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Packed far beyond capacity with 10,582 German evacuees, the Wilhelm Gustloff was torpedoed and sunk on January 30th, 1945. Born on a lifeboat as the ship succumbed to the Baltic, Paul Pokriefke pieces together the events that led up to the sinking and to tries to make sense of the event that has so heavily influenced his life. A seamless combination of fact and fiction. - Jade

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Crabwalk Cover Image
By Gunter Grass, Krishna Winston (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780156029704
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Published: Harvest Books - March 7th, 2011

I have a weakness when books are about the arts, so a novel about an opera singer? Fantastic. Also the main character, Lilliet, is a survivor. Whatever life throws at her, she figures out a way to move forward, no matter what it means for her. She dares you to judge her and, in the end, you have to respect her. The writing is beautiful and the story gripping. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780544925472
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Published: Mariner Books - November 1st, 2016

It is rare that a short story collection wins the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, but then this is a rare collection of short stories. Elegant, beautiful and heartbreaking, these are the stories of immigrant children trying to assimilate into Western culture, and falling in love, and being flawed. This is perfect prose. You will be in awe. - Jason

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Interpreter of Maladies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780395927205
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Published: Mariner Books - June 1st, 1999

When a children’s picture book biography contains primary source materials (letters, photos, manuscript pages); when it has drawings, whimsical collages, and watercolor; and, most importantly, has a clear and nimble text, I get happy. What Melissa Sweet’s book conveys about E. B. White’s writing (through excerpts), and what she herself conveys through her own writing, is joy—the sense of how lucky we are to live this life. Some Writer! is just what a biography should be, leaving you both satisfied and curious. Ages 8 & up. —GĀ

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Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544319592
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 4th, 2016

Probably the most heartfelt book about cowboys that will ever exist, this lovely paean to life on the range celebrates loyalty, endurance, diversity, and the occasional good cry. I fell in love with the ephemeral, soulful art of Jonathan Bean, and with the unexpected sincerity of Kate Hoefler’s mesmerizing, poetic text. This is fast becoming my favorite book of the year. Each time I read it, I fall harder. Ages 5–8. —TERA

 

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By Kate Hoefler, Jonathan Bean (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544148925
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 4th, 2016

Snow days in Santa Cruz are few and far between (okay, I’ve never experienced one). Yet even one day of snuggling back in under the covers because school is cancelled can be a treasure chest of nostalgia. This book captures that feeling and adds the longing of a young child for her mother to curl up next to her, just this once, staying home from work too. Caldecott Award–winner Beth Krommes’ distinctive wood-engraving illustrations create the magically charged atmosphere of the winter holidays. This is a gorgeous book, sure to enchant every age. Ages 4–7.  —TERA

 

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Before Morning Cover Image
By Joyce Sidman, Beth Krommes (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780547979175
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 4th, 2016

Everyone who knows me knows that I don’t cook. My husband makes all our meals. If you want bland chicken, I’m your gal. The one exception? Baking. Nothing gives me more pleasure than gifting home-baked goods. Mark Bittman has written a book that gives me every tool I could want in baking for the rest of my life. The recipes are easy to use and, nearly as important, accurate about how much time they take. A perfect gift for the baking enthusiast in your life.   —Ivy

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How to Bake Everything: Simple Recipes for the Best Baking Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780470526880
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 4th, 2016

Dorie Greenspan writes outstanding cookbooks. Her recipes are spot on and she is a terrific writer and teacher. All of my copies of her books (most notably Baking: From My Home to Yours) are dog-eared and stained. Published just in time for the holiday baking season, Dorie’s Cookies is full of great recipes for all kinds of cookies, from brownies and bars to rolled and drop cookies. I made the Peanut Butter and Fudge Brownies for a Bookshop party and have never received so many compliments. Don’t miss our book talk and signing with Dorie Greenspan on Friday, November 11th, at 7:00 p.m. Sample recipes from Dorie’s Cookies at this event!                                                  —S.B.

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By Dorie Greenspan, Davide Luciano (Photographer)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780547614847
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 25th, 2016

I wanted to eat at Marcus Samuelsson’s Harlem restaurant, Red Rooster, ever since it opened in 2010, and happily got my chance earlier this year. It was so worth the wait. Everything we had—from the cocktails to the cornbread, fried chicken to fresh donuts—was so fantastic that we agreed it was one of the best meals we’d ever eaten. Samuelsson is sharing Red Rooster’s recipes in this fantastic new cookbook, which not only captures the food but the spirit of the restaurant and the history, vibrancy, and culture of Harlem. Highly recommended.         —S.B.

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The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544639775
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 18th, 2016

It is a rare treat to have memoirs by two of the best soccer players of all time come out in the same year. And, no, I am not qualifying Abby Wambach or Carli Lloyd as female soccer players, for they have proven themselves as elite within the entire sport—both World Cup and Olympic champions, Wambach as the highest international goal scorer and Lloyd as the 2015 FIFA Player of the Year. Known not only for their talent on the field, these women bring their struggles, triumphs, passions, and personalities (as well as an inside look at the USWNT!) to their books, and yes, reader, sports fan, feminist, human, you need them both, because together Wambach and Lloyd represent the power and diversity of the human spirit in sport. —Melinda

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When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544814622
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 26th, 2016

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