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ISBN-13: 9780143126683
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books, 5/2014


Good characters, a twisty plot slowly pulls you in and keeps you until the last page. This has been a best seller in Europe, and for good reason.

The Book of You (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780062297600
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Published: Harper Torch, 5/2014


This thriller is creepy, provocative, and repulsive at the same time it is entrancing, well-written, and realistic. Antagonist Rafe has fallen for our protagonist, Clarissa, over the course of one unsuccessful date. He continues to stalk her after she has expressed her disinterest by sending her unwanted gifts, packages and letters; following her to and from work and as she meets with friends, and even getting himself into her building by sweet-talking her old unknowing land lord.  The story of Clarissa's dodging this stalker plays out while she is on jury duty for a case that involves a female drug addict whose story of abuse is undermined by the biased court. As Clarissa tries to find a way to bring her stalker to justice, readers are reminded of the lengths victims of domestic abuse, stalking, and other unwanted displays of affection must go to to protect themselves and prove their perpetrators are guilty--beyond a shadow of a doubt.

ISBN-13: 9781455503247
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Published: Grand Central Publishing, 6/2014


The Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts of the l960's were glamorous, daring men who conquered space, but for many of us young women living at this time, the wives of the astronauts were the fascinating ones. This delightful book chronicles the daily lives of these women who were capitulated from ordinary housewives to celebrities in a few short years. Koppel describes the details of these lives with compassion and humor--the fear and dread when husbands flew into the unknown, their knowledge of infidelities, and the presence of reporters documenting their most intimate moments. What prevailed was an exclusive sisterhood of women who faced these challenges with humor, courage and loyalty to one another.

The Snow Queen (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780374266325
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 5/2014


Cunningham is a master of digging deeply into the may layers of creative angst. In all four of these characters, he shows us the delight, despair, illusion and clarity of the creative process. Whether it is dealing with art, fashion, or dying, his writing is profound, thoughtful and beautiful.

ISBN-13: 9780316055437
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Published: Little, Brown and Company, 10/2013


Donna Tartt absolutely draws you into the tragic world of our protagonist, Theo Decker, via a string of tragic, surprising, and darkly redemptive acts and accomplices that will leave you stunned in the beginning and stunned at the end. Theo and his best friend Boris remind us that the best intentions can have a dark underbelly and the purest of hearts can have a dark core. Truth, love, beauty, all the virtues of life we hold so dear are up for examination, in line at the guillotine and, in the end, redeemed, though not without the near constant tragedies of death, despair, addiction, and struggle. It’s no wonder this book has won so many prizes and sold so many copies: Tartt’s first book in 10 years, she weaves a deft story with the moral dimensions of a prism, all the microtales shining light upon one another until the brilliant gold piece of art that we follow throughout the 770 pages—The Goldfinch—is illuminated.

Fear of Flying (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780143107354
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Published: Penguin Classics, 10/2013


Not a new book, but still as noteworthy and relevant as it was more than forty years ago. Jong has influenced a whole generation of feminist with her open attitudes about women's careers and sexuality. This book will make it into my top list of fiction, well, forever, because it's the kind of book you can come back to and enjoy, time and time again. It's erotic and transformative and much, much better written than Fifty Shades of Grey. Try it and see.

The History of Love (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780393328622
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 5/2006


Don't let the title turn you off to this book, if you are thinking, "This book sounds sappy." I this excellently written novel, the theme is not romantic love. Rather this book is about love for art and humanity. It's emotionally engaging in the best way. I couldn't put it down.

ISBN-13: 9780812979329
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2/2013


Everyone should read this prize-winning narrative non-fiction about the inter-connected lives of several families in a slum in India. It will give you a radically different view of globalization and the rise of India than what you may have read in the newspaper.

Wave (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780345804310
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Published: Vintage, 12/2013


Although this is one of the saddest books I have ever read, it also provides a powerful and uplifting story of loss and healing. Don't let the difficult subject matter put you off from reading it. It's a profound read.

ISBN-13: 9781616202460
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 10/2013


Anton and Cecil Cats at Sea by Lisa and Valerie Martin, is about two cat brothers lost at sea. As they try to find each other a prophecy becomes their only hope. A hair raising adventure this is a great book for animal lovers and people who love adventures alike!

ISBN-13: 9781451681758
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Published: Scribner, 4/2013


Beautiful, charming, heartbreaking, and extremely well-written. This book was highly recommended to me by a customer, and I pass on that recommendation to you.

ISBN-13: 9781451654424
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 8/2013


Combining data and the personal tales of three American teens studying overseas, Ripley describes why countries around the world have surpassed the US on international exams.

Black Robe (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780452278653
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Published: Plume, 6/1997


This powerful novel explores the interaction between Native Americans and French Jesuit priests and hunters in Canada during the era of exploration.

ISBN-13: 9780545561419
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Published: Scholastic Press, 5/2014


This is a very funny and amazing story! I think the main characters are intelligent, amazing, and a handful. This is a book that I would recommend to anyone.

ISBN-13: 9780307962904
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Published: Knopf, 4/2014


Astonish Me is a forbidden glimpse into the world of ballet. Joan will never be the prima ballerina, but her actions place her in the middle of two great ballet stars. Her story is nothing like the aesthetic perfection of dance itself, however there is something poetic in the interwoven characters and the dances they create through the affairs of their desires. The story of Joan will draw you in and have you contemplating the subtle differences that exist between talent and passion.

A House in the Sky (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781451645613
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Published: Scribner Book Company, 6/2014


This is a memoir about a young girl who loves to travel the world. During her travels, she falls in love with the Middle East and takes on reporting jobs to support her travels. Four days after her arrival in Somalia, her and her partner are kidnapped for ransom and so begins Amanda's story of endurance, survival and forgiveness. This is an amazing book you will want to tell others about!

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