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Staff Picks for October / November 2012

Here are some great titles for your reading and viewing pleasure, selected by the staff of Collection Development Services. Highlights include delightful returns by favorite fiction authors as well as a promising debut, ebooks by recently announced Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan, Thanksgiving DVDs to get you in the holiday spirit, and a collection of titles to help you survive (and thrive) during the impending 2012 apocalypse.

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The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

In his first novel for young adults, New York Times best-selling author Jasper Fforde introduces fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange, who runs an agency for underemployed magicians in a world where magic is fading away, but when visions of the death of the world's last dragon begin, all signs point to Jennifer--and Big Magic.

Teen Fiction

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Son by Lois Lowry

In the long-awaited conclusion to the Giver Quartet, Lois Lowry combines elements from the Newbery Medal-winning The Giver as well as Gathering Blue and Messenger in a narrative tale that introduces 14-year-old Claire to the world of Jonas and Kira in an ultimate clash between good and evil.

Teen Fiction

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Invisible Murder by Lene Kaaberbol

In the second installment of the bestselling Danish crime series (after 2011's critically acclaimed The Boy in the Suitcase), Red Cross nurse Nina Borg puts her life and family on the line when she tries to treat a group of sick Hungarian gypsies who are living illegally in a Copenhagen garage.

Fiction

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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

A gleeful and exhilarating debut of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life--mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore. A modern-day cabinet of wonders ready to give a jolt of energy to every curious reader, no matter the time of day.

Fiction

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The Garlic Ballads by Mo Yan

An epic novel of beauty and brutality, set in a landscape at once strange and alluring, by 2012 Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan. Hardcover & ebook

Fiction

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The Republic of Wine by Mo Yan

A wry, wild, politically explosive satire by the 2012 Nobel Prize winner. Ebook

Fiction

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Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh by Mo Yan

Satire, fantasy, the supernatural, mystery: all are present in twelve stories demonstrating the astonishing range of Mo Yan's vision. Ebook

Fiction

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Big Breasts and Wide Hips by Mo Yan

China's most important contemporary literary voice delivers a portrait of twentieth-century China full of historical sweep and earthy exuberance. Hardcover & ebook

Fiction

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Abraham Lincoln: Cazador de Vampiros by Seth Grahame-Smith

A Spanish translation of the bestselling novel (and recent film) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Spanish Language Fiction

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EL Ascenso de Marco Rubio by Manuel Roig-Franzia

This Spanish translation of The Rise of Marco Rubio profiles the rising Latino Republican senator.

Spanish Language Biography

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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

It's not Thanksgiving without watching this classic Peanuts holiday special!

Children's DVD

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Thanksgiving

Children learn the story behind the first Thanksgiving celebration, traditionally the American harvest holiday, and they visit Plymouth Plantation.

Children's DVD

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Activity TV: Thanksgiving

Engaging Thanksgiving activities for children of all ages, with easy-to-follow tutorials led by friendly experts.

Children's DVD

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An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving

Based on a story by Louisa May Alcott, recently widowed Mary Bassett and her children are afraid that they may not even be able to afford a turkey this Thanksgiving, and when Mary's wealthy mother comes for a visit, it will take more than money to save the holiday.

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Holiday Kitchen: A Cornucopia of Delicious Video Recipes for Your Holiday Table

Viewers will enjoy more than 70 quick, delicious, and nutritious recipes that feature hands-on demonstrations and step by step cooking processes.

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Martha’s Classic Thanksgiving

Martha Stewart presents turkey, stuffing, side dish, and dessert recipes; centerpiece, table setting, and decorating ideas; and Thanksgiving crafts for kids.

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We Gather Together: 14 Thanksgiving Hymns

The meaning of Thanksgiving is reflected in a collection of inspirational songs.

Music CD

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The Ultimate Survivor Manual (Outdoor Life): Urban Adventure - Wilderness Survival - Disaster Preparedness by Rich Johnson

This book, covering all aspects of survival, from various natural disasters (earthquake, flood, tornado, etc.) to post-civilization wastelands, is key to helping you survive the inital stages of the impending 2012 (or any) apocalypse. Chapters include "Know the Weapons of a Raging Mob", "Help Someone Who's Been Impaled", "Eat Roadkill", and "Build a Compound".

Non-Fiction

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Get Your Pitchfork On!: The Real Dirt on Country Living by Kristy Athens

Once you've survived an apocalypse, you must learn to care for yourself in the longterm. As a city dweller, chances are you have no idea which end of the cows gives milk or how to build a privy. Kristy Athens and her husband were similarly ignorant when they ventured off the grid and decided to become farmers and here share their hard-won knowledge on everything from raising livestock to installing an irrigation system to getting along with the rest of the community.

Non-Fiction

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The Ultimate Self-Sufficiency Handbook: A Complete Guide to Baking, Crafts, Gardening, Preserving Your Harvest, Raising Animals, and More by Abigail Gehring

Abigail Gehring has been living a self-sufficient life since she was a child. In her book, Gehring discusses how one can grow their own food, raise livestock, preserve their harvest and even create crafts for barter with others in the community.

Non-Fiction

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The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan

Even if you only have 1/4 acre to work with, this guide promises that you can harvest up to 1,400 eggs, 50 pounds of wheat, 2,000 pounds of vegetables, 280 pounds of pork and 75 pounds of nuts if you work hard and follow Madigan's advice. Even if the 2012 prophesy doesn't come true, growing one's own food can be a rewarding experience in and of itself.

Non-Fiction