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  • The Girl Who Fell from the Skyby Heidi W. Durrow

    Algonquin Books 2011; US$ 14.95

    Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I., becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy after a fateful morning on their Chicago rooftop. Forced to move to a new city, with her strict African American grandmother as her guardian, Rachel is thrust for the first time into a mostly black community, where her light brown skin, blue... more...

  • Wicked Plantsby Briony Morrow-Cribbs; Amy Stewart; Jonathon Rosen

    Algonquin Books 2009; US$ 15.95

    A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. In Wicked Plants , Stewart takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature?s most appalling creations. It?s an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend. You?ll learn... more...

  • The $64 Tomatoby William Alexander

    Algonquin Books 2007; US$ 13.95

    Bill Alexander had no idea that his simple dream of having a vegetable garden and small orchard in his backyard would lead him into life-and-death battles with groundhogs, webworms, weeds, and weather; midnight expeditions in the dead of winter to dig up fresh thyme; and skirmishes with neighbors who feed the vermin (i.e., deer). Not to mention the... more...

  • Water for Elephantsby Sara Gruen

    Algonquin Books 2007; US$ 14.95

    Though he may not speak of them, the memories still dwell inside Jacob Jankowski's ninety-something-year-old mind. Memories of himself as a young man, tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Memories of a world filled with freaks and clowns, with wonder and pain and anger and passion;... more...

  • Last Child in the Woodsby Richard Louv

    Algonquin Books 2008; US$ 15.95

    ?The children and nature movement is fueled by this fundamental idea: the child in nature is an endangered species, and the health of children and the health of the Earth are inseparable.? ?Richard Louv, from the new edition In his landmark work Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv brought together cutting-edge studies that pointed to direct... more...

  • A Thousand Days in Tuscanyby Marlena de Blasi

    Algonquin Books 2004; US$ 14.95

    American chef Marlena de Blasi and her Venetian husband, Fernando, married rather late in life. In search of the rhythms of country living, the couple moves to a barely renovated former stable in Tuscany with no phone, no central heating, and something resembling a playhouse kitchen. They dwell among two hundred villagers, ancient olive groves, and... more...

  • Golfing with Godby Roland Merullo

    Algonquin Books 2007; US$ 13.95

    Herman "Hank" Fins-Winston was a pro golfer destined for greatness. Now he lives in a condominium on the thirteenth fairway of one of heaven's glorious courses ? a fact he finds surprising and amusing, since for one reason or another, a fair percentage of golfers never make it to paradise. Hank is having the time of his afterlife until he's summoned... more...

  • Coal Black Horseby Robert Olmstead

    Algonquin Books 2008; US$ 13.95

    When Robey Childs's mother has a premonition about her husband, a soldier fighting in the Civil War, she does the unthinkable: she sends her only child to find his father on the battlefield and bring him home. At fourteen, wearing the coat his mother sewed to ensure his safety?blue on one side, gray on the other? Robey thinks he's off on a great... more...

  • The End of the World as We Know Itby Robert Goolrick

    Algonquin Books 2008; US$ 13.95

    It was the 1950s, a time of calm, a time when all things were new and everything seemed possible. A few years before, a noble war had been won, and now life had returned to normal. For one little boy, however, life had become anything but "normal." To all appearances, he and his family lived an almost idyllic life. The father was a respected... more...

  • Outwitting Historyby Aaron Lansky

    Algonquin Books 2005; US$ 14.95

    ?Incredible . . . Inspiring . . . Important.? ? Library Journal, starred review ?A marvelous yarn, loaded with near-calamitous adventures and characters as memorable as Singer creations.? ? The New York Post      ?What began as a quixotic journey was also a picaresque romp, a detective story, a profound history lesson, and a poignant evocation... more...