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Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found By Sophie Blackall Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780761163589
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 22nd, 2011

These unexpected, surprisingly beautiful (and funny!) illustrations taken from craigslist's missed connections evoke a range of feelings. A weird and wonderful gift.


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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created By Charles C. Mann Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307265722
Published: Knopf - August 9th, 2011

Charles Mann has done it again. Like his previous book, 1491, Mann synthesizes current historical scholarship and gives us a radically new and fascinating interpretation of the enormous, world-wide changes brought about with the European discovery of the New World, known as the Columbian Exchange.


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The Annotated Peter Pan (The Annotated Books) By J. M. Barrie, Maria Tatar (Editor) Cover Image
By J. M. Barrie, Maria Tatar (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780393066005
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 11th, 2011

If you read this story as a child, and even if you didn’t, this work is a revelation. Many books written for children are, as Tatar says, “encoded with adult matters,” but the matters buried in this classic are often startling in their scope. Captain Hook emerges as quite a tortured graduate of Eton, where he read poetry, and Mr. Darling is a mere child. The tale overall is darkly Victorian. Tatar provides useful insights into the life of J,M. Barrie, Peter’s creator, and the five “lost” boys he adopted. The cinematic survey and the section “J.M Barrie and Peter Pan in the World” are equally riveting.


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Wreck the Halls: Cake Wrecks Gets
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ISBN: 9781449407759
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 18th, 2011

Cake Wrecks, the sequel - festive holiday edition! I laughed until I cried!   Every page is a gem.


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Stuck By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399257377
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Published: Philomel Books - November 10th, 2011

Floyd's kite gets stuck in a tree and he gets very creative trying to get it down again.  Oliver Jeffers has great fun making Floyd the modern day Jack and the tree the "house that Jack built".  Funny and rollicking writing along with Jeffers' sensational illustrations.   A book destined to be read over and over....... and over and over....


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Spinster Goose: Twisted Rhymes for Naughty Children By Lisa Wheeler, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lisa Wheeler, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781416925415
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 8th, 2011

You've heard of Mother Goose of course.  Spinster Goose is her more demanding sister who specializes in ill-mannered children and improving their dreadful behaviors.  Did you know that Georgie Porgie was a bully? That Jack and Jilly played hooky? And that Little Miss Muffet was a chalk-eater?  These disrespectfully twisted verses are sure to delight and surprise.


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Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey & Peter F. Neumeyer By Edward Gorey, Peter F. Neumeyer (Editor) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780764959479
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Published: Pomegranate Communications - November 8th, 2011

A wonderful glimpse into the unique genius of Edward Gorey through his correspondence with friend and collaborator Peter Neumeyer. The letters are endearing and philosophical, and accompanied by other delightful tidbits: illustrated postcards to Neumeyer's Meford residence, storyboard sketches, and even a recipe or two.


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The Road to Somewhere: An American Memoir By James A. Reeves Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393340051
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 15th, 2011

A writer, teacher, photographer, designer, disc jockey, and avid motorist, James Reeves travelled across America snapping pictures, which he felt would give meaning to his own life.  His book is a personal journey, spanning five years, forty thousand miles, twelve speeding tickets and many moments of unexpected kindness through the neon corridors and dark corners of America.


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Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 (The Pacific War Trilogy #1) By Ian W. Toll Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393068139
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 14th, 2011

Toll (author of the superb Six Frigates) starts with a horrific narrative of Pearl Harbor, goes through the savage learning curve of the Battle of the Coral Sea (this was all a new kind of warfare) and climaxes with a spectacular account of Midway.  In-depth portraits of the major players add an exciting dimension to the great naval duel.


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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: A Christmas Holiday Book for Kids (The Best Ever) By Barbara Robinson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780064470445
Published: HarperCollins - September 7th, 1988

A family of wild ruffians teach the other church kids a thing or two about the true meaning of Christmas. This is a delightful, funny and altogether charming story perfect for the holidays. A fun read to share with young and old each year at this time.

Jane D.

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An Infamous Army: A Novel of Wellington, Waterloo, Love and War (Historical Romances) By Georgette Heyer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781402210075
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - September 1st, 2007

Romance, war, intrigue, romance. What more could you ask of the premier romance writer of the early 20th century!?  The story is set in Brussels in the months preceding the  famous Battle of Waterloo and is really a novel of that battle with romance attached. An Infamous Army is used by Sandhurst, the British War Academy, to teach about the battle. It has amazing fidelity to formations, movements, and men in all sorts of armies. And, you get to see British high society at their best and worst. Read and come back for more Heyer!

Jane J