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“It’s impossible to imagine a Star Wars fan who wouldn’t love this book…It really is hard to imagine a book about Star Wars being any more comprehensive than this one. It’s full of information and insight and analysis, and it’s so engagingly written that it’s a pure joy to read…There are plenty of books about Star Wars, but very few of them are essential reading. This one goes directly to the top of the pile.”

Booklist (starred review)

“This is a wildly entertaining book, and if it’s not the definitive history of the making of Star Wars, I don’t know what is. But it’s more than that: it tells a rollicking good story about storytelling itself, about the intersection between art and commerce, and paints surely the most complete and deeply felt portrait of George Lucas to date.”

—Dave Eggers, author of The Circle and A Hologram for the King


“A smart, engaging book…welcome reading for fans of Star Wars—or, for that matter, of THX 1138.”

—Kirkus Reviews



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Horrible Hauntings from Goosebottom Books

Halloween is almost here and we love this spooky book because it brings ghosts to life with interactive augmented reality. 9781937463991

By downloading a free app and using your smartphone or tablet to view each luscious illustration, you can summon and interact with 3-D ghosts. The Headless Horseman, the Flying Dutchman, Bloody Mary, and the Princes in the Tower are just some of the eerie apparitions you’ll encounter.

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Horrible Hauntings has a full page feature in the September/October issue of Middle Shelf!

HorribleHauntings DPContributor Information
Shirin Yim Bridges’ first book, Ruby’s Wish, was a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book and won the Ezra Jack Keats award. It is on several state reading lists, has been translated into seven languages, and is now in its eleventh edition. The Umbrella Queen made TIME/CNN’s Top 10 Lists and was also named a Best Children’s Book by the Bank Street College of Education. Horrible Hauntings won an IRA/CBC Children’s Choices Award.

William Maughan graduated from the Art Center College of design with distinction in 1973. He began his career in commercial illustration in New York in 1974. Since that time his illustrations have appeared in numerous magazines, children’s books, paperback book covers, and ad campaigns. He also teaches at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California, where he currently directs Graduate Studies Illustration.

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Trade Cloth, Picture Book
US $21.95

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Seven Wonders
Seven Wonders

Mezrich has a gift for writing intriguing stories and intricate characters with a cinematic flair. As the narrative of “Seven Wonders” travels the globe and examines each of the modern seven wonders, the history of each is unveiled while the author maintains a tight action-adventure story.” Denver Post–seven-wonders–324315203736

Ben Mezrich -photo credit Chris Close

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Malala Yousafzai talks about The Breadwinner & Mud City from Groundwood Books

Breadwinner series Malala NYTBR quote

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Weirdo from House of Anansi

Weirdo is an atmospheric thriller about a teenage girl convicted of murder 9781770893870 in a 1980s seaside town and the private investigator who reopens the case to discover that she may not have acted alone . . . Corinne Woodrow was 15 when she was convicted of murdering one of her classmates on a summer’s evening in 1984, a year when the teenagers of Ernemouth ran wild, dressing in black and staying out all night, listening to music that terrified their parents. Twenty years later, new forensic evidence suggests that Corinne didn’t act alone. Private investigator Sean Ward – whose promising career as a detective with the Metropolitan Police was cut short by a teenage gangster with a gun – reopens the case. He discovers a town full of secrets and a community that has always looked after its own.


…the novel is a worthy showcase for the author’s undeniable skill.

– Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

Cathi Unsworth began a career in journalism at 19 and has since worked for many music, arts, film, and alternative lifestyle journals. She has been called “the Queen of Noir” in the United Kingdom and is the author of four novels, including The Singer and Bad Penny Blues, and the editor of the award-winning crime compendium London Noir. She lives in London.

Author: Cathi Unsworth
$15.95 USD
Trade Paperback
House of Anansi Press

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Make the best of the tantrums, moments of pure joy, and other surprises along the totally-worth-it journey of parenting


When you’re a new parent, the miracle of life might not always feel so miraculous. Maybe your latest 2:00 a.m., 2:45 a.m., and 3:30 a.m. wake-up calls have left you wondering how “sleep like a baby” ever became a figure of speech–and what the options are for restoring your sanity. Or your child just left bite marks on someone, and you’re wondering how to handle it.

First-time mom Tracy Cutchlow knows what you’re going through. Combining the warmth of a best friend with a straightforward style, Tracy addresses questions such as:

  • Should I talk to my pregnant belly/newborn? Is that going to feel weird? (Yes, and absolutely.)
  • How do I help baby sleep well? (Start with the 45-minute rule.)
  • How can I instill a love of learning in my child? (By using specific types of praise and criticism.)
  • What will boost my child’s success in school? (Play that requires self-control, like make-believe.)
  • My baby loves videos and cell-phone games. That’s cool, right? (If you play, too.)
  • What tamps down temper tantrums? (Naming emotions out loud.)
  • My sweet baby just hit a playmate/lied to me about unpotting the plant/talked back. Now what? (Choose one of three logical consequences.)
  • How do I get through an entire day of this? (With help. Lots of help.)

Zero to Five will help you make the best of the tantrums (yours and the baby’s), moments of pure joy, and other surprises along the totally-worth-it journey of parenting.

“Cutchlow, editor of John Medina’s Brain Rules for Baby, here presents a photographic version of the same leading research in a condensed and warm style. Covering such issues as sleep (“crying it out, for a time, is fine”), language development (“speak in a singsongy voice”), and play (“nurture creativity”), amongst others, the author writes in a calm tone based on the soundest of child development findings without using copious notes and references. Each single-page entry includes a full-color photo of children—from newborns mere minutes old to toddlers on fierce rocking horse journeys—parents, and families involved in unstaged acts of daily life.

VERDICT This is a perfect gift for a new parent, as it synthesizes the best information simply and provides encouragement. Librarians may grumble about the awkward size and spiral binding but should acquire this delightful offering nonetheless.”

— 8/15/14, Library Journal starred review

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9780983263364.01Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I’ve Learned So Far)
Tracy Cutchlow, Photographs by Betty Udesen
Spiral Bound, $19.95
Pear Press



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Three Enchanted Lion Titles Earn Eight Starred Reviews and a Junior Library Guild Selection!

Enchanted Lion Books has earned an abundance of starred reviews and a Junior Library Guild selection in just a few short months! Below are the hot titles reviewers are raving about—order your copies today!


Lion and the Bird coverThe Lion and the Bird
*A Junior Library Guild Selection*

“Minimal detail, gentle colors, horizontal brushstrokes across double-page spreads, and an ingenious use of white space—and even occasional empty pages (to indicate the passage of time)—contribute to the success of this inviting Peaceable Kingdom of a tale. “—The Horn Book, September/October issue, starred review

“The charming depiction of Lion’s home will delight sharp-eyed children, and the gentle pace of the story, which takes its time as surely as the plants in Lion’s garden take their time to grow, is reassuring. A much needed antidote to the speed of the world, this picture book by French Canadian Dubuc is one to savor.”—Booklist, June 1, 2014, starred review

“As the bird flies off, Dubuc draws the abandoned lion from the viewpoint of the departing bird; a page turn shows him again, smaller, diminished, the paw that holds his hat hanging. He resumes his solitary life, but when autumn returns, he’s seen with his eyes closed, wishing. Readers will rejoice with him when the bird returns. It’s remarkably moving, and—considering it features two animals—a deeply human story.”—Publishers Weekly, March 31, 2014, starred review


Fox's Garden coverFox’s Garden

“Flowing lines and subtle shifts of hue add visual grace notes to this wordless tale of gifts exchanged between a boy and a fox. Each scene is composed as a diorama and photographed, giving the illustrations an uncanny solidity and depth despite their paper-cutout origins. The oversized flowers invite thinking of this imported episode in symbolic or metaphorical terms . . . but it needs no analysis to be lovely.”—Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2014, starred review

“The story exudes a haunting winter magic and a strong sense of the way a small kindness can make an enormous difference.”—Publishers Weekly, August 4, 2014, starred review


Nine Open ArmsNine Open Arms cover

“This is a strange, somber, and oddly compelling narrative, a different combination of flavors than we would find in a book originally published in North America.”—The Horn Book, September/October 2014, starred review

“Lindelauf lures readers into the intrigue and mystery of it all and then demands their intense concentration. Every element of the tale has a purpose, and in the end, the multiple layers of past and present separate and come together in surprising, often discomfiting twists and turns. . . . A challenging and entirely unique Dutch import.”—Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2014, starred review

“Lindelauf’s masterful rendering of fraught yet loving sisterly ties, snappy dialogue, graveyard mysteries, and “traces of a tragical tragedy” from generations past combine to humorous and poignant effect in this gripping tale of eclectic families and inveterate wanderers in search of a welcoming home.” —Publishers Weekly, April 21, 2014, starred review

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Depression- Listen… Don’t analyze…. Don’t wait for your friend to reach out to you…..
Depression- Listen… Don’t analyze…. Don’t wait for your friend to reach out to you…..


THE DEPTHS mentioned in Elizabeth Bernstein’s column in the 8/26/14 issue of the Wall Street Journal on how to be a friend to someone with depression, and Jonathan Rottenberg is quoted throughout.


THE DEPTHS: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic

By Jonathan Rottenberg

ISBN: 9780465022212



“The book’s scope and ambition are remarkable. In calling for a closer study of shallow, as opposed to deep, depression Rottenberg makes a smart point that is often ignored. To understand depression and have any hope of a cure, we need to look at the full spectrum of behavior—and the label of ‘mood’ makes such an investigation far more likely to succeed.”—New York Times Book Review (Short List)

The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic has the potential to revolutionize the way scientists study depression and therapists treat depression. It can provide hope for people with depression and understanding for their families.”—Psychology

 “Rottenberg’s practical style and talent for using real-world examples by real-world people to illustrate states of low and high mood is refreshing…the book is a wonderful first step for those who wish to better understand the illness from a scientific viewpoint. And it gives the reader hope by suggesting that depression is a common, albeit painful, human experience: that a low mood does not mean we have failed.”—PsychCentral

“[A] stimulating book that synthesizes research and memoir.”—Publishers Weekly

 “In this provocative presentation of the natural history and evolution of depression, the bottom line is, strangely, both deflating and hopeful: “Low mood is both inescapable and sometimes useful.”—Booklist

 “An important contribution to [Rottenberg’s] stated aim of promoting ‘an adult national conversation about depression.’”—Kirkus Reviews




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Where there is food, there will be laughter (and crumbs).
In more than 40 exuberant poems and “vandalized” photographs, you’ll meet a city kid who fantasizes about farming on a stoop, a girl with crumpets and crêpes in her head, and a boy with a pet cabbage. “Doctor Food” prescribes good food as medicine and “Dancing Kitchen” will have you shimmying with your skillet. From the amuse-bouche to the very last pea on the plate, A Moose Boosh celebrates food-growing it, making it, slurping it and especially sharing it with loved ones at the dinner table. Bon appétit!
Poetry is food for the soul, food is poetry for the tongue.


9780983661559Amuse-bouche (ah-MOOZE-boosh) French, noun
1 : A small complimentary appetizer offered by the chef just before dinner.
2 : The literal translation (from French): amuse (amuse) + bouche (mouth) = “amuse-mouth” or “mouth-amuser.”
3 : A tiny bite that gives an idea of the chef’s artistic approach to food.
4. An appetizing little poem about food to be read aloud before dinner or any time at all.
“Continuing the food themes from his picture-book illustration debut in Jacqueline Briggs Martin’s Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table (2013), Larkin here makes his authorial debut. In 40-plus energetic poems, Larkin celebrates the good and decries the bad in the food world. Though individual poems might seem like amuse-bouches by themselves, they add up to a full meal, and the volume as a whole serves up a lively conversation about food. The collection takes a few jabs at the food industry. One poem laments the “small food desert in Harlem,” and another describes Ashley, who will only eat foods she can spell (and therefore can’t eat bread that contains azodicarbonamide). Grampa complains that there are “[t]oo many people touching my food” (referring to packers and shippers, processors and pickers, inspectors, store guys and baggers). It also encourages planting gardens, eating meals together and enjoying good food such as noodles: “Twirl them, whirl them, / slop them, slip them, / twist them, curl them, / whip them, flip them.” And if the poems’ rhythms don’t always roll off the tongue as easily as those noodles slide off a fork, the overall effect of the poetry and the mixed-media, graffiti-style art (inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat) is exuberant: “Where there is food, there will be laughter (and crumbs).” A kid-friendly companion to Michael Pollan’s Food Rules (2011).”
—Kirkus Reviews

About the Author-Illustrator

Eric-Shabazz Larkin always knew he was an artist. He didn’t discover there was a graffiti artist inside of him until he drew the Norfolk (VA) city skyline on the wall of his childhood home, forcing his mother to forbid the use of permanent markers in her house ever again. His need to draw on things did not lay dormant for very long as he started to vandalize his own books and photos, which is what led him to the illustration style of this book.

Eric-Shabazz is a multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker and poet. The first children’s book he illustrated, Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table, was named an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book and received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Booklist. A Moose Boosh marks his debut as author and illustrator. He lives in Long Island City, New York. Learn more about him at

A Moose Boosh
Trade Paper, Picture Book
US $18.951409152674311


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Alice Waters and the Trip To Delicious from Readers to Eaters

“This picture book biography takes on Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse 9780983661566in Berkeley and the Edible Schoolyard Project. Using an enthusiastic, conversational tone and a free verse form (“In her travels, Alice learned/wonderful food was like a symphony/that woke people up, made them happier”), Martin shows how Waters’s fascination and love for fresh foods started young: at age three, the future chef won a costume contest, dressed up in a lettuce skirt, strawberry necklace, and crown made of asparagus. While in college, Waters studied cooking in France and brought home what she learned about selecting and preparing fresh foods. Before long, she opened Chez Panisse, a huge success. Finding fresh foods was not always easy, but as her reputation grew, growers began to come to her, and, eventually, her love and passion for fresh, locally grown food led her to organize the Edible Schoolyard Project, in which students plant and cultivate their own fruits and vegetables. Rendered with brush and black ink and enhanced digitally, the illustrations are colorful and simple. The book includes an afterword by Waters and an author’s note elaborating on the subject’s contributions to the local foods movement. A fine introduction to units on nutrition, healthy eating, and creative people making positive change.”–Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CAStarred Review School Library Journal

“[A] lively biography… chronicling the life of one contemporary foodie who has worked to make a difference in children’s nutritional lives… The art greatly enhances the text, with its varied multitude of cheerful people growing, preparing and enjoying food, as well as the use of different framing techniques and vantage points… An obvious choice in communities that have active Edible Schoolyards, it may spark some interest in communities that do not—yet.”Kirkus Reviews

Trade Cloth, Picture Book
US $18.95
AFTERWORD by Alice Waters:

Dear Reader and Eater,

I hope you have liked hearing my story! Here are some things I have learned about food and cooking from my time at Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard—and from my daughter Fanny:

1) Grow your own food. If you grow it and cook it yourself, you’re going to want to eat it—even kale!
2) Taste and taste again. Who knows what you are going to like? Always have a taste of everything—and remember that ripeness is all! You never forget the taste of a perfectly ripe peach.
3) Always eat in season. I promise you that those supermarket tomatoes in the middle of winter are not going to taste good! You don’t want to eat the same second-rate foods all year round that aren’t delicious—you want to wait for the juicy tomatoes and sweet corn in the heat of summer. They will be all the better for your wait.
4) If your plate is too full, it is hard to taste. If something is truly delicious, you don’t need to eat so much to be satisfied. It’s when things don’t have flavor that you eat more and more and more, searching for flavor that isn’t there.
5) Cook with your friends! You can talk about things when you’re shelling fresh peas or washing lettuce, and will have so much fun making food together. When you come together at the table and share a meal, you never know what you are going to learn.

I can’t wait to see you all in the garden and the kitchen!

With hopefulness,
Alice Waters

Alice Waters founded Chez Panisse in 1971 and The Edible Schoolyard in 1995. She was the first woman to win the James Beard Foundation Outstanding Chef Award. This year she was named among Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.Foreword source: Readers to Eaters

About the Author and the Illustrator
Jacqueline Briggs Martin, author of the Caldecott winner Snowflake Bentley, winner of the 1999 Caldecott Medal, and Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table, tells how one child’s search for delicious led to a dream for all children to share the joy of tasty food — the same joy we get from a beautiful song or a starry sky.
Jackie has taught creative writing at Hamline College and University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival. She grew up on a farm in Maine and now lives in Mt. Vernon, IA. Learn more about Jacqueline at
Hayelin Choi Hayelin Choi is an illustrator and textile designer. This is her first picture book. She is a graduate of School of Visual Arts and lives in Queens, New York. Learn more about Hayelin at
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Events:  Alice Waters will be coming to the book launch at the Edible Schoolyard on 9/17. 2pm welcome and introduction, then the group can tour the grounds and sample from the classroom kitchen afterward. RSVP required to attend due to limited space.


The Ecology Center will be handling the book sales at the event as well as at the Berkeley Farmers Market on 9/18.

Author Jackie Martin will also be signing at Book Passage-Ferry Building on Sat, 9/20, during the Farmers Market hour.

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