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Alex and Me

Irene Pepperberg, $13.99

"You be good, I love you," were Alex's final words to his owner, research scientist Irene Pepperberg, before his premature death at age 31. An African Grey parrot, Alex could add, sound out words, and understand concepts like bigger, smaller, more, fewer and none-disproving the notion that birds possess no potential for language or anything remotely like human intelligence. In Alex & Me, Irene tells the remarkable, astonishing true story of this parrot and their beautiful relationship. Summer Reading Pick: 15% discount off $13.99 in July and August

 

Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

Katherine Howe, $15.99

Dual story lines from Colonial New England and the 1990's will keep you enthralled as graduate student Connie Goodwin follows the trail of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, who was convicted and executed as a witch in 1692.  What if there really were witches back in Salem? And, what if some women today still have these magical powers? Novelist Katherine Howe's tale will leave you spellbound. She is herself a descendant of Elizabeth Proctor, who survived the Salem witch trials, and Elizabeth Howe, who did not. Summer Reading Pick: 15% discount off $15.99 in July and August

 

Dreaming in Hindi

Katherine Russell Rich, $14.95

By turns funny, frightening, and exhilarating, Dreaming in Hindi details the extraordinary year Katherine Russell Rich spent learning to speak Hindi in the ancient city of Udaipur, India. Seamlessly combining stories from her personal journey with research on the science of language acquisition, she offers a thought-provoking account of what learning a new tongue can teach us about distant world--and ourselves. Summer Reading Pick: 15% discount off $14.95 in July and August

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