Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn

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 Vanity, vanity, vanity

Before Walter Kirn was the bestselling author of Up In the Air, he was a struggling writer with a baby on the way in Montana.  Looking to make a little extra cash and potentially glean some inspiration for writing material, Kirn accepted a very peculiar job – to deliver a handicapped dog to a member of one of the most prestigious families in the world – the Rockefellers.  Even though he had never heard of Clark Rockefeller specifically, Kirn knew the Rockefellers to be a widespread and eccentric family, and assumed his benefactor was a more reclusive member of the family.  After a long and difficult journey, Kirn arrived in New York City and met the man who would forever change his perception of truth, reality, friendship, and deception.

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Sex Criminals: Volume One by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky

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Get on your bikes and ride

Who can an awkward young teen first discovering his or her budding sexuality turn to in order to get their burning questions about erotic pleasure answered? Certainly not their parents. Yuk! School mandated sexual education classes? They cover the “this piece fits in here” and “keep it safe by using these” bits, but not what the deed itself should feel like physically and how performing the act will affect them emotionally. Their friends? Yeah, because their peers should be trusted as the super know-it-all experts on the subject. The internet? Some of what they could potentially be exposed to there is downright frightening. When it comes to having an open, honest discussion about sex, it seems that a teenager’s options are frustratingly limited.

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Henry and Mudge and the Bedtime Thumps by Cynthia Rylant

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Aw, Mudge

Over April vacation my seven-year-old daughter was assigned her very first book report and shoe box diorama to complete. Homework over vacation?! As you can imagine this idea did NOT go over well. Still, she knocked it out of the park, crafting a seven sentence plot summary and creating a miniature 3-D version of the book’s most climactic moment out of paper, fabric, cardboard, glue, and string. She was hesitant on giving us first rights to publishing her piece here, but we finally persuaded her with the promise of candy. Is bribing a child wrong? Don’t worry, we’ll eventually get what we deserve when it comes time to pay the dentist bill I’m sure.

Mommy and Daddy are proud of you baby! -Aaron

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