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May / June 2014 Collection Spotlight

Here are some great titles for your reading & viewing pleasure, selected by the staff of Collection Development Services. Highlights include the final volume in a hilarious kids’ fairy tale series, new fiction both heartwarming and heart-pounding, a posthumous story collection from a beloved author, modern perspectives on economics in our society, original film adaptations that inspired recent remakes, and bestselling fiction and nonfiction now translated into Spanish.

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The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy

The League of Princes returns in the hilariously epic conclusion to the hit series that began with The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. This time, the princes and princesses must flee from bounty hunters when they are wrongly accused of murder, and now they must thwart a plot to take control of the thirteen kingdoms. Also available in: eBook.

Children's Fiction

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The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Sparks fly when sixteen-year-old Lucy Patterson and seventeen-year-old Owen Buckley meet on an elevator rendered useless by a New York City blackout. Soon after, the two teenagers leave the city, but as they travel farther away from each other geographically, they stay connected emotionally, in this story set over the course of one year. Also available in: eBook.

Teen Fiction

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Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick Trout

This sequel to The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs finds veterinarian Cyrus Mills struggling to maintain his late father's independent practice in the face of a national chain rival, an effort that is complicated by his personal life—a disastrous first date with a waitress at the local dinner. Wonderful small town characters, animals to love, and a kind country vet makes a heartwarming story for book groups.

Fiction

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The Intern’s Handbook by Shane Kuhn

What starts as a survival guide handbook for new assassin recruits becomes a darkly comic memoir in which John chronicles his final assignment and takes the reader on a twisted, violent thrill ride in which he is pitted against the strongest adversary he has ever faced--Alice, a federal agent assigned to investigate the same law firm partner John's been hired to kill. This killer comedy is recommended for fans of the TV show "Dexter."

Fiction

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Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy

This posthumous collection of short stories by bestselling author Maeve Binchy traces the experiences of a diverse group of characters and all of the their comings and goings around one street in Dublin. Also available in: eBook.

Fiction

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Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

“Have you read Piketty?”, “As Piketty states in his magnum opus, Capital…”, “You read Piketty yet? Change your life, man.” Yes, the translation of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century has the world of readers of 700 page tomes on economics agog. In this work, Piketty documents the growing inequality between the very rich and rest of the world’s population and how capitalism ineluctably leads to this result unless extensive government action is taken to counteract it.

Nonfiction

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Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation by Tyler Cowen

Coming to basically the same conclusions as the Marxist Piketty but from a diametrically different ideological viewpoint, Cowen would agree that the period when average people with average abilities could earn a middle class wage has come to an end, that a global labor market has suppressed the wages of workers with low skills while rewarding those with expertise in working with “machine intelligence” and data analysis. He doesn’t see any reason why these trends won’t continue to accelerate the gap between the 10-15% who thrive in this world and the 85-90% who are left behind. Also available in: eBook.

Nonfiction

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The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility by Gregory Clark

How much of your fate is tied to the social class of your parents and grandparents? How much social mobility is there? If you’re born poor will you most likely die poor? Economic historian Clark has some rather gloomy answers for you in this book, which looks at various societies around the world and concludes that, yes, the social class you were born into will profoundly influence your fate in life; that social mobility rates are much lower (and slower, acting over hundreds of years) than conventionally estimated; that they do not vary across societies; and that they are resistant to social policies designed to limit the disparities in rewards between those of high and low social rank.

Nonfiction

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Flowers in the Attic (1987)

After a tragic accident, four children return to their mother's mysterious family mansion hoping for an inheritance. But when they are imprisoned and abandoned by their evil grandmother, the children must survive a nightmare of brutal cruelty & forbidden passion. The Lifetime television network recently produced an adaptation of this popular V.C. Andrews novel. Now see how the original 1987 film with Louise Fletcher and Kristy Swanson compares.

DVD

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Endless Love (1981)

Based on Scott Spencer's novel, the film tells the story of the doomed romance between teenagers David and Jade. Recently remade, this film is the original adaptation directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starring Brooke Shields.

DVD

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Yo soy Malala: La joven que defendió el derecho a la educación y fue tiroteada por los talibanes by Malala Yousafzai

Translation of the bestselling biography by a young girl who stood up to the Taliban and nearly lost her life. La traducción de la biografía más vendida por una joven que se puso de pie contra los talibanes y casi perdió su vida.

Spanish Language Nonfiction

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La firma de todas las cosas by Elizabeth Gilbert

Translation of bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things which covers a family’s history during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Traducción de La firma de todas las cosas del autor más vendido Elizabeth Gilbert que cubre la historia de una familia durante los siglos XVIII y XIX.

Spanish Language Fiction