Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them
Apr 15, 2012 - Apr 19, 2012
When the writer Donovan Hohn heard of the mysterious loss of thousands of bath toys at sea, he figured he would interview a few oceanographers, talk to a few beachcombers, and read up on Arctic science and geography. Hohn's accidental odyssey pulls him into the secretive world of shipping conglomerates, the daring work of Arctic researchers, the lunatic risks of maverick sailors, and the shadowy world of Chinese toy factories.
The first novel in the beloved Fairacre series introduces the remarkable schoolmistress Miss Read in the tiny English village of Fairacre. The author Dora Saint (pen name Miss Read) recently died at the age of 98, having written about English country life with wry humor and charm for decades.
It begins with an early morning phone call to Myron Bolitar. His old flame Terese Collins is in Paris, and she needs his help. In her debt, Myron makes the trip, and learns of a decade-long secret: Terese once had a daughter who died in a car accident. Now it seems as though that daughter may be alive-and tied to a sinister plot with shocking global implications.
In Shaw's debut, she portrays a relatable, unforgettable character in Lacey Brennan, who, after a five-year quest for love and belonging, finds she must live in the moment in order to understand her past and face her future. Frustrated with her job, her unemployed husband and her twin brother (who has seemingly disappeared), Lacey charts a new course.
Nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula awards, Walton's book is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and science fiction, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.
Four disparate women bound by obligation and opportunity struggle to become a family. Weiner has written a humorous and unforgettable tale that interweaves themes of class and entitlement, surrogacy and donorship, the rights of a parent and the measure of motherhood.
50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants: Tough-but-Beautiful Plants That Anyone Can Grow
Apr 10, 2012 - Apr 14, 2012
Local gardening guru Tracy DiSabato-Aust dentifies 50 show-stopping plants that anyone can grow in central Ohio. All 50 plants have passed Tracy's test for toughness, beauty, and durability. These are Tracy's personal favorites, chosen after years of studying how to make beautiful outdoor spaces with a minimum of maintenance.
Walls has written a stunning and life-affirming memoir about surviving a willfully impoverished, eccentric, and severely misguided family. What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love.
Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life
Apr 7, 2012 - Apr 10, 2012
Blanke proposes eliminating all the clutter-physical and emotional-that holds you back, weighs you down, or just makes you feel bad about yourself. She takes us through each room of the house-from the attic to the garage-and even to the far reaches of our minds. Through poignant and humorous stories, Blanke inspires us to get rid of the "life plaque" we've allowed to build-up there.
Wear This, Toss That!: Hundreds of Fashion and Beauty Swaps That Save Your Looks, Save Your Budget, and Save You Time
Amy E. Goodman
Apr 7, 2012 - Apr 10, 2012
From the shopping expert of NBC's "Today" comes an accessible fashion guide for every woman that offers advice on fashion and beauty swaps that can save her looks, her budget, and her time. Stepping into your closet, you'll learn what works, what's got to go, and why.
This anthology of Gladwell's "New Yorker" essays is like a greatest-hits compilation! In these offbeat and intriguing essays, Gladwell uncovers the bittersweet tale of the inventor of the birth control pill, and the dazzling inventions of the pasta sauce pioneer Howard Moscowitz. Gladwell sits with Ron Popeil, the king of the American kitchen, as he sells rotisserie ovens, and divines the secrets of Cesar Millan, the "dog whisperer". He explores intelligence tests and ethnic profiling and "hindsight bias". With wit and intelligence, he makes the ordinary extraordinary.
Addictive flavors, and a breakthrough method for making creamy, scoopable ice cream at home, from the proprietor of Jeni 's Splendid Ice Cream! Bauer is on a mission to help foodies create perfect ice creams, yogurts, and sorbets in their own kitchens. 100 of Jeni 's jaw-droppingly delicious signature recipes from her Goat Cheese with Roasted Cherries to her Queen City Cayenne to her Bourbon with Toasted Buttered Pecans.
Jazz Age Josephine: Dancer, Singer- Who's That, Who? Why That's Miss Josephine Baker, to You!
Jonah Winter; Marjorie Priceman (Illustrator)
Apr 5, 2012 - Apr 8, 2012
With dazzling language and lively art, this picture book biography for kids tells the story of a woman the stage could barely contain. Rising from a poor, segregated upbringing, Josephine Baker was able to break through racial barriers with her own sense of flair and astonishing dance abilities. She was a pillar of steel with a heart of gold--all wrapped up in feathers, sequins, and an infectious rhythm.
Unlikely Friendships: 50 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom
Apr 4, 2012 - Apr 6, 2012
Holland documents one heartwarming tale after another of animals who, with nothing else in common, bond in the most unexpected ways. A cat and a bird. A mare and a fawn. An elephant and a sheep. A snake and a hamster. Includes full color candid photographs.