Staff Picks - Cressida

 

Cressida /KRESS*eh*də/ noun

 

1 : A children's book buyer, with a degree in library science, who embraces all components of working with books and information. Of or relating to bookstores, libraries, and schools/colleges; domestic, international.

 

2 : A naturally fast reader willing to read anything but drawn most to travel & adventure memoirs, children's classics and too-close-for-comfort dystopian tales.

 

3 : A Trojan woman in medieval romances who first returns the love of Troilus but later forsakes him for Diomedes.

 

4 : A Toyota automobile model.

 

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Scandinavian Baking: Sweet and Savory Cakes and Bakes, for Bright Days and Cozy Nights Cover Image
By Trine Hahnemann, Columbus Leth (Photographer)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781849496650
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Published: Quadrille Publishing - October 6th, 2015

Hahnemann's cookbooks are always a feast for the eye and the mouth, and her baked recipes are no different. The Scandinavian in me is jumping in joy at the many authentic (yet utterly un-intimidating) dishes to try this Holiday season. --Cressida


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California Dreams: The Art of Stanley Mouse Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9781593765460
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Published: Soft Skull Press - June 2nd, 2015

Stanley Mouse is best known for the eye-popping designs he made during the hey-day of San Francisco's counterculture renaissance. Here is a comprehensive collection of works by one of the originators of psychedelic poster art, as well as a never-before-seen foray into fine art. --Cressida


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The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9780062243416
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Published: Anthony Bourdain/Ecco - November 10th, 2015

The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook is as much a story of the restaurant as a collection of notable cuisine. General Chinese food enthusiasts as well as crazed fans of the restaurant are sure to enjoy Bowien and Ying’s work. --Cressida


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Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393077995
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 4th, 2015

In 1871, five young girls were sent by the Japanese government to San Francisco. Their mission: learn Western ways and return to help nurture a new Japan. A biography that captures strong culture clashes, pioneering women, and memorable history-in-the-making. --Cressida


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The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781416541646
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 6th, 2015

James Shapiro is a great Shakespearean historian, as well as a master storyteller. The Year of Lear describes how the turbulent events of 1606 shaped the three great tragedies Shakespeare wrote that year – “King Lear," "Macbeth," and "Antony and Cleopatra." --Cressida


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Smokejumper: A Memoir by One of America's Most Select Airborne Firefighters Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062319623
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Published: William Morrow & Company - July 14th, 2015

Jason A. Ramons’s memoir shines a light onto a rare profession growing increasingly important: airborne firefighters, who parachute into burning areas too remote to otherwise reach. He shares the history of smokejumping, the pioneers who began the program in 1939, and the trials he underwent to join these memorable few. A compelling, timely read. --Cressida


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Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250033222
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 6th, 2015

I once cried when a bottle of wine broke on the floor. 4.5 million bottles of Californian wine worth more than $250 million, maliciously destroyed by a con man and thief, will make you weep but also makes a thrilling true-life tale. Elegant, rich and smooth, with a full-bodied finish. --Cressida


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Book Scavenger Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781627791151
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Henry Holt & Company - June 2nd, 2015

Emily's family is on a quest to live in all 50 states but twelve-year-old Emily wants to settle down. Now they live in San Francisco, home to Emily's hero, Garrison Griswold, creator of Book Scavenger -- a game where books are hidden all over the country and are revealed through puzzles. When Emily and her neighbor James come across a book behind a trash bin full of odd clues....well, they just have to start playing, don't they? --Cressida


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An Ember in the Ashes Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781595148032
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Published: Razorbill - April 28th, 2015

BEST young adult book of 2015. --Cressida


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Goodbye Stranger Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780385743174
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - August 4th, 2015

Rare is the book emotionally complex and intelligent enough for teens yet appropriate for upper elementary. Goodbye Stranger is that mythical unicorn. The intertwining stories of three young teenagers navigating the confusing time of adolescence made my heart overflow. Consider Stead this generation's Judy Blume. --Cressida


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Circus Mirandus Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525428435
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Published: Dial Books - June 2nd, 2015

Micah’s grandpa has always told him wonderful stories about Circus Mirandus, a magical circus he visited when he was a boy. But Grandpa Ephraim is dying and the circus’s greatest magician owes Grandpa Ephraim a miracle, setting Micah on a journey to find the mysterious circus. A story both classic and novel. --Cressida


Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385529990
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - October 27th, 2015

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Roller Girl Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780803740167
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Published: Dial Books - March 10th, 2015

For the young reader who has finished Raina's "Sisters" and Bell's "El Deafo", Roller Girl offers another fantastic middle-school tale of finding acceptance, in graphic novel form. --Cressida


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Boy, Snow, Bird Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594633409
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2015

A textured take on the Snow White tale using race (that descriptor flattens Oyeyemi's story.) However, don't read the back of the book - damn back cover spoils a wonderful plot surprise, in my mind. Suitable also for YA crossover. - Cressida


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Through the Woods Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781442465961
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - July 15th, 2014

Eerily good and hauntingly illustrated, these five graphic stories will be sure to give you (delicious) shivers any time of year. - Cressida


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Bird Box Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062259660
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Published: Ecco Press - February 10th, 2015

Something is driving people to insanity. Perfectly normal individuals catch a glimpse of -- something -- and suddenly kill themselves. No one knows what exactly they need to avoid seeing. So slowly the entire world lowers their eyes, withdraws, secludes themselves. The history of the phenomenon is shared by Melanie, a young woman who realizes the need to find others despite the ever-present threat. - Cressida

A debut work worthy of Stephen King, Hitchcock, and anyone else who puts you on the edge of your seat. Eerie and mysterious, you will read the entire book in one tense sitting. 


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Kindred Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807083697
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Published: Beacon Press (MA) - February 2004

A great scifi tale for those who don't normally read scifi.

How would a modern black woman survive in the age of American slavery? 12-years-a-slave meets time travel.

- Cressida 


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We Took to the Woods Cover Image
By Louise Dickinson Rich, Alice Arlen (Afterword by), Robert Kimber (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780892727360
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Published: Down East Books - April 19th, 2007

After Thoreau but before modern 'returning' to the land" memoirs, there was Louise Rich Dickinson. First published in 1942, it is amusing to read about how even then people wondered how someone could stand living in the backwoods of Maine. LRD, an an absolute hoot, answers such questions with a delightful mix of amusing stories, witticisms, and no-nonsense "Well, why not?" Readers of "Ominvore's Dilema", "Farm City" and "The Dirty Life" should add this classic to their back-to-earth collection. - Cressida


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Tisha: The Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaska Wilderness Cover Image
By Robert Specht (As Told to)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780553265965
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Published: Bantam Books - July 1984

As told to Robert Specht, this is the true story of 19-year old Anne Hobbs, who journeyed to Alaska in the 1920s to teach but encountered trouble due to her kindness to the Natives. Tisha ("teacher", as pronounced by a pupil) has it all - gripping Wild Alaska adventures, a poignant outlook on natives' rights, even a stirring love story. -Cressida


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If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name: News from Small-Town Alaska Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781565125247
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - June 2006

Everything is more extreme when you live in a remote Alaskan town. The weather is colder, people's eccentricities are exaggerated, and death always seems nearby. Heather Lende, local Haines resident and obituary writer, has an absolute gift for eulogy and so paints a colorful portrait of life in an Alaskan small town. A must read for anyone interested in the 49th state. -Cressida


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We Were Liars Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780385741262
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Published: Delacorte Press - May 13th, 2014

Possibly the YA book of the summer. A staff favorite all around. - Cressida


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Panic Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062014566
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Published: HarperCollins - March 10th, 2015

What do you do when over 40% of your town is unemployed, your boyfriend cheats on you, and you have no money? Panic.

 

Panic is the name of the game. Everyone in high school pays $1 a day. Only seniors can play. The last one standing wins the pot. A pot of $50,000+. But Panic is dangerous. People get injured. Paralyzed. Killed. But what else can you do when you already have barely enough to survive? - Cressida


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Talking Hands: What Sign Language Reveals about the Mind Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780743247139
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 5th, 2008

Did you know that American Sign Language is more akin to French SL than British SL? Or that Martha's Vineyard was home to one of the earliest deaf communities? Fox interweaves the evolution and history of sign language with a modern researcher's attempt to record a remote Israeli village's distinctive SL "dialect". As much for novices/laymen to SL & deaf culture as for those interested in linguistics and anthropology.


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The Story of Buildings: From the Pyramids to the Sydney Opera House and Beyond Cover Image
By Patrick Dillon, Stephen Biesty (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780763669904
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 11th, 2014

The book to buy young readers interested in architecture. - Cressida

 


My Pet Book Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780385373128
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 8th, 2014

This One Summer Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596437746
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Published: First Second - May 6th, 2014

El Deafo Cover Image
By Cece Bell, David Lasky (Illustrator)
$10.95
ISBN: 9781419712173
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Published: Amulet Books - September 2nd, 2014

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Tough Guys Have Feelings Too Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781909263666
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Published: Nobrow Press - November 3rd, 2015

Ninjas are neat, cowboys are cool, and superheroes are super. What’s common to all of them? They have feelings! This picture book presents a colorful way to teach children that having feelings and expressing them does not mean that you are not super, neat, and/or cool.