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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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Oh Daddy Chronicles, Barry Robbins

Imagine if you could have eavesdropped on Donald Trump’s conversations in the Oval Office. That’s precisely what Oh Daddy Chronicles does in 46 skit-like episodes that have been described as Saturday Night Live on steroids. The conversations with his family, advisers, cabinet secretaries are fictitious, made-up, imagined…or are they? Just how imbecilic, self-centered, ridiculous does his side of those conversations have to be before you remember that Oh Daddy Chronicles is fiction? If you’re a

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Heart of Swine, Freddy F. Fonseca

Think you’re living in an environmental dystopia? Wait until we start thawing a frozen planet with pig farts. That’s where the story begins and it doesn’t get any less wild. At once ridiculous and chilling, rising surrealist talent Freddy F. Fonseca explores the dark, porky underbelly beneath humanity’s seemingly ever-more-virtuous race toward sustainability – and the genius puppet-masters who watch our feeble bamboo-straw-buying attempts and smile, while flattening another rainforest. Oh yeah, and there’s our

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Safe, Wanted, and Loved, Patrick Dylan

When a sudden mental illness struck his wife, Patrick Dylan found himself living with an eerie stranger. Scared and unprepared, he began a desperate battle to protect her from a mysterious disease, shelter their children from her bizarre behavior, and recover the woman he loved. For years, Patrick and Mia Dylan enjoyed an intimate marriage that exemplified partnership. They worked together to create a loving home for their two children, enjoyed a close relationship with

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Greetings from Asbury Park, Luigina Vecchione

We celebrate the Greatest Generation for their courage and honor. This is how they loved. Fifteen-year-old Mariella yearns for a new life. Since the Germans arrived in Rome, food has been scarce, and danger lurks around every corner. On top of that, she’s haunted by a childhood tragedy and weighed down with the responsibility of caring for her siblings. Everything feels impossible. But when she meets Jack, a handsome American soldier with a crooked smile,

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Off Track, Neil Bullock

She thought she was the only human left. She was wrong. Every living thing on Earth is dead, the victim of some inexplicable catastrophe. Violinist Eden Lucas believes she is the only member of her species left. As she grapples with her despair, she comes across a sinister train hovering above the ground. Desperately hoping to find other survivors, she climbs aboard. But what she finds only deepens the mystery of what happened to her

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The Quest for the Wizard’s Ring, Robert A. Valle

This is the story of two brothers who are caught in an attack on their home by a Demon Lord and his vast army of goblins, winged flyers and towering brutes. Chaant, the younger brother, is a mage while Ky’el is a skilled warrior. As the citizens shelter from the onslaught behind the great wall that encircles their home of Almarra, Chaant must venture out on a quest to find and serve a wizard so

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Gabrielle, Laura Mariani

One day, just like that, everything changed … As Gabrielle writes in her morning pages, she is flooded with vivid memories of the past and intense responses to the present. She re-examines her choices throughout her life. A woman among men jockeying for power, Gabrielle is direct, unshakable and has created a world for herself where she rules alone. She has fought hard for her independence. Yet, she is in search for love and longs

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The Success Trail, Jack Perconte

Very few people know how to reach their potential, overcomeself-doubt and adversity, and often win. The fact is anyone can make theirdreams come true. Will you? Former majorleague baseball player, Jack Perconte, details the mindset to “go furtherthan before” through the steps he used to reach the highest level in sportand to finish 14 marathons so far. He shows readers how to use this winningethos to achieve their goals, dreams, and bucket list items. A

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Through the Cracks, Pam Rader

She risked everything to flee an abusive addict. When her child veered towards the same path, could she learn to forgive? Pam Rader didn’t just crave freedom… her survival depended on it. Having escaped at knifepoint from her violent alcoholic husband, she desperately sought a new beginning for her infant son. But after a string of failed relationships and marriages, her worst nightmare unfolded before her eyes as her beloved boy developed an out-of-control heroin

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Jordan’s Penny, Stefanie Stratton

Jordan Stephens, the embodiment of perfection, was convinced early on that he deserves the best. From his dashing sex appeal to a successful career, he surrounds himself with the luxury, wearing tailor-made suits, flaunting his expensive Benz, and bedding women equally gorgeous. One thing remains off-limits—commitment. He can’t even commit to an assistant, cycling through one attractive, unqualified assistant after the next. Their beauty is all that matters… until their job performance makes him look

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We Are 100, Nathan Timmel

After losing his wife, Evan Francart is depressed. He has an axe to grind with the pharmaceutical company that jacked up the price of her medications, but feels powerless against a billion-dollar corporation. Then he meets Cassandra. She shows Evan a way to both end his life and become a hero. With her guidance, Evan interrupts a company board meeting and blows the building sky-high. As FBI agents Susan Chamberlain and Michael Godwin discover, Evan

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Sunshine for the Soul, Nick Olsen

This poetry collection is a personal reflection of the author’s experiences amid the Covid-19 crisis and the world around us. He watched the reports on television, spoke with first responders, and witnessed many who died from this horrible virus and the toll it has taken on families. Covid-19 brought out the horror of our society—friends, family, and neighbors fighting amongst themselves— but it also revealed those who love and care for their fellow man. Since

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A Christmas Love Story, Maureen McCabe

The story of two engaging Christmas tree ornaments: Nicholas Nutcracker, a retired toy-soldier from a small village in Germany, and Brittany Ballerina, a world-renowned ornament ballet dancer, are both in search of their true love. “I will find my true love with ‘word-of-mouth marketing!’” exclaims Nicholas determined to find his true love this Christmas. Or, maybe they will meet at the annual “Meet and Mingle of the Christmas Ornaments?” Nicholas and Brittany are both more

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Looks That Deceive, Braxton DeGarmo

Two prominent medical malpractice attorneys are dead. Can you imagine the stuff flowing downhill into Detective Lynch Cully’s lap?From his lieutenant’s office. From his chief’s office. The mayor’s office. The governor.He’s already facing the toughest case of his career: a serial assailant who leaves his victims unable to testify.Are these cases related? Has the perpetrator upped his game? Amy Gibbs, RN is a newly recruited med-evac flight nurse who left the ER, its stress, and

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Godfrey’s Crusade, Mark Howard

Godfrey’s Crusade is the first installment of the Griffin Legends series. It’s a fantasy novel with a 106,035 word count. It has a mixture of martial and religious themes; we’re going on a crusade here after all if the title didn’t give it away, it has a carefully chosen combination of fantasy and real historical elements, its plot structure is increasingly complex throughout; at no point can any of the major characters simply return to

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Queen of Crows, S.L. Wilton

In a world of strange magic, dangerous creatures, and villainous wyverns, an ousted young queen struggles to regain her throne. Sophia Pendergast’s quest is complicated by deep-rooted misogyny embedded in her culture and religion. Her lover, a dashing young knight, offers her a life in obscure comfort, but she refuses to abandon her people to the usurper’s whims. To retake her throne and set prophecy on its path, she must embrace a long-denied secret and

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Develop A Beautiful Mind God’s Way, Eunice Onode

Child of God, is your mind bogged down with worry, anxiety, and negative thoughts because of the issues in your life? Does it seem like there is no way out? Then keep reading…. Child of our Great King, you are not alone! People of God everywhere are fighting worry, anxiety, toxic, negative, and self-deprecating thoughts and winning! Why not you?! You know the life issues you are dealing with are weighing your mind down and

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The Happiness Recipe, Rebecca C. Morrison

We are born to be happy. Somewhere along the way, our lives get cluttered. To find your recipe for happiness, you need to know what matters most to you; have strong beliefs to support taking the necessary next steps; and actually do the kinds of things you want to, while letting go of the rest. You also need to be willing to share your desires with the world—something that is often challenging. This is where

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A Miracle Named Mark, Gregory S. Hublar

The decision that Alfred T. Hublar Jr. and Mary Linda Hublar had to unexpectedly make on September 1st, 1964 was really no decision at all. With the end of another successful pregnancy now at hand, they were filled with excitement and more than ready to meet their next child. Other than a little less movement on the inside than what she experienced with her first pregnancy, everything appeared to be going as expected. Linda was

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Death on the Railway, Manuel Rose

An erotic, horrific thrill ride you won’t be able to put down, until the unbelievably shocking ending! Death on the Railway is a supernatural crime thriller with an element of romance. This thriller is set in the highly stressed, fast-paced world we live in today and will appeal to readers who enjoy psychological thrillers. When the parents of 21-year-old Angelo Russo are tragically killed in a car accident, he is left in the care of

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Author Spotlight

Judith Teitelman, Author Spotlight

In 1923, seventeen-year-old Esther Grünspan arrives in Köln “with a hardened heart as her sole luggage.” Thus begins a twenty-two-year journey, woven against the backdrops of the European Holocaust and the Hindu Kali Yuga (the “Age of Darkness” when human civilization degenerates spiritually), in search of a place of sanctuary. Throughout her travails, using cunning and shrewdness, Esther relies on her masterful tailoring skills to help mask her Jewish heritage, navigate war-torn Europe, and emigrate

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Ryu Takeshi, Author Spotlight

The streets of Tokyo are different at night. There is darkness behind the glitter and the neon lights, and people who prefer to stay in the shadows, to dwell in the underworld – whores, gangsters, the homeless, the lost. People like Sato. He’s part of this world, he always has been, but a feeling of change is lingering in the heavy air of the bustling city. A feeling brought to life by fateful encounters of

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K. Blanton Brenner, Author Spotlight

At only eleven years old, Ginny Spangler is left orphaned after a horse theft gone bad. As Ginny grows from a self-reliant young girl to the fiery matriarch of a sprawling Texas ranch family, she passes on her resiliency and bold spirit to her nieces, Scottie, Rory, and Georgie O’Brien – sisters that are growing up with a distant mother and a fun-loving but troubled father. Even as little girls, the O’Brien sisters know they

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Laura Mariani, Author Spotlight

The RULE BOOK to Smash The infamous glass ceiling – For women & young women everywhere. Women in leadership (albeit very few) have been the center of many conversations around women empowerment and inclusion. Each year rings in new strategies and approaches to ensuring that more women around the world get their seat at the table. With all the different hurdles (racism, sexism, ageism, ableism and all the other isms) women have to jump over,

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