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Practical Utopia
Practical Utopia By Michael Albert, Preface By Noam Chomsky

Michael Albert's latest work, Practical Utopia is a succinct and thoughtful discussion of ambitious goals and practical principles for creating a desirable society and includes a preface by Noam Chomsky
The Harvey Milk Interviews
The Harvey Milk Interviews Edited by Vince Emery, By Harvey Milk

This acclaimed collection presents gay hero Harvey Milk in 39 unrehearsed conversations, all linked with biographical stories. They include three famous debates between Milk and John Briggs over the notorious Proposition 6 Briggs Initiative. Milk describes his struggles, strategies, and dreams in his own words, so we see how his laugh-out-loud wit, outrage over injustice, and inspiring actions shaped our lives today. This new edition is updated, expanded, and in paperback for the first time.
DayBlack Volume 2
DayBlack Volume 2 By Keef Cross

DayBlack is the story of Merce, a former slave who was bitten by a vampire in the cotton fields. Four hundred years later, he works as a tattoo artist in the small town of DayBlack. The town has a sky so dense with pollution that the sun is nowhere to be seen, allowing Merce to move about freely, night or day. This second volume in the series continues to follow Merce as he learns the hard way to never be caught with his pants down, and his nightmares become flesh as loved ones he thought long dead suddenly appear at his doorstep—looking for blood. The dynamic black and white depictions are cleverly detailed with cross hatching, shadow lines, and skillful use of negative space.
Silk and Song
Silk and Song By Dana Stabenow

The gripping historical adventure of a young woman who flees China, crossing the known world in search of her grandfather, Marco Polo. From New York Times bestselling author Dana Stabenow. Beijing, 1322. Sixteen-year-old Wu Johanna is the granddaughter of the legendary trader Marco Polo. In the wake of her father's death, Johanna finds that lineage counts for little amid the disintegrating court of the Khan. Johanna's destiny—if she has one—lies with her grandfather, in Venice. So, with a small band of companions, she takes to the road—the Silk Road—that storied collection of routes that link the silks of Cathay, the spices of the Indies and the jewels of the Indus to the markets of the west. But first she must survive treachery and betrayal on a road beset by thieves, fanatics and warlords.
Havana Then and Now®
Havana Then and Now® By Llilian Llanes

Putting archive and contemporary photographs of the same landmark side-by-side, Havana Then and Now®? provides a visual chronicle of of Cuba's fascinating capital city. This revised edition includes the buildings of state, the Spanish influences of the 19th century, the ancient churches, old public squares, and shopping streets shaded by giant awnings. Sites include: Castillo del  Morro, Fortaleza de San Carlos, Wreck of the Maine, the Malecon, Paseo del Prado, Plaza de San Francisco, Muelle de Luz, Avenida del  Puerto, Plaza de Armas, Calle Obispo, Calle O'Reilly, Barrio Chino, Tacon Market, Parque Central, Hotel Inglaterra, Hotel Plaza, Teatro Tacon, Teatro Payret, Campo de Marte, Capitolo Nacional, Presidential Palace, Columbus Cemetery, Monument of the Medical Students, University of Havana, and Ernest Hemingway's house.
Families
Families By Kerry McCluskey, By Jesse Unaapik Mike, Illustrated by Lenny Lishchenko

Talittuq is excited to start his first day of grade two. He is looking forward to the new school year, but as he meets his friends again for the first time after summer vacation, he notices that a lot of his friends’ families are very different from his own. Some have one mom and one dad, and some have only a mom. Some kids live with their grandparents. Some live with two dads or two moms. As Talittuq hears about all the fun his friends have had with their families, he learns that families come in many different shapes and sizes, and what holds them all together is love!
Portugal
Portugal By Cyril Pedrosa

From the author of the acclaimed Equinoxes comes a return to roots that serves as spiritual renewal. Comics artist Simon Muchat is stuck. Suffering writer's block, uninspired, vegetating as a school art teacher, he is losing direction and his taste for life, until one day he is invited to appear at a comics convention in Portugal, the country his family came from and which he hadn't seen since his childhood. Even though he is a foreigner there, so many elements of the country are familiar to him. Meeting its lively citizens and recounting early memoreis brought by back his distant yet welcoming family all prove reinvigorating—the breath of fresh air he so badly needed. Based on his own experience, Pedrosa narrates this return to his roots in a deeply compelling and warmly human way. This bestselling graphic novel has sold more than 100,000 copies in France and a has won many prizes, including Best Graphic Novel at the Angouleme Festival and FNAC Best GN.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 27
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 27 Edited by Rosamund Kidman Cox

A gorgeous, powerful collection the annual contest's winning photographs. For more than 50 years, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has championed honest and ethical wildlife photography, while pushing the boundaries of artistic freedom, technical skill, and narrative excellence. This powerful collection of pictures features all the winning photographs from the 2016 competition. The collection represents the work of many international photographers, both professionals and amateurs. The photographs are chosen by an international jury for their artistic merit and originality, from categories that together represent a diversity of natural subjects. The range of styles is also diverse, as is the genre of photography, including action, macro, underwater, landscape, or environmental reportage. Together this outstanding collection is a reminder of the splendor, drama, and variety of life on Earth. Each stunning photograph is accompanied by an extended caption and there is an introduction by one of the world's most respected nature photographers.
Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats
Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats Edited by Iain McIntyre, Edited by Andrew Nette, Foreword by Peter Doyle

The first comprehensive account of how the rise of postwar youth culture was depicted in mass-market pulp fiction. As the young created new styles in music, fashion, and culture, pulp fiction shadowed their every move, hyping and exploiting their behavior, dress, and language for mass consumption and cheap thrills. With their lurid covers and wild, action-packed plots, these books reveal as much about society's deepest desires and fears as they do about the subcultures themselves. Featuring approximately 400 full-color covers, many of them never before reprinted, along with 70 in-depth author interviews, illustrated biographies, and previously unpublished articles, the book goes behind the scenes to look at the authors and publishers, how they worked, where they drew their inspiration and—often overlooked—the actual words they wrote. It is a must read for anyone interested in pulp fiction, lost literary history, retro and subcultural style, and the history of postwar youth culture.
Messi Superstar
Messi Superstar By Duo Labs, By Jon Stolberg

Millions of kids around the world know Lionel Messi, and they all know he is really good. This engaging book goes beyond a traditional biography and describes Messi's life and record-breaking career through the use of fun graphics, comparisons with past and present players, playful reader challenges, and pages chock-full of interesting facts. Este libro contiene muchos datos sobre los logros y la carrera de Lionel Messi, así como un relato biográfico que enfatiza los desafíos que tuvo que superar para convertirse en el mejor jugador del mundo. La historia de Lionel Messi no es solo una vida de éxitos. En este libro, cargado de ilustraciones e infografías para hacer accesible la información a los más jóvenes, los autores resaltan el papel que tuvieron el esfuerzo y la voluntad para superar las limitaciones, los desafíos y las pérdidas en la carrera de Lionel Messi. Se puede leer en esta clave como un libro que recoge valores centrales para el desarrollo de la persona, lejos de una celebración vacía del talento o el culto de la personalidad.
A Tangled Web: Mata Hari
A Tangled Web: Mata Hari By Mary W. Craig

A new study of the most infamous spy of World War I, published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of her executionIn this new biography, published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of her execution, Mata Hari is revealed in all of her flawed eccentricity; a woman whose adult life was a fantastical web of lies and half-truths. Following a bitter divorce and the death of a young son, Hari reinvented herself as an exotic dancer in Paris, before finally taking up the life of a courtesan. She could have remained a half-forgotten member of France's grande horizontale were it not for World War I and her disastrous decision to become embroiled in espionage. What happened next was part farce and part tragedy that ended in her execution in October 1917. Recruited by both the Germans and the French as a spy, Hari—codenamed H-21—was also almost recruited by the Russians. But the harmless fantasies and lies she had told on stage had become part of the deadly game of agents and foreign agents during wartime. Struggling with the huge cost of war, the French authorities needed to catch a spy. Mata Hari, the dancer, the courtesan, the fantasist, became the prize catch.
UNtold
UNtold By Ian Williams, Illustrated by Krishna

Drawing on personal experience with the UN, this combination of informative text and whimsical cartoons describes how the organization is supposed to work, how it actually behaves, and why there is a difference. UNtold lets readers in on the quirks and mysteries of international diplomacy and global decision-making. Delightfully irreverent, the message is that this vital body really can represent "We the peoples of the world." The book has something to offer everyone, from high school and college students involved in model UNs to secretaries of state and senior diplomats.
Life on the Porcelain Edge
Life on the Porcelain Edge By C.E. Hilbert

Tessa Tarrington's life is swirling out of control. No job. No apartment. Sick Dad...And she's back in high school! Teaching at her Gibson's Run alma mater would be tolerable, except she's sharing purgatory with her mortal enemy, Ryland Jessup. But eight years post-high-school, and after tragedies she can barely understand, Ryland no longer fits her mental image of the over-sized bully he once was. In fact, much to her disgust, he's finding his way into her heart. After the sudden death of his wife, Ryland hung up his professional shoulder pads and picked up a whistle. Now he's focused on coaching the high school football team and raising his daughter. The sudden return of his childhood crush, Tessa Tarrington, has reawakened long-ago feelings. But if God's giving him a second chance to impress Tessa, the Man Upstairs has a funny way of showing it. Just when Tessa starts to lighten up, Ryland's best friend returns. Will the always-irresistible Joey Taylor stifle any hope Ryland has to ignite the dream of a relationship with Tessa?
The MERCENARY The Definitive Editions, Vol 1
The MERCENARY The Definitive Editions, Vol 1 By Vicente Segrelles

This 40th anniversary edition features better reproductions than ever and all-new scans of the original paintings overseen by the master himself, presented in handsome, large, quarterbound collectors editions. In a lost and long forgotten valley high up in the mountains, The Mercenary has been contracted to save a woman from the mysterious and powerful Cult of the Sacred Fire. Each volume is complemented with articles at the back about the history and the making of this series over its gloried, decades-long history.
It's Thanksgiving, Chloe Zoe!
It's Thanksgiving, Chloe Zoe! By Jane Smith

It's Thanksgiving and that means Grammy Ella is visiting for a whole week! Chloe Zoe gets to be her sous chef and help bake Grammy Ella's famous pumpkin pie. Grammy Ella lets Chloe Zoe gather all the spices for the filling but when she accidentally mixes them up the pie turns out awful. Grammy Ella reminds Chloe Zoe what's important about Thanksgiving isn't the food, but being grateful for being together.
Alone on the Shield
Alone on the Shield By Kirk Landers

I hope you get drafted and you go to Vietnam and you get shot and you die there! Those words, spoken in the anger of youth, marked the end of the torrid 1960s college romance of Annette DuBose and Gabe Pender. She would marry a fellow antiwar activist and end up immigrating to Canada. He would fight in Vietnam and come home to build an American Dream kind of life.Forty years later, they have reconnected and discovered a shared passion: solo canoeing in Ontario's raw Quetico wilderness. They decide to meet again to catch up on old times, not in a café but on Annette's favorite island deep in the Quetico wilds.Though they try to control their expectations for their rendezvous, they both approach the island with a growing realization of the emotional void in their lives and wonder how different everything might have been if they had stayed together. They must overcome challenges just to reach the island. Then they encounter the greatest challenge of all—each other.
Duck for Turkey Day
Duck for Turkey Day By Jacqueline Jules, Illustrated by Kathryn Mitter

It's almost Thanksgiving, and Tuyet is excited about the holiday and the vacation from school. There's just one problem: her Vietnamese American family is having duck for Thanksgiving dinner - not turkey! Nobody has duck for Thanksgiving - what will her teacher and the other kids think? To her surprise, Tuyet enjoys her yummy thanksgiving dinner anyhow - and an even bigger surprise is waiting for her at school on Monday. Dinners from roast beef to lamb to enchiladas adorned the Thanksgiving tables of her classmates, but they all had something in common - family! Kids from families with different traditions will enjoy this warm story about "the right way" to celebrate an American holiday.
The Other Twin
The Other Twin By Lucy V Hay

A dark and sexy thriller, delving into the downside of the social media generation. When India falls to her death from a bridge over a railway, her sister Poppy returns home to Brighton for the first time in years. Unconvinced by official explanations, Poppy begins her own investigation into India's death. But the deeper she digs, the closer she comes to uncovering deeply buried secrets. Could Matthew Temple, the boyfriend she abandoned, be involved? And what of his powerful and wealthy parents, and his twin sister, Ana? Enter the mysterious and ethereal Jenny: the girl Poppy discovers after hacking into India's laptop. What is exactly is she hiding, and what did India find out about her? Taking the reader on a breathless ride through the winding lanes of Brighton, into its vibrant party scene and inside the homes of its well-heeled families, The Other Twin is a startling and up-to-the-minute thriller about the social-media world, where resentments and accusations are played out online, where identities are made and remade, and where there is no such thing as truth.
Polar Bear Postman
Polar Bear Postman By Seigo Kijima

Milk is the polar bear postmaster of the forest. One day he receives a card that says "Please help!" It is from a red-crested crane couple whose chick has gone missing. Spring gives way to summer and Milk receives another post card—this time from a red-crested crane couple who live in another district telling him that they have been taking care of a lost crane chick and asking for help in finding its family. Milk is modeled on an actual polar bear living in the Kushiro Zoo in Hokkaido, who is so adept at walking erect on his two hind legs that visitors say he looks like a person in a bear suit. The bear is joined in this amusing story by a variety of animal species native to Hokkaido.
Abduction
Abduction By Alan Baxter

The past often catches up with you, but when it's Alex Caine's past the results can be deadly. Alex Caine has been suffering the weight of the world, and some days it's hard to even get out of bed. Alone one night, a band of Fey overwhelm him and steal him away from the mortal realm. Silhouette, desperate to save her lover, calls in Armour, but the organization seems reluctant to help. Claude Darvill, his fragile alliance with Alex at an end, is still searching for the remains of his father, Robert Hood. In frozen wastes of Iceland, Darvill is driven by a deep-burning grudge and a need for revenge. His efforts are backed by all the considerable resources of Black Diamond Incorporated. Silhouette must overcome her greatest fears and use all her skills to locate Alex. Even if she can find him, that's just the start of their problems.In this third Alex Caine book, sequel to Bound and Obsidian, old enemies and new share a common goal. Alex Caine hates to be the center of attention, but he and Silhouette need to pull together as the world is threatened once more, and only Alex can save it.
Wanda's Better Way
Wanda's Better Way By Laura Pedersen, Illustrated by Penny Weber

Follow the journey of one thoughtful and creative girl as she learns to pursue her passions. Young Wanda is a girl on a mission; she wants to decide what to do when she grows up. Will she be a dancer? A landscape designer? Maybe a pastry chef? Her teachers and parents all make suggestions, but Wanda sets out to explore each option on her own. Along the way she invents a clever pulley system, a squirrel-proof bird feeder, and the best way to separate eggs. With the school career fair (and adulthood) looming on the horizon, what will Wanda decide? From the award-winning children's author Laura Pedersen comes Wanda's Better Way, an educational picture book about believing in yourself and pursuing your passion.