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Since September of 2000, Alison has been the head of our children's department at the store. She buys books, coordinates events, and creates eye-catching displays! Befitting her position, Alison is an avid reader of children's books, and she also enjoys watching movies, hanging out with her three great daughters and baking. She has also been known to garden, but as of late nature is conquering her best efforts in the backyard.

Man Made Boy (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780670786206
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Published: Viking Juvenile, 10/2013
I loved this crazy book! “Boy” is the son of Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein. He runs away from his home, a magical theater under Times Square, and journeys from NY to Philadelphia to LA and back again, meeting all kinds of characters, from the granddaughters of Jekyll and Hyde to the Sphinx, the Invisible Man and many more. A wild ride! Ages 13-17. ~ Alison

The Time Fetch (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781616202200
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 8/2013
Edward picks up a simple rock on his way to school, never realizing it will change his world. The rock contains“foragers,” who multiply and begin to steal time very quickly once they are disturbed. This fast-paced fantasy unites unique characters who must work together against the witches and beasts who are intent on letting the out-of-control foragers run wild. Ages 9-12 ~ Alison

ISBN-13: 9781936493081
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Published: America's Test Kitchen, 11/2012
I love making jam and pickled food. My husband thinks I am a little obsessed, but I get such joy from my shelves of full jars. These recipes are presented in wonderful detail, with photos and explanations. I’m going to try bacon jam because it sounds so interesting, and caramelized onion jam because it sounds so delicious, and homemade Sriracha because it would be the perfect holiday gift for my sons-in-law. I already have eight jam and preserving cookbooks, so the question is, do I need another? The answer is yes, if it’s this one! ~ Alison

ISBN-13: 9780547571591
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9/2013
I am not a vegetarian, but there are many recipes that intrigue me in this elegant new cookbook by Mollie Katzen of Moosewood fame. The savory Mushroom Bread Pudding, Gazpacho Salad, or anything from the chapter titled “Cozy Mashes” all sound delicious. The recipes are all vegetarian and many are vegan, so there will be something for everyone! ~ Alison

ISBN-13: 9780762441433
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Published: Running Press, 5/2012
There is nothing more satisfying for me than a shelf full of homemade jam, ready to provide the wonderful taste of summer in the cold, dark winter. And even if you are a canning novice, McClellan’s clear instructions for small batches of jam and pickles will bring you closer to that same feeling of satisfaction. These are not the usual jam recipes—some of our favorites include Mixed Stone Fruit Jam and Spiced Plum Jam. But there are so many more I want to try, I might need another shelf! ~ Alison

ISBN-13: 9780385344333
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Published: Delacorte Press, 9/2012
Lee Child delivers again in his 17th thriller starring Jack Reacher, the mysterious man with no home. Reacher is hitchhiking (again) and is picked up by two men who might turn out to be murderers or perhaps something else entirely. The twists and turns of the plot, from the slow but steady build up to the slam bang-bang finish make this a true thriller! ~ Alison

ISBN-13: 9780399256080
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Published: Philomel, 7/2012

ISBN-13: 9780547440217
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 4/2012
I have many field guides but I think I have to add this one to my shelf. Written to appeal to kids, it is full of fascinating information, and each of the 300 listings has a WOW fact. I hope this book encourages lots of kids to discover the fun of watching, identifying, and appreciating birds. Ages 8 & up. ~ Alison

Seraphina (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780375866562
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers, 5/2012
Imagine a world where humans and dragons live in an uneasy peace, a world where dragons can transform into human shape and act as ambassadors to keep the peace, but dragons and humans never truly understand or trust each other. In this world lives Seraphina, a gifted musician who must keep her own secrets safe or her life will be in danger. With a complex and intriguing setting, strong and well-rounded characters, and a fast-paced plot, this is a fantasy like no other. ~ Ages 12 & up. ~ Alison

Happy (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781935954149
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Published: Lemniscaat USA, 4/2012
If you’re happy and you know it, read this book! On each spread of pages, a word describes an emotion on one page, and a picture of a fish appears on the facing page. This seems like such a simple book, but I was captivated and intrigued from the beginning (curious) to the end (delighted.) Ages 2-5 ~ Alison

ISBN-13: 9780345521095
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Published: Ballantine Books, 4/2012
This is a remarkable story about a man who escapes Nazi-occupied Holland and the horse he saves from the slaughterhouse. Together they beat the odds and rise to the top of the show jumping world. An inspiring book for any horse, animal or people lover. ~ Alison

ISBN-13: 9780547577487
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Published: Mariner Books, 4/2012
Ever since I saw the movie Julie and Julia, I have been fascinated by everything about Julia Child, even hosting some “Julia” dinners where we cook from Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I am looking forward to some quiet time when I can sit down with a cup of tea and read about the development of both that cookbook and the friendship between Julia and DeVoto in their personal letters. It will be a real treat! ~ Alison

The Night Circus (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780385534635
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Published: Doubleday, 9/2011

ISBN-13: 9780425245132
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Published: Berkley Trade, 6/2011
This novel involves three women in Jackson, Mississippi in 1962 during the civil rights movement. The story has broad appeal—my 82-year old mom, my 22-year old daughter and I all read it and loved it for the wonderful plot and characters that grab you and don’t let go! ~ Alison

ISBN-13: 9780385343442
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Published: Bantam, 8/2010
The central character in this novel is a woman who runs a cake business in Rwanda and gives advice to a wide variety of customers. But the book is about so much more than that. It is a story about her courage to overcome her past and to help others to do the same, and about the healing power of food. ~ Alison

ISBN-13: 9780307387097
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Published: Vintage, 6/2010
This book is hard to read in parts because of the violence to women, but the stories of hope and perseverance of these amazing people overshadow that. Most inspiring to me are the stories of individual women—one, for example, who built a hospital in a country in Africa that doesn’t officially exist, and another, in India, who let her past inspire her to work for rehabilitation and counseling for young girls held captive in brothels. The authors provide a lot of information that could be dry and boring, but because of the excellent writing, the stories and facts blend together to make an inspirational work. I am giving this book to my mom, my sisters and my daughters because it is so important and compelling. ~ Alison

Hope Was Here (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780142404249
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Published: Puffin, 5/2005
My daughter and I love anything written by Bauer and this book is no exception. Warm, wonderful characters like 16-year-old spunky waitress extraordinaire Hope, honest and courageous politician/diner owner G.T., and strong, fast-flipping cook Addie-these are people I would love to meet. This book is all about meeting life's challenges head on with laughter, friends, good food and great waitressing. Ages 12 and up.~ Alison

Inkheart (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780439709101
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks, 6/2005
In this novel by the author of The Thief Lord, Meggie and her father Mo have a special ability to bring characters in any book to life just by reading aloud. Nine years ago, reading a book titled Inkheart, Mo accidentally brought the evil Capricorn and his henchman Basta to life, with dire consequences. Now Meggie and Mo must find a way to overcome their villain. Meggie, a wonderful heroine, must use all her creativity to make sure her own story has a happy ending. This is an imaginative, thrilling fantasy about books and the power of reading and the power of love. I liked it even better than The Thief Lord ! ~ Alison

Under Orders (Mass Market Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780425217566
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Berkley, 8/2007
Francis is back with one of my favorite characters, Sid Halley, who deals with race fixing, internet betting, and . . . murder.

ISBN-13: 9780061562334
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Published: Harper Perennial, 10/2008
The warm and witty writing in this book put me right there in France with the author-planning the menu for Christmas dinner, searching for the perfect oysters, and sharing in his glee at finding just the right wine in the most surprising place. This is a wonderful celebration of the love of food, family and Christmas!

ISBN-13: 9780143114130
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Published: Penguin Books, 10/2008
I love reading books about cooking-not cookbooks, but books about people learning how to cook, experimenting with cooking, and talking about food. Flinn tells her tale of attending the famous Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris with humor and charm, sharing her frustrations and eventual triumphs over the cooking, the chefs and the French language. The culmination is her boning of a 20 lb. turkey for a Thanksgiving celebration because it wouldn't fit into the small European oven. I don't want to know how to bone a turkey but I love reading about it! ~ Alison

Icefall (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780545274241
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Published: Scholastic Press, 10/2011
Solveig and her brother, the crown prince, and her older sister have been hidden in a winter fortress with berserkers to protect them while their father is at war. But, there is a traitor in their midst and dnager all around in this amazing story filled with Norse mythology and magical storytelling. ~Alison

The Scorpio Races (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780545224901
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Published: Scholastic Press, 10/2011

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