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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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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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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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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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Higher Love: A Psychedelic Travel Memoir of Heartbreak and Healing, Anne Kiehl Friedman

This is not your average love story… Her entire life, Anne Friedman chased everything that society told her she should want: Marriage. Professional achievement. Thighs that didn’t touch. But all that got her was depression, anxiety, and disordered eating. When her fiancé dumps her without explanation, she buys a one-way ticket to Costa Rica in search of answers. First, a spontaneous psychedelic experience in the jungle brings her peace with three simple words. Then, in

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Captives, Travis Tougaw

A child disappears, leaving behind a broken and grieving family. With no witnesses, no motives, and no evidence, Hadley, Vince, and Eddie must delve deep into the past to piece together what really happened, unaware of the powerful enemies they’re about to make. Two-year-old Jonah Davidson disappeared from his family’s front yard 15 years ago. While most people believe he’s dead or will never be found, his desperate sister turns to the Fleck, Collins, and

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Best Dinosaur Ever, Lori Rotter

Nothing is impossible with a goal and lots of practice! Meet Milo, a little boy with a big imagination and a bigger love of dinosaurs. While flipping through his books one night, Milo asks Dad, ‘If I were a dino, what kind would I be?’ Dad explains that little boys can’t be dinosaurs, but Milo is unconvinced. If he physically can’t measure up to a ‘real’ dinosaur, then maybe Milo would be his own kind

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Raising Elle, S.E. Reichert

Elle Sullivan comes back to her hometown, Sweet Valley, Wyoming, bruised to hell and hiding a big secret. Determined to start her life over, she embarks on a journey to take back her power and help her family save their small horse ranch. But running into her old high school sweetheart, Blake O’Connor, reminds her that no road to success is easy. Raising Elle is a journey through hardships and forgiveness, and all the ways

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Pepperoni Cookies, Sarah Chaires

“Pepperoni Cookies, Fearful Fergus Learns to Try” is an incredibly inspiring story about Fergus, the most adorable mastiff puppy, who is too afraid to try new things. But, with the help of irresistibly sweet pepperoni cookies, Fergus must learn to overcome his fear and climb the stairs to snuggle with his mom. This children’s picture book is an absolute must-read for kids aged 3-7 years old and is perfect for fans of the classic story

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6 Blocks Home, Tara J. Stone

Tara J. Stone’s debut novel is a tender, heartwarming story about the power of mercy, the bonds of family, and the unforgettable experience of first love. They say home is where the heart is, but what happens when a heart is divided? Twelve-year-old Sam has no siblings, no friends, no faith, and no affection from her parents. When tragedy strikes, she’s forced to move in with the Howards—a Catholic family with four children, including handsome

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All I Gained, Dale Maiella & Kara Shade

Two Friends. Countless Adventures. One Incredible Gift. A sweet bond between two unlikely grade school friends grows into an epic friendship spanning decades. Through their adventures and laughter, courage and heartbreak, Riley and Emma show us what it looks like to walk the path of life together faithfully, no matter what lies ahead. Written in rhyming verse with breathtaking watercolor illustrations, All I Gained offers a fresh take on friendship for older children and adults

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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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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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The Magic Sea Turtle, Kathleen Welton

Myrtle lives in a beautiful kingdom where she dreams of being Queen. When she falls from her world, she discovers an entire ocean of possibilities! Will her new surroundings inspire new wishes…and will her new friends help them come true? The Magic Sea Turtle is a wonderful and exciting read for young children that will keep readers entertained, captivated, and engrossed from start to finish! Now that I have finished The Magic Sea Turtle I

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From Doubt to Do, Kat O’Sullivan

“From Doubt to Do” is for anyone facing a significant transition who has doubts about what else is possible, no matter what stage of life they are in. When someone accepts the invitation to make a shift, they open themselves up to new possibilities. In Part I, Kat shares stories of personal and professional transformation, inspirational quotes, and thought-provoking questions that will inspire readers to have the courage to shift from doubt to do. In

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Last Breath, Mary Stone

Welcome to the deadliest show on Earth… When the Ruby Red Spectacle Circus rolls into town, chaos and death follow in its wake. At first, the accidents seem coincidental, but as the body count rises, it becomes clear that a killer is lurking within the big top’s shadows. Smoke and mirrors concealing love and hate. After a third performer turns up dead, the newly formed FBI Violent Crimes Unit in Washington, DC is called in

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Koshi: Dragons of Diversity, Ginny Hendricksen

What’s cuter than a baby dragon? How about a vibrant world full of dragons! Join Koshi on his adventure to Volantia, where he learns that dragons, like people, have different appearances and unique gifts. That rocks! This book is a natural conversation starter with your little ones about making new friends, appreciating others’ differences, and celebrating individuality. Koshi: Dragons of Diversity is an adorable, inspiring, and exciting children’s book that will take its young readers

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The Secrets of Still Waters Chasm, Patricia Crisafulli

On a beautiful September afternoon, a hike through the pristine wild of Still Waters Chasm become a path of mystery and deadly danger for Gabriela Domenici and her boyfriend, Daniel Red Deer. First, they take a side trail to an inexplicable construction site in the middle of the woods, where every tree has been cut down and a huge truck bearing strange-looking equipment is parked in the middle. As they continue their hike to the

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Cancer Mentality, Paul Brodrick

Paul Brodrick found himself reassessing his life after having a bowel tumor removed five years ago. In this book, he shares what it was like to be diagnosed with cancer, how he dealt with the fear of defective genes, and how he learned to choose his own prognosis for a cancer-free future. He also weaves in simple explanations of cutting-edge science and metaphysical ideas, explaining how they played a role in his recovery and wellness.

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Broken Promise, Tara Fox Hall

Shocked at Danial’s betrayal, Sarelle returns to her old home to consider her options. Yet even as Sar plans a reconciliation with Danial, Terian arrives, confessing his desire. When Theo witnesses Terian and Sar kiss, he angrily confronts Sar, leading to startling consequences. Will Sar’s heart choose Danial, Terian,…or Theo? Broken Promise is the sensational sequel in the Promise Me series written by the superb author Tara Fox Hall who once again has thrilled and

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Vishnu’s Wondrous World, Pooja Singh

Welcome to “Vishnu’s Wondrous World: Magical Stories for Young Hearts”! Within the pages of this enchanting book, you will embark on a journey into the captivating realm of Lord Vishnu, one of the most revered deities in Hindu mythology. Through this collection of tales, you will discover the timeless wisdom, courage, and compassion embodied by Lord Vishnu, as he traverses the cosmos in various forms to protect the universe and uphold righteousness. Each story is

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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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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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Author Spotlight

Scott F. Parker, Author Spotlight

From the author of Running after Prefontaine and Run for Your Life: A Manifesto comes a collection of essential writings on running. Parker is at his best here celebrating the kind of playful running that any runner can enjoy. The Joy of Running qua Running is a light-hearted and light-footed jog through our most human sport. Many of the pieces collected here are new. Others have appeared previously in Sport Literate, the Oregonian, Run Minnesota,

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Jamie D. Stacey, Author Spotlight

Men don’t talk, especially about grief. But they should—before it’s too late. When Corey explains that he is on an Arriva Wales train with ‘no destination in mind other than the furthest place possible’, you know resistance is futile. You’re going to have to take a seat on that ride. Grief throws Corey into a disordered world where nothing makes sense. His reality is fractured by dark stabs of mental pain that convert his life

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Steven J. Byers, Author Spotlight

Nobody said the end of the world would be easy. In the days before the Great Flood, Noah’s prophecy of impending doom incites opposition wherever he goes. Although Jayfeth is an unlikely hero, being the son of the doomsday prophet thrusts him into extraordinary adventures and danger. Shunned by their tribe for building the ark, the family is soon ensnared in the palace intrigues of the giant Nephilim. All the while, a growing menace from

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Jeffrey Jay Levin, Author Spotlight

After watching a documentary about a 50-year-old unsolved crime, an otherwise ordinary guy finds himself both blessed and burdened by the ability to travel through time and space, but not in the physical sense, and only as it may relate to that unsolved crime. Braving the debilitating physical effects of his space time continuum journeys, he faces 1970s Mob bosses and their cronies, and murder and deceit, from both sides of the law. Determined to

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