Harper Collins

Confession: reading To Kill a Mockingbird as an adult I was…not impressed. However, I adored this book. While Mockingbird lives safely in childhood, relying on heroes older & wiser, Watchman is harsher, calling present adults to account. This is a rawer book – more honest, with a greater message for those waiting for an Atticus today. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780062409867
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 3rd, 2016

Kundera is one of the great writers of the last half of the 20th century and this, in my opinion, is his masterpiece. His pitch-perfect evocation of the artistic and intellectual life in Czechoslovakia following the Prague Spring, and the story of his very human (i.e. flawed) quartet of main characters, will nourish your mind and break your heart. - Rico

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ISBN: 9780060932138
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 5th, 2005

A young mother embarks on a harrowing journey in a post-apocalyptic world to search for a safer place for her family. An unknowable evil lurks outside the window, and just one glimpse can lead to total madness — or a gruesome death. I read this in one sitting because I was too terrified to put it down. Malerman relentlessly ratchets up the tension. - Kelly

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ISBN: 9780062259660
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Published: Ecco Press - February 10th, 2015

Mongrels is about families and the strangeness of growing up; about the truths that hide in lies. It’s about Mack trucks and werewolves. A young boy is ferried across the deep south by his aunt and uncle as they struggle to survive life on the run. Jones delivers an immersive and raw journey which deftly juxtaposes tender moments with unflinching grit. - Kelly

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ISBN: 9780062412706
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Published: William Morrow & Company - January 24th, 2017

Here is a wilderness survival story, told in alternating chapters by 12-year-old Peter and by Pax, the orphaned fox kit he raised, as they attempt to reunite in a warring countryside that feels a little like our own neighborhoods in the near future. This is a startling and viscerally moving antiwar novel that will appeal to several age groups. We have some signed first editions in stock. Grades 5–8.—GĀ

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By Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062377012
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 2nd, 2016

The sheer joy and exuberance of learning is revealed when Frank, a young boy, and Lucky, a black Lab pup from a shelter, are brought together. “Both had a lot to learn.” They learn about science—“Science is when you wonder about something, so you observe it and ask questions about it”—and specifically about botany, entomology, and chemistry because Lucky had “wondered about skunks.” They learn about math—“Let’s say a dog comes in from outside and gets one biscuit, but there are three people in the living room. How many more biscuits should the dog receive?”—and specifically about fractions. At night, how much of the bed belongs to Lucky or to Frank? The answer, as shown in multiple panels, changes during the course of the night. They learn about history and perspective when a cake vanishes—“Sometimes in history there are different versions of what really happened, depending on who is telling the story.” They learn about geography and languages—Frank learns Spanish; Lucky tries to learn Duck. Learning is all around us, and the love of it is celebrated in Perkins’ deadpan but exceedingly funny text and delightful pen-and-ink and watercolor paintings. This is my favorite picture book of the year. Grades 1 & up.    —GA


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ISBN: 9780062373458
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Published: Greenwillow Books - June 14th, 2016

Confession: I am not a very experienced cook, which means I am often overwhelmed by the scope of cooking encyclopedias. Luckily, Lakshmi has my back. While The Encyclopedia of Spices & Herbs is comprehensive and informative, it is also kind to the newcomer. There are recipes that involve many of the spices, pointers on how to use the exotic ones, and a fresh perspective on those more often used. Perfect for the home cook or anyone thinking of becoming one.  —Jax

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ISBN: 9780062375230
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Published: Ecco Press - October 4th, 2016

Chef Morimoto states in his introduction that he named this book after Julia Child’s, in the hopes that it will make Japanese cooking more accessible to the home cook. He achieves that and more, with mouth-watering photos, a wide array of recipes, and a conversational tone that makes me want to hang out with him even more than I already did. Part traditional Japanese cuisine, part sassy Iron Chef creativity, this is a wonderful book for new and old fans alike.                            —Rachel

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ISBN: 9780062344380
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Published: Ecco Press - November 8th, 2016

Chez Panisse chef Cal Peternell has followed up his award-winning first book, Twelve Recipes—called “the best beginner’s cookbook of the year, if not the decade” by the New York Times—with an equally warm and smart sequel. A Recipe for Cooking takes home cooks to the next level by sharing easy-to-master recipes and tips for planning and organizing meals for occasions big and small. Peternell describes his new book as a blend of his home kitchen and the kitchen at Chez Panisse, which sounds like an ideal combination to me.          —S.B.

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ISBN: 9780062427861
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 25th, 2016

“It’s been years since Anthony Bourdain left the kitchen and started traveling the world in search of the best food and the stories it tells. With Appetites, Bourdain brings us to his home, where he has put his encyclopedic knowledge of world cuisines and his first-hand experience as a chef and cook to work for him as an entertainer and host. The self-described ‘psychotic, anally retentive, bad-tempered Ina Garten’ offers readers recipes and guidance to smartly and efficiently cook at home.” —Eater

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ISBN: 9780062409959
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Published: Ecco Press - October 25th, 2016



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