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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 Innkeeper’s Son, K.C. Herbel

Billy cheerfully runs The Valley’s Finest Inn with his father and daydreams of a fantasy life in the distant courts of the kingdom. One night, a murderous stranger from his secret past emerges to take from him his life and the magic ring that belonged to his mother. Billy must flee home to stay alive and is thrust into an adventure that leads him to the highest courts in the land. But there are perils

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Images, Lauri Broadbent

When Professor Michael Peterson learns he has a terminal brain tumor and is faced with no other viable options, he promises complete confidentially to undergo an experimental and highly secretive operation in brain cell grafting.  While recuperating, he begins to have flashes of fragmented images that have no connection to his life. He soon realizes he is an unwilling participant in a murder plan initiated by his donor.  Drawn into a maze of deceit and

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How To Get Your S**t Together and Start Making Money, Peter Ruecker

At some point in life, we all need to get our shit together: stop partying, stop making excuses and set ourselves up for success. If you’re in a time of transition and want an honest, funny and effective guidebook for how to start making progress in your life, look no further. Peter Ruecker details his personal experience with getting his shit together: changing his party habits, becoming a family man and transforming into one of

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Toxic to Transformed 100 Words of Life to Renew the Mind, Donna L. Lewis

BREAK FREE! Does it sometimes feel like you’re trapped in a cage, pinned down by debilitating anxiety and depression? Have you been told you suffer from Complex PTSD?  There are few things people go through that can match the devastation of toxic narcissistic verbal and emotional abuse. It demolishes personal boundaries, self-worth and the ability to engage with life giving relationships. Possibly worst of all, dreams are devastated along with the God given potential inside. A FRESH START! What if

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Running From Dust, Jess Whitby

Jude Craig is a level-headed teacher in a Yorkshire secondary school. Within a matter of days her professional and personal life is shattered by a series of strange events in her house. What starts with the sound of papers fluttering to the floor quickly escalates to her discovering that someone has been in the house whilst she is sleeping. When Jude is driven out of her job and home she is forced to discover whether

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Darkness and Light, Annelies George

DARKNESS AND LIGHT is set five years after the brutal attack in Jessie’s apartment. From Miami to the Seychelles, the now married journalist continues her life journey. The metaphorical meaning of darkness and light are central themes throughout the story. Hatred, greed, betrayal, lies, the desire for power, far reaching jealousy, unconditional love, forgiveness and the noticeable changes in today’s climate are some of the spellbinding features of this plot.In the second part of the

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Belinda, BS Alexander

Two murders on successive Saturday nights Both victims were men in their fifties. Both men were married. Both men had children. Both men had jobs. Both men had seemingly decided to play away from home. At each crime scene, the killer has left a small, square piece of card with the words “OOPS I DID IT AGAIN” in capitals above a crudely drawn smiley face. There is a femme fatale on the prowl. A serial

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Silence on the Plains, Ray Pairan

This anthology of short stories written by Ray Pairan is dystopian, raw, and full of passionate humanity. Environmental destruction and unrestrained corporatism that leads to a world of pain and suffering are offset with lusty tales that excite both physically and intellectually. Take the journey into the totally unexpected – a travel into a not to distant future that each of us may already recognize. Anthologies and short stories are soon becoming my favorite type

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The 7 Rocks Of Life, Steven Mazzurco

There are two stories in life: The past & the one that is being created everyday. Many stories are often expired stories that we should be learning from instead of presently living in it, causing it to control our lives. In this inspiring book you will learn the 7 Rocks Of Life that will give you balance & clarity in filling up your cup of life properly. You will be able to create a life

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The Living God, Kaytalin McCarry

In a land of magic where parallel worlds are just a portal away, civil war rages. Saran and Keiler are elemental mages bound by love and sorcery: one destined to rule a kingdom, the other to destroy it. Five years ago, Saran reached into Keleir Ahriman’s heart and imprisoned the demon within him, tying her soul to his. Together, they’ve conspired against Saran’s father—a fanatical king who worships that world-ending demon inside Keleir, a being

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How to Avoid Unplanned Pregnancy WITHOUT Using Contraceptive Drugs, Pett Corby

In this easy to read book, you will find possibly everything you need to know about well forgotten, natural ways for preventing Unplanned Pregnancy (UP).  There’s practically NO need to use contraceptive drugs, coming with a list of dangerous side effects, altering our fragile hormonal balance, to say the least. Before the industry’s first steps in mid 1800s, humanity did not experience a boom of reproduction due to ignorance. How did people avoid unwanted pregnancy

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Restore Trust, Werner Neff

Economic Solutions to Current Social and Political Issues in the U.S.  Poverty is a structural problem created by economic thinking errors and institutional poverty traps, revealed and discussed in detail in this book. Neff argues that America is a welfare state. The working poor are a social problem created by politics. The low minimum wage does not support a most basic lifestyle and as a result, food stamps, free medical services and other social programs

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Inventing Madness, J.G. Schwartz

Inventing Madness is a fictional account of Thomas Edison’s rise to fame and fortune through the use of murder and magic. It intertwines actual dates and events that occurred during Edison’s life. The story begins when Edison is 84 years old, in 1931, and is told in a series of seven interviews conducted by a science reporter from The New York Times. Although the public was made to believe Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla were

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Finding Your Coach: Diving Deep Within, Melinda J. Kelly

In today’s world when we need help we reach out and get it. Be it business, personal, financial, career or other, we go to coaches to help us divine the information we need to move forward. But what if we aren’t aware of our own roadblocks, the ways we stop ourselves. We can work with the best people in the world, yet not get the answers we seek. The same is true with how we

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The Evil That Was Done, Michele Pariza Wacek

The shocking conclusion to the award-winning Secrets of Redemption series where long-buried secrets will finally be revealed. It’s happening again—people are disappearing. And just like before, the finger is pointed at Becca. She knows how it looks … and that she’s being set up. Someone is following her. Sneaking into her house. Planting evidence to make her look guilty. The problem is, she has no idea why. The bigger problem is, no one believes her.

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I Am Manifesto, SB Hilarion

A book of 366 mantras or affirmations to raise and encourage the self-esteem and self-belief of children (plus adults), told through the eyes of young siblings Hao Finley Lee and Sabine Yi Lee. Written in the form of a journal and calendar, there is a mantra for each day of the month. For each mantra that Hao and Sabine want to focus on for their own personal growth, they share that with other fellow “philomaths”

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Author Spotlight

Jennifer B. Monahan, Author Spotlight

When Jennifer Monahan announced her intention to leave her well-established career as a business strategy consultant and give up her rent-controlled apartment in San Francisco to do a global walkabout for an undetermined amount of time, her friends and family thought she was insane. But Jennifer was excited about taking the time to truly explore and immerse herself in a variety of cultures, so their scepticism didn’t faze her; plus she was used to traveling

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Susan K. Hamilton, Author Spotlight

Centuries ago, the Faerie Realm was decimated by a vile and corrupt spell. To survive, the different faerie races―led by the Fae―escaped to the Human Realm where they’ve lived ever since. As the Fae Patriarch of Boston’s criminal underworld, Aohdan Collins enjoys his playboy lifestyle while he works from the shadows to expand his growing empire, until one night when he shares a shot of whiskey with the lovely Seireadan Moore… A Fae Seer, Seireadan

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Loren Mayshark, Author Spotlight

The perfect book to read with a glass of wine in hand. Inside The Chinese Wine Industrytakes you on a thrilling adventure through the past, present and future of wine in China.  The wine business is one of the world’s most compelling industries and China is considered the rising star. A hidden secret, the Chinese wine production continues to grow at an amazing pace. It is poised to soon enter the top five producing nations,

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Ty Mitchell, Author Spotlight

Do the wrong thing–you’re dead Do the right thing–the life you know is destroyed Do nothing at all and you will have a hand in the biggest global war America has seen since World War II These were the only options given to burnt out homicide detective, Jake Penny, after mistakenly exposing the American government’s biggest secret that never existed. Now an investigative reporter is digging too deep into his life, the NSA is hawking

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