The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes

August 24, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Nonfiction
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By Zach Dundas Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, 320 pages Sherlock Holmes, at a first, uneducated glance, seems to be but a simple detective; he is intelligent, sure, and his tales are, somewhat unusually, told from the perspective of another, but …

Waking Up to the Dark: Ancient Wisdom for a Sleepless Age

August 24, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Nonfiction
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By Clark Strand, Will Lytle (illustrator) Spiegel & Grau, $26.99, pages Waking Up to the Dark: Ancient Wisdom for a Sleepless Age centers on an intense spiritual theory. There is an hour of darkness that most of us sleep through, …

The Allergy Book: Solving Your Family’s Nasal Allergies, Asthma, Food Sensitivities, and Related Health and Behavioral Problems

August 24, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Nonfiction
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By Robert W. Sears, William Sears Little, Brown and Company, $16 Who knew that there was so much to learn about allergies? For readers who are plagued with allergies of any kind – whether to pollen, dust, mold, pets, food …

Puppy Love: True Stories of Doggie Devotion

August 24, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Kids' Books
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By Lisa M. Gerry National Geographic Children’s Books, $12.99 Puppy Love: True Stories of Doggie Devotion by Lisa M. Gerry is divided into five sections: Loyal, Wise, Caring, Strong and Inspiring. In each section, the stories of four or five …

Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way

August 24, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:History
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By Stewart F. Lane, Kenny Leon (foreword) Square One Publishers, $39.95, 288 pages These days we don’t think too much about seeing African-Americans on Broadway. With big stars like Audra McDonald, Philicia Rashad, Ben Vereen, Jennifer Holliday and so many more, …

Big Top Burning: The True Story of an Arsonist, a Missing Girl, and The Greatest Show on Earth

August 24, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Teens
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By Laura A. Woollett Chicago Review Press, $18.95, 176 pages It was a hot July afternoon in 1944 when the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus came to Hartford, Connecticut. Even as World War II raged and many fathers were …

Watch Out for Flying Kids! How Two Circuses, Two Countries, and Nine Kids Confront Conflict and Build Community

August 24, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Kids' Books
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By Cynthia Levinson Peachtree Publishers, $22.95, 224 pages When most people think of a circus, they probably think of a big tent and clowns and wild animals, but there is another kind of circus people should know about. Fortunately, Cynthia Levinson …

Ruby on the Outside

August 24, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Kids' Books
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By Nora Raleigh Baskin Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 176 pages When you are 11 years old and ready to start middle school, everything, absolutely everything is a big deal. But if that is your life and your …

Star Wars: Dark Disciple

August 24, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Speculative Fiction
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By Christie Golden, Katie Lucas (foreword) LucasBooks, $28.00, 336 pages The galaxy-wide Clone Wars have raged for almost three years, but an end is nowhere in sight. The Separatist forces led by Count Dooku grow only more ruthless as the war …

Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories

August 24, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Speculative Fiction
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By China Mieville Del Rey, $27.00, 400 pages Icebergs float over England. Two dig sites compete over alien graves. A medieval punishment haunts those who visit a German lake. A peculiar illness causes trenches beneath the feet of the afflicted. Sunken …

All the Rage

August 24, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Fiction
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By Courtney Summers St. Martin’s Griffin, $18.99, 336 pages In All The Rage, Courtney Summers tells the fictional story of Romy Grey, a girl struggling with the trauma of having been raped, and watching all of her friends abandoning her in …

The Taming of the Queen

August 24, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Historical Fiction
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By Philippa Gregory Touchstone, $27.99, 448 pages I have loved reading about the Tudors since I was a little kid and have always admired Kateryn Parr. She very narrowly escaped the same death that Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard faced, but …

When the Earth Shakes: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis

August 24, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Kids' Books
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By Simon Winchester Viking Books for Young Readers, $18.99, 80 pages Certainly since man first walked the earth, there must have been great curiosity about why the land and the sea would sometimes shake, rattle and roll, or the mountains would …

Putting the Monkeys to Bed

August 24, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Kids' Books
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By Gennifer Choldenko, Jack E. Davis (illustrator) G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 32 pages When bedtime comes around, Sam, it seems, is never ready. Even after Mama has read his very favorite story and given him good-night kisses, …

Charlie Plays Ball (Charlie the Ranch Dog)

August 22, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Kids' Books
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By Ree Drummond, Diane deGroat (illustrator) HarperCollins Children’s, $17.99, 40 pages Charlie lives on a ranch with animals, a pack of people and a box of balls, and playing ball is his favorite thing. He works hard every day. “There’s lots …