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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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Mezzo Soprano: Memoirs of a Rez Girl, Rhonda Head

Tansi!! My name is Rhonda Head and I am from the OpaskwayakCree Nation in Northern Manitoba located in the Treaty 5Territory. I am the youngest of six siblings and my parents arethe late John Alfred Head and Hagar Head.I am pleased to be able to share my journey of trials andtribulations throughout my life with you. I have been fortunateenough to be able to achieve one of my goals – to write a bookabout myself,

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Selfishly, Leatra Hernandez

Selfishly, a book of passion, desire, and temptation, is filled with poems ready to embrace you with every word. You will find yourself graced with a feeling of beauty as the words surround you. Softness will touch your heart and tenderness will rapture your soul as you experience the book, Selfishly. The love of falling in love will touch your heart in the words of poetry. You will find your love being embraced in desire. The words

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Signs In The Rearview Mirror, Kelly Smith

What kind of person ends up in a toxic relationship? And why does she stay? This searingly honest novel answers both those questions head-on. Coming out of a failing marriage, Kelly turns to Gabe out of fear of being alone. Her gradual slide into danger is at once terrifying and inevitable, and the steps she takes to get out of it will both inspire and offer hope. Signs In The Rearview Mirror is a poignant,

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The Growth Quotient, Subbarao Mukkavilli

The world is changing rapidly. Most of the skillsets we use today will be irrelevant very soon. Several jobs that exist today will be extinct. AI-powered apps and robots will replace all of them.  Corona Pandemic has fast-tracked most of these developments. COVID is rewriting the rules of the game, and AI is automating them. Acute talent deficiency is another pandemic all of us will face very soon. Ok. Let us park the pandemics for some time and talk

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The Curator of Broken Things: From Smyrna to Paris, Corine Gantz

Everything Cassie believes about her father is turned on its head when she meets an estranged elderly aunt more than willing to expose family secrets that have created riffs across generations. From an ancient city in the Ottoman Empire to Paris in the Roaring Twenties to a desperate escape from Nazi annihilation, Cassie begins to unearth her family’s past and its impact on who she has become. The Curator of Broken Things: From Smyrna to

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School and My Bully Experience, Frank Joseph Minichetti

Have You Or Someone You Know Ever Been Bullied? If “YES”, School and My Bully Experience, A New Anti-Bullying Book, is the perfect read. “School and My Bully Experience”, a new book about combating bullying by author Frank Joseph Minichetti, blends delightful stories with helpful tips for middle schoolers and young adults who may feel like they are alone or afraid and are in need of help. Join Joseph Minnow as he travels back in

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Welcome To Superhero School, Gracie Dix

Welcome to Superhero School! Join Oliver, Jess, and all their friends on a mission to destroy the power-hungry, evil villains of Vork. From subterranean sewers to lush jungle, from dinosaurs to dragons, our heroes will be pushed to their limits in ways they’d never imagined. Will their collective Powers—Flight, Morphing, Invisibility, Mind Reading, and more—be enough for them to overcome the malevolence of Vork? Or will they stumble over their own doubts and painful histories?

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The Archons Rise, Brian A. Sieteski

Humanity is under siege, simultaneous attacks of unknown origin against government leaders around the world have shaken society to its core. Foundations such as democracy, rule of law, and long-held alliances will be tested in this stark new reality. This story follows America on its path to take on this never-before-seen global calamity. Beginning with deciding how to rapidly address the vacuum of power to be ready to take action and also bring the culprits

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Manifesto to Myself, Kristofer Mencak

Do you love Mondays? I do, now. But I didn’t always. Most people don’t like Mondays. Why? We all know why. They have to work. And on Friday they come alive again. I feel very happy where I am right now, with what I have achieved so far. But I also feel I have so much more I want to do. So many ideas and projects I want to realize. I have spent far too

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Just Joshin’ Ya: Reflections of an uncensored kid, Joy Anna

This fun collection captures the best everyday thoughts and unconscious musings of Josh, as he grew from a precocious toddler to a witty young boy. His mom kept his wisdom and witticisms written on scraps of paper and in a journal over the years, and she has finally released them for us to enJoy. The imagination and advice include a tip to conjure up a sibling: “Doesn’t your tummy tell you if you’re having another

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Inspiration for the Soul – Courage for the Heart, Nick Olsen

My hope is that this collection of inspirational poetry reflects both the best and worst experiences we face in our life. Most importantly, the poems are a way of offering inspiration, hope, and encouragement to our daily lives. These poems are presented with the intention to promote personal growth and elevating your spiritual growth. I hope you’ll read these poems with earnest reflection and consider how they apply to your past and present life. Inspiration

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Maldene II: Mysteries Of Olde, Mark Anthony Tierno

Of all that Sabu and his companions discovered in the bowels of Thïr Tÿorca, a simple looking map was the most mysterious. An indestructible map in an unknown language that starts them on a quest to seek out answers from the fabled Great Sage at the Foot of the World.And yet, these answers are only the beginning, for it puts them on the road to the most incredible secret anywhere on or off Maldene. A

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Who the F*** Wants to be President?!: My Year of Living Politically, JJ Walcutt

Why would anyone run for president?! Everyone believes you need a big name, deep pockets, and partisan clout to even try—and with good reason. But does it have to be that way, and could a no-name scientist from Florida have a shot at the Oval Office? This is the story of finding that answer. It’s part memoir, part critique, and part tell-all on some of the unwritten rules of American politics. Told by a psychologist and

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Crisanta Knight: The Severance Game, Geanna Culbertson

The Crisanta Knight Series: Book 1 – Crisanta Knight: Protagonist Bound; Book 2- Crisanta Knight: The Severance Game; Book 3 – Crisanta Knight: Inherent Fate; Book 4 – Crisanta Knight: The Liar, The Witch, & The Wormhole A lot of questions ran through my head as I desperately clung to the roof of a magic train crossing over a gaping canyon. Like: How did I get here? What could I have done to avoid this

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Little Lost Things, Eleanor Chance

Just when Grace Walker finally achieves the stable, happy life she’s always dreamed of, a dangerous character from her past resurfaces and her life spins out of control. The freefall begins when Johnny accidentally uncovers Grace’s lies about his past, and their bond suffers a near-fatal blow. At that moment, the kidnapper who got away with abducting Johnny as a baby resurfaces and lures him into her trap. As Grace frantically searches for Johnny with

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A Journey of Three Degrees, A.L. Kent

In the lively little university town of Riverside, Anna is only two hours away from her parents’ home but in a world all her own. Focused on her studies and plans for traveling internationally after graduation, the normally non-romantic Anna is completely caught off guard by an uncharacteristic captivation that takes hold of her on the first day of her final semester, when she sees her French professor. Though she tries to deny it, Anna’s

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The Genesis of Seven, Sara M Schaller

Eighteen-year-old Jordan Conway has always wanted to help people, but helping seven archangels to achieve their divine duty was never quite what he had in mind… When Jordan is entrusted by the head nun of his orphanage to deliver a mysterious backpack to a New York City address, he comes unexpectedly face-to-face with Archangel Gabriel. Their acquaintance fast uncovers a labyrinth of secrets that connect Jordan’s once-normal life to an ancient heavenly prophecy. Now, he

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Maelstrom: Part I, Rip Converse

A sailing adventure from NE to the Caribbean turns into a nightmare In part 1 of Maelstrom. Ryan Cunningham wakes up one day and realizes that the dreams and values he’s pursued and emulated for 37 years are those of his parents and grandparents. There’s nothing wrong with them, they simply aren’t his. He sells his house, moves onto his sailboat and decides to go on an aquatic walkabout; sailing first from New England to

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River of Blood, O’Fuel

Sean Tower, reluctant beneficiary of a family tradition in law enforcement, spins headlong into the violent, corrupt world of a metropolitan police force. His anarchist idealism and the culture of the warrior cop prove destined for bloody collision. River of Blood is a sensational book written by the exceptional and talented O’Fuel and wow what a stellar and poignant story! River of Blood is a book I was keen to read ever since discovering it

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How to Write a Grant: Become a Grant Writing Unicorn, Meredith Noble

Grant writers are by nature community changemakers. They are the 20% doing 80% of the work. They are the quiet leaders, knowing how to build teams, forge community partnerships, and develop ideas into well-planned projects.  Grant writers put heart and soul into everything they do. They work on things that matter. They want to have an impact and better their communities.  Before grant writers become known for their craft, however, they started with an idea and

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Author Spotlight

Katie Marshall, Author Spotlight

After his mother’s death, Brian suffers severe trauma from his abusive father. When the abuse becomes too much, Brian’s mind splits into multiple personalities and starts him down a path of murder and destruction. Lizzie ’s life is turned upside down when she is tortured by a serial killer. Now she has to learn to cope with a new school, new friends, and a new life with a sister that she didn’t meet until recently.

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Gill D. Anderson, Author Spotlight

FARZAD ABED is an unhinged Iranian immigrant living in Australia. His sociopathic tendencies coupled with his political views make him a very dangerous man indeed. Farzad wants the world to sit up and take notice of him and randomly selects six bystanders to hold hostage at a city restaurant. JACOB BROWN is a fitness fanatic who finds himself at the centre of a bizarre situation when he arrives at his favourite restaurant to pick up

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Lana Lindemann, Author Spotlight

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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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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