Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Spain and Germany Win, and Why the U. S. , Japan-And Even Iraq-Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport
Simon Kuper; Stefan Szymanski
Aug 6, 2012 - Aug 8, 2012
Written with an economist's brain and a sports writer's skill, the authors apply high-powered analytical tools to everyday soccer topics, looking at data in new ways, revealing counterintuitive truths about the world's most loved game. It all adds up to a revolutionary way of looking at soccer that could affect the way the game is played internationally.
When her father orchestrates a surprise trip to the summer house of her childhood, Bailee Cooper is unprepared for what follows. What is intended to be a happy reunion for Bailee and her sisters, Geena and Piper, quickly becomes shrouded by memories from the past. Together again, the three sisters sift through their recollections of fifteen years ago...of an ill mother, and of their father making a desperate choice. They vowed, as children, to be silent--but one sister believes the truth must now be revealed.
In early 20th-century New York, Sacha Kessler's ability to see witches earns him an apprenticeship to the police department's star Inquisitor, Maximillian Wolf. With fellow apprentice Lily Astral, Sacha investigates who is trying to kill Thomas Edison. " Moriartys novel is chock-full of period detail (both in the authors confident prose and Geyers occasional pen-and-ink illustrations), feisty character dynamics, and a solid sense of humor." (Publishers Weekly)
A Caldecott medalist and a Newbery Honor-winning poet celebrate the beauty and value of spirals in this informational picture book. "This is one of those rare children's books that make you look at the physical world differently. . . spirals are beautiful--whether we see in them hints of infinity, the promise of unfolding potential, or the embodiment of mathematical perfection." (Publishers Weekly)
Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West
Aug 3, 2012 - Aug 3, 2012
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)
Published after Phelp's extraordinary performance at the Beijing Games, this autobiography highlights the memorable races and valuable lessons leading up to his record breaking performance. Behind his tally of Olympic gold medals lies a consistent approach to competition, a determination to win, mental preparation, and a straightforward passion for his sport.
North Archer, Andie Miller's ex-husband, asks her to become the guardian of two orphans who live in a haunted house. "Crusie's created a sharp cast of lonely souls, wacky weirdos, ghosts both good and bad, and unlikely heroes who are brave enough to give life and love one more try. You don't have to believe in the afterlife to relish this fun, bright romp." (Publishers Weekly)
Two for Sorrow: A New Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey
Aug 1, 2012 - Aug 4, 2012
Mystery writer Josephine Tey acts as a part-time sleuth in the third entry in the series that began with "An Expert in Murder". "The case is intricate and surprisingly intimate, weaving in and out of two historical periods and featuring that Upstairs Downstairs class element." (Library Journal)
Dr. Clara Casey agrees to take on the seemingly thankless task of establishing a clinic with little funding--for a year. With her own plate full--two troublesome grown daughters and a needy ex-husband--she is still able to gather a wonderfully diverse and dedicated staff. With insight, humor, and compassion, Binchy tells a story of family, friends, patients, and staff who are part of a heart clinic in a community caught between the old and the new Ireland. Binchy died on July 30th prompting an outpourig of tributes including the Telegraph calling her Ireland's National Treasure!
Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History
Jul 31, 2012 - Aug 3, 2012
Thad Roberts, a fellow in a prestigious NASA program had an idea--a romantic, albeit crazy, idea. He wanted to give his girlfriend the moon. Literally. Thad convinced his girlfriend and another female accomplice, both NASA interns, to break into an impregnable laboratory at NASA--past security checkpoints, an electronically locked door, and camera-lined hallways--and help him steal the most precious objects in the world: the moon rocks. "[A]n out-of-this-world heist" (U.S.A. Today)
A long-lost book reappears, mysteriously connecting an old man searching for his son, and a girl seeking a cure for her widowed mother's loneliness. "Emotionally wrenching yet intellectually rigorous, idea-driven but with indelible characters and true suspense." (Boris Kachka, New York Magazine)
In 2002, award-winning film and stage actor Ashley Judd found her true calling as a humanitarian and voice for those suffering in neglected parts of the world. Judd describes her odyssey, from lost child to fiercely dedicated advocate, from anger and isolation to forgiveness and activism. In telling it, she answers the ineffable question about the relationship between healing oneself and service to others.
Just in time for the Olympics, a spirited, sporty romp about losing gracefully. Boomer the Pig has been training hard for the Animal Olympics, so when he loses his first race, he shrugs it off and cheerfully moves on. One event after another, Boomer keeps losing. Cool comic book styling combines with classic picture book heart in this encouraging and hilarious picture book.
“The Tower of London is the center of this hilarious love story about Beefeater Balthazar, his wife, their tortoise and their eccentric friends. As Balthazar struggles to save his marriage, the rest of the cast carries on in a charming tangle, and when Balthazar is put in charge of a Tower zoo, hilarity breaks out. Sprinkled with fascinating Tower lore, the book will steal your heart.” (People Magazine)