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Readers can find a host of resources including a list of reading guides for Vintage and Anchor Books at the Reading Group Center, for Random House and Ballantine at the Reader’s Circle, and for Bantam, Broadway, Dell and Doubleday at the Book Group Corner. Teacher’s Guides for high school teachers are also available.

GUIDING TEENAGE GIRLS THROUGH THE SEVEN TRANSITIONS INTO ADULTHOOD
Written by LISA DAMOUR

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages

Publisher: Ballantine Books

On Sale: 02/09/2016

Price: $27.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-39305-7

Lisa Damour, Ph.D., director of the internationally renowned Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls, pulls back the curtain on the teenage years and shows why your daughter’s erratic and confusing behavior is actually healthy, necessary, and natural. Untangled explains what’s going on, prepares parents for what’s to come, and lets them know when it’s time to worry.

In this sane, highly engaging, and informed guide for parents of daughters, Dr. Damour draws on decades of experience and...

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TRANSFORMING LIVES, CREATING OPPORTUNITY

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 09/01/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80510-2

With scrupulous research and on-the-ground reporting, Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn explore how altruism affects us, what are the markers for success, and how to avoid the pitfalls. In their recounting of astonishing stories from the front lines of social progress, we see the compelling, inspiring truth of how real people have changed the world, underscoring that one person can make a difference. 
 
A Path Appears offers practical, results-driven advice on how best each of us can give...

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Format: Hardcover, 208 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 05/26/2015

Price: $22.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51707-9

Who is the real author of The Black Insignia? Is it H. R. Sanders, whose name is printed on the cover of every installment of the wildly successful young adult adventure series? Or is it Daniel Roche, the enigmatic world traveler who disappears for months at a time? When Daniel’s great-niece, Hélène, moves to Paris to study archeology, she does not expect to be searching for answers to these questions. As rumors circulate, however, that the twenty-fourth volume of The Black Insignia series...

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52 WOMEN WHO CHANGED SCIENCE-AND THE WORLD
Written by RACHEL SWABY

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 04/07/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-44679-1

Fifty-two inspiring and insightful profiles of history’s brightest female scientists.

In 2013, the New York Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill. It began: “She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job, and took eight years off from work to raise three children.” It wasn’t until the second paragraph that readers discovered why the Times had devoted several hundred words to her life: Brill was a brilliant rocket scientist who invented a propulsion system to...

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A NOVEL
Written by ANDY WEIR

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 10/28/2014

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-41802-6

Selected for common reading at:
Bellevue College's BC Reads

A 2014 School Library Journal "Best Adult Book 4 Teens"


The Martian
, by debut science fiction novelist Andy Weir, is a survival story about an astronaut who gets left behind on the red planet when his crew believes him to be dead.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he...

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TRANSFORMING LIVES, CREATING OPPORTUNITY

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/23/2014

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-34991-8

From the authors of the #1 New York Times best-selling Half the Sky, a unique and essential narrative about making a difference in the world—a road-map to becoming a conscientious global citizen. Soon to be the basis of a PBS four-hour series.

Equal in urgency and compassion to Half the Sky, this galvanizing new book from the acclaimed husband-and-wife team is even more ambitious in scale: nothing less than a deep examination of people who are making the world a better place, and the myriad...

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50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
Written by JEAN MERRILL
Illustrated by RONNI SOLBERT

Format: Hardcover, 232 pages

Publisher: NYR Children's Collection

On Sale: 09/16/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17819-5

50th Anniversary Edition

Do you know the history of the pushcart war? The REAL history? It’s a story of how regular people banded together and, armed with little more than their brains and good aim defeated a mighty foe.

Not long ago the streets of New York City were smelly, smoggy, sooty, and loud. There were so many trucks making deliveries that it might take an hour for a car to travel a few blocks. People blamed the truck owners and the truck owners blamed the little wooden pushcarts...

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Written by DAN BROWN

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 05/06/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17226-4

#1 WORLDWIDE BESTSELLER

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital, disoriented and with no recollection of the past thirty-six hours, including the origin of the macabre object hidden in his belongings. With a relentless female assassin trailing them through Florence, he and his resourceful doctor, Sienna Brooks, are forced to flee. Embarking on a harrowing journey, they must unravel a series of codes, which are the work of a brilliant scientist whose...

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LIFE, DEATH, AND HOPE IN A MUMBAI UNDERCITY
Written by KATHERINE BOO

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 04/08/2014

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-97932-9

Winner of the National Book Award, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, and PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize


Selected for Common Reading at:
Bowling Green State University
Concordia University
Michigan State University
Northeastern University
Skidmore College
University of Delaware
Montgomery Bell Academy
Sacred Heart University
University...

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STORIES FROM THE FRONT LINES OF AN INNER-CITY E.R.

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 02/11/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98234-3

A riveting personal exploration of the healthcare crisis facing inner-city communities, written by an emergency room physician who grew up in the very neighborhood he is now serving

Sampson Davis is best known as one of three friends from inner-city Newark who made a pact in high school to become doctors. Their book The Pact and their work through the Three Doctors Foundation have inspired countless young men and women to strive for goals they otherwise would not have dreamed they could...

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DEFEATING THE CULTURE OF BULLYING AND REDISCOVERING THE POWER OF CHARACTER AND EMPATHY
Written by EMILY BAZELON

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 02/11/2014

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98263-3

Being a teenager has never been easy, but in recent years, with the rise of the Internet and social media, it has become exponentially more challenging. Bullying, once thought of as the province of queen bees and goons, has taken on new, complex, and insidious forms, as parents and educators know all too well.
 
No writer is better poised to explore this territory than Emily Bazelon, who has established herself as a leading voice on the social and legal aspects of teenage drama. In Sticks and...

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A NOVEL
Written by ANDY WEIR

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 02/11/2014

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-13902-1

The Martian, by debut science fiction novelist Andy Weir, is a survival story about an astronaut who gets left behind on the red planet when his crew believes him to be dead.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won't have...

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