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Shock Value: A Tasteful Book About Bad Taste

John Waters, perhaps America's most successful trash filmmaker, achieved a new ironic sense of public acceptance in 2003 with the runaway success of the Broadway musical Hairspray. He first achieved notoriety with his films, and he's written and directed fifteen, including Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Cry-Baby, and A Dirty Shame. Readers familiar only with Waters's movies may be surprised at just how extraordinary a prose writer he is; he's as gifted a memoirist as he is a filmmaker.

Shock Value: A Tasteful Book About Bad Taste

John Waters
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John Waters, perhaps America's most successful trash filmmaker, achieved a new ironic sense of public acceptance in 2003 with the runaway success of the Broadway musical Hairspray. He first achieved notoriety with his films, and he's written and directed fifteen, including Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Cry-Baby, and A Dirty Shame. Readers familiar only with Waters's movies may be surprised at just how extraordinary a prose writer he is; he's as gifted a memoirist as he is a filmmaker. Here is a true love letter from a legendary director to his friends, family, and fans.—Jacket

"All of John Waters's book are hilarious and well-written, and they're all worth a look if you wish to cultivate a taste for the outre, but this is the place to start. Besides, how could you not love a book with a chapter titled 'Baltimore, Maryland — Hairdo Capital of the World'?"—Craig C., Senior Materials Handler

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams
SF Adams

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor. Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox—the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years. Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel!—Provided by amazon.com.

"It's the reason why whenever I'm traveling, I always make sure I know where my towel is."—Craig C., Senior Materials Handler

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Watchmen

This stunning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of superheroes plagued by all too human failings. The concept of the super hero is dissected and inverted as strangely realistic characters are stalked by an unknown assassin. Originally published as a 12 issue series in 1986 and 1987, WATCHMEN remains one of DC Comics' most popular graphic novels.

Watchmen

Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Moore

This stunning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of superheroes plagued by all too human failings. The concept of the super hero is dissected and inverted as strangely realistic characters are stalked by an unknown assassin. Originally published as a 12 issue series in 1986 and 1987, WATCHMEN remains one of DC Comics' most popular graphic novels.

"As basic as it may seem to describe Watchmen as the book that opened my eyes to the possibilities of the comic form, it is definitely that. With its intertwined narratives, colorful characters, and hard-edged story, it's a work that rewards multiple, close readings."—Craig C., Senior Materials Handler

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The Monkey's Raincoat

Ellen Lang's husband has disappeared and has taken with him something invaluable: their son. Ellen hires a detective to track them down, but instead of finding the pair, he stumbles upon Ellen's husband's bullet-ridden body. The child is nowhere in sight and the search for answers brings these characters through the manicured lawns of Hollywood and into the territory of the violent drug trade.

"I have read all of his Joe Pike crime and suspense novels."—Susan F., Acquisitions Technician

The Monkey's Raincoat

Robert Crais
Crais
Series: Joe Pike

Ellen Lang's husband has disappeared and has taken with him something invaluable: their son. Ellen hires a detective to track them down, but instead of finding the pair, he stumbles upon Ellen's husband's bullet-ridden body. The child is nowhere in sight and the search for answers brings these characters through the manicured lawns of Hollywood and into the territory of the violent drug trade.

"I have read all of his Joe Pike crime and suspense novels."—Susan F., Acquisitions Technician

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e: Where the sidewalk ends : the poems & drawings of Shel Silverstein

A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author's own drawings.

"His unique poetry is loved by children and grown ups alike. I loved his books when my kids were little and I still enjoy them today."—Susan F., Acquisitions Technician

e:	 Where the sidewalk ends : the poems & drawings of Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein
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A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author's own drawings.

"His unique poetry is loved by children and grown ups alike. I loved his books when my kids were little and I still enjoy them today."—Susan F., Acquisitions Technician

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Dark of the Moon

Virgil Flowers, a protege of Lucas Davenport, is sent to Bluestem, a small town where everyone knows everyone else, to investigate the murders of a man burned to death in his home and a doctor and his wife—with the doctor found with both eyes shot out--unaware that he is tracking a murderer who may be targeting Virgil as his next victim.—Baker & Taylor

Dark of the Moon

John Sanford
Sandfor
Series: Virgil Flowers, Lucas Davenport

Virgil Flowers, a protege of Lucas Davenport, is sent to Bluestem, a small town where everyone knows everyone else, to investigate the murders of a man burned to death in his home and a doctor and his wife—with the doctor found with both eyes shot out--unaware that he is tracking a murderer who may be targeting Virgil as his next victim.—Baker & Taylor

"The Virgil Flowers, Lucas Davenport series of detective stories is set in Minnesota and I enjoy reading novels that have settings I have visited and know the landscape and recognize location references."—Susan F., Acquisitions Technician

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Taproot : a story about a gardener and a ghost

Blue is having a hard time moving on. He's in love with his best friend. He's also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart's content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal's strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means...leaving him.

"This graphic novel is beautifully illustrated and tells the sweet tale of friendship and love between a ghost and a gardener."—Lizzy S., Senior Information Assistant

Taproot : a story about a gardener and a ghost

Keezy Young
Young

Blue is having a hard time moving on. He's in love with his best friend. He's also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart's content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal's strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means...leaving him.

"This graphic novel is beautifully illustrated and tells the sweet tale of friendship and love between a ghost and a gardener."—Lizzy S., Senior Information Assistant

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Warrior of the Wild

How do you kill a god? As her father's chosen heir, Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness. To win back her honor, Rasmira must fulfill an impossible quest: kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year... or die trying.—adapted from jacket

Warrior of the Wild

Tricia Levenseller
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How do you kill a god? As her father's chosen heir, Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness. To win back her honor, Rasmira must fulfill an impossible quest: kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year... or die trying.—adapted from jacket

"Well done standalone fantasy novels are what I live for and Levenseller did such an amazing job with the world building. She was able to take something familiar (Vikings) and use that basis of knowledge to build off of to craft a semi-frightening fantasy world. The monsters our main cast of characters faced were so scary and mythical, I would not want to be in their shoes for a moment!"—Lizzy S., Senior Information Assistant

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My Brother's Husband, Vol. 1

Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo; formerly married to Natsuki, father to their young daughter, Kana. Their lives suddenly change with the arrival at their doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who declares himself the widower of Yaichi's estranged gay twin, Ryoji. Mike is on a quest to explore Ryoji's past, and the family reluctantly but dutifully takes him in.

My Brother's Husband, Vol. 1

Gengoroh Tagame
MANGA Mybroth v. 1 Tagame
Series: My brother's husband

Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo; formerly married to Natsuki, father to their young daughter, Kana. Their lives suddenly change with the arrival at their doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who declares himself the widower of Yaichi's estranged gay twin, Ryoji. Mike is on a quest to explore Ryoji's past, and the family reluctantly but dutifully takes him in. What follows is an unprecedented and heartbreaking look at the state of a largely still-closeted Japanese gay culture: how it's been affected by the West, and how the next generation can change the preconceptions about it and prejudices against it.

"A heartwarming story about love, acceptance, and family."–Lizzy S., Senior Information Assistant

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Carry on : the rise and fall of Simon Snow

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen. That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right. Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here. It's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up.

Carry on : the rise and fall of Simon Snow

Rainbow Rowell
Y Rowell

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen. That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right. Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here. It's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up.

"An amazing fantasy story with a wonderful and diverse cast, a gripping romance, and a really cool system of magic. If you miss the world of Harry Potter, this fills that hole and so much more!"—Em B., Materials Handler

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