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LA DAME d'ESPRIT by Judith P. Zinsser

BLUE ARABESQUE by Patricia Hampl

Waking by Matthew Sanford Gabrielle Emilie le Tonnelier de Breteuil, marquise Du Châtelet, might be best known for her unorthodox fifteen-year liaison with Voltaire, but she was much more than the patron, mistress, and intellectual companion of France's most famous poet and playwright. In the first decades of the French Enlightenment, although barred...

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Blue Arabesque by Patricia Hampl Just out of college, Patricia Hampl was mesmerized by a Matisse painting she saw in the Chicago Art Institute: an aloof woman gazing at goldfish in a bowl, a mysterious Moroccan screen behind her. This woman seemed a welcome secular version of the nuns of her girlhood, free and untouchable, a poster girl for 20th century...

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NO: WHY KIDS OF ALL AGES NEED TO HEAR IT AND WAYS PARENTS CAN SAY IT by David Walsh, Ph. D

THE EIGHTH PROMISE by William Poy Lee

No. It’s not just a one-word answer, it’s a parenting strategy. By saying no when they need to, parents help their children learn skills, such as self-reliance, self-discipline, respect, integrity, the ability to delay gratification, and a host of other crucial character traits. Although the importance of no should be obvious, many parents have a hard time...
 
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In the best tradition of The Color of Water comes a beautifully written evocative memoir of a relationship between a mother and son – and the Chinese immigrant experience. In THE EIGHTH PROMISE, author William Poy Lee gives us a rare view of the Chinese-American experience from a mother-son perspective. His moving and complex stories unfold...
 
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KABUL BEAUTY SCHOOL by Deborah Rodriguez

WHO HATES WHOM by Bob Harris

Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez In the tradition of Reading Lolita in Tehran, a look at the lives of women in Afghanistan through the lens of The Kabul Beauty School.

Most Westerners now working in Afghanistan spend their time tucked inside the wall of a military compound or embassy. Deborah Rodrgiguez is one of the very few who lives life smack in the middle of Kabul...

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WHO HATES WHOM is a simple book of maps and accompanying text providing a country-by-country breakdown of who hates whom in ethnic, religious, economic, and territorial conflicts worldwide. Each deadly conflict, grim tragedy, and dreadful threat will be festively illustrated by brightly-colored maps covered with eye-catching arrows...

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THE FLORIST'S DAUGHTER by Patricia Hampl

THE PULPWOOD QUEENS TIARA WEARING, BOOK SHARING GUIDE TO LIFE by Kathy L. Patrick

One of our most masterful memoirists has written her most personal, yet most universal book to date. During the long farewell of her mother’s dying, Patricia Hampl revisits her Midwestern girlhood. Daughter of a debonair Czech father whose floral work gave him entrée to St. Paul society and a distrustful Irishwoman with an uncanny ability to tell a tale, she remained, primarily and passionately, a daughter well into adulthood...

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When licensed cosmetologist turned publisher's rep Kathy Patrick lost her job due to industry cutbacks, she wasn't deterred. One year later, she opened Beauty and the Book, the world's only combination beauty salon/bookstore. Soon after, she founded The Pulpwood Queens of East Texas -- a reading group...

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THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND DECENCY: Rules and Regulations Manual by Frank and Sue Fuller

IN HIS SIGHTS by Kate Brennan

The USA DECENCY Act (Deny Evolution, Combat Europe, and Never, ever Concede that You might be wrong about anything, ever) was passed this year by an overwhelming majority, and decency is now the law of the land. You are required by law to be decent. There will be no exceptions.

Praise the government: Decency is back! America is in the middle of a moral revival...

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Kate Brennan is like a lot of women: hesitant to love for fear of being hurt. Only her fears prove to be warranted, and the collateral damage she has suffered is far more devastating than a broken heart. Kate is a woman of simple tastes—and a checkered romantic history. So when she meets Paul, a wealthy, charismatic...

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DARK WATER: Flood and Redemption in the City of Masterpieces by Robert Clark

A BOOK OF AGES by Eric Hanson

In 1310, between the inundations of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, Dante Alighieri wrote in The Inferno of the acqua tinta, the dark water that descended upon Florence to threaten its citizens and their artistic and cultural heritage. In 1966, one of the most dramatic floods in modern times devastated the city and resulted in great loss of life and tremendous damage to the city’s many works of art...

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Everyone keeps score, whether we admit it or not.

The day we turn thirty-one, we become contemporaries with everyone who has ever been thirty-one, and it becomes our business that Microsoft has just made Bill Gates an instant billionaire and Charlotte Bronte is astounding the public with Jane Eyre, Valentino is about to snuff it and so is Franz Schubert, and guess who will get the bigger funeral...

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FIRST DARLING OF THE MORNING by Thrity Umrigar

TEN DEGREES OF RECKONING by Hester Rumberg

In this incredibly poignant memoir, Thrity Umrigar traces the arc of her Bombay childhood and adolescence—from her earliest memories growing up in a middle-class Parsi household to her eventual departure for the U.S. at age 21. Her emotionally charged scenes take an unflinching look at family issues once considered unspeakable—including intimate secrets...

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In 1993, Judith and Michael Sleavin and their two children set out to live their dream: to sail around the world. But one night, a freighter off the coast of New Zealand altered its course by a mere ten degrees. And changed everything.
After surviving forty-four hours in the water, with a back broken in several places and paralyzed below the waist, Judith miraculously survived. Doctors would later say...

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"Without the writing of books, there is no history, there is no concept of humanity. And if anyone wants to try to enclose in a small space…the history of the human spirit and to make it his own, he can only do this in the form of a collection of books."
--Hermann Hesse, The Magic of Books

 

Nonfiction coming in 2015

February: MISTER OWITA’S GUIDE TO GARDENING by Carol Wall, paperback, MARGARITA WEDNESDAYS a memoir by Deborah Rodriquez

March: FOUR YEARS IN THE MOUNTAINS OF KURDISTAN by Aram Haigaz , PATSY’S ITALIAN FAMILY COOKBOOK by Sal Scognamillo

April: REFLECTIONS FROM POPE FRANCIS by Susan Stark and Daniel J. Peterson

July: CLAY WATER BRICK: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most With Least by Jessica Jackley

 

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