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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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King Here: Never Too Old, Too Rich or Too Anything to Meet Jesus, Trish Porter Topmiller

King Here is the eye-opening true story of God’s unfolding plan to bring a rich man through the “eye of the needle”. Trusting God and sharing Jesus with aging parents can be difficult. As Trish Porter Topmiller watched her father’s casket be lowered into the ground, she knew the complicated jigsaw puzzle of his life finally held the missing piece—Jesus. But for years, his life seemed as far away from grace, and a believing faith in

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When the Stars Align, Michelle Dykman

A hapless girl, a remarkable boy and a….baby? Candice Hillman’s senior year is thrown into turmoil when she is faced with an impossible choice. One night with Brad has an unexpected consequence and her world is caving in on itself. Brad leaves her for Willow and suddenly she’s alone.Enter Jack Anson.Jack Anson lives the words he speaks. He is kind, generous and friendly. The kind of boy any mother would love for her daughter but

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The Song of Life, E.M. Olson

Take the journey of discovery. The Song of Life is the fictional account of a confident and strong woman who finds her place in the universe. Like each of us, she knows where she is, but not necessarily where she should be. Hold tight, as the emotional roller coaster ride penetrates beyond what is seen, in order to arrive at, what is. Walk with Katya, into the unusual concert hall, as she meets the “Refugees”

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Crescent City Moon, Nola Nash

Things put underground in New Orleans don’t often stay there. Even things that should – like bodies, and secrets. How do you fight an enemy you can’t see that can kill on a whim? In 1820s New Orleans, on the eve of her twenty-first birthday, Zéolie Cheval discovers the mangled body of her father murdered in his bed and a maniacal voice haunting the recesses of her mind. When the priest sent to comfort her

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Chasing Black Unicorns: How building the Amazon of Africa put me on Interpol’s Most Wanted list, Marek Zmyslowski

Silicon Valley meets Indiana Jones – Chasing Black Unicorns is an autobiography written by Marek Zmysłowski, one of Poland’s most respected internet entrepreneurs. Witty and humorous, the book covers many dramatic and often dangerous events. Before moving to Nigeria to set up the ‘Amazon of Africa’, Zmysłowski worked for one of Poland’s biggest financial services companies, and is the founder of many online ventures in Central Europe. While establishing the first, online network of funeral

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Truth Come to Light, Taryn Feldmann

Humanity asks life’s biggest questions – who made us? Who arrived in the past? Where are they now? and where are we going? Three archaeologists ask those questions and uncover the truth in Egypt, Mexico and Jordan. At each site a mysterious substance is found and a weapon that can destroy the planet. The government wants control and uses a biological substance to control the archaeologists. During a race to save the planet the archaeologists

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Lying with the Devil, Lana Lindemann

Mary is your typical student, your typical homebody. She doesn’t know what to do with her life and doesn’t expect much out of the days to follow until things suddenly change for her. A serial killer is on the loose and kidnaps her off the streets with the intent of ending her life. But then his plans change. Instead, he keeps her like a pet, chained up in his apartment.Abuse follows as well as the

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Nutrition Facts: A Guide to Good Health, Sudhir Ahluwalia

This is a guide for all thing’s nutrition. We learn amazing little-known facts about key good health nutrition components – proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, carotenoids, phytochemicals, flavonoids, omega-3 and probiotics. You can pick the right food for you from a natural food diet guide. The book provides researched facts on advantages of plant-based food. The common beliefs around organic food have been scientifically analyzed and its advantages over conventional food debated. Information on certified organic

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Distorted Days, Louise Worthington

If she could speak to them, she would say they have exploded her heart, released firecrackers through her senses. She wishes she could call the police, the ambulance, the fire brigade, to arrest and anaesthetise and waterboard the bastards. So what happens when your husband runs off with your best friend? When you discover the dead body of an old man halfway through your delivery round? When your house is burgled and you get beaten

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Retribution Required, C.R. Daems

Zenaida’s father was murdered and her snow leopard’s cubs stolen, leaving her alone in the outback of the civilized systems-called the Rim. There smuggling, bribes, and a wild-west live-free-or-die attitude prevails and an eye-for-an-eye is the preferred method of retribution.For Zenaida, a child of the Rim, the death of her father requires retribution. But she must first learn how to survive while trying to track down her snow leopard’s stolen litter and her father’s killers.But

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Odie Explores: A Paw Smart Book, D.S. Provance

Kid-tested, Story Monsters Approved! Ask Odie if he wants to go outside and he runs to the door. To him, inside is for naps. Written from a dog’s perspective, this lighthearted book teaches children why the outdoors are interesting. It gives quirky facts about common and overlooked animals, plants, and insects. Features:Engaging color photographsFirst person (dog) voiceConversational tone (you and me)Friendly educational messagesChild-centric glossary Takeaways:Starts conversationsHelps children better understand naturePromotes enjoying dogs, exploring, nature, and

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Worry Moves On, Liz Haske

School is Sophia’s happy place. More than anything she loves to puzzle with numbers and explore how things work. Learning is practically her middle name. But when Worry shows up, Sophia gets so tangled with fear that she is no longer willing to make a mistake. Join Sophia as she finds Courage in an unexpected way and uncovers what it takes to make Worry to move on. Worry Moves On is an adorable read that

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Splish Splash Born in the Bath, Michelle Eliason

The plan is to have the baby at the hospital. The plan is to have a water birth with the midwife and her assistant but the baby has other plans… How will this baby “Splish Splash” into the world? Have fun reading this rhyming story with a great beat about a mom ready to give birth. Laugh at the antics of the brother and the valiant yet frantic efforts of the dad in this story.

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Reckless Abandon, J.N. Owens

Lies…. Deceit…and a love to withstand it all… Finley Carson has spent her entire life focused on her career, never stopping to take time for herself and avoiding relationships at all cost. Six years ago she met the man of her dreams. Noah Beckett was amazing. He was handsome, smart, and her teacher. They spend one steamy night together before she moved thousands of miles away to begin her career, leaving her with an unfillable

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The Museum of Bullshit, Brad Rau

In a curio museum on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula, the greatest zoological discovery of the twenty-first century is about to be unveiled. Either that, or it’s all an enormous hoax.The pending exhibition pulls together an unlikely team: a Bigfoot researcher who’s lost her faith, an angry radical who’s running thin on fury, and a man determined to remake himself no matter the consequences. Together, they will set out on a journey for the truth, that

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What I Tell Myself FIRST: Children’s Real-World Affirmations of Self Esteem, Michael Brown

Written by a US military veteran, this children’s book, based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, will instill in children the answer to bullying, body-shaming, hate, and attacks on the self through daily affirmations. Author Mike Brown has learned many life lessons and hopes to convey some of those lessons acquired from public and private service in the Army, as a police officer, an anger management specialist, nonviolent crisis intervention instructor, educator, as well as the

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Author Spotlight

Courtney Shannon Strand, Author Spotlight

Ella listens to the rain drip, dribble, drop. While others stay indoors, Ella hustles outside with her new umbrella and listens to the rain fall a cappella. Join Ella on her jazzy journey through the rain as she explores all the interesting sounds a puddle-filled rainstorm has to offer. Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you

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Anita M. Oommen, Author Spotlight

Have you been deeply wounded by your mother? Did the woman, who was supposed to love you, nurture you and protect you, leave you feeling abandoned, worthless and scared? Have you struggled your entire life to fill the void of her absence?  In Picking Up the Shards, author Anita M. Oommen examines decades of her battle with soul-wounding from her mother and mother figures. She shares her gut-wrenching personal account of childhood trauma, neglect, rejection, and abuse. She takes you

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Ben D’Alessio, Author Spotlight

In the suffocating bosom of August, Dionysus arrives in New Orleans. For too long, the Greek God of Revelry and Wine has endured the incessant bickering atop Mt. Olympus, and so he descends to be with the mortals and indulge himself in the city’s reputed decadence and vice. When Dionysus is parched and aching for even a drop of the vine, he mistakenly stumbles into a bookstore and begs an employee who reminds him of

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A.J. Feagin, Author Spotlight

Padaeya…an unruly, savage rain forest planet… Soaleste…its high-walled capital city, the shining beacon of security and order within the galaxy… For over a thousand years the Daejic Szekta has stood steadfast in Soaleste, its school and temple home to a select group of beings with extraordinary abilities– some might say dangerous–expressed through the secret power of their Sonarum. These Daejic disciples are schooled and guided under the watchful eyes of the Arch Advizar, Elon Gauld.

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