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Because I Said So! by Ken Jennings

Did your mom ever tell you you shouldn’t swim right after eating? Ever wonder if that was true? Turns out it’s not, and in this engaging, entertaining, and informative book, Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings uncovers the truth about all the childhood myths your mom told you. If you’ve got kids, read this so you can lie informatively, and if you don’t have kids, read it so you can call out your friends who do!

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ISBN: 9781476706962
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Published: Scribner - October 8th, 2013

A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York by Anjelica Huston

In her new memoir, Academy Award-winning actress Anjelica Huston shares the story of her enchanted childhood in Ireland, her teen years in London, and her coming of age in New York. “A Story Lately Told is written with the magic of the Irish and a touch of the family genius. From her vivid descriptions of growing up in the horse country of County Galway, Ireland, to her glimpses of rough glamour in the Chelsea Hotel, Anjelica’s writing shines with her particular mix of intelligence, beauty, wit, and courage. Her book is gorgeous.” —Mike Nichols

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ISBN: 9781451656299
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Published: Scribner - November 19th, 2013

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin (No Ordinary Time, Team of Rivals) returns with another eye-opening, meticulous presidential examination—this time looking at Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. Through the lens of the bitter 1912 presidential race against William Howard Taft, and the glittering weapon of the burgeoning press, this is not just a unique perspective on an icon. Goodwin illuminates the beginnings and early transition of the Progressive Era, the roots of the political and social wars that continue to this day.

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ISBN: 9781416547860
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 5th, 2013

Simple Dreams: A Musical Biography by Linda Ronstadt

“I’d never written anything longer than a thank-you note before. I never kept a diary or a journal,” says beloved singer Linda Ronstadt about writing her memoir. “But I’m a reader, and I can put a coherent sentence together, so I thought I could make it honest and clear.” In Simple Dreams, Ronstadt includes her personal history, tales of her loves and friendships, and the stories behind some of her songs. “Ronstadt’s fans will love this refreshingly nice and gracious musical memoir.” —Booklist

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ISBN: 9781451668728
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 17th, 2013

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half, the greatest blog ever, finally has a book, filled with old and new essays, each brilliantly illustrated with MS Paint and all guaranteed to make you howl with laughter. Whether struggling to decide whether her dog is mentally challenged, or tackling the issues of identity and self-worth that many of us struggle with, Allie is hilarious. This book made me laugh until I cried, repeatedly. I love it so, so much.

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Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451666175
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Published: Gallery Books - October 29th, 2013

Knocking on Heaven's Door by Katy Butler

The death of one’s parents is terrible enough, but today our grief is complicated by medical advancements that sometimes prolong suffering as well as life. Katy Butler experienced this with her parents and it triggered a personal investigation into the new American way of death and how it can be navigated and improved upon. Knocking on Heaven’s Door is an indispensable book that is thoughtful, well researched, and lovingly crafted.

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ISBN: 9781451641974
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Published: Scribner - September 10th, 2013

Pickles, Pigs, & Whiskey by John Currence

If you, like me, are a fan of any or all three of James Beard Award–winner John Currence’s favorite food groups—or if you, like me, love passionate Southern food, then look no further than Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey. NOLA Style BBQ Shrimp with Creole Cream Cheese Grits? Steen’s Syrup-Braised Pork Belly? Yes, please. “I’d rather punch you in the mouth with kick-ass flavors than poke you in the eye with complicated presentations,” says Currence. “Hard work, dedication to quality, and respect for tradition and history have carried me forward.”

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Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey: Recipes from My Three Favorite Food Groups and Then Some Cover Image
ISBN: 9781449428808
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 1st, 2013

God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant

I spent some time and quite a lot of expletives attempting to write something very nice—something devout—in homage to God Got a Dog, Cynthia Rylant’s book of 16 poems, each one about God (the same God but different) trying on his or her humanity. Instead, I’ll give you a few parts of one poem. And a nod, no, a genuflection, to illustrator Marla Frazee, who knows it’s all in the details. I’d let her do God anytime.

God Got a Desk Job
Just to see what it
would be like.
Made Her back hurt.
She could feel the Light
inside Her grow
dimmer and dimmer
and She thought that
if She had to pick
up that phone
one more time
The only thing that got
Her through to the
end of the day was
Snickers bars.
She ate thirty-seven.
Plus thinking about the Eagle Nebula
in the constellation Serpens.
That helped.

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By Cynthia Rylant, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442465183
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Published: Beach Lane Books - October 29th, 2013

Locomotive by Brian Floca

For sheer majesty and the epic proportions of the locomotive, you can’t do better than this incredible knockout of a picture book. Talented writer/illustrator Brian Floca surprises us with stunning shots from unexpected angles: deep into a mountain tunnel, sideways down the tracks, inside the caboose with the engineer, or capturing panoramic vistas of a solitary train snaking through the plains. A chronicle of one family’s journey from Omaha to Sacramento in 1869, Locomotive sagely explains the inner workings of the Transcontinental Railroad in lush and fascinating detail. Perhaps the best of the bunch: This is the train book you’ve been waiting for. Ages 4–10.

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By Brian Floca, Brian Floca (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416994152
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Published: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books - September 3rd, 2013

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

Twelve-year-old Summer and her Japanese-American family work every harvest season to earn money to pay their mortgage. But this last year, Summer has had malaria (she is now obsessed with learning everything to be known about mosquitoes and is both amazed and repelled); her parents have to travel to Japan to care for elderly relatives; her grandmother, now in charge of cooking for the combine crews, has intense spinal pain; and her grandfather driving the giant harvesting machine all day and night is getting very tired. Her brother, Jaz, amusing and puzzling, earnest and autistic, is, like Summer, attempting to maneuver within friendship and family ties. The Thing About Luck is heartfelt, perfect in structure and narrative, accessible, and very funny. Newbery-winner Cynthia Kadohata could, with this book, do it again. Grades 5–8.

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By Cynthia Kadohata, Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416918820
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2013


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