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Star Wars : from a certain point of view : 40 stories celebrating 40 years of Star Wars

A collection of short stories and illustrations by some of today's best-selling authors and trend-setting artists commemorates the Star Wars franchise's 40th anniversary and includes contributions by such notables as Meg Cabot, John Jackson Miller and Nnedi Okorafor.—Baker & Taylor

"It's a different look at familiar parts of the Star Wars Universe. I'm a giant Star Wars nerd."—Submitted by Emm P, Information Assistant

Star Wars : from a certain point of view : 40 stories celebrating 40 years of Star Wars
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A collection of short stories and illustrations by some of today's best-selling authors and trend-setting artists commemorates the Star Wars franchise's 40th anniversary and includes contributions by such notables as Meg Cabot, John Jackson Miller and Nnedi Okorafor.—Baker & Taylor

"It's a different look at familiar parts of the Star Wars Universe. I'm a giant Star Wars nerd."—Submitted by Emm P, Information Assistant

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Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home

In this heartwarming, wordless picture book that's perfect for dog lovers, a woman visits a park and discovers a pup hiding under a bench—scruffy, scared, and alone. With gentle coaxing, the woman tries to befriend the animal, but the dog is too scared to let her near. Day after day, the woman tries—and day after day, the dog runs away. With perseverance and patience—and help from an enticing tennis ball—a tentative friendship begins. But it's not until a raging storm forces the two together that a joyous and satisfying friendship takes hold.

Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home

Guojing
Ej Guo

In this heartwarming, wordless picture book that's perfect for dog lovers, a woman visits a park and discovers a pup hiding under a bench—scruffy, scared, and alone. With gentle coaxing, the woman tries to befriend the animal, but the dog is too scared to let her near. Day after day, the woman tries—and day after day, the dog runs away. With perseverance and patience—and help from an enticing tennis ball—a tentative friendship begins. But it's not until a raging storm forces the two together that a joyous and satisfying friendship takes hold. Guojing poignantly explores how trust doesn't always come easily, but how, over time, and with kindness and determination, forever love can grow.—Amazon

"If you've ever even looked at a dog through a telescope—much less loved and cared for one—this book is guaranteed to make you cry. Beautiful illustrations!"—Submitted by Paul D., SIA

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X'ed Out

Doug's strange night begins when he is awoken by a strange buzzing noise and opens his eyes to find his beloved--but dead--cat Inky climbing through a hole in the wall and beckoning Doug to follow.—Baker & Taylor

"This is the first in a great 3-book series. Creepy and psychedelic while still being relatable."—Submitted by Paul D., SIA

X'ed Out

Charles Burns
GN Xed Out Trilogy v. 1
Series: Xed Out Trilogy

Doug's strange night begins when he is awoken by a strange buzzing noise and opens his eyes to find his beloved--but dead--cat Inky climbing through a hole in the wall and beckoning Doug to follow.—Baker & Taylor

"This is the first in a great 3-book series. Creepy and psychedelic while still being relatable."—Submitted by Paul D., SIA

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In the Dust of This Planet

The world is increasingly unthinkable, a world of planetary disasters, emerging pandemics, and the looming threat of extinction. In this book Eugene Thacker suggests that we look to the genre of horror as offering a way of thinking about the unthinkable world. To confront this idea is to confront the limit of our ability to understand the world in which we live—a central motif of the horror genre. Thacker takes horror to mean something beyond the focus on gore and scare tactics.—North by Northwestern

In the Dust of This Planet

Eugene Thacker
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The world is increasingly unthinkable, a world of planetary disasters, emerging pandemics, and the looming threat of extinction. In this book Eugene Thacker suggests that we look to the genre of horror as offering a way of thinking about the unthinkable world. To confront this idea is to confront the limit of our ability to understand the world in which we live—a central motif of the horror genre. Thacker takes horror to mean something beyond the focus on gore and scare tactics.—North by Northwestern

"Thought-provoking and fun. A must-read for fans of horror and philosophy."—Submitted by Paul D., SIA

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Copper Beach

Within the pages of very rare books some centuries old lie the secrets of the paranormal. Abby Radwell's unusual psychic talent has made her an expert in such volumes-and sometimes taken her into dangerous territory. After a deadly incident in the private library of an obsessive collector, Abby receives a blackmail threat, and rumors swirl that an old alchemical text known as The Key has reappeared on the black market.

Copper Beach

Jayne Ann Krentz
Krentz
Series: Dark legacy

Within the pages of very rare books some centuries old lie the secrets of the paranormal. Abby Radwell's unusual psychic talent has made her an expert in such volumes-and sometimes taken her into dangerous territory. After a deadly incident in the private library of an obsessive collector, Abby receives a blackmail threat, and rumors swirl that an old alchemical text known as The Key has reappeared on the black market.

Convinced that she needs an investigator who can also play bodyguard, she hires Sam Coppersmith, a specialist in paranormal crystals and amber—"hot rocks." Passion flares immediately between them, but neither entirely trusts the other. When it comes to dealing with a killer who has paranormal abilities, and a blackmailer who will stop at nothing to obtain an ancient alchemical code, no one is safe.—Penguin Putnam

"Jayne Ann Krentz also writes under the names Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle. Her novels are fun to read and entertaining. I have read 35 of her novels and enjoyed all of them. The novels range from historical romance to suspense and some have a psychic and paranormal twist."—Submitted by Brenda S., Admin. Office Assist.

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Dragon Bound

Half-human and half-wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful—and passionate—of the Elder races.—Penguin Putnam

Dragon Bound

Thea Harrison
ebook
Series: Elder Races

Half-human and half-wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful—and passionate—of the Elder races.—Penguin Putnam

"My current guilty pleasure 'crush' is the Elder Races series and the first book is the best. Snappy dialogue, fast paced fantasy set in modern day New York and Charleston, likeable ensemble of characters. Shifters, spells, and elves using telepathy and cell phones interchangeably. Favorite quote, 'You don't spit into the wind. You don't pull the mask off the ole Lone Ranger, and you don't steal from Cuelebre' (dragon)."—Submitted by Bara S., Staff Development Strategist

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The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl is among the most enduring documents of the twentieth century. Since its publication in 1947, it has been read by tens of millions of people all over the world. It remains a beloved and deeply admired testament to the indestructible nature of the human spirit. Restored in this Definitive Edition are diary entries that were omitted from the original edition. These passages, which constitute 30 percent more material, reinforce the fact that Anne was first and foremost a teenage girl, not a remote and flawless symbol.

The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank
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Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl is among the most enduring documents of the twentieth century. Since its publication in 1947, it has been read by tens of millions of people all over the world. It remains a beloved and deeply admired testament to the indestructible nature of the human spirit. Restored in this Definitive Edition are diary entries that were omitted from the original edition. These passages, which constitute 30 percent more material, reinforce the fact that Anne was first and foremost a teenage girl, not a remote and flawless symbol. She fretted about and tried to cope with her own sexuality. Like many young girls, she often found herself in disagreements with her mother. And like any teenager, she veered between the carefree nature of a child and the full-fledged sorrow of an adult. Anne emerges more human, more vulnerable and more vital than ever.—Blackwell North America

"I read this book as a young tween and it left a mark on me. I admired Anne's tenacity, and was astounded at what she endured—someone not much older than I was."—Submitted by Marilyn W., Director

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The Shell Seekers

Set in England between World War II and the present, this epic novel details the connections that bind the Keeling family together over three generations and the family's frailties, strengths, passions, and joys.—Baker & Taylor

"I read this book as a teenager and I really enjoyed it. The book takes you through the ages of a young girl into retirement. I would recommend to any young girl or women."—Submitted by Elsie G., Financial Assistant

The Shell Seekers

Rosamunde Pilcher
Pilcher

Set in England between World War II and the present, this epic novel details the connections that bind the Keeling family together over three generations and the family's frailties, strengths, passions, and joys.—Baker & Taylor

"I read this book as a teenager and I really enjoyed it. The book takes you through the ages of a young girl into retirement. I would recommend to any young girl or women."—Submitted by Elsie G., Financial Assistant

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Clear and Present Danger

The assassinations of U.S. ambassador and the visiting head of the F.B.I. by Colombian drug lords trigger a mysterious covert response and an investigation of U.S. and Colombian actions by Jack Ryan.—Baker & Taylor

"I love Clancy's series of books with main character Jack Ryan. This character is always in trouble but finds a way to escape and fix the wrongs."—Submitted by Elsie G., Financial Assistant

Clear and Present Danger

Tom Clancy
Clancy

The assassinations of U.S. ambassador and the visiting head of the F.B.I. by Colombian drug lords trigger a mysterious covert response and an investigation of U.S. and Colombian actions by Jack Ryan.—Baker & Taylor

"I love Clancy's series of books with main character Jack Ryan. This character is always in trouble but finds a way to escape and fix the wrongs."—Submitted by Elsie G., Financial Assistant

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Patriot Games

While vacationing in London, CIA analyst Jack Ryan saves the Prince and Princess of Wales from a terrorist attack and gains the gratitude of a nation and the enmity of its most dangerous men.—Baker & Taylor

"I love Tom Clancy's writing skill. He gives a very in depth background in his book's beginning. You are several hundred pages in before the plot becomes real."—Submitted by Elsie G., Financial Assistant

Patriot Games

Tom Clancy
Clancy

While vacationing in London, CIA analyst Jack Ryan saves the Prince and Princess of Wales from a terrorist attack and gains the gratitude of a nation and the enmity of its most dangerous men.—Baker & Taylor

"I love Tom Clancy's writing skill. He gives a very in depth background in his book's beginning. You are several hundred pages in before the plot becomes real."—Submitted by Elsie G., Financial Assistant

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