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Inside Charlie's Chocolate Factory : the Complete Story of Willy Wonka, the Golden Ticket, and Roald Dahl's Most Famous Creation Teen Book Inside Charlie's Chocolate Factory : the Complete Story of Willy Wonka, the Golden Ticket, and Roald Dahl's Most Famous Creation

Mangan, Lucy.

Explores the lasting legacy of Roald Dahl's popular book, examining the development of the original story and characters, its social history, and the varying film and stage adaptations.

Suggested by Jane

The siege : a novel book The siege : a novel

Pérez-Reverte, Arturo.

Cádiz, 1811: The Spanish port city has been surrounded by Napoleon's army for a year and its residents endure routine bombardments and live in constant fear of a French invasion. Now the bodies of random women have begun to turn up throughout the city--victims of a shadowy killer. Police Comisario Rogelio Tizón has been assigned the case. Known for his razor-sharp investigation skills--as well as his brutal interrogation methods--Tizón has seen everything. Or so he thought... A haunting thriller filled with history, adventure, suspense by the internationally bestselling author, Arturo Pérez-Reverte.

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This is the water : a novel book This is the water : a novel

Murphy, Yannick, author.

"In a quiet New England community members of swim team and their dedicated parents are preparing for a home meet. The most that Annie, a swim-mom of two girls, has to worry about is whether or not she fed her daughters enough carbs the night before; why her husband, Thomas, hasn't kissed her in ages; and why she can't get over the loss of her brother who shot himself a few years ago. But Annie's world is about to change. From the bleachers, looking down at the swimmers, a dark haired man watches a girl. No one notices him. Annie is busy getting to know Paul, who flirts with Annie despite the fact that he's married to her friend Chris, and despite Annie's greying hair and crow's feet. Chris is busy trying to discover whether or not Paul is really having an affair, and the swimmers are trying to shave milliseconds off their race times by squeezing themselves into skin-tight bathing suits and visualizing themselves winning their races. When a girl on the team is murdered at a nearby highway rest stop--the same rest stop where Paul made a gruesome discovery years ago--the parents suddenly find themselves adrift. Paul turns to Annie for comfort. Annie finds herself falling in love. Chris becomes obsessed with unmasking the killer. With a serial killer now too close for comfort, Annie and her fellow swim-parents must make choices about where their loyalties lie. As a series of startling events unfold, Annie discovers what it means to follow your intuition, even if love, as well as lives, could be lost."-- from publisher

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Lunch at the shop : the art and practice of the midday meal book Lunch at the shop : the art and practice of the midday meal

Miller, Peter, 1946-, author.
641.53 MILLER

In our current bustle, lunch has been outsourced to stand-up counters, reduced to take-out platters, wrapped and rolled and packaged. But it doesn't need to be so. Peter Miller makes lunch every day at his bookshop in Seattle. It may be only a salad or a sandwich, but he and his team put it together each day without a formal kitchen. It is a moment set aside, away from the computer and the clock. Lunch at the Shop is a call to lunch. On the most basic level, the book is a primer for making lunch for a few people at work, including more than 45 tried-and-tested, deliciously simple recipes. However, the essence of the book is about adopting a lifestyle that allows food to be savored every day, in a way that is easy, fresh, healthy, and a pleasure.

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Rules of civility book Rules of civility

Towles, Amor.

A chance encounter with a handsome banker in a jazz bar on New Year's Eve 1938 catapults Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multi-millionaire, an Upper East Side ne'er-do-well, and a single-minded widow.

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China days : a visual journal from China's wild west book China days : a visual journal from China's wild west

Drescher, Henrik.

China is a constant source of fascination, yet we rarely glimpse life beyond its urban centers. Artist Henrik Drescher settled in the remote Chinese province of Yunnan over a decade ago. While residing in his adopted home, Drescher records his experiences and observations in illustrated notebooks, capturing everyday life in settings ranging from street markets to mountainscapes. These richly illustrated pages are compiled here for the first time. Drescher's loyal fans will appreciate this window onto the life of the artist at the height of his powers, while those with an interest in Chinese culture will marvel at this rarely seen view of a country in the global spotlight.

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Vogue & the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute : parties, exhibitions, people book Vogue & the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute : parties, exhibitions, people

Bowles, Hamish.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute exhibition is the most spectacular event of its kind. The subjects explore fashion history, from 2001's "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House years" to 2011's "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" and 2014's "Charles James: beyond fashion," and in turn reflect and create the contemporary zeitgeist. Each exhibition draws a provocative and engaging narrative attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors. The show's opening-night gala, produced in collaboration with Vogue magazine and attended by the likes of Beyoncé, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, and Hillary Clinton, is regularly referred to as the party of the Year. Covering the Costume Institute's history and highlighting exhibitions of the twenty-first century curated by Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton, this book offers insider access of the first order. Anchored by photographs from the exhibitions themselves in tandem with the Vogue fashion shoots they inspired, it also includes images of exhibited objects and party photos from the galas.

Suggested by Jane

The adventures of Superhero Girl Teen Book The adventures of Superhero Girl

Hicks, Faith Erin.

"What if you can leap tall buildings and defeat alien monsters with your bare hands, but you buy your capes at secondhand stores and have a weakness for kittens? Cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks brings charming humor to the trials and tribulations of a young, female superhero, battling monsters both supernatural and mundane in an all-too-ordinary world" -- from publisher's web site. Suggested by Jocelyn.

Pomegranate soup : a novel book Pomegranate soup : a novel

Mehran, Marsha, 1977-

Three Iranian sisters--Marjan, Layla, and Bahar Aminpour--flee the turmoil of the Islamic Revolution in their native country to seek refuge in Ireland, where they open the exotic Babylon Cafe. Suggested by Jocelyn.

The troublemaker next door book The troublemaker next door

Harte, Marie, author.

Flynn McCauley is forced to rely on his nosy brothers and his five-year-old nephew for advice when he falls for next-door neighbor Maddie Gardner, who wants nothing to do with him. Suggested by Jocelyn.

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