Finding Vivian Maier
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When John Maloof bought a giant box of negatives at an auction, he had no idea he was about to uncover the work of one of the greatest street photographers of the 20th century. This documentary chronicles his journey to piece together who exactly Vivian Maier was. A compelling, artistic, wonderfully narrative film.
Bossypants
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Tina Fey's autobiography is an engaging, hilarious romp through her life. Written in the irreverent style you'd expect, this is a short, entertaining read that will let you take a look behind the scenes of television comedy.
Stiff
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This compelling audiobook, read by the author, is informative and incredibly funny. Mary Roach presents the story of our bodies when we are no longer with them, throughout history to the present day. She is a great reader, with a dry, off-beat comic delivery.
Marvel 1602
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The Marvel universe arises about 400 years before schedule, triggering the possible destruction of the universe. Many familiar Marvel superheroes put in an appearance, from the X-Men and Spider Man to Nick Fury. The story is by one of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman. Adam Kubert's art is exceptional.
Mario Party 8
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This video game plays like a board game, with mini games at the end of each round! A great game for younger kids. This can be played with up to four players at a time.
Kabuki: The Alchemy
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This (the seventh collection in the series) is a great 'jumping in' point for new readers. Kabuki, a former Japanese operative, had put down the sword and taken up the pen. The art is breathtaking - even if you don't want to read the story, look through this for the amazing artwork's sake!
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Eric, Julie, and Neal are best friends. One day, they discover a flight of rainbow-colored stairs in a basement, leading to a magical world they never knew existed. Before they know what happens, they are racing to save Droon from the evil Lord Sparr. The first book in "The Secrets of Droon" series, 7-10 years. Books stand alone, but form a story arc when read in sequence.
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I taught all my children to read with this book. Since this book is completely scripted, it takes the guesswork out of how to teach the lessons. Using pictures, stories, and visual clues, kids are off reading from day one.
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
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When eleven year old aspiring scientist Flavia de Luce finds a dead bird with a stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak, she gets involved in a mystery that will require all of her cunning and resourcefulness to unravel. This is an old-fashioned mystery written for adults, and the reader of this audiobook is fantastic!
The Wee Free Men
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Witch-to-be Tiffany Aching has to rescue her brother from evil that lurks beyond the edges of reality -- and she is armed only with a frying pan and her common sense. Luckily, she has the 'help' of fierce, tattooed, six-inch tall, blue, kilt-wearing pictsies (don't you dare call them pixies!) This audiobook is funny AND suspenseful, and the reader is great! You'll love it!
The Amulet of Samarkand
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Nathaniel, a not entirely likable apprentice magician, manages to summon the djinni Bartimaeus, much to the later's displeasure. The two are embroiled in rebellion, evil deeds, and espionage as Nathaniel orders Bartimaeus to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the dangerous Simon Lovelace. The parts of the story told from Bartimaeus' point of view are hilarious.
Plans (Death Cab for Cutie)
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Death Cab For Cutie writes incredibly catchy songs with great lyrics. This is my favorite album by them.

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