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The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man
Michael Chabon; Jake Parker (Illustrator)
May 11, 2012 - May 14, 2012
The first picture book from Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon perfectly captures the life of Awesome Man who can shoot positronic rays out of his eyeballs, fly as straight as an arrow, and hug mutant Jell-O! Even villains like Professor Von Evil and the Flaming Eyeball are no match for this caped crusader.
This gripping psychological thriller introduces a number of people holding secrets and looking for answers, including a psychic, a retired cop, a restless teenager and a young man looking to solve the cold case of his mother's disappearnce years earlier. "Good reading, canny characterizations." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
When Christopher Columbus set foot in the Americas, he ended the separation of continents as well as their plant and animal life. Driven by the economic goal of establishing trade with China, he accidentally set off an ecological convulsion as European vessels carried thousands of species to new homes across the oceans. Mann shows how the creation of this worldwide network of ecological and economic exchange fostered the rise of Europe, devastated imperial China, convulsed Africa, and for two centuries made Mexico City the center of the world.
Unwillingly brought together to care for their ailing mother, three sisters discover that everything they have been avoiding may prove more worthwhile than expected. "See, we love each other. We just don't happen to like each other very much." Caroline Leavitt wrote, " Brown's knockout debut . . . (is) richly intelligent, heartbreakingly moving and gorgeously inventive . , ."
Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy
Caroline Kennedy; Michael Beschloss
May 5, 2012 - May 9, 2012
After the Kennedy assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded seven historic interviews about her life with JFK. Mrs. Kennedy gave an astonishingly detailed and unvarnished account of her experiences and impressions as the wife and confidante of John F. Kennedy.This set contains both transcripts and restored audio cds.
For centuries, mystical creatures of all description were gathered to a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic in a cynical world. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite. When an ancient evil is unleashed, Kendra and her brother Seth must save themselves, Fablehaven and possibily the world. Winner of the Benjamin Franklin award and Young Readers Choice award.
About life and loss, friendship and community, food and family, this is a heartwarming story about small town life. Still reeling from a personal tragedy that left her estranged from the sister who was once her best friend, Julia remains at a loss as to how to move on with her life. An anonymous gift of breadstarter helps her change directions and begin anew.
Damaged but not broken by his service in the Great War, and living a solitary widower's life in a London attic, accidental detective Laurence Bartram looks into the suspicious death of an old friend and discovers much more than he would like.
Acclaimed author Skloot brilliantly weaves together the story of Henrietta Lacks--a woman whose cells have been unwittingly used for scientific research since the 1950s--with the birth of bioethics, and the dark history of experimentation on African Americans.
Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs: Family, Friendships, and Faith in Small-Town Alaska
May 1, 2012 - May 4, 2012
Lende, who writes the local obituary column and has been called "part Annie Dillard, part Anne Lamott" introduces the community that helped her get back on her feet after being run over by a truck in the small town of Haines, Alaska. Readers meet the eccentric, fiercely independent, always fascinating residents of Haines-Buddhists, bear hunters, Tinglit Indians, and her large, lively family.
Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World
Catherine E. McKinley
May 1, 2012 - May 3, 2012
For almost five millennia, in every culture and in every major religion, indigo--a blue pigment obtained from the small green leaf of a parasitic shrub through a complex process that even scientists still regard as mysterious--has been at the center of turbulent human encounters.
In Paris for a weekend visit, Bard sat down to lunch with a handsome Frenchman--and never went home again. This is an entertaining memoir about a young American woman caught up in two passionate love affairs--one with her new beau and the other with French cuisine.
Jungles come in many forms. There are the steamy rain forests of the Burmese highlands. There are the lies and betrayals of the world of covert operations. And there are the dark and twisted thoughts of a man bent on near-global domination. To pull off their latest mission, Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon must survive them all.