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The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780786888627
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hachette Books - September 1st, 2008

In this day and age with Russia being our best friends, global warming and drone warfare, it is hard to imagine what happened in the 1950s except through David Halberstam's excellent research & retelling.


The Winter's Tale (Folger Shakespeare Library) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780743484893
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - January 1st, 2005

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Neil Gaiman's Snow, Glass, Apples Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Colleen Doran (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781506709796
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dark Horse Books - August 20th, 2019

A Time to Break Silence: The Essential Works of Martin Luther King, Jr., for Students (King Legacy #10) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780807033050
Availability: Backordered
Published: Beacon Press - November 5th, 2013

Curious George Dragon Dance (CGTV 8x8) Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9780544784994
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - December 6th, 2016

Pug’s Snow Day: A Branches Book (Diary of a Pug #2) Cover Image
By Kyla May, Kyla May (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9781338530063
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Inc. - December 26th, 2019