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And Then It's Spring By Julie Fogliano, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Julie Fogliano, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781596436244
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 14th, 2012

Watch and wait, hopeful seeds seem to whisper, but of course the hardest thing about gardening is patience. As a little boy and his dog bide their time, fretting over their fledgling garden, winter browns give way to the lush greens of spring and a bountiful harvest. This satisfying picture book, illustrated by none other than the 2011 Caldecott medal-winning Erin Stead (A Sick Day for Amos McGee), reminds even the most impatient of snow bunnies that brighter days are just waiting to bloom.

Amy


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Definitely Not Mr. Darcy By Karen Doornebos Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780425243824
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Published: Berkley - September 6th, 2011

Stressed out mid-western mom in love with all things Austen applies for a part in a British documentary set in the Regency era.  She finds herself instead in the middle of a reality dating show and has to resort to some ingenious wiles, both contemporary and historical, in order to win the guy and the cash.  A light hearted romp perfect for Valentine's Day with the added bonus of lots of Jane Austen inspired clothes and manners.

Susannah


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Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062004000
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 26th, 2011

1. Are you a little OLD for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus? Do need a book with more pages? You probably do.
2. Do you want to read a funny chapter book featuring ALLIGATORS (with a whole 6 1/2 chapters!)? Of course you do!
3. I love the adventures of Amanda, her Alligator and their new, surprise friend. You will too.


Jill


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Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall By Anna Funder Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062077325
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 20th, 2011

Seven
years after the fall of the Wall in 1989, Funder travels to the former
East Germany to interview both the victims and the victimizers of the
world’s once most notorious police states. Originally published abroad
in 2003 and now seeing its first U.S. publication, the personal stories
she relates of courage, heartbreak, and the sometime absurdities of life
in GDR are still powerful and compelling.Dale


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Collusion: A Jack Lennon Investigation Set in Northern Ireland By Stuart Neville Cover Image
$14.00
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ISBN: 9781569479858
Published: Soho Crime - September 6th, 2011

Even if you'd assumed that ex-IRA hitman Jerry Fegan had nowhere to go but completely off the rails in Neville's excellent GHOSTS OF BELFAST, he shows up again in this equally superb sequel. And intense as he is, he's a supporting player - to a very intense situation.  (By the way - this guy is one of the best crime writers I've ever read.)


Gary


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Steve Jobs By Walter Isaacson Cover Image
$38.00
ISBN: 9781451648539
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 24th, 2011

In a word fascinating!  Not just the life of one of the most unusual leaders of the century, but being able to follow the development of the computer and products I never dreamed of growing up. Isaacson is of a pro.


Jane D.


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A Christmas Tree for Pyn By Olivier Dunrea, Olivier Dunrea (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Olivier Dunrea, Olivier Dunrea (Illustrator)
$16.99
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ISBN: 9780399245060
Published: Philomel Books - October 13th, 2011

Fans of Gossie can graduate to this beautifully illustrated Christmas tale.Pyn successfully convinces her grumpy Dad that they need to get a Christmas tree and celebrate the holiday. He surprises her with a very special gift (which may require having a tissue nearby).


Carol


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The Elements of F*cking Style: A Helpful Parody By Chris Baker, Jacob Hansen Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780312583774
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Because of how it is sold to us we cannot accept a return of this title.
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 5th, 2011

C'mon. You know you want to give this to the grammar nazi in your life. Or even better, the grammar resistor you know--what better way to get to know English grammar than through dirty, foulmouthed examples?

Jill


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