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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.
Cold Sweat
Cold Sweat By Yamma Brown, By Robin Gaby Fisher

Being the child of a global superstar is never easy. Being the daughter of the Godfather of Soul—that's a category unto itself. Like every little girl, Yamma Brown wanted her father's attention, but fame, drugs, jail, and the complicated women in James Brown's life set the stage for an uncommon childhood. Cold Sweat is about how Yamma rose to meet every challenge.  Though packed with celebrity appearances ranging from Michael Jackson to Al Sharpton, Cold Sweat is not just a celebrity book. It focuses on an everyday issue faced by millions of women—domestic violence—and in this book Yamma faces it in an honest and powerfully moving way.  Dealing with a complex and famous father eventually took a backseat to coping with her own abusive and deceitful marriage. Cold Sweat is about how Yamma got caught in the same trap as her mother, doing things in her adult life that, as a child, she'd promised herself she'd never do. But at the same time, Yamma learned valuable lessons about life from her father. The struggles she went through, both as a child and as an adult, make for a gripping read and, in the end, a profound examination of the nature of celebrity, violence, and survival.
The Spitboy Rule
The Spitboy Rule By Michelle Cruz Gonzales, Foreword by Mimi Thi Nguyen

A punk rock herstory. Though not a riot grrl band, Spitboy blazed trails for women musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, but it wasn't easy. Misogyny, sexism, abusive fans, class and color blindness, and all-out racism were foes, especially for Gonzales, a Chicana and the only person of color in the band. Unlike touring rock bands before them, the unapologetically feminist Spitboy preferred Scrabble games between shows rather than sex and drugs, and they were not the angry manhaters that many expected them to be. Fully illustrated with rare photos and flyers from the punk rock underground, this fast-paced, first-person recollection is populated by scenesters and musical allies from the time including Econochrist, Paxston Quiggly, Neurosis, Los Crudos, Aaron Cometbus, Pete the Roadie, Green Day, Fugazi, and Kamala and the Karnivores.
Going Up Is Easy
Going Up Is Easy By Lydia Bradey, By Laurence Fearnley

Provocative, stirring, and beautifully written, this is the story of how one woman took on the mountaineering world and won. In 1988, Lydia Bradey became the first woman to climb Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen. She made the ascent alone and to date she is the only New Zealander to have made an oxygen-free ascent. Her climb was a truly remarkable achievement but also an internationally controversial one. Going Up Is Easy details for the first time the events surrounding Bradey's historic feat, as well as her many hair-raising expeditions through Alaska, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, India, China, Europe, and New Zealand. In the spirit of John Krakauer's Into Thin Air or Joe Simpson's Touching the Void, this book celebrates a life lived on the edge. Through her stories, we encounter a woman propelled by curiosity and passion to become one of the greatest female high-altitude adventurers of recent times. Co-written with acclaimed novelist Laurence Fearnley, a long-time friend of Bradey, and stunningly illustrated throughout, Going Up Is Easy is a life story by turns dramatic, tender, funny, frank and inspiring.
Older
Older By Cath Tate

Full of subversive wit, amusing images, and strange pairings, this collection will making anyone grin at the thought of aging. This hilarious book—an ideal birthday gift—brings together the best of Cath's work on aging. Wise, cynical, and—very occasionally—warm, it is packed with insights into this sadly universal process, whether we choose to embrace it or defy it. After all, as Cath says, "Age doesn't matter—unless you're a cheese."
WHY?
WHY? By Nicholas Popov

A beautifully-illustrated tale about the devastation caused by conflict and war. A frog finds a beautiful flower and picks it for himself. When a mouse sees him with it, his jealousy overcomes him, and he swipes it. Frog's friends come to his aid and chase the mouse away. But before the frogs can celebrate, Mouse's friends return for a counter-attack. Before long the conflict has devolved into a full-scale frog-mouse war. By the end of it, all either side can ask is: why? This seemingly simple book tackles an important subject and will be an invaluable way to talk to young children about conflict and warfare. 
A Beckoning War
A Beckoning War By Matthew Murphy

Captain Jim McFarlane, a Canadian infantry officer, is coming apart at the seams. It’s September 1944, in Italy, and the allied armies are closing in on the retreating Axis powers. Exhausted and lost, Jim tries to command his combat company under fire, while waiting desperately for letters from his wife Marianne. Joining the army not out of some admirable patriotic sentiments but rather because of his own failings and restlessness, he finds himself fighting in a war that is far from glorious. In this story of love and war, Murphy brilliantly captures our ambiguous relationship to war.
Guardians of the Louvre
Guardians of the Louvre By Jirô Taniguchi

Acclaimed manga artist Jiro Taniguchi provides the latest entry in the Louvre collection of graphic novels. After a group trip to Europe, a Japanese artist stops in Paris alone, intent on visiting the museums of the capital. But, bedridden in his hotel room with fever, he faces the absolute solitude of one suffering in a foreign land, deprived of any immediate or familiar recourse. When the fever breaks somewhat, he sets out on his visit and promptly gets lost in the crowded halls of the Louvre. Very soon, he discovers many unsuspected facets to this world in a museum in a journey oscillating between feverish hallucination and reality, actually able to speak with famous painters from various periods of history, led to crossroads between human and personal history by... the Guardians of the Louvre.
Thoreau
Thoreau By A. Dan, By Maximilien Le Roy

"To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust." This graphic novel biography relates the forward looking inspirational life of the great author, philosopher and pioneering ecologist. Henry David Thoreau was also the father of the concept, still fresh today (viz "Occupy Wall St."), of "civil disobedience" which he used against slavery and the encroachment of government.
Jerkbait
Jerkbait By Mia Siegert

Even though they're identical, Tristan isn't close to his twin Robbie at all—until Robbie tries to kill himself. Forced to share a room to prevent Robbie from hurting himself, the brothers begin to feel the weight of each other's lives on the ice, and off. Tristan starts seeing his twin not as a hockey star whose shadow Tristan can't escape, but a struggling gay teen terrified about coming out in the professional sports world. Robbie's future in the NHL is plagued by anxiety and the mounting pressure from their dad, coach, and scouts, while Tristan desperately fights to create his own future, not as a hockey player but a musical theatre performer. As their season progresses and friends turn out to be enemies, Robbie finds solace in an online stranger known only as "Jimmy2416." Between keeping Robbie's secret and saving him from taking his life, Tristan is given the final call: sacrifice his dream for a brother he barely knows, or pursue his own path. How far is Robbie willing to go—and more importantly, how far is Tristan willing to go to help him?
You Are My Best Friend
You Are My Best Friend By Tatsuya Miyanishi

One of the most popular children's books from Japan, You are My Best Friend is the second book in the Tyrannosaurus series of 12 titles that have sold more than 3 million copies in Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan and France.Once upon a time a violent, mean, selfish Tyrannosaurus roamed the land, and all the other animals feared him. One day, while chasing other animals, the Tyrannosaurus falls into the ocean. The Elasmosaurus, who lives in the sea, saves his life, and the Tyrannosaurus says "thank you" for the very first time. From that day, the land creature and the sea creature become best friends. The author, Tatsuya Miyanishi, delivers a heartwarming story about friendship with vivid, brightly colored illustrations and endearingly drawn characters. 
100 Things Star Wars Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die
100 Things Star Wars Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die By Dan Casey

Perfect for Star Wars fans who think they already know everythingOn May 25, 1977, the world of science fiction, film, and pop culture was changed forever with the release of Star Wars. The beginning of this epic space opera franchise would inspire an expanded universe of creativity, including books, comic books, theme parks, and much more. With extensive back stories, lore, and author Dan Casey's encyclopedic knowledge on the subject, this lively, detailed book explores the characters, storylines, and facts every true Star Wars fan should know. This guide covers the history of how a multibillion-dollar and beloved institution was born and went on to flourish. Dan Casey has collected every essential piece of Star Wars knowledge and trivia, including what infamous, cult classic TV movie introduced beloved bounty hunter Boba Fett, what Star Wars novel was released in 1976 before the first movie premiered, and what animal species is named after Han Solo. Whether you're a fan of the original film trilogy, an avid reader of the books, or can't wait to see what J. J. Abrams does with the next generation of movies, 100 Things Star Wars Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is the perfect resource for all Star Wars fans looking to increase their knowledge of the storied franchise and look back on the most memorable moments of a galaxy "far, far away."
The Once and Future Ocean
The Once and Future Ocean By Peter Neill

Peter Neill's The Once and Future Ocean aspires to do nothing less than transform our relationship with the world's most promising and imperiled natural element: the ocean and the inter-connected cycles of water, essential for all aspects of human survival in the 21st century. A successor to the work of Rachael Carson, Aldo Leopold, and Jonathan Schell, The Once and Future Ocean is ambitious in scope yet grounded in actionable, specific ideas and solutions for preserving the health of the world ocean. It explores the ocean's impact on climate, fresh water, food, energy, health, security, sustainable development, community living, and cultural traditions. Neill proposes a new paradigm for value and social behavior around which to build a new post-industrial, post-consumption global community. This fundamental shift is directed toward the creation of a "new hydraulic society" wherein water in all its cycles and conveyances will determine how we live – from our buildings and cities to the structures of governance in an increasingly populated world. Neill calls for a new ocean ethic and offers concrete examples of technologies and applications that already exist but have been suppressed by vested interests. The Once and Future Ocean argues for invention and new solutions, for new answers to fundamental questions, and for a new relationship built around the ocean as a source for new modes of living that are within our grasp if only we have the courage to take hold.
Trump's America
Trump's America By Scott Dikkers

This book is important, and not just because it's about Donald Trump. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to discover the official Trump Brand Origin Story, to learn his positions on vital issues like the military—“Are These the Biggest Missiles We Have?", science— “If Einstein Was So Smart, Why Wasn't He Rich?" and good government—“ Of the Good People, By the Good People, and For the Good People”. Through hilarious stories, photo mashups, official documents, and future newspaper clippings, readers will experience life under the leadership of President Trump. This is the road map every citizen needs to thrive and survive in a "Trumpocalypse."Remember, it will be Trump’s America, but you have to live in it.
Ready for Weather
Ready for Weather By Sarah Jones

"Jones's clever portraits ooze personality, and will appeal to children and book-buying adults alike." —Publishers Weekly starred-review on Orange Triangle Fox

What's the weather like today? No matter if it's rainy, hot, or snowy, young readers will be prepared to take on the day in this newest addition to Sarah Jones's winning ROYGBaby series. Through rainbow color-coordinated pages, children gain an understanding of how to prepare for the weather each day in this charming concept book.

Active Transportation and Real Estate
Active Transportation and Real Estate By Rachel MacCleery, By Edward T. McMahon, By Matthew Norris

This report, which grows out of the ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative, will explore the interconnections between human-powered transportation (i.e. walking and bicycling) and real estate. Does active transportation create real estate value? Is “trail-oriented development the new “TOD”? This report will explore how investments in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure are generating economic development and increased real estate value. It will describe what innovative developers and communities are doing to support walking and biking and it will provide case studies of how bike/ped infrastructure is stimulating adjacent development. It will also explore market demand and highlight best practices and innovations in active transportation.
Fishing with Grandma
Fishing with Grandma By Susan Avingaq, Illustrated by Charlene Chua, By Maren Vsetula

Adventure begins when Grandma takes her two grandchildren out for a trip to the lake."My sister and I were excited for a visit with our favourite elder, and we were hoping to convince her to take us out for an adventure!" Adventure begins when Grandma takes her two grandchildren out for a trip to the lake. After showing the kids how to prepare for a fishing trip, Grandma and the kids enjoy a day of jigging in the ice for fish. Grandma shows them every step they need to know to complete a successful fishing trip, from what clothes to wear, to how to drill and clear holes in the ice, to how to make a traditional Inuit jigging rod. By the end of the day, the kids have a yummy meal of Arctic char, and they have also learned everything they need to know to go out on the lake on their own.
Dancing Barefoot
Dancing Barefoot By Dave Thompson

Dancing Barefoot is the full and true story of Patti Smith, widely acknowledged as one of the most significant American artists of the rock ’n’ roll era, a performer whose audience and appeal reach far beyond the parameters of rock. An acclaimed poet, a respected artist, and a figurehead for many liberal political causes, Patti Smith soared from an ugly-duckling childhood in postwar New Jersey to become queen of the New York arts scene in the 1970s. This book traces the brilliant trajectory of her career, including the fifteen reclusive years she spent in Detroit in the 1980s and ’90s, as well as her triumphant return to New York. But it is primarily the story of a performer growing up in New York City in the early and mid-1970s.Dancing Barefoot is a measured, accurate, and enthusiastic account of Smith’s career. Guided by interviews with those who have known her—including Ivan Kral, Tom Verlaine, Richard Lloyd, John Cale, and Jim Carroll—it relies most of all on Patti’s own words. This is Patti’s story, told as she might have seen it, had she been on the outside looking in.
Hammer and Nails
Hammer and Nails By Josh Bledsoe, Illustrated by Jessica Warrick

Darcy has plans. She and her friend are going to play dress up, do each other's hair, and polish their nails. Daddy has plans, too. He's going to read the paper, mow the lawn, and repair the fence. When Darcy's friend cancels and she's sure her day is ruined, Daddy suggests a Darcy-Daddy Day. Now they can tackle their to-do lists together. While Daddy sips coffee, Darcy sips chocolate milk. For dress-up, Daddy dons a "super fancy" tutu. They move on to an Elvis inspired hair do, Her Majesty's Mowing Service, a princess-mandated living room dance party, and a Daddy-directed sock battle. This Daddy-Daughter Day is in full swing. But when it's time to wield a hammer and paint their nails, both wonder what they've gotten themselves into. Will Darcy enjoy hammering? Will Daddy do nails? Indeed, Darcy and Daddy overcome their initial hesitations and step outside their comfort zones, opting to be open-minded and even daring. As Daddy says, "Sometimes things you've never done end up being fun. Try it!" Darcy embraces her dad's 'go for it' philosophy with the hammer, and encourages him to "Try it!" with a manicure. They learn skills from each other - hammering nails and polishing nails! Kids will delight in Daddy's uninhibited antics and Darcy's determination, and kids as well as adults may be encouraged to broaden their horizons as they see Darcy and Daddy gaining new skills. Author Josh Blesoe's dialogue is natural and kid-friendly, and illustrator Jessica Warrick's lively art captures the emotions as well as the hilarity. This daddy-daughter duo will steal your heart. In Hammer and Nails, an unexpected daddy/daughter day helps Darcy and Daddy discover that if you try it, you might like it.
100 Things that Caught My Eye
100 Things that Caught My Eye By Chris Packham

Award-winning photographer Chris Packham has traveled the world in his quest for the ultimate image. Here, readers are offered a rare glimpse into the imagination of an exceptional photographer at the moment he captures each picture. Chris has chosen these iconic images from over 25 years of traveling. Alongside each image is an accompanying explanation as to why he took it. Chris believes that taking great pictures requires the mind, not just the knowledge of science or of which lens does what. "It is about engaging that part of the brain which feels for the picture, that learns how to see it coming and then, in that critical instant, makes all the decisions from the heart. No book of technique will help you at the crucial moment. That type of advice has to be far behind you when you are poised finger on button. This is just you, alone, at the only moment in all time when, if you feel it, the picture may be there. It's not spiritual. Equally it's not scientific or empirical. It is artistic. That fusion of all disciplines which some of our species can manifest as a great gift."