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March / April 2014 Collection Spotlight

Here are some great titles for your reading & listening pleasure, selected by the staff of Collection Development Services. Highlights include a debut novel for fans of Tom Clancy, an intriguing teen fiction title mixing fantasy with the modern word, nonfiction titles covering high-profile sports stories, fiction and nonfiction with connections to TV, and new Spanish language cookbooks.

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The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E. K. Johnston

An alternate history of our world where the usage of fossil fuels has caused carbon-eating dragons to thrive and left small towns unprotected, until Owen takes up his legacy with the help of his family and his bard, Siobahn. A fantasy debut that is a perfect blend of world creation and believable characters. Also available in: eBook.

Teen Fiction

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Panic by Lauren Oliver

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought. Also available in: eBook.

Teen Fiction/Audiobook

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Tease by Amanda Maciel

In the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the suicide of classmate Emma Putnam and ultimately consider her own role in an undeniable tragedy.

Teen Fiction/Audiobook

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One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B. J. Novak

Written by B. J. Novak from the TV show "The Office," this original and endlessly entertaining collection of stories spans a wide range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, and is filled with humor, wit, and even poignancy. The audiobook features appearances by Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson, Lena Dunham, and more. Also available in: eBook and downloadable audiobook.

Fiction/Audiobook

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The Trident Deception by Rick Campbell

When a ballistic missile submarine unknowingly receives false orders from rogue Mossad agents to launch a nuclear attack on Iran, a single senior officer races against time to assemble an intercept team and prevent the attack. This thriller debut may be the best submarine novel since The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy.

Fiction

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The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating: A Novel by Carole Radziwill

After her husband Charlie, a renowned sexologist and writer who was pompous yet charming, supportive yet unfaithful, dies, 34-year-old Manhattanite Claire Byrne must reinvent herself and vows to find the kind of passionate love she never really had. Fans of this reality television personality from "Real Housewives of New York" may enjoy this light read novel debut.

Fiction

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Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring by Alexander Rose

Based on remarkable research, acclaimed historian Alexander Rose looks at the role of espionage during the American Revolution and chronicles the exploits of a small ring of spies working for George Washington and centered in New York. These figures are being brought to life as a television show called "Turn" set to premiere on AMC in April. Also available in: eBook.

Nonfiction

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Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s by Jeff Pearlman

A gossipy, entertaining account of the legendary Lakers teams of the 1980s who personified both the excesses and the fun of Los Angeles during that era. Uniform shorts that were short, the Skyhook, 3/4 court bounce passes, the Fabulous Forum, it's all here. We shan't see its like again.

Nonfiction

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Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong by Juliet Macur

Macur was one of the only reporters granted face to face access to Armstrong when in 2013 he finally admitted using performance enhancing drugs and bullying his family, friends and teammates into silence and complicity in his successful quest to become Tour de France champion. What emerges is a fascinating portrait of a sociopathic personality, driven to win at all costs. Also available in: eBook.

Nonfiction

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The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption and the Spectacular Rise of Modern India by James Astill

To understand the United States, one must understand baseball; to understand India, one must understand cricket. Astill states that cricket is an Indian game accidentally discovered by the British, and this work provides a window on the dynamism and complexity of modern Indian through this history of the founding of the brash and hugely successful Indian Premiere League in 2008 and its subsequent crash amid allegations of staggering corruption and fixed games.

Nonfiction

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Cocinas del Mundo: La guía para os apasionados de la Gastronomía

Esta es una traducción de Lonely Planet Food Lover's Guide to the World. Cubre manjares y los mejores lugares para comer en todo el mundo. Incluye recetas. This is a translation of Lonely Planet's Food Lover's Guide to the World. It covers food delicacies and best places to eat around the world. Includes recipes.

Spanish Language Nonfiction

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Reduce gasto, recicla en la cocina, reutiliza lo que te sobra by Pepa Chacón

Proporciona información sobre cómo hacer comidas deliciosas usando sobras. Hace hincapié en la importancia de brindar a la familia una comida nutritiva y no desperdiciar la comida. Provides information on how to make delicious meals using leftovers. It stresses the importance of providing one's family with a nutritious meal while not wasting food.

Spanish Language Nonfiction