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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

“It’s not a cancer book, because cancer books suck,” says Hazel, the singular voice of John Green’s newest and greatest young adult novel. The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, true, but it’s more than a love story. It’s a book that will shake you to the foundations and you will like it. The characters settle in on your living room couch, playing bloodthirsty videogames, arguing over literature, asking you why and what for is this life given or taken away, and you will be glad you opened this impossible genius of a book and will never entirely shut it again—I promise you. Grades 9–12.
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ISBN: 9780525478812
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 10th, 2012

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

Marlee only speaks to a tiny handful of people. She’s terrified of giving a presentation in class, of standing up to her bullying best friend, or talking to a stranger. But she’s also terrified of being voiceless in a family pulling itself apart. When a new girl moves to town, Marlee takes a chance and speaks to her. What unfolds is a friendship that challenges the social fabric of the town of Little Rock in the year 1958, just after the Little Rock Nine have desegregated the schools. Against this tumultuous backdrop, Marlee discovers that finding her voice will mean speaking up for what she knows is right. Grades 5–8.
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$17.99
ISBN: 9780399256448
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2012

This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers

When Wilfred sees Marcel, he just knows this moose belongs to him. But Marcel seems oddly disobedient to Wilfred’s rules for the perfect pet. Worse yet, Wilfred encounters other folks who think this moose belongs to them. A hilarious tale about the true meaning of belonging; part of the visual charm of This Moose Belongs to Me is the moose meandering in a foreground-ish sort of way across the Western landscapes of Alexander Dzigurski. Look for paintings of Santa Cruz and Carmel among them. Grades K–3. —Tera
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ISBN: 9780399161032
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Published: Philomel Books - November 13th, 2012

What Katie Ate by Katie Quinn Davies

Katie Davies, the Australian foodie, photographer, and creator of the blog by the same name, sure knows how to attract an audience. Her photos are almost painfully beautiful, and the accompanying descriptions and recipes are equally enticing. What Katie Ate is sure to inspire anybody who enjoys food, whether through the simple act of eating, or through the cooking and preparing.
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ISBN: 9780670026180
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Published: Avery - October 11th, 2012

Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott’s funny and perceptive writing about her own faith through decades of trial and error has gained her legions of fans. No doubt they will be thrilled with her latest book, Help, Thanks, Wow, which brings everything Lamott knows about prayer to these fundamentals: three prayers—asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating what we have that is good, and feeling awe at the world around us—that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward.
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ISBN: 9781594631290
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 13th, 2012

And the Pursuit of Happiness by Maira Kalman

Energized by the 2008 elections, artist Maira Kalman set out across America to explore facets of our democracy. From the Lincoln Memorial to Jefferson’s Monticello, from town hall meetings to the Supreme Court, Kalman’s beautiful, colorful paintings and text are simultaneously whimsical and poignant. “[C]reating a work of art that is both political and devoid of cynicism is a tricky prospect. Maira Kalman doesn’t back down, though: her new book is unabashedly optimistic and thoughtful.” —The New Yorker. Absolutely inspiring and one of my favorite books ever.
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780143122036
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Published: Penguin Books - October 30th, 2012

There Was a Country by Chinua Achebe

The focus of Chinua Achebe’s long-awaited memoir is the Nigerian Civil War of 1967–1970, when the Biafran people of Nigeria attempted to form their own state in the southeast of the country. Achebe (Things Fall Apart) was an established novelist when the war began, and for 40 years maintained silence on the events of those terrible years. This is his first published comment on the horrors he witnessed during this painful interlude in Nigerian history.
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ISBN: 9781594204821
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Published: Penguin Press - October 11th, 2012

All Gone by Alex Witchel

The beautiful narration of her mother’s slow descent into dementia, combined with the Witchel’s introspective examination of her family background, makes this memoir poignantly heartbreaking. It struck me all the harder for having dealt with similar issues within my own family, and unfortunately this type of absent presence is a kind of loss that is becoming more and more common. Witchel’s amazing ability to work through the pain and to find strength in holding on to what one can makes this an important and healing read.
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ISBN: 9781594487910
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 27th, 2012

The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver

Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance; he predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth; and he became a national sensation as a blogger—all by the time he was 30. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data. “Nate Silver’s The Signal and the Noise is The Soul of a New Machine for the 21st century.” —Rachel Maddow
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$27.95
ISBN: 9781594204111
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Published: Penguin Press - September 27th, 2012

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