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Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist
by Michael J. Fox

The Emmy Award-winning actor writes about the personal philosophy that carried him through his darkest hours, and speaks with others who have emerged from difficult periods with optimism to spare.

Bite Me: A Love Story Bite Me: A Love Story
by Christopher Moore

From the bestselling author of You Suck and Fool comes a comic horror adventure featuring a vampire cat stalking San Francisco, and the cast of characters hunting it down: two vampire couples, the night stock crew at Safeway, a homeless lunatic, a Japanese printmaker, and two detectives.

Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles
by Francine Prose

Bestselling author Prose presents the brief but tumultuous life of one of the greatest of all painters through a brilliant reading of his paintings. Caravaggio's use of ordinary people, realistically portrayed - street boys, prostitutes, the poor, the aged - was a profound and revolutionary innovation that left its mark on generations of artists.

Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival
by Norman Ollestad

The powerful and unforgettable story of a boy who was, at the age of three, thrust into the world of surfing and competitive downhill skiing by the intense, charismatic father he both idolized and resented. Yet it was these exhilarating tests of skill that ultimately saved his life when the chartered Cessna carrying them to a ski championship ceremony crashed 8,000 feet up in the California mountains, killing his father and the pilot - and forcing the devastated eleven-year-old Ollestad to descend the treacherous, icy mountain alone.

Fool Fool
by Christopher Moore

The wildly inventive New York Times bestselling author offers a modern take on King Lear. It's 1288, and the king's fool, Pocket, and his dimwit apprentice, Drool, set out to clean up the mess Lear has made of his kingdom.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future
by Michael J. Fox

The new book by the author of the bestselling Always Looking Up inspires and motivates readers to work hard, achieve the most they can, and maximize their abilities.

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

From two of the best political reporters in the country comes the gripping inside story of the historic 2008 presidential election. Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel - an occasionally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

Island Beneath the Sea Island Beneath the Sea
by Isabel Allende

Allende's latest novel is a moving and absorbing story that spans four decades and features Zarite, called T't', born into slavery in the colony of Saint-Domingue, where enslaved Africans are worked to death by the thousands, and European men prey on women of color. In the midst of coerced sex, caring for plantation owner Toulouse Valmorain's demented wife, bearing an illegitimate daughter, and a slave uprising, T't' maintains her determination to find love amid loss, to offer humanity though her own has been battered, and to forge her own identity in the cruelest of circumstances.

The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life
by James Martin

With both humor and substance, Martin helps readers tackle the big questions of life by sharing the spiritual practices that Jesuits have been applying for 500 years.

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.

The Kane Chronicles, Book One: Red Pyramid The Kane Chronicles, Book One: Red Pyramid
by Rick Riordan

Siblings Carter and Sadie embark on a dangerous journey across the globe to stop Egyptian god Set from going after their father - a quest which brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs. "Readers pining for Percy Jackson will find new heroes in Carter and Sadie Kane." - Kirkus Review

Kitchen Chinese: A Novel about Food, Family and Finding Yourself Kitchen Chinese: A Novel about Food, Family and Finding Yourself
by Ann Mah

Isabelle may speak only "kitchen Chinese" - the familial chatter learned at her mother's knee - but she understands the language of food. In the wake of a career-ending catastrophe, she takes off for Beijing to stay with her older sister, Claire, whom she's never really known, and finds a job writing restaurant reviews for an expat magazine. In the midst of culture shock and learning about her sister's secrets, Isabelle wonders whether coming to China was a mistake - or an extraordinary chance to find out who she really is.

Life Sentences Life Sentences
by Laura Lippman

The award-winning New York Times bestselling author of What the Dead Know has written a searing novel about truth and memory. Cassandra Fallows decides to write about the shy, unobtrusive child named Calliope Jenkins who was part of her childhood circle of friends. Later, Calliope would be accused of an unspeakable crime and would spend seven years in prison for refusing to speak about it. But by delving too deeply into Calliope's dark secrets, Cassandra may inadvertently unearth a few of her own - forcing her to reexamine the memories she holds most precious.

Manhood for Amateurs Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son
by Michael Chabon

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Chabon offers slyly linked, provocative, autobiographical essays - each sparked by an encounter in the present - as he addresses with his characteristic warmth and lyric wit the all-important question: What does it mean to be a man today?

Predictably Irrational Predictably Irrational
by Dan Ariely

In this newly revised and expanded edition of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller, Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. From drinking coffee to losing weight, from buying a car to choosing a romantic partner, we consistently overpay, underestimate and procrastinate. Yet these misguided behaviors are neither random nor senseless. They're systematic and predictable - making us predictably irrational.

Red and Me: My Coach, My Lifelong Friend Red and Me: My Coach, My Lifelong Friend
by Bill Russell

Basketball legend Bill Russell pays homage to his mentor, coach, and longtime friend, Red Auerbach - one of the greatest basketball coaches in sports history. Russell was the star center and five-time MVP for Auerbach's Celtics, and together they won eleven championships in thirteen years. Possibly one of the most honest and heartfelt depictions of male friendship ever captured in print.

Road Dogs Road Dogs
by Elmore Leonard

Leonard writes with his trademark tight plotting and pitch-perfect dialogue. Readers are sure to love seeing Cundo Rey, Jack Foley, and Dawn Navarro back in action and working together - or are they?

Shadow Tag Shadow Tag
by Louise Erdrich

Erdrich's new novel is a feverish drama of a marriage and household in peril. When Irene America discovers that her husband has been reading her diary, she begins a secret Blue Notebook, stashed in a safe deposit box, where she records the truth about her life and her marriage. She turns her Red Diary - hidden where her husband will find it - into a manipulative farce.

Smoke Mountain (Seekers #03) Smoke Mountain (Seekers #03)
by Erin Hunter

In this action-packed third installment, the bears need to reach the Last Great Wilderness, but they must cross the treacherous Smoke Mountains, a terrain more dangerous than anything they've faced before. Signs and omens point in different directions, but each bear must follow his or her own star, and while one is pushed to the brink of death, another decides to leave the group forever.

Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball
by Bill Madden

Award-winning sportswriter Bill Madden traces Steinbrenner from his early days in Cleveland through his years as a shipping magnate, a Nixon fund-raiser, and a champion horse breeder to the fateful moment when he bought the Yankees. He covers the next four decades of Steinbrenner's tumultuous reign, the controversy over his ruthless and free-spending tactics, and the payoff: his Yankees have won seven championships and remain the gold standard in all sports.

This Body of Death: An Inspector Lynley Novel This Body of Death: An Inspector Lynley Novel
by Elizabeth George

Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley is on compassionate leave after the murder of his wife. But he is prevailed upon to return to work when the body of a woman is found in an isolated London cemetery. Soon Lynley and his former partner, Barbara Havers, find that the roots of the crime trace to a long-ago act of violence.

What's Your Sound, Hound the Hound What's Your Sound, Hound the Hound
by Mo Willems

With his genius for pacing, Willems plays on children's fondness for making animal sounds in his third Cat the Cat book. Cat the Cat asks Hound the Hound, Chick the Chick and Cow the Cow what their respective sounds are. Children will delight in making woofs, peeps and moos in response and will be tickled by Bunny the Bunny's baffled expression when asked for his sound. What does a bunny say, after all?

With Wings Like Eagles: The Untold Story of the Battle of Britain With Wings Like Eagles: The Untold Story of the Battle of Britain
by Michael Korda

Korda's brilliant work of history takes readers back to the summer of 1940, when fewer than 3,000 young fighter pilots of the Royal Air Force - often no more than 900 on any given day - stood between Hitler and the victory that seemed almost within his grasp. He traces the entire complex web of political, diplomatic, scientific, industrial, and human decisions during the 1930s that inexorably led to the world's first, greatest and most decisive air battle.

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