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Blood of Zeus

With strong pacing, excellent chemistry between the leads, and a suspenseful cliff-hanger ending, Wild and Payne prove more than up to the daunting task of setting up a compelling story that will sustain over multiple books. This superb paranormal romance is sure to leave genre fans and admirers of the authors wanting more.

The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X

This gripping read, essential for anyone interested in the man or his times, delivers penetrating explanations and fresh insights into previously unexamined dimensions of Malcolm X and his becoming and being El-hajj Malik El Shabazz within the context of Black life. Highest recommendation.

The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired

A fitting volume that expands on the authors’ previous work, filled with cartoons and straightforward strategies that will appeal to their fans as well as a wide range of general readers.


Being at Your Best When Your Kids Are at Their Worst: Practical Compassion in Parenting

Geared toward both parents and teachers, Payne’s guidance will stimulate ideas for reframing how we respond to difficult family situations.


The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die

This timely and accessible volume unpacks a complex problem, and points toward solutions.

The Driver

Expert writing, acting, and production enhance an adrenaline-fueled plotline. Recommended for viewers who enjoy nail-biting British crime dramas.

Call the Midwife: Season One

First-rate drama, with an absorbing story line and a real feel for the period and the people. Thankfully, a second season will be available in 2013.

University Life

While a table of contents and a few resources would have enhanced its value, this entertaining and useful title will appeal to most young people interested in college as well as help parents understand the challenges facing their future grads and assist career counselors initiate discussions.

The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking

This book is directed at a very specific audience—ecochic, crafty, tech-savvy young adults living in urban shoe boxes. Its shelf appeal and the blog's name recognition may make it initially popular with those readers, but their needs will be ultimately better met by a good variety of housekeeping and ecolifestyle manuals, e.g., Erin Bried's How To Sew a Button.

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