MB's Picks

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition By Betty Edwards Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781585429202
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: TarcherPerigee - April 26th, 2012

ANYONE, and I mean ANYONE can learn how to see and draw like an artist does if you read and do all the exercises in this book. My first two semesters of drawing in art school/college was based on this book, and we used it daily.  Think of it as a year's tuition for one class saved!   


Artemis: A Novel By Andy Weir Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780553448146
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - July 3rd, 2018

The quickest way to describe this boook is Ocean's 11 meets a dystopian future moonbase colony.  Featuring a brilliant, quick-thinking, and snarky herione who refuses to settle for less.  

 


The Left Hand of Darkness: 50th Anniversary Edition By Ursula K. Le Guin, David Mitchell (Foreword by), Charlie Jane Anders (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Ursula K. Le Guin, David Mitchell (Foreword by), Charlie Jane Anders (Afterword by)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780441478125
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Published: Ace - March 15th, 1987

A classic from one of the most innovative and imaginative authors i have ever had the pleasure of reading.  Visit a world where genders are fluid; and see it from the perspective of the first outsider who is there as an undercover observer.   


Training in Tenderness: Buddhist Teachings on Tsewa, the Radical Openness of Heart That Can Change the  World By Dzigar Kongtrul, Pema Chodron (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Dzigar Kongtrul, Pema Chodron (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781611805581
Availability: Not currently on our shelf. Backordered from Publisher
Published: Shambhala - May 22nd, 2018

Change your heart, change your world view.  Looking at the world through another's eyes can help you develop empathy and most importantly be gentler with yourself and others. As HH Dalai Lama says, "Have a warm heart." 


The Mists of Avalon: A Novel By Marion Zimmer Bradley Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780345350497
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 12th, 1987

Enter the realm of King Arthur; and see the legend from the point of view of the women that surround the king. The story begins with Arthur's mother and includes Morgaine's life as it intertwines with Arthur from childhood until his death. One of my all time favorites! 

 

 

 


Adjustment Day: A Novel By Chuck Palahniuk Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393652598
Availability: Not currently on our shelf. Special Order - Price Subject to Change
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 1st, 2018

Just when you think Chuck Palhniuk can not get any darker, timely or satrirical...along comes ADJUSTMENT DAY!  We have SIGEND copies in stock, only 6 left!

 

 


Haunted: A Novel By Chuck Palahniuk Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781400032822
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Published: Anchor - April 11th, 2006

A series of vignettes, each one dips your toes into depravity and the dark places of the psyche.


Pygmy By Chuck Palahniuk Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307389817
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Published: Anchor - April 20th, 2010

The sytax and narrative in this  Pygmy is half the fun of the read! Told from an exchange student's point of view...see middle class america from a whole new perspective. Scenes that will make you laugh and squirm; and then keep you up at night. 


Noir: A Novel By Christopher Moore Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062433978
Availability: Not currently on our shelf. Hard to Find, Potentially out of print, Call for pricing and availability
Published: William Morrow - April 17th, 2018

"Noir" will be released mid- April...order this one now!  I had the chance to get my Dad to help me with my homework and here is what he said regarding this book:

"Noir  by Christopher Mooore is an enjoyable read. This satiric novel set in 1947 incoprprates some of the langauge of the time along with more modern idioms currently in use. No one (nor political correctness) is exempt from Moore's jab and jokes. 

The plot is convoluted and made up of strands of a love story, a spy adventure and a crime novel... even Roswell's alien event is dragged into this. (MB note here: half the fun is when the second narrator's identity is revealed.)

On a scale of  1 to 10 I rate this book an 8.5-9"

-John Dellaquila

   

 


Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal By Christopher Moore Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780380813810
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 25th, 2004

Irreverent and fun, this novel tells you the adventures of Jesus and his buddy, starting at age age ten.  At times hysterical, and other times poignant, Biff shares it all. Christopher Mooore uses his staggering imagination to fill in the gap in the Bible to tell you what Christ was up to from age 10 until age 32.  If you would like a glimpse into the what it might have been like to be Christ's best pal this is the book for you. 


Fool: A Novel By Christopher Moore Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060590321
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 23rd, 2010

The re-telling of King Lear has never been so full of laughter. Told by the jester in Lear's court, you get a behind the scenes look into why King Lear did what he did; well, sort of. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face from the opening line- I promise.  


Invisible Monsters Remix By Chuck Palahniuk Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393345117
Availability: Not currently on our shelf. Backordered from Publisher
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 13th, 2013

Pahaulniuk at his best. This re-release features random page changes as you navigate from chapter to chapter. Chaos ensues as two misfits attend real estate open houses and their story is revealed. Plot twists and black humor abound. You will be turning pages...be careful, you may miss a chapter or two if you don't pay attention.


Zen Flesh, Zen Bones: A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings By Paul Reps, Nyogen Senzaki Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780804831864
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Published: Tuttle Publishing - September 15th, 1998

A classic that reveals the skeletal 'bones' of Zen; and the 'flesh' of Japanese cultural influence laid on top of the Buddhist practice as it emigrated from China to Japan.