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  • Crow Fair: Stories

    Thomas McGuane

    Hardcover (Thorndike Press, July 8, 2015)
    From one of our most deeply admired storytellers, author of the richly acclaimed "Gallatin Canyon, "his first collection in nine years. Set in Thomas McGuane's accustomed Big Sky country, with its mesmeric powers, these stories attest to the generous compass of his fellow feeling, as well as to his unique way with words and the comic genius that has inspired comparison with Twain and Gogol. The ties of family make for uncomfortable binds: A devoted son is horrified to discover his mother's antics before she slipped into dementia. A father's outdoor skills are no match for an ominous change in the weather. But complications arise equally in the absence of blood, as when lifelong friends on a fishing trip finally confront their deep dislike for each other. Or when a gifted traveling cattle breeder succumbs to the lure of a stranger's offer of easy money. McGuane is as witty and large-hearted as we have ever known him--a jubilant, thunderous confirmation of his status as a modern master.
  • Between Shades Of Gray

    Ruta Sepetys

    Hardcover (Thorndike Press, Sept. 7, 2011)
    Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously - and at great risk - documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.
  • The Devil In The White City

    Erik Larson

    Hardcover (Thorndike Press, Feb. 15, 2013)
    "Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America's rush toward the twentieth century. Daniel Hudson Burnham, a renowned architect, was the brilliant director of works for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor, was the satanic murderer of scores of young women in a torture palace built for the purpose near the fairgrounds"--page 4 of cover.
  • Half Magic

    Edward Eager, N M Bodecker, Jack Gantos

    Paperback (Thorndike Press, Nov. 1, 2005)
    Half Magic is half-a-century old--and as much antic fun as ever!
  • King Solomon's Mines

    H. Rider Haggard

    Hardcover (Thorndike Press, May 2, 2003)
    Three men trek to the remote African interior in search of a lost friend -- and reach, at the end of a perilous journey, an unknown land cut off from the world, where terrible dangers threaten anyone who ventures near the spectacular diamond mines of King Solomon.
  • Steve Jobs: A Biography

    Walter Isaacson

    Hardcover (Thorndike Press, Oct. 24, 2011)
    Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years--as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues--Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering. Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple's hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.
  • An Irish Country Christmas

    Patrick Taylor

    Hardcover (Thorndike Press, Oct. 7, 2015)
    A New York Times Bestselling Author An Irish Country Novel Barry Laverty, M.B., is looking forward to his first Christmas in Ballybucklebo, at least until he learns that his sweetheart, Patricia, might not be coming home for the holidays. But Barry has little time to dwell on his disappointments. There is little peace to be found on earth for a young doctor plying his trade with Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly in the hills and glens of rural Ireland ― especially with the arrival of a patient-poaching quack physician.
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

    Cheryl Strayed

    Hardcover (Thorndike Press, April 5, 2013)
    A Best Nonfiction Book of 2012: "The Boston Globe," "Entertainment Weekly"A Best Book of the Year: NPR, "St. Louis Dispatch, Vogue" At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State--and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, "Wild" powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
  • Johnny Tremain

    Esther Forbes

    Paperback (Thorndike Press, Jan. 1, 2005)
    After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution.
  • A Man Called Ove

    Fredrik Backman

    Hardcover (Thorndike Press, Oct. 8, 2014)
    In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon--the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell." But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations. A feel-good story in the spirit of "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry "and "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand," Fredrik Backman's novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful and charming exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.
  • Come Rain or Come Shine

    Jan Karon

    Hardcover (Thorndike Press, Oct. 7, 2015)
    Graduating from vet school and opening an animal clinic, Dooley Kavanagh, Father Tim Kavanaugh's adopted son, plans what he hopes will be a simple, affordable wedding with soulmate Lace Harper. By the best-selling author of Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good. (general fiction). Simultaneous.
  • The Golden Compass

    Philip Pullman

    Hardcover (Thorndike Press, Aug. 2, 2002)
    Book 1 of His Dark Materials series A New York Times Bestseller Carnegie Medal Award Winner Publishers Weekly Best Book ALA Top 10 Books for Young Adults Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jordan College. But when her uncle, Lord Asriel, returns from the North with tales of mystery and danger, it sets off a chain of events that draws Lyra into the heart of a terrible struggle. An Accelerated Reader® title