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Throw the Damn Ball

Following on the heels of the popular book of cat poetry, I Could Pee on This, Throw the Damn Ball includes equally pithy verse for the dog-lover in your life. Recommended by Kelly.

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ISBN: 9780142180853
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Published: Plume Books - October 29th, 2013

A hilarious collection of poetry by dogs- perfect for lovers of literature and pups alike
Dogs seldom make passes
At dogs passing gasses.
Are these the words of Dorothy Parker? Ogden Nash?

Any Way You Slice It

Senior scientist at Salina Kansas's The Land Institute, Cox broaches a topic few others are willing to: rationing. Not only does he provide an excellent account of rationing in America's past, he offers scenarios for the types of rationing of ever-decreasing essentials like water, food, and fuel that we may face in an uncertain future. An excellent and brave book. Recommended by Kelly.

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ISBN: 9781595588098
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Published: New Press - May 7th, 2013

Rationing: it's a word and an idea that people often loathe and fear. Health care expert Henry Aaron has compared mentioning the possibility of rationing to 'shouting an obscenity in church.' Yet societies in fact ration food, water, medical care and fuel all the time, with those who can pay the most getting the most.

Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea

A great seafaring tale with soft but courageous hero brothers whose bravery and devotion to each other survive peril and shipwreck. A great adventure tale for young readers. Recommended by Kelly

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ISBN: 9781616202460
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - October 8th, 2013

A swashbuckling story of two very different cat brothers and their adventures at sea.

Box of Matches

In this novel, very little "happens," but everything happens to the narrator in the darkness of the very early morning. This moving and humorous book will make you feel better about getting up in the morning. Recommended by Kelly and Pat.

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ISBN: 9780375706035
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Published: Vintage - March 9th, 2004

Emmett has a wife and two children, a cat, and a duck, and he wants to know what life is about. Every day he gets up before dawn, makes a cup of coffee in the dark, lights a fire with one wooden match, and thinks.

Finders Keepers

This book focuses on the almost universal fascination with ancient human artifacts. In it, Childs explores the "rights" and "wrongs" of pot hunting, whether it be that of a professional archaeologist or an amateur pot hunter. In the end, he arrives in a sea of gray area and many pages of self-examination as well. Fascinating! Recommended by Kelly.

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ISBN: 9780316066464
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 25th, 2013

Renowned naturalist Craig Childs explores the paradoxical nature of anthropological excavation amongst the Native American ruins his work is based upon.

Is This Panama

This is a terrific picture book about fall migration from the perspective of Sammy the Wilson's warbler. In his journey to Panama, he is helped by many other migrating creatures, which reminds readers just how magnificent, ardous, and widespread are the migrations going on all around us in the spring and fall. It's beautifully illustrated and a great story about persistence and homecoming!

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By Jan Thornhill, Soyeon Kim (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781926973883
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Published: Owlkids - September 10th, 2013

When Sammy, a young Wilson's warbler, wakes up one frosty August morning near the Arctic Circle, he instinctively knows that it's time to make his first migratory journey south to Panama. But there's one problem -- where's Panama?

House of Rain

Craig Child's book certainly isn't the definitive answer to how the ancestral Puebloans lived or to what ultimately happened to them. However, broad careful reearch coupled with his own travels through their Southwest homes and sacred spaces such as Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde provide some excellent clues. Guaranteed to give you goosebumps. Recommended by Kelly.

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ISBN: 9780316067546
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Published: Back Bay Books - July 1st, 2008

In this landmark work on the Anasazi tribes of the Southwest, naturalist Craig Childs dives head on into the mysteries of this vanished people.

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

I read somewhere that those of us who still think poop and farts are funny need regression therapy. We're stuck in the toddler stage. Sorry, I still think poop and farts are funny, and I think Roach's book is hilarious! (Don't skip the footnotes!) But she doesn't cover just the nether region. For instance, I learned some absolutely fascinating things about spit.

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ISBN: 9780393081572
Availability: Backordered
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 1st, 2013

Like all of Roach's books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.

Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution

Still as pertinent and revolutionary as it was when originally published in 1976, Adrienne Rich's OF WOMAN BORN is an essential part of any feminist library. Rich reminds, one need not have been a biological mother to have experienced the resonance of motherhood.

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ISBN: 9780393312843
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 17th, 1995

The experience is her own--as a woman, a poet, a feminist, and a mother--but it is an experience determined by the institution, imposed on all women everywhere. She draws on personal materials, history, research, and literature to create a document of universal importance.

The Long Secret

Remember those long summer days when you had nothing to do but what took your fancy--playing in the sprinkler, a cobbled-together game of baseball with the neighbor kids, a long summer afternoon of reading on a blanket in the shade. This was one of my favorite summer reads. Best of all, it is a sequel to Harriet the Spy.

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ISBN: 9780440418191
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Published: Dell Yearling - March 12th, 2002

Harriet the Spy refuses to become ruffled when an unidentified person starts leaving disturbing notes all over the quiet little beach town of Water Mill. She's determined to discover the author of the notes. And she drags her friend, mousy Beth Ellen, into all kinds of odd and embarrassing situations in her efforts to reveal the culprit.


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