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YsabelYsabel by Guy Gavriel Kay
“Fifteen-year-old Canadian Ned Marriner accompanies his famous photographer father, Edward, on a shoot at Aix-en-Provence’s Saint-Saveur Cathedral while his physician mother, Meghan, braves the civil war zone in Sudan with Doctors Without Borders. As Ned explores the old cathedral, he meets Kate Wenger, a geeky but attractive American girl who’s a walking encyclopedia of history. In the ancient baptistry, the pair are surprised by a mysterious, scarred man wielding a knife who warns that they’ve “blundered into a corner of a very old story. It is no place for children.” But Ned and Kate can’t avoid becoming dangerously entangled in a 2,500-year-old love triangle among mythic figures.” – Publisher’s Weekly

Ink and SteelInk and Steel : A Novel of the Promethean Age by Elizabeth Bear
“Bear takes a period that is famously a maze of intrigue and treachery, adds more of each to the mix, and comes up with a fine story that even a mere mortal may follow. Her take on the apparent inconsistencies in the lives of Marlowe and Shakespeare is certainly no less far-fetched than some that purport to be scholarly. A damn fine reimagining of history and legend.” – Booklist

Getting from college to careerGetting from College to Career : 90 Things to Do Before You Join the Real World by Lindsey Pollak
“How do you get a job without experience and get experience without a job? It’s the question virtually every college student or recent graduate faces. In Getting from College to Career, Lindsey Pollak offers the first definitive guide to building the experience, skills, and confidence you need before starting your first major job search.” – Amazon.com product description

Stopping identity theftStopping Identity Theft : 10 Easy Steps to Security by Scott Mitic
“Over 8 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. Most don’t find out until it’s too late, only realizing their predicament once their bank accounts have been emptied or their credit rating has been destroyed. And you don’t even have to be an adult to be at risk — over half a million children are the victims of identity theft each year. Learn how to secure your bank accounts, keep personal and public records safe, store and dispose of personal information, limit your risk of medical identity theft, and keep your children and elders’ identities secure.” – Amazon.com product description

Girls of RiyadhGirls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
“When Rajaa Alsanea boldly chose to open up the hidden world of Saudi women—their private lives and their conflicts with the traditions of their culture—she caused a sensation across the Arab world. Now in English, Alsanea’s tale of the personal struggles of four young upper-class women offers Westerners an unprecedented glimpse into a society often veiled from view. Living in restrictive Riyadh but traveling all over the globe, these modern Saudi women literally and figuratively shed traditional garb as they search for love, fulfillment, and their place somewhere in between Western society and their Islamic home.” – Amazon.com product description

Adventures in the wildAdventures in the Wild : Tales from Biologists of the Natural State
“The true tales in this collection will take readers from the chicken houses of Arkansas to the caves of Venezuela and Mexico to the coast of Alaska. These fifteen adventures range from amusing to life threatening. Some are filled with suspense and danger in exotic places, while others document more routine but important biological field and lab work.” – Amazon.com product description

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