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Summer has begun! Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Despite the weather, our summer has begun — and for most of us that means more opportunities to sit down and enjoy a good book. Here is a very diverse selection of recent titles offered by just one of our vendors. We have selected varied titles to fit a variety of tastes. This letter is really just a teaser to entice you to stop by and pick up a few books, hold them in your hands, read a page or two, and experience the joy of discovering something new. Of course, our staff will be happy to assist you.

Hope to see you soon.

    Anna, Neal, Kevin, Jesse, Jose, Jennie, Sonia, Lauretta, Michelle

Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator
by Mo Willems

Amanda and her plush alligator have lots of fun together, but when Amanda's grandfather buys her a panda, Alligator must learn to make new friends.

A Tale of Two Castles A Tale of Two Castles
by Gail Carson Levine

Newbery Honor winner Levine delivers a fabulous and funny fantasy novel about a shape-shifting ogre, a dragon detective, and a girl who dreams of becoming an actress.

Fancy Nancy: Stellar Stargazer! Fancy Nancy: Stellar Stargazer!
by Jane O'Connor, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser

In this latest adventure, Fancy Nancy roughs it in her backyard for a night of stargazing.

Fancy Nancy and the Mean Girl Fancy Nancy and the Mean Girl
by Jane O'Connor, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser and Ted Enik

Nancy, feeling bad about last year's Field Day, in which her slow running cost the relay team a victory, finds herself facing another Field Day and another relay race with a mean classmate.

Just Kids Just Kids
by Patti Smith

Smith's evocative, honest, and moving coming-of-age story reveals her extraordinary relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Part romance, part elegy, Just Kids is about friendship in the truest sense, and the artist's calling.

Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?
by Steven Tyler (with David Dalton)

In this eagerly anticipated memoir, the flamboyant front man of Aerosmith and newest judge on "American Idol" tells what it's like to be a living legend in one of the world's most revered and infamous bands. An all-access backstage pass into this extraordinary showman's life.

Medium Raw Medium Raw
by Anthony Bourdain

Tracking his own strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker - and even to fatherhood - Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen, pausing along the way for a series of confessions, rants, investigations, and interrogations of some of the most controversial figures in food.

Faith Faith
by Jennifer Haigh

One woman's search for the truth after scandal rocks her family, and the explosive family secrets she uncovers. A complex, moving fourth novel from the bestselling and award-winning author of The Condition and Baker Towers.

The Mapping Love & Death The Mapping of Love and Death
by Jacqueline Winspear

In this latest installment in the New York Times bestselling series, Maisie Dobbs must unravel a case of wartime love and death - an investigation that leads her to a doomed affair between a young cartographer and a mysterious nurse.

Twenty Five Books That Shaped America Twenty Five Books That Shaped America
by Thomas C. Foster

From the author of the hugely successful How to Read Literature Like a Professor comes a highly entertaining and informative new book on the 25 works of literature that have most shaped American identity.

97 Orchard 97 Orchard
by Jane Ziegelman

This delicious saga of how immigrant food became American food follows European immigrants on a remarkable journey, from the Ellis Island dining hall to tiny tenement kitchens, from Lower East Side pushcart markets and delicatessens out into the wider world of American cuisine.

Hero Found Hero Found
by Bruce Henderson

Bruce Henderson, who served with Dieter Dengler aboard USS "Ranger" during the Vietnam War, tells the complete story of Dengler's captivity and remarkable escape - based on in-depth personal interviews as well as military archival materials, some never before made public. A riveting account of unending optimism, courage, loyalty, and survival against overwhelming odds.

The Most Beautiful Walk in the World The Most Beautiful Walk in the World
by John Baxter

Walking is the best way to experience the romance, history, and off-the-beaten-path pleasures of Paris (and life itself, perhaps). In that spirit, the author of the popular Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas reveals the most beautiful walks through Paris.

Stories Stories
by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio

This groundbreaking anthology reinvigorates, expands, and redefines the limits of imaginative fiction and affords some of the best writers in the world - from Peter Straub and Chuck Palahniuk to Roddy Doyle and Diana Wynne Jones, Stewart O'Nan and Joyce Carol Oates to Walter Mosley and Jodi Picoult - the opportunity to work together, defend their craft, and realign misconceptions.

Hello Goodbye Hello Goodbye
by Emily Chenoweth

Heartbreaking and luminous, Chenoweth's novel deftly explores a family's struggle with love and loss, as a summer vacation becomes an occasion for awakening.

Sex at Dawn Sex at Dawn
by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha

Is sexual monogamy natural to humans? By debunking many false historical notions, authors Ryan and Jetha offer a bold alternative in this provocative and brilliant book. They expose the ancient roots of human sexuality while pointing toward a more optimistic future.

Season to Taste Season to Taste
by Molly Birnbaum

Written with the good cheer and great charm of Laurie Colwin and Ruth Reichl, an aspiring chef's moving account of finding her way - in the kitchen and beyond - in the wake of a devastating accident.

Purple Citrus and Sweet Perfume Purple Citrus and Sweet Perfume
by Silvena Rowe

This beautiful gem of a cookbook - lavishly photographed in full color - provides inspiring and enticing recipes from the Eastern Mediterranean, a land rich in multi-cultural Ottoman tradition.

The Lovers The Lovers
by Vendela Vida

From the acclaimed author of the 2007 New York Times Notable Book Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name comes a stunning novel about the love between husbands and wives, mothers and children. With the crystalline voice and psychological nuance for which her work has been so celebrated, Vida has crafted another unforgettable heroine in a stunningly beautiful and mysterious landscape.

An Ideal Wine An Ideal Wine
by David Darlington

From the author of the acclaimed Angels' Visits comes an inside look at how a handful of visionary winemakers has transformed - and been transformed by - the California wine industry during the past four decades.

The Lost Girls The Lost Girls
by Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett and Amanda Pressner

Jen, Holly, and Amanda are at a crossroads, feeling the pressure to hit certain milestones - scoring a big promotion, finding a soul mate, having 2.2 kids - before they reach their early 30s. When personal challenges force them to reevaluate their lives, they journey 60,000 miles across four continents on a search for inspiration and direction.

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