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Animally by Lynn Parrish Sutton and illustrated by Hazel Mitchell

ISBN: 9781610673457

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While Animally, by Lynn Parrish Sutton, illustrated by Hazel Mitchell is an especially lovely trip through the animal world, from koalas to moths, seagulls to giraffes and through the world of adverbs, from colorfully to slowly, fiercely to freely, it's also a love letter to … love. To family. Cardstock pages and bright illustrations with lots of white space make it ideal for toddlers who will love the silliness, the message and the time spent reading it together. (It's also a great resource for the classroom, where students are learning about language and parts of speech.) Whether you love them "hugely like a whale," or "shyly like a quail," Animally truly is the perfect laptime book for sharing with all the birdily, bugily, animally loved people in your family. And it's especially nice as a baby shower, new baby or toddler gift.

 

 

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Ideas Are All Around Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781626721814
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 1st, 2016

From the author of A Sick Day for Amos McGee comes a completely original story about where ideas come from and just how powerful they can be.

As an author and his dog, Wednesday, walk through their neighborhood, they look at sunflowers, say hi to Frank, a turtle, who makes quick for the water and disappears, and watch a train rumble by as they walk uphill to a big purple house that belongs to their friend Barbara. Wednesday chases squirrels while the two friends discuss fishing and war and how back before the neighborhood was there enormous woolly mammoths roamed where houses now sit.

Thoughts open up to other thoughts, and ideas are born and carried forward, often transforming into other ideas until he finds that ideas really are all around, you just have to know what to do with them.


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By Doreen Cronin, David Small (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781442406209
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Published: Atheneum Books - February 9th, 2016

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Doreen Cronin and Caldecott Medal–winning illustrator David Small comes a picture book about how an extraordinary “ordinary” girl can save a kingdom with the help of a mud fairy.

A glass kingdom is no place for a Mud Fairy. Bloom and her mud fairy magic might be able to turn weeds into flowers and spin sand into glass, but the people of the kingdom ceaselessly complain about the trails of dirt and puddles of mud that seem to follow her every step, and finally they cast her out.

But when the glass castle begins to crack, then cracks some more, the King and Queen in a panic search for the long-banished fairy, but they can’t find Bloom anywhere. Desperate to save their home, they send their meekest, most ordinary subject, a girl named Genevievewhose sole task until now has been to polish the Queen’s crystal sugar spoon—to coax any worthy fairy to come and save the kingdom. Genevieve finds Bloom exactly where the king and queen failed to see her, and Bloom knows exactly how to save the kingdom. But it will take the two girls working together, along with a mighty dollop of self-confidence—and some very messy hands—to accomplish the extraordinary.


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By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Terry Fan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481439787
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - February 16th, 2016

In the spirit of Goodnight Moon and The Curious Garden comes a stunning debut picture book filled with whimsy and creativity from brothers Terry and Eric Fan.

One day, William discovers that the tree outside his window has been sculpted into a wise owl. In the following days, more topiaries appear, and each one is more beautiful than the last. Soon, William’s gray little town is full of color and life. And though the mysterious night gardener disappears as suddenly as he appeared, William—and his town—are changed forever.

With breathtaking illustrations and spare, sweet text, this masterpiece about enjoying the beauty of nature is sure to become an instant classic.


Marked Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547235561
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Published: Clarion Books - February 16th, 2016

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Sixteen-year-old Lyla lives in a bleak, controlling society where only the brightest and most favored students succeed. When she is caught buying cheats in an underground shadow market, she is tattooed—marked—as a criminal. Then she is offered redemption and she jumps at the chance . . . but it comes at a cost. Doing what is right means betraying the boy she has come to love, and, perhaps, losing even more than she thought possible. Graphic novel–style vignettes revealing the history of this world provide Lyla with guidance and clues to a possible way out of the double bind she finds herself in.


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ISBN: 9781250091840
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - February 2nd, 2016

The enchantment continues. . . .

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories - and secrets - that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories - five of which have never before been published - and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer's upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.


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ISBN: 9780399160301
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Published: Philomel Books - February 2nd, 2016

It’s 1945 in East Prussia. World War II is drawing to a close as Russian forces overtake the Germans, and thousands of refugees are on a frantic trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among the throngs of people seeking safety are Joana, Emilia, and Florian: each one borne of a different homeland, yet equally desperate to escape a life marked by brutality and war. As their paths converge en route to the Wilhelm Gustloff—the former cruise ship that promises each character’s salvation and future just beyond the Baltic Sea—the three are forced by circumstance to unite, and with each step closer toward safety, their strength, courage, and trust in each other are tested.

Yet just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, Russian torpedoes strike the massive ship. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival. Most will not make it.

Told in four alternating POVs, Ruta Sepetys delivers a masterful work of historical fiction inspired by the real-life tragedy that was the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, the single greatest maritime disaster in history (far more deadly than the sinking of Titanic). Just as she did in Between Shades of Gray, Ruta unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome war, and proves that humanity can prevail, even in the darkest of hours.


Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400069538
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Published: Random House - February 9th, 2016

A novel about the life of American master painter Georgia O’Keeffe, her love story with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, and her quest to come of age as a woman. In this novel of a couple, and of passion, betrayal, and art, Georgia comes alive as never before. By the writer whose work Edna O’Brien called “shimmering, audacious.”

Georgia O’Keeffe is a young woman, painting and teaching art in Texas, when she travels to New York to meet Alfred Stieglitz, the married gallery owner of 291, modern art promoter, and photographer. Their instantaneous attraction and powerful hunger for each other draw her into his world of art, sex, and passion, and she becomes his mistress and his muse. As their relationship develops, so does Georgia’s place in the art world, but she becomes trapped in her role as the subject of Stieglitz’s infamous nude photographs of her; the critics cannot envision her as her own being. As her own artistic fervor begins to push the boundaries of her life, we see Georgia transform into the powerfully independent woman she is known as today.


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ISBN: 9781632863386
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 16th, 2016

A breathtaking, heart-bruising debut, the story of a hidden life, and the very recent history of gay love in America.

Set in a declining textile town in North Carolina, Hide is the love story of Wendell Wilson, a taxidermist, and Frank Clifton, a veteran of World War II. They meet after the war, in a time when such love holds real danger. But, severing nearly all ties with the rest of the world, they carve out a home for themselves on the outskirts of town and for decades the routine of self-reliant domesticity--Wendell's cooking, Frank's care for a yard no one sees, and the vicarious drama of courtroom TV--seems to protect them.

But when Wendell finds Frank lying motionless outside at the age of eighty-three, their carefully crafted life together begins to unravel. As Frank's physical strength deteriorates and his memory dissolves, Wendell struggles in vain to keep him healthy and to hold onto the man he once knew until, faced with giving care beyond his capacity, he must come to terms with the consequences of half a century in seclusion, the sacrifices they made for each other, and the different lives they might have lived--and most especially the impending, inexorable loss of the one they had.

Impossibly tender, gently funny, and gorgeously rendered, Hide is a singularly powerful debut.


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ISBN: 9781250076427
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 2nd, 2016

A hypnotic meditation on what we know and the glory of all we don't: a debut novel about a dying man with questions, a young boy who might have answers, and two mothers caught in the middle. Noah wants to go home. A seemingly easy request from most four year olds. But as Noah's single-mother, Janie, knows, nothing with Noah is ever easy. One day the pre-school office calls and says Janie needs to come in to talk about Noah, and no, not later, now - and life as she knows it stops.

For Jerome Anderson, life as he knows it has stopped. A deadly diagnosis has made him realize he is approaching the end of his life. His first thought - I'm not finished yet. Once a shining young star in academia, a graduate of Yale and Harvard, a professor of psychology, he threw it all away because of an obsession. Anderson became the laughing stock of his peers, but he didn't care - something had to be going on beyond what anyone could see or comprehend. He spent his life searching for that something else. And with Noah, he thinks he's found it.


Soon Noah, Janie and Anderson will find themselves knocking on the door of a mother whose son has been missing for eight years - and when that door opens, all of their questions will be answered.

Sharon Guskin has written a captivating, thought-provoking novel that explores what we regret in the end of our lives and hope for in the beginning, and everything in between. In equal parts a mystery and a testament to the profound connection between a child and parent, The Forgetting Time marks the debut of a major new talent.


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ISBN: 9780812997170
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - February 2nd, 2016

A three-part novel that explores questions of loss and faith that hearkens back to the award-winning, bestselling Life of Pi.

In this allegorical three-part novel—quixotic quest story, ghost story, and contemporary realism—all set in Portugal (in Lisbon and in the fictional High Mountains of Portugal)—in the 17th century, at the turn of the 20th century, mid-20th century, and today—Yann Martel presents us with three intersecting narratives that explore our relationship with faith.


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ISBN: 9781620408308
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 2nd, 2016

The hotly anticipated new novel by the author of A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar, hailed for her "crisp, uncluttered storytelling" and her "graceful prose" (The Boston Globe).

In 1920s Jerusalem, civic advisor and architect Charles Ashton has an ambitious (and crazy) project to redesign the Holy City by importing English parks to the desert and knocking down Ottoman minarets. He employs William Harrington, a British pilot, to take aerial photographs of the city and surrounding desert. At this time, Palestine, under British administration, is a surprisingly peaceful mix of British colonials, exiled Armenians, and Greek, Arab, and Jewish officials rubbing elbows, but there are simmers of trouble ahead. Eleanora, the young English wife of a famous Jerusalem photographer, meets and falls for Harrington, threatening her marriage, particularly when William discovers that Eleanora's husband is part of an underground nationalist group intent on removing the British.

Years later, in 1937, Ashton's daughter Prue, an artist who has escaped the pressures of the London art world and a damaging marriage to live a reclusive life in Sussex by the Sea, is paid a visit by Harrington. What he reveals unravels her world, and she must follow the threads that lead her back to secrets long-ago buried in Jerusalem.

With its evocative, atmospheric landscape and its historical backdrop with profound resonance for world-stage events today, The Photographer's Wife is a powerful story of betrayal: between father and daughter; between husband and wife; and by officials during the complex period between the two world wars.


Dead Presidents: An American Adventure Into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation's Leaders Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393243932
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 1st, 2016

An entertaining exploration into the death stories of our nation’s greatest leaders—and the wild ways we choose to remember and memorialize them.

To public radio host and reporter Brady Carlson, the weighty responsibilities of being president never end. As Carlson sees it, the dead presidents (and the ways we remember them) tell us a great deal about ourselves, our history, and how we imagine our past and future. For American presidents, there is life after death—it’s just a little weird.

In Dead Presidents, Carlson takes readers on an epic trip to presidential gravesites, monuments, and memorials from sea to shining sea. With an engaging mix of history and contemporary reporting, Carlson recounts the surprising origin stories of the Washington Monument, Mount Rushmore, Grant’s Tomb, and JFK’s Eternal Flame. He explores whether William Henry Harrison really died of a cold, how the assassin’s bullet may not have been what killed James A. Garfield, and why Zachary Taylor’s remains were exhumed 140 years after he died. And he explains the strange afterlives of the presidents, including why “Hooverball” is still played in Iowa, why Millard Fillmore’s final resting place is next to that of funk legend Rick James, why “Who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb?” became a running gag for Groucho Marx, why Ohio and Alaska fought for so long over the name of Mt. McKinley (now known as Denali), and why we exalt dead presidents not just with public statues and iconic paintings but with kitschy wax dummies, Halloween costumes, and bobblehead dolls.

With an infectious passion for history and an eye for neglected places and offbeat characters reminiscent of Tony Horwitz and Sarah Vowell, Carlson shows that the ways we memorialize our presidents reveal as much about us as it does about the men themselves.


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Secret Medicines from Your Garden: Plants for Healing, Spirituality, and Magic Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620555576
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Published: Healing Arts Press - February 12th, 2016

A guided exploration of herbal lore and healing plants found in yards, forests, meadows, and hedgerows

• Draws on traditional knowledge and remedies from around the world, including Native American, Celtic, and Egyptian traditions

• Provides simple recipes to safely make herbal remedies from local plants and honey for first aid, immune support, and treatment of common ailments

• Details the “triangle” formula-making system of William LeSassier

• Explains how to work with plant spirits, herbal astrology, and Animal Spirit Medicine

Weaving together ancient wisdom, mystical folklore, and modern plant research, master herbalist Ellen Evert Hopman explores the many uses of flowers, trees, common weeds, and ornamental plants for food, medicine, spiritual growth, and magical rituals. She reveals the herbal lore surrounding each plant, drawing on traditional knowledge and remedies from around the world, including Native American, Celtic, and Egyptian traditions. She includes recipes throughout so you can make medicines from wild and domesticated plants easily found in yards, forests, meadows, and hedgerows, and she discusses what to plant to ensure you have leaves, berries, and flowers all year.

The author reveals how to quickly intuit an unknown plant’s properties using the signatures of plants--universal indications and contraindications based on the form, color, and location of a plant. She includes an in-depth section on honey and Bee Medicine, allowing you to appreciate the labors of these plant-dependent insects. Exploring the magical role of herbs in ancient ritual, Hopman provides recipes for Egyptian temple incense and their sacred medicine known as “Kyphi” or “Kaphet,” used to purify the body, banish insomnia, and promote vivid dreaming. She explores shamanic Plant Spirit and Animal Spirit Medicine as well as herbal astrology. She also explains the “triangle” formula-making system of her herbal mentor William LeSassier to help you develop custom herbal remedies tailored to a person’s unique strengths and weaknesses.

Showing how to easily incorporate wild plants into your life to receive their healing benefits throughout the seasons, Hopman reveals the power of the bounty that Mother Nature has provided right at our doorstep.


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Naturally Bug-Free: 75 Nontoxic Recipes for Repelling Mosquitoes, Ticks, Fleas, Ants, Moths & Other Pesky Insects Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612125961
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Published: Storey Publishing - March 8th, 2016

Keep the bugs and pests away from people, pets, and your home without poisoning yourself in the process! Popular author Stephanie L. Tourles shares 80 original nontoxic formulas for repelling mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, ants, and more.
 
Protect yourself, your children, your pets, and your home from bugs -- without using harsh or toxic chemicals! Herbalist Stephanie Tourles offers 75 simple recipes for safe, effective bug repellents you can make at home from all-natural ingredients. For protection from mosquitos, ticks, and other biting insects, there are sprays, balms, body oils, and tinctures, with scents ranging from eucalyptus to floral, lemon, vanilla, and woodsy spice. There are also recipes for pets, such as herbal shampoo, bedding formulas, and flea-and-tick collars and powders. And Tourles includes repellents for the home, such as sachets that repel moths, carpet powders that repel fleas and ants, and essential oil repellents to keep your pantry pest-free. A detailed ingredient dictionary explains the properties of all the herbs, essential oils, and other key ingredients.


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The Herbal Apothecary: 100 Medicinal Herbs and How to Use Them Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781604695670
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - December 30th, 2015

A comprehensive and practical reference to using medicinal herbs for natural healing from JJ Pursell, the founder of The Herb Shoppe and one of the leading names in the fields of herbalism and naturopathy.
 
"A brilliant addition to any library.”—Rosemary Gladstar, herbalist and bestselling author

Plant-based medicines offer many healing possibilities for the body, mind, and spirit. In this holistic guide, naturopath J. J. Pursell provides an accessible and comprehensive introduction to medicinal plants, explaining how they work and how to use them safely. Incorporating traditional wisdom and scientific information, The Herbal Apothecary includes advice on growing and foraging for healing plants and recommendations for plant-based formulations to fight common ailments, like muscle strain, anxiety, and insomnia. Step-by-step instructions show you how to make your own teas, salves, capsules, tinctures, and other essential herbal remedies. Whether you want to treat a wound or fight the common cold, taking charge of your health and well-being begins here.


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What's Wrong with My Houseplant?: Save Your Indoor Plants with 100% Organic Solutions (What S Wrong) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781604695908
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - January 27th, 2016

The newest installment of the successful What's Wrong series highlights 148 indoor plants and provides tips on how to keep them healthy.

Houseplants add style, clean the air, and bring nature indoors. But they are often plagued with problems—aphids, mealybugs, mites, and thrips to name just a few. What’s Wrong With My Houseplant? shows you how to keep indoor plants healthy by first teaching you how to identify the problem. This hardworking guide includes plant profiles for 148 plants organized by type, visual keys to the most of common problems, and the related organic solutions that will lead to a healthy plant. This easy-to-navigate book is for anyone who loves and has struggled with their indoor plants—it will turn even the brownest thumbs green!


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The Culinary Herbal: Growing and Preserving 97 Flavorful Herbs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781604695199
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - January 27th, 2016

An indispensable and beautifully designed reference for home cooks who want to grow their own herbs.
 
“This fresh new masterpiece excites the senses!”—Rosemary Gladstar, herbalist and bestselling author

Good cooks know that when it comes to herbs, there is nothing better than those that are clipped fresh from the garden. The Culinary Herbal highlights 97 delicious varieties—like black cumin, fenugreek, lemon balm, and sassafras—that every food lover will want to add to their kitchen garden. In this gorgeously photographed guide, home cooks will learn which herbs offer the most flavor, how to grow them at home, and how to put them to use. Plant profiles are organized alphabetically by herb type and include basic growing information, flavor notes, and culinary uses. Additional information includes step-by-step instructions for harvesting, preserving, and storing, along with techniques for making pastes, syrups, vinegars, and butters.


Bernie Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609806989
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Published: Seven Stories Press - January 19th, 2016

Only an outsider can change the system from the inside.

As a kid growing up in Brooklyn, Bernie Sanders was surrounded by grinding poverty that turned families against each other as they scrimped and saved to pay their bills.

Bernie saw politics as his chance to give a decent life to everyone, not just those born into wealth or the lucky few who hit it big. But the Democratic Party and the country overall were moving to the right.

Bernie joined a tiny independent party from Vermont. He ran for mayor.

As a socialist. And won.

That was the beginning.


New England Month-by-Month Gardening gives you the when-to and how-to to grow and maintain your garden in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont.

This is the perfect book for beginning to intermediate gardeners and home landscapers living in New England (including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont). New England Month-by-Month Gardening gives you the when-to and how-to for growing, caring for, and maintaining your garden and all types of plants.

All of the information you need is given in a chronological, straightforward way. From January to December, each month has specific advice on what should be done in your garden. Step-by-step photographs give you the confidence to make your garden as unique as your New England home.

Author Charlie Nardozzi is a nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, and radio and television personality. He is your guide to the garden, with specific when-to and how-to content to give New England gardeners the tools to be successful.


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My Name Is Lucy Barton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400067695
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Published: Random House - January 12th, 2016

The profound mother-daughter bond is explored through a mother’s hospital visit to her estranged daughter by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys.

Lucy Barton, a writer, married with two young children, is in the hospital in New York City due to an infection from a simple appendix operation. (Her medical condition is incidental—it’s not about the illness).

Her mother, whom she hasn’t seen in years, comes from Amgash, Illinois, to visit her, and sits by her bedside, reminiscing about people she and Lucy know from Lucy’s childhood, before Lucy went off to college and never returned.

The power from this extraordinary book is what remains unsaid between the lines of their gentle gossip, and what Lucy fills in for the reader about her troubled family, shamed by poverty, and how Lucy came to be a writer.

All the big themes are here: class, the vulnerability of children, early wounds unable to heal.

What makes the book reverberate with such feeling is the lacerating mother/daughter relationship. And yet at the end of the day you know how much these two women, regardless of the past, truly and deeply love each other.


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ISBN: 9780385538893
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Published: Doubleday Books - January 5th, 2016

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls comes the spellbinding tale of a party gone horribly wrong: two men lie dead in a suburban living room, two women are on the run from police, and a marriage is ripping apart at the seams.

When Kristin Chapman agrees to let her husband, Richard, host his brother’s bachelor party, she expects a certain amount of debauchery. She brings their young daughter to Manhattan for the evening, leaving her Westchester home to the men and their hired entertainment. What she does not expect is this: bacchanalian drunkenness, her husband sharing a dangerously intimate moment in the guest room, and two women stabbing and killing their Russian bodyguards before driving off into the night.

In the aftermath, Kristin and Richard’s life rapidly spirals into nightmare. The police throw them out of their home, now a crime scene, Richard’s investment banking firm puts him on indefinite leave, and Kristin is unsure if she can forgive her husband for the moment he shared with a dark-haired girl in the guest room. But the dark-haired girl, Alexandra, faces a much graver danger. In one breathless, violent night, she is free, running to escape the police who will arrest her and the gangsters who will kill her in a heartbeat. A captivating, chilling story about shame and scandal, The Guest Room is a riveting novel from one of our greatest storytellers.


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ISBN: 9780345528698
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Published: Delacorte Press - January 26th, 2016

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife comes an enthralling new novel about Truman Capote’s scandalous, headline-making, and heart-wrenching friendship with socialite Babe Paley and New York’s society “swans” of the 1950s.

Centered on two dynamic, complicated, and compelling protagonists—Truman Capote and Babe Paley—this book is steeped in the glamour and perfumed and smoky atmosphere of New York’s high society. Babe Paley—known for her high-profile marriage to CBS founder William Paley and her ranking in the International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame—was one of the reigning monarchs of New York’s high society in the 1950s. Replete with gossip, scandal, betrayal, and a vibrant cast of real-life supporting characters, readers will be seduced by this startling new look at the infamous society swans.


Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316386531
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Published: Lee Boudreaux Books - January 12th, 2016

The Flamethrowers meets Let the Great World Spin in this electrifying debut novel set amid the heated conflict of Seattle's 1999 WTO protests.

On a rainy, cold day in November, young Victor--a nomadic, scrappy teenager who's run away from home--sets out to join the throng of WTO demonstrators determined to shut down the city. With the proceeds, he plans to buy a plane ticket and leave Seattle forever, but it quickly becomes clear that the history-making 50,000 anti-globalization protestors--from anarchists to environmentalists to teamsters--are testing the patience of the police, and what started out as a peaceful protest is threatening to erupt into violence.

Over the course of one life-altering afternoon, the fates of seven people will change forever: foremost among them police Chief Bishop, the estranged father Victor hasn't seen in three years, two protesters struggling to stay true to their non-violent principles as the day descends into chaos, two police officers in the street, and the coolly elegant financial minister from Sri Lanka whose life, as well as his country's fate, hinges on getting through the angry crowd, out of jail, and to his meeting with the President of the United States. When Chief Bishop reluctantly unleashes tear gas on the unsuspecting crowd, it seems his hopes for reconciliation with his son, as well as the future of his city, are in serious peril.

In this raw and breathtaking novel, Yapa marries a deep rage with a deep humanity. In doing so he casts an unflinching eye on the nature and limits of compassion, and the heartbreaking difference between what is right and what is possible.


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By David Teague, Antoinette Portis (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781423134114
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - December 8th, 2015

Billy Hightower spends his whole life alone in a skyscraper high above a big city. Then one day, a skyscraper is built next door and a girl moves in. Could she be a friend? But every time Billy tries to reach out to her, the wily Wind gets in his way! Can Billy find a way to outsmart the Wind and make a new friend, or will he be swept away?


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By Guojing, Guojing (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780553497045
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - December 1st, 2015

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Hailed by Entertainment Weekly and the Wall Street Journal as a best book of the year, this gorgeous and imaginative story—part picture book, part graphic novel—is utterly transporting and original. USA Today declared it “a compelling and melancholy debut from an important new talent“ as well as ”an expansive and ageless book full of wonder, sadness, and wild bursts of imagination.” And like Shaun Tan’s The Arrival and Raymond Briggs’s The Snowman, it is quickly becoming a modern classic.

A little girl—lost and alone—follows a mysterious stag deep into the woods, and, like Alice down the rabbit hole, she finds herself in a strange and wondrous world. But…home and family are very far away. How will she get back there?

In this magnificently illustrated—and wordless—masterpiece, debut artist Guojing brilliantly captures the rich and deeply-felt emotional life of a child, filled with loneliness and longing as well as love and joy.


Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780448489322
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - December 15th, 2015

Celebrate Valentine’s Day - and love - with The Very Hungry Caterpillar! This charming, sweet new title featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the perfect gift for that special someone on Valentine’s Day - or any day of the year.

“You are the cherry on my cake; you make the sun shine brighter; you make my heart flutter.” Using a range of images from the World of Eric Carle, and featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar, this special gift book gives all the reasons why someone special makes the world a better and brighter place. Perfect for Valentine’s Day promotions, a must-have for fans of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and an ideal gift for that special someone.


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By David Martin, Steve Johnson (Illustrator), Lou Fancher (Illustrator)
$19.71
ISBN: 9780670017188
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2016

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A stunning picture book introduces very young children to the yearly cycle of the lives of bears.

Spring summer fall / All day long / Bears grow big / Bears grow strong

But in the fall / When leaves turn red / Bears know soon / It’s time for bed

Comes winter / Comes snow / Bears are ready / Bears go

In their cave / Warm and deep / Winter is time for bears to sleep

David Martin’s lilting read-aloud text combines with Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher’s exquisite paintings to make a picture book that is as beautiful as it is informative. A final spread provides many facts about bears to answer all the questions young readers will have about these fascinating animal friends.


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$6.99
ISBN: 9780385756020
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Published: Yearling Books - January 5th, 2016

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For fans of Ivy and Bean and Junie B. Jones comes a brand-new chapter book series: Mouse Scouts!

Meet Violet, Tigerlily, Hyacinth, Petunia, Junebug, and Cricket, six new Mouse Scouts who are trustworthy and strong, thrifty and brave…and destined to be friends to the end! Best friends Violet and Tigerlily can’t wait to start earning their merit badges. But their troop leader, Miss Poppy, is one strict rodent. And earning their first badge—planting a vegetable garden—is hard work. Will the troop drive unwanted pests from the garden and earn their Sow It and Grow It badge? And will they ever get Miss Poppy to smile?

Brimming with lively black-and-white illustrations—including pages from the official Mouse Scout Handbook, plus diagrams, games, activities, and more—this darling new series is just right for chapter book readers.


Please enjoy browsing this selection of Phoenix's bestselling children's titles from 2015!

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Champ and Me by the Maple Tree: A Vermont Tale (Shankman & O'Neill) Cover Image
By Ed Shankman, Dave O'Neill (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780981943053
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Published: Commonwealth Editions - July 1st, 2010

Author Ed Shankman and illustrator Dave O'Neill have created winning books on Boston, Cape Cod, and Maine. Now they turn their attention to Vermont and one of that state's great legends: Champ, the "Monster" of Lake Champlain (a sort of Loch Ness Monster for the Green Mountain State). Champ is seen through the eyes of a likable tomboy, who sets out from her favorite spot by a maple tree and finds herself by the lakeshore. She meets Champ, who turns out to be a very kid-friendly monster, inviting the girl to sit on his head and ride with him through the Vermont countryside. Together, these unlikely friends dash past farms and mills and over covered bridges, meet some cows, eat some maple syrup-covered cheese, and eventually return to the girl's favorite maple tree. The charming story ends as it began: "If you come to Vermont / Near a lake called Champlain, / And you cut through the woods / On an old country lane, There's a chance you will see / My friend Champ and me / Playing happy and free / By the old maple tree."


Sweet Pea & Friends: The Sheepover Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316273565
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 8th, 2015

Meet the adorable orphan lamb Sweet Pea and discover why her true story has become a picture book phenomenon and enchanted readers of all ages!

One cold winter night, Sweet Pea the orphan lamb becomes very sick. Everyone in the farmyard is worried about her! Under the watchful care of Farmer John, Laddie the sheepdog, and Dr. Alison the mobile veterinarian, she slowly recovers. Dr. Alison tells Sweet Pea she can have a sleepover to celebrate as soon as she is well again. When the day finally comes, her closest friends Sunny, Prem, and Violet join her in the greenhouse for a fun and imaginative "SheepOver" celebration.

This charming story of caring and friendship by farm owners John and Jennifer Churchman, brought to life with John's entrancing photo-illustrations, will enchant readers young and old. In the words of one of her many fans, "Sweet Pea brings a calming, authentic joy to my life that makes me laugh, cry and gives me hope that all is well in the world. . . . Everyone needs a little Sweet Pea in their lives!"


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Elephant's Story: A Picture Book Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374399139
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 22nd, 2013

A funny alphabet/word romp that's perfect for animal and word lovers
 
The day Gracie loses her favorite book, Elephant finds it. He sniffs the words ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS and--oops--they go up his trunk, where they wiggle and jiggle and make him sneeze. The letters fly through the air helter skelter, and when Elephant tries to put them back together, he can't figure out how to make the right words that fit. He asks his friends for help, but they just choose some of the letters to make up their own words--Alligator wants to CHEW them, Seal SPINs them, Monkeys THROW them, and Bear just SNOREs. Lucky for elephant, Gracie comes looking for her book. She makes the letters into the right words and then adds some of her own: a girl went to the zoo and made a new friend.


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ISBN: 9780374378608
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - August 19th, 2014

Perfect bedtime reading for little ones
 
When I tuck you in,
what do I see?
Two little eyes shining at me.
I see two little ears
that I want you to tweak
and a round little nose.
Can you push it? Beep! Beep!
 
So begins this naptime or bedtime romp that eventually has the child all tuckered out and ready for sleep—until Mama remembers she forgot one important thing. What could it be? A kiss, of course!
 


Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452119366
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 3rd, 2015

In this exuberant and lyrical follow-up to the award-winning Over and Under the Snow, discover the wonders that lie hidden between stalks, under the shade of leaves . . . and down in the dirt. Explore the hidden world and many lives of a garden through the course of a year! Up in the garden, the world is full of green—leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt exists a busy world—earthworms dig, snakes hunt, skunks burrow—populated by all the animals that make a garden their home.


The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon Cover Image
By S. S. Taylor, Katherine Roy (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781938073717
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Published: McSweeney's - December 3rd, 2013

Computers have failed, electricity is extinct, and the race to discover new lands is underway! In this nail-bitingly thrilling adventure novel, brilliant explorer Alexander West has just died under mysterious circumstances, but not before smuggling half of a strange map to his intrepid children — Kit, the brain, M. K., the tinkerer, and Zander, the brave. Why are so many government agents trying to steal the half-map? What powerful secrets does it hold? And where is the other half? It's up to Alexander's children — the Expeditioners — to get to the bottom of these questions, and fast.


Coral Reefs: A Journey Through an Aquatic World Full of Wonder Cover Image
By Jason Chin, Jason Chin (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596435636
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Published: Flash Point - October 25th, 2011

Venture to the depths of the coral reefs in an exploration of the true and truly wild in this beautiful and creative picture book from an award-winning author.

During an ordinary visit to the library, a girl pulls a not-so-ordinary book from the shelves. As she turns the pages in this book about coral reefs, the city around her slips away and she finds herself surrounded by the coral cities of the sea and the mysterious plants and animals that live, hunt, and hide there.

Jason Chin's follow-up to his critically acclaimed book Redwoods is a bold and beautiful picture storybook filled to the brim with fascinating facts about the coral reefs.


Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Cover Image
By Robert Frost, Susan Jeffers (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525467342
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 24th, 2001

Ever since it was published in 1978, the picture-book presentation of Robert Frost's poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" has been an enduring favorite. For this special edition with a new design, trim size, and three new spreads, Susan Jeffers has added more detail and subtle color to her sweeping backgrounds of frosty New England scenes. There are more animals to find among the trees, and the kindly figure with his "promises to keep" exudes warmth as he stops to appreciate the quiet delights of winter. The handsome new vellum jacket will attract new and old fans as it evokes a frost-covered windowpane. This celebration of a season makes an ideal holiday gift for a child, a teacher, or a host.

Robert Frost (1874-1963) is one of America's most celebrated poets and a four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

Susan Jeffers is the illustrator of such distinguished picture books as Three Jovial Huntsmen, a Caldecott Honor Book; Rachel Field's Hitty; and the ABBY Award-winning Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, which was also a New York Times best-seller.


All the Answers Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781619633742
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - January 27th, 2015

Perfect for fans of Wendy Mass, Kate Messner's newest middle-grade story shines with heart, humor, and a magical twist.

What if your pencil had all the answers? Would you ace every test? Could find out who has a crush on who? When Ava Anderson finds an old pencil, she uses it for her math quiz like any other pencil. It's when she writes a question in the margin that the magic occurs . . . as a voice that no one else seems to hear. With the help of her best friend, Sophie, Ava figures out the rules of this pencil's magic, and as they discover many uses for it, Ava's reliance on its answers grows. But when the pencil reveals a scary truth about Ava's family, she sees that the bravest people just might be those who live without all the answers.
In a story as heartfelt as it is magical, Kate Messner gives readers a glimpse at their biggest fantasy: a magical pencil that helps them navigate the ups and downs of middle school life.


The Glorkian Warrior Eats Adventure Pie Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781626720213
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Published: First Second - March 17th, 2015

The Glorkian Warrior is back! Don't worry, he hasn't gotten any smarter. The Glorkian Warrior was doing so well! He almost had that rampaging space snake under control—when Buster Glark, his villainous rival in the Glorkian Corps, showed up to make fun of him! Buster laughed so hard at the Glorkian Warrior's misfortune that he gave himself the hiccups. And that was just on the first page of this book.
Things are only going to get worse from here for the Glorkian Warrior. But at least there will be plenty of pie at the end.
James Kochalka brings back his goofiest creation, the Glorkian Warrior, in the second of this silly space trilogy!


Please enjoy browsing this selection of Phoenix's bestselling fiction's titles from 2015!

Intrigued by one of the books featured below?  Don't hesitate to give us a ring so we can put a copy on hold (or on order) for you. Remember, not all books featured on our website are necessarily in stock at our bricks-and-mortar locations, but we're always happy to special order a book for you to pick up at the store. Special orders almost always come in quickly, and don't involve any extra fees.

God's Kingdom Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250069481
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 6th, 2015

A young man comes of age—and uncovers his family's deepest secret—in this "epic work of genius" by "the rarest thing in literature: an original." —Howard Norman

Howard Frank Mosher is one of America's most acclaimed writers. His fiction set in the world of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom chronicles the intertwining family histories of the natives, wanderers, outcasts, and fugitives-white, Native American, escaped slaves fleeing north, French Canadians, and others who settled in this remote and beautiful place.

Set in the 1950's, God's Kingdom reveals the Kinneson family through the coming of age of the heir to its rich and complicated history, Jim. Earnest and innocent, Jim is a bright student, a loving son and brother, but also curious about the unspoken "trouble in the family" that haunts his father and grandfather. Layer by layer, tale by tale, sorting out fact from deliberately-obscure legend, Jim explores the Kinnesons' long relationship with others in the Kingdom, culminating in a discovery that forever changes his life and place in that world.

God's Kingdom is the masterful new novel by Howard Frank Mosher-a treat for booksellers, readers, and anyone who enjoys being told a beguiling story.


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ISBN: 9781250064677
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 29th, 2015

"Over 26 years and 25 books, Joe Gunther has… grown in stature, and so has the series." —Publishers Weekly (starred review) During the height of a particularly brutal Vermont winter, one morning a woman's body is found hanging high above the interstate. The woman, found with the word "dyke" carved on her chest is quickly determined to be the victim of a brutal murder. That alone is enough to bring in Joe Gunther and his VBI (Vermont Bureau of Investigation) team. But when the victim is identified not only as a state senator, bus as an intimate friend of the governor's, it unleashes a publicity maelstrom that makes the investigation makes a difficult investigation more challenging. While the anti-lesbian message is an obvious feint meant to mislead investigators, it does reveal that the governor is gay, and forces her to publicly acknowledge that fact.

In the meantime, while the publicity rages on to even greater heights, the police begin to focus intensely on the dead senator's life. One thing they uncover is that she had a fondness for recreational marijuana. In Vermont, however, neither lesbianism nor marijuana use are the stuff of murder. It's up to Gunther and his team to cut through this particular stack of weed to find out not just who, but why?


Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307743930
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Published: Vintage - May 26th, 2015

heartbreaking, wildly inventive, and moving novel narrated by a teenage runaway, from the bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls.

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is the story of Emily Shepard, a homeless teen living in an igloo made of ice and trash bags filled with frozen leaves. Half a year earlier, a nuclear plant in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom had experienced a cataclysmic meltdown, and Emily’s parents were among those killed. When it comes to light that her father may have been responsible—was he drunk when it happened?—Emily feels certain that as the daughter of the most hated man in America, she is in danger. So instead of following the social workers and her classmates as they evacuate, Emily takes off on her own for Burlington, where she survives by stealing, sleeping on the floor of a drug dealer’s apartment, and inventing a new identity for herself inspired by her favorite poet, Emily Dickinson. When Emily befriends a homeless young boy named Cameron, she protects him with a ferocity she didn’t know she had. But she still can’t outrun her past, can’t escape her grief, can’t hide forever—and so she comes up with the only plan that she can.


The Hummingbird: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062369543
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Published: William Morrow - September 8th, 2015

From the author of the acclaimed The Curiosity comes a compelling and moving story of compassion, courage, and redemption

Deborah Birch is a seasoned hospice nurse whose daily work requires courage and compassion. But her skills and experience are tested in new and dramatic ways when her easygoing husband, Michael, returns from his third deployment to Iraq haunted by nightmares, anxiety, and rage. She is determined to help him heal, and to restore the tender, loving marriage they once had.

At the same time, Deborahs primary patient is Barclay Reed, a retired history professor and expert in the Pacific Theater of World War II whose career ended in academic scandal. Alone in the world, the embittered professor is dying. As Barclay begrudgingly comes to trust Deborah, he tells her stories from that long-ago war, which help her find a way to help her husband battle his demons.

Told with piercing empathy and heartbreaking realism, The Hummingbird is a masterful story of loving commitment, service to country, and absolution through wisdom and forgiveness.


The Winter People Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804169967
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Published: Anchor Books - January 6th, 2015

The New York Times bestselling author returns with a simmering literary thriller about ghostly secrets, dark choices, and the unbreakable bond between mothers and daughters…sometimes too unbreakable.

West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara’s farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea’s diary hidden beneath the floorboards of her mother’s bedroom. As Ruthie gets sucked deeper into the mystery of Sara’s fate, she discovers that she’s not the only person who’s desperately looking for someone that they’ve lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.
 


Roll Deep: Poems Cover Image
$31.26
ISBN: 9780393246896
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 3rd, 2015

This breakthrough volume appropriates the vernacular notion of “rolling deep” to explore human intimacy and war.

In his fourth collection, a breakthrough volume, Major Jackson appropriates the vernacular notion of “rolling deep” to capture the spirit of aesthetic travel that defines these forceful new poems and brazenly announces his steady accretion of literary and artistic influences, both formal and experimental—his “crew.” The confident and radiant poems in Roll Deep address a range of topics, most prominently human intimacy and war. And like his best work to date, these poems create new experiences with language owed to Jackson’s willingness to once again seek a rhythmic sound that expresses the unique realities of the twenty-first century with humor and understanding. Whether set in Nairobi, Madrid, or Greece, the poems are sensuously evocative and unapologetically with-it, in their effort to build community across borders of language and style.


Open Season (Joe Gunther Mysteries #1) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780979812200
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Published: Ampress - January 1st, 2007

Lt. Joe Gunther of the Brattleboro, Vermont police force has a serious problem: in a community where a decade could pass without a single murder, the body count is suddenly mounting. Innocent citizens are being killed—and others set-up—seemingly orchestrated by a mysterious ski-masked man. Signs suggest that a three year-old murder trial might lie at the heart of things, but it’s a case that many in the department would prefer remained closed. A man of quiet integrity, Lt. Gunther knows that he must pursue the case to its conclusion, wherever it leads.


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