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March / April 2013 Collection Spotlight

Here are some great titles for your reading and viewing pleasure, selected by the staff of Collection Development Services. Highlights include an Angry Birds cookbook in Spanish, audiobooks and DVDs about fascinating women in history, new fiction titles and compilations from old favorites, and explorations of the rise of paleo diets as well as mysterious graffiti artist Banksy.

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A Trail of Fire: Four Outlander Tales by Diana Gabaldon

An omnibus of novellas that includes paranormal romance tales: Lord John and The Plague of Zombies, The Space Between, The Custom of the Army, and A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows.

Fiction

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The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian

Living in an underground, utopian settlement in a future post-apocalypse world, 24-year-old Natasha Wiley is hired to join a special team to venture Outside for the first time and finds her allegiances to home, society and her mentor tested in the face of shattering truths. A thrilling debut of a postapocalyptic world for fans of The Hunger Games.

Fiction

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House of Earth by Woody Guthrie

The only finished novel from the legendary American folk singer portrays life in Dust Bowl America with the story of Tike and Ella May Hamil, who struggle to plant roots in the arid land of the Texas Panhandle. Completed in 1947 this story of rural realism and progressive activism is in many ways a companion piece to the author's folk anthem "This Land Is Your Land."

Fiction

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The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates

In 20th century Princeton, New Jersey, a powerful curse, which besets the wealthiest of families, causes the disappearance of a young bride. When her brother sets out to find her, he crosses paths with the town's most formidable people, including Grover Cleveland and Upton Sinclair. This genre mash-up was first drafted in the 1980s and is available in hardcover and ebook.

Fiction

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Silenced by Kristina Ohlsson

The latest entry in the Fredrika Bergman Scandinavian thriller series finds the investigative analyst and her colleagues uncovering sinister connections between three seemingly unrelated cases including an assault that occurred 15 years earlier, a hit-and-run killing and the suspicious double suicide of a clergyman and his wife.

Fiction

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Amor by Isabel Allende

Excerpts from the award-winning author's books discussing love and sexuality.

Spanish Language Fiction

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Angry Birds: El Libro de Recetas

Inspired by the Angry Birds video game, this is a quirky, Spanish language cookbook presents fun and interesting ways to prepare dishes featuring eggs.

Spanish Language Nonfiction

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Banksy: The Man Behind the Wall by Will Ellsworth-Jones

Who is this man that has captivated millions? How did a graffiti artist from Bristol, England, find himself at the center of an artistic movement? Famous as he is, he is also utterly unknown - he conceals his real name, hides his face, distorts his voice, and reveals his identity to only a select few. Now, in the first ever full-scale investigation of the artist, reporter Will Ellsworth-Jones pieces together the story of Banksy.

Nonfiction

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Meander: East to West, Indirectly, Along a Turkish River by Jeremy Seal

The Meander is a river so famously winding that its name has long since come to signify digression, an approach author Jeremy Seal makes the most of while traveling the length of the river alone by canoe. A natural storyteller, Seal takes readers from the Meander's source in the uplands of central Turkey to its mouth on the Aegean Sea, with as many historical, cultural, and personal asides as there are bends in the river.

Nonfiction

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Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We Live by Marlene Zuk

We evolved to eat raw meat and berries rather than bagels, to live in caves rather than cities, and to run barefoot rather than wear shoes - or did we? As Marlene Zuk reveals, theories about how our ancestors lived - and why we should emulate them - are often based on pseudoscience and speculation rather than actual research. Taking us to the cutting edge of biology, Zuk shows how our idealized visions of a past in which we ate, lived, and reproduced as we were "meant to" can lead us astray (paleodiets, barefoot running) and distract us from more interesting considerations of how we differ from our ancestors.

Nonfiction

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Wonder Girl: The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson

Despite attempts to keep women from competing, Babe Didrikson achieved All-American status in basketball and won gold medals in track and field at the 1932 Olympics. One of the founders of the LPGA, Babe won more consecutive tournaments than any golfer in history.

Audiobook/Nonfiction

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Extraordinary, Ordinary People  by Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice, the former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, narrates the audiobook of her stunning memoir that goes deeper than just her political career. Available on CD and on OverDrive.

Audiobook/Nonfiction

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Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

The compelling story of the author's life is told through dramatic reenactments and interviews with top Mitchell scholars. Margaret Mitchell emerges as a complex and fascinating woman who had much in common with her iconic creation, Scarlett O'Hara.

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One Woman, One Vote

Documents the 70-year struggle for women's suffrage which culminated in the passing of the 19th Amendment in the U.S. Senate by one vote. Discover why the crusaders faced entrenched opposition from men and women.

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