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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Dan Baum
Format: Deckle Edge]
Publisher: Knopf (2013, Mar 5th).
Here is armed America—a land of machine-gun gatherings in the desert, lederhosened German shooting societies, feral-hog hunts in Texas, and Hollywood gun armories. Whether they’re collecting antique weapons, practicing concealed carry, or firing an AR-15 or a Glock at their local range, many Americans love guns—which horrifies and fascinates many other Americans, and much of the rest of the world. This lively, sometimes raucous book explores from the inside the American love affair with firearms. Dan Baum is both a lifelong gun guy and a Jewish Democrat who grew up in suburban New Jersey feeling like a “child of a bitter divorce with allegiance to both parents.” In Gun Guys he grabs his licensed concealed handgun and hits the road to meet some of the 40 percent of Americans who own guns. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Ellis Henican
Publisher: New Harvest (2013, Jun 4th).
A bruisingly honest memoir of addiction and recovery from one of the greatest pitchers of all time. With fresh and sober eyes, Dwight Gooden shares the most intimate moments of his successes and failures, from endless self-destructive drug binges to three World Series rings. Known for his triumphs on the baseball field and his excesses off of it, Gooden was a soft-spoken, dominating wunderkind who tallied a mountain of strikeouts while leading the 1986 bad-boy New York Mets to a World Series win. Even at that pinnacle, Gooden had already succumbed to a cocaine addiction that would short-circuit his career and personal life. Gooden’s story transcends baseball, from his childhood in Tampa raised by a father who was an alcoholic womanizer, to the recent experience of overcoming his own demons on the show Celebrity Rehab. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Catherine Bradley
Format: Unknown Binding
Publisher: World Book (1999, Nov 30th).
Describes the major mountain ranges of the world, the plants, animals, and people living there, and how to protect their environment. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Ted Danson
Publisher: Rodale Books (2011, Mar 15th).
Most people know Ted Danson as the affable bartender Sam Malone in the long-runningtelevision series Cheers. But fewer realize that over the course of the past two and a halfdecades, Danson has tirelessly devoted himself to the cause of heading off a looming globalcatastrophe—the massive destruction of our planet’s oceanic biosystems and the completecollapse of the world’s major commercial fisheries. In Oceana, Danson details his journey from joining a modest local protest in the mid-1980s to oppose offshore oil drilling near his Southern California neighborhood to his currentstatus as one of the world’s most influential oceanic environmental activists, testifying beforecongressional committees in Washington, D. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Mary Logue
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (2012, Oct 23rd).
2013 Randolph Caldecott Honor AwardIn this magical bedtime story, the lyrical narrative echoes a Runaway Bunny – like cadence: “Does everything in the world go to sleep?” the little girl asks. In sincere and imaginative dialogue between a not-at-all sleepy child and understanding parents, the little girl decides “in a cocoon of sheets, a nest of blankets,” she is ready to sleep, warm and strong, just like a tiger. The Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenski’s rich, luminous mixed-media paintings effervesce with odd, charming details that nonsleepy children could examine for hours. A rare gem. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Laura Ljungkvist
Publisher: Beach Lane Books (2013, May 7th).
Can you locate Ladybug? A charming, playful seek-and-find adventure from beloved author Mem Fox.Yoo-hoo, Ladybug! Where are you?There you are…afloat in the bath, with Duck and Giraffe! Ladybug loves to hide. Come along on a treasure hunt to find this sneaky little bug, wherever she may be! Children will delight in this picture book game of hide-and-seek and will eagerly read along, pointing out Ladybug’s newest and cleverest hiding spot time and again. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability