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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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The Busy, Working Mother’s Guide to Living a Life of Meaning Series Living a Life of Passion, Nicolle Lowrey

How to stop killing yourself as a mother. As a mother, it can be difficult to remember to care for yourself while raising a family. Not matter what ages your children are…whether they’re infants, toddlers, pre-, middle, or high school, you’re faced with making the right decisions when raising your children. You dedicate everything you have to them. As a result, you feel exhausted, overwhelmed and lacking in personal passion. Yes, you are the woman

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The Certain Hope, E.C. Jackson

Love at first sight. It’s every girl’s dream. But Tara Simpkins is finding out it’s not as easy as it seems. Is this truly the man God sent to be her husband, or is she just desperate to escape her loneliness? The recent loss of both parents has left her reeling, and close friends don’t think she’s in any position to make major life decisions. She and her new-found love are convinced they can live

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Phantom Poetry, Kayla Lowe

From Christian romance author, Kayla Lowe, comes a collection of poems inspired by the classic tale of The Phantom of the Opera. Originally published by Gaston Leroux in 1909 and then later transformed into the Broadway award-winning musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the tragic story of the disfigured musical genius who lived in the bowels of the Palais Garnier has captivated audiences for more than a century. Never before has anyone published a book of

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Paradise Bound, Rafaele Desire

Natalie, a young French surgeon, has spent her life living up to other people’s expectations, including those of her possessive boyfriend, Jean-Marc. She flees Paris to visit her friend Simone in Los Angeles, hoping a long vacation will help her find peace with her intensely stressful life. But while unwinding in Venice Beach and partying in Hollywood, she stumbles across a part of herself she’d set aside long ago. In sun-drenched Southern California, Natalie unleashes

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The Life & Times Of Baxter The Bat Dog, Carollee Wagonlite

Baxter (lovingly called “The Bat Dog”) — a tiny rescued dog — takes kids through his adventures of becoming a TV star, his first Halloween, and a true, 100% fact-based, miraculous Christmas celebration. The lighthearted stories educate children that life–whether human or animal–is valuable, reinforcing the concept that all creatures have their own place and time on Earth. Baxter is an inspiration to children who suffer from traumatic events such as abandonment or physical injuries. Carollee

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Riley the Brave, Jessica Sinarski

Let Your Little One Unlock Their Inner Courage Riley the Brave is a children’s story of a little bear with big feelings. You and your children can join this super-cool cape wearing cub as he embarks on a journey to face his fears and is joined by all of his animal friends who care for him. Throughout Riley’s adventures in this educational book, “Big Critters” and their “Cubs” learn how to understand and overcome feelings

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Dove Keeper, Emily Deibler

Some doors are best left closed. 1918. World War I. Rennes, France. Thirteen-year-old Marcy, the executioner’s overprotected daughter, desperately craves companionship and latches onto the first person she meets after her home life becomes maddening. But when Marcy visits her mysterious friend’s manor and curiosity takes over, what terrible secrets will she discover, and can she be saved in time? Dove Keeper is a novel I was desperate to read ever since discovering it and

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Tomorrow’s Promise, Deborah Dearth

When Liv and Jake met, it was a case of an immovable object meeting an irresistible force. The immovable object, Jake, a less than attractive business mogul who is self-conscious about his physical ailments resulting from an automobile accident. The irresistible force, Liv, a beautiful yet fiery actress who quits a lucrative role on a soap opera to figure out next steps in her life.  Jake and Liv are an unlikely pair in both attitudes

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How to Calm the Hell Down and Be Happy, Ilene Angel

Is stress keeping you up at night? Do you want to be calmer, but don’t know where to begin? Do you contemplate trying yoga and meditation while your inner voice is saying, “Never gonna happen?” Then How to Calm the Hell Down and Be Happy is for you. For the skeptic who wouldn’t be caught dead in the self-help section, How to Calm the Hell Down and Be Happy is the first of its kind

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Tenacity, Ron Coury

Tenacity chronicles the evolution of entrepreneur Ron Coury, a major business figure in Las Vegas, Nevada and the surrounding western states.  As Coury, a former U.S. Marine, climbed the ladder toward his success, he faced a barrage of constraints including political and police corruption, bribery, coercion and even death threats. Along the way, he also had a few offers to settle matters discreetly, with a few well-placed bullets. His choices would have life altering consequences for

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Make Your Bones, L.D. Bloodworth

Wren Bouchard triggered a madman when she escaped her mafia boyfriend, Aidan Luciano. To free herself, she triggers a chain of events that leads to Aidan’s imprisonment and forces her into a life on the run. No matter how far she runs, she can’t outrun the threat of Aidan’s revenge. Now a tutor in Colorado, she falls for the mountains and the western sunsets and begins to wonder if she could call Valley Springs home.

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Bonfires of the Gods, Andrew Eseimokumo Oki

In the wake of violent outbursts over the creation of a new local government area by the then military regime, two warring tribes, the Ijaws and the Itsekiris with an age-old ax to grind come head to head in a bloody and brutal battle for land ownership throwing a once peaceful and lovable city into chaos.  Set in March of 1997 in the war-torn city of Warri, Nigeria, BONFIRES OF THE GODS tell heartrending fictitious

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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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The Suffering, Dan Mayer

Twenty-year-old Billy Johnson is afflicted by the hollowness. All reason is lost when it has him in its grip, pushing him towards acts of unspeakable cruelty. When a hiking accident leaves him injured on an isolated mountain, facing imminent death, Billy looks for meaning in his tragic life. The hollowness, a malevolent force that consumes him, is responsible for the loss of everything good in his life: a relationship with his father, his beloved younger

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Paul Michael Peters: The Complete Collection of Short Stories, Paul Michael Peters

Tales that are perfect for coffee breaks – but beware; like chocolate, they lure the reader into just one more. Paul Michael Peters has created a magical collection of stories that help the reader look at the day from a different perspective. This is a collection that once you start you can’t put down. Stories are perfect for anyone trying to fit reading into a busy day. What if you could remember everything? What would your life

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Juliet Must Die, Steve Powell

Love or revenge, which would you choose? With a bright career ahead of her, math prodigy Juliet Capulet meets a stranger named Romeo while on an island getaway. Their budding relationship seems harmless, but his girlfriend, wealthy socialite Tera Paris, is none too happy about it. And back in the states when their relationship fails to dissolve, Juliet finds herself the victim of a scare tactic gone awry. When her lifeless body is found—the authorities edge

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Author Spotlight

B.D. Suever, Author Spotlight

A mysterious book leads to an adventure of a lifetime… Twelve-year-old Ethan knows it all, and if it doesn’t involve fantasy or video games, he isn’t interested. On a trip to an antique store with his father, Ethan comes across the mysterious book, Grimoricon. Unaware of the secrets this book holds, Ethan soon finds himself in the unfamiliar world of Terah, a world that brings to life all the wondrous and terrifying things from Ethan’s

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Britt Skrabanek, Author Spotlight

They were unladylike rebels, three young women abandoning rolling pins for baseball bats to join the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. They changed history and that changed them. After the league folds in 1954 Nola, Fran, and Evie meet by chance on a popcorn-scented summer day where it all began…Wrigley Field, Chicago. They team up once again to fight for a pivotal cause these dames can only win by uniting as one. Inside these ball players lies

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Regie Khemvisay, Author Spotlight

For fans of the Hunger Games, 1984, and the Lottery… Life is valuable. Death is a necessity. In Yliria, this is not a contradiction. New Year’s Eve 2054. A virus, later named the BlackJack, struck and killed 3/4 of the world’s population. Only those who were 21 and younger were not infected. Treaties broke off. Countries severed connection to the outside world. And the country of Yliria built its own invisible walls. Thirty-eight years later…Yliria is now at peace. But nothing

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Eliot Parker, Author Spotlight

Six months after a drug cartel infiltrated Charleston, Ronan McCullough continues to fight the drug war that plagues the city. His investigations are halted when the body of a mutual acquaintance, Sarah Gilmore, is found in the trunk of a burning car. In an investigation that takes him deep into the professional and personal life of the victim, McCullough discovers secrets lurking in her past, and a tangled web of personal and professional conflicts, suspicion,

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