With Otter and Odder (Candlewick, $14), James Howe offers a touchingly original spin on Romeo and Juliet. An otter unexpectedly falls in love with a fish; he “was not looking for it (love, that is). He was looking for dinner.” Can Otter and Myrtle possibly belong together? Most of the other river creatures don’t think so. But with the help of a wise beaver, Otter and Myrtle find a way to live happily ever after. Chris Raschka’s bright, whimsical illustrations perfectly complement this little fable’s celebration of love. Ages 5-9. EMS
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By James Howe, Chris Raschka (Illustrator)
$14.00
ISBN: 9780763641740
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Published: Candlewick - October 9th, 2012

It’s impossible to venture into the world of food blogs without finding your way to Deb Perelman’s extraordinarily popular Smitten Kitchen. All internet foodways eventually lead to Deb’s shoebox New York apartment, where she whips up every version of comfort food and then writes about it in her inimitably wry, effusive, welcoming voice. Now, with The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook (Knopf, $35), you don’t even need an internet connection to get to know her. Her philosophy revolves around the budgets, schedules, and kitchens of home cooks. Her recipes are often ambitious but never pretentious, and always, always tasty. What made me weak-kneed? An entire chapter on Sandwiches, Tarts, and Pizzas.
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$35.00
ISBN: 9780307595652
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Published: Knopf - October 30th, 2012

As long as people keep growing up, getting older, and falling into and out of love, Alice Munro will keep writing about it better than anybody else. Her latest story collection traverses familiar Munrovian terrain: rural and smalltown Canada, characters (mostly women) who are mild outsiders due to their higher education or “scandalous” choices relating to religion or sex. And yet everything feels clarion and fresh. Each story is built on Munro’s characteristic deep wells of feeling and truth. She’s a master at illuminating and challenging all of the relationships and fleeting moments that make up this Dear Life (Knopf, $26.95).

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780307596888
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Published: Knopf - November 13th, 2012

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780307743725
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Published: Vintage - July 30th, 2013

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