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Surviving 2020: Books That Will Make You Believe in Humanity
Strong Women Through the Ages
Book Group Sleepers: Great Books Your Group May Have Missed

  • For bakers of all levels
  • Irresistible photos, great recipes
  • Double the cookie, double the yum
  • Everyone loves cookies!


Stuffed: The Sandwich Cookie Book By Heather Mubarak Cover Image
ISBN: 9781797214535
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - April 4th, 2023

  • Learn from the best of the best!
  • 3-Michelin-starred chef of Le Bernadin
  • Tons of techniques + recipes
  • Perfect for seafood lovers


Seafood Simple: A Cookbook By Eric Ripert Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593449523
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - October 3rd, 2023

  • For lovers of all kinds of food
  • Global recipes, fabulous flavors
  • Love letter to a humble, versatile ingredient
  • Beautiful—a total treat!


The Simple Art of Rice: Recipes from Around the World for the Heart of Your Table By JJ Johnson, Danica Novgorodoff Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250809100
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flatiron Books - September 12th, 2023

  • Perfect for busy home cooks
  • Not a ton of ingredients
  • Easy-peasy, delicious meals
  • Who the heck doesn’t want that?


Milk Street Simple By Christopher Kimball Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316538558
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Voracious - October 17th, 2023

  • 21 mini-projects
  • Build a monster-truck bus!
  • A pagoda base
  • A parkour pachinko game
  • Combination projects


Minecraft: Super Bite-Size Builds By Mojang AB, The Official Minecraft Team Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593599600
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Worlds - May 9th, 2023

  • Pivotal games for every year
  • From Pong to the Stanley Parable: ultra deluxe
  • Game analysis
  • Industry context


Video Game of the Year: A Year-by-Year Guide to the Best, Boldest, and Most Bizarre Games from Every Year Since 1977 By Jordan Minor, Dan Ryckert (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Jordan Minor, Dan Ryckert (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781419762055
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Abrams Image - July 11th, 2023

  • Card games
  • Party games
  • Board games
  • Prototype, play test, and sell your game
  • Fun for computer folk that's not on a computer


Your Turn!: The Guide to Great Tabletop Game Design By Scott A. Rogers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781119981596
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wiley - October 31st, 2023

  • How to break encrypted messages
  • The Caesar cipher
  • Turning grille transposition ciphers
  • Unsolved cryptograms
  • Kool dnoces a htrow era snootrac eht fo ynam.


Codebreaking: A Practical Guide By Elonka Dunin, Klaus Schmeh Cover Image
ISBN: 9781718502727
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: No Starch Press - September 19th, 2023

  • For your friend who wants to be on the cutting edge
  • Understand the hottest thing in computing since the web
  • By a genius of mathematics, physics, and programming
  • Anyone should know about this before launching a career
  • Know what's up when your friend's letters start sound like Shakespeare


What Is ChatGPT Doing ... and Why Does It Work? By Stephen Wolfram Cover Image
ISBN: 9781579550813
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wolfram Media - March 9th, 2023

  • Celebrating Deaf culture and exploring its history
  • Heartfelt and inspiring
  • Stories of navigating a hearing world
  • Window into the Deaf Experience


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Deaf Utopia: A Memoir—and a Love Letter to a Way of Life By Nyle DiMarco, Robert Siebert Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063062368
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 4th, 2023


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