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The Hookah Girl
The Hookah Girl By Marguerite Dabaie

A semi-autobiographical tale about growing up as a Christian Palestinian in America. In this current political climate, being a Palestinian is a hazard. However, there are common grounds where East meets West. The Hookah Girl is a semi-autobiographical graphic novel of a childhood as a Christian Palestinian in America. Told in short stories and with narrative ranging from growing up in a refugee family to how to roll waraq (stuffed grape leaves), this book is an account of living in two seemingly different cultures that actually aren't very different at all.
The Track in the Forest
The Track in the Forest By Bob Burns

The untold story of how an off-the-beaten-track mountaintop site helped forge one of the greatest Olympic teams in history, as closely associated with social and racial consciousness then as protesting NFL players are today. The 1968 US men's Olympic track and field team won 12 gold medals and set six world records at the Mexico City Games, one of the most dominant performances in Olympic history. The team featured such legends as Tommie Smith, Bob Beamon, Al Oerter, and Dick Fosbury. Fifty years later, the team is mostly remembered for embodying the tumultuous social and racial climate of 1968. The Black Power protest of Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the victory stand in Mexico City remains one of the most enduring images of the 1960s. Less known is the role that a 400-meter track carved out of the Eldorado National Forest above Lake Tahoe played in molding that juggernaut. To acclimate US athletes for the 7,300-foot elevation of Mexico City, the US Olympic Committee held a two-month training camp and final Olympic selection meet for the ages at Echo Summit near the California-Nevada border. Never has a sporting event of such consequence been held in such an ethereal setting. On a track in which hundreds of trees were left standing on the infield to minimize the environmental impact, four world records fell—more than have been set at any US meet since (including the 1984 and 1996 Olympics). But the road to Echo Summit was tortuous—the Vietnam War was raging, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated, and a group of athletes based out of San Jose State had been threatening to boycott the Mexico City Games to protest racial injustice. Informed by dozens of interviews by longtime sports journalist and track enthusiast Bob Burns, this is the story of how in one of the most divisive years in American history, a California mountaintop provided an incomparable group of Americans shelter from the storm. 
Urban Outlaw
Urban Outlaw By Magnus Walker

A compelling tale of succeeding through pure instinct and determination by a man who was brave enough to follow his own path. Magnus Walker is one of life's originals. Serial entrepreneur, fashion designer, TV presenter, motivational speaker and one of the world's most prolific Porsche collectors, the dreadlocked, tattooed hoarder of individual creativity is a very modern incarnation of success. Raised in the urban decay of Thatcher's Britain, Sheffield-born Magnus Walker left school with just two O levels and drifted for several years before buying a one-way ticket to America. Now, 30 years and three successful businesses later, by following his instincts, rejecting convention and pursuing his passions Magnus has succeeded against all the odds. Here, for the first time, is the full story of his journey from a boy with little hope to an anti-establishment hero. Along the way we'll witness his potent combination of inspiration and graft, discover his motivations and his ambitions, and come to understand his philosophy and the keys to his success.
That Thin, Wild Mercury Sound
That Thin, Wild Mercury Sound By Daryl Sanders

The first book to tell the full story of the making of this influential album, based on interviews with the producer, session musicians, studio personnel, and others. That Thin, Wild Mercury Sound is the definitive treatment of Bob Dylan's magnum opus, Blonde on Blonde, not only providing the most extensive account of the sessions that produced the trailblazing album, but also setting the record straight on much of the misinformation that has surrounded the story of how the masterpiece came to be made. Including many new details and eyewitness accounts never before published, as well as keen insight into the Nashville cats who helped Dylan reach rare artistic heights, it explores the lasting impact of rock's first double album. Based on exhaustive research and in-depth interviews with the producer, the session musicians, studio personnel, management personnel, and others, Daryl Sanders chronicles the road that took Dylan from New York to Nashville in search of "that thin, wild mercury sound." As Dylan told Playboy in 1978, the closest he ever came to capturing that sound was during the Blonde on Blonde sessions, where the voice of a generation was backed by musicians of the highest order.  
Biographic Bowie
Biographic Bowie By Liz Flavell

Many people know that David Bowie (1947–2016) was an iconic singer, songwriter and actor, whose lyrics, performances and ever-changing persona were at the heart of pop culture for over five decades. What, perhaps, they don't know is that he smoked 80 cigarettes a day, acted in 27 films, sold over 140 million albums and once shared a Berlin apartment with Iggy Pop. This book presents an instant impression of his life, work and fame, with an array of irresistible facts and figures converted into infographics to reveal the artist behind the music.
The Wounded Muse
The Wounded Muse By Robert F Delaney

Action-packed, realistic fiction with an unprecedented look at contemporary China from a renowned journalist. Qiang returns to his homeland of China from Silicon Valley to find Beijing undergoing a chaotic transformation in the lead up to hosting the 2008 Olympic Games. Wrecking balls are knocking down entire neighborhoods to make way for new structures more in line with the government's vision of a modern China. The tumult inspires Qiang to shoot a documentary about the loss of affordable housing, which draws the attention of public security officials. When Qiang is suddenly arrested by local police, it falls on his friend Jake, an American journalist who admires Qiang and his work, to try to figure out how to end the detention. With few options, Jake enlists the help of those he's not sure he can trust. Dawei, a Chinese itinerant Jake befriended years earlier, returns to Beijing in the midst of a cat-and-mouse game Jake is playing with the authorities to retrieve a memento that has suddenly become extremely valuable. Dawei becomes ensnared in a plan to force the authorities to release Qiang, and Jake must then decide who survives. Based on real events, Robert F. Delaney's The Wounded Muse takes readers to a city and country undergoing a transformation on a scale previously unseen, where in the shadowed wreckage of forgotten communities people are pushed to psychological extremes to secure their position. In a society that promises endless opportunity, and unknown risks along the way, many end up defeating themselves.
Jumble® Ballet
Jumble® Ballet By Tribune Content Agency LLC

A themed collection of the popular game syndicated to more than 300 U.S. newspapers on a daily basis. For more than 40 years, millions of newspaper readers have delighted in solving the daily Jumble®, which appears in hundreds of national papers and in these puzzle books that offer hours of challenging wordplay and fun. Each page features a series of mixed-up words coupled with a cartoon clue, and certain letters from each word are used to form the answer to the puzzle.
Pterodactyl Show and Tell
Pterodactyl Show and Tell By Thad Krasnesky, Illustrated by Tanya Leonello

Kids who dig dinosaurs will devour this irreverent tall tale. When a boy brings his pterodactyl to school for show-and-tell, hilarious havoc ensues. The creature's delightfully demented antics, the kids' expressions as they try to avoid the hungry pterodactyl, and the out-of-control imagination of the boy yield a wild and wacky romp. Kids who dig dinosaurs will devour this preposterous pterodactyl tale written in rhyming couplets and teeming with edgy school-age humor and giggle-inducing illustrations.
Junk Drawer Geometry
Junk Drawer Geometry By Bobby Mercer

Kids of all ages can use household items to explore the concepts of geometry. Geometry is a hands-on subject. What better way to explore the concepts of area, perimeter, and volume than actually measuring area, perimeter, and volume? With this helpful resource, you will build polygons out of pipe cleaners and flexible drinking straws, explore Mobius strips made from index cards, model the Pythagorean theorem using cheese crackers, and much more. Junk Drawer Geometry proves that you don't need high-tech equipment to comprehend math concepts—just what you can find around the house or in your recycling bin. Each of this book's 50 creative geometry projects includes a materials list and detailed, step-by-step instructions with illustrations. The projects also include ideas on how to modify the lessons for different age and skill levels, allowing anyone teaching children to use this to excite students. Educators and parents will find this title a handy guide to teach problem-solving skills and applied geometry, all while having a lot of fun.
The Spy with the Red Balloon
The Spy with the Red Balloon By Katherine Locke

Magic meets the Manhattan Project in this prequel to the award-winning novel, The Girl with the Red Balloon. Siblings Ilse and Wolf hide a deep secret in their blood: with it, they can work magic. And the government just found out.Blackmailed into service during World War II, Ilse lends her magic to America's newest weapon, the atom bomb, while Wolf goes behind enemy lines to sabotage Germany's nuclear program. It's a dangerous mission, but if Hitler were to create the bomb first, the results would be catastrophic.When Wolf's plane is shot down, his entire mission is thrown into jeopardy. Wolf needs Ilse's help to develop the magic that will keep him alive, but with a spy afoot in Ilse's laboratory, the letters she sends to Wolf begin to look treasonous. Can Ilse prove her loyalty—and find a way to help her brother—before their time runs out?
Martin and Bobby
Martin and Bobby By Claire Rudolf Murphy

A new way to illustrate the challenges of the late 1960s and the ways those challenges still exist today. Martin and Bobby follows the lives, words, and final days of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy. Initially wary of one another, their relationship evolved from challenging and testing each other to finally "arriving in the same place" as allies fighting poverty and racism. The stories of King and Kennedy reveal how life experiences affect a leader's ability to show empathy for all people and how great political figures don't work in a vacuum but are influenced by events and people around them. Martin's courage showed Bobby how to act on one's moral principles, and Bobby's growing awareness of the country's racial and economic divide gave Martin hope that the nation's leaders could truly support justice. Fifty years later, their lives and words still stir people young and old and offer inspiration and insight on how our country can face the historic challenges of economic and racial inequality.
B is for Baller
B is for Baller By James Littlejohn, Illustrated by Matthew Shipley

Two avid basketball fans compile an essential and engaging guide to the sport for little ones. Featuring dozens of iconic NBA superstars like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, LeBron James, Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, and Steph Curry, B is for Baller is the ultimate alphabet book for young hoops fans—whether they're taking their first shot at the ABCs or already perfecting their threes! James Littlejohn's words leap off the page and bring legends to life, while Matthew Shipley's colorful, stylish illustrations are sure to delight fans young and old. What started as a successful Kickstarter project from two passionate NBA fans is now the perfect read for little ballers everywhere!
Last Minute Rooms in Bethlehem
Last Minute Rooms in Bethlehem By Dale Shaw

A hilarious compendium of the great events from world history told through internet search histories ("Trying to eat cherries with wooden teeth," "Why are cherry trees so dumb?," "Revenge on cherry trees," "Can Presidents pass laws about fruit?"). From God "Best Size for a Bang?" via Dickens "Things Urchins Say," Henry VIII "Breaking Bad News to women from Cleeves" and Karl Marx "Cheating at Monopoly," here are the greatest moments from history as told through internet search histories.  Dale Shaw's take on all the funniest moments from the past makes the perfect gift for any history buff who wants a chuckle.
The Ice Swimmer
The Ice Swimmer By Kjell Ola Dahl, Translated by Don Bartlett

Dark, complex and nail-bitingly tense, The Ice Swimmer is the latest and most unforgettable installment in the critically acclaimed Oslo Detective series, by the godfather of Nordic Noir. When a dead man is lifted from the freezing waters of Oslo Harbour just before Christmas, Detective Lena Stigersand's stressful life suddenly becomes even more complicated. Not only is she dealing with a cancer scare, a stalker and an untrustworthy boyfriend, but it seems both a politician and Norway's security services might be involved in the murder. With her trusted colleagues, Gunnarstranda and Frølich, at her side, Lena digs deep into the case and finds that it not only goes to the heart of the Norwegian establishment, but it might be rather to close to her personal life for comfort.
Biographic Kahlo
Biographic Kahlo By Sophie Collins

Follow the life of the beloved artist and feminist icon in this infographic-filled biography. Many people know that Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) was a Mexican artist, a feminist icon who lived in the famous Blue House and whose work includes The Two Fridas. What, perhaps, they don't know is that 55 of her 143 artworks are self-portraits; that her painting Roots holds the record for a Latin American artwork, having sold for $5.6 million in 2006; that her love letters sold for $137,000; that she married her husband twice; or that she arrived for her first solo exhibition in an ambulance. This book casts a modern eye over her life and work, with an array of irresistible facts and figures converted into infographics to reveal the artist behind the pictures.
Disconnected
Disconnected Edited by Michelle Halket, By Amanda Lovelace, By Nikita Gill, By Iain S. Thomas, By Cyrus Parker, By Sara Bond, By Yena Sharma Purmasir, By Trista Mateer, By Canisia Lubrin, By R. H. Swaney, By Pierre Alex Jeanty

A genre-blending exploration of contemporary relationships and isolation, featuring many of today's most popular poets. Humanity exists in a hyperconnected world, where our closest friends, loves, and enemies lie but a keyboard stroke away. Few know this better than the poets who have risen to the top of their trade by sharing their emotion, opinion, and art with millions of fans. Combining the poetic forces of some of today's most popular confessional poets, this book presents poems and short stories about connection wrapped up in a most unique exercise in creative writing. Follow along as these poets connect with each other—offering their poetry to one of their fellow contributors, who tells a story based on the concept presented to them. With poetry, stories, and art, [Dis]Connected is a mixed media presentation of connection, isolation, love, and loneliness.
Delivery Bear
Delivery Bear By Laura Gehl, Illustrated by Paco Sordo

A humorous story of perseverance, self-acceptance, and cookies. Zogby wants to work for Fluffy Tail Cookies as a delivery animal—but he's a bear and all the other animals are cute bunnies. Zogby tries to pretend to be a bunny by wearing bunny ears, putting on whiskers, and adding a fluffy tail. But he still scares the customers! When Zogby realizes being himself is best, can he find a way to stand out and get the job?
Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline
Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline By Kirk Johnson, By Ray Troll

Investigating the hidden prehistoric history of the West Coast of North America with unique scientific discoveries, original artwork, and humor. In this long-awaited sequel Kirk Johnson and Ray Troll are back on a road trip—driving, flying, and boating their way from Baja, California to northern Alaska in search of the fossil secrets of North America's Pacific coast. They hunt for fossils, visit museums, meet scientists and paleonerds, and sleuth out untold stories of extinct worlds. As one of the oldest coasts on earth, the west coast is a rich ground for fossil discovery. Its wonders include extinct marine mammals, pygmy mammoths, oyster bears, immense ammonites, shark-bitten camels, polar dinosaurs, Alaskan palms, California walruses, and a lava-baked rhinoceros. Join in for a fossil journey through deep time and discover how the west coast became the place it is today.
Woman of Substances
Woman of Substances By Jenny Valentish

Drawing together neuroscientific research and memoir, a journalist explores the gendered experience of drug and alcohol addictionJournalist Jenny Valentish takes a gendered look at drugs and alcohol, using her own story to light the way. Mining the expertise of 35 leading researchers, clinicians and psychiatrists, she explores the early predictors of addictive behavior, such as trauma, temperament, and impulsivity. Drawing on neuroscience, she explains why other self-destructive behaviors—such as eating disorders, compulsive buying, and high-risk sex—are interchangeable with problematic substance use. From her suburban childhood to her chaotic formative years in the London music scene, we follow her journey to Australia, where she experiences firsthand treatment facilities and AA groups, and reflects whether or not they are meeting the needs of women. Woman of Substances is an insightful, rigorous, and brutally honest read.
Peek-a-Who?
Peek-a-Who? By Elsa Mroziewicz

Ingenious design, shape, and artwork deliver a uniquely interactive experience. Who could be hiding behind the lift-the-flaps in this uniquely-shaped board book? Brimming with colorful art that children will want to pore over, this clever book is full of hidden animals, each making a different sound. Can you figure out who each one is? Lift the triangular flaps to see who peeks out! This beautifully designed book is sure to provide a delightfully interactive experience.
Paul and His Ukulele
Paul and His Ukulele By Robert Broder, Illustrated by Jenn Kocsmiersky

Not all who wander are lost, sometimes they’re just searching for a new song. Paul was given a present. “A guitar?” said Paul. “It’s a ukulele.” said his parents.Paul loved his ukulele and spent all his time crafting his own song. As he got older, Paul knew it was time to head out in search of something new.When his travels took him to one small town, the unexpected happened. But from unexpected circumstances can come new friendships and new experiences. And maybe that new song he’s been looking for.