Books recommended (not necessarily published) in 2013

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Rachel F.
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Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans Cover Image
ISBN: 9781449450335
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - December 17th, 2013

A Paleo cookbook that is VERY worth the read even if you don't lead a paleo lifestyle. The recipes are straight forward and DELICIOUS! The photography is great (good enough to eat!) and Michelle's dialogue will make you feel like she's in the kitchen with you!

Do NOT miss the Sow Cooker Kalua Pig, page 234...four ingredients + 16 hours = melt in your mouth nirvana!

Twenty-First Century Science Fiction Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765326003
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Published: Tor Books - November 5th, 2013

Editorial dream team David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden's giant anthology of the best SF of the first wave of the twenty-first century


Twenty-First Century Science Fiction is an enormous anthology—close to 250,000 words—edited by two of the most prestigious and award-winning editors in the SF field and featuring recent stories from some of science fiction’s greatest up-and-coming authors.
David Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden have long been recognized as two of the most skilled and trusted arbiters of the field, but Twenty-First Century Science Fiction presents fans’ first opportunities to see what their considerable talents come up with together, and also to get a unique perspective on what’s coming next in the science fiction field.
The anthology includes authors ranging from bestselling and established favorites to incandescent new talents including Paolo Bacigalupi, Cory Doctorow, Catherynne M. Valente, John Scalzi, Jo Walton, Charles Stross, Elizabeth Bear, and Peter Watts, and the stories selected include winners and nominees of all of the science fiction field’s major awards.

Year's Best SF 18 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765338204
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Published: Tor Books - December 10th, 2013

The eighteenth edition of David Hartwell’s popular science fiction anthology


Once again, the finest short-form SF offerings of the year have been collected in a single volume. With Year’s Best SF 18, acclaimed,
award-winning editor and anthologist David G. Hartwell demonstrates the
amazing depth and power of contemporary speculative fiction, showcasing
astonishing stories from some of the genre’s most respected names as
well as exciting new writers to watch. Prepare to travel light years
from the ordinary into a tomorrow at once breathtaking, frightening, and
possible with some of the greatest tales of wonder published in 2012.

Once We Were Brothers (Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250046390
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Published: Griffin - October 8th, 2013

The gripping tale about two boys, once as close as brothers, who find themselves on opposite sides of the Holocaust


Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and wealthy
philanthropist, is attending a fundraiser when he is suddenly accosted
and accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek, “the
butcher of Zamosc.” Although the charges are denounced as preposterous,
his accuser, Ben Solomon, is convinced he is right. Solomon persuades
attorney Catherine Lockhart to take his case, revealing that the true
Piatek was abandoned as a child and raised by Solomon's family only to
betray them during the Nazi occupation. But has he accused the right

Once We Were Brothers is the compelling tale of two
boys and a family who struggle to survive in war-torn Poland and a young
love that incredibly endures through the unspeakable cruelty of the
Holocaust. Two lives, two worlds, and sixty years converge in an
explosive race to redemption that makes for an enthralling tale of love,
survival, and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250037756
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Published: Picador USA - September 24th, 2013



“A book about passion—for books, for history, for the future...There is nothing about Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore that I didn’t love.”Cory Doctorow

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco Web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few and never seem to buy anything; instead, they “check out” obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Clay concludes the store must be a front for something larger and engineers a complex analysis of the clientele’s behavior with the help of his variously talented friends. But when they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls.

Rendered with irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave.

Poems 1962-2012 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374534097
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - November 5th, 2013

The collected works of the inimitable Pulitzer Prize–winning poet


It is the astonishment of Louise Glück’s poetry
that it resists collection. With each successive book her drive to leave
behind what came before has grown more fierce, the force of her gaze
fixed on what has yet to be imagined. She invented a form to accommodate
this need, the book-length sequence of poems, like a landscape seen
from above, a novel with lacunae opening onto the unspeakable. The
reiterated yet endlessly transfigured elements in this
landscape—Persephone, a copper beech, a mother and father and sister, a
garden, a husband and son, a horse, a dog, a field on fire, a
mountain—persistently emerge and reappear with the dark energy of the
inevitable, shot through with the bright aspect of things new-made.
From the outset (“Come here / Come here, little one”), Glück’s voice
has addressed us with deceptive simplicity, the poems in lines so clear
we “do not see the intervening fathoms.” 

From within the earth’s
bitter disgrace, coldness and barrenness

my friend the moon rises:
she is beautiful tonight, but when is she not beautiful?

     To read all of these books together in Poems 1962–2012 is
to understand the governing paradox of a life lived in the body and of
the work wrested from it, the one fated to die and the other to endure.

The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780805098846
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - February 11th, 2014

The Widow's Guide's Claire Byrne is a quirky and glamorous 34-year-old Manhattanite and the wife of a famous, slightly older man. Her husband, Charlie, is a renowned sexologist and writer. Equal parts Alfred Kinsey and Warren Beatty, Charlie is pompous yet charming, supportive yet unfaithful; he’s a firm believer that sex and love can’t coexist for long, and he does little to hide his affairs. Claire’s life with Charlie is an always interesting if not deeply devoted one, until Charlie is struck dead one day on the sidewalk by a falling sculpture . . . a Giacometti, no less!

Once a promising young writer, Claire had buried her ambitions to make room for Charlie’s. After his death, she must reinvent herself. Over the course of a year, she sees a shrink (or two), visits an oracle, hires a "botanomanist," enjoys an erotic interlude (or ten), eats too little, drinks too much, dates a hockey player, dates a billionaire, dates an actor (not any actor either, but the handsome movie star every woman in the world fantasizes about dating). As she grieves for Charlie and searches for herself, she comes to realize that she has an opportunity to find something bigger than she had before—maybe even, possibly, love.

In the Age of Love and Chocolate Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374380755
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 29th, 2013

The sweepingly romantic and unexpectedly redemptive finale to the saga of Anya Balanchine


All These Things I’ve Done introduced us to timeless heroine Anya Balanchine, a plucky sixteen year old with the heart of a girl and the responsibilities of a grown woman. Now eighteen, life has been more bitter than sweet for Anya. She has lost her parents and her grandmother, and has spent the better part of her high school years in trouble with the law. Perhaps hardest of all, her decision to open a nightclub with her old nemesis Charles Delacroix has cost Anya her relationship with Win.

Still, it is Anya’s nature to soldier on. She puts the loss of Win behind her and focuses on her work. Against the odds, the nightclub becomes an enormous success, and Anya feels like she is on her way and that nothing will ever go wrong for her again. But after a terrible misjudgment leaves Anya fighting for her life, she is forced to reckon with her choices and to let people help her for the first time in her life.

Cool Creations in 35 Pieces: Lego(tm) Models You Can Build with Just 35 Bricks Cover Image
By Sean Kenney, Sean Kenney (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805096927
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - September 10th, 2013

Using the same 35 bricks, LEGO artist Sean Kenney creates more than 60 amazing models that kids can build at home.


Creativity knows no bounds! LEGO artist Sean Kenney reuses the same thirty-five LEGO bricks to create a variety of images in all categories: vehicles, spaceships, home accessories, animals, nature, robots, and many other subjects. This new LEGO offering is sure to spark imagination and encourage kids to think outside the box, which is the message that Sean strongly promotes about creativity, imagination, and building with LEGO.

The Runner's World Cookbook: 150 Ultimate Recipes for Fueling Up and Slimming Down--While Enjoying Every Bite Cover Image
By Joanna Sayago Golub (Editor), Deena Kastor (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781623361235
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Published: Rodale Books - October 1st, 2013

A cookbook filled with delicious recipes to help runners maximize their performance and get the nutrients their bodies need

Runners need to eat well in order to perform, and what they eat can have a direct influence on how they run. The Runner’s World Cookbook is the perfect combination of performance-boosting nutrients to maximize performance with easy, delicious, and quick recipes. This cookbook contains 150 recipes sourced primarily from the authoritative voice in running itself, Runner’s World magazine, along with exciting additional content. These recipes are intended to maximize a runner’s performance and enhance nutritional benefits.

The book will include two recipe indexes with visual keys for classification at the start of each recipe, with V (for vegetarian), VE (for vegan), GF (for gluten free), and more. The first section of the book focuses on nutritional information and staple ingredients every runner should know, and the second part of the cookbook illustrates how to turn these facts into delicious, quick, and nutrient-boosting meals through delectable recipes.

Every recipe will have an easy-to-follow icon system to identify key recipe attributes (i.e., recoveryfriendly; low-calorie; quick and easy), along with a nutrition guide that will offer readers tips on how to make the healthiest choices regarding that particular category of food. Divided by categories (Salads/ Soups/Stews, Sandwiches/Wraps/Burgers, Pizza/Pasta, etc.), these recipes are presented by types of dishes runner can look to for satisfying performance needs in appetizing ways.