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The Art of Holding On and Letting Go
The Art of Holding On and Letting Go By Kristin Bartley Lenz

Competitive climber Cara Jenkins feels most at home high off the ground, clinging to a rock wall by her fingertips. She's enjoyed a roaming life with her mountaineering parents, making the natural world her jungle gym, the writings of Annie Dillard and Henry David Thoreau her textbooks. But when tragedy strikes on an Ecuadoran mountaintop, Cara's nomadic lifestyle comes to an abrupt halt. Starting over at her grandparents' home in suburban Detroit, Cara embarks on a year of discovery, uncovering unknown strengths, friendships, and first love. Cara's journey illustrates the transformative power of nature, love and loss, and discovering that home can be far from where you started.
Hey, Liberal!
Hey, Liberal! By Shawn Shiflett

In this honest novel set in the racial tinderbox of Chicago in 1969, thirteen-year-old Simon Fleming, the white son of a civil rights activist minister, is sent to a predominately African American high school, feeling charged by his parents to carry out the family's commitment to the community and school integration. Here, he is dropped into a world where gang warfare, drug abuse, and violence are rampant. Simon's quest for survival takes him through a failed student boycott organized by community leaders, as well as through numerous race riots, and brings him into contact with gangbangers, political activists, racist cops, and unlikely new friends. Hey, Liberal! exposes an out-of-touch education system and the universality of racial violence amid a nation moving, inch by hard-fought inch, toward a more culturally diverse and inclusive future.
I Want to Be a Drummer!
I Want to Be a Drummer! By Mark Powers, Illustrated by Maria Montag

Perfect for children who show an interest in music and instruments from an early age. Daniel wants to be a drummer, but he doesn't have any drums. Little readers can help him find items around the house to build his drum set. After Daniel finds the musicality in everyday objects he discovers at home, children will have fun creating their very own drum set. A fun reminder that the joy of making music can be found anywhere.
Golden
Golden By Jeff Coen, By John Chase

An enlightening foray into mind-boggling government corruption. No one did political corruption quite like Rod Blagojevich. The 40th governor of Illinois made international headlines in 2008 when he was roused from his bed and arrested by the FBI at his Chicago home. He was accused of running the state government as a criminal racket and, most shockingly, caught on tape trying to barter away President-elect Barack Obama’s US Senate seat. Most politicians would hunker down, stay quiet, and fight the federal case against them. But as he had done for years, Rod Blagojevich proved he was no ordinary politician. Instead, he fueled the headlines, proclaiming his innocence on seemingly every national talk show and street corner he could find. Revealing evidence from the investigation never before made public, Golden is the most complete telling yet of the Blagojevich story, written by two Chicago reporters who covered every step of his rise and fall and spent years sifting through evidence, compiling documents, and conducting more than a hundred interviews with those who have known Blagojevich from his childhood to his time in the governor’s office. Dispensing with sensationalism to present the facts about one of the nation’s most notorious politicians, the authors detail the mechanics of the corruption that brought the governor down and profile a fascinating and frustrating character who embodies much of what is wrong with modern politics. With Blagojevich now serving 14 years in prison, the time has come for the last word on who Blagojevich was, how he was elected, how he got himself into trouble, and how the feds took him down.
Why Cry?
Why Cry? By Yusuke Yonezu

An amusing and imaginative lift-the-flap book guaranteed to bring a smile to a teary face. Lots of tears call for lots of reassurance that everything's going to be okay. What better way to cheer someone up than with a lovely surprise! Here's a book that's sure to coax a smile from little ones, as page by page the colors behind these crying faces build up into a wonderful rainbow. This clever die-cut design will have young children smiling in no time!
You Negotiate Like a Girl
You Negotiate Like a Girl By Amy Trask, With Michael Freeman

The Princess of Darkness. Former NFL team executive Amy Trask has held many titles during her career - including chief executive, analyst, and author - but this nickname is what she is first and foremost known by to Raiders fans. Trask joined the Raiders as an intern during law school after the team moved from Oakland to Los Angeles - the position the result of a cold call she made to the team. From there, she worked her way up through the ranks of the organization, to the post she would eventually hold as chief executive. Along the way, Trask worked extremely closely with the late Al Davis, a man who treated her and others on his team without regard to gender, race, and age. Trask may have been the highest-ranking female executive in the NFL during her tenure with the Raiders, but in You Negotiate Like a Girl: Reflections on a Career in the National Football League, she shares how she found success by operating without regard to gender. Replete with insider tales about being part of the Raiders' front office, behind the closed doors of NFL owners meetings, and Davis himself, Trask's book is a must-read not only for football fans, but anyone who wants to succeed in business.
Lens on Syria
Lens on Syria By Daniel Demeter, Foreword by Joshua Landis

Thousands of remarkable monuments and relics fill the land of Syria from the coast of the Mediterranean to its desert borders, dating back to the dawn of human history. The sites include: Bronze Age ruins, Roman temples and necropolises, churches and monasteries from the early Christian and Byzantine eras, Muslim forts and mosques, Crusader castles, and many more. When conflict broke out in 2011, these treasures were put at great risk and in subsequent years, many were destroyed in battles—some were even the intentional targets of extremists. From 2006–2009, American photographer Daniel Demeter traveled broadly throughout Syria, documenting the country's warm and kindhearted people, vibrant markets, exciting landscapes, archaeological sites, historic monuments, and religious architecture. In seven chapters organized by region, Lens on Syria offers a unique visual experience of pre-war Syria and serves as an invaluable record of the country's long history, rich heritage, and diverse culture.
You Might Be From Texas If ...
You Might Be From Texas If ... By Nick Anderson

You Might Be From Texas If ... is a delightful, illustrated romp through this one-of-a kind place. Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Nick Anderson delivers his unique take on America's most unique state, tickling the funny bone on every page. As Anderson proves, this is a state that is proud of who it is and likes nothing better than a good laugh.
The Little Book of Feminism
The Little Book of Feminism By Harriet Dyer

Do you want to know more about the fight for women's rights? From the corseted rabble-rousers of the suffragist movement to the sharp-fingered bloggers of today, this comprehensive little guide will teach you the history, theory and big issues and everything you need to know to become a card-carrying feminist.
Tom Brady vs. the NFL
Tom Brady vs. the NFL By Sean Glennon

Showcasing one of professional football’s best players, this book spotlights the life and career of gridiron great Tom Brady. More than just a biography, it relates Brady’s story while also establishing his prominent place in NFL history. By examining his skills and statistics in a variety of categories and comparing him to other great quarterbacks—including Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, Bart Starr, Johnny Unitas, Roger Staubach, Aaron Rodgers, and more—the guide makes a strong case for Brady as football’s best signal caller. Along the way, his best moments as a Patriot are revisited, from championship seasons spanning from 2001 to 2015, to his favorite receivers, to his relationship with legendary coach Bill Belichick and the "Deflategate" scandal in 2015. With detailed sidebars on Brady’s celebrity status, fashion sense, much-talked-about hair, and supermodel wife, this revised and updated edition is a must-have for faithful New England fans and pro football buffs alike.
Michael Bloomfield
Michael Bloomfield By Ed Ward, Foreword by Billy F. Gibbons

This is the definitive biography of the legendary guitarist whom eminent figures like Muddy Waters and B. B. King held in high esteem, and who created the prototype for Clapton, Hendrix, Page, and everyone who followed. Bloomfield was one of the first popular music superstars of the 1960s to earn his reputation almost entirely on his instrumental prowess. He was a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, which inspired a generation of white blues players; he played with Bob Dylan in the mid-1960s, when his guitar was a central component of Dylan's new rock sound on "Like a Rolling Stone" and at his earthshaking 1965 Newport Folk Festival performance. He then founded the Electric Flag, recorded Super Session with Al Kooper, backed Janis Joplin, and released at least twenty other albums, despite debilitating substance abuse. He died of a mysterious drug overdose in 1981.A very limited edition of a book of this title was first published in 1983, but it has here been so thoroughly revised and expanded that it is essentially a brand-new publication. Based on extensive interviews with Bloomfield himself and with those who knew him best, and including an extensive discography and Bloomfield's memorable 1968 Rolling Stone interview, Michael Bloomfield is an intimate portrait of one of the pioneers of rock guitar.
Drive On!
Drive On! Edited by Phil Berardelli

Are you a Baby Boomer? A member of the post-World War II generation? Retiring or planning to retire at a time when U.S. life expectancy has never been higher? If so, you're part of the exploding population of senior drivers on our highways. You're also helping to create potentially massive problems for traffic planners, highway safety engineers and healthcare providers who are struggling to cope with the challenge of tens of millions of aging Americans plying the roadways... Or are you? In Drive On!, six talented writers – most of them senior drivers themselves – have tackled this question head-on. They've sorted through the many myths and misperceptions about senior drivers. They've consulted the best available research. And they've drawn on their own collective decades of experience to reach a surprising and welcome conclusion: You can stay safe behind the wheel for many years – if you follow their advice and learn from their insights. You will also enjoy their fascinating interviews, easy-to-use self-diagnostic quizzes and compelling personal stories, all packaged within this unique, concise and most entertaining little book. If you're a senior driver, or about to become one, Drive On! is invaluable!
Signature Homes
Signature Homes Edited by Panache Partners, LLC

Presenting an inspiring array of beautiful homes from California to New York, this book showcases designs by more than 40 of the nation's foremost architects and custom home builders. Several pages are devoted to displaying and explaining each project, be it historical restoration, upscale renovation, or ground-up design. Each detailed photograph visually represents the most unique aspects of the home from inside and outdoors. Accompanying editorial provides an insider explanation behind the materials, style, and layout.
Magnificent Minds
Magnificent Minds By Pendred E. Noyce

Sweeping and inspirational, this book should be read by all girls and young women who share curiosity about the world and the dream of making a difference. Did you know that Florence Nightingale pioneered the use of statistics in public health? That Marie Curie is still the only person to have won the Nobel Prize in both physics and chemistry—and the only winner whose daughter also won a Nobel Prize? That in the 17th century, the most accomplished scholar in mathematical astronomy was a Polish woman, Maria Cunitz?  This book, which grows out of an exhibit at the Grolier Club in New York, introduces the lives, sayings, and dreams of sixteen women over four centuries and chronicles their contributions to mathematics, physics, chemistry, astronomy, computer science, and medicine. 
Sled Dog Dachshund
Sled Dog Dachshund By Laura Atkins, Illustrated by An Phan

When Jasper the dachshund hears about the world's biggest dog sled race in Alaska, he just knows he can win. And when his family goes to watch the race, he decides to enter. Jasper tries every position, but he's too little and doesn't fit in the sled's harness. That doesn't stop him. Jasper sneaks aboard a team sled and finds a way to become a part of the team. His yappy enthusiasm keeps them moving and Jasper learns how much energy it takes to pull the sled. In the final stretch of the race, his team is neck-and-neck with another sled. Can Jasper help lead his team to victory? Will they win by a (long, pointy) nose?
Childhood Cancer
Childhood Cancer By Anne Spurgeon, By Nancy Keene

Each year more than 6,000 children and teens in the United States are diagnosed with a solid tumor (e.g., kidney tumor, liver tumor, neuroblastoma, retinoblastoma, or sarcoma). The illnesses and their treatments can have devastating effects on family, friends, schoolmates, and the larger community. This newly updated edition contains essential information families need during this difficult time. It includes descriptions of the newest treatments, such as computer-assisted surgery, tandem stem cell transplants, and targeted therapies as well as practical advice about how to cope with diagnosis, medical procedures, hospitalization, school, and finances. Woven throughout the text are true stories–practical, poignant, moving, funny–from more than 100 children with cancer, their siblings, and their parents. 
Sleepy Solar System
Sleepy Solar System Illustrated by Doug Cenko, By John Hutton

Join the planets (and a few friends) as they settle into bedtime routines"It's been a long, busy day in the starry Milky Way. Sleepy, setting Sun calls out, 'Bedtime, everyone...'" Rhyming text and whimsical illustrations provide an enchanting read-aloud and a celebration of the wonders of outer space, including a map and facts at the end. Sleepy Solar System is certain to send the imagination soaring!
Chasing Dreams
Chasing Dreams By , By Jerry Kill

When University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill stepped down due to health concerns in October 2015, he said, "I can't do what I love doing anymore." What Kill loved doing, and did remarkably well, was turn around college football programs. In this book Coach Kill shares for the first time his inspirational, thought-provoking, and heartwarming story, from his early years playing for and working under Dennis Franchione to guiding the Gophers to a New Year's Day bowl game and being named Big Ten Coach of the Year. Kill describes his dedication to his players, how he drove them, and made them into disciplined and inspired football players. Readers will also learn about Kill's work to bring awareness to cancer and epilepsy.
A Very Special Snowflake
A Very Special Snowflake Illustrated by Todd Dakins, By Don Hoffman

A Very Special Snowflake invites children to search for Snowflake in every delightful scene. Jeff and Veronica take their new puppy, Snowflake, outside to play in the snow and he soon disappears. Many people help them in their search and eventually their playful puppy shows up!
Into the Light
Into the Light By Caroline T Patti

Mercy’s family is back together and the threat of danger appears to have passed. But any relief she feels is short lived as she is ripped from her body and thrown in jail. Gage and Nathaniel’s plans to break Mercy out won’t exactly be easy. Stuffed full of a chemical binding agent, Mercy is trapped inside the body of a convict without the ability to breach and set herself free. Unfortunately for Mercy, being trapped in jail becomes the least of her problems when she meets her evil twin, Justice.