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The Poet's House By Jean Thompson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781643751566
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Published: Algonquin Books - July 12th, 2022

AVAIL. 7/12/22

There has to be a sequel to The Poet’s House! I want to know what the future holds for these colorful characters who all become connected through one writer, Viridian, an elderly poet. Starting an unfamiliar journey, Carla, her landscaper, tries to fit in with Viridian’s entourage of poets, publishers and friends. Even the author turns poet as she cleverly interjects fitting poems throughout her prose. The Poet’s House will leave you contemplating the growth of your own legacy and remind you of the many twists and turns one’s life will take.

-   MINDY

 


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The Bodyguard: A Novel By Katherine Center Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250219398
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Published: St. Martin's Press - July 19th, 2022

AVAIL. 7/19/22

Katherine Center, thank you for supplying a dose of pure escapism. Hannah, not your typical bodyguard, gets a new assignment: Jack, your typical actor in need of protection. They are in a situation where Hannah, while on duty, poses as Jack’s new girlfriend. Through humor, challenges and self-reflection, these two characters help each other realize that “the people we love help teach us who we are.” And life is all about choosing kindness . . . and birdhouses. An entertaining summer read!

-  MINDY


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The Lies I Tell: A Novel By Julie Clark Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781728247595
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - June 21st, 2022

You can learn a great deal about someone through social media. Convince others this is who you are . . . today. Meg, the vengeful con artist is posing as a real estate agent when she meets Kat, a striving journalist. Working to expose corrupt individuals, especially one in particular who has devastated her life, Meg doesn’t know that Kat can play charades too and fabricates her own role. Think about the “difference between justice and revenge” as you delve into Julie Clark’s latest thriller, The Lies I Tell.

-- MINDY


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The Woman in the Library: A Novel By Sulari Gentill Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781464215872
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - June 7th, 2022

Four strangers congregate in the reading room at the Boston Public Library - one of them, the narrator attempting to write a mystery. A piercing scream transforms them into friends. Get your coffee ready while you delve into this Aussie author’s double mystery of crime scenes and coincidences, and try to figure out the true connections among these evasive characters and the meaning behind those insightful critiques tucked in each chapter of The Woman in the Library.

- MINDY


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Give Unto Others By Donna Leon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802159403
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - March 15th, 2022

There’s a fine line between helping an acquaintance as a friend or as a police professional - a major dilemma for Commissario Guido Brunetti in Give Unto Others. Should he be using police resources to aid a casual friend who has concern for her daughter’s safety? Of course, Brunetti, with his quiet demeanor, becomes involved with a quest for answers. In doing so, he faces his biggest challenge: how does he question someone who has dementia. Leon even mentions another challenge - the “pandemia,” reminding us of the universality of this epidemic. In her 31st novel, Leon once again gives equal importance to the Venetian setting as she does to her memorable characters. You have to wait patiently for the action; it will appear along with acts of vandalism, betrayal, trust, and corruption.

MINDY


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The Collector's Daughter: A Novel of the Discovery of Tutankhamun's Tomb By Gill Paul Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063079861
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 7th, 2021

The curse of Tutankhamun’s tomb plays a major role in The Collector’s Daughter by noted historical fiction author Gill Paul. In 1922 Eve Herbert and her father, Lord Carnarvon are present when archaeologist Howard Carter opens the tomb of Tutankhamun for the first time. The author moves back and forth between the 1920s and the 70s, where we learn that Eve has been dealing with recurring strokes. Could they have been brought on by a container that was removed from Tut’s tomb in the 20s? Egyptologist Ana Mansour believes there is more to this mystery. She meets with Eve numerous times in an attempt to solve the whereabouts of missing items from the original list of tomb artifacts. Who owns these objects and should they be repatriated? What really happened at the opening of Tut’s tomb? A question to ponder as we approach the 100th anniversary of its discovery!

- MINDY


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Her Hidden Genius: A Novel By Marie Benedict Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781728229393
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - January 25th, 2022

Another historic female figure is brought to the forefront in Marie Benedict’s sixth novel, Her Hidden Genius. Rosalind Franklin, biophysics professional in the 1950s, spends her short life traveling between Paris and London, undertaking research on the “molecular structure of DNA.” One caveat persists: a female working in a male-dominated field - who can be trusted with Rosalind’s scientific experiments and who will receive the credit on the creation and transmission of genetic data. Delve into Her Hidden Genius and enjoy Benedict’s always entertaining blend of fact and fiction.

- MINDY


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Taste: My Life Through Food By Stanley Tucci Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982168018
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Published: Gallery Books - October 5th, 2021

Tucci merrily goes along talking about growing up, family and food, interspersing the simplest of recipes you could almost smell. Then, he hits you in the gut with his most personal challenge where food takes an ironic twist in his life. Taste is most certainly “a memoir of sorts” and the cover, which is ingenious, says it all.

-- Mindy


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Falling: A Novel By T. J. Newman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982177898
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 17th, 2022

Falling is a story about a plane - a story about family and relationships, betrayal and most of all, about trust. All the training against terrorist attacks never prepared Captain Bill Hoffman for a situation on board a flight from L.A. to New York’s JFK. How can he safely protect the lives of his passengers and crew as well as the lives of his family members? T. J. Newman’s novel forces readers to ponder and appreciate the indisputable responsibility of flight attendants and pilots and the unanticipated risks that come with their profession. A bona fide thriller that won’t let you move until you’ve finished the last page!

- Mindy


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Hostage: A Novel By Clare Mackintosh Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781728245522
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - June 22nd, 2021

A cop, a babysitter and an innocent five-year old - at home. A flight attendant with some “questionable “ passengers - on board Flight 79. Wait! What did I just read?! Just when I thought I figured it all out, I got hit with a one-two punch ending. Be prepared to flip back through the pages of HOSTAGE to affirm all those twists and turns of a true thriller.

- MINDY


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Raft of Stars: A Novel By Andrew J. Graff Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063031913
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Published: Ecco - January 11th, 2022

Graff has written a novel that is so vivid you will smell the trees, feel the rocks and hear the turbulent falls. Two desperate ten-year-old boys flee into the forest after one of them shot the other’s abusive father. Enter a caring grandfather and a young sheriff - one knows the woods; one knows how to conduct a search. Can they reach the boys before they are confronted by a relentless storm and a dangerous section of gorge? A determined mother and a young gas station attendant become part of the waiting game. . . or not. Raft of Stars is riveting and fast-paced, with twists and turns like the raging river that becomes a character itself.

-MINDY


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Meet Me in Another Life: A Novel By Catriona Silvey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063020214
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 26th, 2022

As you read Meet Me in Another Life, be patient. The fateful vignettes of Thora’s and Santi’s existential lives in Cologne, Germany will begin to make sense. How many lifetimes can two people experience as teacher/student, brother/sister, husband/wife, father/daughter, and even as co-worker and friend. Is life a test? What is the right path? Through time, these two characters embark on hopeful and sometimes desperate situations, but their survival comes to a startling finale as they discover what is illusion and what is reality.

-MINDY


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Transient Desires: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery By Donna Leon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802158185
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Published: Grove Press - March 15th, 2022

For thirty years, fans of Donna Leon have followed Commissario Guido Brunetti through the canals of Venice as he has solved each case. After spending an eve with two Venetians, two American women end up in the hospital and Brunetti is called to investigate. But much more is discovered, and this may be the case that forces Brunetti to rethink his career. As in her other novels, Leon takes us on Brunetti‘s daily excursions through Venice - his usual stops for coffee, lunch, wine - giving us a yearning to travel straight to Italy, thinking we just might run into the commissario himself. Looking forward to Donna Leon’s thirty first!

- Mindy


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The Arctic Fury By Greer Macallister Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781728215693
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - December 1st, 2020

Upon a patron’s request, Virginia Reeve takes on the task of leading an all-woman expedition to find a team of male explorers, lost in the Arctic. One caveat: Virginia is most experienced as a guide on land through the wilderness, but by sea through the frigid Arctic tundra? The journey begins and a year and a half later, Virginia is standing trial in a Boston courtroom for murder and kidnapping. Two captivating narratives appear in Greer Macallister’s 19th century tale of courage, tenacity and survival. For fans of Marie Benedict's historic novels: add Greer Macallister's to your list!

MINDY


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The Mystery of Mrs. Christie: A Novel By Marie Benedict Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781728234304
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - October 5th, 2021

Marie Benedict’s The Mystery of Mrs. Christie is based on an actual event - the disappearance of mystery writer Agatha Christie for eleven days in 1926. Benedict cleverly meshes two time periods - 1912, the writing of “the manuscript” as well as Agatha’s early life with former aviator/Lt. Archie Christie, through to 1926, the year of her disappearance - until they are one. As she successfully accomplishes in her prior novels, Benedict brings to life the historical period of the novel through language, details and ambience of the times. As “we are all unreliable narrators of ourselves,” then what becomes the truth of Agatha’s disappearance, reappearance and the deceptive relationship with her husband?

- MINDY


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The Sun Is a Compass: My 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds By Caroline Van Hemert Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316414449
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - February 25th, 2020

The Sun is a Compass is a biologist’s candid journey of self discovery complete with aggressive bears, playful humpback whales, feisty hummingbirds and scolding chickadees. Heading into the most remote areas of Alaska and Canada, Caroline Van Hemert and her husband Pat rowed, rafted, hiked, skied and canoed 4000 miles from Bellingham, Washington to Kotzebue, Alaska. How do two people have such resilience to survive dangerous situations – unpredictable storms, the threat of an avalanche, swimming across a frigid Arctic river, and a depleting food supply? This memoir and others such as Raynor Winn’s The Salt Path, will compel you to observe and appreciate the healing forces of your own natural environment.

- Mindy


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The Last Flight: A Novel By Julie Clark Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781728234229
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 4th, 2021

Claire – surviving in an abusive marriage in NYC; Eva – waitressing in an upscale restaurant in Berkeley and . . . operating a dangerous “side job.” A desperate attempt by two women to disappear from their current fearful lives. Can they pull it off? Two identities switched. A plane crash. One lives. Absolutely thrilling with all the twists, turns and connections you never see coming!

- Mindy


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More Miracle Than Bird By Alice Miller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781951142513
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Published: Tin House Books - May 11th, 2021

Book clubs - have a “field day” with Alice Miller’s More Miracle than Bird. The novel opens with Georgie Hyde-Lees as she tends to a London hospital ward of injured World War I officers. Throw in secret meetings, spirits, and shades of a medieval romantic tragedy as Georgie‘s anticipated relationship with the much older Irish poet W. B. Yeats develops. No doubt strong-willed Georgie is going to do “her own thing;” there were a few passages where I wanted to reach into the book and extract naïve Georgie from the unsettling situation. Pay attention - symbolism abounds (Look closely at the cover) - enjoy and don’t forget to pass the brandy!

-  Mindy


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The Salt Path: A Memoir By Raynor Winn Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143134114
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Published: Penguin Books - March 5th, 2019

Ok, so I must confess…. I chose this book for its wonderful artistic cover. But what a journey of despair and perseverance! One day the author and her husband lose their farm over a legal dispute and the next day, he is diagnosed with a debilitating disease. What would you do with no home, distraught news and very little financial security? Walk, walk and walk . . . more specifically, 630 miles along the South West Coast Path in England. Reminiscent of Ruth Fitzmaurice’s I Found My Tribe and Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, The Salt Path is about coping and healing through the wind and downpours of coastal storms, the pain and thirst from the blistering heat but also about living in the moment, moving forward on a path of acceptance and sheer resilience.

- Mindy


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Lady Clementine By Marie Benedict Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492666936
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - July 7th, 2020

Have a map of Europe handy as you delve into Marie Benedict’s newest novel Lady Clementine. The author once again brings us the voice of the times, as she has so successfully done in her prior historical novels. Benedict cleverly introduces conversations between Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine that might have taken place within the span of two world wars. “Clemmie” not one for frivolity, struggles between her duty as mother and her duty to stand beside her husband during his changing parliamentary capacities. How different the outcome of Winston’s political ventures would have been if Clemmie had chosen a less daunting path! And when you finish this novel, be sure to pick up Erik Larson's The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz.

-  Mindy


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The Only Woman in the Room By Marie Benedict Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492666899
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - August 6th, 2019

Married at nineteen to a wealthy, but abusive Austrian munitions dealer, glamorous witty Hedwig Kiesler finds a way to leave behind an unsafe world of the 1930s and begins a new life of Hollywood stardom, but one of loneliness and guilt. Now known as Hedy Lamarr, could she have saved the lives of many Austrian Jews by exposing Hitler’s horrific plans? How does she convince the male world that this beautiful actress of the 40s wants to be recognized for her intellect – specifically a scientific invention that would improve U.S. military weaponry? Mixing fact with fiction, Marie Benedict once again reveals a historic female figure (as with Mileva Maric in The Other Einstein) who contributed much more to society than was revealed on the screen.

-  Mindy


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The Last Tourist: A Novel (Milo Weaver #4) By Olen Steinhauer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250036193
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 23rd, 2021

Olen Steinhauer keeps the pace going with his latest CIA adventure starring the elusive Milo Weaver. CIA analyst Abdul Ghali is sent on a mission to the Western Sahara to investigate Milo and his connections to the “Library” only to end up escaping with him on a boat to Spain. You will get jet lag, just reading about take offs and landings – to China, Italy, Africa, England, Switzerland, the U.S.  Of course, a novel by Steinhauer would not be complete without holding an intimate or private meeting among agents in a restaurant. From individuals to ruthless corporations - who can be trusted, who is compromised, who is safe, who will be the last “tourist”?

- Mindy


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The Middleman: A Novel By Olen Steinhauer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250036186
Published: Picador - June 4th, 2019

Pacifist Martin Bishop, who spent time with a left-wing group in Berlin, is joined by the more volatile Benjamin Mittag, creating a mass disappearance of Americans across the United States. These two revolutionaries manage to feed on an atmosphere of fear and paranoia, encouraging a myopic vision of a society that needs fixing – a society full of hypocrites, distrustful politicians, ruthless corporations and questionable media. Steinhauer ingeniously connects an engaging cast of characters – including special agent Rachel Proulx – who twist and turn their way through the novel, plowing through scrupulous situations and acts of disloyalty. Be prepared to pay attention to every word, every detail in Steinhauer’s newest fast-paced thriller.

-  Mindy


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The Line Tender By Kate Allen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735231610
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Published: Puffin Books - April 21st, 2020

MIDDLE GRADE - AGES 10+

Thirteen-year-olds Lucy and Fred decide to spend their summer working on a science project – a field guide that Lucy illustrates while Fred writes. The only stipulation is that they have to see the actual specimen. But when a dead great white shark appears, memories of Lucy’s mother, a marine biologist, surface once again. What comes through is the naïve honesty of a young girl who has coped with losing her mother and now has to deal with yet another tragedy. One particular chapter literally took my breath away. The Line Tender is a book to savor, one that will help any young person, who has experienced loss, to understand the feelings of sadness and anger and to survive with the help of family and unexpected friendships. The cover and chapter illustrations by Xingye Jin are perfect and are a major contribution to the story.

-  Mindy


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Things You Save in a Fire: A Novel By Katherine Center Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250622129
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 14th, 2020

What happens when you need to leave the profession you love, to live with your estranged mother – who walked out on your 16th birthday? Cassie, an experienced, highly qualified firefighter moves from Texas to Massachusetts to appease her mother and to join another team of firefighters, except this crew overlooks her qualifications and has a difficult time accepting a female firefighter. Things You Save in a Fire is about forgiveness and compassion towards our coworkers, our family, and . . . our enemies.

- Mindy


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Wicked River By Jenny Milchman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492658993
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 1st, 2018

A honeymoon to remember! Newlyweds and urbanites Natalie and Doug venture on a canoe trip in the vast Adirondacks. Enter Kurt who, having broken ties with civilization, is becoming more predatory each day. Enter Mia, Natalie’s thirteen-year-old niece who is counting the days for her aunt to return to city life and soon realizes those days have passed. Lost maps, broken bones, near-starvation and shivering temps – who becomes Lost-Found-Trapped-and-Saved in Jenny Milchman’s latest thriller? Suspense at its best!

-  Mindy


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Max and Bird By Ed Vere Cover Image
By Ed Vere
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ISBN: 9781492635581
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - September 5th, 2017

CHILDREN - AGES 3-6

Max is back! With minimal illustration and vibrant color, Vere teaches children about persistence, dreams, manners and learning, but most of all, about friendship. Max chases Bird but also wants to befriend him. Bird wants to learn to fly, and after spending weeks studying books from the library, they both give it a try. In the world of picture books, Max is here to stay. A delightful read that will put a smile on everyone’s face!

-  Mindy


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Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies By Ross King Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632860125
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 6th, 2016

In Mad Enchantment, Ross King provides an in-depth historical account of the life of an artist in his later years. At seventy-five years of age, the Impressionist Claude Monet was so prolific that he built another studio at his home in Giverny to accommodate his massive canvases. Monet’s personality comes to life - around the transformation of his famous series of the Water Lilies and his determination to have the proper setting for these paintings, promised to France; his privileged lifestyle during a time of war, and his anguish over his diminished eyesight. And who knew he was such a gourmand! A rich well-documented read in this extremely handsome publication for those interested in the arts, politics and history!

-  Mindy