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WHEN RELIGION IS AN ADDICTION by Robert Minor

Professor emeritus of religion at the University of Kansas, Minor has written a sane, soothing guide for people confused by the occasionally frantic press of the destructive ideas and abuse of the ultra religious around them. Just as people must learn how to negotiate family members with any kind of addiction, those with friends and family for whom religion functions as a very real addiction will find great advice and solace in this thin book. Recommended by Kelly.
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$14.95
ISBN: 9780970958129
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Published: Humanity Works - August 1st, 2007

Eye-opening and hard-hitting, Dr. Minor puts the political activities of the right-wing in a new perspective and explains how liberal responses can enable religious addiction. He applies contemporary understandings of addiction to the extreme Christian right-wing in the U.S., concluding that religion functions as a process addiction for them.


ANIMAL DIALOGUES by Craig Childs

Throughout his career as a nature writer and anthropologist Childs has had many up-close encounters with iconic animals of the American West. Each portrait, from mountain lion to deer mouse, reveals an openness to surprise and a willingness to think across species barriers. I couldn’t put this book down. Recommended by Kelly.
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780316066471
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Published: Back Bay Books - March 1st, 2009

THE ANIMAL DIALOGUES tells of Craig Childs' own chilling experiences among the grizzlies of the Arctic, sharks off the coast of British Columbia and in the turquoise waters of Central America, jaguars in the bush of northern Mexico, mountain lions, elk, Bighorn Sheep, and others.


INSECTOPEDIA by Hugh Raffles

This isn’t dry science. In a series of essays, Raffles sheds light on the intricate wonders and, occasionally, horrors of our smaller comrades’ lives. An anthropologist by trade, he takes his own intense interest and folds it into an exploration of the intersection of worlds. A fascinating read. Recommended by Kelly.
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$16.95
ISBN: 9781400096961
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Published: Vintage - March 22nd, 2011

A "New York Times "Notable Book
A stunningly original exploration of the ties that bind us to the beautiful, ancient, astoundingly accomplished, largely unknown, and unfathomably different species with whom we share the world.


SLEEPING MURDER by Agatha Christie

If you’re hungering for a tried-and-true, reliable British mystery, you can’t beat Agatha Christie’s Sleeping Murder. Though she falls in love with a house for herself and her new husband, Gwenda begins to get the odd feeling that a door ought to be in a place where there isn’t one.
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$13.99
ISBN: 9780062073723
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Published: William Morrow & Company - April 1st, 2011

The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense--creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters--brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to Harper Paperbacks...


THE SOUND OF A WILD SNAIL EATING by Tova Bailey

Elisabeth Tova Bailey’s short memoir The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is remarkable. Confined to her bed by a long-undiagnosed illness, she finds she has energy for little but observing a woodland snail a friend brings her in a pot of wild violets.
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$18.95
ISBN: 9781565126060
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - August 24th, 2010

In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature, Elisabeth Bailey shares an inspiring and intimate story of her uncommon encounter with a Neohelix albolabris--a common woodland snail.


THE FINKLER QUESTION by Howard Jacobson

The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson made me laugh in embarrassing ways, at inappropriate times--I couldn’t help myself--because I took it everywhere until I finished it. Winner of Britain’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction, the book is an exploration of all it means to be Jewish, largely from the perspective of someone who isn’t but desperately wants to be.
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$17.00
ISBN: 9781608196111
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - October 12th, 2010

Julian Treslove, a professionally unspectacular and disappointed BBC worker, and Sam Finkler, a popular Jewish philosopher, writer and television personality, are old school friends.


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.


$20 PER GALLON: HOW THE INEVITABLE RISE IN THE PRICE OF GASOLINE WILL CHANGE OUR LIVES FOR THE BETTER by Christopher Steiner

The world isn’t short on apocalyptic books right now, but Christopher Steiner’s $20 Per Gallon: How the Inevitable Rise in the Price of Gasoline Will Change Our Lives for the Better has a happy ending. He predicts that as oil prices rise, we will all live healthier, more fulfilling lives with far less ballast. Though admittedly, Steiner knows he can’t predict all changes with certainty, the Forbes magazine writer and former civil engineer has a following of economists and historians who say his predictions definitely aren’t the stuff of science fiction. (Paperback, $15.99) Recommended by Kelly
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$15.99
ISBN: 9780446549554
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 1st, 2010

Imagine an everyday world in which the price of gasoline (and oil) continues to go up, and up, and up. Think about the immediate impact that would have on our lives.


MASTERPIECE by Elsie Broach, illustrated by Kelly Murphy

In the long tradition of small, brave, and talented animals, Marvin the beetle, the hero of MASTERPIECE takes his rightful place. The first chapter’s account of his rescue of a missing contact lens from a bathroom sink drain is just the beginning of his exploits to help the human members of his home.
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By Elise Broach, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780312608705
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Published: Square Fish - March 30th, 2010

A New York Times bestselling middle grade mystery novel full of adventure, friendship, and stolen art.


MURDER AT THE PTA by Laura Alden

Murder at the PTA by Laura Alden is a promising first in a new series. Its gossipy characters, small-town setting and reluctant sleuth add just the right mix of charm and complication.
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$7.99
ISBN: 9780451231093
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Published: Obsidian Mysteries - October 5th, 2010

A brand-new series in which murder is anything but elementary

After Tarver Elementary School's unpopular principal is murdered, PTA secretary and mother of two Beth Kennedy puts aside bake sales and class trip fund-raisers to catch a killer. And when members of the PTA become suspects, she realizes solving this murder will not be as easy as ABC...


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