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Charlotte the Scientist Is Squished Cover Image
By Camille Andros, Brianne Farley (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544785830
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Published: Clarion Books - March 14th, 2017

(LIST PRICE: $16.99)

Charlotte is a serious scientist. She solves important problems by following the scientific method. She has all the right equipment: protective glasses, a lab coat, a clipboard, and a magnifying glass. What she doesn't have is space. She has so many brothers and sisters (she is a rabbit, after all) that she is too squished to work on her experiments Can she use science to solve her problem? This funny, satisfying story is a playful introduction to the scientific method and perfect for sparking an interest in STEM subjects.


Even Monsters Need to Sleep Cover Image
By Lisa Wheeler, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062366405
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - March 14th, 2017

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Even Monsters Need to Sleep by acclaimed author-illustrator team Lisa Wheeler and Chris Van Dusen puts a fresh and humorous spin on the classic bedtime story. Perfect for readers who enjoy How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? and other subversive bedtime tales.

What do you do before you go to bed at night?

Bigfoot hugs his wooby extra tight, while aliens have pillow fights.

Nessie gets a drink, then swims down deep.

But in the end, everybody needs to sleep . . . even monsters


In This Grave Hour Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062436603
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Published: Harper - March 14th, 2017

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-A female investigator every bit as brainy and battle-hardened as Lisbeth Salander.- -- Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air, on Maisie Dobbs

Sunday September 3rd 1939. At the moment Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain broadcasts to the nation Britain's declaration of war with Germany, a senior Secret Service agent breaks into Maisie Dobbs' flat to await her return. Dr. Francesca Thomas has an urgent assignment for Maisie: to find the killer of a man who escaped occupied Belgium as a boy, some twenty-three years earlier during the Great War.

In a London shadowed by barrage balloons, bomb shelters and the threat of invasion, within days another former Belgian refugee is found murdered. And as Maisie delves deeper into the killings of the dispossessed from the -last war, - a new kind of refugee -- an evacuee from London -- appears in Maisie's life. The little girl billeted at Maisie's home in Kent does not, or cannot, speak, and the authorities do not know who the child belongs to or who might have put her on the -Operation Pied Piper- evacuee train. They know only that her name is Anna.

As Maisie's search for the killer escalates, the country braces for what is to come. Britain is approaching its gravest hour -- and Maisie could be nearing a crossroads of her own.


Lilac Girls Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101883082
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 28th, 2017

(LIST PRICE:$17.00)
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - For readers of The Nightingale and Sarah's Key, inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this remarkable debut novel reveals the power of unsung women to change history in their quest for love, freedom, and second chances.
New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939--and then sets its sights on France.
An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.
For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.
The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbruck, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents--from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland--as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.


A Man Called Ove Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476738024
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Published: Washington Square Press - May 5th, 2015

(LIST PRICE: $16.00)

Read the New York Times bestseller that has taken the world by storm
Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon--the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him -the bitter neighbor from hell.- But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations.
A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, Fredrik Backman's novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. -If there was an award for 'Most Charming Book of the Year, ' this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down- (Booklist, starred review).


It Can't Happen Here Cover Image
By Sinclair Lewis, Michael Meyer (Introduction by), Gary Scharnhorst (Afterword by)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780451465641
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Published: Signet Classics - January 7th, 2014

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"The novel that foreshadowed Donald Trump's authoritarian appeal."--Salon
It Can't Happen Here is the only one of Sinclair Lewis's later novels to match the power of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith. A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America.
Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler's aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press.
Called "a message to thinking Americans" by the Springfield Republican when it was published in 1935, It Can't Happen Here is a shockingly prescient novel that remains as fresh and contemporary as today's news.
With an Introduction by Michael Meyer
and an Afterword by Gary Scharnhorst


A Really Big Lunch: Meditations on Food and Life from the Roving Gourmand Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802126467
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Published: Grove Press - March 24th, 2017

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" A] culinary combo plate of Hunter S. Thompson, Ernest Hemingway, Julian Schnabel, and Sam Peckinpah . . . Harrison writes with enough force to make your knees buckle and with infectious zeal that makes you turn the pages hungry for more . . . Jim Harrison has staked out a distinctive place in the world of food writing."--Jane and Michael Stern, New York Times Book Review on The Raw and the Cooked
New York Times bestselling author Jim Harrison was one of this country's most beloved writers, a muscular, brilliantly economic stylist with a salty wisdom. He also wrote some of the best essays on food around, earning praise as "the poet laureate of appetite" (Dallas Morning News). A Really Big Lunch, to be published on the one-year anniversary of Harrison's death, collects many of his food pieces for the first time--and taps into his larger-than-life appetite with wit and verve.
Jim Harrison's legendary gourmandise is on full display in A Really Big Lunch. From the titular New Yorker piece about a French lunch that went to thirty-seven courses, to pieces from Brick, Playboy, Kermit Lynch Newsletter, and more on the relationship between hunter and prey, or the obscure language of wine reviews, A Really Big Lunch is shot through with Harrison's pointed apercus and keen delight in the pleasures of the senses. And between the lines the pieces give glimpses of Harrison's life over the last three decades. A Really Big Lunch is a literary delight that will satisfy every appetite.
"Harrison is the American Rabelais, and he is at his irreverent and excessive best in this collection." --John Skowles, San Diego Union-Tribune on The Raw and the Cooked


Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis Cover Image
$22.39
ISBN: 9780062300546
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Published: Harper - June 28th, 2016

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, NAMED BY THE TIMES AS ONE OF "6 BOOKS TO HELP UNDERSTAND TRUMP'S WIN"

"You will not read a more important book about America this year."--The Economist

"A riveting book."--The Wall Street Journal

"Essential reading."--David Brooks, New York Times

From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America's white working class

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis--that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.'s grandparents were "dirt poor and in love," and moved north from Kentucky's Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.

But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance's grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history.

A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.


Big Agenda: President Trump's Plan to Save America Cover Image
$21.59
ISBN: 9781630060879
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Published: Humanix Books - January 17th, 2017

(LIST PRICE:$21.59)

Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 election was more than a historic upset. It was the beginning of a major political, economic, and social revolution that will change America -- and the world.
One of the nation's foremost conservative commentators, New York Times bestselling author, and a mentor to many of Donald Trump's key advisers, David Horowitz presents a White House battle plan to halt the Democrats' march to extinguish the values America holds dear.
Big Agenda details President Trump's likely moves, including his:
- First wave of executive orders -- restoring Guantanamo, Keystone XL, nixing amnesty
- Surprising judicial appointments -- Supreme Court and the federal judiciary
- Radical changes to federal rules & regulations -- Obamacare, EPA overreach, and a New Deal for black America
With the White House and Senate in GOP hands, and a Supreme Court soon to follow, President Trump will have a greater opportunity than even Ronald Reagan had to reshape the American political landscape while securing the nation's vital security interests abroad.
-No president since FDR and his famed '100 Days' has the chance Donald Trump has, - Horowitz argues.
But he writes that the GOP and Trump must recognize they are not fighting policy ideas, but an ideology -- a progressive one with a radical agenda to stop Trump in an effort to reduce America's power and greatness.
Big Agenda is a rallying cry and indispensable guide for how to claim ultimate victory for the conservative cause.
Horowitz writes, -One battle is over, but there are many more to come. This book is a guide to fighting the opponents of the conservative restoration. It identifies who the adversaries are -- their methods and their motivations.
It describes their agenda -- not merely the particular issues with which they advance their goal, but the destructive goal itself. And it lays out a strategy that can defeat them.-


How Thin the Veil: A Memoir of 45 Days in the Traverse City State Hospital Cover Image
By Jack Kerkhoff, Ray Minervini (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781943995196
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Published: Mission Point Press - November 15th, 2016

(LIST PRICE $16.95)

“So this is my homecoming. This is my return to the town where I spent the happiest days of my youth.

Picture a slightly decrepit, snow-covered state hospital. A depressed writer checks himself into the asylum and is placed in the ward for alcoholics and the mildly insane. Under the care of a wise and patient, chain-smoking doctor, our hero examines his suicidal motivations, while at the same time keeping a writer’s eye on the inmates and their almost universal malady of “woman trouble.” As the snow comes down and Christmas nears, “woman trouble” takes on new meaning when the author falls in love with beautiful, child-like Suzy from Ward Eleven.

This memoir, originally published in 1952, takes a hard-boiled look at mental health treatment before the collapse of the state-sponsored system. Bawdy, inappropriate, deeply romantic and rich in captivating characters, How Thin the Veil takes the love story to where it’s never been before.


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The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393333060
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2008

(LIST PRICE: $15.99)

After their zoo was bombed, Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski managed to save over three hundred people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages. With animal names for these -guests, - and human names for the animals, it's no wonder that the zoo's code name became -The House Under a Crazy Star.- Best-selling naturalist and acclaimed storyteller Diane Ackerman combines extensive research and an exuberant writing style to re-create this fascinating, true-life story--sharing Antonina's life as -the zookeeper's wife, - while examining the disturbing obsessions at the core of Nazism. Winner of the 2008 Orion Award.


$19.95
SKU: 9780983015086

(LIST PRICE:$19.95)

40 of the Most Beautiful Paths Along Michigan’s Most Beautiful Highway

The Leelanau Conservancy is proud to have 10 of its most spectacular natural areas included in a newly released guidebook that showcases the best places to hike along or just off of M-22.

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