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Leigh Anne's Staff Picks

Leigh Anne is our resident editor-in-chief. She works each month to write and compile the Horizon Books newsletter, as well as organizing and putting out all of our monthly staff picks.

 

 

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Fabulous Fun with Puzzles Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781603200349
Availability: Special Order
Published: Time Home Entertainment - October 2008

JULY 2014

Whether going on vacatoin with the kids or trying to keep them busy while at home, this book is sure to silence any refrains of "I'm bored! There's nothing to doooo!" This book is full of mental gymnastics of every kind for everybody. (In case you're the bored one!) So pick up your copy at the very low price of $4.98! That's priceless fun, really.


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Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781452126579
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - July 23rd, 2013

JUNE 2014

Internet sensation Gumpy Cat's epic feline frown has inspired legions of devoted fans. Celebrating the grouch in everyone, the Grumpy Cat book teaches the fine art of grumpiness and includes enough bad attitude to cast a dark cloud over the whole world. In the famous words of Grumpy Cat, "Every new beginning ends."


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Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You: A Journal of 365 Acts of Bravery Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780385345774
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Published: Potter Style - December 31st, 2013

JANUARY 2014

Did you have a New Year's Resolution this year? How about starting a journal? Not just any mundane journal either. But a journal that dares you to be spontanious and a risk taker? To do something everyday that you would never "normally" do? Give it a try!

This journal lets you fill in the date. So it's not too late.

Go on...

Do something that scares you...


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Papertoy Monsters: 50 Cool Papertoys You Can Make Yourself! Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780761158820
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Workman Publishing - December 29th, 2010

OCTOBER 2013

I know I'm not original, 

But I can't help it!

I'm choosing this fun and creative book for my staff pick for a THIRD TIME! Why the madness??!! 

It's a perfect book for the season, it's fun for ALL ages, and after seeing it again - months later - I still grin at thedifferent "monsters" you can create.

Skip the candy, and get this calorie-free book instead!


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Darth Vader and Son Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781452106557
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - April 18th, 2012

JULY 2013

With a new Star Wars movie in the works, speculation arises about what favorite characters will come back, what will the story be about, will there be Jar Jar Biks again?? This fun book explores what might have been if Darth Vader had been a part of young Skywalker's life.

What if Darth Vader had taken an active role in raising his son? What if "Luke, I am your father" was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this hilarious and sweet comic re-imagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other - except with all the baggage of being Dark Lord of the Sith. Celebrated artist Jeffrey Brown's delightful illustrations give classic Star Wars moments a fresh twist, presenting the trials and joys of parenting through the lens of a galaxy far, far away.


The Pocket Scavenger Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780399160233
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Perigee Books - May 7th, 2013

JUNE 2013

The author of "Wreck This Journal" is back with another creative outlet for the explorer and dreamer in all of us. Some of my favorite scavenges are:

-Something that is Miniature

-A Pencil Rubbing of a Gravestone

-Three Different Textures

-Something From the Year You Were Born

The kid in you will have fun finding all the different things and telling the story of how you discovered them. Buy it for a child, a friend, or even yourself!


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Henri, Le Chat Noir: The Existential Musings of an Angst-Filled Cat Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781607745105
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Published: Ten Speed Press - April 30th, 2013

MAY 2013

Henri is full of wisdom and thought-provoking philosphical gems such as, "Ultimately out lives are spent diverting ourselves with one meaningless task after another. And yet, the great mysteries of the universe remain unsolved. So, does it really matter if I peed on the counter?" And... "They curse the fur on the bed, but what is shedding if not a reminder of my own spiritual evanesence?" And one of my favorites, "I sleep because everytime I open my eyes, the world is still there." Priceless.


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The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399537585
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Published: Perigee Books - November 6th, 2012

MARCH 2013

Who doesn't doodle from time to time on a scratch of paper by the phone, or while waiting for food at a restaurant? This is a fun and light book for any adult to have on their desk at work, or at home on the coffee table. Any adult?! Yes, because it allows the carefree, creative doodler in you to come out for a few minutes a day and just RELAX. Who knows, you may even gain some insight into yourself or realize hidden talent you never knew you had!


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I Want My Hat Back Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763655983
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 27th, 2011

FEBRUARY 2013

This book reminds me of when I was a child and my mom would read to me from my favorite story, The Monster At The End of This Book. The humor and suspense of that book is similar to this one. Except this book has a little more dark humor that I suspect will make it as fun for the adult to read as for the child to listen. At the end of the book there is a hint of a moral, as well. In the end it doesn't pay to steal... even if it is just a hat.


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The History of the World According to Facebook Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062076182
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Published: It Books - October 11th, 2011

DECEMBER 2012

I am doing an encore staff pick that I chose this summer. I would say that this was my best-selling pick of 2012. So I come back to it again for the same reasons I chose last time. What if Facebook had been around thousands of years ago? What would the people, things, or events have "said" back then? This is a fun read that is also a great gift to share with friends!


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Wreck This Journal (Red) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780399162725
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Perigee Books - August 7th, 2012

NOVEMBER 2012

I love this book. It's not your boring lined paper journal that you forget to write in and before you know it your last entry was a year ago! Instead, this journal is MADE to destroy, with your full imagination involved, while amazingly relieving stress. It's not so much a journal as it is an experiment. I think a great gift for yourself or a friend.


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Gone: A Paranormal Extraction Team Adventure Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781456405151
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - December 7th, 2010

OCTOBER 2012

What is a "Paranormal Extraction Team," you may ask? Find out in this spooky but fun book for kids of all ages! Read around the campfire this fall or while hiding under the covers at night with your flashlight.


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A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length: More Movies That Suck Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781449410254
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - February 7th, 2012

AUGUST 2012

The latest "movie review" book from Roger Ebert includes more than 200 of his reviews since 2006 in which he gave movies two stars or fewer. I've long been a fan of Roger's razor-sharp humor, which is best when skewering bad movies. He sums it up best when reviewing the movie "Valentine's Day," saying, "[It's] being marketed as a date movie. I think it's more of a first date movie. If your date likes it, don't date that person again. If you like it, there may not be a second date." Zing! Read this book and stop yourself from losing two hours or so of your life from watching a really BAD movie.


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The History of the World According to Facebook Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062076182
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Published: It Books - October 11th, 2011

JULY 2012

If only I had had this book in school, maybe I would have enjoyed history better! A funny parody that makes you wonder, if Facebook had been around hundreds of years ago, what would those historical figures (and "events") have really said?


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All My Friends Are Still Dead Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781452106960
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - March 7th, 2012

MAY 2012

Ok, usually sequels don't live up to the original. So I wasn't getting my hopes up about this book. But it is just as funny as All My Friends Are Dead!

I'm pretty sure people stared at me like I was a lunatic as I laughed uproariously while reading it. Whether you look at it as a sad commentary on life (your life maybe?) or friendships (or your lack thereof?), or a sick grown-up book stylized as a childrens' book, I'm sure you will like it.

Your friends, however, maybe not. They're still dead, after all.


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Rainshadow Road Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780312605889
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 28th, 2012

APRIL 2012

If you enjoy a touch of the magical in your love stories, you will love this book! But it's about more than romance, it's also a heartfelt and emotional family tale.

"In the latest flawlessly written addition to her contemporary Friday Harbor books, Kleypas brings together richly nuanced characters, an emotionally riveting plot, and a subtle touch of the paranormal to create an unforgettable romance that is pure reading magic." - Booklist, Starred Review


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Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite Sex Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060574215
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Paperbacks - April 3rd, 2012

FEBRUARY 2012

"Once upon a time Martians and Venusians met, fell in love, and had happy relationships together because they respected and accepted  their differences. Then they came to Earth and amnesia set in: they forgot they were from different planets."

Now viewed as a modern classic, this phenomenal book has helped men and women realize how different they are and how to communicate their needs in such a way that conflict doesn't arise and intimacy is given every chance to grow.

Everyone in a relationship, or those trying to find the right one, should read this book. It has very good advice for understanding and maintaining a healthy relationship!


Awkward Family Photos Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307592293
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - May 4th, 2010

JANUARY 2012


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Papertoy Monsters: 50 Cool Papertoys You Can Make Yourself! Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780761158820
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Workman Publishing - December 29th, 2010

OCTOBER 2011