Friday, November 13, 2015

*Mail Call* November 9-13

Another week is over, which means it's time for me to brag about the books I got in the mail this week. I posted a photo of some of them earlier this week on the FB page (because I just couldn't contain my excitement about one of those books.) I only got 5 books in the mail this week, but that's still more books than I read in a week (especially in November) so it was still a good week, and the books provide a good variety for me. Without further ado, here they are.

Why Carbon Pricing Matters by David Hone

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In this second book in the Putting The Genie Back series, David Hone moves from the subject of climate change itself, to the necessary political response to the issue. The tough question facing any government as it confronts the task of reducing national carbon dioxide emissions is where to start and what to do first. The most likely candidate for this and therefore to achieving the goal of limiting warming of the climate system, Hone argues, is carbon pricing. The economic reasoning behind this, like climate science, is not new and has its roots in thinking from a century ago. Yet in the halls of many 21st century parliaments the approaches being followed bear little resemblance to the elegance and simplicity of this one instrument that taps directly into and unleashes the power of the market. 

Carbon pricing has enormous potential to shift global energy investment and help the least developed economies muster the funds they need to build sustainable energy systems. Most importantly, carbon pricing offers the prospect of not only solving the carbon emissions problem, but doing so equitably and at lowest cost to society. So why are we shunning this policy solution in favour of indirect and often more expensive pathways? 

All proceeds from this book will be donated to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and 2041, two NGOs that the author has worked with directly over many years.


French Tango by Bruce Rousseau

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This fun mystery novel is like a 12-ring circus with growing chaos, widespread confusion, and great characters.

Welcome to modern-day Saint-Jardé, France. A charming old-world village, nestled in the progress-resisting foothills of the southern French Alps.

When the priest dies under suspicious circumstances, the townspeople suspect the local Don -- a Monte Carlo mob boss who owns a villa in town. But when the Church sends a mysterious Envoy instead of a new priest, they suspect he's a Vatican hit-man.

At the center of French Tango is Luc, a troubled 17-year-old who becomes swept up in Saint-Jardé's chaos, and caught in multiple crosshairs. His goal was simply to make money -- now it's simply to survive.

A miracle here. A body there. C’est la vie.

French Tango is an unconventional mystery novel combining humor, a large cast of interesting characters, and tangled webs of suspicion. It's not a traditional whodunit (à la Agatha Christy).

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The Key by Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg

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The Chosen Ones face their greatest challenges yet in the heart-stopping conclusion to the Engelsfors Trilogy, a worldwide bestseller
The heart-stopping conclusion to the internationally bestselling Engelsfors Trilogy

The final installment of the Engelsfors Trilogy—an international sensation with rights sold in 29 countries—The Key combines thrilling action and dark magic with all the passion and drama of teen life. The result is nothing less than explosive. By the end of the second book, Fire, only the Chosen ones remain as the last defense against the mysterious, demonic forces that have been plaguing Engelsfors.

The Chosen Ones are still coming to terms with their loss when evil strikes again, barely a month after the showdown in the school gym. They have no chance to recover, and no choice but to rally together to try to prevent the apocalypse—even while their personal dramas threaten to tear them apart.

Time is running out for the Chosen Ones to fulfil the prophecy and save the world, but whether they succeed or not, one thing is certain: Everything will change.

Waking Charley Vaughan by Elle Botz

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It took years for Charley to build a life she was happy about. Unfortunately, it only took a moment to send it all crumbling down around her. She was finally free from the clutches of her overbearing mother, engaged to an ambitious and gorgeous guy, and was months away from opening her own bakery: a lifelong dream come true. All until a humiliating and heartbreaking discovery changed everything. Can the night that destroyed her perfect life also hold the key to building an even better one?

Sofia's Tune by Cindy Thomson

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In Sofia’s Tune, we meet Sofia Falcone, a young woman who has been living in New York only a short time when she is stunned to discover a family secret, one that soon sends her beloved mother into a mental institution. Scrambling to keep her job and care for her mother, Sofia is convinced confronting the past will heal all wounds, but her old world Italian family wants to keep the past in the past.

During this time, she encounters Antonio, a Vaudeville pianist with a street-smart dog, seeking to discover why his father was mysteriously killed. Their crossed paths uncover a frightening underworld in Little Italy. Bringing the truth to light may cost Sofia’s mother’s sanity, Antonio’s career, and the livelihoods of countless immigrants. Change is on the horizon, but it may not bring what they expect.

This concludes another edition of Mail Call. Of the five books I got in the mail this week, I am absolutely most excited to read The Key, although I may need to read the first two books in that trilogy first since it's the thirds. Of these books, which are you most interested in reading my review of? - Katie 

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