Anne


Anne
is Vroman's Visual Merchandising Manager.

 

"She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain."  -- Louisa May Alcott

 

 

 

Replay (Paperback)

$13.95
ISBN-13: 9780688161125
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 8/1998
“What if you could live life over again? And again? And again?” Jeff Winston, the hero of this compulsively readable novel, dies in the very first sentence...and wakes up in his 18-year-old body in his college dorm room, his memories of his just-ended life completely intact. Jeff ends up caught in an endlessly repeating life loop, never quite living the same life twice, and along the way, he realizes that he is not the only one replaying. A GREAT read!

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$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780061251481
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 4/2009
The editors at mental_floss magazine have produced yet another entertaining volume sure to provoke laughter and discussion. In chapters such as “Ignore the Naysayers,” “Impress your Mother-in-law,” and “Bend the Laws of Science,” our intrepid researchers present the steps required to become a teen idol, stop global warming, brew a lifesaving cuppa joe, get out of jury duty, and much more. What sets this book apart from its imitators is 1) it actually is well-written and has a sense of style, and 2) the amount of research that’s gone into each entry. A great gift for the recent graduate wondering how to make it in this bad ol’ world.

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Let's Kill Uncle (Paperback)

$14.00
ISBN-13: 9781608195114
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Published: Bloomsbury USA, 3/2011
A wonderfully funny, subversive little novel. Two enterprising children decide to kill the boy’s uncle... before he can kill them. It features a great supporting cast of characters, including a furious champion bull with murder in his heart, and a much put upon cougar who only wants to be left alone. It’s quite unlike anything I’ve ever read, but I’ll venture to say that if you like Stella Gibbons' Cold Comfort Farm, you’ll enjoy this newly resurrected gem.

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$18.00
ISBN-13: 9780143117353
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Published: Penguin Books, 4/2010

“I did not belong here. I had known this a long time, I suppose, but the tunnel vision embodied in my father's gesture crystallized this truth. I was not a creature of the high country.” T.S. Spivet, the twelve-year-old narrator of this most unusual novel, is a mapmaking genius and scientific illustrator extraordinaire. He loves his family but feels alienated from them in his strange obsession to map every aspect of the world; their Montana ranch feels too small to contain his brilliance. When he learns that he has won a prestigious science award from the Smithsonian, T.S. doesn't let his youth or inexperience deter him: he hops a freight train, hobo-style, and takes off for our nation's capital, armed only with a couple of changes of clothes, a wide assortment of scientific instruments, and a single stolen volume of his mother's entomological notes, which turns out not to be at all what he expected.

What makes The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet so compelling is that we get to glimpse the inside of T.S.'s extraordinarily busy mind via the dozens of tiny, detailed maps, drawings, lists, charts, diagrams, and explanations that fill the book's margins. Here is a schematic that reveals how he navigated the Smithsonian automated phone menu. Later, a minuscule drawing demonstrates the relative merits of a juice box vs. a juice pouch. Fiction, he admits, is difficult to map; Moby-Dick has him stumped. But everything, everything in the physical world seems ripe for quantifying. At times T.S. seems more than brilliant; he seems to have an almost savant syndrome-like need to record his interactions with and observations of the world around him. Yet his fears, his homesickness, his guilt over the role he may have played in his little brother's death are deeply touching. As odd as he may be, T.S. is also very human, and his Selected Works is both a grand adventure tale and a single, highly detailed snapshot of a boy on the verge of becoming a young man.

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$21.99
ISBN-13: 9780307591241
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Published: Clarkson Potter, 5/2011
The Sterns have the best job EVER: they travel the USA in search of great diners, cafes, truck stops, and the like, and they write about their discoveries. This brand-new edition of more than 800 restaurant reviews from around the country (38 in CA. alone!) is a hash house connoisseur’s dream.

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Everything Matters! (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780143117513
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Published: Penguin Books, 7/2010
When Junior Thibodeau is still in utero, he receives an ominous message from a mysterious source: "Although to you we may seem quite knowledgeable, even omniscient, we in fact know only one thing for certain, which is this: thirty-six years, one hundred sixty-eight days, fourteen hours, and twenty-three seconds from now, on June 15, 2010, at 3:44 p.m. EST, a comet that has broken away from the Kuiper Belt near Neptune will impact the Earth with the explosive energy of 283,824,000 Hiroshima bombs." Junior thus lives his whole life with the knowledge of humankind's certain demise, and the big question is, especially as the only person on the planet armed with this information, does anything he does, that anyone does, really matter?

Author Ron Currie, Jr. answers that question in the book's title, yet Junior's rocky journey to understanding the big question is what makes Everything Matters! so funny, odd and heartbreaking. He, his troubled parents, his baseball prodigy older brother Rodney, and Amy, the girl he has loved since they watched the space shuttle explode together, take turns telling the story; each has a unique voice and a very different take on what is going to happen. And what is going to happen isn't necessarily what you think it might be: Currie takes a foregone conclusion and spins it into something gratifyingly unexpected.

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The Little Stranger (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781594484469
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Published: Riverhead Trade, 5/2010
A crumbling mansion and an upper crust family in decline are at the center of the mesmerizing and unsettling events in “The Little Stranger.” Leisurely, atmospheric, and slightly ominous, this post WWII-era novel, set in Warwickshire, is a haunted house story that may or may not be a ghost story. Waters resists easy answers in this superbly –written tale of a dying way of life.

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$15.95
ISBN-13: 9781616200503
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 10/2011
William Alexander once at the perfect loaf of bread – crispy, chewy, sweet and yeasty – and he vows to recreate it. The result is 52 Loaves, a yearlong experiment in baking, in which Alexander bakes the same loaf of bread week after week, tweaking his ingredients, techniques, cooking time, and so on. He grows and grinds his own wheat. He builds and earth oven in his backyard. He travels to France to bake his single loaf in the oven of an ancient monastery. And somewhere along the way he figures out, in the words of Voltaire, that perfect is the enemy of good. Funny, exasperating, and very entertaining!

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$25.95
ISBN-13: 9780385501125
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Published: Doubleday, 6/2010
Aimee Bender’s novel is a sweet-tart saga of a family full of secrets. Nine-year-old Rose Edelstein can taste the feelings of those whose cooking she eats; her mother is having an affair; and her older brother Joseph is dealing with… something. Only Mr. Edelstein seems not to be coping with some mystery – or is he? Simply and beautifully written, a bit reminiscent of Myla Goldberg’s Bee Season, it’s a fine, dreamy read.

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$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780393339710
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 4/2011
How can you be lonely when you have four wives, twenty-eight children, a devoted dog, and the possibility of a new mistress? Golden Richards, the inept-at-everything title character, manages to feel utterly alone even while surrounded by the chaos that is his life. Told alternately by Golden, Trish, his fourth and youngest wife, and Rusty, his lovably aggravating son, The Lonely Polygamist is funny and heartbreaking, richly written by a superb storyteller.

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$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781416534402
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Published: Free Press, 3/2008
British Grant is obsessed with a place that would terrify most Yanks: Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains. Populated with drug lords and drunkards, more than three hours from any law enforcement, the Sierra Madres are also fiercely beautiful and physically challenging. Grant learns firsthand how such beauty and ugliness can co-exist.

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$8.95
ISBN-13: 9780156035217
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Published: Mariner Books, 10/2007

Absolutely my favorite book in the whole world, and one I never tire of recommending! True love, battles to the death, daring chases, sword fights, wrestling giants, pirates, killer spiders -- this book is non-stop action, and extremely funny to boot. The movie is entertaining, but the novel is far superior. Not to love it is . . . inconceivable.

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Shining Through (Mass Market Paperback)

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780061030154
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Published: HarperTorch, 7/2000
Forget the awful movie. (Who hasn't?) Linda Voss, the star of this terrific novel, is my hero. It's WWII, and when opportunity knocks, this smart, funny, self-deprecating, and surprisingly brave woman answers: she becomes a spy! I loved this book.

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$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780061456572
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 3/2008
A sort of Da Vinci Code for book lovers, this story of a heretofore undiscovered Shakespeare manuscript is exciting, smart, and good-humored; as much as I liked the thrilling hunt, the passages about the antiquarian book trade were my favorites.

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$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781400078455
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Published: Vintage, 1/2010
A superb real-life adventure tale!  In 1925, famed explorer Percy Fawcett disappeared in the Amazon Basin during his quest to locate an ancient, fabled South American city he called "Z."  No one knows what happened to him; rumors abound, but he and his party were never seen again and no remains were ever found.  New Yorker staff writer David Grann learned of Fawcett's last great adventure and set out to see if he could solve the twin mysteries:  What happened to Percy Fawcett, and did the great city of Z ever exist?  The result is thrilling, harrowing & thought-provoking.  Highly recommended!

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$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780316010740
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Published: Back Bay Books, 2/2006
What do you get when you cross OCD with extreme religious fervor?  Scrupulosity.  This startling and very funny memoir recounts Jennifer Traig's experiences as a mentally ill -- yet surprisingly happy and well-adjusted -- child and teenager.  For fans of Running with Scissors.

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$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781416550556
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Published: Washington Square Press, 3/2010
Sort of The Secret Garden for grown-ups, Australian novelist Morton’s sophomore effort is a romantic (in the broadest sense of the word), quietly dramatic saga of family secrets that spans four generations and two continents. The mystery at the heart of the story is not too hard to figure out, but it’s Morton’s ease with which she moves backward and forward in time to tell her story that really proves captivating.

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$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781439112908
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Published: Touchstone, 11/2011
British historian Mortimer has written an engaging history of 14th century England with a twist: it’s presented as a travel guide for modern-day visitors. In it, he offers readers suggestions for what to wear, what to eat, where to stay, how much to expect to pay for things, how the medieval legal system works, and more. The “travel guide” aspect is more than a gimmick: Mortimer constantly reminds readers that what seems alien and occasionally barbaric to our modern sensibilities was everyday life to our forebears. Truly a unique presentation of a fascinating period in history!

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The Star Machine (Paperback)

$18.95
ISBN-13: 9780307388759
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Published: Vintage, 1/2009
Film historian Basinger takes a detailed and wide-ranging look at the fabled Hollywood studio system, focusing on both major stars (Lana Turner, Tyrone Power, Errol Flynn) and actors who were huge in their day but are perhaps less well-known now (Deanna Durbin, Jean Arthur, Wallace Beery). My favorite chapters deal with "malfunctions" -- actors who were given every opportunity to become stars but failed -- and "bonuses" -- actors never expected to make it big but who somehow caught on with the public. Rich, juicy, opinionated, and thoroughly researched, The Star Machine is a bonanza for any film lover.

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