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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder – and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a

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Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under

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City of Bones, Cassandra Clare

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or

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The Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick

Meet Pat. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy ending for him — the return of his estranged wife Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent time in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will

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Room, Emma Donoghue

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive

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From Darkest Skies, Sam Peters

After a five year sabbatical following the tragic death of his wife and fellow agent Alysha, Keona Rause returns to the distant colony world of Magenta to resume service with the Magentan Intelligence Service. With him he brings an artificial recreation of his wife’s personality, a simulacrum built from every digital trace she left behind. She has been constructed with one purpose – to discover the truth behind her own death – but Keona’s relationship

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The Hatching, Ezekiel Boone

Deep in the jungle of Peru, where so much remains unknown, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist whole. Thousands of miles away, an FBI agent investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Kanpur, India earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. During the same week, the Chinese government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. As these

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Bright Air Black, David Vann

In Bright Air Black, David Vann transports us to 13th century B.C. to give a nuanced and electric portrait of the life of one of ancient mythology’s most fascinating and notorious women, Medea. In brilliant poetic prose Bright Air Black brings us aboard the ship Argo for its epic return journey across the Black Sea from Persia’s Colchis – where Medea flees her home and father with Jason, the Argonauts, and the Golden Fleece. Vann’s

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Swimming Lessons, Claire Fuller

Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides them in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. When Ingrid has written her final letter she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, her husband, and her two daughters, Flora and Nan. Twelve years later, Gil thinks he sees Ingrid

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The Witchfinder’s Sister, Beth Underdown

Essex, England, 1645. With a heavy heart, Alice Hopkins returns to the small town she grew up in. Widowed, with child, and without prospects, she is forced to find refuge at the house of her younger brother, Matthew. In the five years she has been gone, the boy she knew has become a man of influence and wealth–but more has changed than merely his fortunes. Alice fears that even as the cruel burns of a

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The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman, Denis Thériault

Bilodo lives a solitary daily life, routinely completing his postal rounds every day and returning to his empty Montreal apartment. But he has found a way to break the cycle—Bilodo has taken to stealing people’s mail, steaming open the envelopes, and reading the letters inside. And so it is he comes across Ségolène’s letters. She is corresponding with Gaston, a master poet, and their letters are each composed of only three lines. They are writing

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Good Me, Bad Me, Ali Land

Fifteen year old Milly was raised by a serial killer: her mother. When she finally breaks away and tells the police everything about her mother’s crimes and years of abuse, she is given a new identity and placed in an affluent foster family and an exclusive private school. She wrestles with being the daughter of a murderer and the love she still feels for her mother, despite her crimes, but her hopes are simple. Milly

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The White Raven, Carrie D. Miller

In her thirteenth life, Aven has settled into the now witchcraft-friendly Salem where she has found true happiness and friendship, maybe even love. Despite her contentment, the truth of Aven’s existence haunts her. When she dies, her Spirit is forced from the Veil to live again in the body of a stranger. Does the elusive white raven, who has shadowed Aven through each of her lives, hold the secret to her release–or is it the

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The Lonely Hearts Hotel, Heather O’Neill

The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a love story with a difference. Set throughout the roaring twenties, it is a wicked fairytale of circus tricks and child prodigies, radical chorus girls, drug-addicted musicians and brooding clowns, set in an underworld whose economy hinges on the price of a kiss. It is the tale of two dreamers, abandoned in an orphanage where they were fated to meet. Here, in the face of cold, hunger and unpredictable beatings, Rose

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Before the Fall, Noah Hawley

On a foggy summer night, eleven people–ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter–depart Martha’s Vineyard headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the passengers disappear into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs–the painter–and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of a wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family. With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the tragedy and the backstories of the passengers and crew members–including a Wall Street

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Blackwing, Ed McDonald

The republic faces annihilation, despite the vigilance of Galharrow’s Blackwings. When a raven tattoo rips itself from his arm to deliver a desperate message, Galharrow and a mysterious noblewoman must investigate a long dead sorcerer’s legacy. But there is a conspiracy within the citadel: traitors, flesh-eaters and the ghosts of the wastelands seek to destroy them, but if they cannot solve the ancient wizard’s paradox, the Deep Kings will walk the earth again, and all will be lost. The

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Seven Days, Ryan D. Patterson Sr.

The day had finally arrived. Daniel and Diane’s Wedding day. Diane stressed, has some last minute accessories to get for her dress. Usually she would have Tammy go with her but Tammy was needed to pick up the cake. As time passes Daniel grows anxious because he hasn’t heard from Diane, as she’s been out all day. Normally Diane would check in if she was delayed… But this wasn’t a normal day. Seven Days is

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Shadows Rising, Amanda Berthault

Shadow McKinley has rebuilt his musical career, successfully regaining his status as one of the best heavy metal singers in the world. But with success comes the adoration and worship that had driven him away before. As he finds himself drowning once again, he meets the one person who truly understands him. A soulmate who brings as much danger as happiness. Stunning Dutch metal singer Nicoline Aldenberg also has a dark past of bad decisions.

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Cult of Darkness, D.W. Whitlock

A seaside paradise. An endless war. Everyone pays in blood. The cartels in Mexico have splintered, triggering violent conflict over control of the illicit drug trade. One has risen to power above all others with its brutal methods: The Riviera. Led by a shadowy figure known only as Kukulkan, this powerful cartel has become the main source of Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid fifty times more potent than heroin. As mutilated bodies appear on the pristine

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Something Is Wrong With Simone, Nini Dagan

Whatever could be wrong with Simone? Simone’s beloved companion animals, Dog, Cat, and Bird, immediately notice something is not quite right with their “favorite girl.” The trio takes the readers on humorous speculative quest to discover what is wrong with Simone and how they can “fix” her. Written in an engaging, rhyming style, with delightfully whimsical illustrations, “Something is Wrong with Simone” is a heartwarming tale about friendship and empathy. The story teaches young children

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Fearless Wisdom, Richard A. Feller

Fearless Wisdom is based on the powerful principles Dr. Feller has learned and applied from his spiritual, metaphysical, business, administrative, and educational background in seven different careers in twelve different countries. He knows, from personal experience that these principles work, and he believes it is now time to share this wisdom. The book is focused on learning what fear is, where it came from, how it paralyzes and enslaves us; together with the importance of

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Hellucinate, Linda Olarin

I was a fun-loving grandmother who would go out of my way to create wonderful memories and adventures for my grandchildren. Unfortunately, I suffered a very unexpected debilitating health crisis, and it took me a while to get back on my feet. I was thrilled when I was finally able to regain my independence and move into a new apartment. I was beginning to feel like my old self again until one fateful night when

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The Myrk Maiden: Daughter Darkness, Alyssa Charpentier

What if you were born to destroy the world…not save it? 15-year-old Twilight dreams of a better life away from her uncaring family, longing for purpose and adventure. When her humdrum existence is soon shattered forever, she is thrust into the wickedly enticing realm of the Shadows, a society of sorcerers who look to her as their living salvation from the light. As darkness seeps into Twilight’s soul, she comes to live by three words

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The Hole Story, Lori Croy

The Hole Story introduces in its title the concept of a word having more than one meaning. While many children may immediately think of a hole as an empty space, this story helps them explore the purpose of these “empty spaces”, giving them purpose and meaning. From providing a home for wild animals, to learning about the many places and purposes we can find for a hole in our clothing, this book allows children to

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That’s Where You’ll Find Me, Elizabeth Harris

Rachel Catalano lives an isolated and secluded life in her ocean-front bungalow on the same beach in Cape Cod where her son Daniel tragically drowned at three years-old. In the aftermath of Daniel’s death, Rachel and her husband Matthew, so overcome with grief, have left behind their once-perfect marriage to mourn Daniel and the resulting destruction of their life and love. Rachel’s only relationship is with Jerusha Southwick, a nearly blind and eccentric 78-year-old woman

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Poisoned Arrow, Iris van Ooyen

“How can you call what I have—what I did—a gift?” Raised in solitude to protect her from the world—or is it the other way around?—Iris is fated to save Fleuris from a power-hungry priest. A spirit from the afterworld sends a legendary magician who teaches Iris to master the devastating power lining her veins. Backed by her best friend Auran, Iris struggles to accept her destiny. But when their hiding place is pierced with poisonous

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Liberated from Silence, Tessa Jensen

Shame stitched her mouth shut, abuse scalded her voice and religious manipulation taught her that unconditional love must be earned through self-inflicted torture. Tessa understood her failings before she knew her favorite color, “You’re too emotional, too sensitive, you look too much like your mother, and you’re a constant disappointment.” How exacting are the demands for her freedom? Liberated from Silence is a poignant, moving, and inspirational story based on Tessa Jensen’s life that will

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The Space Traveller’s Lover, Omara Williams

Love is all it takes. It is the end of the twenty-first century. Droughts and floods have left Earth on the brink of collapse, with limited resources and habitable land. Erin Lobart, a bright young student living on the remote island of Tinian with her adoptive parents, is partnering with rescue teams to deliver food and medicine that is barely keeping civilisation afloat. On her sixteenth birthday, Erin and her best friend, Sam, make a

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It Starts With Me, Kati Kirsten

Amity Thorne is not like other nineteen year olds—she’s trying to survive in war-torn Western America where fear and loss are no strangers. In a time where normal is gone, she closes herself off from the rest of the world, keeping her head down, and persevering through the oppressive rule of the Guardianship. When her father’s choices leave them in danger, Amity struggles to leave everything behind as she and her faithful wolf-like companion, Sarge,

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Dragons in the Barn, Ennes Higgins

Lola is the smartest eight-year-old she herself has ever met. With her sharp mind, she approaches every situation logically and analyses the facts before making any decisions. Sometimes, she gets upset because some of the other kids make fun of her for being smart. Obviously, they’re just jealous. But it still hurts. Because Lola is so smart, she often finds it difficult to bond with children her own age as she finds it difficult to

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The AI Twink, Paul Cogan

In a futuristic gay world, where through Nano and DNA Gene Splicing Technologies, Gay Conversion Therapy has become a daily reality, two teenage gay lovers become key figures in a global AI conflict that will determine the very future of humanity itself. On an individual level their conflict could destroy their family, their gayness, their love for each other, their very future together, to prevent them from ever existing in a world where homosexuality has

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The Backpack Years, Stefanie Wilson & James Wilson

Part travel, part romance, part failing at life, The Backpack Years intertwines two memoirs, charting Stef and James’s six-year journey from happily wandering to miserably settled and back again. Straight-laced Stef left America to study abroad in Spain, letting loose and falling head over heels for two things: a handsome local and travel. Travel won out. James had a future in England he felt he’d already destroyed. Fueled by debt and a deteriorating relationship with

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The Eternilim, Mario Mainland

The greatest story ever told – is the story of us. An unlikely combination of Dan Brown’s history and Harry Potter’s magic, this is a reimagining of humanity’s origins and legends as lived by those who were there. The tale of three friends in ancient Babylonia, who through trial, joy, and danger, discover the secrets of the eterniverse and must ultimately overcome its enemies – and choose a destiny for us all. The theories of

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Every Reason to Fail, Bryan Douglass

Every Reason to Fail is unlike anything you’ve ever read. It’s not a history book, but it’s full of old history—and new history—from cover to cover, and with historic people and airplanes to boot! It’s not a mystery book, but it’s full of genuine suspense and intrigue. It’s not an aviation book, but in it you will get a glimpse into the real world of aviation and aviators that few will ever be fortunate enough

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A Scattering of Crows, Patricia Reynolds

A complex tale of magical realism and adventure brings the children’s voice of the Lakota Sioux, to life — taken from their homes and sent hundreds of miles away to a boarding school out east. A charismatic Preacher, named James Crumm, heard the calling and came forthwith. His mission was to save the children from a life of barbaric savagery and sin— lead them to a life of eternal salvation. The teachers are committed to

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Almondine’s Babies: Alma’s Mission, Gabriele Zucchelli

The third title in the Almondine trilogy is once again full of illustrations and funny moments. And this time, the story gets more shocking, with Alma having to face a challenge far beyond her means. But her stubborn and unconditional love for Almondine and her babies make her the star of this new adventure. One into which she also drags her new friend Denzel, her dog Bubble, and even her dad! In their new home,

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Author Spotlight

Sandy Gerber, Author Spotlight

Emotional Magnetism is the self-help book for people who want to improve their communication and connection in their relationships. Have you ever felt unheard or misunderstood? Maybe your partner just doesn’t seem to get why some things are important to you. Or perhaps your boss is seemingly oblivious to half the things you’ve pointed out in the past week. You’re not alone. In this life-changing book, communications expert Sandy Gerber reveals how, by understanding the

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Carlo Treviso, Author Spotlight

A family torn apart by conflict. An uprising of deadly magnitude. A nation altered forever. Inspired by actual events, Siciliana is the harrowing tale of a young woman’s courage in the face of unthinkable turmoil. In 1282 AD, the Kingdom of Sicily is under the rule of a tyrannical French king and subject to his brutal Angevin army. Daily acts of violence and persecution are commonplace in a once-prosperous realm. For twenty-year-old Aetna Vespiri, daughter

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Everett Woods, Author Spotlight

Becoming a Super Dad isn’t by chance but by choice. Discover how you can become the best father and partner, one step at a time. It’s Friday morning and you’re all set to shut the week with a bang. The big presentation went well, and your weekend is booked with Netflix and friends. Life is going smoothly…until your phone rings. It’s your partner on the other side, calling to break the big news: You’re going

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Linda A. Gerdner, Author Spotlight

Gabrielle loves ballet. When her grandmother presents her with tickets to Cinderella, she can hardly wait. But outside the theater after the magical performance, Gabrielle is frightened and confused by Grandmother’s strange behavior. Gabrielle’s mother explains that Grandmother has Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease sometimes makes Grandmother forgetful, anxious, and agitated, but Gabrielle soon discovers that through music, she and Grandmother can share memories and make new ones. One night, Grandmother wakes the house in fear

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