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The California Casa by Douglas Woods

This beautiful new book showcases my favorite architectural style: Spanish Colonial Revival. The distinctive stucco walls, recessed doors, courtyard gardens, colorful tiles, and wrought-iron work are on full display. “In The California Casa, Douglas Woods has authored a love letter of sorts to Spanish Colonial Revival. The book showcases several exceptional homes through more than 300 photographs, revealing the elements unique to the beloved architectural form.” —The Daily News     
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By Douglas Woods, Melba Levick (Photographs by), M. Brian Tichenor (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780847838493
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Published: Rizzoli - March 6th, 2012

Incognito by David Eagleman

This eminently important book is a progress report for the field of neuroscience. Plainly stated: you are your brain, and your world is only what your brain tells you it is. Eagleman’s exposition of this reality is simply mind blowing. From the history of the field, to the absolutely cosmic scale of its discoveries, Incognito will fill you with awe and change the way you see yourself and the world.
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ISBN: 9780307389923
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Published: Vintage - May 15th, 2012

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

There is no other historical writer like Erik Larson. He goes to great lengths to present the diary entries, letters, and other accounts from his research in such a candid, prose-like manner that one cannot help but forget that one is in fact reading nonfiction. In the Garden of Beasts brings to life the lurid contrast between the “roaring ’20s” feel of 1930s Berlin and the juggernaut of the Third Reich’s growing menace.

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Kimberly
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ISBN: 9780307408853
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Published: Broadway Books - May 1st, 2012

Full Body Burden by Kristen Iversen

Full Body Burden is one of the most important stories of the nuclear era—as personal and powerful as Silkwood, told with the suspense and narrative drive of The Hot Zone. With unflinching honesty, Kristen Iversen has written an intimate and deeply human memoir that shows why we should all be concerned about nuclear safety, and the dangers of ignoring science in the name of national security. [An] essential and unforgettable book that should be talked about in schools and book clubs, online and in the White House.” —Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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ISBN: 9780307955630
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - June 5th, 2012

Pirate King by Laurie R. King

Everyone loves a new Mary Russell mystery (at least, everyone I know). But a new Mary Russell mystery featuring pirates? Rejoice! Freshly out in paperback, the latest adventure of Russell and Holmes takes us to Lisbon, where Mary is investigating a film production company with a shadowy reputation. The movie they are shooting? The Pirates of Penzance, but of course. All seems well and whimsical until those prop knives suddenly turn real.
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The Snowman by Jo Nesbø

Nesbø is becoming the king of Scandanavian mystery, and he more than delivers in the lastest Harry Hole installment. A serial killer is murdering women and leaving behind nothing but snowmen. As gruff, stubborn Harry battles his own demons, he finds himself pulled further into the killer’s tangled web, and the case becomes increasingly complex and personal. This taut, psychological thriller exudes a wintery chill while keeping you on the edge of your seat.
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Flannery
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By Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780307742995
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - April 17th, 2012

Murder in Passy by Cara Black

Full of French political intrigue, Cara Black’s atmospheric eleventh Aimée Leduc investigation finds the Paris PI’s world turned upside down with the arrest of her godfather and long-time mentor, Commissaire Morbier, for murder. “Another fun, absorbing, well-plotted Aimée Leduc mystery, more brisk in the telling than ever; your passport to Paris.” —Library Journal. Don’t miss the next book in the series, Murder at the Lantern Rouge, now in hardcover.

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ISBN: 9781616950637
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Published: Soho Crime - March 6th, 2012

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

A fortune at stake, an evil corporation to defeat, a girl to win, and more than one world to save. Wade Watts has his work cut out for him, and the competition just blew up his trailer. This book is a veritable “nerdacopia” of references and nostalgia. If you’ve ever played a video game or an RPG, or are even vaguely conscious of the 1980s, this is the book for you!

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ISBN: 9780307887443
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 5th, 2012

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

This is a story about personal languages: how we create them and miscommunicate them. Diffenbaugh’s lovely, clear-eyed prose gives us a story of the small things that shape our lives, the decisions that haunt us, and how we slowly, often painfully, yet worthily, begin to learn the languages of others.

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ISBN: 9780345525550
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 3rd, 2012

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

Julie Otsuka tells a story of Japanese picture brides who immigrated to the West Coast in the United States between 1908 and 1920, and their experiences up to World War II. Utilizing the unique, choral “we” to depict her characters, Otsuka may tread on dangerous ground (in generalizing an entire group), yet she pulls off a powerful demonstration of multivocality among group members, with lyricism and refreshing innovation. Nominated for a 2011 National Book Award and winner of the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
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Steve
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$14.95
ISBN: 9780307744425
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Published: Anchor - March 20th, 2012

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