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May

May Day - May 1st

Mother's Day - May 13th

Graduation!



Famous Literary Birthdays
Joseph Heller - May 1st
Richard Scarry - May 4th
Leo Lionni - May 6th
Gary Paulsen - May 17th
Mary Pope Osborne - May 20th
Margaret Wise Brown - May 23rd

Walt Whitman - May 31st


 


Good Day, Good Night Cover Image
By Margaret Wise Brown, Loren Long (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062383105
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Published: HarperCollins - October 3rd, 2017

From beloved children's book author Brown comes a recently discovered story featuring her signature word pattern from the classic "Goodnight Moon" that's brought to glorious life by #1 "New York Times"-bestselling illustrator Long.


Catch-22 Cover Image
By Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781451626650
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2011

Fifty years after its original publication, Catch-22 remains a cornerstone of American literature and one of the funniest--and most celebrated--books of all time. In recent years it has been named to "best novels" lists by Time, Newsweek, the Modern Library, and the London Observer.

 

Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy--it is his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the perilous missions he's assigned, he'll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes a formal request to be removed from duty, he is proven sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved.

 

This fiftieth-anniversary edition commemorates Joseph Heller's masterpiece with a new introduction by Christopher Buckley; a wealth of critical essays and reviews by Norman Mailer, Alfred Kazin, Anthony Burgess, and others; rare papers and photos from Joseph Heller's personal archive; and much more. Here, at last, is the definitive edition of a classic of world literature.


Leaves of Grass: (1855) (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Walt Whitman, Harold Bloom (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143039273
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Published: Penguin Books - June 28th, 2005

I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

When Walt Whitman self-published his Leaves of Grass in July 1855, he altered the course of literary history. One of the greatest masterpieces of American literature, it redefined the rules of poetry while describing the soul of the American character. Throughout his great career, Whitman continuously revised, expanded, and republished Leaves of Grass, but as Harold Bloom reminds us, the book that matters most is the 1855 original. In celebration of the poem's 150th anniversary, Penguin Classics proudly presents the 1855 text in its original and complete form, with a specially commissioned introductory essay by Harold Bloom.

 

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.


Hatchet Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781416936473
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - January 1st, 2007

Paulsens Newbery Honor Book tells the story of 13-year-old Brian Robeson, the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness. This 20th anniversary commemorative edition features a fresh new look and a new reading group guide, along with new content from the author.


Oh, the Places You'll Go! (Classic Seuss) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780679805274
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 31st, 1990

From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life's ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within. In a starred review, Booklist notes, "Seuss's message is simple but never sappy: life may be a 'Great Balancing Act, ' but through it all 'There's fun to be done.'" A perennial favorite and a perfect gift for anyone starting a new phase in their life!


Sometimes You Fly Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780547633909
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Published: Clarion Books - April 3rd, 2018

From Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Applegate comes a sweet book of encouragement, filled with humor and insight into the effort behind any meaningful accomplishment in life. An ideal gift for baby shower, birthday, or graduation.


Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear Cover Image
By Carl Hiaasen, Roz Chast (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780525655015
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 10th, 2018

"This commencement address will never be given, because graduation speakers are supposed to offer encouragement and inspiration. That's not what you need. You need a warning."
So begins Carl Hiaasen's attempt to prepare young men and women for their future. And who better to warn them about their precarious paths forward than Carl Hiaasen? The answer, after reading Assume the Worst, is: Nobody.
And who better to illustrate--and with those illustrations, expand upon and cement Hiaasen's cynical point of view--than Roz Chast, best-selling author/illustrator and National Book Award winner? The answer again is easy: Nobody.
Following the format of Anna Quindlen's commencement address ( Being Perfect) and George Saunders's commencement address ( Congratulations, by the way), the collaboration of Hiaasen and Chast might look typical from the outside, but inside it is anything but.
This book is bound to be a classic, sold year after year come graduation time. Although it's also a good gift for anyone starting a job, getting married, or recently released from prison. Because it is not just funny. It is, in its own Hiaasen way, extremely wise and even hopeful. Well, it might not be full of hope, but there are certainly enough slivers of the stuff in there to more than keep us all going.


The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781492645962
Availability: Backordered
Published: Sourcebooks - April 4th, 2017

From sharing a bathroom with 40 strangers to sharing lecture notes, The Naked Roommate is your behind-the-scenes look at EVERYTHING you need to know about college (but never knew you needed to know).

This essential, fully updated edition is packed with real-life advice on everything from making friends to managing stress. Hilarious, outrageous, and telling stories from students on over 100 college campuses cover the basics, and then some, including topics on

College Living

  • Dorm dos, don'ts, and dramas
  • Lying, noisy, nasty roommates

Finding People, Places, & Patience

  • Social network dos and don'ts
  • Friend today, gone tomorrow

Classes

  • To go or not to go?
  • How to get an A, C, or F

Dating

  • 17 kinds of college hookups
  • Long distance = BIG concerns

The Party Scene

  • The punch in the "fruit punch"
  • Sex, drugs, and safety first

Money

  • Grants, loans, and loose change
  • Credit cards and campus jobs

In college, there's a surprise around every corner. Luckily, The Naked Roommate has you covered!


I've Been Thinking . . .: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780525522607
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - February 27th, 2018

"If you are feeling stuck, lost, or you just need a pick-me-up, this is the book for you. Shriver's wisdom will fill you up." --Hoda Kotb, coanchor, The Today Show

 

A book of reflections for those seeking wisdom, guidance, encouragement, and inspiration on the road to a meaningful life

 

As a prominent woman juggling many roles, Maria Shriver knows just how surprising, unpredictable, and stressful everyday life can be.

 

In this moving and powerful book, she shares inspiring quotes, prayers, and reflections designed to get readers thinking, get them feeling, get them laughing, and help them in their journey to what she calls The Open Field--a place of acceptance, purpose, and passion--a place of joy.

 

I've Been Thinking . . . is ideal for anyone at any point in her life. Whether you feel like you've got it all together or like it's all falling apart--whether you're taking stock of your life or simply looking to recharge, this is the book you will turn to again and again. Spend the weekend reading it cover to cover, or keep it on your nightstand to flip to the chapter you need most. Like talking with a close friend, it's the perfect daily companion--an exceptional gift for someone looking to move forward in life with hope and grace.


Swimmy Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780399555503
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Published: Dragonfly Books - January 17th, 2017

Deep in the sea lives a happy school of fish. Their watery world is full of wonders, but there is also danger, and the little fish are afraid to come out of hiding . . . until Swimmy comes along. Swimmy shows his friends how--with ingenuity and team work--they can overcome any danger.

 

Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Honor, this beloved tale of a brave little fish has been a favorite to generations of readers. To celebrate Swimmy's fiftieth anniversary, we are issuing a handsome special edition hardcover that includes a bonus poster.


Junie B. Jones #17: Junie B. Jones Is a Graduation Girl Cover Image
By Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780375802928
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 8th, 2001

Barbara Park's #1 New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing--and reading--for more than twenty years. Over 60 million copies in print and now with a bright new look for a new generation!

Meet the World's Funniest Kindergartner--Junie B. Jones! It's kindergarten graduation, and Room Nine is getting bright white graduation gowns. Mrs. says to keep them in their boxes until the big day. But Junie B. Jones just can't help herself. Then--uh-oh!--an accident happens! Will graduation be a spotty dotty disaster?
Barbara Park's #1 New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing--and reading--for more than twenty years. Over 60 million copies in print and now with a bright new look for a new generation!

Meet the World's Funniest Kindergartner--Junie B. Jones! It's kindergarten graduation, and Room Nine is getting bright white graduation gowns. Mrs. says to keep them in their boxes until the big day. But Junie B. Jones just can't help herself. Then--uh-oh!--an accident happens! Will graduation be a spotty dotty disaster?


Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...and Maybe the World Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781455570249
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 4th, 2017

On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, -What starts here changes the world,- he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves-and the world-for the better.


The Graduate Survival Guide: 5 Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make in College Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781942121084
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Published: Ramsey Press - April 3rd, 2017

Anthony ONeal is on a mission to help EVERY high school graduate succeed in college and beyond. The Graduate Survival Guide is the ultimate manual for students, identifying five mistakes to avoid making in college. These mistakes can lead to years of pain and expensive life lessons. As Anthony tells students, "The caliber of your future will be determined by the choices you make today." This is a must-have book for every high school senior!