iconic film characters as Loretta Lynn and Carrie.
Spacek was raised in Quitman, a small East Texas town. As a freckle-faced, barefoot kid, she climbed trees, rode horses, and played in the woods with her two brothers. She was surrounded by a strong, Southern family who brought her up to believe she could do anything. And she has. From her Oscar-nominated performance in Carrie, based on Stephen King's book, to her Oscar-winning portrayal of country singer Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter, in which she sang all of Lynn's songs and earned a Grammy nomination, Spacek has enjoyed an enduring career in movies and television. And, she has stayed true to her rural roots, still living today in the Virginia countryside where she and her husband raised two daughters.
Told in her authentic, big-hearted voice, Spacek's memoir shares stories from her childhood, and reflects upon her influences and the things that matter most in life. My Extraordinary Ordinary Life is an honest and open memoir that readers will fall in love with.

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ISBN: 9780060096946
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Published: HarperCollins - May 15th, 2012

You'd think being a privileged Prince in a vast intergalactic Empire would be about as good as it gets.
But it isn't as great as it sounds. For one thing, Princes are always in danger. Their greatest threat? Other Princes. Khemri discovers that the moment he is proclaimed a Prince. He also discovers mysteries within the hidden workings of the Empire. Dispatched on a secret mission, Khemri comes across the ruins of a space battle. In the midst of it all he meets a young woman named Raine, who will challenge his view of the Empire, of Princes, and of himself.
This extraordinary coming-of-age tale by storyteller nonpareil Garth Nix is original, thrilling, and triumphant.

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ISBN: 9780061996375
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Published: HarperCollins - June 5th, 2012

Toklo, Kallik, Lusa, and their newest companion, Yakone, press onward in their quest to return home again-where they can continue to spread the word about saving the wild. As they approach Kallik's former home, Toklo and Lusa struggle with the idea of separating from Kallik and continuing their journey without her. But when the foursome arrives at the Melting Sea, they're shocked to encounter the group of polar bears who terrorized the black bears at Great Bear Lake-and are horrified to discover that Kallik's brother, Taqqiq, has joined them. Can the bears convince Taqqiq to come back to the right side? Or will Kallik's family stay torn apart forever?
The second book in this spectacular new story arc is packed with epic adventure, high-stakes decisions, and great danger for the bears. The Melting Sea will leave readers hungry for more from the New York Times bestselling world of Seekers.

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By Angie Sage, Mark Zug (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061242441
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - April 24th, 2012

In the sixth book of the Magykal series, Alther Mella has been Banished, a Darke Domaine engulfs the Castle, and a Darke dragon is on the loose. Septimus must use all of his skills to save the Castle and the Wizard Tower from destruction: He must enter the Darke. But he cannot do this alone. With the help of Jenna, Alther Mella, Marcellus Pye, and his estranged brother, Simon Heap, Septimus and Marcia Overstrand, the Extraordinary Wizard, battle the spreading Darkenesse. Will Septimus succeed in protecting his Magykal world?
Written with Angie Sage's characteristic humor, Darke is another compelling fantasy adventure filled with many surprises and laugh-out-loud moments. Readers will revel in the action-packed story as they realize the wisdom of Magyk-that all things are meant to be part of a living whole.

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By Emily Jenkins, Harry Bliss (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061802232
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - July 24th, 2012

It's Halloween. Fourth grader Hank Wolowitz hates Halloween. Every year his older sister, Nadia, scares him half to death. This year might be different, though. After all, Hank's the only kid in Brooklyn-probably the only kid in North America-with an invisible bandapat living in his laundry basket. And Invisible Inkling loves Halloween. Pumpkins are his favorite food. But Hank has serious trouble stopping Inkling from devouring every jack-o'-lantern in their neighborhood. And that's not his only problem: Will he figure out a cool costume? Will he survive the small army of ballerinas roaming the hallways of his building? Will Dad sell any of Hank's genius Halloween flavors in the family ice-cream shop? Will Hank ever get revenge on Nadia? Inkling has long since stopped listening to Hank's worries. Inkling is taking action.

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ISBN: 9780061989162
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Published: Ecco Press - September 11th, 2012

An astonishing work of cutting-edge science and cultural history that radically reframes how we understand the vagina-and consequently, how we understand women-from one of our most respected cultural critics and thinkers
"Blasting away myths is one of Ms. Wolf's great strengths; she firebombs with knowledge and authority."-New York Times Book Review
When an unexpected medical crisis sends Naomi Wolf on a deeply personal journey to tease out the intersections between sex and creativity, she discovers, much to her own shock, an increasing body of evidence that suggests that the vagina is not merely flesh, but is an intrinsic component of the female brain and thus female consciousness itself. A brilliant and nuanced synthesis of physiology, history, and culture, Vagina: A New Biography explores the physical, political, and spiritual implications for women and for society as a whole of this startling scientific breakthrough.
Utterly enthralling and totally fascinating, Vagina: A New Biography reveals new information about what women really need and considers what a sexual relationship transformed by these insights could look like, as it traces the distance from historical social control of the vagina-which leads naturally to social control of women's minds and inner lives-to the contemporary pressures brought to bear on it, from pornography to plastic surgery, while weaving in a path toward a radical reclaiming of the body and the self.
An exhilarating and groundbreaking work that combines rigorous lay science and deeply personal considerations of female identity, Vagina: A New Biography is a provocative, deeply engaging book sure to provoke impassioned conversation, from a writer whose conviction and keen intelligence have propelled her works to the tops of bestseller lists and firmly into the realms of modern classics.

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ISBN: 9780062072900
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Published: Avon Books - May 29th, 2012

From New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn comes the second dazzling installment of an all-new, four-book series featuring the Smythe-Smith musicians, beloved by fans of the Bridgerton series.

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ISBN: 9780061928123
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Published: Harper - June 12th, 2012

The story begins in 1962. Somewhere on a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea-blue as his eyes-and sees a vision: a slender blonde woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.
And it begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot-searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel fifty years before.
What unfolds from there is a dazzling, yet deeply human, rollercoaster of a novel, peopled by Jess Walter's trademark unforgettable characters: the Italian innkeeper and his mysterious beauty; the heroically cynical film producer who once brought them together, and his idealistic young assistant; and the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars and losers who populate their world in the decades that follow. Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is pure Jess Walter-a novel full of flawed yet utterly relatable people, all of them reaching toward some impossible goal, leading us up a rocky shoreline path toward a future both distant and utterly familiar.

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By Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062110589
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Published: HarperCollins - May 1st, 2012

Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt-the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness no! He just keeps on singing his song-after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons? Count down with Pete in this rocking new story from the creators of the bestselling Pete the Cat books.

Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II (P.S.) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061988356
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 24th, 2012

On May 13, 1945, twenty-four American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over "Shangri-La," a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton's bestselling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals.
But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through. Margaret Hastings, barefoot and burned, had no choice but to wear her dead best friend's shoes. John McCollom, grieving the death of his twin brother also aboard the plane, masked his grief with stoicism. Kenneth Decker, too, was severely burned and suffered a gaping head wound.
Emotionally devastated, badly injured, and vulnerable to the hidden dangers of the jungle, the trio faced certain death unless they left the crash site. Caught between man-eating headhunters and enemy Japanese, the wounded passengers endured a harrowing hike down the mountainside-a journey into the unknown that would lead them straight into a primitive tribe of superstitious natives who had never before seen a white man-or woman.
Drawn from interviews, declassified U. S. Army documents, personal photos and mementos, a survivor's diary, a rescuer's journal, and original film footage, Lost in Shangri-La recounts this incredible true-life adventure for the first time. Mitchell Zuckoff reveals how the determined trio-dehydrated, sick, and in pain-traversed the dense jungle to find help; how a brave band of paratroopers risked their own lives to save the survivors; and how a cowboy colonel attempted a previously untested rescue mission to get them out.
By trekking into the New Guinea jungle, visiting remote villages, and rediscovering the crash site, Zuckoff also captures the contemporary natives' remembrances of the long-ago day when strange creatures fell from the sky. A riveting work of narrative nonfiction that vividly brings to life an odyssey at times terrifying, enlightening, and comic, Lost in Shangri-La is a thrill ride from beginning to end.

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ISBN: 9780062085610
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Published: Harper Teen - May 1st, 2012

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? This is the fate of the sons and daughters of fallen angels. They are destined to promote deadly sins such as envy, greed, lust, and pride.
Anna, a tenderhearted Southern girl, was born with the sixth sense to see and feel the emotions of others. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn't until she meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage, and her willpower is put to the test. A cross-country trip forces Anna and Kai to face the reality that hope and love are not options for their kind.
Faced with working for the demonic cause of her father, Anna must uncover her true calling and find the strength to overcome the dark urges within.
Sweet Evil was singled out as one of the top submissions on, an online community for aspiring writers. This fast-paced and sexy paperback original will entrance readers with Kaidan and Anna's electric love story, a gripping mix of romance and fantasy.

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By Tim Carvell, Doug Holgate (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061934360
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Published: HarperCollins - May 8th, 2012

Twelve-year-old Tad is a man with a plan: 1. Start a blog (check). 2. Survive seventh grade (gulp). 3. Get girls to notice him (yeah-like that's ever going to happen).
In his quest to have the most awesome year ever, Tad will face down a devious little sister, the most embarrassing summer job in history, and a science-fair volcano gone awry. And did we mention the bevy of pretty girls who won't give him the time of day? Through it all, Tad's hilarious musings, spot-on wisecracks, and knack for getting into trouble make his daily blog a comedic goldmine.
Told in the form of blog entries covering a year in Tad's wacky life and with sidesplittingly funny illustrations throughout, Planet Tad is arguably the funniest book of all time. At least Tad thinks so.

Random House Blue Fall 2012

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ISBN: 9781594745768
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Published: Quirk Books - July 10th, 2012

the brink of the apocalypse, what's the point in solving murders when
we're all going to die soon anyway? First of a trilogy, fascinating
and really unique about a detective waiting for the end of the world.
Great for mystery fans-a thoroughly intriguing police procedural
(from an Edgar Award nominee). Great for science fiction fans-a
wholly plausible end-of-the-world story. Great for anyone-what would
do if the world was going to end in six months? For readers of PD
James The Children of Men and readers of The 87th Precinct.

The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy): A Novel (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345504982
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 16th, 2012

The hotly anticipated sequel to The Passage, The Twelve is a grand and gripping thriller.

A literary thriller unfolding in multiple time frames, The Twelve is a page-turning and epic tale of sacrifice and survival. In the present day: As three strangers attempt to navigate the chaos cast upon civilization by a U.S. government experiment gone wrong, their destinies intertwine. A hundred years in the future: Amy, Peter, Alicia, and the others introduced in The Passage hunt the original twelve virals...unaware that the rules of the game have changed, and that one of them will have to sacrifice everything to bring the Twelve down.

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ISBN: 9780553593624
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Published: Bantam - October 16th, 2012

Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain’s beloved royals against an international plot—one that could change the course of history.
As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5. Spirited, strong-willed, and possessing one of the sharpest minds in government for mathematics and code-breaking, she fully expects to be sent abroad to gather intelligence for the British front. Instead, to her great disappointment, she is dispatched to go undercover at Windsor Castle, where she will tutor the young Princess Elizabeth in math. Yet castle life quickly proves more dangerous—and deadly—than Maggie ever expected. The upstairs-downstairs world at Windsor is thrown into disarray by a shocking murder, which draws Maggie into a vast conspiracy that places the entire royal family in peril. And as she races to save England from a most disturbing fate, Maggie realizes that a quick wit is her best defense, and that the smallest clues can unravel the biggest secrets, even within her own family.

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ISBN: 9781400067664
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Published: Random House - November 13th, 2012

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston comes a rich, unprecedented biography of Thomas Jefferson, an original thinker and a master politician, who helped create and sustain the American republic.

Jon Meacham brings to life the complete man, from birth to his last days-through the Revolutionary War and his years as President. We see the Founding Father who steered the states to nationhood, wrote the Declaration of Independence, and as a master politician President, doubled the size of America through the Louisiana Purchase. With a powerful narrrative, Meacham guides us through the life and extraordinary times of a man often admired but, before now, never truly understood in all his complexity.

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ISBN: 9780345530387
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 2nd, 2012

From National Book Award finalist and author of Await Your Reply and You Remind Me of Me, a haunting new collection of stories that explore the ways that the mysterious and the sinister invade our everyday lives.

A short-story collection that vibrates with the same intense, unsettled atmosphere that so pervades what People called his "deliciously disturbing literary thriller," Await Your Reply. For readers of Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad, Dan Chaon's Stay Awake looks at the lives of ordinary people who yearn for connection because of intense love, grief, or loneliness, and find themselves acting in strange and complicated ways. The stories in this haunting collection exist in a twilight realm, in that late-night window when the streets are empty and all the world seems to be quiet...except for you: You're still awake.

Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345521347
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 4th, 2012

New York Times bestselling author and noted British historian Alison Weir gives us the first full-scale, in-depth biography of Mary Boleyn, sister to Queen Anne as well as mistress to Anne’s husband, Henry VIII—and one of the most misunderstood figures of the Tudor age. Making use of extensive original research, Weir shares revelations on the ambitious Boleyn family and the likely nature of the relationship between the Boleyn sisters. Unraveling the truth about Mary’s much-vaunted notoriety at the French court and her relations with King François I, Weir also explores Mary’s role at the English court and how she became Henry VIII’s lover. She tracks the probable course of their affair and investigates the truth behind Mary’s notorious reputation. With new and compelling evidence, Weir presents the most conclusive answer to date on the paternity of Mary’s children, long speculated to have been Henry VIII’s progeny. Alison Weir pieces together a life steeped in mystery and misfortune, debunking centuries-old myths to give us the truth about Mary Boleyn, the so-called “great and infamous whore.”
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ISBN: 9780345408778
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Published: Random House Trade - September 18th, 2012

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history. Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into empress of Russia by sheer determination. For thirty-four years, the government, foreign policy, cultural development, and welfare of the Russian people were in her hands. She dealt with domestic rebellion, foreign wars, and the tidal wave of political change and violence churned up by the French Revolution. Catherine’s family, friends, ministers, generals, lovers, and enemies—all are here, vividly brought to life. History offers few stories richer than that of Catherine the Great. In this book, an eternally fascinating woman is returned to life.

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ISBN: 9780553386899
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Published: Bantam - October 23rd, 2012

Enter the intimate and treacherous world of Russia's greatest monarch, Catherine the Great. For readers of Philippa Gregory and Margaret George, Eva Stachniak weaves a spellbinding tale of turmoil within a royal house, and the woman who would rise to rule all of Russia.

Two young women, caught in a landscape of shifting allegiances, navigate the treacherous waters of palace intrigue. Barbara, the narrator, is a servant who will become one of Russia's most cunning royal spies. Sophie is a naive German duchess who will become Catherine the Great. For readers of superb historical fiction, Eva Stachniak captures in glorious detail the opulence of royalty and the perilous loyalties of the Russian court.

I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Flavia de Luce Mysteries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385344029
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Published: Bantam - October 30th, 2012

Colonel de Luce, in desperate need of funds, rents his beloved estate of Buckshaw to a film company. They will be shooting a movie over the Christmas holidays, filming scenes in the decaying manse with a reclusive star. She is widely despised, so it is to no one's surprise when she turns up murdered, strangled by a length of film from her own movies! With a blizzard raging outside and Buckshaw locked in, the house is full of suspects. But Flavia de Luce is more than ready to put aside her investigations into the true identity of Father Christmas to solve this yuletide country-house murder.

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ISBN: 9780812975123
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Published: Random House Trade - September 4th, 2012

Rooted in the values and verities of generations past, Brokaw weaves together inspiring stories of Americans today who are making a difference with personal stories from generations in his own family, to engage us in a conversation about our country, and to offer ideas for how we can recapture the American Dream. Inviting us to foster a rebirth of family, community and civic engagement as profound as the one that won World War II, built our post-war prosperity, and ushered in the Civil Rights era, Brokaw traces the exciting, unnerving changes in modern life-in education, public service, housing, the Internet, and more-that have transformed our society. Offering ideas from Americans who are change agents in their communities, Brokaw has given us a wise, honest, and wide-ranging book, a vision of hopefulness in an age of dimished expectations.

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ISBN: 9780812978032
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Published: Random House Trade - November 27th, 2012

Boston, 1868: On a fog-shrouded, moonless spring night in Boston Harbor, seven ships-schooners, pleasure steamers, and steamships-mysteriously crash in a massive, fiery wreck. The devastation is later complicated by the discovery that every compass recovered from the wreckage had spun wildly as the ships veered inexplicably off course. In an attempt to solve the mystery, investigators visit the newly founded Massachusetts Institute of Technology, whose fifteen-member inaugural class is about to graduate. As the harbor disaster is followed by further strange calamities striking the city, Marcus Mansfield and his fellow classmates, including Ellen Swallow, the sole female student at MIT, will find themselves in the position of being the only people qualified to save the city and its inhabitants from what seems to be the work of a madman

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ISBN: 9781594745911
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Published: Quirk Books - September 25th, 2012

Strange things are happening at Lovecraft Middle School. Rats are leaping from lockers. Students are disappearing. The school library is a labyrinth of secret corridors. And the science teacher is acting very peculiar - in fact, he just might be a monster-in-disguise. Twelve-year-old Robert Arthur knew that seventh grade was going to be weird, but this is ridiculous!

Professor Gargoyle (Volume I in the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series) is full of bizarre beasts, strange mysteries, and nonstop adventure. It's perfect for readers ages 10 and up. Best of all, the cover features a state-of-the-art "morphing" photo portrait - so you can personally witness the professor transforming into a monster. You won't believe your eyes!

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ISBN: 9781594745935
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Published: Quirk Books - January 15th, 2013

This second novel in the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series begins right where Professor Gargoyle ended.  Seventh-grader Robert Arthur has discovered that two of his classmates are actually sinister snake-women in disguise. Even worse, his new middle school is full of “gates” to a terrifying alternate dimension – a haunted mansion full of strange spirits and monstrous beasts.  For Robert to protect his teachers and classmates, he'll need to return to this haunted dimension with his best friends Glenn and Karina.   Can they uncover the secrets of Lovecraft Middle School before it's too late?
The Slither Sisters features more bizarre beasts, more strange mysteries, and more adventure.  It's perfect for readers ages 10 and up. Best of all, the cover features a state-of-the-art “morphing” photo portrait – so you can personally witness the sisters transforming into their slithering alter egos.  You won't believe your eyes!

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ISBN: 9781616951696
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Published: Soho Crime - September 4th, 2012

Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can't say no when someone asks for help-even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet. Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy: naked and drugged, but alive.
Is the boy a victim of child trafficking? Can he be turned over to authorities, or will they only return him to whoever sold him? When Karin is discovered brutally murdered, Nina realizes that her life and the boy's are in jeopardy, too. In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who exactly is trying to hunt him down.

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ISBN: 9780812993295
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Published: Random House - July 24th, 2012

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack of quotidian minutiae is a letter addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl from a woman he hasn’t seen or heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye.
Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then, as happens in the very best works of fiction, Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person. And thus begins the unlikely pilgrimage at the heart of Rachel Joyce’s remarkable debut. Harold Fry is determined to walk six hundred miles from Kingsbridge to the hospice in Berwick-upon-Tweed because, he believes, as long as he walks, Queenie Hennessey will live.
Still in his yachting shoes and light coat, Harold embarks on his urgent quest across the countryside. Along the way he meets one fascinating character after another, each of whom unlocks his long-dormant spirit and sense of promise. Memories of his first dance with Maureen, his wedding day, his joy in fatherhood, come rushing back to him—allowing him to also reconcile the losses and the regrets. As for Maureen, she finds herself missing Harold for the first time in years.
And then there is the unfinished business with Queenie Hennessy.
A novel of unsentimental charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry introduces Rachel Joyce as a wise—and utterly irresistible—storyteller.

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ISBN: 9780812978803
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Published: Random House Trade - June 12th, 2012

Charles Frazier puts his remarkable gifts in the service of a lean, taut narrative while at the same time losing none of the transcendent prose, virtuosic storytelling, and insights into human nature which have made him one of the most beloved and celebrated authors in the world. Now, he evokes the rich Appalachian landscape in this brilliant portrait of a solitary young woman who inherits her murdered sister's troubled twins. While Luce lives alone with the children in an abandoned lodge, struggling to understand their complex needs, a man named Stubblefield comes into her life. After years of isolation, Luce begins to awaken to him and the children. Meanwhile, her sister's husband and murderer, Bud, begins a chilling search for the cache of stolen money he is convinced may be hidden with the twins. Frazier is known for his historical literary odysseys, and for making his figures from the past come vividly to life. His depictions of the self-protective Luce, rootless but intriguing Stubblefield, menacing and unpredictable Bud, and particularly the eerie, introverted twins will take their place among Frazier's previous timeless classics.

Random House Green Fall 2012

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ISBN: 9780307594037
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 2nd, 2012

inspiring story of a son and his dying mother, who form a "book
club" that brings them together as her life comes to a
Mary Anne Schwalbe is waiting for her chemotherapy
treatments when Will casually asks her what she's reading. The
conversation they have grows into tradition: soon they are reading
the same books so they can have something to talk about in the
hospital waiting room. The ones they choose range from classic to
popular, from fantastic to spiritual, and we hear their passion for
reading and their love for each other in their intimate and searching
A profoundly moving testament to the power of love
between a child and parent, and the power of reading in our lives.

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ISBN: 9780375708152
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Published: Vintage - October 2nd, 2012

On June 6, 1924, two men set out from a camp perched at 23,000 feet on an ice ledge just below the lip of Mount Everest’s North Col. George Mallory, thirty-seven, was Britain’s finest climber. Sandy Irvine was a young Oxford scholar of twenty-two with little previous mountaineering experience. Neither of them returned.
In this magisterial work of history and adventure, based on more than a decade of prodigious research in British, Canadian, and European archives, and months in the field in Nepal and Tibet, Wade Davis vividly re-creates British climbers’ epic attempts to scale Mount Everest in the early 1920s. With new access to letters and diaries, Davis recounts the heroic efforts of George Mallory and his fellow climbers to conquer the mountain in the face of treacherous terrain and furious weather. Into the Silence sets their remarkable achievements in sweeping historical context: Davis shows how the exploration originated in nineteenth-century imperial ambitions, and he takes us far beyond the Himalayas to the trenches of World War I, where Mallory and his generation found themselves and their world utterly shattered.  In the wake of the war that destroyed all notions of honor and decency, the Everest expeditions, led by these scions of Britain’s elite, emerged as a symbol of national redemption and hope.
Beautifully written and rich with detail, Into the Silence is a classic account of exploration and endurance, and a timeless portrait of an extraordinary generation of adventurers, soldiers, and mountaineers the likes of which we will never see again.

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ISBN: 9781590515525
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Published: Other Press (NY) - July 10th, 2012

A masterfully told tale of passion, jealousy, heroism and betrayal set in the gruesome trenches of World War I.
It is September 1919: twenty-one-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, the man he fought alongside during the Great War.
But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He can no longer keep a secret and has finally found the courage to unburden himself of it. As Tristan recounts the horrific details of what to him became a senseless war, he also speaks of his friendship with Will--from their first meeting on the training grounds at Aldershot to their farewell in the trenches of northern France. The intensity of their bond brought Tristan happiness and self-discovery as well as confusion and unbearable pain.
The Absolutist is a masterful tale of passion, jealousy, heroism, and betrayal set in one of the most gruesome trenches of France during World War I. This novel will keep readers on the edge of their seats until its most extraordinary and unexpected conclusion, and will stay with them long after they've turned the last page.

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ISBN: 9780307959539
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Published: Knopf - October 30th, 2012

After eight commanding works of fiction, the Pulitzer Prize winner now turns to memoir in a hilarious, moving, and always surprising account of his life, his parents, and the upstate town they all struggled variously to escape.
Anyone familiar with Richard Russo's fiction will recognize Gloversville, New York, once famous for producing that eponymous product and anything else made of leather. This is where the author grew up, the only son of an aspirant mother and a good-time, second-fiddle father who were born into this close-knit community. But by the time of his childhood in the 1950s, prosperity was inexorably being replaced by poverty and illness (often tannery-related), everyone barely scraping by under a very low horizon. A world elsewhere was the dream his mother instilled in Rick, and strived for for herself, and their subsequent adventures and tribulations—beautifully recounted here—were to prove lifelong, as would Gloversville's fearsome grasp on them both.

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ISBN: 9780307957245
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - November 6th, 2012

Hallucinations, for most people, imply madness. But there are many different types of non-psychotic hallucination caused by various illnesses or injuries, by intoxication—even, for many people, by falling sleep. From the elementary geometrical shapes that we see when we rub our eyes to the complex swirls and blind spots and zigzags of a visual migraine, hallucination takes many forms. At a higher level, hallucinations associated with the altered states of consciousness that may come with sensory deprivation or certain brain disorders can lead to religious epiphanies or conversions. Drawing on a wealth of clinical examples from his own patients as well as historical and literary descriptions, Oliver Sacks investigates the fundamental differences and similarities of these many sorts of hallucinations, what they say about the organization and structure of our brains, how they have influenced every culture's folklore and art, and why the potential for hallucination is present in us all.

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ISBN: 9780307744579
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Published: Vintage - June 26th, 2012

In his most personal novel to date, internationally best-selling author Paulo Coelho returns with a remarkable journey of self-discovery. Like the main character in his much-beloved The Alchemist, Paulo is facing a grave crisis of faith. As he seeks a path of spiritual renewal and growth, he decides to begin again: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the landscapes around him.
Setting off to Africa, and then to Europe and Asia via the Trans-Siberian Railway, he initiates a journey to revitalize his energy and passion. Even so, he never expects to meet Hilal. A gifted young violinist, she is the woman Paulo loved five hundred years before—and the woman he betrayed in an act of cowardice so far-reaching that it prevents him from finding real happiness in this life. Together they will initiate a mystical voyage through time and space, traveling a path that teaches love, forgiveness, and the courage to overcome life’s inevitable challenges. Beautiful and inspiring, Aleph invites us to consider the meaning of our own personal journeys: Are we where we want to be, doing what we want to do?

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ISBN: 9780307744418
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Published: Vintage - June 12th, 2012

In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the “cat’s table”—as far from the Captain’s Table as can be—with a ragtag group of “insignificant” adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship crosses the Indian Ocean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury. But there are other diversions as well: they are first exposed to the magical worlds of jazz, women, and literature by their eccentric fellow travelers, and together they spy on a shackled prisoner, his crime and fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever. By turns poignant and electrifying, The Cat’s Table is a spellbinding story about the magical, often forbidden, discoveries of childhood, and a lifelong journey that begins unexpectedly with a spectacular sea voyage.

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ISBN: 9780307742957
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Published: Vintage - August 7th, 2012

What do Hedy Lamarr, avant-garde composer George Antheil, and your cell phone have in common? The answer is spread-spectrum radio: a revolutionary inven­tion based on the rapid switching of communications sig­nals among a spread of different frequencies. Without this technology, we would not have the digital comforts that we take for granted today.
Only a writer of Richard Rhodes’s caliber could do justice to this remarkable story. Unhappily married to a Nazi arms dealer, Lamarr fled to America at the start of World War II; she brought with her not only her theatrical talent but also a gift for technical innovation. An introduction to Antheil at a Hollywood dinner table culminated in a U.S. patent for a jam- proof radio guidance system for torpedoes—the unlikely duo’s gift to the U.S. war effort.
What other book brings together 1920s Paris, player pianos, Nazi weaponry, and digital wireless into one satisfying whole? In its juxtaposition of Hollywood glamour with the reality of a brutal war, Hedy’s Folly is a riveting book about unlikely amateur inventors collaborating to change the world.

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ISBN: 9780307596888
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - November 13th, 2012

A brilliant new collection of stories from one of the most acclaimed and beloved writers of our time.
With her peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but spacious and timeless stories, Alice Munro illumines the moment a life is shaped—the moment a dream, or sex, or perhaps a simple twist of fate turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into another way of being. Suffused with Munro's clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, these stories (set in the world Munro has made her own: the countryside and towns around Lake Huron) about departures and beginnings, accidents, dangers, and homecomings both virtual and real, paint a vivid and lasting portrait of how strange, dangerous, and extraordinary the ordinary life can be.

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ISBN: 9780307476531
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Published: Anchor Books - October 2nd, 2012

“Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison,” declares the whip-tongued thirteen-year-old narrator of Damned, Chuck Palahniuk’s subversive new work of fiction. The daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire, Madison is abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas, while her parents are off touting their new projects and adopting more orphans. She dies over the holiday of a mari­juana overdose—and the next thing she knows, she’s in Hell. Madison shares her cell with a motley crew of young sinners that is almost too good to be true: a cheerleader, a jock, a nerd, and a punk rocker, united by fate to form the six-feet-under version of everyone’s favorite detention movie. Madison and her pals trek across the Dandruff Desert and climb the treacherous Mountain of Toenail Clippings to confront Satan in his citadel. All the popcorn balls and wax lips that serve as the currency of Hell won’t buy them off.
This is the afterlife as only Chuck Palahniuk could imagine it: a twisted inferno where The English Patient plays on end­less repeat, roaming demons devour sinners limb by limb, and the damned interrupt your dinner from their sweltering call center to hard-sell you Hell. He makes eternal torment, well, simply divine.

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ISBN: 9780307455901
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Published: Vintage - July 24th, 2012

A sweeping, propulsive, darkly humorous new novel by the best-selling author of Snow Falling on Cedars: a story of destiny, desire, and destruction that reimagines Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex for our own era.
In Seattle in 1962, Walter Cousins, a mild-mannered actuary—“a guy who weighs risk for a living”—takes a risk of his own, and makes the biggest error of his life. He sleeps with Diane Burroughs, the sexy, not-quite-legal British au pair who’s taking care of his children for the summer. Diane gets pregnant and leaves their baby on a doorstep, but not before turning the tables on Walter and setting in motion a tragedy of epic proportions. Their orphaned child, adopted by an adoring family and named Edward Aaron King, grows up to become a billionaire Internet tycoon and an international celebrity—the “King of Search”—who unknowingly, but inexorably, hurtles through life toward a fate he may have no power to shape.
An instant classic—David Guterson’s most daring and dazzling novel yet—that brings a contemporary urgency to one of the greatest stories of all time.

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ISBN: 9780307455178
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Published: Anchor Books - July 10th, 2012

A pandemic has devastated the planet, sorting humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. After the worst of the plague is over, armed forces stationed in Chinatown’s Fort Wonton have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Street—aka Zone One. Mark Spitz is a member of one of the three-person civilian sweeper units tasked with clearing lower Manhattan of the remaining feral zombies. Zone One unfolds over three surreal days in which Spitz is occupied with the mundane mission of straggler removal, the rigors of Post-Apocalyptic Stress Disorder (PASD), and the impossible task of coming to terms with a fallen world. And then things start to go terribly wrong…
At once a chilling horror story and a literary novel by a contemporary master, Zone One is a dazzling portrait of modern civilization in all its wretched, shambling glory.

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ISBN: 9781590514900
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Published: Other Press (NY) - October 23rd, 2012

Told from the precocious perspective of fourteen-year-old Peter, The Elephant Keepers' Children is about three siblings and how they deal with life alongside their eccentric parents. Peter's father is a vicar, his mother is an artisan, and both are equally and profoundly devout. The family lives on the (fictional) island of Finø, where people of all religious faiths coexist peacefully. Yet, nothing is at it seems. 
   When Peter's parents suddenly go missing, Peter and his siblings fear the worst--has their parents' relentless quest to boost church attendance finally put them in danger? Told with poignancy and humor, The Elephant Keepers' Children is a fascinating exploration of fundamentalism versus spiritual freedom, the vicissitudes of romantic and familial love, and the triumph of the human spirit.

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ISBN: 9780307949332
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Published: Vintage - July 10th, 2012

Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills—and it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar—the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice.
Tiny Beautiful Things brings the best of Dear Sugar in one place and includes never-before-published columns and a new introduction by Steve Almond.  Rich with humor, insight, compassion—and absolute honesty—this book is a balm for everything life throws our way.

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ISBN: 9780307947727
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Published: Vintage - May 29th, 2012

The Sense of an Ending follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about-until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony thought he left this all behind as he built a life for himself, and his career has provided him with a secure retirement and an amicable relationship with his ex-wife and daughter, who now has a family of her own. But when Tony is presented with a mysterious legacy, he is forced to reconsider a variety of things he thought he understood all along, and he must revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single setting, The Sense of an Ending has the psychological and emotional depth and sophistication of Henry James at his best, and is a stunning new chapter in Julian Barnes's oeuvre.

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ISBN: 9780307387387
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Published: Vintage - May 29th, 2012

The book opens on July 26, 2010, as Didion thinks back to Quintana's wedding exactly seven years before. "Today would be her wedding anniversary." As she reflects on her daughter and her role as a parent, Didion candidly and bravely confronts the subjects of having children, of feeling like we have failed as a parent, of missing or misinterpreting our childrens' cries for help. Seamlessly woven in are incidents she sees as underscoring her own age, something she finds hard to acknowledge, much less accept. Blue Nights, like The Year of Magical Thinking before it, is an iconic book of incisive and electric honesty, haunting and profoundly moving.

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By Tim Carvell, Doug Holgate (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061934360
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Published: HarperCollins - May 8th, 2012

From the Emmy Award-winning head writer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart comes a hilariously illustrated "Year in the Blog" of awesomely nerdy seventh grader Tad, based on a feature in MAD magazine. Move over, Wimpy Kid!

Twelve-year-old Tad is a man with a plan: 1. Start a blog (check). 2. Survive seventh grade (gulp). 3. Get girls to notice him (yeah-like that's ever going to happen).

In his quest to have the most awesome year ever, Tad will face down a devious little sister, the most embarrassing summer job in history, and a science-fair volcano gone awry. And did we mention the bevy of pretty girls who won't give him the time of day? Through it all, Tad's hilarious musings, spot-on wisecracks, and knack for getting into trouble make his daily blog a comedic goldmine.

Told in the form of blog entries covering a year in Tad's wacky life and with sidesplittingly funny illustrations throughout, Planet Tad is arguably the funniest book of all time. At least Tad thinks so. And so do these important funny people:

"This book will make you laugh. If you're not into that sort of thing, consider yourself warned."-Stephen Colbert

"Hilarious to anyone who ever went through, is currently in, might go to, or flunked out of middle school."-Jon Stewart

Planet Tad is written by the Emmy Award-winning head writer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Tim Carvell, and based on a blog of the same name in MAD magazine.

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ISBN: 9780062188502
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Published: Harper - August 21st, 2012

Set in the untamed American West, a highly original and haunting debut novel about a makeshift family whose dramatic lives are shaped by violence, love, and an indelible connection to the land

"When you pick up The Orchardist, you will be lured at first by the lushness of the language, the razor-sharp vividness of the descriptive passages. But soon enough-before you've finished the first chapter-the characters will take hold of you and you'll read on hungrily, as if under a spell. It's hard to believe that this is Amanda Coplin's first novel. Already, she is a masterful writer, the teller of an epic, unvarnished tale that sits comfortably with other novels in the tradition of great American storytelling."-Wally Lamb

You belong to the earth, and the earth is hard.

At the turn of the twentieth century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, a solitary orchardist named Talmadge carefully tends the grove of fruit trees he has cultivated for nearly half a century. A gentle, solitary man, he finds solace and purpose in the sweetness of the apples, apricots, and plums he grows, and in the quiet, beating heart of the land-the valley of yellow grass bordering a deep canyon that has been his home since he was nine years old. Everything he is and has known is tied to this patch of earth. It is where his widowed mother is buried, taken by illness when he was just thirteen, and where his only companion, his beloved teenaged sister Elsbeth, mysteriously disappeared. It is where the horse wranglers-native men, mostly Nez Perce-pass through each spring with their wild herds, setting up camp in the flowering meadows between the trees.

One day, while in town to sell his fruit at the market, two girls, barefoot and dirty, steal some apples. Later, they appear on his homestead, cautious yet curious about the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, Jane and her sister Della take up on Talmadage's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion. Yet just as the girls begin to trust him, brutal men with guns arrive in the orchard, and the shattering tragedy that follows sets Talmadge on an irrevocable course not only to save and protect them, putting himself between the girls and the world, but to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past.

Writing with breathtaking precision and empathy, Amanda Coplin has crafted an astonishing debut novel about a man who disrupts the lonely harmony of an ordered life when he opens his heart and lets the world in. Transcribing America as it once was before railways and roads connected its corners, she weaves a tapestry of solitary souls who come together in the wake of unspeakable cruelty and misfortune, bound by their search to discover the place they belong. At once intimate and epic, evocative and atmospheric, filled with haunting characters both vivid and true to life, and told in a distinctive narrative voice, The Orchardist marks the beginning of a stellar literary career.

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ISBN: 9780062195180
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 18th, 2012

"Bachmann's prose is beautiful, and his story is swift, strong, and entertaining. Highly recommended. I can't wait to see what Bachmann writes next."-Christopher Paolini, author of Eragon

The Peculiar is an original, unforgettable, and astonishing debut by an eighteen-year-old classical musician that will appeal to fans of Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, and Phillip Reeve, and to anyone of any age who likes a steampunk-inspired, murder mystery page turner.

Bartholomew Kettle won't live long. Changelings never do. The child of a human mother and a faery father, he is despised by both his races; if the humans don't hang him for witchcraft, the faeries will do something worse. So his mother keeps him locked away, hidden from the world in the faery slums of Bath. But one day Bartholomew witnesses a mysterious and beautiful woman kidnapping another changeling through a shadowy ring of feathers, and he suddenly finds himself at the center of a web of intrigue and danger that spans the entire country. Changelings are surfacing in the river hundreds of miles away, their bodies empty of blood and bone and their skin etched with red tattoos. A powerful figure sits in the shadows, pushing the pieces into place for some terrible victory. When a sinister faery begins to stalk Bartholomew's every step, he knows it's his turn. Something is coming for him. Something needs him. But when you're a changeling, there's nowhere to run.


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