Children's... The Ugly Princess and the Wise Fool. "A very long time ago, when all the countries you've ever heard of were in different places on the map, a princess was born who was not beautiful. She wasn't even remotely pretty, and the whole kingdom was in deep shock about it..." Princess Rose doesn'’t get any prettier as she grows up, but the kingdom does get over its shock. Everyone adores the skinny, buck-toothed princess, and she doesn'’t mind her appearance - —until the handsomest prince in the world comes looking for a bride. Despite warnings from her seafaring fairy godmother and a wise fool named Jasper, reckless Rose wishes for beauty....
Historical Fiction... The Queen's Fool. Winter, 1553. Pursued by the Inquisition, Hannah Green, a fourteen-year-old Jewish girl, is forced to flee Spain with her father. But Hannah is no ordinary refugee. Her gift of "Sight," the ability to foresee the future, is priceless in the troubled times of the Tudor court.... This is a story of a young woman caught in the rivalry between Queen Mary and her half sister, Elizabeth, who must find her true destiny amid treason, poisonous rivalries, loss of faith, and unrequited love. Another rich and emotionally resonant gem from this wonderful storyteller.
|Cozy Mystery ... Fool's Puzzle Newly widowed, Benni's making a fresh start. Moving to the trendy California town of San Celina, she takes an exciting new job as director of a folk-art museum. While setting up an exhibit of handmade quilts, she stumbles upon a body of a brutally stabbed artist...and soon Benni uncovers an alarming pattern of family secrets, small-town lies -- and the shocking truth about the night her husband died.|
|Contemporary Fiction...Nobody's Fool. Sixty-year-old Sully is "nobody's fool," except maybe his own. He's started on a run of bad luck....The banker son of his octogenarian landlady wants him evicted; his high-strung ex-wife seems headed for a nervous breakdown; his longtime lover is blaming him for her daughter's winding up in the hospital with a busted jaw. But Sully's biggest problem is the memory of his own abusive father, a ghost who haunts his every day.... Richard Russo knows the small towns of upstate New York and the people who inhabit them; he writes with biting wit and compassion.|
Paranormal Mystery... The Diva's Fool. On the night of her final performance, Opera Diva Carmen Dellamorte, famous for her passion of Tarot cards, staggers onto the Chicago Lyric Opera House stage and dies. Is it the curse of Macbeth or a malevolent plot to dethrone the queen? Alexandria Vilkas, Chicago reporter, does more than write about the supernatural. She peeks behind the veil of death to investigate murders of the paranormal, and solving the mysterious death of a Diva is the first step on her journey. 2008 Love Is Murder Award Recipient for "Best Paranormal Mystery".
PBS Local Chapter News:
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If you want to be a Local Chapter Leader for PBS, you just need to have a PBS NIckname, a viewable public profile, and some organizational skills...check the Local Chapter Leaders Forum List of Official Chapters to see if your area already has a local Chapter. If not, and you want to do this, just contact us. There are no formal guidelines for being a Chapter Leader. All of the information is in the Local Chapter Leader Discussion Forum topic. If you are an official Chapter Leader and want us to include your upcoming meetup in the Newsletter, send in a message to us with the date, at least a week before the end of the preceding month.
MEMBER OF THE MONTH
Mendy was one of our Games Mods in the Games Forum and has long been a quiet, gentle presence on the site, working hard behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly. She doesn't go unnoticed, though! These are just a few of the comments we have gotten about Mendy:
"She is a dedicated games moderator...she's smart, informed, and open-minded. We would be lost without her!"
"She is always pleasant, thoughtful & is just an all around great person! Mendy makes everyone feel welcome and will go out of her way to answer questions for people no matter what the subject."
"She is so diplomatic and fair... She is the person that started me with games and has been a great help to a newbie player."
"She's very friendly and a great swapper."
Dear Librarian- I got an offer of a book on my Wish LIst and then I got a Personal Message from the other member, saying it is an ARC and asking if I minded getting an ARC. What's an ARC? What if I don't want it? Should I click "Cancel" on the request?--Flummoxed in Florida
An ARC = Advanced Reader Copy. ARCs (also known as Uncorrected Proofs and Review Copies) are not permitted for swapping here. Actually, each time a member posts a book she or he is asked to confirm that the book is not an ARC. We don't allow ARCs because they are not the "final" copy of books - changes can be made before the final version is printed. Some members will post their ARCs anyway in violation of the rules -- if they do this and send the book out, they have to refund the credit if the requestor asks (and the requestor does NOT have to send the ARC back!). So posting ARCs, just like posting any unpostable book, is not a wise thing to do!
If someone posts a book that is on your Wish List and then tells you in a PM that it is an unpostable copy and you don't want the unpostable copy, you should say "Please do not send this book to me" in your Personal Message but still click the button on your account to accept the offer - this is the only way to stay on the Wish List for the book. The SENDER needs to cancel in this situation, so that you stay on the Wish List. (The sender should not repost the book after cancelling, obviously.)
ARCs and other unpostables can be swapped in the Book Bazaar Discussion Forum or offered as "freebie incentives" to request books from a bookshelf. So they can still be exchanged here; it is just that they must not be posted to PBS Bookshelves. All books posted to bookshelves must meet swapping criteria. You can find new homes for your unpostables using the Book Bazaar - the items can be described in the Book Bazaar and members will know what they are getting. The Book Bazaar is in the main list of Discussion Forums, accessible under Community at the top of any page on the site.
Dear Librarian- I got my empty wrapping back for a book I mailed, along with a "sorry" note from USPS. Does this mean someone in the Post Office stole the book? What do I do now? -- Stumped in Sweetwater
We're sorry that this happened! No, it is exceedingly unlikely that anyone stole the book. Sometimes wrapping can tear and the book can fall out. Take a look at your packaging. If you used an envelope, was it taped down tight around the book, with no flaps to catch in postal machines? If you used a PBS Wrapper, did you use tape to reinforce the corners and seams of the package? Not that this situation always is attributable to wrapping inadequacies; even the best-wrapped package can fall afoul of the mighty USPS machines, but your chances of a mishap are greatly lessened if you wrap well. You can read about this in the Help docs on wrapping in the Help Center. If you are using other wrapping besides the PBS wrapper (envelope, padded mailer, brown paper, etc) you can place the "information for the receiver" inside the book itself. This can increase the odds of your book being "reunited" with its packaging, or being sent on to the requestor, even if the package gets ripped open.
Now that the book has been separated from the packaging, it most probably is lost. USPS may recover it - but if they do, they should send it back to you. The requestor should not have to wait for the book to be declared "lost" before she or he gets credit back to try to get another copy. If you get a notice of loss (or the empty wrappings for a book) back in the mail, let the requestor know in a Personal Message, and then contact us and ask us to cancel the transaction, as explained in the Help doc "USPS lost the book I sent" in the Help Center. When we cancel, either the request will be passed to a new sender (if there are more copies in the system), or the book will go onto the requestor's Wish List and she or he will get credit back.
If you wrap well, this will be extremely unlikely to happen again!
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