All Staff Picks

The Big Hungry Bear
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Little Mouse is very fond of his beautiful strawberry, but then someone tells him about the big hungry bear. What can little Mouse do to keep the Big Hungry Bear from getting his strawberry? Beautiful illustrations, humor, and a surprise ending make this a great read-aloud story.
Extra Yarn
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A girl finds a box of yarn. She knits herself and her dog a sweater and there’s still yarn. No matter how much she uses she never seems to run out of this wonderful box of yarn…but trouble is brewing when other people begin to notice and are jealous of her colorful yarn Read this lovely (and colorful) story to see what happens when magic is taken for granted rather than appreciated.
The Invisible Wall
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Two sides of a single street in a Lancashire England mill town, one side Jewish the other Christian. This memoir written by a 96 year old man tells of the people who made this a community and their differences. It is a love story and a touching view into a time just before World War I.
CLAM Mokona’s Okimono Kimono
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A good Non-Fiction look at the art and artistry of wearing kimonos. Written by an author and illustrator of manga added photos of accessories and interview with the owner of an antique and used kimono store makes this an interesting glimpse into an age old fashion in Japan moving into contemporary designs.
The Land Of Green Ginger
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Aladdin is all grown up and now a father himself…with a child who talks too much and doesn’t yet have a name. Toss in a peripatetic island, a wizard who’s accidentally turned himself into a tortoise(and can’t change himself back!) and lots of magic and see where the story takes you!
The Comedy Of Errors
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Fans of audio books, and especially of full-cast recordings, will love the Arkangel production of one of the bard’s earliest plays. Fabulous actors (including David Tennant and Brendan Coyle!) make this two hour play a delight worth listening to over and over.
Spindle’s End
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Robin McKinley spins a magical tale of a story we all thought we knew. We were wrong.
Hush
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Young Gittel and her friend Devory live secluded lives in a small Jewish community, but Gittel soon learns that sometimes the walls we build to keep us safe actually keep evil closer than we imagined. By turns delightful and heartbreaking this story explores what happens when the people you trust the most betray you.
A Man Without A Country
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Written shortly before his death, Vonnegut's non-fiction critique of society today is in turns both hilarious and extremely poignant. Well worth reading whether you've been a fan for years or never taken a second glance in his direction before.
Earwig And The Witch
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Earwig, an orphan is used to getting her own way. When she’s adopted by a witch, things don’t look very good for Earwig. Has she finally met her match?
Scorecasting
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If you loved Moneyball, you might like this book. If you loved Freakonomics, you might like this book. If you loved Moneyball and Freakonomics, you will love this book!
Age Of Reptiles Omnibus
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Get ready to have your eyes filled with incredible images and colors wordless dramatic conflicts and survival scenarios between different species. The images show both flaws and furious behaviors found in a variety of predators and their young. Who will win a lose in a race with death?
The House Of Silk
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The Arthur Conan Doyle estate authorized author Anthony Horowitz (Foyle’s War) to continue the Sherlock Holmes novels. The House of Silk is the satisfying result. A plus with this audio is Derek Jacobi as narrator, effectively performing all the British accents necessary to the story.
Gandhi: A Manga Biography
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A simply told and nicely illustrated graphic biography of Mahatma showing the personal and poliyical decisions that helped to shape his legacy to the world. Key dates in the chronology of his life as he observed and experienced injustice and shared the idea of non-violence and civil disobedience.
The Dark Crystal
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Only the creative genius of Jim Henson could bring forth this lively world of magic. In a land where evil and darkness threaten to rule, Jen—one of the last of his Gelfling race—must resist fear and foes to restore good and give hope to all other peaceful creatures, and thus fulfill the prophecy of the dark crystal.
The Secret Art Of Dr. Seuss
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Did you grow up on Dr. Seuss? Raise your kids with him? See a whole new side of Theodor Geisel in this collection of his personal artwork. Discover Seuss as a serious (but not too serious) artist whose wry, playful humor is still abundantly apparent in every sketch, canvas, and sculpture.
Special Exits: A Graphic Memoir
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The reader becomes involved in this tender story of two elderly people living out the end of their lives in South Los Angeles. Lars has been living in this home full of mementos and memories for 41 years. Now with his second wife Rachel a talented doll maker he keeps an optimistic outlook while his daughter Laura stops by and tries to help gracefully stem the flood of the impending tide of mortality. Their Siamese cat Ching who seems unlovable and friends try to help them survive as well in this beautifully drawn tale.
Sugar Nation
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Jeff O' Connell has a problem. His tall and lean physique is hiding a breeding ground for the sinister and ubiquitous disease of diabetes. This book chronicles his struggles to understand both the state of diabetic research and the mounting evidence against refined carbohydrates.

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