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.
You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside. Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), is the unlikely hero of Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, he finds himself drawn into an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. A love story that is both humorous and heartbreaking.
Gardening with Shape, Line, and Texture: A Plant Design Sourcebook
Apr 28, 2012 - Apr 30, 2012
This innovative plant reference delivers plant information in a form that neatly dovetails with the garden design process and will inspire gardeners to look beyond color and begin to appreciate the whole plant.
This turn-of-the-century fable about a magical circus is the story of a contest--to the death, they later find out--between two young magicians, Celia and Marco. Also at stake is their love for each other." A riveting debut . . . pulls you into a world as dark as it is dazzling, fully-realized but still something out of a dream. You will not want to leave it." (Tea Obreht)
Peace Be with You: Monastic Wisdom for a Terror-Filled World
Apr 27, 2012 - Apr 30, 2012
The result of more than thirty interviews with abbots, nuns, monks, and other seekers at monasteries and retreat centers. Carlson reveals the untapped wisdom of these men and women as they speak with hope to a suffering world. Follow the author on this personal, moving, and at times difficult journey, and discover a new yet ancient basis for genuine peace between Christianity and other religions.
Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit
Apr 27, 2012 - Apr 30, 2012
Investigative food journalist Barry Estabrook reveals the huge human and environmental cost of the $5 billion fresh tomato industry and the price we pay as a society when we take taste and thought out of our food purchases. This 2012 IACP Award Winner in the Food Matters category reads like a suspenseful whodunit as well as an expose of today's agribusiness.
Greece 1940. On the northern border, the Greek army has blocked Mussolini's invasion, pushing his divisions back to Albania--the first defeat suffered by the Nazis. At the center of this drama is Costa Zannis, a senior police official, head of an office that handles special "political" cases. As war approaches, the spies begin to circle, from the Turkish legation to the German secret service. A stunning historical thriller about a man who risks everything to right--in many small ways--the world's evil.
Lily loves to read. She is fascinated by the stories in her books, and reads wherever she goes through summer, autumn, winter, and spring. But one day, Lily meets a girl who hates reading. Milly invites Lily to have adventures of her own outside the pages of a book. Together the two friends help each other discover the joy of both backyards and books.