The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good
David J. Linden
Mar 1, 2012 - Mar 5, 2012
A Johns Hopkins neuroscientist takes a look at the neurobiology of pleasure--and how pleasures can become addictions. Linden combines cutting-edge science with entertaining anecdotes to illuminate the source of the behaviors that can lead us to ecstasy but that can easily become compulsive.
This taut psychological thriller begins when Karen and her nine-year- old daughter, Alice, pick up Rex from a ten-year stint in prison for murder. Flash back to the sultry summer in 1990s London when Karen, a straight-A student on the verge of college graduation, first meets the exotic, flamboyant Biba and her brother Rex. A twisted tale with a shocking ending.
Twenty years is a long time to be without a father, and for Navy pilot Annie Peregrine-Goode the sky has become a home the earth has never been. Then her father calls out of the blue to ask for a dying wish. An enchanting novel of unforgettable characters, hilarious encounters, and haunting secrets.
This juvenile history of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. Illustrated with luminous oil paintings and told through the voice of an imaginary older woman, who was the daughter of a slave and lived to witness the election of Obama. Winner of the 2012 Coretta Scott King author award.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Catherynne M. Valente; Ana Juan (Illustrator)
Feb 29, 2012 - Mar 2, 2012
Twelve-year-old September's ordinary life in Omaha turns to adventure when a Green Wind takes her to Fairyland to retrieve a talisman the new and fickle Marquess wants from the enchanted woods. Chosen as a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Fiction title for 2011.
A gothic horror title describing the epic battle between humans and vampires for control of the world. They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come. In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country. In two months--the world.
The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean
Feb 29, 2012 - Mar 4, 2012
Casey follows a unique tribe of extreme surfers as they seek to conquer the holy grail of their sport, a 100-foot wave. In this mesmerizing account, their exploits are juxtaposed against scientists' urgent efforts to understand the destructive powers of waves.
In this riveting psychological thriller, Beatrice risks everything to uncover the truth about her sister's last moments. Beatrice refuses to believe the official police report of suicide. This character driven debut with a knockout twist at the end is both clever and heartwarming.
James Witherspoon is a bigamist. Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon 's two families the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode.
In the late 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas Jones were boyhood pals. Their worlds were as different as night and day: Larry, the child of lower-middle-class white parents, and Silas, the son of a poor, single black mother. Now twenty years later, that friendship will be tested as Silas, the constable has to deal with Larry, once again under suspicion for murder.
Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America
Les Standiford; Joe Matthews
Feb 29, 2012 - Mar 3, 2012
The harrowing account of the 1981 abduction and murder of six-year-old Adam Walsh, in Hollywood, Florida, a crime that went unsolved for a quarter of a century and forever changed America. A riveting story of the triumph of justice and the enduring power of love.
Having spent her entire 12 years in elderly Mrs. Glendoveer's mansion where her mother works as a servant, Clara, discovers at the end of the kind old woman's life a cache of dark family secrets about the long-ago deaths of her children.
In Binky's 3rd adventure, our intrepid, hero is shaken out of his routine when he is forced to contend with Gracie, a dainty, striped foster kitty who comes to live at Binky's space station (aka his home at 42 Sentinel Parkway).