Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Staff Picks








Father's Day for Foodies

Father's Day is June 17, and dads who are King of the Grill love new cooking toys and clever cookbooks. Daniel Duane's memoir How to Cook Like a Man: A Memoir of Cookbook Obsession is all about cooking, eating and enjoying food in the manliest ways possible. Duane recounts an eight-year quest to further his kitchen skills, from butchering whole lambs and hunting pigs in Maui to fishing for salmon in Alaska. For family guys everywhere -- from new dads who hope to help out around the house to older dads who want to improve a favorite hobby -- How to Cook Like a Man is a timely Father's Day treat.

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Altar of Eden
Altar of Eden
By Rollins, James
2010-12 - Harper
9780061231438 Check Our Catalog

Baghdad falls, and armed men are seen looting the city zoo. Amid a hail of bullets, a concealed underground lab is ransacked--and something horrific is set loose upon the world. Available in a tall Premium Edition. …More


Hot Under Pressure
Hot Under Pressure
By Edwards, Louisa
2012-03 - St. Martin's Press
9780312534400 Check Our Catalog

Loaded with the hottest dishes and sexiest chefs, the Rising Star Chef competition is about to boil over for one pair of all-star cooks who can't stand the heat--of working so close together. The third and final book in the Rising Star Chef trilogy. Original. …More


Sunrise Point
Sunrise Point
By Carr, Robyn
2012-04 - Mira Books
9780778313175 Check Our Catalog

Tom Cavanaugh may "think" he wants a traditional woman, but in Virgin River, the greatest tradition is falling in love unexpectedly. Original. …More


The Last Boyfriend
The Last Boyfriend
By Roberts, Nora
2012-05 - Berkley Publishing Group
9780425246030 Check Our Catalog

The Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother are breathing new life into the town of Boonsboro, Maryland, by restoring its historic hotel. And they're finding their own lives revamped by love. …More


Songs of the Earth
Songs of the Earth
By Cooper, Elspeth
2012-02 - Tor Books
9780765331656 Check Our Catalog

A former Knight of the Church now under sentence of death for heresy and witchcraft, Gair finds deliverance in the form of the mysterious Alderan, who spirits him away to the island location of the Chapterhouse of the Guardians of the Veil. …More


Breaking Stalin's Nose
Breaking Stalin's Nose
By Yelchin, Eugene
Illustrator Yelchin, Eugene
2011-09 - Henry Holt & Company
9780805092165 Check Our Catalog

In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, ten-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted Communist, but when police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forced to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs. …More


Further Tales of the City
Further Tales of the City
By Maupin, Armistead
1994-01 - Harper Perennial
9780060924928 Check Our Catalog


The calamity-prone residents of 28 Barbary Lane are at it again in this deliciously dark novel of romance and betrayal. While Anna Madrigal imprisons an anchorwoman in her basement, Michael Tolliver looks for love at the National Gay Rodeo, DeDe Halcyon Day and Mary Ann Singleton track a charismatic psychopath across Alaska, and society columnist Prue Giroux loses her heart to a derelict living in San Francisco park.
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Babycakes
Babycakes
By Maupin, Armistead
1994-01 - Harper Perennial
9780060924836 Check Our Catalog

"An extended love letter to a magical San Francisco."
--"New York Times Book Review"

When an ordinary househusband and his ambitious wife decide to start a family, they discover there's more to making a baby then meets the eye. Help arrives in the form of a grieving gay neighbor, a visiting monarch, and the dashing young lieutenant who defects from her yacht. Bittersweet and profoundly affecting, "Babycakes" was the first work of fiction to acknowledge the arrival of AIDS.
"Armistead is a true original. His tales are bang up-to-date. They will surprise and maybe even shock you, but, I promise, they will make you laugh."
--Ian McKellen

"Maupin has a genius for observation. His characters have the timing of vaudeville comics, flawed by human frailty and fueled by blind hop."
"--Denver Post"

"Armistead Maupin's San Francisco saga careens beautifully on."
--" New York Times Book Review"
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Sure of You
Sure of You
By Maupin, Armistead
1994-01 - Harper Perennial
9780060924843 Check Our Catalog


A fiercely ambitious TV talk show host finds she must choose between national stardom in New York and a husband and child in San Francisco. Caught in the middle is their longtime friend, a gay man whose own future is even more uncertain. Wistful and compassionate, yet subversively funny, "Sure of You" could only come from Armistead Maupin. …More


Significant Others
Significant Others
By Maupin, Armistead
1989-09 - Harper Perennial
9780060964085 Check Our Catalog

When a women's music festival sets up camp downriver from an exclusive all-male summer retreat, the cacophonous havoc which ensues could only be orchestrated by Armistead Maupin. Fifth in the celebrated Tales of the City series. …More


The Eyre Affair
The Eyre Affair
By Fforde, Jasper
2003-02 - Penguin Books
9780142001806 Check Our Catalog

The "New York Times" bestseller is the first in a series of outlandishly clever adventures featuring the resourceful, fearless literary detective Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative. …More


The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime
The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime
By Fforde, Jasper
2006-08 - Penguin Books
9780143037231 Check Our Catalog

When D-class nursery celebrity Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III, is found shattered to death, all the evidence points to his ex-wife, who has conveniently shot herself. But Detective Inspector Jack Spratt and his assistant Mary Mary remain unconvinced. …More


The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
By Bender, Aimee
2011-04 - Anchor Books
9780385720960 Check Our Catalog


On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother's emotions in the slice. To her horror, she finds that her cheerful mother tastes of despair. Soon, she's privy to the secret knowledge that most families keep hidden: her father's detachment, her mother's transgression, her brother's increasing retreat from the world. But there are some family secrets that even her cursed taste buds can't discern. …More


Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron
Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron
By Fforde, Jasper
2011-03 - Penguin Books
9780143118589 Check Our Catalog

Fforde's latest "New York Times"-bestseller--part social satire, part romance, part revolutionary thriller--about a world where social order and destiny are dictated by the colors one can see. …More


Lost in a Good Book
Lost in a Good Book
By Fforde, Jasper
2004-02 - Penguin Books
9780142004036 Check Our Catalog

The inventive, exuberant, and totally original literary fun that began with "The Eyre Affair" continues with Fforde's magnificent second adventure starring the resourceful, fearless literary sleuth Thursday Next. …More


Moon Over Manifest
Moon Over Manifest
By Vanderpool, Clare
2011-12 - Yearling Books
9780375858291 Check Our Catalog

The winner of the 2011 Newbery Medal, "Moon Over Manifest" is a story of loss and redemption, powerful in its simplicity, featuring Abilene Tucker who, while searching for clues about her father's boyhood, uncovers the long-held secrets of a town suffering in silence. …More


Only Time Will Tell
Only Time Will Tell
By Archer, Jeffrey
2011-08 - St. Martin's Press
9780312539559 Check Our Catalog

From the internationally bestselling author of "Kane and Abel" and "A Prisoner of Birth" comes "Only Time Will Tell," the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph. …More


How We Decide
How We Decide
By Lehrer, Jonah
2009-02 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
9780618620111 Check Our Catalog BookPage Notable Title


From the acclaimed author of "Proust Was a Neuroscientist" comes a fascinating look at the new science of decision-making. Lehrer explores two questions: How does the human mind make decisions? and How can those decisions be made better? …More


The Non-Designer's Design Book: Design and Typographic Principles for the Visual Novice
The Non-Designer's Design Book: Design and Typographic Principles for the Visual Novice
By Williams, Robin
2008-02 - Peachpit Press
9780321534040 Check Our Catalog

A lot has happened in the world of digital design since the first edition of this title was published, but one thing remains true: There is an ever-growing number of people attempting to design pages with no formal training. This book is the one place they can turn to find quick, non-intimidating, excellent design help from trusted design instructor Robin Williams. This revised classic--now in full color--includes a new section on the hot topic of Color itself. "In The Non-Designer's Design Book, """ 3rd" Editio""n, " Robin turns her attention to the basic principles that govern good design. Readers who follow her clearly explained concepts will produce more sophisticated and professional pages immediately. Humor-infused, jargon-free prose interspersed with design exercises, quizzes, and illustrations make learning a snap--which is just what audiences have come to expect from this best-selling author. …More


Last Night in Montreal
Last Night in Montreal
By Mandel, Emily St John
2009-06 - Unbridled Books
9781932961683 Check Our Catalog

Lila Albert has been leaving people behind for her entire life. Then her latest lover follows her from New York to Montreal, determined to learn her secrets. "Last Night in Montreal" is a story of love, amnesia, the depths and limits of family bonds, and the nature of obsession. …More


The Paris Wife
The Paris Wife
By McLain, Paula
2011-02 - Ballantine Books
9780345521309 Check Our Catalog BookPage Notable Title


A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, "The Paris Wife" captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.
HPL patron:  After a recent trip to Paris, this book caught my eye.  I knew nothing about Hemingway's time in Paris but wanted to draw a connection to my recent sight-seeing excursions and one of America's reknowned authors.  This "historical fiction" novel was fun to see a wife's perspective of events, very true to nonfiction accounts.
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The Sun Also Rises
The Sun Also Rises
By Hemingway, Ernest
2006-10 - Scribner Book Company
9780743297332 Check Our Catalog

Capturing the angst of the post-World War I generation, known as the Lost Generation, this poignantly beautiful story is now released in an 80th anniversary edition. …More