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Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781451621389
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 6th, 2013

New York Post journalist, Susanna Cahalan brutally recounts her slow and mysterious descent into madness in Brain on Fire. What began as disorganization grew into paranoia, hallucinations and delusion all accompanied by a bizarre collection of physical symptoms. With her own memory obliterated by her illness, Cahalan uses her keen skills as a journalist to piece together her own medical drama of misdiagnosis and the detection of a rare brain autoimmune disorder. She grips the reader with a compelling story all while imparting fascinating medical details. Cahalan’s story is a potent reminder of the fragility of identity and the value of observant and caring family and friends.


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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400052189
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Published: Broadway Books - March 8th, 2011

Wow! This story hooked me quickly. To scientists Henrietta Lacks is known as HeLa. Her cancerous cells were taken from her body without her consent or knowledge. Those cells became increasingly important in science research. They were used among other researchers to develop the polio vaccine, test the effects of steroids, hormones, vitamins, etc. Henrietta's family did not find out until over 25 years later. One of the best non-fiction books I've ever read. Not to be missed!!


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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781594744761
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Published: Quirk Books - June 7th, 2011

As a young boy, Jacob hears fantastical stories from his grandfather. When older (16), he sees his grandfather killed by a monster only he can see. Nightmares and fears lead him to a doctor who advises Jacob to visit the remote island his grandfather grew up on, and the orphanage he was sent to. Time travel, haunting photos, a rich fantasy and a host of peculiars engage us in this intriguing and adventurous story.


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Annabel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802170828
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - January 4th, 2011

They kept it a secret in the small remote coastal town in which they lived. Neither boy nor girl. Only three people knew. The parents, well-meaning, brought him up as a boy named Wayne, who struggled with the two genders within him. Not written with sensationalism, this debut novel is a beautiful and compelling story of societal labels, identity and our own place in the world. Highly recommended.


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Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307452900
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Published: Broadway Books - June 5th, 2012

Quite fascinating! Delve into the mind of psychotic killer in the midst of Nazi occupied Paris. Was the respected Dr. Petiot, who provided free medical care for the poor, a member of the French resistance or allied with the Gestapo? Police enter a mansion and find the horror of dismembered bodies putrefying. The mansion belonged to Dr. Petiot...Very absorbing in history and crime.


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The Curve of Time Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781770500372
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Published: Whitecap Books - May 15th, 2011

M. Wylie Blanchet was a woman ahead of her time! Widowed in 1927 with five children, she, her children and their dog cruised the unforgiving wasted waters of British Columbia in a twenty-five foot boat! Following the log books of Captain Vancouver, Blanchet sets out each summer into the wilds of the Northwest. Rich with experience, the family then turned their adventures into education by reading about all that they discovered.


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Animalium: Welcome to the Museum Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780763675080
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Published: Big Picture Press - September 9th, 2014

It’s a rainy day in Seattle--perfect weather for a day at the museum, or to snuggle down with a good book. With Animalium you won’t have to choose. Immerse yourself in these captivating, fine-lined pen and ink drawings, while learning about the environments, behaviors and physical details of over 160 species. This beautifully rendered book reminds us of times gone by, like a secret find from your grandmother’s attic. Indulge yourself or bring along a little one for some artful learning about our furry, finned, and feathered friends. I'm delighted to know this is the first in a series!


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Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homemade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781580176767
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Published: Storey Publishing - May 30th, 2007

YOU deserve to treat yourself today!! Made with easy to find ingredients around the house and in local stores, you can make natural non-abrasive treatments for a radiant glow others will admire and you will feel all over!!

 


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The Book of Vice: Very Naughty Things (and How to Do Them) Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780060843830
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - October 7th, 2008

Vice or Sin? Take a vouyeristic trip with Peter Sagal, NPR's host of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, into the wanton realm of swinger clubs, strip joints, casinos, porn sets and more. With keen observations from a "vanilla" viewpoint, Sagal's great wit and humor has quite the amazing look into people's lives who indulge in their own vice or sin! The footnotes are just as fun and savory.


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Dark Places Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307341570
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - May 4th, 2010

She was 7 years old. She witnessed the brutal slaughter of her 2 sisters and mother. She accused her brother who now sits in prison and she has no contact. 25 years later Libby suffers deeply. Not until the "kill club" creeps find her does she begin to question her brother's guilt. The author flashes back between the day of the crime to the present. The truth—you won't see it coming!


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Gone Girl Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780307588364
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - June 5th, 2012

Before I read this book I went back to read her first. Her debut novel Sharp Objects was intense! This, her third, is captivating!! Flynn lures you in before you are ready. Nick and Amy are celebrating five years of blissful marriage. Really? Amy goes missing that very morning. A story so well developed and characters recognizable—these psychopaths will remain in your thoughts long after.


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Lonesome Animals Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781582438061
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - April 17th, 2012

Set in 1930s Washington, Holbert crafts a fine piece of storytelling. Lawman Russell Strawl, beset with his own demons, crosses the land in search of one who is leaving Indians brutally murdered. Part western, part detective story—Holbert's description of the land is exquisite. This debut novel is dark, compelling, and definitely a well-deserved read.


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Memory Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781416560005
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Published: Simon & Schuster - December 30th, 2008

Fiction and reality are almost inseparable in this award-winning novella. The author is also narrator and tells a tale of high-ended emotions, of family secrets, loss and grief, haunted pasts as he comes of age to learn of all. A beautifully translated story—highly recommended.


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The Dangerous Animals Club Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781451633153
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 25th, 2012

You may not know the name, or even recognize his face, though Stephen Tobolowsky has had a terrific acting career. I was pleased to find he's also a fabulous storyteller! Lively and visual, funny and profound, Tobolowsky spins tales of growing up to surviving in Hollywood. Having listened to the Tobolowsky Files on NPR, I loved reading his book knowing his story voice. Enjoy!


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Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists' Enumerations from the Smithsonian's Archives o Cover Image
By Liza Kirwin, John W. Smith (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781568988887
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - March 24th, 2010

If you are a list maker or know a list maker, you must read this book and delight in the beauty of it. Check out the lists of some well known artists like Picasso, Alexander Calder, Jackson Pollock, Andrew Wyeth, and others. Who knew we were in such great company? The beauty of handwritten lists--shopping lists, to-do lists, supply lists, places to see, books to read--shaping our lives and experiences. Scribbled, typed, illustrated, with stickers and stamps, a delightful journey through an utterly human obsession.


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The Best of the Rejection Collection: 293 Cartoons That Were Too Dumb, Too Dark, or Too Naughty for the New Yorker Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780761165781
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Published: Workman Publishing - October 19th, 2011

I only read the New Yorker for the cartoons—but these! Good ones I missed. LOL with a gasp or two.


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The Greatest Science Stories Never Told: 100 Tales of Invention and Discovery to Astonish, Bewilder, & Stupefy Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780061626968
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Published: HarperTorch - November 2009

I love books like this! Tidbits of such fascinating information on everyday items we use. Read how artificial sweetener came to be. Who invented parking meters and why. More on the bobby pin, Velcro, white out, post-it notes, the artificial heart, wireless TV remote and many others. Something new each time you open up the book for great trivia!


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Food Rules: An Eater's Manual Cover Image
$13.00
ISBN: 9780143116387
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Published: Penguin Books - December 29th, 2009

Excellent! Michael Pollan has done our homework! Short, simple, uncomplicated and to the point, Pollan has great thoughts on how to have a healthy diet. "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants." You'll need to read to understand, and when you do, you'll get it!! Get thee to a farmers market and eat a great meal.


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The Adderall Diaries Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781555975708
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 28th, 2010

Stephen Elliott’s part-true crime story, part memoir is one wild ride through his thunderous history with his abusive father, adolescent group homes, drug addiction and a developing dependency on his cure for writer’s block—Adderall. Hans Reiser, accused of murdering his Russian mail order bride, becomes known to Elliott through Sean Sturgeon who he crossed paths with in San Francisco's underground S&M scene. Sturgeon's tale of his love for his best friend's (Reiser's) wife and her eventual murder was just the type of tale to break Elliott's writer's block. But as Reiser's murder trial plays out Sturgeon himself confesses to killing 8 people refusing to reveal their names. Elliott writes at a relentless pace about depression, anger and his urges to be hurt and humiliated. Join Elliott as he pulls back the layers of an unbelievable story told with piercing candor.


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Silent Spring Cover Image
By Rachel Carson, Linda Lear (Introduction by), Edward O. Wilson (Afterword by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780618249060
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Published: Mariner Books - October 22nd, 2002

Scientist, ecologist, and writer, Rachel Carson wrote about the long-term effects of using pesticides. She called for a change in the way we viewed our world. "Imagine a spring with no birds..." An avid environmentalist pursuing what she believed in—DDT was ultimately banned as a result of her work. A must read for all who love nature at her finest.


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The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781400034239
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Published: Vintage Books USA - March 10th, 2009

New York Times Science writer George Johnson delves back into a time when research was hands-on, and man quenched his thirst for answers to his questions with homemade experiments. A fascinating look into the mind of these scientists. Read about Galileo, Pavlov, Galvani, Newton and others.


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Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives Cover Image
By Peter Orner (Editor)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781934781166
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Published: McSweeney's - October 2008

There are an estimated 12 to 15 million undocumented workers in the US—mere numbers until you read their stories. They often come alone leaving families, traveling for months and spending thousands to get here. Their first person narratives speak of abuse and gross human right violations. They have been lied to, stolen from, physically and sexually abused and threatened... all for a better life. Read their stories and see if you don't open your eyes further to the plight of these people.


The Returned Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780778315339
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Published: Mira Books - August 27th, 2013

Fifty years later their son returns… Harold and Lucille have missed their son who died tragically when he was eight. Now he stands before them -- still eight -- and healthy. Who is this young boy before them? More are returning to town -- who are they? How will the townsfolk react? Very good!!


It's Okay to Make Mistakes Cover Image
By Todd Parr, Todd Parr (Illustrator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780316230537
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 15th, 2014

Uh-oh and oh-no! Make a mistake and it’s okay! Children’s book author Todd Parr brings a simple lesson to life in this vibrantly illustrated and thoughtfully written book. Both children and adults can learn the value of blunders, slip-ups, and bloopers from these cheerful drawings. As the author says, “That’s how we learn.” And you won’t be making a mistake by adding this charming book to your child’s library!


Take This Man Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781439170878
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 3rd, 2014

The art of storytelling is perhaps the only real gift Brando Skyhorse received from his mother. In Take This Man, Skyhorse skillfully weaves a heartbreaking tale of a gritty upbringing by a verbally abusive mother. Ashamed of her own Mexican heritage and desperately lonely, Skyhorse’s mother invents a life of lies and men, marriages and sex work. The twisted tales leave Skyhorse questioning his reality and searching for his father and ultimately for himself. He brings his award-winning writing style to bear the raw telling of his own stranger-than-fiction childhood.