Best Books of the Month: December 2011

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1. Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World
Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World
by Richard Rhodes
3.4 out of 5 stars (111 customer reviews)
Out of Print--Limited Availability
Doubleday
November 29, 2011
Hardcover

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2011: Hedwig (Hedy) Kiesler may be one of the greatest unsung heroes of twentieth century technological progress. An opportunistic Austrian immigrant driven by curiosity and a desire to make it as a Hollywood actress in the early years of World War II, ... Read more

2. Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil
Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil
by Tom Mueller
4.5 out of 5 stars (163 customer reviews)
In Stock
W. W. Norton & Company
December 5, 2011
Hardcover

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2011: E.V.O.O. just got a whole lot more complicated. Tom Mueller's Extra Virginity is about as explosive as an expose can get, at least if your subject is liquid fat. The road from tree to table, it turns out, is fraught with ... Read more

3. The Third Reich: A Novel
The Third Reich: A Novel
by Roberto Bolaño
4.0 out of 5 stars (25 customer reviews)
Out of Print--Limited Availability
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
November 22, 2011
Hardcover

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2011: Udo Berger is the German national champion of The Third Reich, a tactical WWII-themed board game seemingly designed to reveal the worst in self-absorbed obsessives like Udo. Even while on vacation at the lush Spanish resort of Costa Brava, Udo is ... Read more

4. Alexander Girard
Alexander Girard
by Kiera Coffee
4.7 out of 5 stars (12 customer reviews)
In Stock
AMMO Books
December 7, 2011
Hardcover

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2011: Designophiles, start salivating: Alexander Girard is a showstopper of a book, the ultimate tribute to Sandro's astonishingly prolific creative legacy. Edited by acclaimed designer Todd Oldham with vibrant text from Kiera Coffee, this "wonderful, swervy adventure" explores Girard's career with ... Read more

5. 420 Characters
420 Characters
by Lou Beach
4.0 out of 5 stars (37 customer reviews)
In Stock
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
December 6, 2011
Hardcover

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2011: Lou Beach takes the prize for best Facebook status update on nearly every page of 420 Characters. Most of us find it difficult to reduce the day’s events or our current emotional state to just 420 characters with spaces and punctuation, ... Read more

6. The Drop (A Harry Bosch Novel)
The Drop (A Harry Bosch Novel)
by Michael Connelly
4.4 out of 5 stars (2,017 customer reviews)
Out of Print--Limited Availability
Little, Brown and Company
November 28, 2011
Hardcover

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2011: With his retirement looming, LAPD's Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch takes on two seemingly unrelated cases. The first is a botched DNA test from a 1989 rape and murder, which has been pinned on a convicted rapist who was only eight years ... Read more

7. Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time
Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time
by Pellegrini, Georgia
4.2 out of 5 stars (75 customer reviews)
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Da Capo Lifelong Books
December 13, 2011
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2011: Through geographically and gastronomically diverse essays, professional chef Georgia Pellegrini gives a voice to something that's been missing in the discussion of where our food comes from: meat. Faced with a freshly killed turkey and her personal decision to either become ... Read more

8. The Leopard: A Harry Hole Novel (8)
The Leopard: A Harry Hole Novel (8)
by Don Bartlett
4.3 out of 5 stars (565 customer reviews)
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Knopf
December 13, 2011
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2011: At the end of his previous thriller, The Snowman, Jo Nesbo's Inspector Harry Hole was a ravaged mess. At the start of The Leopard, we find Hole hiding away from the world, smoking opium in the squalor of Hong ... Read more

9. The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1
The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1
by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
4.5 out of 5 stars (82 customer reviews)
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It Books
December 6, 2011
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2011: The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories packs a lot of talent into one quirky little gem of a book. The result of a collaboration between artists and writers from around the globe and edited by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, these illustrated stories--each ... Read more

10. The Angel Makers
The Angel Makers
by Jessica Gregson
4.3 out of 5 stars (71 customer reviews)
Out of Print--Limited Availability
Soho Press
December 6, 2011
Hardcover

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2011: The Angel Makers, Jessica Gregson's engrossing debut, fleshes out the bones of a bizarre true story. In a remote Hungarian village, brutish men's departure for World War I offers a welcome reprieve to their women—many have endured regular beatings (and ... Read more