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Dear Members,

April may have seemed the "cruellest month" to T. S. Eliot, but that guy just could not have been paying attention!  (Or maybe he just couldn't see past Tax Day.) Here in Atlanta, it sure is nice to see the flowers growing up all around and the world coming back to life.  It's the perfect month to remind us how magnificent the earth is, and that we are its caretakers.  If each of us is more thoughtful in just a few ways each day, it will go a long way to improving our stewardship of this amazing planet that we call home.

Celebrate Earth Day with the Go Green Earth Day Contest in the PBS Blog.  Read the top 5 suggestions for reducing-reusing-recycling and vote for your favorite.  The contest ends on April 21 at 11 PM ET, so get your votes in!

Let's all take some time to enjoy the earth in simple ways - and make your outdoor activity count!   Take a walk (and bring along a bag to collect litter - you can toss it the bag in a trash can when you're done walking); plant a tree (be sure to check utility lines before digging) or some flowers  (you can find out what plants are best for your location at your local agricultural extension office); get some friends together and clean up a local park - what a great way to spend a spring day! Whatever we do for the earth is repaid to our children. 

Have a great April - and Happy Passover (April 19), Earth Day (April 22) and Easter (April 24th)!  

Richard and
The PaperBackSwap Team


Try these highly-rated books, currently available for swapping!

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  The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Barcelona, 1945 - a boy mourning the loss of his mother finds solace in an extraordinary book called The Shadow of the Wind. When the boy searches for the author's other books, he learns that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book the man has ever written. Soon the boy realizes that the mystery of its author's identity holds the key to an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love that someone will go to any lengths to keep secret.   See other suspense books currently available for swapping. 

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Christy by Catherine Marshall.  At nineteen, Christy Huddleston left home to teach school in the Smokies -- coming to know and care for the wild mountain people, with their fierce pride, terrible poverty dark superstitions... and their yearning for beauty and truth. But in these primitive surrounding, Christy's faith would be severely tested...  See other Christian Fiction selections currently available for swapping.

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The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe.  Dubbed the Smoke Thief, a daring jewel thief is confounding the London police. His wealthy victims claim the master burglar can walk through walls and vanish into thin air. But Christoff, the charismatic Marquess of Langford, knows the truth: the thief is no ordinary human...  See other Paranormal Romance books currently available for swapping.

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  Troubling a Star by Madeleine L'Engle.  Vicky receives a birthday gift of a trip to the Antarctic, where her friend Adam Eddington is working as a marine biologist. But as Vicky meets her fellow travelers, it quickly becomes clear that some of them are not what they seem. Vicki's trip into adventure becomes a journey into icy danger...    Browse other books for age 9-12 currently available for swapping.
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  The Thirteenth Tale by  Diane Setterfield  The enigmatic author Vida Winter has spent six decades creating various outlandish life histories for herself, keeping her past a secret. Now old and ailing, at last she wants to tell the truth about her extraordinary life. It is a tale of gothic strangeness...  Browse other General Fiction books currently available for swapping.

Selected books newly available in the PBS Market!

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Nightwalker by Heather Graham . Jessy Sparhawk has seen firsthand how gambling can ruin people's lives. But one night, desperate for money, she places the bet that will change her life forever...  Browse Paranormal Romance books currently available in the Market.  

Retail Price: $24.95
Buy New (Hardcover): $3.09+1 credit (save 87%) or $6.49 (save 73%)

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Cathy's Book: If Found Call 650-266-8233  by Jordan Weisman, Sean Stewart   Things weren't so peachy in Cathy's life before Victor broke up with her. Her father died unexpectedly, she's failing school, and her best friend is mad at her. When Cathy decides to investigate Victor's reasons for ending their relationship, her findings produce more questions than answers.  This stunning debut combines reading with the world of internet gaming to create a masterful new genre that will allow teens to take the story from the page into the world of cyberspace and beyond. See more Young Adult books currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $17.95
Buy New (Hardcover): $2.59+1 credit (save 85%) or $5.99 (save 66%)
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Cooking Free: 200 Flavorful Recipes for People with Food Allergies and Multiple Food Sensitivities by Carol Fenster.  Does wheat sensitivity keep you from eating hearty breads? Or lactose intolerance mean the end of ice cream? Not anymore! Nutrition expert Carol Fenster has spent years developing recipes free of the food allergens that wreak havoc on your health, but full of the flavors you love.  See more books on Cooking, Food and Wine currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $18.95
Buy New (Paperback): $3.49+1 credit (save 81%) or $6.89 (save 63%)

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The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner. It was a case to spark a media feeding frenzy -- a young mother, blond and pretty, disappears without a trace from her South Boston home, leaving behind her four-year-old daughter as the only witness and her handsome, secretive husband as the prime suspect.  See other Thrillers currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $25.00
Buy New (Hardcover): $3.59+1 credit (save 85%) or $6.99 (save 72%)
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The Things That Keep Us Here by Carla Buckley.   How far would you go to protect your family? — Ann Brooks never thought she'd have to answer that question. Then she found her limits tested by a crisis no one could prevent. Now, as her neighborhood descends into panic, she must make tough choices to protect everyone she loves from a threat she cannot even see.  Browse other General Fiction books currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $25.00
Buy New (Hardcover): $12.59+1 credit (save 49%) or $15.99 (save 36%)

 


NEWS:

New Postal rates.  Effective April 17, 2011, Media Mail and First Class Postal Rates have changed.  Media Mail postage for a package up to 1 lb has increased 3 cents to $2.41.  First Class postage for a package less than 7 ounces is $2.39.  See more about the new rates here.   The system will automatically print out the new rates beginning April 17.

The news from USPS isn't ALL bad!  The U.S. Postal Service will now be offering a "Commercial base rate" for customers printing First-Class Mail Parcel postage online - which means a discount for you! The U.S. Postal Service will now reward you for printing First Class postage online and will discount 15 cents from the regular postage price. This does not affect Media Mail packages, but your PBS packages that weigh less than 7 ounces and can be sent First Class with Printable Postage will get an automatic 15-cent postage discount! Note: If you belong to SwapaDVD and SwapaCD, where shipments are very commonly less than 7 ounces (and can be sent First Class), the Printable Postage discount will be more often applied.

Cruise AHOY MATEYS!  Come sail away on the first ever cruise for PBS Members.  There's still room for members to sign up for the Bahamas Cruise for PBS Members, sailing from Jacksonville, Florida for a fun-filled cruise to Half Moon Cay and Nassau February 4 - 9, 2012.  PBS members and their family and friends are welcome!  Details are available in the  Discussion Forum topic or by contacting our Travel Specialist directly at 1-800-727-7601 ext. 229.   For information from a Cruise Committee Tour Guide, send an email to pbscruise@hotmail.com or post in the Discussion Forum topic.  Note: Please don't send in Feedback, as PaperBackSwap is not coordinating this event.

 

 


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PBS Local Chapter News

The North Texas Chapter  will be having a meeting on Sunday May 15th, 2011 at 3 PM, at the Josey Ranch Library in Carrollton.  They'll be discussing The Book Thief.  Contact Shellie (aylamonster) for more information.

The Southeast Indiana Chapter is having a meet-and-greet on Thursday, April 21, 2011 from 6-8 PM, in the Depot Room at the Lawrenceburg Public Library in Lawrenceburg, IN. Light refreshments will be provided.  You can contact LiteraryGeek with questions.

We'd love to share your Chapter news - if you have some, please submit it to us

New Local Chapter Leaders:

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

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Mary S. (kilchurn)

Mary S. is one of our wonderful Tour Guides; she's also active in the Games forum, and she's the mastermind behind the PBS Cruise!  She's been getting nominations from members for a long time.  Some of the comments submitted with the nominations were:

"She's a great games hostess, tour guide, and has been working her bum off on the cruise."

"Mary went above and beyond being a helpful member. I was having trouble buying credits due to a PayPal glitch and she not only gave suggestions, but sent me two credits to purchase my books! I've never met or spoke with this member and was overwhelmed by her hospitality. She definitely deserves recognition!"

"She is sweet, funny, smart and a great asset to PBS."

"In a nutshell...I want to be Mary when I grow up."

Mary, your kindness, enthusiasm and terrific spirit have really been noticed by the club!  You are our Member of the Month for April.  Congratulations!

 

If you have any nominations for Member of the Month, submit them to us hereYour nomination will not "expire"--anyone you nominate will have a chance at getting Member of the Month if enough nominations accumulate over time. Each month the person who has the most votes accumulated when the Newsletter goes to press gets to be Member of the Month and gets a newsletter mention and a nifty MoM icon to wear on profile and forum posts with pride.  So go for it! Tell us who's helped you in the Forums, who's been a great swapper, who in your opinion is a credit to PBS.  We are keeping a list of all the nominated members.  Who knows--one of them might be YOU!

DEAR LIBRARIAN

Dear Librarian - I am trying to eat locally to save the planet - the fuel spent to transport food from place to place can be saved if we would all try to eat food grown within 100 miles of us for at least one or two meals a week.  Is there a way to "swap locally" at PBS?  I'd love to be able to browse the Bookshelves of members who live near me sometimes, so the fuel used to transport a book between us is minimized.  How can I do that?   - Trying to be Green in Galion

Dear Gal,

It's terrific that you are trying to act locally.  Being conscious of our choices will make us all better Earthlings!

Yes, there is a way you can browse the Bookshelves of members who live near you.  Just click Search at the top of any page, then choose the "Member Book Search" tab.  You can put in your city and state to find members near you, and browse their Bookshelves for books you might be interested in.  If both of you agree, you can even arrange to meet to pass off the book - a public place like a library, works well.  Remember that not everyone will be comfortable with meeting in person, or able to fit it into her schedule, so this won't always be possible.

You can also browse those local Wish Lists using the Member Search tab, and post directly to the Wish Lists of nearby members - that will keep those outgoing swaps local too!


The Last Word:

  • Newsletter image As always, don't forget to start your Amazon shopping from the link at the top of the PBS site - when you do this, a small percentage of your purchase amount comes to us.  Please note that if you are an e-book reader, it used to be that e-book purchases at Amazon did not count to support the PBS site, but now they do!  So whenever you plan to purchase on Amazon, start from the Amazon link at the top of the PBS site. It's an easy, free way to support the club!
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