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Staff Picks for November / December 2012

Here are some great titles for your reading and viewing pleasure, selected by the staff of Collection Development Services. Highlights include ebook travel guides for more convenient traveling, new (and long-awaited) titles in popular fiction series, nonfiction titles on home decor and design, Spanish guides to food and finance, and Christmas albums from pop and rock favorites.

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Southwest USA Travel Guide by Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet guidebooks are full of advice, tips, and information to inspire you. But do you really want to lug around a big, heavy guidebook when you travel? Now you can get convenient (and lightweight) access to these travel guides on your smartphone, e-reader, or tablet.

Nonfiction ebook

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Japan Travel Guide by Lonely Planet

The ultimate, most comprehensive guide to travelling in Japan includes up-to-date reviews of the best places to stay, eat, sights, cultural information, maps, transport tips and a few best kept secrets – all the essentials to get to the heart of Japan and easily accessible on your smartphone, tablet, or e-reader.

Nonfiction ebook

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Fodor's Italy 2013 by Fodor's

Fodor's is the world's largest publisher of English language travel and tourism information, and the ebook versions are the essential take-along companion. This updated Italy 2013 edition highlights everything that visitors adore--from Italy's art and architecture to glorious Tuscan hill towns to red-hot nightlife, and even more! Access it easily from your smartphone, e-reader, or tablet, for more convenient traveling.

Nonfiction ebook

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Learn in Your Car French by Henry N. Raymond

Study up on a new language before you travel. Learn in your car or on the go with your MP3 player with this series, available for Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, and Japanese. PDF ebooks are also included.

Downloadable Audiobook

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The Buzzard Table by Margaret Maron

In this 18th book in the Deborah Knott mystery series, a mysterious ornithologist staying at Mrs. Lattimore's Victorian home and doing research on Southern vultures seems familiar to Judge Deborah Knott and Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, especially after a murderer strikes.

Fiction

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Cross Roads by William Paul Young

In this new novel from the author of the international bestseller The Shack, a cerebral hemorrhage leaves businessman Tony Spencer comatose in a hospital ICU, while his subconscious puts him in a surreal world where his choices might lead him to redemption.

Fiction

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A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

The long-awaited conclusion to the best-selling The Wheel of Time series draws on notes and partials left by the late Robert Jordan and features the collaborative efforts of his widow and long-time editor and the author of The Gathering Storm and Towers of Midnight.

Fiction

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Nauti Temptress by Lora Leigh

An ex-marine and a communications expert still suffering from a captivity trauma try to start over on Cumberland Lake, until the past catches up with them in this new series from the New York Times best-selling author of the Nauti Boys books.

Fiction

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What Happens at Christmas by Victoria Alexander

Clever, quirky, and thoroughly delightful, this Victorian Christmas confection features Camille, the widowed Lady Lydingham, who hires a troupe of down-on-their-luck actors to masquerade as her family and staff in order to entice the handsome, if shifty, Prince Nicolai Pruzinsky to propose.

Fiction

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Home by Novogratz by Robert and Cortney Novogratz

The stars of the HGTV design show give us an inside look at twenty of their favorite projects to show us how to achieve their signature "vintage modern" style. See how they effortlessly mix contemporary furniture with thrift-store finds, and learn all sorts of tricks for creating a stylish home no matter what the obstacles. From toddler-friendly bedroom for triplets to a beach retreat for two twenty-somethings, from a New Jersey basement to a Palm Beach cabana, Home by Novogratz proves that good design is just a book away.

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The First Apartment Book: Cool Designs for Small Spaces by Kyle Schuneman

Full of bold, vibrant photos and hundreds of big ideas for small spaces, The First Apartment Book proves that no matter what your landlord, your floor plan, or your wallet says, there are no limits on how cool your first apartment can be. Decorating prodigy Kyle Schuneman shares brilliant design ideas and thirty simple DIY projects that show how anyone can infuse a first home with personality whether you're renting, moving in with a roommate or significant other for the first time, or are a newly minted owner eager to put your stamp on your place.

Nonfiction

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The Things That Matter by Nate Berkus

In The Things That Matter, Nate Berkus shares intimate stories from his life, introduces us to people who influenced him and helped him forge his sense of style, and opens up about the remarkable experiences that have left him forever changed, all of which find expression in how he lives today. The distinctive interiors beautifully displayed in this book offer revealing portraits of their owners' lives and the inspiring choices that have made them who they are today.

Nonfiction

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Living Architecture: Greatest American Houses of the 20th Century by Dominique Browning

Former House & Garden editor-in-chief Dominique Browning presents an authoritative and inspiring selection of America's most innovative and iconic twentieth-century homes. In more than 130 images by leading contemporary photographers, Browning highlights American architecture's best in a range of styles and eras—from James Deering's Vizcaya, his 1916 Italian Renaissance-inspired villa in Miami, to postwar marvels by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (Farnsworth House) and Marcel Breuer (Hooper House II), to more recent constructions, such as Marwan Al-Sayed's mirage-like House of Earth and Light in the Southwest desert. Featuring works that blur the lines between dwellings and art, Living Architecture is an excellent visual guide of cutting-edge architecture for both industry professionals and design lovers of all kinds.

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100 Contemporary Houses by Philip Jodidio

Architects are forever rethinking the ways we inhabit our homes and live our daily lives when designing a house. Nowadays environmental concerns have become crucial in building sustainable structures, changing the playing field quite profoundly. This two-volume publication rounds up 100 of the world's most interesting and pioneering homes from the past decade , featuring a host of talents both new and established, including John Pawson, Richard Meier, Shigeru Ban, Tadao Ando, and Zaha Hadid and showcases their inspiring work.

Nonfiction

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Es hora de emprender el vuelo: un llamado a las mujeres que quieren la recompensa de su libertad financiera by Kim Kiyosaki

The Spanish translation of It's Rising Time!, a guide to helping women achieve financial independence.

Spanish Language Nonfiction

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Las canciones inolvidables: España y América: letras y acordes by Francisco Vázquez

A carefully selected compilation of the most famous songs from Spain and Latin America, with lyrics and arrangements for the guitar and the organ, this songbook includes 213 songs from a variety of styles and time periods.

Spanish Language Nonfiction

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Comidas USA: una colección esencial de recetas clásicas y reconfortantes de Estados Unidos by Yvan D. Lemoine

American comfort food recipes presented in Spanish by "Food Network Star" finalist Yvan Lemoine.

Spanish Language Nonfiction

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Dreams of Fireflies (on a Christmas Night) by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Check out these five new Christmas songs from Trans-Siberian Orchestra, an American progressive metal band known for its magical Christmas music.

Music CD

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Home for the Holidays by Andre Rieu

Andre Rieu, together with his Johann Strauss Orchestra, featured soloists, and choir celebrate the most romantic time of the year with 14 holiday classics. The Modern Maestro presents the heartening Silent Night, Ave Maria and O Come All Ye Faithful as well as unforgettable renditions of all-time favorites like Silver Bells and White Christmas.

Music CD

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On This Winter's Night by Lady Antebellum

One of the hottest groups across genres brings you twelve traditional Christmas songs for the holiday season. Standout tracks include Have a Holly Jolly Christmas and Silent Night.

Music CD

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Home for Christmas by Celtic Woman

In just a few short years, the unique musical ensemble known as Celtic Woman has emerged as both a spectacular commercial success and a genuine cultural phenomenon. Their Christmas album contains holiday favorites including I'll Be Home for Christmas; Hark the Herald Angels Sing; Santa Claus Is Coming to Town; and more!

Music CD

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Now That's What I Call Today's Christmas

Eighteen holiday favorites from today's hottest stars including Carly Rae Jepsen, Justin Bieber,Train, Coldplay, Selena Gomez & The Scene, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood and more!

Music CD