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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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An Introduction to Spirituality, Kim Bentley

This book was written to clearly and holistically present the core spirituality that underpins all religious faiths and all of life in general so that anyone from any background can understand and appreciate spirituality and then benefit from this knowledge in their daily life. This book clearly presents, explains, and integrates teachings on the Divine, creation, consciousness, and core spiritual principles along with teachings from the healing sciences so we can appreciate our true humanity

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Thank You! With Deepest Gratitude, Michael Floissac

You don’t need another how-to book on gratitude. You need a guided tour through a life lived with gratitude, where you can absorb lessons learned through experience, and emerge transformed from the inside out. From a sun-kissed childhood in the Caribbean, through world travels and homelessness, to the everyday trials of modern parenthood, prepare to be treated to an intimate yet relatable exploration of the power of gratitude to transform lives. Part devotional, autobiography, and

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Reality Bites, Nick Lennon-Barrett

Doesn’t everybody want their five seconds of fame? Daniel North, survivor of a gay pub bombing, wants to share his forgotten story with the world, but he’ll have to settle for millions of viewers in the 18-35 demographic. Complex Neighbours is the latest ratings smash from billionaire media tycoon, Felix Moldoon. Think Big Brother meets the Hunger Games! To win the one-million-pound prize, contestants must compete in challenges that range from legal waterboarding to inducing

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The Satisfied Introvert, Benjamin Plumb

The Introvert’s Manifesto. An Eye-Opening Read For Introverts And Those Who Love Them Change your life as an introvert. Every introvert child creates his or her own recipe for feeling safe in an extroverted world. But for decades, the recipe this author followed was the hidden reason why he never attained a feeling of security, and never fulfilled the bright early promise of his life. Only when he taught himself to detach from this fixation,

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The Great Trespass, Steve Teets

In 2025, Robert Gryffon, star of the Expedition Network’s popular television show ‘Historic Anomalies,’ is flying home from a relaxing vacation in Costa Rica only to land in 2027 in an altered world. Rob’s fiancé is now dead, murdered a year prior in Morocco. His always healthy mother is now dying from cancer, and an invading army of tens of thousands of demon creatures called the Wolt, rampage across the Canadian Northwest on a path

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No Halo Required, Travis Casey

Isaiah Hightower has everything a forty-nine-year-old man could want: respect as a high school principal; admiration as a leader in the black community; and a wife who would do anything for him.Despite his shining public image, Isaiah’s life is plagued with indiscretions. When these threaten to unravel his world, he silences the threat by any means necessary.When his wife, Yvette, witnesses her husband’s greatest sin, her life is about to change forever. But it doesn’t

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Trusted to Thrive, Marie-Claire Ross

There has never been a more important time to improve how we lead. This book will revolutionise your team’s performance and your life. In these turbulent times, how do we create a productive and happy team environment? That wonderful space where everyone works together, with high enthusiasm – solving problems, making fast decisions, achieving goals and collaborating with ease. A place that generates a positive energy – that we all crave. A place where we

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Blue Zeus: Legend of the Red Desert, Carol J. Walker

Since 2004, Carol Walker has been visiting wild horses in Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana and grown increasingly enamored with the colorful herds that inhabit the region, grazing and reproducing in close-knit family groups. This story begins on a crisp fall day in 2018 as she roamed rural roads in the Red Desert Complex of Wyoming. In the hours before dawn she’d glimpsed a few family bands at a distance through her binoculars. Ahead she spotted

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Louisiana Latte, Rebecca Henry

As the engines started, accompanied by the fasten seat belt sign, Deb felt her skin crawl with immobilizing fear. She was in a life or death situation: either get off the plane or die in her brand-new Gucci stilettos. Deb couldn’t get on a plane for love that day, but she could do it twenty years later for money. Money was worth dying for. Fast forward twenty years with sisters Deb and Becky, waiting to

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Wind, Ellen Dee Davidson

A 5 Star Readers’ Favorite, Wind is high fantasy similar to classics like The Wizard of Oz, Narnia and A Wrinkle in Time, with a contemporary environmental twist spiced with bits of mythology. Katie’s adventures begin when both an emotional shake-up in her personal life and an actual earthquake shake her up and she finds herself on another world. Thrust into a dangerous initiation quest, Katie’s only chance to get home is to learn to

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Run from Easy, Micah Bailey

Are you looking for a way to escape the world systems and take on a project that will be fulfilling and freeing at the same time? You’re in the right place! You may have been sat at your desk in a 9-5 job, stressed out, overworked, and thought… Why am I here? You then think to yourself ‘I’m here because I need this job to pay the bills and provide for my family and I’.

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The Silk Road, Kirsten Marion

Lucy wants an adventure. Dee needs money to help him find his missing parents. When a flaming bird leads them to a hidden road, and the lord of stone offers them a quest, the opportunity for both arises. In a land full of magic, dragons, and demons, all they have to do is befriend a young emperor―which would be a lot easier if he wasn’t a royal pain and an angry queen didn’t want to

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Entrenched, Linda Lee Blakemore

When a destructive affair with an older, married boss ended in sexual assault, Linda was grateful her husband took her back. The reconciliation was short-lived. Linda quickly found herself drawn to another older, married man. Even though he was selfish and controlling, she needed to be the one he chose. She got her wish, but shortly after he proposed her repressed memories of childhood sexual abuse almost destroyed Linda and her new relationship. Linda persevered

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The Complete Works of a Lost Girl, Kelleen Goerlitz

The Complete Works of a Lost Girl is a collection of playlets and poems which capture the beauty, tragedy, tension and freedom that is the human experience. This work contains seven playlets ranging from a Greek tragedy to dystopian fiction and sixteen poems of different styles. Over a decade ago the words which make up this body of work were given a voice and encouraged to find their way out of a tumultuous mind and

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Almondine Grows Up: The Challenge of Freedom, Gabriele Zucchelli

Our teeny-weeny Almondine has grown up and is eager to enjoy her freedom. But a silly mistake leads her far from her foster mother, Alma, and the safety of her home. Alongside quirky characters, she endures a dangerous and complicated journey to find her way back. And, as the days go by, Almondine is undergoing an irreversible transformation. One she has to learn to accept. A short while ago I read and reviewed a marvelous

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First Time Father, Everett Woods

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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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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Author Spotlight

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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Michael R. Schultheiss, Author Spotlight

Trained to the warrior’s path, Rosteval yearns for glory and craves adventure in unknown lands. Leading the war-band he created, he sets off on a quest to brave a formidable desert and the swords and arrows of a growing number of enemy tribes. He expected the mounting dangers… but he didn’t expect Ghaitta, the beautiful slave-girl with a secret… and the power and peril of an ancient altar, an artifact of the vanished Shaper race.

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S.C. Monson, Author Spotlight

Few dare venture into the Borwood Timberland—a vast forest steeped in sky-piercing trees, demon creatures, and legend. Few, except Kor. An ancient gift pulses in his veins. The blood of shifting kings and queens flows through him. But he has forgotten his past and his lineage. Oblivious to his power, blind to his gift, his nightmares hold him captive. Now a tyrant wants him dead. When a strange, amber-eyed girl braves the forest in search

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Judith Teitelman, Author Spotlight

In 1923, seventeen-year-old Esther Grünspan arrives in Köln “with a hardened heart as her sole luggage.” Thus begins a twenty-two-year journey, woven against the backdrops of the European Holocaust and the Hindu Kali Yuga (the “Age of Darkness” when human civilization degenerates spiritually), in search of a place of sanctuary. Throughout her travails, using cunning and shrewdness, Esther relies on her masterful tailoring skills to help mask her Jewish heritage, navigate war-torn Europe, and emigrate

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