Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Book Discovery Day! (Tuesday Jan 21)

It's Book Discovery Day! Twice a week we bring you a selection of books that are newly-published, or that have been overlooked.

Every great book was once a hidden gem. Browse through the books below and start your own discovery!

Book Discovery - newly-published and overlooked books!
The Distance Between: A Travel Memoir, by Mike McIntyre
The new travel memoir from the bestselling author of The Kindness of Strangers and The Wander Year..."McIntyre writes eloquently."--Publishers Weekly

In his most personal book yet, lifelong vagabond Mike McIntyre invites readers into his little corner of the world--a corner that is always moving. As a young man, McIntyre careened around the globe to escape boredom, bad jobs and a broken heart. Over the next three decades, he instead journeyed the world to encounter challenges, captivating characters and valuable life lessons. In this collection of forty-six stories from twenty countries--including such far-flung locales as Guatemala, Hungary, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, China and...
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A Stone's Throw, by Alida Winternheimer
Two-time Pushcart Prize nominated (2013) author, Alida Winternheimer, delivers a story of love and longing in A Stone’s Throw.

Simona Casale is a Minneapolis painter with a successful career. Having never known her mother, the last thing she wants is a baby, and being at a pivotal moment on her artistic path, it's a bad time to find out she's pregnant. Gemma Ledbetter, a London homemaker, is desperate for the baby she can't have.

Simona and Gemma live an ocean apart and never meet, yet they have much in common: art, longing, and a magic that changes both of their lives. And then there is Peter, the man they love. Magic, like any great act of creation, comes at a price...and one of them will have to pay.
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Creating Gem, Beaded & Bonsai Wire Trees: Step by Step Instructions, 400 Photos & Drawings, by Sal Villano
Creating Gem, Beaded and Bonsai Wire Trees
This book is the result of more than three years of work. My inspiration for writing my third book on the subject of creating wire trees and other pieces using wire, came to me while showing my work at many art and craft shows, and in art galleries. Interested people would ask me how I got started, and, some people, who were really interested in my work, said I should write a book showing how I create my tree sculpture. I have taken great care in creating this third book, not only adding many more different types of sculpture, but also adding many extras I think the reader will find very helpful. I not only explain and illustrate for you, how to create each piece, I also show or explain how to...
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The Dragon Sisters (The Dragon Sisters Trilogy), by Virginia Fox
Kaja doesn't like change in her life. And why should she' Everything seems to be quite nice and settled: she is living in a cosy flat in the centre of Zurich, together with her faithful dog Zorro. She has a successful career as a computer programmer and a casual relationship with a charming work colleague. Surely, it couldn't get any better. - But then her whole life comes crashing down: her lover turns out to be a cheat, her professional reputation is in tatters and to cap it all, she starts seeing a shiny blue creature called Lance who does his very best to get on her nerves.

Has it all been too much for her recently? Is she hallucinating? Or is she the only girl in the world with a personal dragon at her service?
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Persuasion Skills (Boardroom Acts), by Laurel Cremant
In the aftermath of a major health scare, Pepper Holts makes the relief-inspired decision to seize the day. Unfortunately, most of her “seizing” involves a bit of merlot and her best friend's pants! After a shared night of passion she realizes that her feelings for Jax are a lot more complicated than she ever thought.

Jax has finally realized that his allergy to marriage has nothing to do with the institution itself, and everything to do with the women in his bed—or more specifically, the one woman not in his bed. Her reaction to their one night together has him scrambling to regroup. So he does what he knows best—he disappears, and he thinks. The plan?—convince Pepper into staying with him at a secluded cabin for one ...
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Cyber Dawn (A Ben Raine Novel), by M.L. Adams
Ben survived cancer. That was the easy part.

After losing his leg to cancer and spending six years as a prototype in a top-secret cybernetic research program, seventeen-year-old Ben Raine is ready for a normal life. Now a junior in high school, it seems as though normal is just what he's going to get. He's met new friends, made the varsity football team, and even scored a date with the school's head cheerleader. But just as life is starting to look up, Ben hears four words that will change everything --

You never had cancer.

Determined to find out why, Ben hires Sarah -- a classmate who moonlights as a hacker -- to help him hunt down the truth. But when they get too close, the...
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Murder on Arna Island, by Noreen Mayer
Freda, a journalist, arrives at a counselling centre in Arna Island, a tiny island off the coast of Galway in Ireland. She meets Dr Simon Murray and Nurse Nancy Jones who run the centre. Freda has come here to the centre to have counselling for stress.
She meets three other clients who have come from the same neighbourhood, Rosie, Gloria, and Herbie. These three have known each other for years, but they were never friends.
All the clients are forced to talk to each other in group therapy. They each have done things in the past they are ashamed of, and their misdemeanours are exposed by the others in the meetings. Furthermore, Rosie and Gloria are openly hostile to each other.
When a murder takes place inside the centre...
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Question Answered, by Wade Hobbs
NASA asks a major question: Has life developed beyond Earth? In 'Question Answered,' Wade Hobbs proves that life lives in Jupiter's moon Europa and Saturn's moon Enceladus. Both moons hold large bodies of water. In fact, Europa holds over twice as much saltwater as Earth. Hobbs offers a novel statistical argument and proves that microscopic life lives in both moons.

'Question Answered' unlocks the answer to an ancient mystery.

The Jet Propulsion Lab published new findings about Europa in 2013. This new information necessitates an Addendum to 'Question Answered' (Third Edition, 2013)....
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