Killer of Enemies

February 18, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Teens
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By Joseph Bruchac Tu Books, $19.95, 361 pages Dystopian fiction has a cultural focus in Joseph Bruchac’s latest, Killer of Enemies. Seventeen-year-old Native American heroine Lozen shares the supernatural abilities and physical prowess of her namesake, a warrior woman of the Chiricahuas: …

Trigger Warning

February 18, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Poetry & Short Stories
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By Neil Gaiman William Morrow, $17.22, 310 pages And so the world is blessed once again with more of Gaiman’s short work – those of you who have been waiting for his next novel will just have to wait a bit longer. …

The Perfect Place

February 18, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Tweens
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By Teresa E. Harris Clarion Books, $16.99, 272 pages Treasure and her little sister, Tiffany, are woken in the middle of the night. Their mother sneaks them out of the apartment and into their car, leaving much behind. Their father has left …

Motherhood Smotherhood: Fighting Back Against the Lactivists, Mompetitions, Germophobes and So-Called Experts Who Are Driving Us Crazy

February 18, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Nonfiction
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By J.J. Keith Skyhorse Publishing, $19.95, 176 pages Motherhood Smotherhood is about as much fun to read as the title promises. The lively, conversational tone carries an energy that most parents just dream of (the joys of writing — it can be done …

Unmade

February 18, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Teens
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By Sarah Rees Brennan Random House, $17.99, 384 pages Kami, along with her trusted friends, Angela, Rusty and Holly, will once again have to face the horrid and despicable Rob Lynburn. She will need her wits and her friends to outwit and …

Death of a Liar

February 18, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Crime Fiction
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By M.C. Beaton Grand Central Publishing, $25.00, 272 pages One crime leads to another for Hamish Macbeth, an affable police officer in the Scottish Highlands. After a woman in a nearby village reports an assault and he finds she is a pathological …

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

February 18, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Kids' Books
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By Katheryn Russell-Brown, Frank Morrison, Illustrator Lee & Low Books, $18.95, 40 pages Little Melba and Her Big Trombone will delight every child who carries a rhythm or song in his or her heart. The words and illustrations of this picture-book biography of …

Public Produce: Cultivating Our Parks, Plazas and Streets for Healthier Cities

February 18, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Cooking, Food & Wine
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By Darrin Nordahl Island Press, $19.99, 224 pages Public Produce: Cultivating Our Parks, Plazas and Streets for Healthier Cities by Darrin Nordahl is a dense, well-researched book. Nordahl shines a light on a perpetually overlooked area of making our neighborhoods — and ourselves …

The Art of Neil Gaiman

February 18, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Nonfiction
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By Hayley Campbell Harper Design, $39.99, 320 pages When it comes to fantasy fiction over the last couple decades, few writers have been as influential or ubiquitous as Neil Gaiman, author of The Graveyard Book, American Gods, the Sandman graphic novel series, and …

Freedom’s School

February 18, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Kids' Books
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By Lesa Cline-Ransome, James E. Ransome (illustrator) Jump At The Sun, $17.99, 32 pages In dozens of ways Freedom’s School shows how important education was to the community recently freed from slavery, immediately following the Emancipation Proclamation. For them education meant freedom. Even …

The Pious Ones: The World of Hasidim and Their Battles With America

February 18, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Nonfiction
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By Joseph Berger Harper Perennial, $15.99, 384 pages The Hasidim are a fascinating subset. Obsessed with rules for living that approach obsessive-compulsive, they eschew television, formal upper education, books about anything but their cults/tribes/religion. Deliberate, chosen ignorance, while, at the same time, …

Vanilla Ice Cream

February 18, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Picture Books
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By Bob Graham Candlewick, $16.99, 40 pages A young sparrow forages for food, following whatever source he finds for nourishment. His quest leads him to a bag of rice and then to a barge carrying many bags of rice across the ocean. …

Rare: The High-Stakes Race to Satisfy Our Need for the Scarcest Metals on Earth

February 18, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Science & Nature
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By Keith Veronese Prometheus Books, $25.00, 280 pages In the age of smartphones and computer miniaturization, we need rare earth metals more than ever. How does the increased demand for elements like Neodymium, Scandium and Palladium affect us politically, economically and environmentally? …

Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness: One-Minute Tips for Decluttering and Refreshing Your Home and Your Life

February 18, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Nonfiction
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By Donna Smallin Storey Publishing, LLC, $10.95, 288 pages Most of us have way too much stuff. And while most would like to declutter their lives – at home and at work – the problem often seems to be time. There seems …

The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures

February 18, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Science & Nature
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By Christine Kenneally Viking Adult, $9.95, 368 pages This book is a thorough overview of the latest research into our collective ancestries and what it means for us today. Though one might think that DNA research and cutting-edge technology are the author’s …