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Nov / Dec 2013 Collection Spotlight

Here are some great titles for your reading & viewing pleasure, selected by the staff of Collection Development Services. Highlights include adventured-filled graphic novels, new holiday-themed romance fiction, new poetry collections from well-known and well-regarded poets, Spanish translations of fiction bestsellers, and DVDs to inspire your Thanksgiving celebrations.

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Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

A little bit Tintin, a little bit Indiana Jones, Delilah Dirk is a great pick for graphic novel readers of all ages looking for thrilling globetrotting adventures and a smart, funny, force-of-nature heroine.

Graphic Novel

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Battling Boy by Paul Pope

Sent by his warrior-god father to save a world infested by bloodthirsty monsters, young god Battling Boy embarks on a high-stakes adventure armed with only a magic credit card and a trunk of enchanted t-shirts.

Graphic Novel

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Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews

As the holidays approach, Savannah antique dealer Weezie Foley is distracted by both her upcoming wedding and her best friend and maid-of-honor BeBe Loudermilk, who, due to give birth any day, is still adamantly refusing to marry her live-in-love Harry. Available in print & eBook.

Fiction

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The Dogs of Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron

When his neighbor abandons his very pregnant dog Lucy at his Colorado home, Josh Michaels, recovering from a broken heart, learns to care for Lucy's tiny puppies with the help of local animal shelter worker Kerri, a beautiful woman with a quick wit and fierce love for animals.

Fiction

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Candlelight Christmas by Susan Wiggs

As single father Logan O'Donnell prepares to give his son, Charlie, the best Christmas ever on the shores of Willow Lake, he just may be in for a Christmas surprise himself, in the form of sharp-witted and independent Darcy Fitzgerald.

Fiction

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New Collected Poems by Wendell Berry

The author of more than fifty books of poetry, fiction, and essays, Wendell Berry was recently awarded the National Humanities Medal, and hailed by the Baltimore Sun as "a sophisticated, philosophical poet in the line descending from Emerson and Throeau." In New Collected Poems, the poet revisits for the first time his immensely popular Collected Poems.

Poetry

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Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins

From the two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins comes his first compilation of new and selected poems in twelve years. Combining more than fifty new poems with selections from four previous books, Collins' unmistakable voice, which brings together plain speech with imaginative surprise, is clearly heard on every page, reminding us how he has managed to enrich the tapestry of contemporary poetry and greatly expand its audience.

Poetry

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Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid by Nikki Giovanni

One of America's most celebrated poets, whose works have inspired songs, turned hearts and informed generations, pays homage to gatherings of friends, family and lovers where, at the center, is food as sustenance, as aphrodisiac, and as memory.

Poetry

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Telegraph Avenue (en Español) by Michael Chabon

A Spanish translation of award-winning author, Michael Chabon's Telegraph Avenue a novel which explores race relations, idealism and family secrets. Una traducción del libro Telegraph Avenue escrito por el galardonado autor, Michael Chabon. Esta es una novela que explora las relaciones raciales, el idealismo y los secretos de familia.

Spanish Language Fiction

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Y las montanas hablaron by Khaled Hosseini

A Spanish translation of the bestselling book, And the Mountains Echoed. The novel spans several generations of a family and their betrayals, sacrifices and love for one another. Una traducción del libro más vendido, And the Mountains Echoed. La novela se extiende por varias generaciones de una familia y sus traiciones, sacrificios y amor del uno por el otro.

Spanish Language Fiction

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Jacques Pepin's Thanksgiving Celebration

Jacques Pepin, his daughter Claudine and his wife Gloria fix a Thanksgiving dinner which includes home-cured salmon, cucumber salad, gratin of butternut squash, turkey with apple cider glaze and bread and mushroom stuffing, and finishing with chocolate-bourbon-prune cake.

Nonfiction DVD

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Martha's Classic Thanksgiving

Martha Stewart covers the traditional Thanksgiving basics plus ideas for those interested in trying something new. Includes turkey, stuffing, side dish and dessert recipes, decorating ideas and crafts for kids.

Nonfiction DVD

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Thanksgiving

Children learn the story behind the first Thanksgiving celebration. They visit Plimoth Plantation, see Nanticoke tribe dancers, and learn an Abnaki tribe myth on the origin of corn that teaches the importance of sharing resources.

Children's Nonfiction DVD