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We still have many, many wonderful books and gift items for your family and friends. Check out the great titles listed below - all 20% off during the month of December. There's something for everyone! You can see the entire list on our Holiday Picks page.

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Aida Mollenkamp's Keys to the Kitchen Aida Mollenkamp's Keys to the Kitchen
by Aida Mollenkamp
reg. $35; our price $28

This comprehensive manual by Food Network and Cooking Channel star Mollenkamp provides an invaluable foundation for cooks. More than 300 innovative recipes are included, with plenty of helpful how-to information on a wide-range of subjects.

Cat Tale Cat Tale
by Michael Hall
reg. $16.99; our price $13.59

In this playful exploration of verbal puns, three inquisitive cats set out to spend the afternoon snacking and reading, and wind up chasing words. They "flee a steer," "steer a plane," "plane a board," and "board a train." Hall's bright colors and appealing characters will delight readers as they learn about homophones and homonyms. "A wacky and thought-provoking read-aloud, one that's likely to become a favorite." - Publishers Weekly

The Diviners The Diviners
by Libba Bray
reg. $19.99; our price $15.99

Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City. The catch is Evie must live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult. When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle find themselves right in the thick of the investigation.

Don't Turn Around Don't Turn Around
by Michelle Gagnon
reg. $17.99; our price $14.39

Sixteen-year-old Noa, a victim of the system since her parents died, trusts no one, and uses her computer hacking skills to remain anonymous and alone. After waking up on a table in an empty warehouse with an IV in her arm and no memory of how she got there, Noa must team up with computer hacker Peter to stop a corrupt corporation with a deadly secret. Neither one realizes that Noa holds the key to that secret, and there are those who would like to silence her for good.

Inside Out & Back Again Inside Out & Back Again
by Thanhha Lai
reg. $16.99; our price $13.59

Inspired by the author's own childhood experience of fleeing Vietnam as a refugee and immigrating to Alabama, this tween novel is narrated in free verse by 10-year-old Ha, whose family moves from war-torn South Vietnam to Alabama in 1975. First-time author Lai evokes a distinct time and place, and presents a complex, realistic heroine whom readers will recognize, even if they haven't found themselves in a strange new country.

The Joy of X The Joy of X
by Steven Strogatz
reg. $27; our price $21.60

A world-class mathematician and regular contributor to the New York Times, Strogatz has created a delightful tour of the greatest ideas of math, showing how it connects to literature, philosophy, law, medicine, science, art, business, current events, and everyday life. His column, "The Elements of Math," which appeared online in 2010, always made the most-emailed list and got hundreds of comments. Now, his deeply enlightening and entertaining book translates math in a way that is at once intelligible and thrilling.

The Last Lion The Last Lion
by William Manchester and Paul Reid
reg. $40; our price $32

The second volume of the late Manchester's Churchill biography left readers in suspense with Churchill's appointment as British prime minister in May 1940, and in anticipation of how Manchester would present Churchill's and Britain's finest hour in WWII. When he became ill, Manchester asked journalist Reid to collaborate with him; Manchester died in 2004 and Reid took over, using Manchester's vast collection of notes, interviews, and other sources to complete this comprehensive work.

"Reid learned well from Manchester, and the finished book is a worthy conclusion to what must be considered one of the most thorough treatments of Churchill so far produced. An essential conclusion to Manchester's magnum opus." - Library Journal

The Onion Book of Known Knowledge The Onion Book of Known Knowledge
reg. $29.99; our price $23.99

For the past 24 years, "The Onion" has attracted a multitude of loyal fans drawn to its fearless reporting and scathing commentary on world events, human behavior, and journalistic convention. This compendium of all things known is replete with an astonishing collection of facts, illustrations, maps, charts, threats, blood, and additional fees to edify even the most simple-minded book-buyer. "Consistently funny (and crude, irreverent, tasteless and brilliant)." - Publishers Weekly

The Rolling Stones 50 The Rolling Stones 50
by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood
reg. $60; our price $48

The perfect gift for rock-and-roll fans! For the past 50 years, the Rolling Stones have performed live in front of more people than any band...ever. They've had No.1 singles and albums in every country with a popular music chart, and have helped define global popular culture. The only officially authorized book to celebrate this milestone, The Rolling Stones 50 is curated, introduced and narrated by the band themselves. With privileged access to a wealth of unseen and rare material, it is packed with reportage photography, contact sheets, negative strips, and outtakes from every period in the band's history. Includes more than 1,000 illustrations, and features some of the most rare and interesting Stones memorabilia.

Roots: The Definitive Compendium with More Than 225 Recipes Roots: The Definitive Compendium with More Than 225 Recipes
by Diane Morgan
reg. $40; our price $32

"Diane Morgan has written a masterful book about root vegetables," writes award-winning cookbook author Deborah Madison (Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone) in the forward to Roots. Morgan, the author of more than 10 cookbooks, has written a comprehensive guide and collection of recipes using root vegetables, including the fascinating history and lore of 29 major roots, their nutritional content, how to buy and store them, and much more. She covers the familiar (beets, carrots, potatoes) and the unfamiliar (jicama, salsify, malanga, cassava, galangal, crosnes).

Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-Up Adventure Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-Up Adventure
by Matthew Reinhart
reg. $36.99; our price $29.59

A spectacular, interactive, pop-off-the-page book about George Lucas's "Star Wars" movies from New York Times bestselling paper engineer, Matthew Reinhart - who also happens to be a bona fide "Star Wars" aficionado. Reinhart created the bestselling Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy and Mommy? by Maurice Sendak. His latest is a brand-new 3-D experience, packed with novelty features: Pop-ups, working light sabers, pull tabs, and other interactive looks at the exciting and popular movies. An absolute must for "Star Wars" fans.

Titian: His Life Titian: His Life
by Sheila Hale
reg. $39.99; our price $31.99

Hale's rich biography of the greatest painter of the Venetian High Renaissance is the first since 1877 to examine contemporary accounts of Titian's life and work, as well as recent art historical scholarship - some of it previously unpublished. Her book charts the extraordinary transformation of Titian's style: from the radiant, minutely realized masterpieces of his youth, to the more freely painted work of his middle years, to the dark, tragic, sometimes terrifying visions of his old age.

Venice: A New History Venice: A New History
by Thomas F. Madden
reg. $35; our price $28

Madden's majestic, sprawling history of one of Europe's most intriguing cities is the first full portrait of Venice (in English) in almost 30 years. Using long-buried archival material and a wealth of newly translated documents, Madden weaves a spellbinding story of a place and its people, starting with the city's humble origins as a lagoon refuge to its apex as a maritime empire and Renaissance epicenter to its rebirth as a modern tourist hub.

The Violin: A Social History of the World's Most Versatile Instrument The Violin: A Social History of the World's Most Versatile Instrument
by David Schoenbaum
reg. $39.95; our price $31.96

One of the most affordable, portable and adaptable instrument ever made, the violin is the world's best-loved musical instrument. Schoenbaum has combined the stories of its makers, dealers and players into a global history of the past five centuries. His exploration covers the early days, when violin makers acquired their craft from box makers, to Stradivari and the Golden Age of Cremona, Vuillaume and the Hills, who turned it into a global collectible, and performers from Paganini and Joachim to Heifetz and Oistrakh.

The Yellow Birds The Yellow Birds
by Kevin Powers
reg. $24.99; our price $19.99

A National Book Award finalist and debut novel from Iraq war veteran Powers, this is the moving story of two young soldiers during fighting in northern Iraq in 2005. Twenty-one-year-old Private Bartle and 18-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city of Al Tafar. In the endless days that follow, Bartle and Murphy do everything to protect each other. Once he arrives home, Bartle attempts to reconcile himself to what he saw and did in the war. "A superb literary achievement. I urge everyone to read it." - Chris Cleave, author of Little Bee

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