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The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman

What does a therapist do with a patient who seems really, extra deluded? Become obsessed with him (of course!). Such is the bizarre tale of Vick and her patient Y__, a tale only Klosterman - with his knack for capturing the absurdity of society, pop culture, and the concept of normality - could conceive. This is a dizzying, kaleidoscope of a novel, fast paced, and slyly funny.
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ISBN: 9781439184479
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Published: Scribner - June 5th, 2012

The Butterfly’s Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe

Every year, the monarch butterflies fly more than two thousand miles to return to their winter home in Mexico. Now Luz Avila makes that same perilous journey south as she honors a vow to her beloved "abuela"--the grandmother who raised her--to return her ashes to her ancestral village. As Luz departs Milwaukee in a ramshackle old VW Bug, she finds her heart opened by a series of seemingly random encounters with remarkable women. This is a beautifully written story of family, place and the migration of the monarch butterfly.

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ISBN: 9781439170687
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Published: Gallery Books - April 17th, 2012

Canal House Cooking Series

We are thrilled to be carrying this cooking series from Hirsheimer and Hamilton, two fantastic food writers and photographers whose culinary credentials include Saveur magazine. Published three times a year, each small book has a specific focus and is packed with their great recipes and gorgeous photos. Both authors are foodies who cook for their families, so their recipes are interesting and creative, but still totally doable for home cooks. While we eagerly await Issue 8, you can pick up any of the previous volumes on our shelves.

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ISBN: 9780692003176
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Published: Canal House - October 25th, 2011

An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler

Adler’s book, subtitled “Cooking with Economy and Grace,” is absolutely lovely, and reading it is likely to change how you cook and how you think about food—for the better. (It did for me.) “Cooking is both simpler and more necessary than we can imagine,” writes Adler. She encourages us to cook with instinct and shows us how to make the most of the ingredients we buy. Some recipes are included, but mostly this is a beautiful testament to the value of cooking. Fans of M.F.K. Fisher (who was a big influence on Adler), Michael Pollan, and Alice Waters (who contributed the foreword) will likely love this book as much as I do.
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By Tamar Adler, Alice Waters (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781439181881
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Published: Scribner - June 19th, 2012

Baseball in the Garden of Eden by John Thorn

This is an excellent examination of the overlooked true history of our national pastime. The classic

baseball creation myth is just that, and Thorn

uncovers the more complex and expansive roots of the game. I would never have claimed to know much about the history of baseball, so I was delighted to delve into a funny, affectionate, and meticulously researched account of the rich history of my favorite sport.

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ISBN: 9780743294041
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 20th, 2012

Dear Daughter by Heather Armstrong

Fans (like me) of Heather Armstrong’s blog,, know what a funny, brutally honest writer she is—and what a devoted, loving mom. Collected here are some of the best of the monthly letters Heather wrote to her daughter Leta during the first five years of her life. They beautifully (and irreverently) capture the ups and downs of motherhood as well as chronicle the milestones and surprises of Heather and Leta’s lives together.
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ISBN: 9781451661415
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Published: Gallery Books - April 3rd, 2012

Barack Obama by David Maraniss

I love that the subtitle of this book is “The Story,” because that’s really how this book reads. David Maraniss has written a thorough, lyrical, and very literary biography of our 44th president, a book that includes hundreds of interviews (including some with the president himself), as well as letters, journals, and other documents. The result is a fascinating, un-put-downable narrative that circles the globe and lands in the White House.

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ISBN: 9781439160404
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 19th, 2012

Maphead by Ken Jennings

I have a new favorite word: wonk. Not to be confused with wonky (although this book is also a little bit of that). Wonk—defined as a studious person—is the self-adopted moniker for “mapheads”—those who are interested in everything map, and Ken Jennings is leader of the map pack. In a charming and witty tone, Jennings blends memoir, humor, anecdote, and serious research to talk about his devotion to the world of maps. From map making to map collecting, to Google maps, to the ways pop icons plan their tour stops (there is in fact an order to the chaos), Jennings wrote this book with one aim in mind: to “rescue geography from irreverence.” Delightful, funny, and perfect for Bill Bryson fans.
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ISBN: 9781439167182
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Published: Scribner - April 17th, 2012

The Preacher by Camilla Läckberg

This may be book #2 from the internationally bestselling author Camilla Läckberg, but I jumped right into it without reading her first (The Ice Princess) and I was wonderfully thrilled. The suspense builds for detective Patrik Hedström as fresh victims revive a series of unsolved murders from the previous generation. There’s intense family drama—a twisted mesh of relation, resentment, and secrets—as well as a wonderfully fleshed-out cast of supporting characters. Evil lurks in the Scandinavian summer heat. Will Patrik solve the murders and locate the missing girl, or will a killer’s legacy claim another victim?   

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ISBN: 9781451621792
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Published: Pocket Star - March 27th, 2012

The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King

After I finished Book 7 in 2004, I wasn’t ready for the Dark Tower series to be over—and neither, it seems, was Stephen King! In this eighth Dark Tower novel, which takes place between Books 4 and 5, King explores his fascination with storytelling. Roland tells his ka-tet a story from his youth, when he was sent to investigate a slaughter by a shape-shifting “skin-man” witnessed by one terrified young man, Bill Streeter. Young Roland in turn tells Bill a story to calm his nerves: the story of The Wind Through the Keyhole. “A person’s never too old for stories,” he says to Bill. “Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them.” I’ve read the first pages and I cannot wait to read the rest!

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ISBN: 9781451658903
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Published: Scribner - April 24th, 2012


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