|When to Rob a Bank:…and 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants, Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the landmark book Freakonomics comes this curated collection from the most readable economics blog in the universe. The writing is more casual, more personal, even more outlandish than in their books. Now they’ve gone through and picked the best of the best. Here, they ask a host of typically off-center questions: Why don’t flight attendants get tipped? If you were a terrorist, how would you attack? And why does KFC always run out of fried chicken?
|Beeswax Alchemy: How to Make Your Own Candles, Soap, Balms, Salves, and Home Decor from the Hive, Petra Ahnert
Offers a basic introduction to the art of extracting and purifying beeswax, as well as countless ideas for what to make with it. These include skin care creams, candles, and other home products like beeswax ornaments and wax fabric.
|We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story, Josh Sundquist
“When I was twenty-five years old, it came to my attention that I had never had a girlfriend. At the time, I was actually under the impression that I was in a relationship, so this bit of news came as something of a shock.” Why was [Paralympic ski racer and cancer survivor] Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had tried to date since middle school and asked them straight up: what went wrong? The results of Josh’s semiscientific, wholly hilarious investigation are captured here: from a disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (Close Fast Dancing), to a misguided ‘grand gesture’ at a Miss America pageant.
|Armada, Ernest Cline
Struggling to complete his final month of high school only to glimpse a UFO that exactly resembles an enemy ship from his favorite video game, Zack questions his sanity before becoming one of millions of gamers tasked with protecting the Earth during an alien invasion.
|Saving Grace, Jane Green
A literary power couple hides behind a carefree public face the painful realities of the husband’s raging mood swings and the wife’s past secrets until a too-good-to-be-true new assistant enters their lives, with dangerous consequences.
|What Pet Should I Get?, Dr. Seuss
This new book by Dr. Seuss about making up one’s mind is the literary equivalent of buried treasure! What happens when a brother and sister visit a pet store to pick a pet? Naturally, they can’t choose just one! The tale captures a classic childhood moment—choosing a pet—and uses it to illuminate a life lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it!
|Royal Wedding, Meg Cabot
For Princess Mia, the five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity. Living in New York City, running her new teen community center, attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia’s longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: her grandmother’s leaked ‘fake’ wedding plans to the press. And a scheming politico is trying to force Mia’s father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Is Mia ready to wed– and ready to rule as well?
|Time’s Up, Janey Mack
Expelled from the police academy and forced to work as a meter maid, Maisie follows the trail of conspiracy after she stumbles across the body of a City Hall staffer with two bullets in his chest.
|The Royal We, Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy-tales. Her twin sister Lacey was always the romantic, the one who daydreamed of being a princess. But it’s adventure-seeking Bex who goes to Oxford and meets dreamy Nick across the hall – and thus Bex who accidentally finds herself in love with the eventual heir to the British throne. Nick is everything she could have imagined, but Prince Nicholas has unimaginable baggage: grasping friends, a thorny family, hysterical tabloids tracking his every move, and a public that expected its future king to marry a native. On the eve of the most talked-about wedding of the century, Bex reflects on what she’s sacrificed for love — and exactly whose heart she may yet have to break.”