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Sarah Wisseman
Saturday August 22nd
2-3pm

We are excited to have Sarah Wisseman joining us on Saturday August 22 to sign her newest release Burnt Siena (A Flora Garibaldi Art History Mystery)! Also available will be some of her other novels for purchase. She will be available to sign and answer questions about Burnt Siena and all her novels from 2-3pm.

About the Author:
Sarah Wisseman, a retired archaeologist at the University of Illinois, is the author of four Lisa Donahue Archaeological Mysteries set in Boston (Bound for Eternity and The Fall of Augustus) and the Middle East (The Dead Sea Codex and The House of the Sphinx) and one stand-alone historical mystery (The Bootlegger's Nephew) set in Prohibition-era Illinois. Visit her atsarahwisseman.com

About the Book:

Burnt Siena (Five Star/ Cengage, June 2015) stars Flora Garibaldi, a half-Italian art conservator who finds that her new job with the Lorenzettis, a renowned family of painters in Siena, Italy, is not at all what she expected. Gradually she discovers that her employers are supplementing their legitimate income with art forgery and smuggling antiquities. After her colleague is murdered, Flora must juggle the demands of her irascible boss, an amorous sculptor, and a policeman who is less interested in in solving the murder than he is in Flora.

 

New Used Books
(Books that are new to the store even if they are old in age)
 
How can you tell when it is moving season? When we process in more than 2000 new arrivals during the month of July! I can only highlight a few here but most sections throughout the store have new books. Come see what is new in your favorite section!
  
A few of the interesting titles we added:

by Bryan Talbot
Sunderland! Thirteen hundred years ago it was the greatest center of learning in the whole of Christendom and the very cradle of English consciousness. In the time of Lewis Carroll it was the greatest shipbuilding port in the world. To this city that gave the world the electric light bulb, the stars and stripes, the millennium, the Liberty Ships and the greatest British dragon legend came Carroll in the years preceding his most famous book, Alice in Wonderland, and here are buried the roots of his surreal masterpiece. Enter the famous Edwardian palace of varieties, The Sunderland Empire, for a unique experience: an entertaining and epic meditation on myth, history and storytelling and decide for yourself - does Sunderland really exist?
 
by Clifford Ross, Karen Wilkin, Edward Gorey
The World of Edward Gorey is the first major book on the devilishly amusing American artist and writer perhaps best known for his witty opening credits for public television's Mystery! series and for such books as AmphigoreyThe Doubtful Guest, and Unstrung Harp. An extensive interview with Ross introduces the reader to Gorey himself, his interests, inspirations and obsessions. A selection of Mystery Guild.
 
by James R. Green
On May 4, 1886, a bomb exploded at a Chicago labor rally, wounding dozens of policemen, seven of whom eventually died. A wave of mass hysteria swept the country, leading to a sensational trial, that culminated in four controversial executions, and dealt a blow to the labor movement from which it would take decades to recover. Historian James Green recounts the rise of the first great labor movement in the wake of the Civil War and brings to life an epic twenty-year struggle for the eight-hour workday. Blending a gripping narrative, outsized characters and a panoramic portrait of a major social movement, Death in the Haymarket is an important addition to the history of American capitalism and a moving story about the class tensions at the heart of Gilded Age America.
 
by Pat Crocker
Pat Crocker's recipes capture the natural flavors at the very core of plant-based foods. This collection proves that a vegan diet can be rich, varied and delicious, responding to modern, sophisticated palates. Using a rainbow of natural whole foods, these 250 recipes offer a wide range of combinations and a host of ideas for preparation. Some of the featured recipes are:
  • Sweet potato wild rice cakes accompanied by braised greens with cherries and pine nuts
  • Gingered carrot and turnip puree
  • Green bean, pecan and pomegranate salad
  • Pan-seared artichokes with pomegranate molasses
  • Mushroom-stuffed fennel and red peppers
  • Rice with red curry cauliflower.
What elevates this book are the profiles of 150 fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts, soy foods, sea vegetables, herbs and flavorings, with data on their healing actions, uses and storage. These prescriptive vegan meals will have a positive impact on all of the body's major systems, from the cardiovascular to the immune.
 
by Thomas C. Jester
Over the concluding decades of the twentieth century, the historic preservation community increasingly turned its attention to modern buildings, including bungalows from the 1930s, gas stations and diners from the 1940s, and office buildings and architectural homes from the 1950s. Conservation efforts, however, were often hampered by a lack of technical information about the products used in these structures, and to fill this gap Twentieth-Century Building Materials was developed by the U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service and first published in 1995. Now, this invaluable guide is being reissued-with a new preface by the book's original editor.
 
With more than 250 illustrations, including a full-color photographic essay, the volume remains an indispensable reference on the history and conservation of modern building materials. Thirty-seven essays written by leading experts offer insights into the history, manufacturing processes, and uses of a wide range of materials, including glass block, aluminum, plywood, linoleum, and gypsum board. Readers will also learn about how these materials perform over time and discover valuable conservation and repair techniques. Bibliographies and sources for further research complete the volume.
 
by Gregory Bassham
Can power be wielded for good, or must it always corrupt? Does technology destroy the truly human? Is beer essential to the good life? The Lord of the Rings raises many such searching questions, and this book attempts some answers. Divided into five sections concerned with power and the Ring, the quest for happiness, good and evil in Middle-earth, time and mortality, and the relevance of fairy tales, The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy mines Tolkien's fantasy worlds for wisdom in areas including the menace of technology, addiction and fetishism, the vitality of tradition, the environmental implications of Tolkien's thought, Middle-earth's relationship to Buddhism and Taoism, and more.

 
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Poetry Corner
Local poet Jim O'Brien reviews books of poetry and on poets that we have in stock!

Katharine Washburn and John S. Major, Editors, Clifton Fadiman, General Editor
I love anthologies. To have poems from all over the world, from different times and cultures, in one place regardless of the availability of a strong wifi signal is heaven to me. This stout volume, released in 2000, contains more than 1600 poems covering more than 4000 years. I was pleased and impressed to see that more than eighty percent of the poems here were written in a language other than English. If you are want to explore something beyond the same old North American/Western World tradition, this is the book for you.

 
Donnie's Corner
Mommy and Daddy have been introducing me to various superheroes. I am a big fan of Spider-Man and Buzz Lightyear. Superheros are so great and I love pretending to be them. I recently dressed as a Super Fireman hero and put out fires (fake) around Grandma's house. Mommy has been reading superhero books like Batman & Robin: Heroes & Villians to give me a well rounded knowledge of superheros.
 
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