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12 Years a Slave (Movie Tie-In) By Solomon Northup, Henry Louis Gates (Editor), Ira Berlin (Introduction by), Steve McQueen (Foreword by), Henry Louis Gates (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Solomon Northup, Henry Louis Gates (Editor), Ira Berlin (Introduction by), Steve McQueen (Foreword by), Henry Louis Gates (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780143125419
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Books - September 4th, 2013

Phew! Dramatic and exciting. Full of interesting historical details. Terribly sad. Often more cinematic than the movie! After finishing it, I immediately started re-reading it and telling everyone how coffee was made at the slave cabins of Louisiana. The language is from the 19th century without being archaic. It's an incredible story and a truly engrossing book.

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The Where, the Why, and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science By Matt Lamothe, Julia Rothman, Jenny Volvovski, David Macaulay (Foreword by) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781452108223
Published: Chronicle Books - September 26th, 2012

Gorgeously illustrated and accessibly written answers to life's burning questions like, "Do immortal creature exist?" and "Why do cats purr?" A fascinating and fun read for any age.

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Little Failure: A Memoir By Gary Shteyngart Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679643753
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Published: Random House - January 7th, 2014

I thought I was burnt out on memoirs. Everyone has one. Gary Shteyngart's offers more than the usual with a deeper investigate into his family's history and culture. Shteyngart himself is funny (stange and ha-ha), pathetic, and somehow still strangely likable.

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Shake By Carli Davidson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062242648
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Published: Harper - October 22nd, 2013

Flapping jowls! Flying hair! Contorted faces! Swirling drool!
Shaking dogs look like aliens. Or like someone forgot where all their
parts went. The dog photos range from the ludicrous (Dax) to the
glamorous (Zorro) with all sorts of fun in between.

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Not Your Mother's Meatloaf: A Sex Education Comic Book By Saiya Miller, Liza Bley Cover Image
ISBN: 9781593765170
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Published: Soft Skull - July 30th, 2013

A sex education comic book! I want to buy copies of this book for all the kids I know, just so it will be there when they get old enough to need it. Vulnerable yet mature, funny and often heartbreaking, it's a sex education book that goes beyond the mechanics into all the messiness, pain and beauty of sex and relationships.

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Dog Shaming By Pascale Lemire Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385349345
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Published: Crown - September 24th, 2013

Landscaping, interior design, fine dining... dogs have a host of unfortunate hobbies. This photo book makes light of their bad habits by publicly shaming them, and helps human readers find the humor in canine antics. Short, to the point, and very, very funny!

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Dog Songs: Poems By Mary Oliver Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594204784
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Published: Penguin Press - October 8th, 2013

Although we are cat fanciers ourselves, we know our better halves are out there. If you are or know a dog lover,
you will cherish this book. It really is all about dogs, how we live
with them, love them, miss them, and lovely bits of life in between.
Oliver is a celebrated poet, but she is still accessible for those who aren't as familiar with poetry.

Recommended by: sweet pea