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A little history of the world Illus. ed.

A Little History of the World (Illust. Ed.)

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A special edition of the international bestseller that is "sumptuously illustrated. . . . Perfect for reading to alert and curious children, but it's even better as a secret pleasure, read alone, with no children in sight." (Philip Kennicott, Washington Post)

E. H. Gombrich's A Little History of the World, an engaging and lively book written for readers both young and old, vividly brings the full span of human experience on Earth to life, from the stone age to the atomic age. Gombrich's text paints a colorful picture of wars and conquests; of grand works of art; of the advances and limitations of science; of remarkable people and remarkable events.

But Gombrich was, first and foremost, the best-known art historian of his time; his beloved Little History suggests illustrations on every page. Featuring more than two hundred illustrations--most in color--this beautiful edition incorporates a wide range of images, showing us the earliest cave paintings, the classic sculptures of the ancient Greeks, beautiful Islamic calligraphy, oil portraits of the mighty through the ages, and much more. With a high-grade design, fine paper, and classic binding, this enhanced edition will have an important place on family bookshelves for many years to come.

Billy Summers

Billy Summers

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#1 New York Times Bestseller

From legendary storyteller Stephen King, whose "restless imagination is a power that cannot be contained" (The New York Times Book Review), comes a thrilling new novel about a good guy in a bad job.

Billy Summers is a man in a room with a gun. He's a killer for hire and the best in the business. But he'll do the job only if the target is a truly bad guy. And now Billy wants out. But first there is one last hit. Billy is among the best snipers in the world, a decorated Iraq war vet, a Houdini when it comes to vanishing after the job is done. So what could possibly go wrong?

How about everything.

This spectacular can't-put-it-down novel is part war story, part love letter to small town America and the people who live there, and it features one of the most compelling and surprising duos in King fiction, who set out to avenge the crimes of an extraordinarily evil man. It's about love, luck, fate, and a complex hero with one last shot at redemption.

You won't put this story down, and you won't forget Billy.

This is a blockbuster in the best sense of the word: a truly great author nails a genre. Here, the “hard-nosed assassin with a heart and a back-story,” tale. A fast-paced yet literary read --  and the book every man I know that reads, is raving over. My 21 year-old Tom and 50-something hubby couldn’t put it down. - Sandy

Count the Ways

Count the Ways

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In her most ambitious novel to date, New York Times bestselling author Joyce Maynard returns to the themes that are the hallmarks of her most acclaimed work in a mesmerizing story of a family--from the hopeful early days of young marriage to parenthood, divorce, and the costly aftermath that ripples through all their lives

Eleanor and Cam meet at a crafts fair in Vermont in the early 1970s. She's an artist and writer, he makes wooden bowls. Within four years they are parents to three children, two daughters and a red-headed son who fills his pockets with rocks, plays the violin and talks to God. To Eleanor, their New Hampshire farm provides everything she always wanted--summer nights watching Cam's softball games, snow days by the fire and the annual tradition of making paper boats and cork people to launch in the brook every spring. If Eleanor and Cam don't make love as often as they used to, they have something that matters more. Their family.

Then comes a terrible accident, caused by Cam's negligence. Unable to forgive him, Eleanor is consumed by bitterness, losing herself in her life as a mother, while Cam finds solace with a new young partner.

Over the decades that follow, the five members of this fractured family make surprising discoveries and decisions that occasionally bring them together, and often tear them apart. Tracing the course of their lives--through the gender transition of one child and another's choice to completely break with her mother--Joyce Maynard captures a family forced to confront essential, painful truths of its past, and find redemption in its darkest hours.

A story of holding on and learning to let go, Count the Ways is an achingly beautiful, poignant, and deeply compassionate novel of home, parenthood, love, and forgiveness.

My literary fiction book of the year - great for book clubs. Don’t be intimidated: “literary” fiction just means universal themes, like crime and punishment (Dostoyevsky) or family life (Anne Tyler) or guilt (Kite Runner). Here, we explore marriage. Meet Eleanor.  When she is just 16, Eleanor's self-involved parents are killed in a car crash. At boarding school, she comforts herself by creating picture books about an orphan who travels the world; these sell to a publisher, and by the time she's a sophomore in college, she has enough money to drop out, drive into the countryside, and buy a farm. WHAT?? This woman is extraordinary, right? Who does that? "It looked like a house where people who loved each other had lived," she thinks as soon as she sees her farm. If you build it, they will come—right? Our girl meets Cam, the handsome, redheaded woodworker who will give her three children they both adore. Eleanor revels in motherhood with every cell of her being, her glue gun, and her pie pan, yet she fears that fate cannot be trusted. Could loving her children too much be her downfall, she worries? Read this one, discuss it too. And feel the classic, universal complexities of lifelong love. - Sandy

Growing Season: How I Built a New Life--And Saved an American Farm

Growing Season: How I Built a New Life--And Saved an American Farm

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"A gutsy success story" (The New York Times Book Review) about one tenacious woman's journey to escape rural poverty and create a billion-dollar farming business--without ever leaving the land she loves

The youngest of her parents' combined twenty-one children, Sarah Frey grew up on a struggling farm in southern Illinois, often having to grow, catch, or hunt her own dinner alongside her brothers. She spent much of her early childhood dreaming of running away to the big city--or really anywhere with central heating. At fifteen, she moved out of her family home and started her own fresh produce delivery business with nothing more than an old pickup truck.

Two years later, when the family farm faced inevitable foreclosure, Frey gave up on her dreams of escape, took over the farm, and created her own produce company. Refusing to play by traditional rules, at seventeen she began talking her way into suit-filled boardrooms, making deals with the nation's largest retailers. Her early negotiations became so legendary that Harvard Business School published some of her deals as case studies, which have turned out to be favorites among its students.

Today, her family-operated company, Frey Farms, has become one of America's largest fresh produce growers and shippers, with farmland spread across seven states. Thanks to the millions of melons and pumpkins she sells annually, Frey has been dubbed "America's Pumpkin Queen" by the national press.

The Growing Season tells the inspiring story of how a scrappy rural childhood gave Frey the grit and resiliency to take risks that paid off in unexpected ways. Rather than leaving her community, she found adventure and opportunity in one of the most forgotten parts of our country. With fearlessness and creativity, she literally dug her destiny out of the dirt.

Sandy: Wow - what a life Sarah Frey has led.  At only 44, she has lived on her own (leaving an erratic homelife behind) since she was 15. Her re-invention of her family farm into the biggest supplier of pumpkins in the world is an inspiring story that strains credulity. Her father’s strange ways nonetheless armed her with the love and self-belief she needed to, say, ask for a $10,000 bank loan at 16 to purchase a bigger better truck because she intended to build her mother’s hobby business of hauling produce from farms to stores.  She got it and paid it back in cash in 3 months.  It’s not really like Educated though it’s easy to compare the two, because her beloved 4 older brothers are the center of her stability and a big reason for her confidence and work ethic.  Her writing style is conversational and plain-spoken - it’s the stories that you will never forget.  After the Harvard Business School used her Farm as a case study, she learned and shares with us how and why her upbringing made her the success she is.  Great for those who love memoir but also - the entrepreneur or business person in your life. 


Frey details her life growing up poor on a southeastern Illinois farm, where they had no indoor plumbing and burned wood for heat in winter and where they grew or shot their food. The author and her brothers learned to be tough at a young age, but she doesn’t relate her circumstances in anything less than a matter-of-fact, frequently enthusiastic voice, making the narrative move along in a highly engrossing manner. Though life was demanding, the family was tight. Frey’s father might have taught her independence, but he had no head for business and got by on his wits. Her mother would do what she could to help—e.g., running a melon route where she would pick up local watermelons and cantaloupes and sell them to regional markets. It was backbreaking work, but it put cash in their hands to pay the mortgage. “I loved meeting people, making deals, and I also knew that this was something that could be scaled up exponentially,” writes Frey, who, at 14, learned the fundamental elements of commerce. At 15, she had her own melon route; at 17, she bought the family farm when the bank came to foreclose. “Without this land, I thought, where will we be? More importantly, who will we be?....If I walked away,” she writes, “my brothers and I would never have anything to come home to.” Throughout, Frey makes clear her belief that family sticks together. “Blood is blood,” she writes. “Alone in the world we would be broken. Together we could withstand anything. Right?” And they did, with endless determination and a lot of learning on the fly. With earnest, effective storytelling, Frey demonstrates her character: “impatient, driven, restless, and at time obsessive”—and highly successful. A heart-gladdening memoir of a rare triumph over poverty.

Instructions for a Heatwave

Instructions for a Heatwave

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An unforgettable narrative of a family falling apart and coming together with hard-won, life-changing truths about who they really are. From the New York Times bestselling author of Hamnet.

"Strange weather brings out strange behavior." London, 1976. In the thick of a record-breaking heatwave, Gretta Riordan's newly retired husband has cleaned out his bank account and vanished. Now, for the first time in years, Gretta calls her children home: Michael Francis, a history teacher whose marriage is failing; Monica, whose blighted past has driven a wedge between her and her younger sister; and Aoife, the youngest, whose new life in Manhattan is elaborately arranged to conceal a devastating secret.

In a story that stretches from the Upper West Side to a village on the coast of Ireland, Maggie O'Farrell explores the mysteries that inhere within families, and reveals the fault lines over which we build our lives.

It Ends with Us

It Ends with Us

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In this "brave and heartbreaking novel that digs its claws into you and doesn't let go, long after you've finished it" (Anna Todd, New York Times bestselling author) from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of All Your Perfects, a workaholic with a too-good-to-be-true romance can't stop thinking about her first love.

Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town where she grew up--she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. And when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life seems too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He's also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn't hurt. Lily can't get him out of her head. But Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his "no dating" rule, she can't help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan--her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

An honest, evocative, and tender novel, It Ends with Us is "a glorious and touching read, a forever keeper. The kind of book that gets handed down" (USA TODAY).

Johanna Basford 2022 Coloring Wall Calendar: A Special Collection of Whimsical Illustrations from Her Best-Selling Books

Johanna Basford 2022 Coloring Wall Calendar: A Special Collection of Whimsical Illustrations from Her Best-Selling Books

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Fans will delight in the inspiring and creative works that are featured in this new coloring calendar from Johanna Basford.

This spiral-bound monthly wall calendar is a special collection of detailed and whimsical illustrations from her best-selling books that will keep any coloring enthusiast entertained throughout the year. Other features include:

  • Gold-foil accented cover
  • Spiral-bound
  • Planning spread for September-December 2021
  • High-quality paper stock to provide best coloring results
  • Generous grids provide space to add appointments and reminders
  • Opens to 12 inches x 24 inches
  • Includes widely celebrated and nationally recognized holidays and observances
  • Printed on FSC-certified paper with soy-based ink
  • Johanna Basford 2022 Coloring Weekly Planner Calendar

    Johanna Basford 2022 Coloring Weekly Planner Calendar

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    The imaginative and detailed works that are featured in Johanna Basford's 2022 Weekly Coloring Planner will delight fans throughout the year.

    Features include:

  • Gold foil-accented cover
  • Spiral binding
  • Spacious weekly spreads from January-December
  • Detailed illustrations throughout from one of Johanna's eight best-selling books--How to Draw Inky Wonderlands, World of Flowers, Ivy and the Inky Butterfly, Magical Jungle, Johanna's Christmas, Lost Ocean, Enchanted Forest, and Secret Garden.
  • High-quality paper stock specially selected by the artist
  • Measures 7 1/2" x 8 1/2" closed; 15" x 8 1/2" open
  • Printed on FSC-certified paper with soy-based ink
  • More Was Lost: A Memoir

    More Was Lost: A Memoir

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    Set in a Hungarian estate on the edge of the Carpathian Mountains, this "lucid and crisp" memoir is a clear-eyed elegy to a country--and a marriage--torn apart by World War II (The New Yorker)

    Best known for her classic book Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden, Eleanor Perényi led a worldly life before settling down in Connecticut. More Was Lost is a memoir of her youth abroad, written in the early days of World War II, after her return to the United States.

    In 1937, at the age of nineteen, Perényi falls in love with a poor Hungarian baron and in short order acquires both a title and a struggling country estate at the edge of the Carpathians. She throws herself into this life with zeal, learning Hungarian and observing the invisible order of the Czech rule, the resentment of the native Ruthenians, and the haughtiness of the dispossessed Hungarians. In the midst of massive political upheaval, Perényi and her husband remain steadfast in their dedication to their new life, an alliance that will soon be tested by the war. With old-fashioned frankness and wit, Perényi recounts this poignant tale of how much was gained and how much more was lost.

    Reading List

    Reading List

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    The most heartfelt read of the summer...a surprising delight of a novel.--Shondaland

    An unforgettable and heartwarming debut about how a chance encounter with a list of library books helps forge an unlikely friendship between two very different people in a London suburb.

    Widower Mukesh lives a quiet life in Wembley, in West London after losing his beloved wife. He shops every Wednesday, goes to Temple, and worries about his granddaughter, Priya, who hides in her room reading while he spends his evenings watching nature documentaries.

    Aleisha is a bright but anxious teenager working at the local library for the summer when she discovers a crumpled-up piece of paper in the back of To Kill a Mockingbird. It's a list of novels that she's never heard of before. Intrigued, and a little bored with her slow job at the checkout desk, she impulsively decides to read every book on the list, one after the other. As each story gives up its magic, the books transport Aleisha from the painful realities she's facing at home.

    When Mukesh arrives at the library, desperate to forge a connection with his bookworm granddaughter, Aleisha passes along the reading list...hoping that it will be a lifeline for him too. Slowly, the shared books create a connection between two lonely souls, as fiction helps them escape their grief and everyday troubles and find joy again.

    No doubt about it - my book of the year.  This is a terrific tale in the come-together, makeshift community genre that Frederik Backman has made famous. You will come to love our two heroes. Seventeen year-old Aleisha works at the Harrow Road Library in North London -- not for her love of books, but because she needs the money. When Mukesh, a somewhat helpless older man who's recently lost his wife, visits the library seeking a book recommendation, Aleisha has little to offer. As he pushes for a suggestion, she becomes defensive, even rude. She regrets her behavior almost immediately, but she’s more focused on difficulties in her home life, including her absentee father and her mentally fragile mother. Even so, when she stumbles on a handwritten reading list tucked into a just-returned book, she impulsively uses it as a way to apologize to Mukesh, recommending the first book, To Kill a Mockingbird. She also decides to read every book on the list herself, rationalizing that it will help pass the long days in the library. When Mukesh returns to tell Aleisha how much he enjoyed Mockingbird, they decide to create an impromptu book club. It seems this budding relationship is just the thing to save Mukesh from his continued grief over his late wife, and how he’s hoping to breathe life into his relationship with his shy, bookish granddaughter (she especially adored his well-read and lovely late wife and misses her tremendously). Meanwhile, Aleisha begins relying on Mukesh as the only stable adult in her life. 

    When Aleisha’s family suffers a devastating event, Aleisha looks to Mukesh to help her pick up the pieces, but he’s not sure he can be the grown-up she needs (we know he can, though). Full of delightful references to popular and classic novels (Life of Pi, Pride and Prejudice, The Kite Runner), this debut focuses on reading to cope and process with real, NOW life-events, even if you’re 17. The Reading List was inspired by the author’s own relationship with her wonderful grandfather, and so shows an insightful empathy for the difficulties faced at all the life stages. Most important, it’s a classic that shows how any and all joys and concerns are relatable if you make yourself vulnerable + available because there’s wisdom all around us all (even if it wears socks with sandals). Reading List is lovely. Truly. - Sandy

    The Lost Manuscript

    The Lost Manuscript

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    Poignant and powerful.--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    The Lost Manuscript is a charming epistolary novel about the love of books and magical ability they have to bring people together.

    Sometimes a book has the power to change your life...

    When Anne-Lise Briard books a room at the Beau Rivage Hotel for her vacation on the Brittany coast, she has no idea this trip will start her on the path to unearthing a mystery. In search of something to read, she opens up her bedside table drawer in her hotel room, and inside she finds an abandoned manuscript. Halfway through the pages, an address is written. She sends pages to the address, in hopes of potentially hearing a response from the unknown author. But not before she reads the story and falls in love with it. The response, which she receives a few days later, astonishes her...

    Not only does the author write back, but he confesses that he lost the manuscript 30 years prior on a flight to Montreal. And then he reveals something even more shocking--that he was not the author of the second half of the book.

    Anne-Lise can't rest until she discovers who this second mystery author is, and in doing so tracks down every person who has held this manuscript in their hands. Through the letters exchanged by the people whose lives the manuscript has touched, she discovers long-lost love stories and intimate secrets. Romances blossom and new friends are made. Everyone's lives are made better by this book--and isn't that the point of reading? And finally, with a plot twist you don't see coming, she uncovers the astonishing identity of the author who finished the story.

    Oooh la la!  This utterly charming book takes place in France and is one of those bring-unlikely-people-together stories that warms your heart and highlights the ways we all need each other. When Anne-Lise finds a manuscript in the nightstand drawer of the hotel she is visiting, she reads it and becomes engrossed (and a little obsessed!).  Her first move is to send it to the address listed on the last page, returning it to the author who has not seen it for 30+ years!  Thus begin the letters that comprise the novel and create a widening web of associations and friendships as they try to find out where the draft has been for so long - and who added the ending.  If you liked The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer or The Red Notebook or The President’s Hat by Antoine Laurain, this is your book. - Carrie

    This Must Be the Place

    This Must Be the Place

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    An irresistible love story, an unforgettable family. The New York Times bestselling author of Hamnet captures an extraordinary marriage with insight and laugh-out-loud humor in what Richard Russo calls "her breakout book."

    Daniel Sullivan leads a complicated life. A New Yorker living in the wilds of Ireland, he has children he never sees in California, a father he loathes in Brooklyn, and his wife, Claudette, is a reclusive ex-film star given to pulling a gun on anyone who ventures up their driveway. Together, they have made an idyllic life in the country, but a secret from Daniel's past threatens to destroy their meticulously constructed and fiercely protected home. Shot through with humor and wisdom, This Must Be the Place is an irresistible love story that crisscrosses continents and time zones as it captures an extraordinary marriage, and an unforgettable family, with wit and deep affection.