Monday, October 5, 2015

Night Flight by Sheilah Provost

Sheilah Young Prevost grew up in a small town in the Pennsylvania mountains. She has lived in Syracuse, New York where she was the first female manager of an all-male private club. She worked as a professional fund-raiser in Washington, DC and Boise, Idaho. Now she has returned to her hometown to live in the house where she grew up. Her stories reflect small town life and adventures.

Chocolate: The Consuming Passion

Wait. Sandra Boynton wrote a book about CHOCOLATE? For grown-ups? Oh YES Boynton's beloved classic returns, updated and redrawn by her for a whole new generation of chocophiles. In addition to her extensive new research, Boynton also nobly sourced and consumed untold quantities of great chocolate, with no thought for her own personal safety. Lavishly illustrated and filled with useful facts and cheerful misinformation, "CHOCOLATE: The Consuming Passion" is the absolute ideal gift for every true chocolate obsessive. Discover the many faces of chocolate milk chocolate, dark chocolate, boxed chocolates, pretend chocolate, and the wild new frontier of small-batch craft chocolate. Learn about chocolate's complex effects on the body, the psyche, and the soul. Prepare select simple recipes, such as Hippo Pot de Mousse. Learn how to grow your own chocolate, assuming you don t mind relocating to within 15 of the Equator. There's even a handy guide to saying Excuse me, where is the nearest chocolate? in eleven languages, including Klingon. (Nook-dock YOOCH dah-PULL?) Boldly go.

Beautiful Like a Mayfly

Beautiful Like a Mayfly is both a travelogue and a collection of nature essays, ranging from distant lands to the back yard. In this personal narrative, canvassing four decades of cultural exploration and outdoor activity, the author touches upon myriad social and environmental issues with compassion, erudition, and a little dry humor. Whether quaffing beer in Bavaria, roaming through ancient Greek ruins, fly-fishing trout streams out west and closer to home, doing conservation work in New York, or living simply in the Virginia countryside, Franklin fully engages the world while maintaining something of an observer's distance. And the sights and sounds of various songbirds crop up along the way.

Harry Potter: The Coloring Book

Packed with stunning pieces of artwork from the Warner Bros. archive, this deluxe coloring book gives fans the chance to color in the vivid settings and beloved characters of J.K. Rowling's wizarding world. Containing intricate line drawings used in the making of the Harry Potter films, this coloring book includes fan-favorite scenes, creatures, and characters: from Dobby and baby Norbert to Quidditch games and the unforgettable final battle between Harry and Lord Voldemort.
Unique and interactive, "Harry Potter: The Official Coloring Book" is a perfect collector's item for all fans of the blockbuster saga--whether it's for those who grew up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione, or those who are discovering the magic for the very first time.

Gossamer Ghost

The "New York Times "bestselling author of "Gilt Trip" returns to New Orleans for scrapbooking, Halloween, and homicide
Scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is ready to head out and enjoy her night until she hears some strange noises coming from Oddities, the neighboring antiques shop, and decides to investigate. Her evening plans are abruptly put on hold when out of a curio cabinet and into her arms falls the bloody body of Oddities owner Marcus Joubert.
While Joubert was known for being an eccentric, Carmela never thought he could inspire the passion required to kill until she learns a priceless death mask was also stolen. As the mystery grows, so does the list of suspects, leaving Carmela with the feeling that it will take every trick in the book to unmask the killer thief before there's another night of murderous mischief
Scrapbooking Tips and Recipes Included

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin

PRESCHOOLERS WILL CHEER the return of Duck and Goose in their fourth board book appearance. This time, Duck and Goose are looking for the perfect pumpkin. Is it in the log? Is it under the leaves? Is it in the apple tree? Young children will surely enjoy going on a pumpkin hunt with Duck and Goose . . . especially when they find the perfect pumpkin at the end.

Junie B. Jones #24: Boo...and I Mean It!

Barbara Park's "New York Times" bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing and reading for more than twenty years. Over 60 million copies in print and now with a bright new look for a new generation
Meet the World's Funniest First Grader Junie B. Jones It's Halloween But Junie B. is afraid to go trick-or-treating. Cause what if witches and monsters are really real? And what if pumpkins with sharp teeth can eat your feet? And don t even get her started on the candy corn problem. So how is Junie B. supposed to enjoy this scary holiday?

The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry

"The American Slave Coast "offers a provocative vision of US history from earliest colonial times through emancipation that presents even the most familiar events and figures in a revealing new light.
Authors Ned and Constance Sublette tell the brutal story of how the slavery industry made the reproductive labor of the people it referred to as breeding women essential to the young country's expansion. Captive African Americans in the slave nation were not only laborers, but merchandise and collateral all at once. In a land without silver, gold, or trustworthy paper money, their children and their children's children into perpetuity were used as human savings accounts that functioned as the basis of money and credit in a market premised on the continual expansion of slavery. Slaveowners collected interest in the form of newborns, who had a cash value at birth and whose mothers had no legal right to say no to forced mating.
This gripping narrative is driven by the power struggle between the elites of Virginia, the slave-raising mother of slavery, and South Carolina, the massive importer of Africans a conflict that was central to American politics from the making of the Constitution through the debacle of the Confederacy.
Virginia slaveowners won a major victory when Thomas Jefferson's 1808 prohibition of the African slave trade protected the domestic slave markets for slave-breeding. The interstate slave trade exploded in Mississippi during the presidency of Andrew Jackson, drove the US expansion into Texas, and powered attempts to take over Cuba and other parts of Latin America, until a disaffected South Carolina spearheaded the drive to secession and war, forcing the Virginians to secede or lose their slave-breeding industry.
Filled with surprising facts, fascinating incidents, and startling portraits of the people who made, endured, and resisted the slave-breeding industry, "The American Slave Coast "culminates in the revolutionary Emancipation Proclamation, which at last decommissioned the capitalized womb and armed the African Americans to fight for their freedom.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Star Wars, Volume 1: Skywalker Strikes

The greatest space adventure of all returns to Marvel Luke Skywalker and the ragtag rebel band opposing the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory yet - the destruction of the massive Death Star. But the Empire's not toppled yet Join Luke, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they fi ght for freedom against the evil of Darth Vader and his master, the Emperor But when a Rebel assault goes very wrong, Han and Leia will have to think fast to make their escape...while Luke fi nds himself faceto-face with Darth Vader In the explosive aftermath, a humbled Luke returns to Tatooine to learn more about his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi. Meanwhile, Leia and Han undertake a vital - and dangerous -secret mission...but can they succeed without Luke? COLLECTING: STAR WARS 1-6.

MIA the Way the Cupcake Crumbles

Mia learns that you have to make your own luck--rather than rely on fun trinkets--in the latest addition to the Cupcake Diaries series.
Mia is having a truly terrible week. So far she's failed a pop quiz, ruined a batch of cupcakes, and even dropped some icing on her favorite shirt But her cousins from Puerto Rico are coming to visit, so Mia has something to look forward to--and they even bring her a little lucky charm as a gift
When Mia's luck immediately turns around, she's convinced that her lucky charm really does have magic powers. But what will she do when her bad luck returns?