Moondogs by Alexander Yates was a surprise from start to finish. Yates’ strange and wonderful debut novel follows Benico to Manila to recover his kidnapped father. The novel surges forward, propelled by the unforgettable characters Yates has masterfully infused with life: meth-head tweakers, ex-pats, ex-cops, cab drivers, prostitutes and one very, very mean rooster; as well as a secret government fighting force made up of Bruhos, people with superhuman skills. Yates is a gifted story teller and the core of this dynamic novel is a paean to family, to understanding and the importance of finding one's place in the world. At times heart racing and heart breaking, Moonndogs is a Bruho itself: exciting, sometimes dangerous, powerful and ultimately magical to behold.
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ISBN: 9780385533782
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Doubleday - March 15th, 2011

The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stewart is a truly charming read. Balthazar Jones, a Beefeater living and working at the Tower of London, is charged with taking care of the menagerie of animals given as gifts to the Queen of England. Hijinks, involving both animals and humans, ensue. Stewart deftly weaves together several threads: the comedy of keeping the zoo, the tale of a soft spoken reverend with a literary secret and the bizarre world of the London Tube Lost Property Office. Scenes between Balthazar and his wife anchor the story with real emotional weight. Like a piece of treacle cake, The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise is the perfect companion for a quiet afternoon and a cup of tea.
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ISBN: 9780385533287
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Doubleday Books - August 10th, 2010

Mothers. They gave us life and continue to give us support, praise, advice and, sometimes, criticism—with that distinct "I'm saying this because I'm your mother and I love you" inflection. With the advent of new technology, these messages—often hilarious, always warm—can go viral. Love, Mom is an entertaining collection of these modern mom-missives collected by authors Doree Shafrir and Jessica Grose, who realized that this type of communication was universal and started a blog called “” They received thousands of submissions from loved children all over the world: e-mails on housekeeping and technology, instant messages on dating and pop culture, comments on blog posts and chatty updates from home. This selection, equal parts wise and whimsical, is the perfect gift for any mom (or anyone with a mom) in your life.
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ISBN: 9781401323424
Availability: Out of Print in This Format
Published: Hachette Books - April 1st, 2009