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BOSSYPANTS by Tina Fey

I “listened” to this book while traveling and had to stop the car every so often because I was laughing that hard. Fey tells her story in a humorous way and adds additional bits to it that had me rolling. The book itself is a fine read, but there is an additional joy in hearing Tina read it to you. This is one book I recommend “on tape”, but if you insist, the written book will still have you laughing. Recommended by Julie.
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780316056878
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Published: Reagan Arthur Books - January 3rd, 2012

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both these dreams come true.


THE STORY OF CHARLOTTE’S WEB by Michael Sims

The Story of Charlotte's Web: E. B. White's Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802778161
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Walker & Company - May 22nd, 2012

While composing what would become his most enduring and popular book, E. B. White obeyed that oft-repeated maxim: "Write what you know." Helpless pigs, silly geese, clever spiders, greedy rats-White knew all of these characters in the barns and stables where he spent his favorite hours as a child and adult.


DEWEY: THE SMALL-TOWN LIBRARY CAT WHO TOUCHED THE WORLD by Vicki Myron and Brett Witter

I was prepared not to like DEWEY: THE SMALL-TOWN LIBRARY CAT WHO TOUCHED THE WORLD.
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780446407427
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 7th, 2010

How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can't even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.


GERTRUDE & ALICE by Diana Souhami

The recent re-release of Gertrude & Alice, which chronicles the of Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas, is a fascinating romp through the lives of two of literature’s most famous eccentrics.
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$25.20
ISBN: 9781848851481
Availability: Special Order
Published: I. B. Tauris & Company - January 5th, 2010

Gertrude Stein and Alice Babette Toklas met on September 8, 1907, in Paris, and remained together from that day until Gertrude's death in 1946. They became a legendary couple, photographed by Stieglitz, Man Ray & Cecil Beaton, painted by Picasso, and written about in the works of Hemingway, Paul Bowles and Sylvia Beach.


RACHEL CARSON: A WITNESS FOR NATURE by Linda Lear

On this 40th anniversary year of Earth Day, I can’t think of anything better to read than a biography of Rachel Carson, arguably the founder of the modern environmental movement. Though not necessarily new, Linda Lear’s biography RACHEL CARSON: A WITNESS FOR NATURE is well worth reading. It delves deeply into Carson’s life, loves and motivations, which offers remarkable insights into her career.
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$24.99
ISBN: 9780547238234
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Published: Mariner Books - April 1st, 2009

Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, published in 1962, did more than any other single publication to alert the world to the hazards of environmental poisoning and to inspire a powerful social movement that would alter the course of American history.


BICYCLE DIARIES by David Byrne

Part travel book, part cultural critique, and part ode to the bicycle, David Byrne’s BICYCLE DIARIES is simply a pleasure to read. Singer, writer, filmmaker and renaissance man Byrne recounts equally joyous and harrowing experiences astraddle his bicycle, his vehicle of choice. David Byrne is how occasionally irreverent Christian writer Anne Lamott imagines God.
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$18.00
ISBN: 9780143117964
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Published: Penguin Books - September 28th, 2010

A round-the-world bicycle tour with one of the most original artists of our day.


MY LIFE IN FRANCE by Julia Child

Though most of you have probably already seen the movie, Julia Child’s memoir MY LIFE IN FRANCE is well worth the read. It yields insights into the legend that can’t be captured on film.
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780307277695
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Published: Anchor Books - October 9th, 2007

The bestselling story of Julia's years in France--and the basis for Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams--in her own words.


THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND by William Kamkwamba

It is so nice to read a book that highlights what one person can do to make life better for so many.
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$17.99
ISBN: 9780803735118
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Published: Dial Books - January 19th, 2012

When fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone's crops began to fail. Without enough money for food, let alone school, William spent his days in the library . . . and figured out how to bring electricity to his village.


LIFE LIST by Olivia Gentile

Obsessions are hard to explain and even harder to justify if you’re a woman and they take you away from your family. Harder still if your obsession is "just" about birds. That’s why Olivia Gentile’s biography of Phoebe Snetsinger LIFE LIST is such an important book.
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$15.00
ISBN: 9781596911703
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - March 30th, 2010

After her four kids were nearly grown and she was about to turn 50, Phoebe Snetsinger was told she had less than a year to live. Snetsinger, a St. Louis housewife and avid backyard birder, decided to spend that year traveling the world in search of birds.


The Woman Behind the New Deal by Kirsten Downey

Need a heroine? Trying to understand what the feminist movement was all about? I highly recommend WOMAN BEHIND THE NEW DEAL: THE LIFE OF FRANCIS PERKINS, FDR’S SECRETARY OF LABOR AND HIS MORAL CONSCIENCE by Kirsten Downey. Ms. Perkins was the first woman member of the cabinet.
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$18.00
ISBN: 9781400078561
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Published: Anchor Books - February 23rd, 2010

"Kirstin Downey's lively, substantive and--dare I say--inspiring new biography of Perkins . . . not only illuminates Perkins' career but also deepens the known contradictions of Roosevelt's character." --Maureen Corrigan, NPR Fresh Air


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