Jun 1, 2014

Sweet Paul eat & make - Paul Lowe

Sweet Paul eat & make: charming recipes and kitchen crafts you will love - Lowe, Paul

Summary: "It began as a little blog highlighting the recipes and crafts of the Norwegian-born food and prop stylist Paul Lowe. Six years later, Sweet Paul is an online magazine followed by millions and a print quarterly sold nationwide in specialty stores. Praised by the New York Times as " a trove of seasonal delights," it is turning heads with its easy, elegant food and style-setting aesthetic.Divided into Morning, Brunch, Noon, and Night, with color palettes to match, Sweet Paul Eat and Make includes breakfast dishes like Morning Biscuits with Cheddar, Dill, and Pumpkin Seeds and brunches like Smoked Salmon Hash with Scallions, Dill, and Eggs. For lunch, there's a super-quick Risotto with Asparagus, and for dinner, Maple-Roasted Chicken and a stunning Norwegian specialty, World's Best Cake. Rustically chic craft projects--paper flowers made out of coffee filters, a vegetable-dyed tablecloth, and a trivet from wooden clothespins--will captivate even those who are all thumbs"-- Provided by publisher.

Publishers Weekly Reviews
Fans of the magazine Sweet Paul and its blog will delight in the long-awaited cookbook by creator Lowe, Oslo-born food and craft stylist. Home cooks who love both kitchen couture and innovative simple cuisine now have a cookbook to "sweeten their everyday life." Chapters, organized by time of day (Morning, Brunch, Noon, and Night) are divided into Eat and Make sections. Lowe's love of breakfast/brunch foods is reflected in over 20 hearty start-the-day recipes. Variations on pancakes, French toast, eggs, and biscuits abound including a Breakfast Polenta with Hazelnuts, Honey, and Pears. Morning Tart with Broccoli, Goat cheese, and Smoked Salmon, a dilly, seafood Skagen Salad, and Mormor's Fish Pie are Scandinavian-inspired dishes honoring Lowe's Norwegian aunt and grandmother. Recipes also include pasta, beef bourguignon, meatballs, roasted vegetable shepherd's pie, and desserts featuring tarts, cakes, and a pavlova with vanilla cream and blackberries. Lowe, whose motto advocates "chasing the sweet things in life," presents in stunning images both a collection of easy projects such as bent-fork bookends, clay-ring egg cups, and hand-painted table runners side-by-side with delicious recipes. When it comes to creating a homey and fashionable kitchen table, Lowe proves that the combination of whisk and glue gun adds a touch of charm to everyone's kitchen. (Apr.)

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The sense and sensiblity screenplay & diaries - Emma Thompson

The sense and sensiblity screenplay & diaries: bringing Jane Austen's novel to film - Thompson, Emma

Summary: This engaging and beautiful book includes the complete Academy Award-winning script and Thompson's own diaries detailing the production of the film, reviewed by Stanley Kauffmann in The New Republic as "vivid, funny, and gamy." 88 photos including 36 in color. - (Norton Pub)

A rare treat for those interested in the process of developing a first-rate movie from a classic novel. -- Ellen Myrick, Book Page

Grandly entertaining... Emma Thompson proves as crisp and indispensably clever a screenwriter as she is a leading lady. -- Janet Maslin, The New York Times

[A] fascinating journal of making the film. -- Jack Kroll, Newsweek

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The dinner party - Judy Chicago

The dinner party: restoring women to history - Chicago, Judy

Summary: "The official publication celebrating Judy Chicago's feminist art masterpiece, The Dinner Party installation at the Brooklyn Museum, and an introduction to outstanding women in history... The Dinner Party, a monumental triangular table, and the Heritage Floor on which the table rests, represents 1,038 women in history--39 by unique large ceramic plates and runners with another 999 names inscribed on the floor's ceramic tiles. It has been seen by more than a million visitors during its international exhibition tour, and has been a principal destination at the Brooklyn Museum since its permanent housing in 2007. A perfect companion to a revolutionary artwork, the book is a must-have for both long-standing fans of Judy Chicago's oeuvre and young artists and women looking for reflections of themselves in the history of Western Civilization."

Publishers Weekly Reviews
When noted feminist artist Chicago was an undergrad, one of her history professors declared: "Women's contributions to European intellectual history? They made none." As she explains in the introduction to the first book to represent her groundbreaking mixed-media installation "The Dinner Party" (1974-79), this comment inspired her to create an alternative history of women's cultural, political, and scholarly achievements. Consisting of 39 handmade place settings, celebrating notable women from the primordial goddess to Georgia O'Keefe, the installation has been permanent housed in the Brooklyn Museum's Sackler Center for Feminist Art since 2007. Chicago describes the work's genesis, evolution, its collective nature, problematic exhibition history, and public impact. Organized to mirror the exhibition, each section is divided into four chronological wings, rather than chapters, and includes a short description of the woman represented and a photograph of her plate and place setting. Surrounding the photographs are summaries of the other women whose 999 names are inscribed on the ceramic tile floor ("Heritage Floor") on which the triangular table rests. Many of the plates photograph well, particularly those for Sappho and Virginia Woolf, and handmade runners are spectacular. In this volume, published to coincide with her 75th birthday and including a foreword by Brooklyn Museum director Arnold L. Lehman, and essays by Frances Borzello and Jane F. Gerhard, Chicago offers a vibrant visual and textual encyclopedia of female achievement. 100 color illus. (Apr.)

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I carry your heart with me - e.e. cummings

I carry your heart with me - Cummings, E.E.

Summary: "I Carry Your Heart With Me is a children's adaptation of the beloved E. E. Cummings poem, beautifully illustrated by Mati Rose McDonough. Showing the strong bond of love between mother and child, within nature and throughout life, Cummings' heartfelt words expressed through McDonough's lovely illustrations combine to create a fresh, yet classic, portrayal of love."

Publishers Weekly Reviews
In her first children's book, artist McDonough imagines the mother-child relationship as the centerpiece for the e.e. cummings love poem "," written using its original format and punctuation. In serene mixed-media collages, a mother with soulful eyes, rosy cheeks, and her hair in a short, black bob accompanies her daughter through the early stages of her young life, from infancy to her daughter's first excursion into the world on her own. Tucked within a cozy nest or seen flying overhead, a cut-paper mother bird and its offspring mimic the mother and child during their bonding moments, as do two whimsical paper elephants, scrawled in cursive ink and newsprint. Decorative hearts, leaves, water motifs, and assorted fabrics are also integrated throughout, complementing rather than overwhelming McDonough's rich, solid colors. The message of growth, nurturing, and boundless love will reach readers, while Cummings's emotional and succinct verse stands autonomously: "and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant/ and whatever a sun will always sing is you." Ages 2–6. (Apr.)

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The big book of slumber - Giovanna Zoboli

The big book of slumber - Zoboli, Giovanna

Summary: "All creatures of the world find time to rest. In this lullaby book, countless cozy animals settle down in their beds"-- Provided by publisher.

School Library Journal Reviews
PreS—This quiet bedtime story told in rhyming couplets reveals a wide range of fish, birds, insects, rodents, and other animals as they sleep. "Hushaby, hushaby, such comfy beds./All of these creatures are resting their heads." With a mix of indoor furniture and outdoor leaves, flowers, and trees, the book imparts a dreamlike state, appropriate to its peaceful topic. Couches, chairs, and even the ground are shown to be suitable places for repose, through images that depict animals of all kinds, from seals settled in treetop beds to a mouse, a mole, and a spider asleep in the cellar to a bird resting in a hammock. The large, ingenuous illustrations, done in paint and collage, have a naive, folklike quality. Bold patterns, including stripes, checks, patchwork, blossoms, and vines, decorate every page while still maintaining a soothing atmosphere. This title exudes tranquility and has the ability to calm a restless child at bedtime.—Maryann H. Owen, Children's Literature Specialist, Mt. Pleasant, WI

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Sparky! - Jenny Offill

Sparky! - Offill, Jenny

Summary: A child takes a sloth named Sparky as a pet.

Booklist Reviews
*Starred Review* Here's how it starts:"I wanted a pet." The narrator's mother agrees, "as long as it doesn't need to be walked, bathed or fed." A librarian helps narrow her choices to a field of one: "Sloths are the laziest animal in the world." After its arrival, our narrator hopefully names her sloth Sparky, but alas, he is as described in books. Sparky's owner doesn't mind too much until provoked by überachiever Mary Potts, who informs her that not only does she have a cat that dances but also a parrot that knows 20 words. What's a sloth owner to do? Put on a show, promising "countless tricks" from Sparky! One of the wonderful things about this book is that there is no surprise ending. A sloth is a sloth. The show is as deadly dull as one would—or should—expect. But from that sad little event comes a moment of love so pure and elemental that it will affect readers of all ages. Offill and Appelhans have created quite a perfect package. The text is spare yet amusing and full of important messages presented in the most subtle of ways. Appelhans, whose career up to now has been in animated films such as Coraline, is a revelation. The enticing watercolor-and-pencil art, mostly in soft shades of browns and burgundies and featuring the artist's hand lettering, captures a range of emotions, at least from the humans. Furry, flat-nosed Sparky, on the other hand, just is, and that, as it turns out, is enough. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

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1913 - Florian Illies

1913: the year before the storm - Illies, Florian

Summary: A month-by-month history of the year 1913, chronicling the important cultural and political events that took place.

Library Journal Reviews
Although some in Europe were superstitious that 1913 would be an unlucky year, it proved to be one of change, possibility, and progress. German journalist Illies vividly re-creates Western society before the war by constructing a month-by-month narrative made up of quirky snippets about happenings of all sorts—cultural, technological, biographical. In some ways it was a world brimming with newness and optimism—modern art was emerging, geothermia was being discovered, a drug later nicknamed "ecstasy" was synthesized, Detroit rolled out its first assembly line, and the Federal Reserve was founded. Geniuses abounded: Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, Rainer Maria Rilke, Sigmund Freud, and D.H. Lawrence. Albert Schweitzer was planning to visit Africa. While culture takes center stage in this microhistory, readers are also alerted to portents of political trouble: Stalin was in Vienna, soon to meet Trotsky, while Hitler was painting watercolors and looking for his big break. Some, such as Rudolf Steiner, felt that "the war keeps threatening to come." Others were sure it could not happen. The rich range of subjects, the vibrancy of the writing, here translated by Whiteside and Searle, and the intimate details of the biographies all make this a fast-paced and engrossing read. VERDICT For general readers interested in history, art, culture, and literature. Highly recommended.—Marie M. Mullaney, Caldwell Coll., NJ

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Neptune's inferno - James D Hornfischer

Neptune's inferno - Hornfischer, James D

Summary: Draws on interviews with veterans and primary sources to present a narrative account of the pivotal World War II campaign, chronicling the three-month effort to gain control of Guadalcanal as a battle that taught the U.S. Navy and Marines new approaches to warfare.

Booklist Reviews
*Starred Review* Hornfischer's third outstanding book on the U.S. Navy's surface forces in WWII will have a ready-made audience because its subject is the naval side of the Guadalcanal campaign of 1942. The campaign began when marines landed on that deservedly unfrequented island to halt the creation of a Japanese airbase that might threaten U.S. communications with Australia. The Japanese riposte inflicted a disaster on the U.S. Navy second only to Pearl Harbor, called the Battle of Savo Island. Over the next few months, the two navies went at each other hammer and tongs in what was probably the most intense naval campaign of the war. The Japanese had an ace up their sleeve in the Long Lance torpedo, the best in the world. The U.S. eventually counterbalanced the Japanese by learning (all too slowly) to use radar-directed gunfire to take back the night seas. The author offers balanced assessments of the leaders on both sides, but the real heroes are the American bluejackets, who too often paid with suffering and death for those leaders' slowness to learn. And as in his first two books, the author's narrative gifts and excellent choice of detail give an almost Homeric quality to the men who met on the sea in steel titans. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

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Super sad true love story - Gary Shteyngart

Super sad true love story - Shteyngart, Gary

Summary: A dark tale of America's dysfunctional coming years, and of the timeless and tender feelings that just might bring us back from the brink.

Booklist Reviews
*Starred Review* Credit Poles display your financial worth as you hurry by, clutching your äppärät, a diabolical gadget that monitors your biochemistry while streaming torrents of acronym-infested babble and rating the sex appeal of everyone in sight. New Yorker Lenny Abramov, the stubbornly romantic son of flinty Russian Jewish immigrants, works for Post-Human Services, a life-extension venture. He is madly in love with young, hip, and unhappy Eunice Park, who is far more concerned about online shopping and her dysfunctional Korean immigrant family. As Lenny records his feelings in an actual diary, and Eunice confides in her best friend via e-mails, their personal worries are amplified by aggressively raunchy, reductive, and judgmental social media and dwarfed by the Rupture, America's collapse into ineptness, chaos, and tyranny as China backs American currency, the war with Venezuela escalates, and poor people live in Central Park. All Lenny wants is to make Eunice happy, but everything undermines him, from his age––at 39 he's considered decrepit—to his taboo passion for books. Full-tilt and fulminating satirist Shteyngart (Absurdistan, 2006) is mordant, gleeful, and embracive as he funnels today's follies and atrocities into a devilishly hilarious, soul-shriveling, and all-too plausible vision of a ruthless and crass digital dystopia in which techno-addled humans are still humbled by love and death. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

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But enough about you - Christopher Buckley

But enough about you - Buckley, Christopher

Summary: "In his first book of essays since his 1997 bestseller, Wry Martinis, Buckley delivers a rare combination of big ideas and truly fun writing. Tackling subjects ranging from 'How to Teach Your Four-Year-Old to Ski' to 'A Short History of the Bug Zapper,' and 'The Art of Sacking' to literary friendships with Joseph Heller and Christopher Hitchens, he is at once a humorous storyteller, astute cultural critic, adventurous traveler, and irreverent historian."

Booklist Reviews
*Starred Review* This collection of Buckley's (They Eat Puppies, Don't They?, 2012) essays perfectly showcases and draws upon his many writerly voices. Whether he is humorist, vice-presidential speechwriter, political satirist, novelist, author, editor, essayist, travel writer, critic, or eulogist (sounds like he can't hold a job, doesn't it?), one thing Buckley always is is entertaining. That's at the very least, and these are among his very best efforts. Whether he is waxing sentimental over memories of Thanksgivings past, lamenting the price of cedar nuggets (you have to read it), eulogizing his longtime friend Christopher Hitchens, or practicing the art of name-dropping—which he can legitimately do with characteristic aplomb—he makes his topic worthy of his reader's complete focus. His thoughts are pithy, trenchant, and perspicacious, and for all that, his essays are seasoned with a light dusting of self-deprecation, the secret to this book's exceptional charm. What's more, these assembled pieces are sublimely addicting. To paraphrase a ubiquitous snack slogan, bet you can't read just one! Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

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David and Goliath - Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath: underdogs, misfits, and the art of battling giants - Gladwell, Malcolm

Summary: Drawing upon examples from the world of business, sports, culture, cutting-edge psychology and an array of unforgettable characters around the world, the author of The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers looks at the complex and surprising ways in which the weak can defeat the strong, how the small can match up against the giant, and how our goals (often culturally determined) can make a huge difference in our ultimate sense of success.

Booklist Reviews
*Starred Review* Gladwell's best-sellers, such as The Tipping Point (2000) and Outliers (2008), have changed the way we think about sociological changes and the factors that contribute to high levels of success. Here he examines and challenges our concepts of "advantage" and "disadvantage" in a way that may seem intuitive to some and surprising to others. Beginning with the classic tale of David and Goliath and moving through history with figures such as Lawrence of Arabia and Martin Luther King Jr., Gladwell shows how, time and again, players labeled "underdog" use that status to their advantage and prevail through the elements of cunning and surprise. He also shows how certain academic "advantages," such as getting into an Ivy League school, have downsides, in that being a "big fish in a small pond" at a less prestigious school can lead to greater confidence and a better chance of success in later life. Gladwell even promotes the idea of a "desirable difficulty," such as dyslexia, a learning disability that causes much frustration for reading students but, at the same time, may force them to develop better listening and creative problem-solving skills. As usual, Gladwell presents his research in a fresh and easy-to-understand context, and he may have coined the catchphrase of the decade, "Use what you got." Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

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On writing - Stephen King

On writing: a memoir of the craft - King, Stephen

Summary: The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer. - (Baker & Taylor)

Booklist Reviews
King could write a phone book and make it not only a best-seller but also gripping reading. So expect his fiction-writing how-to to be a megahit that reaches plenty of readers besides wanna-be novelists. It is riveting, thanks to King's customary flair for the vernacular and conversational tone, and to the fact that he flanks his advice with two memoirs, the latter recalling his near-fatal 1999 stint as the victim of a bad driver. The first memoir, "C.V.," concentrates on his life as a writer, which began in childhood. It took some time to publish for money, but ever since Carrie garnered $400,000 for paperback rights, he has been the Stephen King. He loves to write, though he emphasizes it is far more work than play. Loving it is essential, though, and having a good "toolbox," full of vocabulary, grammar, and the usage and mechanics prescribed by Strunk and White's perdurable Elements of Style, is next most important. It is invaluable to read a lot, and the key to novel writing is following the story--not a plot that can be charted or outlined, but the developments natural for the characters, given the situation they are in. For himself, King says, good health and a good marriage have been crucial, never more so than during his recovery from the accident. Good advice and a good, ordinary life, relayed in spunky, vivid prose, are the prime ingredients of what must be considered not at all the usual writer's guide. ((Reviewed July 2000)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

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Still Alice - Lisa Genova

Still Alice - Lisa Genova

Summary: Feeling at the top of her game when she is suddenly diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease, Harvard psychologist Alice Howland struggles to find meaning and purpose in her life as her concept of self gradually slips away. - (Baker & Taylor)

Booklist Reviews
In a highly readable form of bibliotherapy, first-time novelist Genova, who holds a doctorate in neuroscience, meticulously traces the downward spiral of a woman suffering from early-onset Alzheimer s disease. In September of 2003, 50-year-old Alice Howland leads a very busy, productive life as a psychology professor at Harvard, the spouse of a biology professor, and the mother of two grown daughters. But a series of memory problems, ranging from forgetting where she put her Blackberry to becoming disoriented on her daily run, sends her to the doctor. She learns that she is suffering from Alzheimer s, and the subsequent months and years see a steady decline in her abilities. By September of 2005, the accomplished professional can barely remember her own daughters names. Still Alice, however, is far from bleak as it depicts both the unalterable course of the disease and the various ways family members can cope with it. Clearly explaining the testing, treatment options, and symptoms of the disease within the context of an absorbing family drama, Genova has written an ideal primer for anyone touched by Alzheimer s. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

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Hidden - Loïc Dauvillier

Hidden: a child's story of the Holocaust - Dauvillier, Loïc

Summary: "A grandmother shares the story of her experiences in WWII with her grandchild in this graphic novel for young readers"-- Provided by publisher.

Booklist Reviews
Worried that her grandmother has had a nightmare, a young girl offers to listen to the story, hoping to ease her grandmother's mind. And for the first time since her own childhood, the grandmother opens up about her life during WWII, the star she had to wear, the disappearance of her parents, and being sent to the country where she had to lie about her name and her beliefs. Every year, more stories set during the Holocaust are released, many for children, and this one is particularly well done. Dauvillier doesn't sugarcoat the horrors of the Holocaust; instead, he shares them from the perspective of a girl young enough to not quite understand the true scope of the atrocities. Set in occupied France, the story told is honest and direct, and each scene is revealed with care. The frankness of the storytelling is tempered by appealing cartoonlike illustrations that complement the story and add a layer of emotion not found in the narration. A Holocaust experience told as a bedtime story? It sounds crazy, but here it works. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

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The adventures of Beekle - Dan Santat

The adventures of Beekle - Santat, Dan

Summary: An imaginary friend waits a long time to be imagined by a child and given a special name, and finally does the unimaginable--he sets out on a quest to find his perfect match in the real world.

Kirkus Reviews
If an imaginary friend is unimagined, does it become a real friend? Beekle (a crowned white gumdrop of lovable cuteness) lives on a fantastic island with other creatures "waiting to be imagined by a real child." After seeing his companions leave, one by one, Beekle loses faith that he will ever "be picked and given a special name," and so he does "the unimaginable" and ventures forth to find his friend. Upon arriving at a port city, he observes adults going about their daily lives in monochrome, dingy settings that lack any spark of color or vitality. Perspectives that often isolate the tiny Beekle in corners or surround him with large figures accentuate his loneliness. Everything changes when he arrives at a playground awash in color and sees children playing with their imaginary friends—many of whom had been on his island. But even here, he still cannot find his special friend. Feeling sad, he climbs a tree, and from his perch, he hears a voice calling to him. Lo and behold, he meets his special friend, Alice. She's imagined him after all, as evidenced by the picture he retrieves for her, which is of himself handing her a picture. In a delightful comic sequence, the pair become acquainted, and "[t]he world began to feel a little less strange." Welcome, Beekle. It's nice to know you. (Picture book. 3-7) Copyright Kirkus 2014 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Aunt Julia and the scriptwriter - Mario Vargas Llosa

Aunt Julia and the scriptwriter - Vargas Llosa, Mario

Mario falls in love with and marries his Aunt Julia, scandalizing the town, while Mario's friend Pedro becomes more and more obsessed with the soap operas he writes - (Baker & Taylor)

Mario Vargas Llosa's brilliant, multilayered novel is set in the Lima, Peru, of the author's youth, where a young student named Marito is toiling away in the news department of a local radio station. His young life is disrupted by two arrivals.

The first is his aunt Julia, recently divorced and thirteen years older, with whom he begins a secret affair. The second is a manic radio scriptwriter named Pedro Camacho, whose racy, vituperative soap operas are holding the city's listeners in thrall. Pedro chooses young Marito to be his confidant as he slowly goes insane.

Interweaving the story of Marito's life with the ever-more-fevered tales of Pedro Camacho, Vargas Llosa's novel is hilarious, mischievous, and masterful, a classic named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review.

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A devil and her love song - Miyoshi Tomori

A devil and her love song - Tomori, Miyoshi

Summary: Maria's frank nature gains her enemies at her new school, but her angelic singing voice inadvertently catches the attention of Yusuke Kanda and Shin Meguro. Can these boys mend her hardened heart, or will they just end up getting scorched?

Booklist Reviews
Maria's blunt nature and intolerance for hypocrisy make her the target of bullies at her new school, but two boys—prickly Shin and cheerful Kanda—each decide to be her friend despite what other students think. Tomori tweaks the "cute boy saves the lonely girl" plotline by making Maria a difficult person to like, resulting in a story with depth beneath a fluffy shojo facade. Maria is a fairly tragic character, unable to integrate easily with society and always dealing with assumptions that people make about her. As she says, "When you fall from grace once, you're a screw-up forever." Even though Shin and Kanda are only beginning to be developed in this first volume, it seems likely that they, too, each have their own troubles to face. Tomori's art has typical shojo elements—large eyes, cute boys, sailor uniforms—but Maria's deadpan love for adorably frilly clothes will likely lead to humorous moments in future volumes. A fine start to a not-too-long series (13 volumes) that will fit nicely in most teen collections. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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