Top 3 Hardcover Fiction

A Word For Love by Emily Robbins (Riverhead Books $27.00) Available at the Moravian Book Shop. Click to order online or for more information.
It is said there are ninety-nine Arabic words for love. Bea, an American exchange student, has learned them all: in search of deep feeling, she travels to a Middle Eastern country known to hold the “The Astonishing Text,” an ancient, original manuscript of a famous Arabic love story that is said to move its best readers to tears. But once in this foreign country, Bea finds that instead of intensely reading Arabic she is entwined in her host family’s complicated lives—as they lock the doors, and whisper anxiously about impending revolution. And suddenly, instead of the ancient love story she sought, it is her daily witness of a contemporary Romeo and Juliet-like romance—between a housemaid and policeman of different cultural and political backgrounds—that astonishes her, changes her, and makes her weep. But as the country drifts toward explosive unrest, Bea wonders how many secrets she can keep, and how long she can fight for a romance that does not belong to her.
The Champion of the World by Chad Dundas (G.P. Putnam and Sons $27.00) Available at the Moravian Book Shop. Click to order online or for more information.
Late summer, 1921: Disgraced former lightweight champion Pepper Van Dean has spent the past two years on the carnival circuit performing the dangerous “hangman’s drop” and taking on all comers in nightly challenge bouts. But when he and his cardsharp wife, Moira, are marooned in the wilds of Oregon, Pepper accepts an offer to return to the world of wrestling as a trainer for Garfield Taft, a down-and-out African American heavyweight contender in search of a comeback and a shot at the world title.
At the training camp in rural Montana, Pepper and Moira soon realize that nothing is what it seems: not Taft, the upcoming match, or the training facility itself. With nowhere to go and no options left, Pepper and Moira must carefully navigate the world of gangsters, bootlegging, and fixed competitions, in the hope that they can carve out a viable future.
A story of second chances and a sport at the cusp of major change, Champion of the World is a wonderful historical debut from a new talent in fiction.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix (Quirk Books $19.99) Available at the Moravian Book Shop. Click to order online or for more information.
Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fifth grade, when they bonded over a shared love of E.T., roller-skating parties, and scratch-and-sniff stickers. But when they arrive at high school, things change. Gretchen begins to act…different. And as the strange coincidences and bizarre behavior start to pile up, Abby realizes there’s only one possible explanation: Gretchen, her favorite person in the world, has a demon living inside her. And Abby is not about to let anyone or anything come between her and her best friend. With help from some unlikely allies, Abby embarks on a quest to save Gretchen. But is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil? The 80’s references added a nostalgic touch and they are brilliantly mixed with the horror aspect of the story. An adorable yet terrifying tale of friendship.

Top 3 Children's Picture Books

All Aboard the London Bus by Patricia Toht, Il by Sam Usher (Frances Lincoln $17.99) Available at the Moravian Book Shop. Click to order online or for more information.
As a family of four spend a day exploring London, fun, child-friendly poems introduce readers to our wonderful capital city, and all its secrets. Well-known landmarks like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London Eye, plus inescapable features like rain and taking tea, all get Patty Toht’s witty treatment. Non-fiction facts provide more information about the subjects, while rising star Sam Usher brings them to life with his signature style and humor. This gorgeous celebration of London will be loved by both tourists and those who call the city home.
Cactus Soup by Eric A. Kimmel, Il by Phil Huling (Marshall Cavendish $9.99) Available at the Moravian Book Shop. Click to order online or for more information.
In a Mexican version of Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki and Quin Leng (Kids Can Press $16.95) Available at the Moravian Book Shop. Click to order online or for more information.
In this beautifully written picture book, Hana Hashimoto has signed up to play her violin at her school’s talent show. The trouble is, she’s only a beginner, and she’s had only three lessons. Her brothers insist she isn’t good enough.

Top 3 Cookbooks

Vibrant India by Chitra Agrawal (Ten Speed Press $24.99) Available at the Moravian Book Shop. Click to order online or for more information.
Lifelong vegetarian and chef Chitra Agrawal takes you on an epicurean journey to her mother’s hometown of Bangalore and back to Brooklyn, where she adapts her family’s South Indian recipes for home cooks. This particular style of Indian home cooking, often called the yoga diet, is light and fresh, yet satisfying and rich in bold and complex flavors. Grains, legumes, fresh produce, coconut, and yogurt—along with herbs, citrus, chiles, and spices—form the cornerstone of this delectable cuisine, rooted in vegetarian customs and honed over centuries for optimum taste and nutrition.
The Dude Diet: Clean(ish) Food for People Who Like to Eat Dirty by Serena Wolf  (Harper Wave $26.99) Available at the Moravian Book Shop. Click to order online or for more information.
From chef and creator of the popular food blog Domesticate-Me.com, 125 outrageously delicious yet deceptively healthy recipes for dudes (and the people who love them), accompanied by beautiful full-color photography. Dudes. So well intentioned when it comes to healthy eating, even as they fail epically in execution—inhaling a But My Family Would Never Eat VEGAN! by Kristy Turner (The Experiment $24.95) Available at the Moravian Book Shop. Click to order online or for more information.
Kristy Turner proved that anyone can go vegan—with recipes that overturn common excuses, from

Top 3 Nonfiction Hard Cover

Beekeeping: Everything You Need to Know to Start your First Beehive by Joachim Petterson (Weldonowen $30.00) Available at the Moravian Book Shop. Click to order online or for more information.
Beekeeping might seem exotic or old-fashioned, but around the world it is becoming more and more common to find a hive or two in urban spaces and suburban backyards. Some modern beekeepers are inspired by the desire to help out the frequently beleaguered creatures, others simply enjoy fresh honey from the most local of sources—the backyard garden. This book discusses your options for setting up a hive almost anywhere, how to plant a bee-friendly garden, and how to harvest and use your very own honey. Not only is it a great hobby, you’ll also be rewarded with a plentiful supply of honey that you can use in tea as well as for cooking, baking and perhaps even lip salve and skin cream.
Strong is the New Beautiful by Lindsey Vonn (Dey St. $27.99) Available at the Moravian Book Shop. Click to order online or for more information.
In Strong Is the New Beautiful, Lindsey lays out the never-before-seen training routines and her overall philosophy that have helped her become the best female skier in the world—tailored for women of all shapes and sizes. Lindsey backs up her fitness program with advice on what to eat and how to work out, and kicks readers into high-gear, helping bolster their self-confidence and build a better body image, with the tips and tricks she’s learned as a pro. Supported by cutting-edge science and the latest studies on health and exercise, filled with routines even those hitting the bunny hill of working out can master, and illustrated with dozens of workout shots and photos from Lindsey’s own collection, Strong Is the New Beautiful will inspire and motivate you–whether you’re an aspiring athlete, want to get back into shape, or are eager to up your game—to make your body stronger than ever before, inside and out.
The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston (Grand Central Publishing $28.00) Available at the Moravian Book Shop. Click to order online or for more information.
Since the days of conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God.  In 1940, swashbuckling journalist Theodore Morde returned from the rain forest with hundreds of artifacts and an electrifying story of having found the Lost City of the Monkey God-but then committed suicide without revealing its location. Three quarters of a century later, bestselling author Doug Preston joined a team of scientists on a groundbreaking new quest. In 2012 he climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane carrying the machine that would change everything. Suspenseful and shocking, filled with colorful history, hair-raising adventure, and dramatic twists of fortune, The Lost City of the Monkey God is the absolutely true, eyewitness account of one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first century.