December 2011 Movers & Shakers

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

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MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend
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Newlywed Bertsche is thrilled to set up house with her husband in Chicago but saddened to leave close friends behind in other cities. Determined to find female companionship, she challenges herself to go on 52 friend dates in a year and chronicles the mixed results. Erika calls it a "hilarious and heartfelt memoir...Rachel's writing is so charming and her enthusiasm so infectious that we the reader can't help but cheer her on every step of the way." Newlywed Bertsche is thrilled to set up house with her husband in Chicago but saddened to leave close friends behind in other cities. Determined to find female companionship, she challenges herself to go on 52 friend dates in a year and chronicles the mixed results. Erika calls it a "hilarious and heartfelt memoir...Rachel's writing is so charming and her enthusiasm so infectious that we the reader can't help but cheer her on every step of the way."
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420 Characters by Lou Beach 420 Characters
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Artist and illustrator Beach takes up the written word and pushes minimalism to an extreme in this short fiction collection. Each evocative vignette or quirky character study is told in 420 characters or fewer—the maximum length of a Facebook status update. Jackie says, "He makes that little bit of space seem like a vast canvas, creating sometimes lyric, sometimes macabre, sometimes hilarious, and sometimes heartbreaking scenarios." Artist and illustrator Beach takes up the written word and pushes minimalism to an extreme in this short fiction collection. Each evocative vignette or quirky character study is told in 420 characters or fewer—the maximum length of a Facebook status update. Jackie says, "He makes that little bit of space seem like a vast canvas, creating sometimes lyric, sometimes macabre, sometimes hilarious, and sometimes heartbreaking scenarios."
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The Thirteen Hallows by Michael Scott The Thirteen Hallows (Thirteen Hallows, #1)
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When Sarah Miller agrees to help a dying mugging victim, the favor quickly turns dangerous. Dark agents are murdering the guardians of an ancient magic one by one, and now they're chasing Sarah in this gory thriller peppered with folklore and history. Beverly says, "Not for the faint of heart, but it's an excellent read for those who like dark stories about good versus evil." When Sarah Miller agrees to help a dying mugging victim, the favor quickly turns dangerous. Dark agents are murdering the guardians of an ancient magic one by one, and now they're chasing Sarah in this gory thriller peppered with folklore and history. Beverly says, "Not for the faint of heart, but it's an excellent read for those who like dark stories about good versus evil."
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The Sexual History of London by Catharine Arnold The Sexual History of London: From Roman Londinium to the Swinging City---Lust, Vice, and Desire Across the Ages
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The Roman Londinium brothels of A.D. 43, Henry VIII's Buggery Act, Oscar Wilde's indecency trial—social historian Arnold leaves no debauched stone unturned in this lusty account of nearly 2,000 years of sex and prostitution in London, a city with a Janus-faced profile of Victorian prudence and wild hedonism. Liza says, "This book has all the dark and naughty stories of London's history of decadence. Very intriguing and juicy." The Roman Londinium brothels of A.D. 43, Henry VIII's Buggery Act, Oscar Wilde's indecency trial—social historian Arnold leaves no debauched stone unturned in this lusty account of nearly 2,000 years of sex and prostitution in London, a city with a Janus-faced profile of Victorian prudence and wild hedonism. Liza says, "This book has all the dark and naughty stories of London's history of decadence. Very intriguing and juicy."
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Scars by Juan José Saer Scars
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The crime: Luis Fiore goes duck hunting with a bottle of gin and ends up shooting his wife twice in the face. Newly available in English, this modern Argentine classic dissects an atrocious act from multiple points of view. Four characters with a connection to the murder describe their lives: a reporter, an attorney, a judge, and Luis himself. Chad says, "Scars is something special. Reaffirmed my faith in fiction. Seriously...a novel that's swift, readable, captivating, and amazingly well-structured." The crime: Luis Fiore goes duck hunting with a bottle of gin and ends up shooting his wife twice in the face. Newly available in English, this modern Argentine classic dissects an atrocious act from multiple points of view. Four characters with a connection to the murder describe their lives: a reporter, an attorney, a judge, and Luis himself. Chad says, "Scars is something special. Reaffirmed my faith in fiction. Seriously...a novel that's swift, readable, captivating, and amazingly well-structured."
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Legend by Marie Lu Legend (Legend, #1)
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In a future Los Angeles beset by plagues and natural disasters, 15-year-old June belongs to an elite military family in the Republic, the western part of the war zone that was once the United States. When her brother is murdered, June chases the prime suspect, a wanted criminal from the slums with unclear motives. Precious says, "Shockingly unpredictable, violent, tragic, and intense, this is surely one of the most addictive debuts I have read this year." In a future Los Angeles beset by plagues and natural disasters, 15-year-old June belongs to an elite military family in the Republic, the western part of the war zone that was once the United States. When her brother is murdered, June chases the prime suspect, a wanted criminal from the slums with unclear motives. Precious says, "Shockingly unpredictable, violent, tragic, and intense, this is surely one of the most addictive debuts I have read this year."
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