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  • Two Rings: A Story of Love and War

    Two Rings: A Story of Love and War

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Millie Werber
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   PublicAffairs (2012, Mar 27th).
    Pages:   256

    Judged only as a World War Two survivor’s chronicle, Millie Werber’s story would be remarkable enough. Born in central Poland in the town of Radom, she found herself trapped in the ghetto at the age of fourteen, a slave laborer in an armaments factory in the summer of 1942, transported to Auschwitz in the summer of 1944, before being marched to a second armaments factory. She faced death many times; indeed she was certain that she would not survive. But she did. Many years later, when she began to share her past with Eve Keller, the two women rediscovered the world of the teenage girl Millie had been during the war. Most important, Millie revealed her most precious private memory: of a man to whom she was married for a few brief months. more

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  • Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works

    Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Atina Diffley
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Univ Of Minnesota Press (2012, Mar 30th).
    Pages:   344

    When the hail starts to fall, Atina Diffley doesn’t compare it to golf balls. She’s a farmer. It’s “as big as a B-size potato.” As her bombarded land turns white, she and her husband Martin huddle under a blanket and reminisce: the one-hundred-mile-per-hour winds; the eleven-inch rainfall (“that broccoli turned out gorgeous”); the hail disaster of 1977. The romance of farming washed away a long time ago, but the love? Never. In telling her story of working the land, coaxing good food from the fertile soil, Atina Diffley reminds us of an ultimate truth: we live in relationships—with the earth, plants and animals, families and communities.A memoir of making these essential relationships work in the face of challenges as natural as weather and as unnatural as corporate politics, her book is a firsthand history of getting in at the “ground level” of organic farming. more

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  • I Never Knew That About London

    I Never Knew That About London

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Mai Osawa
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (2012, Feb 28th).
    Pages:   304

    Discover hundreds of fascinating facts about London in this enthralling miscellanyTravelling through  the villages and districts that make up the world’s most dynamic metropolis, Christopher Winn takes us on a captivating journey around London to unearth the hidden gems of legends, firsts, inventions, adventures and birthplaces that shape the city's compelling and at times turbulent past. See the Chelsea river views that inspired Turner and find out where London’s first nude statue is. Explore London's finest country house in Charlton and unearth the secrets of the Mother of Parliaments. Discover which church steeple gave us the design of the traditional wedding cake, where the sandwich was invented and where in Bond Street you can see London’s oldest artifact. more

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  • Eclipse: The Horse That Changed Racing History Forever

    Eclipse: The Horse That Changed Racing History Forever

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Nicholas Clee
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Overlook Hardcover (2012, Mar 29th).
    Pages:   352

    A chestnut with a white blaze is scorching across the turf towards the finishing post. His four rivals are so far behind him that, in racing terms, they are "nowhere." Watching Eclipse is the man who wants to buy him. An adventurer and rogue who has made his money through gambling, Dennis O'Kelly is also companion to the madam of a notorious London brothel. While O'Kelly is destined to remain an outcast to the racing establishment, his horse will go on to become the undisputed, undefeated champion of his sport. Eclipse's male-line descendants include Secretariat, Barbaro, and all but three of the Kentucky Derby winners of the past fifty years. more

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  • Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

    Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Gilbert King
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Harper (2012, Mar 6th).
    Pages:   400

    * Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction* Nominated for a 2013 Edgar Award * Book of the Year (Non-fiction, 2012) The Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor In 1949, Florida's orange industry was booming, and citrus barons got rich on the backs of cheap Jim Crow labor. To maintain order and profits, they turned to Willis V. McCall, a violent sheriff who ruled Lake County with murderous resolve. When a white seventeen-year-old Groveland girl cried rape, McCall was fast on the trail of four young blacks who dared to envision a future for themselves beyond the citrus groves. By day's end, the Ku Klux Klan had rolled into town, burning the homes of blacks to the ground and chasing hundreds into the swamps, hell-bent on lynching the young men who came to be known as "the Groveland Boys. more

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  • Things about Ancient Egypt: You Wouldn't Want to Know! (Top 10 Worst)

    Things about Ancient Egypt: You Wouldn't Want to Know! (Top 10 Worst)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Victoria England
    Format:   Library Binding
    Publisher:   Gareth Stevens Publishing (2012, Jan 1st).
    Pages:   32

    Presents general facts about the culture of ancient Egypt, and a list of ten of the most unpleasant parts of living there. more

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  • Things about Ancient Greece: You Wouldn't Want to Know! (Top 10 Worst)

    Things about Ancient Greece: You Wouldn't Want to Know! (Top 10 Worst)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Victoria England
    Format:   Library Binding
    Publisher:   Gareth Stevens Publishing (2012, Jan 1st).
    Pages:   32


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  • Top 10 Worst Things About Ancient Rome: You Wouldn't Want to Know!

    Top 10 Worst Things About Ancient Rome: You Wouldn't Want to Know!

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Victoria England
    Format:   Library Binding
    Publisher:   Gareth Stevens Publishing (2012, Jan 1st).
    Pages:   32

    Presents general facts about the culture of ancient Rome, and a list of ten of the most unpleasant parts of living there. more

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  • Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

    Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Blaine Harden
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Viking Adult (2012, Mar 29th).
    Pages:   224

    A New York Times bestseller, the shocking story of one of the few people born in a North Korean political prison to have escaped and survived. North Korea is isolated and hungry, bankrupt and belligerent. It is also armed with nuclear weapons. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are being held in its political prison camps, which have existed twice as long as Stalin's Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. Very few born and raised in these camps have escaped. But Shin Donghyuk did.In Escape from Camp 14, acclaimed journalist Blaine Harden tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk and through the lens of Shin's life unlocks the secrets of the world's most repressive totalitarian state. Shin knew nothing of civilized existence-he saw his mother as a competitor for food, guards raised him to be a snitch, and he witnessed the execution of his own family. more

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  • The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer

    The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Anne-Marie O'Connor
    Format:   Deckle Edge] Hardcover
    Publisher:   Knopf (2012, Feb 7th).
    Pages:   

    Winner of a 2013 California Book AwardWinner of the Marfield Prize 2013 National Award for Arts Writing Library Journal Top 10 Book of 2012   Christian Science Monitor Top 15 Nonfiction of 2012 Top 12 Nonfiction 2012 of Examiner.comThe spellbinding story, part fairy tale, part suspense, of Gustav Klimt's Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, one of the most emblematic portraits of its time; of the beautiful, seductive Viennese Jewish salon hostess who sat for it; the notorious artist who painted it; the now vanished turn-of-the-century Vienna that shaped it; and the strange twisted fate that befell it. The Lady in Gold, considered an unforgettable masterpiece, one of the twentieth century's most recognizable paintings, made headlines all over the world when Ronald Lauder bought it for $135 million a century after Klimt, the most famous Austrian painter of his time, completed the society portrait. more

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