August 2011 Movers & Shakers

Here are the noteworthy titles that have been racing up our most popular charts this month.

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Rules of Civility by Amor Towles Rules of Civility
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New Year's Eve, 1937: A whip-smart secretary and her roommate visit a Manhattan jazz club and meet a handsome Gatsby-esque bachelor. Ushered into sophisticated society, both women fall for the same man in this Depression-era story of ambition and reinvention. Switterbug says the novel echoes Capote's Holly Golightly with "a silvery focus on the gin and the jazz, the nightclubs and the streets, the pursuit of sensuality, and the arc of the self-made woman." New Year's Eve, 1937: A whip-smart secretary and her roommate visit a Manhattan jazz club and meet a handsome Gatsby-esque bachelor. Ushered into sophisticated society, both women fall for the same man in this Depression-era story of ambition and reinvention. Switterbug says the novel echoes Capote's Holly Golightly with "a silvery focus on the gin and the jazz, the nightclubs and the streets, the pursuit of sensuality, and the arc of the self-made woman."
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The Ledge by Jim Davidson The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier
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Mountaineers Jim Davidson and Mike Price scaled 14,410-foot Mount Rainier in 1992. But as they descended, the pair fell into a deep crevasse, killing Price and leaving author Davidson stranded. In this memoir, the injured and grieving Davidson must climb a wall of sheer ice to safety. Susan says, "This is a story that will appeal to climbers and us less brave souls, the armchair adventure voyeurs. It is about doing the impossible when you know it is impossible but it is your only choice." Mountaineers Jim Davidson and Mike Price scaled 14,410-foot Mount Rainier in 1992. But as they descended, the pair fell into a deep crevasse, killing Price and leaving author Davidson stranded. In this memoir, the injured and grieving Davidson must climb a wall of sheer ice to safety. Susan says, "This is a story that will appeal to climbers and us less brave souls, the armchair adventure voyeurs. It is about doing the impossible when you know it is impossible but it is your only choice."
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The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb
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Only 32 inches tall, Vinnie Bump became one of the most photographed women of the 19th century. This historical novel follows her small-town beginnings, world travels (with a set of collapsible stairs), partnership with circus master P.T. Barnum, and celebrity wedding with fellow little person Charles Stratton—better known as Tom Thumb. Laura calls Vinnie "not just a remarkable woman for her time, she's a remarkable woman for any time." Only 32 inches tall, Vinnie Bump became one of the most photographed women of the 19th century. This historical novel follows her small-town beginnings, world travels (with a set of collapsible stairs), partnership with circus master P.T. Barnum, and celebrity wedding with fellow little person Charles Stratton—better known as Tom Thumb. Laura calls Vinnie "not just a remarkable woman for her time, she's a remarkable woman for any time."
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The Eighty-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation
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For 80 bucks Harry de Leyer bought a plow horse named Snowman off the back of a truck bound for the slaughterhouse. The self-trained immigrant rider decides to enter his plucky steed in show-jumping competitions alongside moneyed thoroughbreds in this true account. Cathi says, "This is a wonderfully told true story...one can actually relive the struggle, excitement, fear, triumph." For 80 bucks Harry de Leyer bought a plow horse named Snowman off the back of a truck bound for the slaughterhouse. The self-trained immigrant rider decides to enter his plucky steed in show-jumping competitions alongside moneyed thoroughbreds in this true account. Cathi says, "This is a wonderfully told true story...one can actually relive the struggle, excitement, fear, triumph."
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The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson The Family Fang
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Siblings Annie and Buster Fang (aka "Child A" and "Child B") grew up serving as props in their parents' wacky performance art. Naturally, when the duo reach adulthood, the outside world presents a few challenges. After their parents go missing, they're not sure whether to worry or if it's one last absurdist show. Carol says, "This goofy, slyly hilarious novel is part social satire, part detective story, and part just plain good storytelling." Siblings Annie and Buster Fang (aka "Child A" and "Child B") grew up serving as props in their parents' wacky performance art. Naturally, when the duo reach adulthood, the outside world presents a few challenges. After their parents go missing, they're not sure whether to worry or if it's one last absurdist show. Carol says, "This goofy, slyly hilarious novel is part social satire, part detective story, and part just plain good storytelling."
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The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab The Near Witch (The Near Witch, #1)
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On the windswept moors in the village of Near, children begin vanishing from their beds. The townsfolk blame an uncanny stranger, but a rebellious girl named Lexi believes it could be the Near Witch of local legend, come back to life in this magical young adult novel. Christina says, "Lovely and creepy...I felt the wind, I heard the song, I tasted Lexi's fear. This is a book that I will recommend to anyone!" On the windswept moors in the village of Near, children begin vanishing from their beds. The townsfolk blame an uncanny stranger, but a rebellious girl named Lexi believes it could be the Near Witch of local legend, come back to life in this magical young adult novel. Christina says, "Lovely and creepy...I felt the wind, I heard the song, I tasted Lexi's fear. This is a book that I will recommend to anyone!"
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