Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West
Feb 21, 2013 - Feb 25, 2013
A captivating book about Wickenden's grandmother, who left her affluent East Coast life to "rough it" as a teacher in Colorado in 1916. "Imagine Isabel Archer wrangling the ragged, half-wild children of homesteaders, whirling through dances with hopeful cowboys, and strapping on snowshoes in the middle of the night to urge a fallen horse onto an invisible trail in high snowdrifts, and you'll have some idea of the intense charm and adventure of this remarkable book." (Maile Meloy)
Geiger has a gift: he knows a lie the instant he hears it. Unlike most of his competitors, Geiger rarely sheds blood--and he never works with children. So when his partner, former journalist Harry Boddicker, unwittingly brings in a client who insists that Geiger interrogate a 12-year-old boy, Geiger respondsby rescuing the boy from his captors. But if Geiger and Harry cannot quickly discover why the client is so desperate to learn the boy's secret, they themselves will become the victims of an utterly ruthless adversary. "An adrenaline-fueled cat-and-mouse game... [Geiger] is a fascinating protagonist with a revealing backstory. A compelling debut thriller that blurs the lines between the good and bad guys." (Library Journal)
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes a brutal arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of assassins--for a price. Packed with love, magic, and deadly games of courtly intrigue and treason, book one of a fast-paced trilogy set in 15th-century France combines romance with captivating action . "Fiction and history coalesce in a rich, ripping tale of assassinations, political intrigue and religion." (Kirkus Reviews)
Chief of Police Josie Gray faces Mexican drug cartels who have turned her Texas border-town into a battlefield in this compelling debut, the winner of the 2010 Hillerman Prize. "Buckle your seatbelts for an off-road trip full of adrenaline. Tough and determined to make her way in today's Wild West, Josie is the type of police chief you'd want in your hometown, a gutsy new heroine who would be friends with Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon and probably Lori Armstrong's Mercy Gunderson, too."(Library Journal)
Count to 10 with a bunch of cute and cuddly hamsters in this board book for the very young. "It's hard not to smile at images of the happy hamsters jumping rope or working on their tans." (Publishers Weekly)
Set in an old manor house deep in the English countryside in the early years of the 20th century, this breakout novel tells the story of an unexpectedly dramatic day in the life of an eccentric, rather dysfunctional, and unforgettable family. "Excellent characterization...a plot sprinkled with hints of secrets to be revealed...a page-turning read that blurs the edges of the country house mystery."--(Library Journal)
Cohen's collection of street fashion is unlike any seen before - focused on the over-60 set in the world's most stylish locales. The (mostly) ladies of Advanced Style are enjoying their later years with grace and panache, marching to the beat of their own drummer!
This book for children ages 10 to 14, describes how a counterfeiting ring plotted to ransom Lincoln's body to secure the release of their imprisoned ringleader, and how a fledging Secret Service and an undercover agent conducted a daring election-night sting operation. "A sizzling tale of real-life historical intrigue." (Publishers Weekly)
Gabriel makes the long haul to the middle of nowhere to make sure Lolly Helton is safe and sound. He discovers intruders in Lolly's home and his stealth training is all he needs to extract Lolly from the house without alerting her captors. But when the escape is discovered, the heat-and the hunt-are on. And the winter woods are nowhere to be once the ice storm touches down, dropping trees, blocking roads, and trapping the fleeing pair in the freezing dark.
Acclaimed Caldecott artist Bang paints a stunning, sweeping view of our ever-changing oceans. In this timely book for children, she uses her signature poetic language and dazzling illustrations to introduce the oceanic world. "This fresh perspective on food chains focuses on the critical and voluminous ocean-based plant life--plankton--and the transfer of energy and nutrients from the sun to these microscopic plants to ocean animals and back." (Hornbook Guide)
Ave Maria Mulligan MacChesney confronts life and loss in this heartwarming tale of life in a small town nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains. "Delightfully quirky . . . chock-full of engaging, oddball characters and unexpected plot twists." (People)
Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End ...
Philip C. Plait
Feb 15, 2013 - Feb 18, 2013
"Plait presents in loving detail the many, many ways the human race could die, from temperature extremes and poisonous atmosphere to asteroid impacts and supernovae explosions. Balancing his doomsday scenarios with enthusiastic and clear explanations of the science, Plait offers a surprisingly educational and enjoyable astronomical horror show"(Publishers Weekly)
The historic hotel in Boonsboro, Maryland, has endured war and peace, changing hands, even rumored hauntings. Now it's getting a major facelift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect of the family, Beckett's social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there's another project he's got his eye on: the girl he's been waiting to kiss since he was 15.
Love, Sex, and Other Natural Disasters: Relationship Reporting from America's Finest News Source
The Staff of The Onion
Feb 14, 2013 - Feb 17, 2013
Here are more than 100 news stories of high-school sweethearts, college hook-ups, dating disasters, weddings, divorces, and restraining orders. From "18-Year-Old Miraculously Finds Soulmate in Hometown" to "Couple Forgets 70th Wedding Anniversary," these reports capture the heartbreak and hilarity of the human experience.