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A Dog like That!
A Dog like That! By Janene Cooper, Illustrated by Evie Kemp

A delightfully warm story about a little girl and her unruly but loyal and loveable best friend. This girl has a cute, little dog. Everybody tells her how dogs should be, but this girl knows better. Her dog does what he likes, which just so happens to fit perfectly with the owner. "A Dog like That!" was a finalist in the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards. It also won a Storylines Notable Book Award and was a LIANZA Russell Clark Award Finalist.
Genesis Girl
Genesis Girl By Jennifer Bardsley

Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she's been protected from the Internet. Blanca has never been online and doesn't even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint has made her extremely valuable and upon graduation Blanca, and those like her, are sold to the highest bidders. Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeal's are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable. By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online.
Lucie Aubrac
Lucie Aubrac By Siân Rees

In May 1943, a young Frenchwoman called Lucie Aubrac engineered the escape of her husband, Raymond, from the clutches of Klaus Barbie, the feared Gestapo chief later known as the "Butcher of Lyon."  When Raymond was arrested again that June, Lucie mounted a second astonishing rescue, ambushing the prison van that was transporting him. As a founding member and leader of the important French Resistance group Liberation-Sud, Lucie served as a courier, arms carrier, and saboteur who engineered these and other escape plans on behalf of her husband and other Resistance fighters.Spirited out of France with Raymond by the RAF, Lucie arrived in London a heroine. For the postwar generation the couple embodied the spirit of "the real France": the one that resisted, and eventually expelled the Nazis. However, in 1983, Kalus Barbie made the bombshell claim that the Aubracs had become informers in 1943, betraying their comrades. The French press and the couple themselves furiously denounced this as slander, but as worrying inconsistencies were spotted in Lucie's story, doubts emerged that have never quite gone away. Who was Lucie Aubrac? What did she really do in 1943? And was she truly the spirit of la vraie France, or a woman who could not resist casting herself as a heroine? Siân Rees's penetrating, even-handed account draws from letters, newspaper articles, and other archival materials, as well as several interviews, to decipher the truth behind Lucie and her husband's wartime endeavors and near fall from grace. It offers a thrilling portrait of a brave, resourceful woman who went to extraordinary lengths for love and country.  
Yoga Poga Shmoga!
Yoga Poga Shmoga! Illustrated by Todd Dakins, By Sonia Jones

An endearing story of how yoga teaches more than just poses and transforms the relationship between two young siblings. When Mitzi turns ten, she gets a yoga mat as a birthday gift and her brother Axel feels left out because he thinks yoga is for girls! 100% of the author's proceeds go to the Sonima Foundation, which provides dynamic health and wellness programs to children across the country, and engages and inspires them with yoga-based exercise and mindfulness practices.
Swallow This, Second Edition
Swallow This, Second Edition By Mark Phillips

The iconoclastic host of the PBS show Enjoying Wine with Mark Phillips, has been turning the wine world on its ear since it first aired. In his 2009 wave maker, Swallow This, Mark stirred things up even more to the delight of consumers. Now comes the second edition, and it's a doozy. Among its new material are topics such as how to "fix" wine if you don't like it; wine selection and pricing ratings for major retail chains' additional food and wine pairing guidelines; how global warming is significantly changing wine growing regions; and a list of restaurants with the best deals on wine in the major metros of every state. Mark offers a whole new approach to wine, which flies in the face of what has been traditionally taught and serves as a practical and empowering alternative. Witty, unique and never boring, Swallow This will change the way you think about wine.
Amazing Water
Amazing Water By Ana Gerhard, Illustrated by Margarita Sada

A children's guidebook to the fantastical characters and creatures found in classical music. The works of Vivaldi, Beethoven, Debussy, and others are introduced to children by demonstrating how water—the sea, rivers, fountains, and rainfall—has inspired the composers. An original and interesting way for younger listeners to discover amazing classical music, this book pairs three centuries of music history with stunning and evocative illustrations. The accompanying CD features 20 excerpts from various recordings performed by world-class luminaries, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, La Scala Chorus and Orchestra, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. A glossary of musical terms and a short biography of each composer are also included.
Your Excel Survival Kit
Your Excel Survival Kit By Anne Walsh

You have just been promoted into a job that requires more Excel skills than ever. You are floundering, drowning in a sea of spreadsheets. This book walks you through in an easy accessible way—vlookups, pivot tables, Power Query, and Power Pivot. The Excel Survival Kit is small enough to slip into your purse. 
War Is A Lie
War Is A Lie By David Swanson

War Is A Lie is a thorough refutation of every major argument used to justify wars, drawing on evidence from numerous past wars, with a focus on those that have been most widely defended as just and good. This is a handbook of sorts, an engaging, always informative manual that can be used to debunk future lies before the wars they're deployed to justify have any chance to begin. Veteran antiwar activist Daniel Ellsberg calls War Is A Lie "a terrific tool for recognizing and resisting war lies before it's too late." This updated and expanded edition outlines lessons from America's most recent wars, what can be done to end warmaking, and an epilogue that analyzes new trends in war lying and in resistance to it. No one to whom you give this book can claim they haven't been warned!
Judy Garland on Judy Garland
Judy Garland on Judy Garland Edited by Randy Schmidt

"It's going to be one hell of a great—everlastingly great—book with humor, tears, fun, emotion, and love," Judy Garland said of her plans to tell her life story. But she died at the age of forty-seven before seeing it through.             Judy Garland on Judy Garland is the closest we will likely come to experiencing and exploring the legend's abandoned autobiography. Collecting and presenting the most important Garland interviews and encounters that took place between 1935 and 1969, this work opens with her first radio appearance under contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and concludes with her last known interview, one taped for Radio Denmark just months before her death.  What makes this collection unique and distinguishes it from the plethora of Garland biographies is that it places Judy in the role of storyteller. She wrote a number of essays for various publications and sat for countless print, radio, and television interviews. These and the other autobiographical efforts she made are proof that Judy Garland wanted her story told, and wanted it told in her own words. Finally, here it is.
Stargate
Stargate By Pauline Gedge

In the earliest years of the history of the universe, the Worldmaker has turned against his creations with unaccountable malice. One by one the ruling sun lords of each solar system have fallen, succumbing to the lure of forbidden knowledge. The terrible punishment for their crime is isolation—the Gates connecting their worlds to the rest of the cosmos are sealed off. Their innocence lost, their civilizations hopelessly corrupted, the immortal sun people are condemned to languish with their subjects in an eternity of solitude. With courageous and often desperate measures the remaining sun lords now prepare themselves and their subjects for a battle unlike any they have ever imagined. The final struggle has begun. Unfolding with epic power, Stargate is conceived with a richness, subtlety, and depth that set it apart from most fantasy fiction. And like Pauline Gedge's critically acclaimed historical novels, it is written with a vividness that is unforgettable. First published in 1982 but long out of print, Stargate is destined to be rediscovered and treasured as a major classic of fantasy literature.
Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines
Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines By Mark Ribowsky

In 1970 a scraggly, antiheroic man from North Carolina by way of Massachusetts began presenting a comforting yet biting new sound. Within a year, when young ears sought the latest in rock, there was "Fire and Rain" and "You've Got a Friend," and a new Southern California-fed branch of pop music. James Taylor was its reluctant leader. Remarkably, Taylor has survived: his 2015 release, Before This World, edged out Taylor Swift and went to No. 1 on the charts. Today he is in better physical (and probably mental) condition than during the whirlwind era when he influenced music so heavily, the decade when magazines and newspapers printed feverish stories about his gawky hunkiness, his love affair with Joni Mitchell, his glittery marriage to Carly Simon, his endlessly carried-out heroin habit, and sometimes even his music. Despite it all, Taylor has become the nearest thing to rock royalty in America. Based on fresh interviews with musicians, producers, record company people, and music journalists, as well as previously published interviews, reviews, and profiles, Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines is the definitive biography of an elusive superstar.
The Big Hurt's Guide to BBQ and Grilling
The Big Hurt's Guide to BBQ and Grilling By Frank Thomas

Hall of Famer and Chicago icon Frank Thomas shares his passion for grilling and cooking with baseball fans everywhere for the first time. Grilling is perhaps as essential and synonymous with American culture as baseball itself, and Frank Thomas is ready to share all of his home run recipes. Whether you're looking for barbecue basics or grilling greatness, these sizzling steaks, slow-cooked smoked ribs, and mouthwatering burgers are sure to please every palate, from healthy fare to hearty indulgences. Beautiful full-color photographs and easy to follow instructions set you up for culinary success alongside legendary former White Sox player Frank Thomas.
The Doomed City
The Doomed City By Arkady Strugatsky, By Boris Strugatsky, Translated by Bromfield Andrew, Foreword by Dmitry Glukhovsky

The magnum opus of Russia's greatest science fiction novelists translated into English for the first time Arkady and Boris Strugatsky are widely considered the greatest of Russian science fiction masters, and their most famous work, Roadside Picnic, has enjoyed great popularity worldwide. Yet the novel they worked hardest on, that was their own favorite, and that readers worldwide have acclaimed as their magnum opus, has never before been published in English. The Doomed City was so politically risky that the Strugatsky brothers kept its existence a complete secret even from their closest friends for sixteen years after its completion in 1972. It was only published in Russia during perestroika in the late 1980s, the last of their works to see publication. It was translated into a host of European languages, and now appears in English in a major new effort by acclaimed translator Andrew Bromfield.The Doomed City is set in an experimental city whose sun gets switched on in the morning and switched off at night, bordered by an abyss on one side and an impossibly high wall on the other. Its inhabitants are people who were plucked from twentieth-century history at various times and places and left to govern themselves, advised by Mentors whose purpose seems inscrutable. Andrei Voronin, a young astronomer plucked from Leningrad in the 1950s, is a die-hard believer in the Experiment, even though his first job in the city is as a garbage collector. And as increasinbly nightmarish scenarios begin to affect the city, he rises through the political hierarchy, with devastating effect. Boris Strugatsky wrote that the task of writing The Doomed City "was genuinely delightful and fascinating work." Readers will doubtless say the same of the experience of reading it.
Cubs Triviology
Cubs Triviology By Christopher Walsh

Interspersing exciting history and fun quizzes, this trivia book ranges from basic questions to challenges that will teach even the most die-hard fans a thing or two about Cubs baseball. The facts presented are grouped into categories that include positions, the early years, and championship teams. Entertaining and educational, the book is ideal for both solitary instruction and group game play.
The Complete Muhammad Ali
The Complete Muhammad Ali By Ishmael Reed

Including material and photographs not included in most of the 100 other books about the champion, Ishmael Reed's The Complete Muhammad Ali is more than just a biography—it is a fascinating portrait of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st. An honest, balanced portrayal of Ali, the book includes voices that have been omitted from other books. It charts Ali's evolution from Black Nationalism to a universalism, but does not discount the Nation of Islam and Black Nationalism's important influence on his intellectual development. Filipino American author Emil Guillermo speaks about how "The Thrilla' In Manila" brought the Philippines into the 20th century. Fans of Muhammad Ali, boxing fans, and those interested in modern African American history and the Nation of Islam will be fascinated by this biography by an accomplished American author.
It's Raining Cats and Dogs!
It's Raining Cats and Dogs! Illustrated by Marie-Eve Tremblay

A delightful, lighthearted collection of sing-along songs featuring funny irresistible animal characters, including cuddly cats and dogs who just want to be your friend, even on a rainy day! Share an umbrella with a heartbroken pooch who sings the blues, a tomcat who has a soft spot for sour cream and a rumbunctious little kitty who snores and growls. It's full of good cheer thanks to the playful, heartwarming illustrations and an accompanying-CD comprised of ten catchy songs recorded by accomplished singers and skilled musicians.
The Little Linebacker
The Little Linebacker By Stephen Tulloch, By Maria Dismondy, Illustrated by Heather Heyworth

The story of a boy who worked hard to defy the odds and become a leader.Stephen is a little kid with big dreams of playing football. The odds are against him when he is tested and faced with challenges. This is a story of a boy who worked hard to defy the odds and become a leader.
A Promise is a Promise
A Promise is a Promise By Knister Knister, Illustrated by Eve Tharlet

Themes of friendship, trust, and hope weave an endearing tale, and glowing watercolor illustrations by Eve Tharlet celebrate the glories of the seasons. After a long winter's hibernation, Bruno the marmot wakes up to discover the most beautiful dandelion outside his burrow. The two quickly become friends and when the dandelion asks Bruno to help her, he has to trust her that everything will be fine. So, as she asks, he blows her seeds away into the wind, only to find that he's left without a friend anymore. He's sad at the loss of his dandelion, but after another winter's sleep, he wakes to find a wonderful surprise. This is an endearing book that shows the power of a promise.
Dopamine Blunder
Dopamine Blunder By Lori Cayer

In her astounding third collection, poet Lori Cayer takes on the juggernaut role of steward of human nature and subsequently explodes the myth of happiness through a multi-faceted lens of anthropology, socio-biology, sociology, psychology, archaeology, medicine and philosophy. Hinging on erasure and found material, Dopamine Blunder investigates these fundamental questions as our millennium enfolds with equal uncertainty and trepidation.
Goldilocks and the Three Polar Bears
Goldilocks and the Three Polar Bears By Ross Murray

A timely story about the dangers of drilling for oil in the Arctic environments. A timely story about the dangers of drilling for oil in the Arctic environments, Goldilocks and the Three Bears touches upon the connection between human activity and environmental consequences. A young girl is moved to the Arctic because of her father's job with the oil industry. She develops a connection with the polar bears that she sees in her area. When an oil rig leaks and the spill is set on fire, the child is left wondering what will become of her furry friends.