Harper Collins

Here is a wilderness survival story, told in alternating chapters by 12-year-old Peter and by Pax, the orphaned fox kit he raised, as they attempt to reunite in a warring countryside that feels a little like our own neighborhoods in the near future. This is a startling and viscerally moving antiwar novel that will appeal to several age groups. We have some signed first editions in stock. Grades 5–8.—GĀ

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By Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062377012
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 2nd, 2016

The sheer joy and exuberance of learning is revealed when Frank, a young boy, and Lucky, a black Lab pup from a shelter, are brought together. “Both had a lot to learn.” They learn about science—“Science is when you wonder about something, so you observe it and ask questions about it”—and specifically about botany, entomology, and chemistry because Lucky had “wondered about skunks.” They learn about math—“Let’s say a dog comes in from outside and gets one biscuit, but there are three people in the living room. How many more biscuits should the dog receive?”—and specifically about fractions. At night, how much of the bed belongs to Lucky or to Frank? The answer, as shown in multiple panels, changes during the course of the night. They learn about history and perspective when a cake vanishes—“Sometimes in history there are different versions of what really happened, depending on who is telling the story.” They learn about geography and languages—Frank learns Spanish; Lucky tries to learn Duck. Learning is all around us, and the love of it is celebrated in Perkins’ deadpan but exceedingly funny text and delightful pen-and-ink and watercolor paintings. This is my favorite picture book of the year. Grades 1 & up.    —GA

 

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Frank and Lucky Get Schooled Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062373458
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Published: Greenwillow Books - June 14th, 2016

Confession: I am not a very experienced cook, which means I am often overwhelmed by the scope of cooking encyclopedias. Luckily, Lakshmi has my back. While The Encyclopedia of Spices & Herbs is comprehensive and informative, it is also kind to the newcomer. There are recipes that involve many of the spices, pointers on how to use the exotic ones, and a fresh perspective on those more often used. Perfect for the home cook or anyone thinking of becoming one.  —Jax

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The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs: An Essential Guide to the Flavors of the World Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9780062375230
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Published: Ecco Press - October 4th, 2016

Chef Morimoto states in his introduction that he named this book after Julia Child’s, in the hopes that it will make Japanese cooking more accessible to the home cook. He achieves that and more, with mouth-watering photos, a wide array of recipes, and a conversational tone that makes me want to hang out with him even more than I already did. Part traditional Japanese cuisine, part sassy Iron Chef creativity, this is a wonderful book for new and old fans alike.                            —Rachel

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Mastering the Art of Japanese Home Cooking Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9780062344380
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Published: Ecco Press - November 8th, 2016

Chez Panisse chef Cal Peternell has followed up his award-winning first book, Twelve Recipes—called “the best beginner’s cookbook of the year, if not the decade” by the New York Times—with an equally warm and smart sequel. A Recipe for Cooking takes home cooks to the next level by sharing easy-to-master recipes and tips for planning and organizing meals for occasions big and small. Peternell describes his new book as a blend of his home kitchen and the kitchen at Chez Panisse, which sounds like an ideal combination to me.          —S.B.

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A Recipe for Cooking Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062427861
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 25th, 2016

“It’s been years since Anthony Bourdain left the kitchen and started traveling the world in search of the best food and the stories it tells. With Appetites, Bourdain brings us to his home, where he has put his encyclopedic knowledge of world cuisines and his first-hand experience as a chef and cook to work for him as an entertainer and host. The self-described ‘psychotic, anally retentive, bad-tempered Ina Garten’ offers readers recipes and guidance to smartly and efficiently cook at home.” —Eater

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Appetites: A Cookbook Cover Image
$37.50
ISBN: 9780062409959
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Published: Ecco Press - October 25th, 2016

I’ve loved Hannah Hart since she first appeared on my computer screen, a little tipsy and attempting to make ice cream from scratch. Since then we have both grown a lot, although only one of us has been catapulted into Internet stardom. I look forward this book of essays and to continuing to learn from this incredibly inspiring woman. —Jax

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Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9780062457516
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 18th, 2016

Larry Brilliant—activist, teacher, entrepreneur, and spiritual leader—has led a remarkable life. In his inspiring memoir, he shares stories of his journey, from marching with Dr. King to helping eradicate smallpox, treating blindness, and leading Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org. “[Sometimes Brilliant] is a rare bridge between science and spirituality, and a reminder that real progress in improving the lives of other human beings is within our grasp.”—Steven Johnson. “One of the best books I’ve ever read, period. An extraordinary adventure, scientific odyssey, and spiritual journey of the highest orders. Beautifully written and deeply inspiring; a klieg light in the darkness. Brilliant in every way!” —Dean Ornish, MD

Elizabeth Lesser introduces Marrow as a love story, not a memoir of grief. When her sister Maggie requires a bone marrow transplant and Lesser is a perfect match, the sisters wholeheartedly, messily push into the emotional and spiritual core of their relationship. With staggering tenderness and humor, Marrow brings us the last years of Maggie’s life and shows how a sisterhood as imperfectly complex as any other is made transcendent by two people’s commitment to ultimate vulnerability and authenticity. Reader advisory: Do not read in public with mascara on.  —Julia

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Marrow: A Love Story Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062367631
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Published: Harperwave - September 20th, 2016

Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? Generally grumpy? Let Australian photographer Alexandra Cearns help with Zen Dogs, in which she captures the sweet and lovable nature of our beloved canine companions. Tell your troubles to these precious pups and follow their lead! Close your eyes, relax, and breathe (stick your tongue out if it makes you feel better). Read an inspirational zen quote and pretend you’re petting one of these guys’ soft furry heads. So soft, puppy soft.                                —Megan            

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$19.99
ISBN: 9780062459374
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Published: HarperOne - October 25th, 2016

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