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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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Looking For Happiness? Look Inside!, Alberto Vezendi

Do you believe in self-improvement? Do you think you could be happier? IF YOU DO, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU! Learn to overcome the two main obstacles to happiness: attachment and anxiety. You already have all you need: the solution is inside; let this book help you find it now! Why squander our life – the only one we have – in a permanent state of want and anxiety when we can live a life of

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Leah the Lion, Cheryl Sperry Golke

Leah the Lion is a little lion with a big gift―she can roar better than any of the other lion kids! But should she? Read along with Leah as she learns the hard way that showing off and disregarding other lions’ feelings is not the best way to keep her friends. With a little help from her sister, Leah learns a valuable life lesson! Leah the Lion is an exciting, adorable, and memorable children’s book

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The Art of Dying, Derik Cavignano

When the bizarre death of a mob foot soldier sparks an escalating war between Boston’s Irish and Italian mafia, Detective Ray Hanley’s relentless search for the truth uncovers evidence of a serial killer obsessed with the art of human suffering. As the body count rises, Detective Hanley must navigate a minefield of crime families, dirty politicians, and crooked cops, while matching wits with a deranged serial killer. But temptation, betrayal, and death threaten to derail

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Perseverance, M.C. Colon

Many moons have passed since Adicia left the Isle of Wisdom, but finally Garnrin—the ancient who warned of the Towers’ impending destruction—has been found. With Athanasia’s children exhibiting strange new powers and the Mahtma’s influence growing, the Tower Leaders need guidance—but Garnrin isn’t about to just give it away. When they finally return home, Adicia, Gara, and Tavis are followed by a cohort of centuries-old scholars who, in their younger days, proudly served the Towers.

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Consensusland, Mark Helfman

Entrepreneur Quentin Taylor takes his wife and his legal counsel to Consensusland, a financial utopia backed by a bizarre digital currency that no bank, person, or government controls. “It’s like bitcoin but better,” the locals say. The country’s government offers to build Quentin a new headquarters and fund his company’s relocation. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime offer and the opportunity Quentin has dreamed about for years—but if he accepts, he will have to give up everything he

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Save Him, William M. Hayes

Rydel Scott, a brilliant scientist working at a secret military lab, accidentally discovers a form of time travel while working on a project designed to save wounded soldiers in the field. Rydel’s sister, a woman of faith, tells Rydel on her deathbed that she has received a message from God. The message—save Jesus Christ from the cross. And Rydel Scott travels back in time to do just that. It is believed even the smallest change

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Queen Vernita Conquers the Volcanic Islands, Dr. Dawn Menge

The Queen of the Land of Quails is preparing to travel to the mysterious Volcanic Islands to meet twelve of her wonderful new friends. After she leaves her loyal subjects in charge of keeping her castle safe from harm for the next year, Queen Vermita boards a boat and heads out on her latest adventure. The Queen’s first stop is to visit her friend Nicole at the black sand beach at the bottom of a

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Song of Nümenstar, A.J. Feagin

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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Spiritblade, P.R. Williamson

Fifteen-year-old Yuji dreams of becoming a samurai and protecting his loved ones, even though he knows it’s impossible for a poor orphan to rise above his station. But when a bully attacks his sister, Yuji’s violent response reveals a powerful birthright and makes him a target for the mythical, terrifying yokai. Forced to flee his village, he falls in with a suspicious lord who claims he’ll help. As the boy trains to become a legendary

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Among the Cloud Dwellers, Giuliana Sica

Love moves us and nurtures our souls, fills our spirits and conquers all. But, in the meantime, one must also eat, and why not? Drink. So why not do it all in the name of living a life worth savoring. Why not escape and wander the daily grind in steaming cup of perfectly brewed Italian espresso. Why not kick back and relax and give a shot at stirring a bubbly risotto with a splash of

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Angel Avenger, Tim Wickenden

September 1960. In the Spandauer forest Detectives Max Becker and Bastian Döhl, from the Berlin Kriminalpolizei, find a naked, tortured man tied to a tree. A cryptic message hangs from his neck. When another body appears, Max is sure it won’t be the last. The press dub the killer, Der Waldscharfrichter (The Forest Executioner) and graphic tattoos on the bodies suggest that the victims are Russians with a criminal past. As more bodies and messages appear, they lead Max and

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Gifts for the Dead, Joan Schweighardt

Jack Hopper is holding tight to his secret, though it gets heavier by the day. Nora Sweeny is tired of suffering losses and ready to improvise. Their relationship, based on Jack’s lies and Nora’s pragmatism, builds against a background that includes World War I (as experienced from the docks of Hoboken, New Jersey) and escalates when Jack and Nora travel together to the rainforests of South America seeking closure for a life-shattering event that occurred

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Paper Maps, No Apps, Johnny Welsh

What starts off as a dare turns into a social experiment that becomes a way of life. A young couple creates a fun way to stay connected by disconnecting. Unplugging the phones and being present are the rules. This travel adventure quickly turns into a self-deprecating comedy about bad smartphone habits. Chance encounters and characters met on the road are intertwined throughout. Is the smartphone addiction phenomenon driving you crazy? Are we relying too much

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Growing Up in Disneyland, Ron DeFore

“Growing up in Disneyland” is part biography about Ron’s father, actor Don DeFore, and his own autobiography. Don DeFore earned a star on Hollywood Boulevard and was a household name in the 1950’s and ‘60’s. He co-starred in numerous feature films with many Hollywood legends, TV shows, and on live theater and is best known for “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” in which he played the next-door-neighbor, “Thorny,” and his co-starring role as “Mr.

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Death in the Flowery Kingdom, Steven M. Roth

SHANGHAI, 1935. The Most Alluring and Most Dangerous City in the World Someone is murdering flower-seller girls in Shanghai’s Flowery Kingdom. And it is police Inspector-Detective Sun-jin’s job — his obsession, in fact — to track down the killer and to  arrest him, all at great peril to himself and to the people he loves. Sun-jin, as he investigates the murders and deals with his complicated personal life, takes us though the contrasting worlds of

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Lottie Loser, Dana L. Brown

It’s been twelve years since Lottie Luce ran away to Indiana, three weeks before her classes were to begin at IU, to avoid a confrontation with her best friend, and secret love, Nick Greyson. On the night she’d believed he was going to tell her he wanted her for more than a friend, Lottie caught Nick in a compromising position with her long-time nemesis, Ashley Marshall. The hurt and humiliation were more than she could

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Author Spotlight

Eva Wong Nava, Author Spotlight

Owen is a boy like any other ordinary little boy. He loves to play the ukulele and he loves to sing. But speaking does not come easily to Owen. He speaks in bits and bobs. He finds that anything is possible with love, kindness and patience. 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 know book lovers

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J. Taylor Baker, Author Spotlight

Jeremiah doesn’t know what to expect when he goes to Parliss County. He knows nothing about the Auralites, and the life Tom once had before he left this strange community to become a simple high school counselor. He only hopes to spend his summer reconnecting with his estranged friend Alicia, and that the people who live here will help him become the exciting, confident man he’s always wanted to be. But his adventure takes an

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Betty Jean Craige, Author Spotlight

In this tale of two intertwined crimes, the consequences of a 1968 Ku Klux Klan murder and rape in Witherston, Georgia, come back to haunt the town some fifty years later. The body of Crockett Wood, a member of a radical white supremacist group called Saxxons for America, is found in his dilapidated outhouse, shot in the heart. Then a local candidate for mayor turns up missing in the midst of rumors of a scandal in

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Christiana Jones, Author Spotlight

SHE’S A DOCTOR Dr. Lisa Johnson, a dedicated and intelligent emergency room physician, has shattered everyone’s expectations. She’s made it from her family’s working-class roots in Akron, Ohio, to Harvard Medical School. Now, she’s on the verge of becoming Chief of Emergency Medicine at Boston General Hospital. She should be thrilled, except she’s not sure the dream she’s spent half her life pursuing is hers. HE HATES DOCTORS Sexy single father Sam Ferrari is a

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