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The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812989915
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Published: Random House - April 24th, 2018

"Having written The Pope and Mussolini and The Pope Against the Jews, Kertzer certainly knows his popes. The subject of his latest book is Pope Pius IX, the last pope to reign over the Papal States. Revolution is erupting in Europe and Pius is caught between the Italian people (who want a uni ed Italy) and the more conservative authorities who want things to stay as they are. Kertzer is able to weave a riveting tapestry of political intrigue, religion, papal authority, freedom, monarchs, tradition, and the great Giuseppe Garibaldi. Pius himself is a compelling  gure who would rather think about the Immaculate Conception than the future of Italy. This is an absorbing account of a momentous time in European history."--Reviewed by Chris

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Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594749810
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Published: Quirk Books - September 19th, 2017

"Grady Hendrix is the author of Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of 70s and 80s Horror Fiction. He writes about Stephen King and Anne Rice but also includes countless lesser known writers whose outrageous plotlines (and inventive cover art) include Satan, evil animals and children, serial killers and assorted monsters."--Reviewed by Chris

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Opening Wednesday at a Theater Or Drive-In Near You: The Shadow Cinema of the American '70s Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632868183
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - June 6th, 2017

"Opening Wednesday at a Theater or Drive-in Near You takes a look at 70s films that never got the acclaim that 'Star Wars,' 'Jaws' and the Godfathers did. Hopefully this book will bring gritty low budget gems like 'Prime Cut,' 'Vanishing Point,' 'Foxy Brown' and 'Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia' to the attention of a new generation of movie fans."--Reviewed by Chris

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Hello, World! Birds Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553521078
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Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2017

"Spring is on its way and this book is a perfect introduction to the world of birds. The brightly colored illustrations combine with fun facts about roosters, ducks, pigeons, woodpeckers, toucans and  amingos. Great for babies and toddlers."--Reviewed by Chris

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The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America's Game Cover Image
ISBN: 9781610393775
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Published: PublicAffairs - April 29th, 2014

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"Edward Achorn, author of Fifty-Nine in ‘84, takes us on another trip through the world of baseball in the 1880s. This book focuses on a group of teams known as the American Association.

The St. Louis Browns (later the Cardinals), the Philadelphia Athletics, the Louisville Eclipse, and the Columbus Buckeyes were just a few of the clubs formed to counter the more elite National League (which, at the time, was dominated by the Boston Red Stockings!). The association was jeeringly referred to as the “Beer and Whiskey Circuit” because the owners were often brewers and distillers who created the teams to have a place to sell more alcohol.

Ahorn introduces us an array of fascinating figures from the time like Moses “Fleet “ Walker, an African-American who was considered the finest catcher in the league. One of my favorites is Dan “Jumping Jack” Jones, a Yale student whose unusual pitching style made him a laughingstock with fans until he began striking out their best hitters. This is the perfect spring read for fans of history or baseball."

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Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children Cover Image
By Jan Pinborough, Debby Atwell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547471051
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 5th, 2013

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise is a fantastic new picture book about Anne Carroll Moore. Born in Limerick, Maine in 1871, the independent-minded Anne learned about the world by reading her father’s books. She began to resent the fact that children weren’t allowed in libraries and children’s books were often scarce and poorly written. So Miss Moore decided to change all that. She became a pioneer of children’s library services.

Eventually, she would establish (and design) the Central Children’s Room at the New york Public Library. What a wonderful thing it is to have such a well written and illustrated book about a woman who cared so much for children’s literature.

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