What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World - Jon Young

What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World (Mariner, $14.95) is a fascinating new instructional guide as perfect for the experienced birdwatcher as it is for the aspiring naturalist. Jon Young shares decades of experience and scores of anecdotes to explain how learning to observe carefully and to understand the language and behavior of both unusual and ordinary birds can help us see and appreciate the complexity of the natural world, even in an urban environment like Washington, D.C. Descriptions of flight patterns, distinct bird calls, and avian reactions to disruptions in territory are fundamental aspects of the book; throughout, Young provides online links so readers can listen to the songs, chatter, and warning calls he mentions.
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ISBN: 9780544002302
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Published: Mariner Books - May 21st, 2013

Don't Cry, Tai Lake: An Inspector Chen Novel - Qiu Xiaolong

In Don’t Cry, Tai Lake (Minotaur, $14.99), by Qiu Xiaolong, Chief Inspector Chen of the Shanghai Police has been given a week-long vacation at a luxury lakefront resort ordinarily accessible only to high-level party officials. However, relaxing doesn’t come naturally to him, and the hardworking detective has barely arrived when he learns that the once pristine waters of the lake are horribly polluted, eating the renowned local seafood is inadvisable, the managing director of a local factory has been murdered, and an environmental activist has been scapegoated as the prime suspect. The poet-philosopher must employ all his tact and charm not to call attention to the fact that he is operating outside his jurisdiction—especially when his investigation risks tampering with an economical successful government industry.
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ISBN: 9781250021588
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Published: Minotaur Books - April 30th, 2013

The Golem and the Jinni - Helene Wecker

The Golem and the Jinni (HarperCollins, $26.99) is an utterly captivating and descriptively evocative historical novel. Chava and Ahmad are folkloric beings who, at the close of the 19th century, have unwittingly accompanied new immigrants from Poland and Syria to New York City. Upon arrival, when each finds himself alone in this incomprehensible foreign land, the golem, Chava, reacts with caution and tries to blend into the Jewish community, while the jinni, Ahmad, chafes at the restrictions and wishes to recapture his former glory. As with any new immigrants, this pair finds the journey enriched by companionship with those they meet, exploration of how they came there, and the dangers and discoveries their destiny reveals. This debut fiction by Helene Wecker will be enthusiastically embraced by fans of The Night Circus, Let the Great World Spin, and The Invisible Bridge.

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ISBN: 9780062110848
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 31st, 2013