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  • Scott Campbell - Hug Machine

    Sep 30 2014 10:30 am
    Sep 30 2014 11:30 am

    Watch out! The hug machine is coming! And no one, no matter how grumpy or mean, can resist his hugs. This whimsical, sweet, and charming book from Scott Campbell will conquer the world. One hug at a time. Ages 4 – 6 (Atheneum)

    Hug Machine (Hardcover)

    $16.99
    ISBN-13: 9781442459359
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    Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 8/2014

  • Jonathan Darman - Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of a New America

    Sep 30 2014 7:00 pm
    Sep 30 2014 8:00 pm

    When LBJ’s Great Society didn’t live up to its promise, Reagan formulated an alternative based on conservative ideas. In his study of these competing visions, Darman, a former Newsweek political reporter, focuses on the years between 1963 and 1966, presenting them as a defining moment for subsequent decades of American politics. (Random House)

    $30.00
    ISBN-13: 9781400067084
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    Published: Random House, 9/2014

  • Rachel Renee Russell - Dork Diaries 8: Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After with Erin Russell and Nikki Russell — at Takoma Park Library (MD)

    Sep 30 2014 7:30 pm
    Sep 30 2014 8:30 pm

    The eighth book in the Dork Diaries series continues the saga of Nikki's trials and tribulations as the cutest dork ever. Still crushing on Brandon and clashing with mean girl Mackenzie, the twist this time is that Nikki re-imagines the characters of her life as fairy-tale characters. But not every once-upon-a-time can lead to a happily-ever-after. Ages 9 – 13

    $13.99
    ISBN-13: 9781481421843
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    Published: Aladdin Paperbacks, 9/2014

  • Rachel Renee Russell - Dork Diaries 8: Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After with Erin Russell and Nikki Russell

    Oct 1 2014 10:30 am
    Oct 1 2014 11:30 am

    The team behind the Dork Diaries is back with another entry in Nikki Maxwell’s life. This time around Nikki has some particularly interesting dreams after a bad bump on the head. In them, she, and all of her, friends, enemies, crushes, and everyone in between, become the main players in a series of fairy tales. Of course, things don’t play out quite as you’d expect, because when Nikki’s telling the story, everything is sure to have a twist. Ages 9 – 13 (Aladdin)

    $13.99
    ISBN-13: 9781481421843
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    Published: Aladdin Paperbacks, 9/2014

  • Nicholas Carr - The Glass Cage: Automation and Us

    Oct 1 2014 7:00 pm
    Oct 1 2014 8:00 pm

    Carr investigated the personal and cognitive effects of our reliance on the Internet in his bestselling The Shallows. In his latest study he looks at technologies old and new, putting today’s apps and Google Glass into perspective by examining how earlier automated systems opened possibilities and enhanced human potential. (W.W. Norton)

    $26.95
    ISBN-13: 9780393240764
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    Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 9/2014

  • Walter Mischel - The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control — at Sixth & I

    Oct 1 2014 7:00 pm
    Oct 1 2014 8:01 pm

     A child is given a marshmallow and a choice: eat it now or wait and get two later. Mischel’s elegant and now classic test for self-control has sparked decades of discussion; while the ability to delay gratification predicts later success, is such discipline innate? In The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control Renowned, Mischel, professor of humane letters at Columbia, argues that willpower can be learned and shows how to apply it to a variety of endeavors.

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  • Gene Weingarten and Eric Shansby - Me & Dog

    Oct 2 2014 10:30 am
    Oct 2 2014 11:30 am

    To Sid’s dog Murphy, Sid is “Supreme almighty ruler. Super-duper boss and king of almost everything.”  When Sid accidentally steps on Murphy’s tail, Murphy thinks he must have been bad. When the rain stops, Murphy thinks Sid must be rewarding him. But Sid knows that he’s just an ordinary kid, and he suspects that the universe is a place of chance and circumstance. Iconic local columnist and confirmed dog lover Weingarten has written a picture book that simultaneously celebrates doggy love and asks some big questions. Shansby, whose cartoons accompany Weingarten’s column, brings Sid and Murphy to life with his cheerful, expressive illustrations. Ages 4 – 8 (Simon & Schuster)

    Me & Dog (Hardcover)

    $17.99
    ISBN-13: 9781442494138
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    Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9/2014

  • David Bezmozgis - The Betrayers

    Oct 2 2014 7:00 pm
    Oct 2 2014 8:00 pm

    The third work of fiction by the author of Natasha and The Free World traces the life of Baruch Kotler, a former Soviet dissident and now a disgraced Israeli politician. Whether his affair is exposed for its own sake or, as Kotler suspects, due to his stand on the West Bank settlements, Kotler flees to Yalta—the homeland he left decades before—where now he faces the “friend” who denounced him as he, in turn, faces his own betrayal of his family. (Little, Brown)

    The Betrayers (Hardcover)

    $26.00
    ISBN-13: 9780316284332
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    Published: Little, Brown and Company, 9/2014

  • Daisy Hernandez - A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir

    Oct 5 2014 1:00 pm
    Oct 5 2014 2:00 pm

    A Colombian mother, a Cuban father, and a coming-of-age in New Jersey during the 1980s, make Hernández a true American. Her memoir starts with English lessons and the election of Reagan as president; she continues a deft interweaving of personal and public events as she defies her aunts’ traditional life-plan for her, coming out as a bisexual and heading off to work at The New York Times just as the paper faced a plagiarism scandal. (Beacon)

    $24.95
    ISBN-13: 9780807014486
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    Published: Beacon Press, 9/2014

  • Marlon James - A Brief History of Seven Killings

    Oct 5 2014 5:00 pm
    Oct 5 2014 6:00 pm

    Seven killings? That’s only the beginning in this fast-paced, multi-voiced fictional account of social and political turbulence in Jamaica from roughly the 1970s to the 1990s. James, award-winning author of The Book of Night Women, tells a frenetic swirl of a story, one jam-packed with gangs, ghosts, journalists, government agents, and the CIA, all centering on the 1976 attempted killing of Bob Marley. (Riverhead)

    $28.95
    ISBN-13: 9781594486005
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    Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 10/2014

  • B.J. Novak - The Book with No Pictures

    Oct 6 2014 10:30 am
    Oct 6 2014 11:30 am
    Best known for his work on NBC's Emmy Award-winning The Office and recently a bestselling author B.J. Novak turns his talent to the picture book. Designed to make any reader into an extraordinary storyteller, The Book With No Pictures is packed with warm and playful humor and, as the title suggests, delivers a text-only story book for children.
    $17.99
    ISBN-13: 9780803741713
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    Published: Dial, 9/2014

  • B.J. Novak - The Book with No Pictures — at Maret School Auditorium

    Oct 6 2014 6:30 pm
    Oct 6 2014 7:30 pm

    Best known for his work on NBC's Emmy Award-winning The Office and recently a bestselling author B.J. Novak turns his talent to the picture book. Designed to make any reader into an extraordinary storyteller, The Book With No Pictures is packed with warm and playful humor and, as the title suggests, delivers a text-only story book for children.

    • Doors will open at 5:45 p.m.

    • Please enter at Talbott Hall adjacent to the lower school playground. Look for the balloons marking the entrance.

    • To join the signing line and meet the author, customers (can be a family unit, maximum of two adults & their children) must purchase at least one copy of The Book With No Pictures at the event.

    • You will receive a ticket for the signing line upon purchase of the book(s) at the event.

    • For every copy of The Book With No Pictures purchased, Novak will sign one copy of One More Thing.

    • Only The Book With No Pictures will be personalized but no special messages.

    • Novak will not sign memorabilia or photos.

    • Photos may be taken, but no posed photos and no flash please.• Parking where available on or off-campus.

    $17.99
    ISBN-13: 9780803741713
    Availability: On Our Shelves Now
    Published: Dial, 9/2014

  • Joan Biskupic - Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice

    Oct 6 2014 7:00 pm
    Oct 6 2014 8:00 pm

    Rounding out the story Justice Sotomayor told in My Beloved World, Biskupic, long-time reporter on the Supreme Court and author of well-received biographies of O’Connor and Scalia, looks at the combination of social change, demographics, and Sotomayor’s own extraordinary talents that propelled her to the High Court. (Sarah Crichton)

    $26.00
    ISBN-13: 9780374298746
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    Published: Sarah Crichton Books, 10/2014

  • Carl Hiaasen - Skink—No Surrender — at Bethesda Library

    Oct 7 2014 7:00 pm
    Oct 7 2014 8:00 pm

    #1 New York Times bestselling author Carl Hiaasen introduced readers to Skink more than 25 years ago and he quickly became Hiaasen’s most iconic and beloved character, appearing in six novels to date. In the latest, Skink—No Surrender, readers will catch the elusive “captain” as he finds hilariously satisfying ways to stop internet predators, turtle-egg poachers, and lowlife litterbugs in their tracks. With Skink at the wheel, the search for a missing girl is both nail-bitingly tense and laugh-out-loud funny

    .• Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
    • Books will be available for sale at the event.
    • Hiaasen will personalize books.

    Skink--No Surrender (Hardcover)

    $18.99
    ISBN-13: 9780375870514
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    Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9/2014

  • Laila Lalami - The Moor's Account

    Oct 7 2014 7:00 pm
    Oct 7 2014 8:00 pm

    Pánfilo de Narváez, with some 500 men, including a young black slave, Estebanico, sailed from Spain to the New World in 1527. The voyage was a disaster; a year later the expedition’s four survivors were taken hostage by Native Americans, escaping only after a further six years. Recounting this episode from Estebanico’s perspective, Lalami in her third novel recovers a lost tale of America. (Pantheon)

    The Moor's Account (Hardcover)

    $26.95
    ISBN-13: 9780307911667
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    Published: Pantheon, 9/2014

  • Erica S. Perl - Goatilocks and the Three Bears

    Oct 8 2014 10:30 am
    Oct 8 2014 11:30 am

    Once upon a time there was a kid named Goatilocks. No, really, a kid. Goatilocks is a very hungry little goat, and when she goes to the house of the three bears, Baby Bear’s porridge is too delicious to resist. So is the spoon. And Baby Bear’s chair. And his bed. Perl’s fresh twist on the classic tale will keep kids giggling, and Arthur Howard’s whimsical illustrations are as goofy as the story.  Ages 4 – 7 (Beach Lane)

    $17.99
    ISBN-13: 9781442401686
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    Published: Beach Lane Books, 6/2014

  • Atul Gawande - Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End — at Sidwell Friends Meeting House

    Oct 8 2014 7:00 pm
    Oct 8 2014 8:00 pm

     Known for his ability to clarify complicated problems and propose commonsense solutions, Gawande, the author most recently of The Checklist Manifesto is a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, he confronts the role of medicine in the end of life. As doctors increasingly face difficult situations where longer life means only more suffering, Gawande shows why quality of life, ultimately, must be the deciding factor in treatment.

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  • Jesmyn Ward - Men We Reaped: A Memoir

    Oct 8 2014 7:00 pm
    Oct 8 2014 8:00 pm

    Now in paperback, this powerful memoir by the award-winning novelist of Salvage the Bones is part cultural narrative of Southern life in DeLisle, Mississippi, and part critique of a society plagued by poverty and racism. Primarily, however, this is an elegy for five black men Ward knew and loved. She celebrates their lives and laments the conditions that led to their deaths. (Bloomsbury)

    $26.00
    ISBN-13: 9781608195213
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    Published: Bloomsbury USA, 9/2013

  • Annie Barrows - Magic in the Mix

    Oct 9 2014 10:30 am
    Oct 9 2014 11:30 am

    The twins-who-aren’t-twins from The Magic Half are back again. Miri Gill used to be the only non-twin in her family, surrounded by older twin brothers and younger twin sisters, until a special magic enabled her to rescue Molly from a bad situation in 1935, and bring her back to the future to live as her twin. Now, Molly and Miri travel through time together, back to the Civil War, to help some young soldiers out of a bad situation. Ages 8 – 12 (Bloomsbury)

    Magic in the Mix (Hardcover)

    $16.99
    ISBN-13: 9781619634824
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    Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 9/2014

  • Nick Bunker - An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America

    Oct 9 2014 7:00 pm
    Oct 9 2014 8:00 pm

    The author of Making Haste from Babylon, a definitive study of the Pilgrims and their Plymouth Colony, Bunker here examines the pivotal role of the Boston Tea Party in lighting the fuse that led to war three years later.  Using both British and American sources, Bunker shows how the two sides misjudged each other’s anger and resolve. (Knopf)

    $30.00
    ISBN-13: 9780307594846
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    Published: Knopf, 9/2014

  • E.D. Baker - The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker, Annie Barrows - Magic in the Mix, and Jessica Day George - Thursday with the Crown — at Takoma Park Library (MD)

    Oct 9 2014 7:30 pm
    Oct 9 2014 8:30 pm

    Magic is in the air with these three novels from accomplished writers of elementary fiction. E.D. Baker, the author of the ever-popular The Frog Princess, has written a quirky tale about a fairy who doesn’t want to collect teeth anymore, but has a magical knack for matchmaking. Annie Barrows has produced a thrilling sequel to her The Magic Half, in which Miri and her (not exactly) twin Molly time travel via their magic house. And Jessica Day George follows Tuesdays in the Castle and Wednesdays in the Tower with a third in the series about the mischievous room-swapping castle that keeps its inhabitants on their toes. Ages 8 – 12

           
         
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  • John Lanchester - How to Speak Money: What the Money People Say—And What It Really Means

    Oct 10 2014 7:00 pm
    Oct 10 2014 8:00 pm

    Whether showing how economics plays out for the fictional characters of his novel Capital, or explicating the financial crisis in his primer I.O.U., Lanchester presents economic principles in clear and even entertaining ways. His new book explains banking and finance practices, from one’s personal checking account to the GDP; he defines terms and alerts readers to ways the language can be used to confuse or distort matters. (Norton)

    $26.95
    ISBN-13: 9780393243376
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    Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 10/2014

  • Baltimore Writers Jen Michalski and Sujata Massey and James Magruder

    Oct 11 2014 1:00 pm
    Oct 11 2014 2:00 pm

    If you need proof that fiction is alive and thriving in Baltimore, here are three outstanding examples. Jen Michalski, a Baltimore Magazine “Best Writer” and Pushcart nominee, is the author of novels, novellas, and stories. Her latest collection of short fiction focuses on place and displacement. Sujata Massey, a noted mystery writer, here explores identity, recounting how Pom, who survives the destruction of her Bengali village, becomes Sarah, maidservant at an English school, then regains control of her life as Kamala, living with books in Calcutta. James Magruder's linked stories travel from Wisconsin to Paris, following a pair of gay cousins from 1971 to 1992 as they experience early and mature love, face the threat of AIDS, and come to terms with loss.

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  • Meryle Secrest - Elsa Schiaparelli: A Biography

    Oct 11 2014 3:30 pm
    Oct 11 2014 4:30 pm

    Secrest’s many lives include those of Modigliani, Stephen Sondheim, Dalí, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Now this veteran biographer presents The Queen of Fashion. Schiaparelli (1890 – 1973), a designer rivaled only by Chanel during the interwar years, knew and worked with artists including Dalí and Giacometti. She sold work to Wallis Simpson, used new materials like latex and rayon, and lived her credo: “dare to be different.” (Knopf)

    $35.00
    ISBN-13: 9780307701596
    Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
    Published: Knopf, 10/2014

  • Vikram Chandra - Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty

    Oct 11 2014 6:00 pm
    Oct 11 2014 7:00 pm

    This illuminating essay collection by the author of the award-winning novel Sacred Games is a thought-provoking exploration of another type of writing: computer coding.  A longtime programmer, Chandra uses his parallel experiences to open up terms like “elegance,” considering how beauty works in both the artistic and technological realms and finding unsuspected connections between them. (Graywolf)

    Chandra will be in conversation with novelist Howard Norman.

    $16.00
    ISBN-13: 9781555976859
    Availability: On Our Shelves Now
    Published: Graywolf Press, 9/2014

  • Mark Bittman - How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food — at GW Lisner Auditorium

    Oct 11 2014 7:00 pm
    Oct 11 2014 8:01 pm

     How to Cook Everything Fast is the latest in the practical How to Cook Everything series by Mark Bittman, bestselling author, lead food writer for The New York Times Magazine, and a columnist for the Times Dining section. Here, “fast” ranges from fifteen to forty-five minutes, and “everything” extends to some two thousand recipes. Focusing as much on how to choose the best ingredients as on how and when to prep them most efficiently, Bittman shows that fast food doesn’t have to come in a box—you can make it from scratch.

    Bittman will be in conversation with Joe Yonan, the Food editor of The Washington Post and author of Eat Your Vegetables.

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  • Steven Pinker - The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

    Oct 12 2014 1:00 pm
    Oct 12 2014 2:00 pm

    All writers know you can’t have too many books on the craft, whether for practical details of usage and vocabulary, for inspiration in mid-sentence, or for sheer companionship in a lonely endeavor. Pinker, the distinguished cognitive scientist and author of many works on the mind and language, is also chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and his new book covers rules, clichés, coherence, revision, and more. (Viking)

    $27.95
    ISBN-13: 9780670025855
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    Published: Viking Adult, 9/2014

  • Yochi Dreazen - The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War

    Oct 12 2014 5:00 pm
    Oct 12 2014 6:00 pm

    Exploring responses to death in the military, Dreazen, Foreign Policy managing editor and a widely published journalist with extensive experience covering the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, tells the story of Army Major Mark Graham and his wife, Carol, who lost one son to a roadside bomb in Iraq, the other, also a soldier, to suicide. The army lauded the first as a hero, remained silent about the second—shocking the Grahams, who have worked to change the institution’s attitudes toward PTSD and suicide. (Crown)

    $26.00
    ISBN-13: 9780385347839
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    Published: Crown, 10/2014

  • Jane Smiley - Some Luck

    Oct 13 2014 7:00 pm
    Oct 13 2014 8:00 pm

    In the vein of her Pulitzer-winning A Thousand Acres, Smiley’s fifteenth work of fiction for adults is a novel of time-honored rural ways and the social and cultural changes that test them. Centering on the Langdons of Denby, Iowa, the book opens just after the Great War and closes in the early days of the Cold War, following the five very different Langdon children as they grow up and find their own directions in the world. (Random House)

    Some Luck: A novel (Hardcover)

    $26.95
    ISBN-13: 9780307700315
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    Published: Knopf, 10/2014

  • Norman Lear - Even This I Get to Experience — at Sixth & I

    Oct 13 2014 7:00 pm
    Oct 13 2014 8:01 pm

     TV shows like All in the Family, Maude, and Sanford and Son were more than great entertainment, and their creator, Norman Lear, is more than just a producer. Lear tells his own story in Even This I Get to Experience, a compelling memoir, looking back over fifty years in Hollywood and friendships with luminaries such as Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks, as well as his equally distinctive engagement on political and social issues.

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