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Spring Break 2012

Spring Break

Spring Break 2012

Snowfalls across most of the country were below average this winter, but that fact has not elminated a need for spring break!

If you're a student, then spring break is within reach. We have the perfect list of books for you to browse through while you're waiting for your plane --- or lounging by the pool after an all-nighter --- on your globe trotting adventures. If you're stuck in the office, (we're sorry!) escape the daily grind and join in the shenanigans of Sophie Kinsella, Tina Fey and Tucker Max to get your spring break fill, or check out one of our other 20 spring break worthy books.

One lucky reader had the opportunity to win our entire collection of books, and four runners up won a single copy of one of our featured titles as well.

This contest has ended.

The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin - Historical Fiction

Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the 20th century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash --- whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts' --- suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham and married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England.

Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton - Biography/Cooking

Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Blood, Bones & Butter follows an unconventional journey through the many kitchens Hamilton has inhabited through the years. By turns epic and intimate, Gabrielle Hamilton’s story is told with uncommon honesty, grit, humor, and passion.

Bond Girl by Erin Duffy - Fiction

Alex Garrett has always dreamed of conquering the high-powered world of Wall Street. And though she's prepared to fight her way into an elitist boys' club, she quickly realizes she's in over her head. No matter. She's determined to make it in bond sales at Cromwell Pierce, one of the Street's most esteemed brokerage firms.

Bossypants by Tina Fey - Memoir/Humor


At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on “Saturday Night Live,” Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

Carry the One by Carol Anshaw - Fiction

CARRY THE ONE begins in the hours following Carmen’s wedding reception, when a car filled with stoned, drunk and sleepy guests accidentally hits and kills a girl on a dark country road. For the next 25 years, those involved, including Carmen and her brother and sister, craft their lives in response to this single tragic moment.

Catch Me by Lisa Gardner - Thriller

A lone woman outside Detective D. D. Warren’s latest crime scene shocks her with a remarkable proposition: Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes she will be murdered in four days. And she wants D. D. to handle the death investigation.

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff - Biography

Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Stacy Schiff boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - Romance

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel is still terminal. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Habibi by Craig Thompson - Graphic Novel

Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, HABIBI tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them.

Hilarity Ensues by Tucker Max - Autobiography

What began as a simple sentence on an obscure website, “My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole,” and developed into two infamously genre-defining books, I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell and Assholes Finish First, ends here.

I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella - Fiction

Poppy is about to marry her ideal man. But then she loses her engagement ring and her phone in a hotel fire drill. When she finds a phone in a trash can, she takes it --- but the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, wants it back, and the two begin an unpredictable exchange.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling - Essays, Humor, Memoir, Nonfiction

In IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME? Mindy Kaling invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.

Private Games by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan - Thriller


Private, the world's most renowned investigation firm, has been commissioned to provide security for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. When a high-ranking member of the games’ organizing committee is killed, Peter Knight is on the case.

Pure by Julianna Baggott - Post-Apocalyptic Horror

After an apocalyptic disaster, the Pures ---- those unmarked by the crisis --- are separated from the rest of humanity in the Dome. But Partridge risks his life to go in search of his mother. Along the way, he meets Pressia, a damaged girl on the run.

The Second Time We Met by Leila Cobo - Fiction

Adored and nurtured by his adoptive parents in California, Asher Stone has moved effortlessly through a nearly perfect life. He is on the verge of a professional soccer career --- when a car accident throws his future into doubt. Suddenly, Asher begins to wonder about his past, and about the girl who gave him up for adoption.

The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont - Fiction

Set against the backdrop of the 1987 stock market collapse, THE STARBOARD SEA is an examination of the abuses of class privilege, the mutability of sexual desire, the thrill and risk of competitive sailing, and the adult cost of teenage recklessness.

Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography by Rob Lowe - Autobiography, Memoir

Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last twenty-five years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

These Days Are Ours by Michelle Haimoff - Fiction

Six months after September 11th, New Yorkers are instructed to get on with their lives despite the terror advisories, streets filled with 9/11 merchandise, and mail that may contain Anthrax. But for Hailey, getting on with life means getting closer to Michael Brenner, the Princeton graduate and future human rights lawyer who seems to have it all.

Trail of the Spellmans: Document #5 by Lisa Lutz - Mystery

Chaos abounds in the Spellman family, and things aren’t any simpler for Spellman Investigations, the family business. But Isabel won’t stop hunting for the answers --- even when they threaten to shatter everything she holds dear.

The Walking Dead, Book 1 written by Robert Kirkman, illustrated by Tony Moore - Graphic Novel

This hardcover features the first 12 issues of the hit series along with the covers for the issues in one oversized hardcover volume. Perfect for long time fans, new readers and anyone needing a slightly heavy object with which to fend off the walking dead.