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  • Manifest Injustice: The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers Who Fought for His Freedom

    Manifest Injustice: The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers Who Fought for His Freedom

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Barry Siegel
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Henry Holt and Co.; First Edition edition (2013, Jan 22nd).
    Pages:   400

    In this remarkable legal page-turner, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Barry Siegel recounts the dramatic, decades-long saga of Bill Macumber, imprisoned for thirty-eight years for a double homicide he denies committing. In the spring of 1962, a school bus full of students stumbled across a mysterious crime scene on an isolated stretch of Arizona desert: an abandoned car and two bodies. This brutal murder of a young couple bewildered the sheriff ’s department of Maricopa County for years. Despite a few promising leads—including several chilling confessions from Ernest Valenzuela, a violent repeat offender—the case went cold. More than a decade later, a clerk in the sheriff ’s department, Carol Macumber, came forward to tell police that her estranged husband had confessed to the murders. more

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  • The Ordinary Acrobat: A Journey into the Wondrous World of the Circus, Past and Present

    The Ordinary Acrobat: A Journey into the Wondrous World of the Circus, Past and Present

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Duncan Wall
    Format:   Deckle Edge]
    Publisher:   Knopf (2013, Feb 26th).
    Pages:   

    The extraordinary story of a young man’s plunge into the unique and wonderful world of the circus—taking readers deep into circus history and its renaissance as a contemporary art form, and behind the (tented) walls of France’s most prestigious circus school. When Duncan Wall visited his first nouveau cirque as a college student in Paris, everything about it—the monochromatic costumes, the acrobat singing Simon and Garfunkel, the juggler reciting Proust—was captivating. Soon he was waiting outside stage doors, eagerly chatting with the stars, and attending circuses two or three nights a week. So great was his enthusiasm that a year later he applied on a whim to the training program at the École Nationale des Arts du Cirque—and was, to his surprise, accepted. more

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  • Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill

    Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Michael Shelden
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Simon & Schuster (2013, Mar 5th).
    Pages:   416

    In modern memory, Winston Churchill remains the man with the cigar and the equanimity among the ruins. Few can remember that at the age of 40, he was considered washed up, his best days behind him. In Young Titan, historian Michael Shelden has produced the first biography focused on Churchill’s early career, the years between 1901 and 1915 that both nearly undid him but also forged the character that would later triumph in the Second World War. Between his rise and his fall, Churchill built a modern navy, experimented with radical social reforms, survived various threats on his life, made powerful enemies and a few good friends, annoyed and delighted two British monarchs, became a husband and father, took the measure of the German military machine, authorized executions of notorious murderers, and faced deadly artillery barrages on the Western front. more

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  • The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age

    The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Robert Weintraub
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Little, Brown and Company (2013, Apr 2nd).
    Pages:   464

    The triumphant story of baseball and America after World War IIIn 1945 Major League Baseball had become a ghost of itself. Parks were half empty, the balls were made with fake rubber, and mediocre replacements roamed the fields, as hundreds of players, including the game's biggest stars, were serving abroad, devoted to unconditional Allied victory in World War II.But by the spring of 1946, the country was ready to heal. The war was finally over, and as America's fathers and brothers were coming home, so too were the sport's greats. Ted Williams, Stan Musial, and Joe DiMaggio returned with bats blazing, making the season a true classic that ended in a thrilling seven-game World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. America also witnessed the beginning of a new era in baseball-it was a year of attendance records, the first year Yankee Stadium held night games, the last year the Green Monster wasn't green, and, most significant, Jackie Robinson's first year playing in the Brooklyn Dodgers' system. more

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  • The Flower of Empire: An Amazonian Water Lily, The Quest to Make it Bloom, and the World it Created

    The Flower of Empire: An Amazonian Water Lily, The Quest to Make it Bloom, and the World it Created

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Tatiana Holway
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Oxford University Press, USA (2013, Apr 9th).
    Pages:   328

    In 1837, while charting the Amazonian country of Guiana for Great Britain, German naturalist Robert Schomburgk discovered an astounding "vegetable wonder"--a huge water lily whose leaves were five or six feet across and whose flowers were dazzlingly white. In England, a horticultural nation with a mania for gardens and flowers, news of the discovery sparked a race to bring a live specimen back, and to bring it to bloom. In this extraordinary plant, named Victoria regia for the newly crowned queen, the flower-obsessed British had found their beau ideal. In The Flower of Empire, Tatiana Holway tells the story of this magnificent lily, revealing how it touched nearly every aspect of Victorian life, art, and culture. Holway's colorful narrative captures the sensation stirred by Victoria regia in England, particularly the intense race among prominent Britons to be the first to coax the flower to bloom. more

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  • Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener: How to Create Unique Vegetables and Flowers

    Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener: How to Create Unique Vegetables and Flowers

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Joseph Tychonievich
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Timber Press (2013, Mar 5th).
    Pages:   216

    It’s the holy grail of gardening: a plant that perfectly matches your tastes and the conditions in your garden. The hitch? You’re not likely to find it at your local garden center. You’re going to have to create it yourself.But don’t worry—it isn’t hard. After all, gardeners have been doing it for centuries, simply by saving seeds of the varieties that tasted or performed best. But you’ll get even better results by following the advice in Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener. You’ll learn how to set achievable goals in your breeding program; the ins and outs of genetics; how to pick the best parent plants; how to cross-pollinate; the best techniques to use for popular vegetables and flowers; and how to harvest and store seeds. more

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  • Put 'em Up! Fruit: A Preserving Guide & Cookbook: Creative Ways to Put 'em Up, Tasty Ways to Use 'em Up

    Put 'em Up! Fruit: A Preserving Guide & Cookbook: Creative Ways to Put 'em Up, Tasty Ways to Use 'em Up

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Sherri Brooks Vinton
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Storey Publishing, LLC (2013, Apr 10th).
    Pages:   288

    A preserving guide and cookbook all in one! This creative collection has 80 inventive recipes for preserving 18 kinds of fruit, from apples, blackberries, blueberries, and cherries to cranberries, lemons, quince, plums, rhuburb, and tomatoes, but it also has 80 recipes for using your preserves (whether you've made jelly, jam, chutney, curd, liqueur, pickles, or salsa) in main dishes, side dishes, desserts, and cocktails. Make Quick Peach Jam and then use it to make mouthwatering Sweet and Sour Chicken, or make Grapefruit and Sultana Conserve and use it in Sauteed Greens with Grapefruit Dressing. The flavors are fresh and contemporary, and the instructions are thorough and easy to follow. Putting up the harvest has never been so delicious! more

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  • A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Eighth Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)

    A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Eighth Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Kate L. Turabian
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   University Of Chicago Press; Eighth Edition edition (2013, Mar 28th).
    Pages:   464

    XV, 448 S. : graph. Darst. ; 23 cm. more

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  • The Yummy Mummy Kitchen: 100 Effortless and Irresistible Recipes to Nourish Your Family with Style and Grace

    The Yummy Mummy Kitchen: 100 Effortless and Irresistible Recipes to Nourish Your Family with Style and Grace

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Marina Delio
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   HarperOne (2013, Apr 2nd).
    Pages:   320

    With The Yummy Mummy Kitchen: 100 Effortless and Irresistible Recipes to Nourish Your Family with Style and Grace, Marina Delio provides a collection of easy-to-make, wholesome, and mostly meatless recipes, as well as inspirational advice from her grandmother, the original “Yummy Mummy.”Delio, founder of the popular blog Yummy Mummy Kitchen, demonstrates that it is possible for women to put deceptively simple and delicious dishes on the table for their families, while holding on to their own style and grace, even in the most unglamorous of times.This gorgeous cookbook, with gorgeous color photographs, recipes for every meal of the day, and lifestyle tips, proves that meal preparation can be easy and stress-free. more

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  • Better Homes and Gardens Cupcakes: More than 100 sweet and simple recipes for every occasion

    Better Homes and Gardens Cupcakes: More than 100 sweet and simple recipes for every occasion

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Better Homes and Gardens
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Better Homes & Gardens; 1 edition (2013, Mar 12th).
    Pages:   288

    A giant collection of cupcakes from the classic to the contemporary What could be better than a cupcake? How about 150 cupcakes? In this new cupcake compendium from Better Homes and Gardens, you'll find tons of creative recipes and decorations for everyone's favorite little treat. From traditional cupcakes to fancy new ideas, you'll find a cupcake here for any and every occasion, from tried-and-true favorites to creatively decorated designs for celebrations and holidays. Beautiful full-color photos accompany every recipe while an entire section on cupcake basics covers simple recipes, converting cakes to cupcakes, and cupcake decorating tools and techniques. Includes 150 diverse and delightful cupcake recipes 200 beautiful full-color photographs offer plenty of inspiration and how-to instructions Features fun and informative tips and sidebars throughout Covers special occasion cupcakes for birthdays, showers, holidays, and more For anyone who loves cupcakes, this delicious cupcake cookbook offers tasty treats for any and every occasion. more

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