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HAPPY ALL THE TIME by Laurie Colwin

Happy though not sappy. What a pleasure to read about intelligent people who are slow to make decisions, but eventually make good ones in life, love, and career. A hardened 20th century reader, I kept bracing for the unpleasant turn. It never came. I never tired of the story or the characters. The book is genius.
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780307474407
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Published: Vintage - March 23rd, 2010

"A luminous telling of two modern romances, a book that lingers sweetly and hilariously in the memory." --Dallas Morning News


THE TIGER’S WIFE by Tea Obreht

Yes, this s a novel about a woman doctor in war-torn Yugoslavia, but don’t let the description deter you. Not in a long time have I read such a lyrical novel. You’ll find yourself repeatedly believing the impossible can and must happen. In the midst of death, life goes on. Recommended by Kelly.
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ISBN: 9780385343848
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Published: Random House Trade - November 1st, 2011

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST - NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Wall Street Journal - O: The Oprah Magazine - The Economist - Vogue - Slate - Chicago Tribune - The Seattle Times - Dayton Daily News - Publishers Weekly - Alan Cheuse, NPR's All Things Considered


A PLACE IN TIME by Wendell Berry

Another in a wondrous series of tales about ordinary people in a rural Kentucky community. These are, at turns, funny, moving and reassuring. Berry’s language is right on and his heart is true. A great gift! Recommended by Kelly
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781619020498
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 23rd, 2012

The story of the community of Port William is one of the great works in American literature. This collection, the tenth volume in the series, is the perfect occasion to celebrate Berry's huge achievement.


ONE-EYED CAT by Paula Fox

With all the vampires, dragons, and fantastical subjects out there, this is a refreshing story about an average boy, in an extraordinary situation--which every child can relate to. After accidentally shooting an older friend’s cat, Ned carries the secret until he can hardly bear it. This is a terrific tale of friendship and redemption. Recommended by Kelly.
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By Paula Fox, Erika Meltzer (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780689839702
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - December 1st, 2000

A Single Shot
Ned fired the forbidden rifle just once, at a flickering shadow in the autumn moonlight. But someone -- a face, fleetingly seen staring at him from an attic window -- was watching.


MY MOTHER WAS NUTS by Penny Marshall

Not only is Marshall a great director and physical comic, she’s written a hilarious memoir about a strange childhood in Brooklyn and happy but occasionally strained backstage relationships on the cast of LAVERNE & SHIRLEY. I laughed on every page. Recommended by Kelly.
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780547892627
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Published: New Harvest - September 18th, 2012

Most people know Penny Marshall as the director of Big and A League of Their Own. What they don't know is her trailblazing career was a happy accident. In this funny and intimate memoir, Penny takes us from the stage of The Jackie Gleason Show in 1955 to Hollywood's star-studded sets, offering up some hilarious detours along the way.


THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING by Joan Didion

This National Book Award-winner is one of the best depictions of grief I’ve ever read. Didion recounts the simultaneous death of her husband and critical illness of her daughter with razor-sharp beauty and honesty. Recommended by Kelly.
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ISBN: 9781400078431
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Published: Vintage - February 13th, 2007

From one of America's iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage--and a life, in good times and bad--that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.


LOSING OUR COOL: UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS ABOUT OUR AIR-CONDITIONED WORLD (AND FINDING WAYS TO GET THROUGH THE SUMMER) by Stan Cox

This history of air-conditioning is the perfect apocalyptic summer read. Written by a researcher with Salina, Kansas’s Land Institute, the book reflects on need vs. want and how, in such a short time, humans--a tropical species afterall--reversed the two. When the book was reviewed in The Washington Post, Cox received death threats. Don’t mess with people’s A/C. Recommended by Kelly.
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ISBN: 9781595587756
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Published: New Press - June 5th, 2012

One of the Mother Nature Network's ten "must-read environmental books" of the year, Losing Our Cool is the first book to examine how indoor climate control is helping send our outdoor climate reeling out of control.


GIFTS OF THE CROW: HOW PERCEPTION, EMOTION, AND THOUGHT ALLOW SMART BIRDS TO BEHAVE LIKE HUMANS by John Marzluff and Tony Angell

The subtitle pretty much says it all. If, like many, you’re intrigued by recent information about the intelligence of crows and other members of the corvid family, this book will delight. I particularly enjoyed the passage about how crows have been known to leave "gifts" for those that feed them. The science here is easily digested by a lay audience. Recommended by Kelly.
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ISBN: 9781439198742
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Published: Atria Books - February 5th, 2013

Stan Coren's groundbreaking The Intelligence of Dogs meets Bernd Heinrich's classic Mind of the Raven in this astonishing, beautifully illustrated look at the uncanny intelligence and emotions of crows.


ONE SQUARE INCH OF SILENCE by Gordon Hempton

ONE SQUARE INCH OF SILENCE: ONE MAN’S QUEST TO PRESERVE QUIET cites "acoustic ecologist" and author Gordon Hempton’s trek across the country to find the quietest spots, to prove to himself and to others that silence is an endangered species of sorts and one that is essential to the health of every living thing. Readers learn not only how rare silence actually is but also the science of acoustics as well. It reads beautifully well as both travelogue and soft science. (Paperback, $17.00) Recommended by Kelly.
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ISBN: 9781416559108
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Published: Free Press - March 2nd, 2010

In the visionary tradition of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, One Square Inch of Silence alerts us to beauty that we take for granted and sounds an urgent environmental alarm.


MORE by I.C. Springman

This is a perfect book for the kid who wants everything. Let him or her learn the lesson of the greedy magpie who wants more than his nest and heart can hold. Recommended by Kelly
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By I. C. Springman, Brian Lies (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780547610832
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 6th, 2012

One magpie,
lots of stuff,
and a few friendly mice
show us that less is
more.
This innovative and spare picture book asks the question: When is MORE more than
enough? Can a team of well-intentioned mice save their friend from hoarding too
much stuff? With breathtaking illustrations from the award-winning Brian Lies, this


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