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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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So Long Earth, Michael Bienenstock

2017. Dr. Thomas Burns, an environmental engineer, is listening to the President, talk about global warming. He and his colleagues quickly realize that Earth will no longer be able to sustain life in a few years. Environmental disasters all over the world are occurring at a quicker rate, and each one seems to be stronger than the previous one. As a result, Tom begins to develop and carry out his plans to build 4 spaceships

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The Unforgotten World of Ava: A Mystical Love Story, Renee Scarrott

This is one woman’s journey of self-discovery and true love. Ava Morgan thought she had a perfect life, the perfect husband and the perfect family. It is only after she discovers her husband’s affair with a much younger woman that she starts to question why this happened to her, wondering if she was enough and why her husband didn’t love her. She is surprised by her determination and strength in finding out who she truly

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Inherent Truth, Alicia Anthony

When Liv Sullivan’s grandmother beckons for help from beyond the grave, the reluctant psychic returns to her small Ohio hometown. Scrambling to make sense of the clues left by the vision, Liv finds herself face to face with undercover agent, Ridge McCaffrey. Assigned to protect a woman whose gifts unnerve him, for a covert psychic intelligence operation he doesn’t understand, Ridge struggles to place duty over desire. But when a gruesome discovery is unearthed at

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Because of Adam, Sara Celi

My life is in shambles. I don’t recognize it. For a long time, I lived the good life in Palm Beach, and boy did I enjoy it. I spent my time attending parties, raising money for charity, taking front-row seats at fashion shows, and vacationing in the world’s most glamorous places while I waited for the perfect husband to come my way. Then I discovered my father’s awful secret. Now I’m paying for his sins.

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Beyond ‘Ah-Ha’: 52 Powerful Ways to Start Challenging Life’s Rules, Bronwen A. Sciortino

What if you could easily access the answers to your biggest questions? It’s time to put aside the things you’ve been told are right for you and step into a world where your direction comes from a powerful connection with your own soul. In ‘Beyond Ah-Ha’, Simplicity Expert Bronwen Sciortino hands you the tools to start moving away from the rules you’ve been given so you can create the life you’ve secretly been craving. Using

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Redeemed, Maggie Blackbird

Bridget Matawapit is an Indigenous activist, daughter of a Catholic deacon, and foster mother to Kyle, the son of an Ojibway father—the ex-fiancé she kicked to the curb after he chose alcohol over her love. With Adam out on parole and back in Thunder Bay, she is determined to stop him from obtaining custody of Kyle. Adam Guimond is a recovering alcoholic and ex-gangbanger newly paroled. Through counseling, reconnecting with his Ojibway culture and twelve-step

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Awake, Arise, Or Be Forever Fallen!: Fall, Awakening, and Rise of a Young Anorexic Male, Alberto Vezendi

This book carries a message of hope for all: that a better life is possible, regardless of your situation, and that you already have everything you need to live it. It’s all there in your mind. With this book, the author seeks to inspire readers to be themselves, take control of their lives, and live a purposeful existence, instead of living at the mercy of other people’s wishes. However, none of that can ever be

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Made in the Image of God: Understanding the Nature of God and Mankind in a Changing World, Reid A. Ashbaucher

Made in the Image of God is a book that provides key concepts for understanding the nature and personhood of God and mankind, while providing deeper insights into how we as human beings relate to God physically, emotionally and spiritually in a metaphysical way, both now and in the future. Within this study, there are discussions on such topics as The Nature of God, The Nature of Mankind, The Trinity, and Jesus Christ as God and

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Death in Paraiso, Jack Polo

Private detectives Matt Singer and Jamal Wade’s plan to sell real estate as a side business explodes into murder when their client is brutally slain in a house they’ve listed for sale. In their search to find the real killer, Matt and Jamal are trapped in a Chinese puzzle box of cover-ups and corruption that goes to the very top of the southern California beach town known as Paradise. Before this case comes to its

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Burning the Bacon: Poetry, L. Austen Johnson

In Burning the Bacon, L. Austen Johnson navigates through deeply personal terrain, laying waste to it and watching its flowers regrow in the four sections of the collection: “Gravity,” “In Memoriam,” “Entropy,” and “Parthenogenesis.” She explores topics such as chronic illness, love, heartbreak, memory, and growing up with a blend of accessible language and rich metaphor. Burning the Bacon: Poetry is an incredible poetry book that has made me fall in love with this genre all

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They Said Terminal: God Said Life, Shawn Russell

They Said Terminal God said Life is a faith journey starting with Shawn Russell receiving a stage 4 terminal cancer diagnosis. Instead of being the end, it is a new beginning. This story captures the raw soul searching and desperation one faces when confronting such a heavy diagnosis. Shawn and his wife Stephanie’s deepened dependence on God leads to experiences of God’s personal love, a series of breathtaking miracles, a changed lifestyle and ripples of

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A Monster Escapes, Lewis Wolfe

A dark force plagues the town of Brettville, Alabama, clawing at its victims and sending them into states of delusion, fear and paranoia. It looks for guilt and grief, trauma that smells and tastes so very sweet. While feeding on these painful memories, it lures its victims into a trap of endless waking nightmares. Ex-marine Caleb Epps takes on the job of bodyguard for the strange investigator, Jane Elring. Together they travel to Brettville to

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Meet Odie (A Paw Smart Book), D.S. Provance

Written from a dog’s perspective, this lighthearted, interactive book teaches young children about dogs. Odie describes his physical traits, behaviors, apparel, adventures, and other insightful facts about dogs and other animals. Features:Engaging color photographsFirst person (dog) voiceConversational tone (you and me)Friendly educational messagesChild-centric glossary Takeaways:Starts conversationsHelps children better understand dogsPromotes enjoying dogs, nature, and exerciseEncourages making friends and being curious Meet Odie is an adorable and exciting children’s book that will take its young readers on

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A Tortuous Path: Atonement and Reinvention in a Broken System, Christopher E. Pelloski

In this thought-provoking sequel to his award-winning memoir, Trauma, Shame, and the Power of Love: The Fall and Rise of a Physician who Heals Himself, former elite cancer doctor and researcher, Christopher Pelloski, chronicles his compelling journey from federal incarceration to halfway house detention to the first few years of building a new “after” life. Alternating between humor, pathos, and measured outrage, Pelloski takes us with him as he weathers imprisonment, divorce, and medical board hearings,

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The Lodge Women, Their Men and Their Times, Emily Lodge

From the earliest days of the American colonies, through the Gilded Age, to the late 20th century, The Lodge Women traces a line of the family’s remarkable history that is at once intensely personal, political and wholly universal. Based on archival research, interviews and personal memoirs, the stories are largely told through the voices of the actors themselves, heard in the rich collection of personal letters exchanged with the luminaries of the time whose lives

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She Lies Beneath, Frances Powell

Chief Inspector Cam Fergus hated the return of autumn. Walking up Church Street from his home overlooking the River Wye towards the police station, Cam pondered why it seemed that autumn always put him in such a foul mood. He thought about the gardens growing barren, the leaves falling from the trees leaving their bare limbs stretching like skeletons into the grey sky, To him, autumn signified in a word…death. When a 999 call, reporting

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Author Spotlight

Anita M. Oommen, Author Spotlight

Have you been deeply wounded by your mother? Did the woman, who was supposed to love you, nurture you and protect you, leave you feeling abandoned, worthless and scared? Have you struggled your entire life to fill the void of her absence?  In Picking Up the Shards, author Anita M. Oommen examines decades of her battle with soul-wounding from her mother and mother figures. She shares her gut-wrenching personal account of childhood trauma, neglect, rejection, and abuse. She takes you

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Ben D’Alessio, Author Spotlight

In the suffocating bosom of August, Dionysus arrives in New Orleans. For too long, the Greek God of Revelry and Wine has endured the incessant bickering atop Mt. Olympus, and so he descends to be with the mortals and indulge himself in the city’s reputed decadence and vice. When Dionysus is parched and aching for even a drop of the vine, he mistakenly stumbles into a bookstore and begs an employee who reminds him of

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A.J. Feagin, Author Spotlight

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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Melinda Cates, Author Spotlight

I MAKE a difference – is an experiential internal adventure for you to unravel and heal your conditioned self to reconnect to your true self. This a self-help book that explores and deals with the reality, depths and breadths of who you are, what you experience internally and what it takes to truly get to know, reclaim and develop yourself.  The experiences in your outside world are impacting your inside world. The process in this book enables

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