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February 2010 batch: Requests must be in by Friday, February 26th at 6pm EST.

Eye of the Red Tsar by Sam Eastland (Bantam Dell)

Description: This riveting suspense debut introduces both a stellar new voice and a remarkable detective, an outsider who must use his extraordinary talents to solve the one case that may redeem him.

Shortly after midnight on July 17, 1918, the imprisoned family of Tsar Nicholas Romanov was awakened and led down to the basement of the Ipatiev house. There they were summarily executed. Their bodies were hidden away, the location a secret of the Soviet state.

A decade later, one man lives in purgatory, banished to a forest on the outskirts of humanity. Pekkala was once the most trusted secret agent of the Romanovs, the right-hand man of the Tsar himself. Now he is Prisoner 4745-P, living a harsh existence in which even the strongest vanish into the merciless Soviet winter.

But the state needs Pekkala one last time. The man who knew the Romanovs best is given a final mission: catch their killers, locate the royal child rumored to be alive, and give Stalin the international coup he craves. Find the bodies, Pekkala is told, and you will find your freedom. Find the survivor of that bloody night and you will change history.

In a land of uneasy alliances and deadly treachery, pursuing clues that have eluded everyone, Pekkala is thrust into the past where he once reigned. There he will meet the man who betrayed him and the woman he loved and lost in the fires of rebellion—and uncover a secret so shocking that it will shake to its core the land he loves.

With stunning period detail and crackling suspense, Eye of the Red Tsar introduces a complex and compelling investigator in a fiercely intelligent thriller perfect for readers of Gorky Park, Child 44, and City of Thieves.

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Arcadia Falls by Carol Goodman (Ballantine Books)

Description: From the bestselling author of The Lake of Dead Languages comes an
enthralling work of literary fiction that follows a mother and daughter as
they uncover the sinister secrets of an isolated boarding school.
In debt after her husband's unexpected death, Meg Rosenthal secures a job as
a teacher at a boarding school. She and her teenage daughter, Sally, depart from
suburban Long Island life and embark on a new life in Arcadia Falls, a beautiful
but isolated small town that was the inspiration for a number of magically eerie
fairy tales. With a hurtful rift growing between them since her husband's death,
Meg is hopeful that the change of scene will provide her and her daughter with a
fresh start. But it soon becomes clear to Meg that this isolated community hides
deeply rooted, deadly secrets. After a ghastly, mysterious death, Arcadia Falls
begins to reveal a disturbing dark side. Returning to the psychological territory
explored in the beloved The Lake of Dead Languages, Carol Goodman's latest
fictional foray is literary suspense at its most exquisite and haunting.

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The Last Child by John Hart (St. Martin's Griffin)

Description: An intricate, powerful story of loss, hope, and courage in the face of evil.

“I wanted to tell the story of a child whose world is shattered so badly that no one can make it right: not his parents, or the cops, not the church or the community. How does the boy cope? Where does he find strength and down what dangerous path will that strength take him?” – John Hart

The Last Child, comin soon to paperback, traverses the wilderness between innocence and hard wisdom, between hopelessness and faith, and establishes John Hart as a writer of unique power.

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Making Rounds With Oscar by David Dosa (Hyperion Books)

Description: A remarkable cat. A special gift.
A life-changing journey.

They thought he was just a cat.

When Oscar arrived at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rhode Island he was a cute little guy with attitude. He loved to stretch out in a puddle of sunlight and chase his tail until he was dizzy. Occasionally he consented to a scratch behind the ears, but only when it suited him. In other words, he was a typical cat. Or so it seemed. It wasn’t long before Oscar had created something of a stir.

Apparently, this ordinary cat possesses an extraordinary gift: he knows instinctively when the end of life is near.

Oscar is a welcome distraction for the residents of Steere House, many of whom are living with Alzheimer’s. But he never spends much time with them—until they are in their last hours. Then, as if this were his job, Oscar strides purposely into a patient’s room, curls up on the bed, and begins his vigil. Oscar provides comfort and companionship when people need him most. And his presence lets caregivers and loved ones know that it’s time to say good-bye.

Oscar’s gift is a tender mercy. He teaches by example: embracing moments of life that so many of us shy away from.

Making Rounds with Oscar is the story of an unusual cat, the patients he serves, their caregivers, and of one doctor who learned how to listen. Heartfelt, inspiring, and full of humor and pathos, this book allows readers to take a walk into a world rarely seen from the outside, a world we often misunderstand.

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Chef by Jaspreet Singh (Bloomsbury)

Description: An award-winning debut novel—a lyrical journey into memory, and into the depths of a conflicted region, for fans of Michael Ondaatje, John Banville, and Rohinton Mistry.

Kirpal Singh is riding the slow train to Kashmir. With India passing by his window, he reflects on his destination, which is also his past: a military camp to which he has not returned for fourteen years.

Kirpal, called Kip, is shy and not yet twenty when he arrives for the first time at General Kumar’s camp, nestled in the shadow of the Siachen Glacier. At twenty thousand feet, the glacier makes a forbidding battlefield; its crevasses claimed the body of Kip’s father. Kip becomes an apprentice under the camp’s chef, Kishen, a fiery mentor who guides him toward the heady spheres of food and women.

In this place of contradictions, erratic violence, and extreme temperatures, Kip learns to prepare local dishes and delicacies from around the globe. Even as months pass, Kip, a Sikh, feels secure in his allegiance to India, firmly on the right side of this interminable conflict. Then, one muggy day, a Pakistani “terrorist” with long, flowing hair is swept up on the banks of the river and changes everything.

Mesmeric, mournful, and intensely lyrical, Chef is a brave and compassionate debut about hope, love, and memory set against the devastatingly beautiful, war-scarred backdrop of occupied Kashmir.

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Pearl of China by Anchee Min (Bloomsbury)

Description: From the bestselling author of Red Azalea and Empress Orchid comes the powerful story of the friendship of a lifetime, based on the life of Pearl S. Buck.

In the small southern town of Chin-kiang, in the last days of the nineteenth century, two young girls bump heads and become thick as thieves. Willow is the only child of a destitute family, Pearl the headstrong daughter of zealous Christian missionaries. She will ultimately become the internationally renowned author Pearl S. Buck, but for now she is just a girl embarrassed by her blonde hair and enchanted by her new Chinese friend. The two embark on a friendship that will sustain both of them through one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history.

Moving out into the world together, the two enter the intellectual fray of the times, share love interests and survive early marriages gone bad. Their shared upbringing inspires Pearl’s novels, which celebrate the life of the Chinese peasant and will eventually earn her both a Pulitzer and a Nobel Prize. But when a civil war erupts between the Nationalists and Communists, Pearl is forced to flee the country just ahead of angry mobs. Willow, despite close ties to Mao’s inner circle, is punished for loyalty to her “cultural imperialist" friend. And yet, through love and loss, heartbreak and joy, exile and imprisonment, the two women remain intimately entwined.

In this ambitious new novel, Anchee Min brings to life a courageous and passionate woman who is now hailed in China as a modern heroine. Like nothing before it, Pearl of China tells the story of one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers, from the perspective of the people she loved and of the land she called home.

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Romancing Miss Bronte by Juliet Gael (Ballantine Books)

Description: In this astonishing novel, a brilliant melange of fact and fiction, Juliet Gael skillfully and stylishly captures the passions, hopes, dreams, and sorrows of literature's most famous sisters—and imagines how love dramatically and most unexpectedly found Charlotte Bronte.

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The Passage by Justin Cronin (Ballantine Books)

Description: “Every so often a novel-reader’s novel comes along: an enthralling, entertaining story wedded to simple, supple prose, both informed by tremendous imagination. Summer is the perfect time for such books, and this year readers can enjoy the gift of Justin Cronin’s The Passage. Read fifteen pages and you will find yourself captivated; read thirty and you will find yourself taken prisoner and reading late into the night. It has the vividness that only epic works of fantasy and imagination can achieve. What else can I say? This: read this book and the ordinary world disappears.”—Stephen King

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Diet for a Hot Planet by Anna Lappe (Bloomsbury)

Description: A crucial piece of the conversation about climate change, Diet for a Hot Planet makes the disturbing connection between food production and global warming.

In 1971, Frances Moore Lappé’s Diet for a Small Planet sparked a revolution in how we think about hunger, alerting millions to the hidden environmental and social impacts of our food choices. Now, nearly four decades later, her daughter, Anna Lappé, picks up the conversation. In her groundbreaking new book, the younger Lappé exposes another hidden cost of our food system: the climate crisis.

While you may not think “global warming” when you sit down to dinner, our tangled web of global food—from Pop Tarts packaged in Tennessee and eaten in Texas to pork chops raised in Poland, with feed from Brazil, shipped to South Korea—contributes to as much as one-third of the global warming effect. Livestock alone is associated with more emissions than all of the world’s transportation combined. Move over Hummer. Say hello to the hamburger.

If we’re serious about the climate crisis, says Lappé, we have to talk about food.

In this groundbreaking book, Lappé exposes the interests resisting this conversation and the spin-tactics companies are employing to defuse the heat. She also offers a vision of a food system that can be part of healing the planet—and the climate. Lappé explores how food can be a powerful entry point for tackling our most pressing environmental problems. With seven principles for a climate-friendly diet and success stories from sustainable food advocates around the globe, Lappé dishes up strategies and stirring inspiration to bring to life food that’s better for people and the planet.

An engaging call to action, a spirited call for a food system for tomorrow, Diet for a Hot Planet delivers a hopeful message during this troubling time.

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Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl (Bethany House)

Description: Princess Una of Parumvir has come of age and will soon be married. She dreams of a handsome and charming prince, but when the first suitor arrives, she finds him stodgy and boring. Prince Aethelbald from the mysterious land of Farthestshore has traveled far to prove his love—and also to bring hushed warnings of danger. A dragon is rumored to be approaching Parumvir.

Una, smitten instead with a more dashing prince, refuses Aethelbald's offer—and ignores his warnings. Soon the Dragon King himself is in Parumvir, and Una, in giving her heart away unwisely, finds herself in grave danger. Only those courageous enough to risk everything have a hope of fighting off this advancing evil.

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Once in a Blue Moon by Leanna Ellis (B&H Publishing Group)

Description: Bryn Seymour was nine years old when her mother died under mysterious circumstances on the same day Apollo 11 made its historic lunar landing.
Forty years later—divorced, working as an obituary writer, and duly cynical—she meets Howard, a conspiracy theorist who knew her mom and believes a small Texas town may hold clues to what really fueled her demise. Seeking closure, Bryn goes along for this men-in-black ride. But upon meeting Howard’s son Sam, an outspoken Christian, she can’t decide whose beliefs are more pie-in-the-sky.
The gravity of life has pulled Bryn down for decades. But a perfect love could be her first step to soaring. It only happens once in a blue moon.

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The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall (W.W. Norton)

Description: From a luminous storyteller, a highly anticipated new novel about the American family writ large.

Golden Richards, husband to four wives, father to twenty-eight children, is having the mother of all midlife crises. His construction business is failing, his family has grown into an overpopulated mini-dukedom beset with insurrection and rivalry, and he is done in with grief: due to the accidental death of a daughter and the stillbirth of a son, he has come to doubt the capacity of his own heart. Brady Udall, one of our finest American fiction writers, tells a tragicomic story of a deeply faithful man who, crippled by grief and the demands of work and family, becomes entangled in an affair that threatens to destroy his family’s future. Like John Irving and Richard Yates, Udall creates characters that engage us to the fullest as they grapple with the nature of need, love, and belonging.

Beautifully written, keenly observed, and ultimately redemptive, The Lonely Polygamist is an unforgettable story of an American family—with its inevitable dysfunctionality, heartbreak, and comedy—pushed to its outer limits.

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The Inheritance by Simon Tolkien (St. Martin's Press)

Description: When a famed Oxford historian is found dead in his study one night, all evidence points to his son, Stephen. About to be disinherited from the family fortune, Stephen returns to home after a long estrangement—and it happens to be the night his father is shot to death. When his fingerprints are found on the murder weapon, Stephen's guilt seems undeniable. But there were five other people in the manor house at the time, and as their stories slowly emerge—along with the revelation that the deceased man was involved in a deadly hunt for a priceless piece of art in Northern France at the end of World War II—the case begins to unravel.

Everyone has a motive, and no one is telling the truth.

Part courtroom drama and part historical thriller, The Inheritance is a dark, dynamic thriller that tests the strength of blood ties, loyalty, and revenge.

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The Animal Review by Jacob; Nash, Steve Lentz (Bloomsbury)

Description: The definitive, highly biased, and frequently accurate report card on evolution’s illustrious (and sometimes absurd) 3.5-billion-year career.

From Aristotle to Charles Darwin, Carolus Linnaeus to the Crocodile Hunter, humans have been studying animals for thousands of years. But in all that time, no one has ever answered the most important question of all: Are these animals even any good?

We can all feel good about the king cobra. That is an A-plus animal. Think about it—you don’t want to be the one who gives it an A-minus. But what about the hippo? You may think it’s bald and wrinkly and adorably fat, but when you get up close to give it a big hug, you’ll realize it weighs up to eight thousand pounds and can bite you in half. D-minus.

And let’s not even get started on the alpaca.

In The Animal Review, Jacob Lentz and Steve Nash give authoritative listings and ratings of dozens of your favorite (and least favorite) animals. Expanded from their popular blog, the entries mix fascinating animal facts with hilarious assessments, set off with brilliantly captioned photos and enlightening charts and graphs. Organized by biosphere—animals that hail from the land, sea, sky, and “other,” it’s a perfect mix of humor and fascinating biology. Sophisticated yet kid friendly, this book is an appealing gift for animal lovers of all ages.

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The Long Man by Steve Englehart (Tor Books)

Description: In 1981, DJ and Vietnam vet Max August was thrust into a hidden war between the forces of chaos and order. In that war, magick – real, potent magick- was the chief weapon. Mentored by legendary alchemist Cornelius Agrippa, Max was an eager student. Before Agrippa died in 1985 – having lied for five hundred years – Max learned the secret to stopping the aging of his body, making himself “timeless.” Nearly three decades later, he saves Dr. Pamela Blackwell from a magickal dart that would have killed her. Her life-saving research has made her an enemy of the FRC, a cabal intent on world domination. From San Francisco to Barbados to the shores of Suriname, Max and Pam must fight off magick-wielding assassins, legions of zombies, and the FRC’s more mundane weapon – corporate clout and friends in high places. Max may be powerful and immortal, but he’s not indestructible. He’ll need all his powers, his hard-earned fighting skills, and Pam’s help to prevent a genocidal apocalypse.

Steve Englehart has written for such series as Captain America, Batman: The Dark Detective and The Justice League of America and for his novel The Point Man.

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2017 by Olga Slavnikova (The Overlook Press)

Description: An international sensation and winner of the Russian Booker prize, Olga Slavnikova’s elegant dystopian novel, 2017, will at last make its long-awaited English language debut in March 2010. In a translation funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and executed to perfection by prize-winning translator Marian Schwartz, 2017 is part literary romance, part political thriller, and a stunning tale of adventure, fantasy and obsession.

In the year 2017 in Russia—exactly 100 years after the Revolution—poets and writers are obsolete, class distinctions are painfully sharp, and spirits intervene in the lives of humans from their home high in the mythical Riphean Mountains.

Professor Anfilogov, a wealthy and emotionless man, sets out on an expedition to unearth priceless rubies that no one else has been able to locate. Young Krylov, a talented gem cutter who Anfilogov had taken under his wing, is seeing off his mentor at the train station when he is drawn to a mysterious stranger who calls herself Tanya. A scandalous affair unravels, but trouble stirs in the shape of Krylov’s ex-wife Tamara and a spy who appears at the lovers' every rendezvous. Doubt and circumstance threaten the lovers, who know little about each other and never exchange their real names. As events unfold, Krylov begins to learn more than he bargained for about the women in his life and realizes why he recognizes the spy from somewhere in his past. Meanwhile, Anfilogov’s expedition reveals ugly truths about man's disregard for nature, and the disasters stemming from insatiable greed.

Olga Slavnikova stuns us with this beautifully amazing tale of love, obsession, murder, and the lengths people will go to get what they want.

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Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin (St. Martin's Press)

Description: Tessa Russo is a stay-at-home-mother of two young children and the wife of Nick Russo, a renowned pediatric surgeon. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie—a little boy who has never known his father. Although both women live in the same upscale Boston suburb, the two have relatively little in common, at least on paper. But one night, while Charlie is at a sleepover, a split-second accident sends him to the hospital and Dr. Russo. From that night forward, everyone is changed forever, their lives intersecting in ways no one could have imagined.

In alternating points of view, Giffin tells a story of three good people caught in an untenable triangle, each questioning everything they once believed about love and loyalty. And each, ultimately discovering, what is truly at the heart of the matter.

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Hearts on a String by Kris Radish (Bantam)

Description: Radish tells the story of five exceptional women, each at a crossroads, each waiting for the plane that will take her to a new chapter. There's Nan, the brassy, brilliant business woman hanging onto her job by a thread. There's Cathy, a woman who rarely sleeps alone but often wakes up by herself. There's Holly, the hair stylist who has always lived in someone else's shadow. There's Margo, a master life-juggler, pushed to the brink from keeping too many balls in the air. There's Patty, who has sung her heart
out in every dive and harbors the darkest of secrets. When a storm strands these five extraordinary women, they make an outrageous decision to rent the luxury suite at the airport hotel with each other—strangers one and all. There they find the answers they've been seeking, the joy they've been missing, and the unexpected and always cherished connections that unite all women.

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The Man from Saigon by Marti Leimbach (Doubleday Books)

Description: An enthralling and beautiful new novel about love and allegiance during the Vietnam War, from the author of Daniel Isn't Talking and Dying Young.

It's 1967, and Susan Gifford is one of the first female correspondents on assignment in Saigon, dedicated to her job and passionately in love with an American TV reporter. Son is a Vietnamese photographer anxious to get his work into the American press. Together they cover every aspect of the war from combat missions to the workings of field hospitals. Then one November morning, narrowly escaping death during an ambush, Susan and Son find themselves the prisoners of three Vietcong soldiers who have been separated from their unit.

Now, under constant threat from American air strikes, helpless in the hands of the enemy, they face the daily hardships of the jungle together. As time passes, the bond between Susan and Son deepens, and it becomes increasingly difficult for Son to harbor the secret that could have profound consequences for them both.

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Strange Days Indeed: The 1970s: The Golden Age of Paranoia by Francis Wheen (PublicAffairs)

Description: Beyond the long hair and disco beat, the 1970s were a theme park of mass paranoia. It was an age of stagflation and skyjackings, military coups and petrol panics, The Parallax View and The Illuminatus Trilogy. With Nixon, Brezhnev, Mao, Pinochet, and Idi Amin all in power at the same time, the world’s leaders were constantly looking over their shoulders. Urban guerrillas both comical and sinister (and sometimes both)—from the Weathermen to the IRA, Black September to the Red Brigades—contrived to make a mad world madder still.

The British Prime Minister believed that while he was on holiday the Russians listened to his every word from a fishing trawler, and that his own secret services were bugging his Cabinet room, and that he himself was a big, fat spider. In America, President Nixon’s anxieties and oddities reached their apotheosis with night-time solo visits to the Lincoln Memorial, drunken, anti-Semitic rants, and a bizarre ban on tennis at the White House.

“I have been feeling as if I am going to die any minute, as if some catastrophe is about to happen tomorrow,” Madam Mao shrieked. “I feel full of terror all the time.” She wasn’t alone. In the bestseller lists of the early seventies, Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb jostled for top place with Hal Lindsey’s The Late Great Planet Earth, which foresaw “the coming of an Antichrist” and “a war which will bring man to the brink of destruction.” Economic or ecological apocalypse seemed imminent.

Since the Great Crash of our generation, barely a week has passed without some allusion to the 1970s. Francis Wheen’s tour of the decade that has returned to haunt us is brilliant, witty, and sharply timely. We’ve done the seventies: Only North Korea and Burma have never moved on and look what happens there. Now, more than ever, we need to appreciate and enjoy the history of a uniquely strange era—and vow not to repeat it.

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Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann (Spiegel & Grau)

Description: Self-published in 2003, Hilary Thayer Hamann's Anthropology of an American Girl touched a nerve among readers, who identified with its heroine, a young woman on the brink of adulthood. A moving depiction of the transformative power of first love, Hamann's first novel follows Eveline Auerbach from her high school years in East Hampton, New York, in the 1970s through her early adulthood in the moneyed, high pressure Manhattan of the 1980s.

This ambitious work explores the sexual and intellectual awakening of a young American woman struggling to remain true to herelf as she encounters love, passion, and death amid the challenges and heartbreaks of growing up. Newly edited and revised, Anthropology of an American Girl is an extraordinary piece of writing, original in its vision and thrilling in its execution.

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Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel (Spiegel & Grau)

Description: From the award-winning, bestselling author of Life of Pi comes another ingenious, provocative, and mesmerizing new novel that explores big questions about humanity—about who we are and what we are capable of doing in order to survive.

Fate can take many forms. For Henry, it arrives in an envelope from a stranger containing a story by Flaubert, a play featuring two characters named Beatrice and Virgil, and a note signed "Henry," with an address in the same city. From the moment Henry finds the address and steps into a taxdermist’s shop, a place unlike anywhere he has ever been, his life is changed. In this extaordinary feat of storytelling, Yann Martel poses enduring questions about life and art, truth and deception, responsibility and complicity. Just as with Life of Pi, Martel’s wit, pathos, and probing humanity, are sure to hold readers in thrall.

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Get Lucky by Katherine Center (Ballantine Books)

Description: How do you change your luck? Katherine Center’s marvelously entertaining and poignant new novel is about choosing to look for happiness—and maybe getting lucky enough to find it.

Sarah Harper isn’t sure if the stupid decisions she sometimes makes are good choices in disguise—or if they’re really just stupid. But either way, after forwarding an inappropriate email to her entire company, she suddenly finds herself out of a job.

So she goes home to Houston—and her sister, Mackie—for Thanksgiving. But before Sarah can share her troubles with her sister, she learns that Mackie has some woes of her own: After years of trying, Mackie’s given up on having a baby—and plans to sell on eBay the entire nursery she’s set up. Which gives Sarah a brilliant idea—an idea that could fix everyone’s problems. An idea that gives Sarah the chance to take care of her big sister for once—instead of the other way around.

But nothing worthwhile is ever easy. After a decade away, Sarah is forced to confront one ghost from her past after another: the father she’s lost touch with, the memories of her mother, the sweet guy she dumped horribly in high school. Soon everything that matters is on the line—and Sarah can only hope that by changing her life she has changed her luck, too.

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Going, Gone—A Gail McCarthy Mystery by Laura Crum (Perseverance Press)

Description: If you haven’t discovered Laura Crum yet, please jump at any chance to catch up on the series. The Gail McCarthy books are among my very favorite contemporary mysteries and Crum is, for my money, the successor to mystery giant Dick Francis.”-— Ron Miller, author of Mystery! A Celebration

Horse vet Gail McCarthy’s life turns stranger than fiction when her old boyfriend, Lonny Peterson, is arrested for murder —- by Gail’s childhood friend, Bret Boncantini, now a sheriff’s deputy in a Sierra foothills town.

Both Gail and Bret become certain of Lonny’s innocence, and decide to investigate on their own. As they begin to turn up evidence and two more murders occur, the trail leads to Gail’s home on the Central California coast. And as Gail closes in on the answer, the ruthless murderer decides she needs to be eliminated, too. Going, Gone features all the elements that Laura Crum is known for: fine writing about beautiful landscapes and authentic horse lore, as well as an exciting mystery.

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In the Company of Angels by Thomas E. Kennedy (Bloomsbury)

Description: A luminous love story and an internationally acclaimed masterpiece, published in the United States for the first time.

Born in 1944 in New York City, Thomas E . Kennedy spent his youth hitchhiking and writing his way around the United States before moving to Europe, where he has quietly published over twenty books. In the decade from 1995 to 2005, he wrote the Copenhagen Quartet, four novels set in the Danish capital, his adopted home. Published in Ireland and Denmark, the Copenhagen Quartet won international awards and was hailed as a “masterpiece” by Duff Brenna. Critics concurred, establishing Kennedy as a daring writer of rare grace and vision. Yet his work has never seen major publication in his native country.

In the Company of Angels is the first novel of the Quartet to appear here, a powerful story of two damaged souls struggling from darkness to light. Imprisoned for teaching political poetry to his students, Bernardo Greene has been tortured for months in Pinochet’s Chile when he is visited by two angels who promise that he will survive to experience beauty and love once again. Months later, in Copenhagen, where he has come for treatment, the Chilean exile befriends Michela Ibsen, herself a survivor of domestic abuse. In the long nights of summer, the two of them struggle to heal, to forgive those who have left them damaged, and to trust themselves to love.

Taking on the very best and the very worst of human experience, In the Company of Angels is a moving, achingly human story that achieves a fable-like quality rare in contemporary fiction. Dense with wisdom and humanity, this already acclaimed novel is a riveting testament to the resilience and complexity of the human heart.

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Love's Shadow by Ada Leverson (Bloomsbury)

Description: This first novel by Ada Leverson (whom Oscar Wilde called “the wittiest woman in the world”) is the story of Edith and Bruce Ottley, who live in a very new, very small, very white flat in Knightsbridge. On the surface they are like every other respectable couple in Edwardian London, and that is precisely why Edith is beginning to feel a little bored. Excitement comes in the form of the dazzling and glamorous Hyacinth Verney, who doesn’t understand why Edith is married to one of the greatest bores in society. But then, Hyacinth doesn’t really understand any of the courtships, jealousies, and love affairs of their coterie: why the dashing Cecil Reeve insists on being so elusive, why her loyal friend Anne is so stubbornly content with being a spinster, and why she just can’t seem to take her mind off love…

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Midnight Fires—A Mystery with Mary Wollstoncraft by Nancy Means Wright (Perseverance Press)

Description: An entertainingly seamy portrayal of provincial aristocrats and the day-to-day messiness of 18th century life. Add a feisty, engaging heroine and the result is an atmospheric and absorbing whodunit.” —- Susanne Alleyn, author of Cavalier of the Apocalypse

Mary Wollstonecraft (the mother of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, who wrote Frankenstein) was celebrated in her day as a notorious and free-thinking rebel and champion of women’s rights. Her short life was highly unconventional, with love affairs, an illegitimate child, participation in the French Revolution, and other eyebrow-raising episodes. Midnight Fires presents her as the brilliant, passionate, and conflicted woman that she was in true life.

Mitchelstown Castle in County Cork hums with intrigue. In 1786 the new young governess, Mary Wollstonecraft, witnesses the mortal stabbing of the Lord's illegitimate son. A young Irishman, Liam Donovan, who hated the victim for seducing his niece, becomes the prime suspect, but Mary, a champion of the oppressed, and susceptible to Liam’s charm, determines to prove him innocent.

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Mrs. Somebody Somebody by Tracy Winn (Random House Trade Paperbacks)

Description: On the banks of the Merrimack River at the close of World War II, a young mill worker dreams of marrying rich and finally becoming Mrs. Somebody Somebody. But that dream
is complicated—not only for her but for all of Lowell, which is changing rapidly as the twentieth century progresses, and which Winn chronicles perfectly in a series of lives brushing up against one another. She writes from the perspective of mill owners and union organizers, hard-working immigrants and overindulged children, and weaves them together to create a brilliant portrait of a place. In the tradition of Richard Russo and Elizabeth Strout, Winn captures the heart of industrial America, making it come alive with her absolutely stunning prose.

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Short Stories by Anton Chekhov Bk. 2: Talent and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov (Sovereign)

Description: The second audio book in the series of Chekhov's Short Stories featuring 5 new stories: Talent, Anyuta, The Helpmate, Ivan Matveyitch, Polinka. Read by Max Bollinger in English (unabridged). Several stories in this new 65-min CD are accompanied by occasional piano music based on original compositions by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, a distinguished Russian composer of Romantic era. Europe's Age of Enlightenment is presented here through both literary and musical treasures of 19th century.

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Антон Павлович Чехов) 1860 – 1904, one of Russia's most cherished storyteller, playwright and one of the greatest dramatists of all time. Chekhov himself described his plays as comic satire: "All I wanted was to say honestly to people: 'Have a look at yourselves and see how bad and dreary your lives are!' The important thing is that people should realize that, for when they do, they will most certainly create another and better life for themselves. I will not live to see it, but I know that it will be quite different, quite unlike our present life.”

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Spooky Little Girl by Laurie Notaro (Villard)

Description: Death is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.

Coming home from a Hawaiian vacation with her best girlfriends, Lucy Fisher is stunned to find everything she owns tossed out on her front lawn, the locks changed, and her fiancé’s phone disconnected—plus she’s just lost her job. With her world spinning wildly out of her control, Lucy decides to make a new start and moves upstate to live with her sister and nephew.

But then things take an even more dramatic turn: A fatal encounter with public transportation lands Lucy not in the hereafter but in the nearly hereafter. She’s back in school, learning the parameters of spooking and how to become a successful spirit in order to complete a ghostly assignment. If Lucy succeeds, she’s guaranteed a spot in the next level of the afterlife—but until then, she’s stuck as a ghost in the last place she would ever want to be.

Trying to avoid being trapped on earth for all eternity, Lucy crosses the line between life and death and back again when she returns home. Navigating the perilous channels of the paranormal, she’s determined to find out why her life crumbled and why, despite her ghastly death, no one seems to have noticed she’s gone. But urgency on the spectral plane—in the departed person of her feisty grandmother, who is risking both their eternal lives—requires attention, and Lucy realizes that you get only one chance to be spectacular in death.

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The Age of the Orphans by Laleh Khadivi (Bloomsbury)

Description: “Khadivi…has a lyrical style reminiscent of…Michael Ondaatje…The Age of Orphans evocatively captures the desperate longing for home, family and a life erased. It’s an affecting tale.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer

Orphaned in a massacre on his Kurdish village, Reza Khourdi is adopted by the assailants and conscripted into the army of Iran. Reza is promoted to the rank of captain, marries an educated Tehrani woman, and slowly forgets the brutality of his past. But when he is deployed back to the mountains of his youth to suppress the nationalist uprisings of the still defiant Kurds, the life he has built for himself begins to crumble. The Age of Orphans is a literary debut of unmistakable power.

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The Art of Losing by Kevin Young (Bloomsbury)

Description: An incomparable resource for those touched by grief—a groundbreaking volume of elegies by the most important names in modern poetry.

We all share life’s passages, from love to grief, and during them often turn to poetry to express the inexpressible. But while anthologies of love poetry abound, The Art of Losing is the very first anthology of its kind, delivering 150 devastatingly beautiful contemporary elegies that embrace the pain, heartbreak, and healing stages of mourning.

Selected and introduced by National Book Award finalist Kevin Young, the poems are artfully arranged to correspond with the grieving process: starting with Reckoning, moving through Remembrance and Rituals, then ending with Recovery and, finally, Redemption. And with contributions from men, women, and a full range of races and faiths, the breadth of human experience is captured. Whether read aloud at a funeral service or privately for comfort, these poems prove a worthy companion to the necessary, and often messy, process of grieving.

A singularly thoughtful gift for those coping with grief, as well as a vital resource for the loved ones, clergy, and hospice workers who guide us through the process of letting go, The Art of Losing will be an essential source of comfort and beauty.

With poems by Elizabeth Alexander, Simon Armitage, John Ashbery, W. H . Auden, John Berryman, Lucille Clifton, Billy Collins, Emily Dickinson, Rita Dove, Louise Glück, Ted Hughes, Jane Kenyon, Galway Kinnell, Kenneth Koch, Philip Larkin, Li-Young Lee, Philip Levine, Marianne Moore, Les Murray, Frank O’Hara, Sharon Olds, Mary Oliver, Robert Pinsky, Adrienne Rich, Theodore Roethke, Anne Sexton, Dylan Thomas, Natasha Trethewey, Derek Walcott, James Wright, and others.

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The Brontes Went to Woolworths by Rachel Ferguson (Bloomsbury)

Description: Meet the Carne sisters, Deirdre, Katrine, and Sheil, growing up together in 1930s London. Eldest sister Deirdre is a journalist, Katrine a fledgling actress, and young Sheil is still with her governess; together they live a life unchecked by their mother in their bohemian town house. Irrepressibly imaginative, the sisters cannot resist making up stories, as they have since childhood; from their talking nursery toys, Ironface the Doll and Dion Saffyn the pierrot, to their fulsomely imagined friendship with real high-court Judge Toddington—whom, since Mrs. Carne’s jury duty, they have affectionately called Toddy. But when Deirdre meets Toddy’s real-life wife at a charity bazaar, the sisters are forced to confront the subject of their imaginings—and this may mean the end of their childish innocence.

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The Chesapeake Diaries: Coming Home by Mariah Stewart (Ballantine Books)

Description: In the wake of his wife’s murder, agent Grady Shields turned his back on the FBI—and everything else—to retreat into the vast solitude of Montana, grieve for his lost love, and forget the world. But after years in seclusion, his sister’s wedding draws him to St. Dennis, a peaceful town on the Chesapeake Bay. Though he swears he isn’t interested in finding love again, Grady can’t ignore the mutual sparks that fly when he meets Vanessa Keaton.

Although her past was marked by bad choices, Vanessa has found that coming to St. Dennis is the best decision she’s ever made. Bling, her trendy boutique, is a success with tourists as well as with the townspeople. She’s made friends, has a home she loves, and has established a life for herself far from the nightmare she left behind. The last thing she’s looking for is romance, but the hot new man in town is hard to resist. And when Vanessa’s past catches up with her, Grady finds that he’s unwilling to let her become a victim again. As together they fight her demons, Grady and Vanessa discover that life still holds some surprises and that love doesn’t always have to hurt.

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The Cold Room by J.T. Ellison (MIRA)

Description: He can truly love her only once her heart stops.

Homicide detective Taylor Jackson thinks she's seen it all in Nashville—from the Southern Strangler to the Snow White Killer. But she's never seen anything as perverse as The Conductor. Once his victim is captured, he contains her in a glass coffin, slowly starving her to death. Only then does he give in to his attraction.

When he's finished, he creatively disposes of the body by reenacting scenes from famous paintings. And similar macabre works are being found in Europe. Taylor teams up with her fiancé, FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin, and New Scotland Yard detective James "Memphis" Highsmythe, a haunted man who has eyes only for Taylor, to put an end to this horror.

Has the killer gone international with his craft? Or are there two "artists," competing to create the ultimate masterpiece?

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The Cougar Club by Susan McBride (Avon Books)

Description: Meet three women who aren’t about to run and hide, just because the world says they should be on the shelf and out of circulation:

Kat Maguire: her life seems perfect until she loses her high-powered advertising job and catches her live-in lover in a compromising position—with his computer!

Carla Moss: this sexy TV news anchor is in danger of being replaced by a twenty-something blond bimbo. Wasn’t it just yesterday that she was the up and coming star?

Elise Randolph: a married dermatologist, Elise thinks her plastic surgeon husband is playing doctor with someone else.

Kat firmly believes that aging gracefully isn’t about giving up; it’s about living life with your engine on overdrive. So this unofficial “Cougar Club” quickly learns three things about survival of the fittest in today’s youth-obsessed society: true friendship never dies, the only way to live is real, and you’re never too old to follow your heart.

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The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn (MIRA)

Description: A husband, a family, a comfortable life: Theodora Lestrange lives in terror of it all.

With a modest inheritance and the three gowns that comprise her entire wardrobe, Theodora leaves Edinburgh – and a disappointed suitor – far behind. She is bound for Romania, where tales of vampires are still whispered, to visit an old friend and write the book that will bring her true independence.

She arrives at a magnificent, decaying castle in the Carpathians replete with eccentric inhabitants: the ailing dowager; the troubled steward; her own fearful friend, Cosmina. But all are outstripped in dark glamour by the castle's master, Count Andrei Dragulescu.

Bewildering and bewitching in equal measure, the brooding nobleman ignites Theodora's imagination and awakens passions in her that she can neither deny nor conceal. His allure is superlative, his dominion over the superstitious town, absolute – Theodora may simply be one more person under his sway.

Before her sojourn is ended – or her novel completed – Theodora will have encountered things as strange and terrible as they are seductive. For obsession can prove fatal...and she is in danger of falling prey to more than desire.

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The Dogs of Rome by Conor Fitzgerald (Bloomsbury)

Description: An engrossing novel of murder, organized crime, and politics in contemporary Italy—the first in a series of Italian crime novels by a promising new writer.

On a hot summer morning, Arturo Clemente is sloppily murdered in his Roman apartment by a mysterious slasher. Though the murder appears amateurish, even random, Clemente is no ordinary victim. An animal rights activist campaigning against dogfighting, he is married to a prominent politician and sleeping with Manuela Fusco, the daughter of a dangerous crime boss.

Police inspector Alec Blume has a favorite suspect, but the investigation is already being manipulated by both the Senate and the Fusco crime ring. As the details of the case continue to trickle out, Blume soon realizes he is being watched from on high—and that solving this crime may be the least of his worries. Angry, sleep-deprived, and unsure who to trust, Blume is losing control of his investigation. As the mob tightens its grip on the city, and with the killer still at large, Blume’s struggle for justice may cost more innocent lives.

In this riveting debut novel, we are introduced to Blume, an American expatriate and seasoned police veteran. Intelligent yet sometimes petulant, instinctive yet flawed, Blume is a likable and trustworthy protagonist for this first installment of a gritty and promising series.

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The Language of Sand by Ellen Block (Bantam)

Description: Haunted by the death of her husband and young son in a tragic house fire, Abigail Harker seeks refuge from her loss by taking a
position as the caretaker of a lighthouse on a secluded island off the North Carolina coast. She soon discovers that the memories
of her family may have to compete with another ghost, as her new home creaks with the presence of its former inhabitant.
A lexicographer by training, Abigail is still searching for the words to cope with her pain while learning how to cope with the
island's many quirks, including personality-filled locals, feuding fisherman's wives, and a secret about the ghost of the lighthouse
keeper. Wishing she had a dictionary to help her interpret her strange new surroundings, Abigail relies on logic to keep from
panicking and packing up for the mainland, but when a string of burglaries breaks out on the island she unexpectedly finds herself
protective of the residents of this tight-knit community she is starting to call home, and standing up for the people she is
growing to know and love.
The Language of Sand is the story of a woman's struggle to believe in herself, as well as that which can't be put into words, in
order to overcome her grief and embrace life.

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The Season Of Second Chances by Diane Meier (Henry Holt and Company)

Description: A world of possibilities opens up for Joy Harkness when she sets out on a journey that’s going to show her the importance of friendship, love, and what makes a house a home

Coming-of-age can happen at any age. Joy Harkness had built a university career and a safe life in New York, protected and insulated from the intrusions and involvements of other people. When offered a position at Amherst College, she impulsively leaves the city, and along with generations of material belongings, she packs her equally heavy emotional baggage. A tumbledown Victorian house proves an unlikely choice for a woman whose family heirlooms have been boxed away for years. Nevertheless, this white elephant becomes the home that changes Joy forever. As the restoration begins to take shape, so does her outlook on life, and the choices she makes over paint chips, wallpaper samples, and floorboards are reflected in her connection to the co-workers who become friends and friendships that deepen. A brilliant, quirky, town fixture of a handyman guides the renovation of the house and sparks Joy’s interest to encourage his personal and professional growth. Amid the half-wanted attention of the campus’s single, middle-aged men, known as “the Coyotes,”and the legitimate dramas of her close-knit community, Joy learns that the key to the affection of family and friends is being worthy of it, and most important, that second chances are waiting to be discovered within us all.

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The Tale of Halcyon Crane by Wendy Webb (Henry Holt and Company)

Description: A young woman travels alone to a remote island to uncover a past she never knew was hers in this thrilling modern ghost story

When a mysterious letter lands in Hallie James’s mailbox, her life is upended. Hallie was raised by her loving father, having been told her mother died in a fire decades earlier. But it turns out that her mother, Madlyn, was alive until very recently. Why would Hallie’s father have taken her away from Madlyn? What really happened to her family thirty years ago?

In search of answers, Hallie travels to the place where her mother lived, a remote island in the middle of the Great Lakes. The stiff islanders fix her first with icy stares and then unabashed amazement as they recognize why she looks so familiar, and Hallie quickly realizes her family’s dark secrets are enmeshed in the history of this strange place. But not everyone greets her with such a chilly reception—a coffee-shop owner and the family’s lawyer both warm to Hallie, and the possibility of romance blooms. And then there’s the grand Victorian house bequeathed to her—maybe it’s the eerie atmosphere or maybe it’s the prim, elderly maid who used to work for her mother, but Hallie just can’t shake the feeling that strange things are starting to happen . . .

In The Tale of Halcyon Crane, Wendy Webb has created a haunting story full of delicious thrills, vibrant characters, and family secrets.

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Think Twice by Lisa Scottoline (St. Martin's Press)

Description: From the blockbuster New York Times bestselling author of Look Again comes a novel that makes you question the nature of evil: is it born in us or is it bred?

Bennie Rosato looks exactly like her identical twin, Alice Connolly, but the darkness in Alice’s soul makes them two very different women. Or at least that’s what Bennie believes, until she finds herself buried alive at the hands of her twin.

Meanwhile, Alice takes over Bennie’s life, impersonating her at work and even seducing her boyfriend in order to escape the deadly mess she has made of her own life. But Alice underestimates Bennie and the evil she has unleashed in her twin’s psyche, as well as Bennie’s determination to stay alive long enough to exact revenge.

Bennie must face the twisted truth that she is more like her sister Alice than she could have ever imagined, and by the novel’s shocking conclusion, Bennie finds herself engaged in a war she cannot win—with herself.

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Cro-Magnon by Brian Fagan (Bloomsbury)

Description: The name “Cro-Magnon” inspires images of a snowbound world, mammoth hunting, and eerily alluring cave paintings. Who were these ancient people? In a word, they were us—the first anatomically modern humans.

Bestselling author Brian Fagan brings these early humans out of the deep freeze with his trademark mix of erudition, cutting-edge science, and vivid storytelling. Cro-Magnon reveals human society in its infancy, facing enormous environmental challenges—including a rival species of humans, the Neanderthals.

For ten millennia, Cro-Magnons lived side by side with Neanderthals, an encounter that Fagan fills with drama. Using their superior intellects and tools, these ingenious problem solvers survived harsh conditions that eventually extinguished their Neanderthal cousins.

Cro-Magnon captures the indomitable adaptability that has made Homo sapiens an unmatched success as a species. Living on a frozen continent with only the most basic tools, Ice Age humans survived and thrived.

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Easy Russian for English Speakers by Max Bollinger (Sovereign)

Description: Results focused audio training. Learn to meet, greet, do business in Russian. Make friends, dates and discover the mysterious Russian soul.

This title offers audio CD with 17 lessons covering key every day situations. In addition to traditional learning of useful phrases and vocabulary, this audio book offers excellent practical approach with dialogues and conversations all read by natives with full English annotation. Essentials such as greetings, shopping, telling the time, asking for directions are covered as well as basic Russian business etiquette and such cultural concepts as Russian soul, and how to date someone in Russian. It presents insight into Russian literature with fragments of Alexander Pushkin works prepared in easy to learn format for those who wish to master Russian language fast! It is suitable for all levels from beginner to advanced. It can be used as a stand-alone course or in combination with other training materials. Audio Book is divided into 17 tracks which can be transferred to audio players for easy listening, just like music albums.

No additional software or special equipment necessary to play this CD on PCs, lap-tops or conventional players.

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How Lincoln Learned to Read by Daniel Wolff (Bloomsbury)

Description: “This is a terrific book…Broad in scope, peppered with detail, insightful, it could be the basis for a classroom or book club review of American history from our founding as a nation through the 20th century.”—Christian Science Monitor

Daniel Wolff examines the early lives and educations of twelve notable Americans, from Benjamin Franklin to Elvis Presley—the lessons they learned inside the classroom and out. How Lincoln Learned to Read is a vividly told history of American ideas, providing a hopeful look at the enterprise of education and the divergent paths to success.

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Land of the Lost Souls by Cadillac Man (Bloomsbury)

Description: “Cadillac Man’s story is grueling. His book is not. He works to put human faces on the men and women you see huddled under overpasses and in alleyways, and there are cracks of light in the tale he tells, even moments of joy, bravery and suspense.”—Dwight Garner, New York Times

A moving, funny, and unforgettable memoir of homeless life in New York City, Land of the Lost Souls spans Cadillac Man’s sixteen years on the streets. Over those years, he recorded his daily life, writing hundreds of thousands of words in a succession of spiral-bound notebooks. In his gritty and poignant voice, Cadillac narrates his descent into homelessness, the struggles and surprises of his life, and the story of his love affair with a young runaway. The United States has a homeless population of close to seven hundred thousand: Cadillac’s stories are their stories, but his voice is all his own.

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Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman (Spiegel & Grau)

Description: A compelling, often hilarious, and unfailingly compassionate portrait of life inside a women’s prison

When FBI agents knocked on her door to investigate a ten-year-old crime, Piper Kerman barely resembled the reckless young woman she’d been shortly after graduating Smith College. Happily ensconced in a New York City apartment, with a promising career and an attentive boyfriend, she was suddenly forced to reckon with the consequences of her very brief, very careless dalliance in the world of drug trafficking a decade earlier.

Following a plea deal, Kerman spent fifteen months at “Club Fed,” the infamous women’s correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, where she met a surprising and varied community of women living under exceptional circumstances. In Orange Is the New Black, Kerman tells the story of being locked up in a place with its own codes of behavior and arbitrary hierarchies, where a practical joke is as common as a down-and-dirty fight, and where the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailer is constantly and unpredictably recalibrated.

Endlessly fascinating, moving, and enraging, Orange Is the New Black offers a unique and revealing perspective on the criminal justice system, the reasons we send so many people to prison, and what happens to them when they’re there.

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Reporting at Wit's End by St. Clair McKelway (Bloomsbury)

Description: The best of St. Clair McKelway, a longtime New Yorker writer, whose astonishing career and work have been overlooked for too long.

Named for his great-uncle, a prominent newspaperman, St. Clair McKelway was born with journalism in his blood. And in thirty-six years at the New Yorker, he made “fact-writing” his career. His prolific output for the magazine was defined by its incomparable wit and a love of New York’s rough edges. He had a deep affection for the city’s “rascals”: the junkmen, con men, counterfeiters, priests, beat cops, and fire marshals who colored life in old New York. And he wrote with levity and insight about his own life as well, a life marked by a strict Presbyterian childhood, a limited formal education, five marriages and divorces, and sometimes debilitating mental illness.

Like Joseph Mitchell and A. J. Liebling, McKelway combined the unflagging curiosity of a great reporter with the narrative flair of a master storyteller, and he helped establish the New Yorker’s unique brand of journalism in its most storied years. William Shawn, who began as McKelway’s assistant and became the magazine’s revered editor, described McKelway as a writer with the “lightest of light touches,” his striking style “too odd to be imitated.”

Reporting at Wit’s End collects McKelway’s most memorable work from the 1930s through the 1960s, creating a portrait of a long-forgotten New York and of one of its consummate chroniclers.

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Texas Tough by Robert Perkinson (Henry Holt and Company)

Description: A vivid history of America’s biggest, baddest prison system and how it came to lead the nation’s punitive revolution

In the prison business, all roads lead to Texas. The most locked-down state in the nation has led the way in criminal justice severity, from assembly-line executions to isolation supermaxes, from prison privatization to sentencing juveniles as adults. Texas Tough, a sweeping history of American imprisonment from the days of slavery to the present, shows how a plantation-based penal system once dismissed as barbaric became the national template.

Drawing on convict accounts, official records, and interviews with prisoners, guards, and lawmakers, historian Robert Perkinson reveals the Southern roots of our present-day prison colossus. While conventional histories emphasize the North’s rehabilitative approach, he shows how the retributive and profit-driven regime of the South ultimately triumphed. Most provocatively, he argues that just as convict leasing and segregation emerged in response to Reconstruction, so today’s mass incarceration, with its vast racial disparities, must be seen as a backlash against civil rights.

Illuminating for the first time the origins of America’s prison juggernaut, Texas Tough points toward a more just and humane future.

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The New How: Creating Business Solutions Through Collaborative Strategy by Nilofer Merchant (O'Reilly)

Description: "How are you going to get rid of your Air Sandwich if you don't even know what it is? Provocative and practical at the same time."

—Seth Godin, author of Linchpin

"The New How is informative and provides exciting insights because the suggestions are practical and doable. Merchant gets the new reality—leadership fails not so much from flawed strategy as it does from failed processes of engagement from those responsible for implementing the strategy. In high-performing organizations, everyone acts like a leader, and they own the strategy and take actions to ensure its success. If you care about making a difference, read this book."

—Barry Posner, author of The Leadership Challenge

"Collaboration is a powerful, competitive weapon: this book shows you how to use it to win markets."

—Mark Interrante, VP Content Products, Yahoo, Inc.

"In a world in which the pace of change is ever quickening, collaboration, not control, is the route to a successful organization. This book tells you how to make your organization collaborative. And Nilofer Merchant's writing is a model of clarity."

—Barry Schwartz, author of The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less

"Want to transform your organization into a collaborative enterprise? Nilofer Merchant provides insightful and practical strategies in The New How."

—Padmasree Warrior, CTO, Cisco Systems, Inc.

"Merchant's book is a practical guide for the journey from strategy to implementation. The collaborative tools described here can help companies reach strategic success—and avoid pitfalls along the way."

—Tom Kelley, General Manager, IDEO, and author of Ten Faces of Innovation

Once in a generation, a book comes along that transforms the business landscape. For today's business leaders, The New How redefines the way companies create strategies and win new markets.

Management gurus have always said "people matter." But those same gurus still relegate strategy to an elite set of executives who focus on frameworks, long presentations, and hierarchical approaches. Business strategy typically has been planned by corporate chiefs in annual meetings, and then dictated to managers to carry out. The New How turns that notion on its head. After many years of working with Apple, Adobe, HP, and many other companies, Nilofer Merchant discovered the secret sauce: the best way to create a winning strategy is to include employees at all levels, helping to create strategy they not only believe in, but are also equipped to implement.

In The New How, Nilofer shows today's corporate directors, executives, and managers how they can transform their traditional, top-down approach to strategy planning and execution into collaborative "stratecution" that has proven to be significantly more effective.

Enhance performance and outcomes by deflating the "air sandwich" between executives in the boardroom and employees
Recognize that strategy and execution are thoroughly intertwined
Understand how successful strategy is founded in effective idea selection-a pile of good ideas doesn't necessarily build good strategy
Create company strategy and link it to targeted execution, using the practical models and techniques provided

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Wild Romance by Chloe Schama (Bloomsbury)

Description: A riveting recreation of one of Victorian England’s biggest scandals, the first book by a rising talent.

On a steamer passage from France to England in 1852, nineteen-year-old Theresa Longworth met William Charles Yelverton, a soldier destined to become the Viscount Avonmore. A flirtation began that soon blossomed into a clandestine, epistolary affair, ranging from the shores of England to the battlefields of the Crimean War. Five years after their first meeting they married secretly in Edinburgh, and then, at Theresa’s urging, they married again that summer in Dublin—or did they?

Separated by circumstance soon after they were wed, the two would never again live together as man and wife. When Yelverton left Theresa to marry another woman, Theresa found herself having to prove that their marriage had ever existed. Multiple trials ensued, in Ireland, England, and Scotland, and for months their scandal captivated each nation. Newspapers broadcast each detail of the proceedings, songwriters dedicated ballads to Theresa, and novelists such as Wilkie Collins borrowed the courtroom melodrama for their plots. Over the course of the very public ordeal, Theresa lost any chance of a private married life.

In this brilliant debut, Chloë Schama portrays a woman at the forefront of changes that the twentieth century would bring to women’s lives everywhere. Theresa’s story is both a courtroom drama full of steamy intrigue and the chronicle of how one woman made a life for herself as an unmarried author and public speaker in a society that had little space for either. Thrust into the spotlight, Theresa reincarnated herself as “Teresina Peregrina,” traversing the globe and writing about her journeys: she visited the Mormons in the American West, crossed paths with John Muir in Yosemite, and ventured into the far reaches of Asia and Africa, where she spent the last years of her life. Events beyond her control forced Theresa to become a woman of the world, when she would have settled for a world defined by her husband.

In Wild Romance, Chloë Schama unearths the inspiring tale of a woman who held onto her ideals of independence, of self-reliance, and—despite everything—of love, and who never gave up.

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If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This by Robin Black (Random House)

Description: Heralding the arrival of a stunning new voice in American fiction, Robin Black’s If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This takes readers into the minds and hearts of people navigating the unsettling transitions that life presents to us all.

Written with maturity and insight, and in beautiful, clear-eyed prose, these stories plumb the depths of love, loss, and hope. A father struggles to forge an independent identity as his blind daughter prepares for college. A mother comes to terms with her adult daughter’s infidelity, even as she keeps a disturbing secret of her own. An artist mourns the end of a romance while painting a dying man’s portrait. An accident on a trip to Italy and an unexpected connection with a stranger cause a woman to question her lifelong assumptions about herself.

Brilliant, hopeful, and fearlessly honest, If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This illuminates the truths of human relationships, truths we come to recognize in these characters and in ourselves.

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Look at Me Now by Thomas J. Hubschman (Savvy Press)

Description: "I stand holding the Macy’s bag half full of the few last dear things I dare take with me. I avoid his big green eyes made twice as large by the thick glasses he’s worn since adolescence. I’d see too much in them, too much of myself, of us. I’d see twenty-three years and not all of them
bad. I remind myself I’m not leaving because I don’t love him anymore but because I do, because love, what’s left of it, is my shackle. If I stay I can only be who he wants me to be, and even then only when he wants me to be it."

Look at Me Now is the story of a woman struggling to begin a new life after twenty years married to a brilliant but overbearing man who has dominated every aspect of her existence. Her struggle involves not just creating a new life for herself but coming to grips with the past that has made her who she is—and isn't: an abusive, philandering mate, an early pregnancy that caused her expulsion from an elite New York high school, a mother who has remained largely unsympathetic.

But Deirdre Davis is nothing if not a woman who can laugh, or at least smile, at her fate and find sympathy with others’—the crippled survivor of a marital suicide pact, a flaky boyfriend, the son whose conception she has spent most of her life blaming for all the bad things that have happened to her. Meanwhile, the husband she thought she had escaped keeps popping up, usually to terrorize her but eventually in a denouement that shows Deirdre's struggles toward becoming her own person have not been in vain.

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One Good Dog by Susan Wilson (St. Martin's Press)

Description: Adam March is a self-made "Master of the Universe." He has it All: the beautiful wife, the high-powered job, the glittering circle of friends. But there is a price to be paid for all these trappings, and the pressure is mounting. One day Adam makes a fatal mistake. His assistant leaves him a message with three words: your sister called. What no one knows is that Adam's sister has been missing for decades. That she represents the excruciatingly painful past he has left behind. And that her absence has secretly tormented him all these years. When his assistant brushes off his request for an explanation for favor of her more pressing personal call, Adam loses it. And all hell breaks loose.

Adam is escorted from the building. He loses his job. He loses his wife. He loses his life. He doesn't believe it is possible to sink any lower when he is assigned to work in a soup kitchen as a form of community service. But unbeknownst to Adam, this is where is life will intersect with Chance.

Chance is a mixed breed Pit Bull. He's been born and raised to fight and seldom leaves the dirty basement where The Boys keep him in between fights. But Chance is not a victim or a monster. It is Chance's unique spirit that helps him escape and puts him in the path of Adam.

What transpires is the story of one man, one dog, and how they save each other—in ways they never expected.

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She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell (Bethany House)

Description: During New York City's Gilded Age... The game is played amid banquets and balls. The prize is a lifetime of wealth and privilege. The rules will test friendships and the desires of a young woman's heart. Clara Carter is the social season's brightest star... but at what cost?

For a young society woman seeking a favorable marriage, so much depends on her social season debut. Clara Carter has been given one goal: secure the affections of the city's most eligible bachelor. Debuting means plenty of work—there are corsets to be fitted, dances to master, manners to perfect. Her training soon pays off, however, as celebrity's spotlight turns Clara into a society-page darling.

Yet Clara soon wonders if this is the life she really wants. Especially when she learns her best friend has also set her sights on Franklin De Vries. When a man appears who seems to love her simply for who she is and gossip backlash turns ugly, Clara realizes it's not just her marriage at stake—the future of her family depends on how she plays the game.

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Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson (Bethany House)

Description: In 1872, sixteen Civil War widows living in St. Louis respond to a series of meetings conducted by a land speculator who lures them west by promising "prime homesteads" in a "booming community." Unbeknownst to them, the speculator's true motive is to find an excuse to bring women to the fledging community of Plum Grove, Nebraska, in hopes they will accept marriage proposals shortly after their arrival!

Sparks fly when these unsuspecting widows meet the men who are waiting for them. These women are going to need all the courage and faith they can muster to survive these unwanted circumstances—especially when they begin to discover that none of them is exactly who she appears to be.

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The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer (St. Martin's Press)

Description: Imprisoned aboard a zeppelin that floats above a city reminiscent of those of the classic films Metropolis and Brazil, the greeting card writer Harold Winslow is composing his memoirs. His companions are the only woman he has ever loved, who has gone insane, and the cryogenically frozen body of her father, the devilish genius who drove her mad. The tale of Harold's decades-long thwarted love is also one in which he watches technology transform his childhood home from a mere burgeoning metropolis to a waking dream, in which the well-heeled have mechanical men for servants, deserted islands can exist within skyscrapers, and the worlds of fairy tales can be built from scratch. And as he heads toward a final, desperate confrontation with the mad inventor, he discovers that he is an unwitting participant in the creation of the greatest invention of them all—the perpetual motion machine. The Dream of Perpetual Motion is a memorable debut that will be one of the most talked about books of the year and remind readers of authors such as Michael Chabon and Jonathan Lethem.

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The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard (Ballantine Books)

Description: Written with the wisdom and grace devoted readers have come to expect
from the award-winning author of The Virgin of Small Plains comes this
brilliantly moving tale of family, murder, and redemptive love.
Rose, Kansas, is a quiet town poised between the orderly and the
unpredictable, where a shocking secret was long ago buried...until it vengefully
stirs to life one fateful day. English teacher Jody Linder wakes up one morning to
find her three intimidating rancher uncles on her doorstep. They bring shocking
news: the man convicted of murdering her father, and presumably her mother, is
being released from prison and coming back to Rose, Kansas, with his son,
attorney Collin Crosby. Convinced of his father's innocence, Collin provokes Jody
to face the stunning mystery behind her tragic past, an investigation that
endangers them both. Moving, surprising, and beautifully textured, The Scent of
Rain and Lightning blurs the boundaries between suspense and literary fiction.

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Wish Her Safe at Home by Stephan Benatar (New York Review Books)

Description: Rachel Waring is deliriously happy. Out of nowhere, a great-aunt leaves her a Georgian mansion in another city—and she sheds her old life without delay. Gone is her dull administrative job, her mousy wardrobe, her downer of a roommate. She will live as a woman of leisure, devoted to beauty, creativity, expression, and love. Once installed in her new quarters, Rachel plants a garden, takes up writing, and impresses everyone she meets with her extraordinary optimism. But as Rachel sings and jokes the days away, her new neighbors begin to wonder if she might be taking her transformation just a bit too far.

In Wish Her Safe at Home, Stephen Benatar finds humor and horror in the shifting region between elation and mania. His heroine could be the next-door neighbor of the Beales of Grey Gardens or a sister to Jane Gardam's oddball protagonists, but she has an ebullient charm all her own.

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Backing into Forward by Jules Feiffer (Doubleday Books)

Description: The award-winning cartoonist, playwright, and author delivers a witty, illustrated rendition of his life, from his childhood as a wimpy kid in the Bronx to his legendary career in the arts. A gifted storyteller who has delighted readers and theater audiences for decades, Jules Feiffer now turns his talents to the tale of his own life.

“BACKING INTO FORWARD is dark and charming, touching and barbed and crackling with wit. An important book by a critical artist that sheds light on his fascinating life and the most vibrant period in the life of American culture.”
—Michael Chabon

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Flight to Heaven: A Plane Crash... A Lone Survivor... A Journey to Heaven--and Back by Capt. Dale Black (Bethany House)

Description: A Compelling Account of Heaven from the Only Survivor of a Horrific Airplane Crash

At age nineteen, pilot Dale Black miraculously survived an airplane crash that killed the other two pilots on board. Hovering between life and death for three days, he had a breathtaking experience of heaven. Against all odds and with insurmountable injuries, Capt. Black recovered from his injuries and returned to fly airplanes as a professional pilot, airline pilot instructor, and jet flight examiner. For forty years he kept the story to himself at the urging of his grandfather to "live" his experience rather than talk about it. The flight to heaven changed Dale's life, and now he allows it to be told in hopes of encouraging others with this wondrous experience.

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No More Christian Nice Girl by Paul and Degler, Jennifer D. Coughlin (Bethany House)

Description: A Roadmap for the Journey from Nice to Good

When passivity and false niceness don't bring the abundant life Jesus promised, some Christian women try even harder to hide behind a fragile façade of pleasant perfection. Paul Coughlin and Jennifer Degler give women the empowering message that they have options far beyond simply acting nice or being mean—if they will emulate the real Jesus Christ and face their fears of conflict, rejection, and criticism. Brimming with enlightening information, thought-provoking questionnaires, real-life stories, and biblically based teaching from both the male author of the pioneering No More Christian Nice Guy and a female clinical psychologist, this book will motivate women to allow God to transform them into authentic, powerful women of loving faith.

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A Corpse at St. Andrew's Chapel by Mel Starr (Kregel Publications)

Description: Alan, the beadle of the manor of Bampton, had gone out at dusk to seek those who might violate curfew. When, the following morning, he had not returned home, his young wife Matilda seeks out Master Hugh de Singleton, the God-fearing surgeon and bailiff of the manor. Two days later Alan’s mangled corpse is discovered in the hedge at the side of the track to St. Andrew’s Chapel. Who could have done this and why? Master Hugh sets out to discover the truth... with only his God and few tools to guide him.

Set in 1300s British countryside, A Corpse at St. Andrew's Chapel is a skillfully woven story and a delight to read.

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61 Hours by Lee Child (Delacorte Press)

Description: The countdown is on! With each explosive second, instant #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child ratchets up the tension. 61 HOURS is a ticking time bomb of suspense .

When a bus accident in a blizzard strands Jack Reacher in Bolton, South Dakota, it lands him in the crosshairs of a deadly confrontation—and rockets him to a final showdown so shocking these sixty-one hours will be 2010's most talked about bestseller.

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A Dog with No Tail by Hamdi Abu Goyyael (International Publishers Marketing)

Description: In a world with no meaning, meaning is an act . . .

This is a story about building things up and knocking them down. Here are the campfire tales of Egypt’s dispossessed and disillusioned, the anti-Arabian Nights.

Our narrator, a rural immigrant from the Bedouin villages of the Fayoum, an aspiring novelist and construction laborer of the lowest order, leads us down a fractured path of reminiscence in his quest for purpose and identity in a world where the old orders and traditions are powerless to help.

Bawdy and wistful, tragicomic and bitter, his stories loop and repeat, crackling with the frictive energy of colliding worlds and linguistic registers. These are the tales of Cairo’s new Bedouin, men not settled by the state but permanently uprooted by it. Like their lives, their stories are dislocated and unplotted, mapping out their quest for meaning in the very act of placing brick on brick and word on word.

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A Thread of Sky by Deanna Fei (Penguin)

Description: A stunning debut, A Thread of Sky is the story of a family of women and the powerful thread that binds their lives. In following the paths chosen by six fiercely independent women, A Thread of Sky explores the terrain we must travel to recognize the strength and vulnerability of those closest to us.

When her husband of thirty years is killed in a devastating accident, Irene Shen and her three daughters are set adrift. Nora, the eldest, retreats into her high-powered New York job and a troubled relationship. Kay, the headstrong middle child, escapes to China to learn the language and heritage of her parents. Sophie, the sensitive and artistic youngest, is trapped at home until college, increasingly estranged from her family - and herself.

Terrified of being left alone with her grief, Irene plans a tour of mainland China's must sees, reuniting three generations of women - her three daughters, her distant poet sister, and her formidable eighty-year old mother - in a desperate attempt to heal her fractured family.

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An Unfinished Score by Elise Blackwell (Unbridled Books)

Description: As she prepares dinner for her husband and their extended family, Suzanne hears on the radio that a jetliner has crashed and her lover is dead. Alex Elling was a renowned orchestra conductor. Suzanne is a concert violist, long unsatisfied with her marriage to a composer whose music turns emotion into thought. Now, more alone than she’s ever been, she must grieve secretly. But as complex as that effort is, it pales with the arrival of Alex’s widow, who blackmails her into completing the score for Alex’s unfinished viola concerto. As Suzanne struggles to keep her double life a secret from her husband, from her best friend, and from the other members of her quartet, she is consumed by memories of a rich love affair saturated with music. Increasingly manipulated by her lover’s widow and tormented by the concerto’s many layers, Suzanne realizes she may lose everything she’s spent her life working for. A story of love, loss, sex, class, and betrayal, this psychologically compelling novel explores the ways that artists’ lives and work interact, the nature of relationships among women as friends and competitors, and what it means to make a life of art.

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Beside the Sea by Veronique Olmi (Peirene Press)

Description: A single mother takes her two sons on a trip to the seaside. They stay in a hotel, drink hot chocolate and go to the funfair. She wants to protect them from a cold and uncomprehending world. She knows that it will be the last trip for her boys. This is a haunting and thought-provoking story about how a mother's love for her children can be more dangerous than the dark world she is seeking to keep at bay. The simple first person narrative achieves an extraordianry level of poetry and inner truth.
The French literary bestseller, first published in 2001, has been translated into all major European languages and is now for the first time available in English.

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Forget Me Not by Vicki Hinze (WaterBrook Press)

Description: Crossroads Crisis Center owner Benjamin Brandt was a content man—in his faith, his work, and his family. Then in a flash, everything he loved was snatched away. His wife and son were murdered, and grief-stricken Ben lost faith. Determination to find their killers keeps him going, but after three years of dead ends and torment, his hope is dying too. Why had he survived? He’d failed to protect his family.

Now, a mysterious woman appears at Crossroads seeking answers and help—a victim who eerily resembles Ben’s deceased wife, Susan. A woman robbed of her identity, her life, of everything except her faith—and Susan’s necklace.

The connections between the two women mount, exceeding coincidence, and to keep the truth hidden, someone is willing to kill. Finding out who and why turns Ben and the mystery woman’s situation from dangerous to deadly. Their only hope for survival is to work together, trust each other, and face whatever they discover head on, no matter how painful. But will that be enough to save their lives and heal their tattered hearts?

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Genoa Bay by Bette Nordberg (Kregel Publications)

Description: Young widow Brandy Beauchamp inherits a long-established bed and breakfast on Vancouver Island from an old friend. It needs energy and commitment, but the beautiful, shabby property can be restored. With her five year old daughter Gabby, Brandy moves to British Columbia and sets about building a new life—only to discover that a local property developer has very different plans, and very direct methods of persuasion…

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Grease Town by Ann Towell (Tundra Books)

Description: A heartbreaking history of prejudice, family ties, and the loss of innocence.When twelve-year-old Titus Sullivan decides to run away to join his Uncle Amos and older brother, Lem, he finds an alien and exciting world in Oil Springs, the first Canadian oil boomtown of the 19th century. The Enniskillen swamp is slick with oil, and it takes enterprising folk to plumb its depths. The adventurers who work there are a tough lot of individuals. In this hard world, Titus becomes friends with a young black boy, the child of slaves who came to Canada on the Underground Railroad. When tragedy strikes in the form of a race riot, Titus's loyalties are tested as he struggles to deal with the terrible fallout. Though the characters are fictitious, the novel is based on a race riot that occurred in Oil Springs, Ontario, on March 20, 1863. Grease Town is historical fiction at its finest.

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Half Life by Roopa Farooki (St. Martin's Press)

Description: It's time to stop fighting, and go home. Those were the words, written by a minor but well-reputed Bengali poet, that finally persuaded Aruna Ahmed Jones to exit her ground-floor Victorian flat wearing only jeans and a t-shirt, carrying nothing more substantial than a handbag, and keep on walking. Leaving behind the handsome Dr. Patrick Jones, her husband of less than a year, Aruna heads to Heathrow, where she boards a plane bound for Singapore, and her old life. When Aruna left for London, she was fleeing many things: her recently deceased father, the only family she'd ever had; her best friend and lover, Jazz, and the life they'd tried, and failed, to create together; the complicated psychological diagnosis she preferred to forget. But after years of fleeing the ghosts that continue to haunt her, Aruna is about to discover that running away is really the easy part; it is coming home—making peace with Jazz, with her past, and even with herself—that is hard. With shades of Slumdog Millionaire and The Namesake, Roopa Farooki’s novel is luminous and gripping.

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How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly by Connie May Fowler (Grand Central Publishing)

Description: How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly is the transcendent story of a young woman who, in a twenty-four hour period, journeys through startling moments of self-discovery that lead her to a courageous and life-altering decision.
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Connie May Fowler is an essayist, screenwriter, and novelist. She is the author of five novels, most recently The Problem with Murmur Lee, and a memoir, When Katie Wakes. In 1996, she published Before Women Had Wings, which became a paperback bestseller and was made into a successful Oprah Winfrey Presents movie. She founded the Connie May Fowler Women With Wings Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to aiding women and children in need.
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Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco (Penguin)

Description: The acclaimed novel that won the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize (for an unpublished work).

Ilustrado begins with Crispin Salvador, lion of Philippine letters, dead in the Hudson River. His acolyte Miguel investigates the author's demise and the disappearance of a manuscript about the corruption of Filipino ruling families.

To understand the death, Miguel scours the life, charting Salvador's trajectory via his poetry, stories, interviews, novels, polemics and memoirs. The literary fragments become patterns become stories become epic: a family saga of four generations tracing 150 years of Philippine history forged under the Spanish, Americans and Filipinos themselves ˆ an expanse encompassing revolution, world war, communist struggle, the Marcos dictatorship and a society now fighting its own worst tendencies.

In this astonishingly inventive and bold debut novel, Miguel Syjuco explores fatherhood, regret, revolution and the mysteries of lives lived and abandoned.

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Iron Man 2 by Alexander Irvine (Grand Central Publishing)

Description: "I am Iron Man." With those words, billionaire industrialist Tony Stark revealed his secret identity. Now a famous high-tech superhero, he uses his powers to protect mankind. Yet things are not going well for Tony Stark. The U.S. military demands control of the most powerful weapon on earth—the Iron Man suit. His beautiful new assistant has a strange, mysterious agenda while his best friend, Rhodey, has betrayed him. And Tony is hunted by a vengeful Russian criminal armed with a lethal technology that may be stronger than Tony's suit. But even as he fights his demons, the hero faces his greatest threat—one that no armor can defend against . .

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L'home és un gran faisà en el món by Herta Müller (Bromera)

Description: Una successió de flaixos literaris breus, de prosa commovedora, precisa i, de vegades, descarnada, configuren el retrat del procés de desintegració d’una comunitat germànica assentada a la Romania rural. Sotmesa a l’atmosfera opressiva, quasi asfixiant, del règim totalitari de Ceausescu, aquesta minoria ha d’escollir entre l’exili o l’espera captiva en un temps paralitzat en la desesperança quotidiana, els conflictes, les supersticions i els somnis. L’home esdevé, així, un ésser perdut i oblidat en la seva misèria, un fracassat –representat pel faisà segons la cultura romanesa– incapaç de fugir de la seva condició i presa fàcil dels depredadors.

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Mathilda Savitch by Victor Lodato (Picador)

Description: Fear doesn’t come naturally to Mathilda Savitch. She prefers to look right at the things nobody else can bear to mention: for example, the fact that her beloved older sister is dead, pushed in front of a train by a man still on the loose. Her grief-stricken parents have basically been sleepwalking ever since, and Mathilda decides she’s going to figure out what lies behind the catastrophe. But she must risk a great deal—in fact, she has to leave behind everything she loves—in order to discover the truth.

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Murder in Paradise by Alanna Knight (International Publishers Marketing)

Description: The year is 1860, and Inspector Faro has been transported back to one of the darkest moments of his career – the chase of the notorious Macheath across the Scottish border to the Kent countryside. Discovering that the devious criminal has escaped from the local jail and is on the run in the area, Faro ensconces himself in the mansion of an old friend, Erland Flett, living amid the bohemian lifestyles of resident artists and their models while he continues his search for his nemesis. The rural tranquillity is suddenly disrupted by the burglary of a nearby mansion; the young maid who discovered the break-in has mysteriously disappeared. Faro knows who the culprit is, but he must struggle against the indifference of the rural police force, and the secrets of the obstructive locals, to find both Macheath and his potential victim before it is too late. The truth is much closer, and its quest more dangerous, than anyone could have imagined. In this atmospheric tale of intrigue and corruption, Knight brings back her much-loved character, Inspector Faro, in the most defining and remarkable investigation of his career.

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No Moon by Irene N. Watts (Tundra Books)

Description: Louisa Gardener is the fourteen-year-old nursemaid to the young daughters of a wealthy, titled family living in London, England, in 1912.

Despite the bullying Nanny Mackintosh, for whom she is an extra pair of hands, she loves her work and her young charges. Then everything changes. The family decides to sail to New York aboard the Titanic. An accident to the children's nanny, only days prior to the sailing, means that Louisa must go in her stead. She cannot refuse, although she dreads even the mention of the ocean. Memories she has suppressed, except in nightmares, come crowding back.

When Louisa was five and her sister seven years old, their two-year-old brother died on an outing to the seaside. Since that time, Louisa has had a fear of the ocean. She blames herself for the accident, though she has been told it wasn't her fault.

If Louisa refuses to go on the voyage, she will be dismissed, and she will never get beyond the working-class life she has escaped from.

How Louisa learns self-reliance, overcomes her fears, and goes beyond what is expected of a girl makes No Moon an unforgettable story.

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One Sweet Moment by Maggie Craig (International Publishers Marketing)

Description: Since losing their parents, Kate and Andrew have been living with their cold-hearted aunt and uncle within the vaults of Edinburgh’s South Bridge. Worked relentlessly by day and tormented at night, Kate has little chance to dream of the future or to secure a different way of life for herself and her younger brother. Then one day Richard Hope walks into her life. A wealthy, upper-class student studying to become a doctor at the University, Richard knows that he and Kate come from very different worlds, but as soon as he lays his eyes upon her, he knows she is the girl for him. Instantly smitten, Richard vows to do whatever it takes to spend his time with her.

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The New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick by Elizabeth Hardwick (New York Review Books)

Description: Elizabeth Hardwick was one of America’s great postwar women of letters, celebrated as a novelist and an essayist. Until now, however, her slim but remarkable achievement as a writer of short stories has remained largely hidden, tucked away in the pages of the periodicals—such as Partisan Review, The New Yorker, and The New York Review of Books—in which her work originally appeared. This first collection of Hardwick’s short fiction reveals her brilliance as a stylist and as an observer of contemporary life. A young woman returns from New York to her childhood Kentucky home and discovers the world of difference within her. A girl’s boyfriend is not quite good enough, his “silvery eyes, light and cool, revealing nothing except pure possibility, like a coin in hand.” A magazine editor’s life falls strangely to pieces after she loses both her husband and her job. Individual lives and the life of New York, the setting or backdrop for most of these stories, come to life in unexpected and lasting ways in Hardwick’s beautiful and razor-sharp stories.

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The Red Thread by Ann Hood (W.W. Norton)

Description: From the best-selling author of The Knitting Circle, a mother’s powerful journey from loss to love.

“In China there is a belief that people who are destined to be together are connected by an invisible red thread. Who is at the end of your red thread?”

After losing her infant daughter in a freak accident, Maya Lange opens The Red Thread, an adoption agency that specializes in placing baby girls from China with American families. Maya finds some comfort in her work, until a group of six couples share their personal stories of their desire for a child. Their painful and courageous journey toward adoption forces her to confront the lost daughter of her past. Brilliantly braiding together the stories of Chinese birth mothers who give up their daughters, Ann Hood writes a moving and beautifully told novel of fate and the red thread that binds these characters’ lives. Heartrending and wise, The Red Thread is a stirring portrait of unforgettable love and yearning for a baby.

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The Wife's Tale by Lori Lansens (Little, Brown and Company)

Description: On the eve of their Silver Anniversary, Mary Gooch is waiting for her husband Jimmy—still every inch the handsome star athlete he was in high school—to come home. As night turns to day, it becomes frighteningly clear to Mary that he is gone. Through the years, disappointment and worry have brought Mary's life to a standstill, and she has let her universe shrink to the well-worn path from the bedroom to the refrigerator. But her husband's disappearance startles her out of her inertia, and she begins a desperate search.

For the first time in her life, she boards a plane and flies across the country to find her lost husband. So used to hiding from the world, Mary finds that in the bright sun and broad vistas of California, she is forced to look up from the pavement. And what she finds fills her with inner strength she's never felt before. Through it all, Mary not only finds kindred spirits, but reunites with a more intimate stranger no longer sequestered by fear and habit: herself.

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This is How by M.J. Hyland (Canongate Books)

Description: All actions have consequences. This is how life goes. Patrick is a loner. An intelligent but disturbed young man struggling to find his place in the world. He ventures out on his own and as he begins to find happiness commits an act of violence that sends his life horribly and irreversibly out of control. But should a person's life be judged by a single bad act? This is How is a compelling and macabre journey into the dark side of human existence and a powerful meditation on the nature of guilt and redemption.

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Yes, My Darling Daughter by Margaret Leroy (Picador)

Description: Every once in a blue moon, a masterful writer dives into gothic waters and emerges with a novel that—like Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, Minette Walters’s The Breaker, and Donna Tartt’s The Little Friend—simultaneously celebrates and transcends the tradition. Welcome Margaret Leroy to the clan.

What’s the matter with Sylvie?

Such a pretty girl. Four years old; well loved by her young mother, Grace. But there’s something . . . off about the child. Her deathly fear of water; night terrors; most of all, her fixation with a photo of an Irish seaside town called Coldharbour.

Haunted and haunting, Yes, My Darling Daughter is a wonderfully original, deliciously suspenseful mystery, "a haunting book and a tantalizing read" (The Providence Journal).

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Anywhere, Anytime, Any Body Yoga by Laura Carapellese (Hunter House)

Description: This encouraging guide introduces the spiritual and physical benefits of yoga and explains how readers can learn to work with their own body type to perform postures safely and effectively. Sections include Chair Yoga, Bed Yoga, Travel Yoga, Office Yoga, and Anywhere Yoga. Each chapter features step-by-step instructions and clear, corresponding illustrations. In every picture, the moves are performed by regular yoga practitioners and not intimidating masters. For people with physical limitations or illnesses, the book focuses on stretching, pain prevention and reduction, relieving stress, and helping with symptoms of sickness. The postures work out every part of the body, and the book also features exercises that can be done in comfortable positions with many simpler alternatives. For frequent travelers there are stretches to relieve commuter stress, keep flexible, and prevent blood clots, jet lag, and anxiety. With no acrobatics needed, these postures can be done anywhere, from standing in line to watching TV.

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Clandestine in Chile by Gabriel Garciá Márquez (New York Review Books)

Description: In 1973, the portly, dark-haired, bearded film director Miguel Littín fled Chile after a U.S.-supported military coup toppled the democratically elected Socialist government of Salvador Allende, replacing it with the rule of General Augusto Pinochet. Pinochet’s cruel reign was to last some seventeen years, during which Chile was turned into a laboratory for the economic ideas of Milton Friedman, leading to a society where the rich became richer and the poor much poorer, and the government was sustained by an ongoing reign of terror. In 1985, Littín returned to Chile, now slim and clean-shaven, with a false name, false passport, and false wife. Pretending to be a Uruguayan businessman, he was bent on making a movie that told the truth about life under Pinochet.

This is the story of Littín’s escapade, which was a journey to a risky and in many ways unexpected new country—and into his own complicated feelings as an exile. Gabriel García Márquez brings all his gifts as a novelist to the telling Littín’s tale, revealing the unreal essence of life in a country where the plain truth was inadmissible. Clandestine in Chile is a true-life adventure story and a classic of modern reportage.

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Cutting Myself in Half: 150 Pounds Lost, One Byte at a Time by Taylor; Branson, Jack; Branson, Mary LeBaron (HCI Books)

Description: When Taylor LeBaron was 14, he weighed nearly 300 pounds. In a little more than a year, he literally cut his weight in half and has maintained a weight of 145 for more than two years. Taylor developed a unique, effective plan that turns fitness into a game. He calls it the Ultimate Fitness Game because the prize is an entirely new life. Taylor has been featured on a number of major radio and television programs, including the Today Show, and is fast becoming a leader in teen fitness. Dr. Michael Dansinger, nutrition doctor for The Biggest Loser, wrote the foreword for Cutting Myself in Half, and he states on his WebMD blog that "This may be the best book I’ve seen for teens who are just coming to grips with an obesity issue, and recognizing that they need help."

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Didn't I Feed You Yesterday? by Laura Bennett (Ballantine Books)

Description: Laura Bennett is not a soccer mom or a PTA mom or a helicopter mom—and she’s certainly not mother of the year. Another breed of mother entirely, Laura is surely more Auntie Mame than June Cleaver. As a busy mother of six, Laura is on an impossible mission: raising a brood of fast-moving, messy, wild sons in the jungles of Manhattan. So what other choice does she have than to sit back, grab a martini, and let the boys be, er, boys?

In Didn’t I Feed You Yesterday?, Laura gives her irreverent take on modern motherhood and proves that a strong sense of humor and an even stronger sense of self are the mother’s milk of sanity. In a series of refreshingly candid and hilarious anecdotes, she unapologetically breaks every rule in the Brady Bunch playbook: She gives her kids junk food, plays favorites, and openly admits to having “a genetic predisposition to laissez-faire parenting.” Children, she observes, don’t need constant supervision from neurotic, perfectionist parents. Allow kids to make mistakes and entertain themselves and they’ll turn out just fine—even if you do sometimes forget to pick them up from school.

Beyond the mayhem of a life among males, Laura celebrates the glories of womanhood with a generous helping of wit and style. She gives thanks to the fashion gods for the essentials—red lipstick, Manolo Blahniks, and Lycra shapewear—but reminds us that true style comes from an inner compass that points directly at oneself. In every aspect of life, Laura gives one simple, powerful piece of advice: “Dress like you want it or stay home.”

Brutally honest, outrageous, and sure to raise a few eyebrows, Didn’t I Feed You Yesterday? is a riotously funny read—and it’ll go fabulously well with your new handbag.

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Digitally Daunted: The Consumer's Guide to Taking Control of the Technology in Your Life by Sean Westcott (International Publishers Marketing)

Description: Wi-fi or wired? Cable or fiber optic? HDMI or RCA? MP3 or AAC? Do you feel overwhelmed when you hear these terms? You’re not alone—smart people everywhere feel intimidated by the technology in their life. Standing in an electronics store trying to decode the specs on a purchase can make anyone feel powerless. Worse—it can leave you with costly mistakes that you can barely get out of the packaging. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With the right education, you can regain the control you need to survive and thrive in the digital world.

In Digitally Daunted, an IT pro and his practical wife show you how to demystify the mumbo jumbo and become a confident consumer of all the things that are supposed to make your life easier. You’ll learn how to shop for and manage the electronics in your household: PCs to phone systems, televisions, cameras, and music and movie software and hardware.

Digitally Daunted will help you:

* Choose, use, and maintain all the modern “appliances” you need or want
* Decide what to buy, how to buy, and how much to spend
* Be prepared for the digital television conversion
* Get and stay connected on the Internet the fastest, cheapest, most secure way possible
* Discover everything you needed to know about phone service, both landline and cellular
* Determine what you need and want from your television, DVD player, DVD recorder, and service provider be it cable, fiber-optic or over-the-air
* Get the most out of digital cameras—still and video
* Learn about new ways to enjoy your music, photos and videos
* Introduce you to the latest in home gaming systems
* Figure out what to do when things go wrong
* Organize your tech stuff with checklists for shopping, maintenance, and service calls

Also includes a glossary of all the tech terms you need to know, green tips and some suggested web resources

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How to Never Look Fat Again by Charla Krupp (Hachette Book Group)

Description: The new groundbreaking style-guide from bestseller author Charla Krupp on how to look 10 pounds lighter, 10 years younger and 10 times sexier every day, all year—in summer, winter, at the gym, even in a swimsuit!

You'll never get dressed the same way again once you discover:

*smart, easy ways to hide arm flap, a big bust, a muffin top, back fat, Buddha belly, a big booty, wide hips, thunder thighs, and heavy calves-and that's only half the book.

*which fabrics, colors, and styles make women look fat

*absolutely the best shades, shapes, and brilliant buys to make the pounds invisible

*clever solutions for special fashion situations—workout gear, evening wear, and even swimsuits!

*which products, fashions, and services you shouldn't waste your money on

*the top ten tips that will make you look thinner by tonight!

So, if you've ever put on a piece of clothing and asked "Does this make me look fat?" Finally, here is the book that will answer your question.

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Positive Options for Living with COPD by Teri Allen (Hunter House)

Description: The diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be devastating. It’s important to note, though, that while COPD is debilitating, it is not a death sentence. With proper disease management, people with COPD can expect to live a full and happy life. While there are no magic pills or quick fixes, there are many things COPD sufferers can do to have more energy, less shortness of breath, and an overall better quality of life despite breathlessness or use of home oxygen. This comprehensive guide helps people in any stage of COPD learn to work with their physical limitations rather than against them. Compassionate and clearly written, it covers every aspect of the disease, including the psychological and emotional issues that go along with having COPD, medications and physical therapy, identifying triggers and warning signs, creating an action plan for worsening symptoms, techniques to make breathing easier, working with healthcare providers, and much more.

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The Bread of Angels by Stephanie Saldana (Doubleday Books)

Description: A gorgeous, romantic memoir of a young woman's year in Damascus, where she studied the Muslim Jesus, fled to an ancient desert monastery to heal her past, and unexpectedly found herself in love with a French novice monk.

In 2004, twenty-seven-year-old Stephanie Saldaña traveled to Damascus, Syria, on a Fulbright fellowship to study the role of the prophet Jesus in Islam. She was also fleeing a broken heart. It was not an ideal time to be an American in the Middle East-the United States had recently invaded Iraq, refugees were flooding into Damascus, and dark rumors swirled that Syria might be next to come under American attack. Miserable and lonely, Stephanie left Damascus to visit an ancient Christian monastery carved into the desert cliffs. In that beautiful, austere setting, she confronted her wavering faith and met Frederic, a young French novice monk. As they set out to explore the mysteries entwining Christianity and Islam, Stephanie slowly realized that she had found God again-and that she was in love with Frederic. But would Frederic choose God or Stephanie?

The Bread of Angels sweeps readers into the violent extremes of a war-torn region and renews their belief in faith, self-discovery, and the possibility of true love.

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The Holy Spirit is Not For Sale: Rekindling the Power of God in an Age of Compromise by J. Lee Grady (Chosen Books)

Description: For more than sixteen years, veteran journalist J. Lee Grady has kept a finger on the pulse of the charismatic and Pentecostal renewal, which restored the power of the Holy Spirit to the church, but which now suffers from abuse. Since many Spirit-empowered believers have lost their original focus and purity, Grady delves into some of the problems that plague churches and ministries: financial scandal, faulty theology, moral failure, and more.

Yet the message of this fervent journalist, who loves the gifts of the Spirit, isn't one of condemnation and finger-pointing. Instead it is a clarion call to restore the fire of supernatural anointing with biblical boldness, purity, integrity, humility, truth, justice, and compassion. Grady longs for every believer to find or recover a genuine experience with the Holy Spirit.

Among the topics he addresses are:
• the genuine work of the Holy Spirit
• strategies for developing healthy leaders
• how to set up proper accountability structures
• why so many churches and ministries have imploded in recent years

With extraordinary insight, a keen eye for discernment, and a desire to see the church purified and believers empowered, Grady gives a straightforward and ultimately affirming message that will expose the problems and ignite believers with God's fire.

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The TMJ Healing Plan: Ten Steps to Relieving Persistent Jaw, Neck and Head Pain by Cynthia Sandquist Peterson (Hunter House)

Description: The painful joint disorder known as TMJ manifests in the jaw, neck, back, and head, making it a debilitating condition that can adversely affect daily life. The many sufferers of TMJ — the disorder is shockingly common, affecting 1 in 25 people — often must pay exorbitant fees for dental splints ($450) or surgery (upwards of $100,000), and they are forced to invest time and energy to manage their pain. Cynthia Peterson wants to help TMJ sufferers to find a new way to alleviate their discomfort, offering tips of on posture, tongue placement, and simple physical therapy exercises that can reduce, relieve, and even eliminate TMJ-associated pain. Each section is illustrated with photos and drawings, making this invaluable guide an easy-to-use resource for those who need it most.

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The Undervalued Self by Elaine N (PhD) Aron (Little, Brown and Company)

Description: Elaine Aron follows up her bestsellers on the highly sensitive person with a groundbreaking new book on the undervalued self. She explains that self-esteem results from having a healthy balance of love and power in our lives. Readers will learn to incorporate love into situations that seem to require power and deal with power struggles that mask themselves as issues of love. From the bedroom to the boardroom, her strategies will enable us to escape feelings of shame, defeat, and depression; dissolve relationship hostility; and become our best selves.

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The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics by Dona Wong (W.W. Norton)

Description: The definitive guide to the graphic presentation of information.

In today’s data-driven world, professionals need to know how to express themselves in the language of graphics effectively and eloquently. Yet information graphics is rarely taught in schools or is the focus of on-the-job training. Now, for the first time, Dona M. Wong, a student of the information graphics pioneer Edward Tufte, makes this material available for all of us. In this book, you will learn:

* to choose the best chart that fits your data;
* the most effective way to communicate with decision makers when you have five minutes of their time;
* how to chart currency fluctuations that affect global business;
* how to use color effectively;
* how to make a graphic “colorful” even if only black and white are available.

The book is organized in a series of mini-workshops backed up with illustrated examples, so not only will you learn what works and what doesn’t but also you can see the dos and don’ts for yourself. This is an invaluable reference work for students and professional in all fields.

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El marmor de Tarraco. Explotació, utilització i comercialització de la pedra de Santa Tecla en è by Aureli Àlvarez (Rovira i Virgili University Press)

Description: Aquest és el llibre més complet que hi ha sobre la pedra de Santa Tecla i el llisós, dos materials procedents de Tarragona i molt utilitzats en època romana. Els autors, arqueòlegs i geòlegs, caracteritzen aquestes dues varietats i presenten el panorama de les seves aplicacions, i també donen pautes per identificar-les i diferenciar-les d’altres pedres que s’hi podrien confondre, com la “portasanta” o la pedra de Buixcarró.

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Explotación de los recursos forestales desde el Neolítico hasta la época moderna en los valles de by Itxaso Euba Rementeria (Rovira i Virgili University Press)

Description: En este trabajo se presentan los resultados del análisis antracológico de los carbones obtenidos durante la primera fase del proyecto denominado "Ocupación del suelo y formas del paisaje de montaña en los Pirineos orientales de la antigüedad a la época medieval".

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Grècia i Egipte en l'origen del drama. El context sagrat by M. Isabel Panosa Domingo (Rovira i Virgili University Press)

Description: El llibre gira entorn de l’origen del drama com a espectacle. Fa un viatge a les arrels que aquest gènere té tant a Egipte com a Grècia i analitza el context en què sorgí. Les primeres experiències escèniques de l’antic Egipte són comparades amb les primeres experiències teatrals gregues, que són les que marcaren el naixement de la tragèdia.

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Roman Quarries in the Northeast of Hispania (Modern Catalonia) by Anna Gutiérrez García-Moreno (Rovira i Virgili University Press)

Description: Aquest volum estudia de les principals pedreres romanes de Catalunya, analitzant-ne, d'una banda, la localització geogràfica, la contextualització en el territori antic, el treball a la pedrera amb detecció de traces d’eina i el càlcul de volumetria i, d'una altra, la datació de material petri en època romana a través de l’estudi dels casos més significatius, com Tarraco, Dertosa o Barcino.

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Frost Moon by Anthony Francis (Bell Bridge Books)

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Description: Ebook review galley for trade paperback edition. New urban fantasy series SKIN DANCER, by debut author Anthony Francis, is drawing absolute, total RAVES from early insider reads. Filled with adventure, humor, edgy characters and an incredible alternate reality, this story of a "magical tattoo artist" in modern Atlanta is going to rock the fantasy readers' world. Book one, FROST MOON, introduces the coolest heroine evah: tattoo specialist and "skin dancer" Dakota Frost, a tall, gorgeous, bi-sexual twenty-something whose tats are admiringly known as "Frost bites."

Dakota is caught up in a police investigation into serial killings of tattooed victims, and also plunges into the middle of Atlanta's vampire and were-shifter societies, when she's asked to ink a "control charm" into the skin of a werewolf who is a suspect in the killings.

Seductive, surprising, filled with astonishing scenes evoking visuals we can't easily describe, this series, we predict, will score film and/or TV options and could become a major franchise.

Excerpt:
When I dropped the shirt back into Calaphase’ waiting hand, the vines rippling down my arms were glowing bright and the gems actually starting to glitter. Tattoo magic worked best when exposed to the air, and I was already feeling the burn on my legs where excess mana was bleeding back into my body; so I reached down, lithely, and unzipped first one boot, then the other, making the snakes curling through the vines move and the butterflies shimmer.
There was an art to this, an actual magical skill: the magical tattoo artist I’d apprenticed to called it skindancing, and while I didn’t know the details of that art, over the years I’d grown quite good at storing and dispensing mana simply by flexing and stretching my skin. Until now, I’d only done it by myself, in front of a mirror; or very occasionally, in front of Savannah.
As for now, I was glad that the ruddy glare of the torches was hiding my flush of embarrassment. Stripping before strangers, even partially, was terrifying.
“Do not let the fear go to your head,” Calaphase warned, quietly but urgently. “There are werewolves in the audience; they can smell your adrenaline, hear your heart race.”
“Thank you, Calaphase,” I said, letting my breath out slowly. Then I turned, and slowly began unbuttoning my pants.
“Whoo!” cried a young wolf, leaning into the pit, surprisingly close. The female werewolf batted at him, but he leaned back and cried anyway. “Take it all off!”
“I would not want to embarrass the Marquis,” I replied, twisting so that the pants slid softly to the floor and the rest of the vines and flowers flickered to life. “Nor would I want to be accused of influencing the judges with samples of my canvas!”
The crowd laughed, as I stood there half-naked in front of them in my black bra and panties, turning slowly with a bravado I didn’t feel. The male tiger prowled around me and nodded. “It is a fine canvas,” he said, ignoring the wolf-woman as she struck him. “And an exceptional body of work—”
“Those cannot be all hers,” the Marquis said, eyes boring into me, nostrils flaring.
“They indeed are,” I replied, turning oh so slowly, eyes thanking Calaphase as he dusted off my pants. “I did all but these on my hand and these on my thigh—”
“You lie!” the Marquis hissed, and the crowd grew silent.
“Be careful with your accusations,” the male referee said quietly. “She is a guest. She does not know our rules—”
“She lies!” the Marquis said. “Can you not see it! All of you who have been under my needle know it. She cannot have done her own knees—”
“A shaking leg can be held down,” I said. By Kring/L, in fact, and it had taken both of his big, beefy hands to hold just one of my legs still—tattooing your knee hurts. “It need not disrupt the hand—”
“She cannot have done the dragon,” the Marquis yelled. “It covers her whole body!”
Now my nostrils flared. I prowled across the ring until I stood just in front of the Marquis, then held up my right hand, clamped as if holding the electric needle. Then I slowly bent down, and began to trace the tattoo.
The Dragon’s tail starts curling around my left big toe, a black and gold design with blue and green gems that make it sparkle with life. I lifted my foot off the ground, curling my hand around the toe, the ankle, once, twice, three times, the limit of my balance. I then stretched out my leg and touched the ground, drawing my hand up my leg and over the outer curve of my thigh, tickling the Dragon as it marked its circle around the muscles of my belly.
By now it was clear to anyone who could see that I’d drawn that one single design where my own right hand would reach. But the Marquis’ eyes tightened skeptically, and truth be told, I had done this bit in a sequence of short strokes, alternately twisting over my shoulder and behind my back in a sequence that had taken five sessions over three days. But the crowd and judges were not likely to listen to any kind of explanation; I needed to make a show.
So I began twisting around slowly, showing off the reach and flexibility of my long arms and supple neck. The movement agitated the Dragon, making his tail flicker and withdraw from my foot. You’ll rarely see a skindancer fully covered in tattoos, and not just because we know how to use negative space; it’s for the magic. Our tattoos need room to move.
The Dragon moved as I moved, coiling and shifting about my body as I stretched and flexed my skin, drawing his glittering form underneath my hand as easily as I had when he was just an outline. The Marquis was half right: I couldn’t have done the Dragon if he was a normal tattoo; but since he was magic, once the major components of the design, the logic of the magic, was in place, I could move him almost anywhere I wanted to fill in the details.
But some points were better for the magic than others, and in case the Marquis was savvy enough to know that, I made one final show. As the Dragon coiled around, I moved my hand into that final difficult arc around my own back, ending up in a twisted but still comfortable inscribing position under my left shoulder blade—right as the head of the Dragon slid precisely beneath what would have been the point of my tattooing gun.
I couldn’t quite see whether I’d got it quite right—I had no full length mirror with me this time—but I felt the Dragon rippling under the skin as he moved, and scratched him under the chin with my forefinger. His whole body rippled with pleasure, sending waves of light, movement and color cascading through all the other tattoos over my whole body.
“Challenging a skindancer about where she inked her tattoos is pointless, and the Marquis should have known that,” I said loudly. I turned to look at him through one half lidded eye, then straightened and walked back to my side of the ring without a backward glance.
“The Dragon is mine,” I said. “You cannot top it.”

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All God's Creatures by Carolyn McSparren (BelleBooks)

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Description: E-book review copy but this title available in trade paper, too. James Herriott's books are frequently mentioned as comparisons to All God's Creatures, and a recent promotion of this title at Amazon.com brought even more Herriott comparisons plus rave reviews, including this one from Pennsylvania librarian Heidi Marshall: "I just finished the last sentence of this excellent book, and just had to write about how good it is! . . . . The Veterinarians and animals that they care for were wonderful to read about. Even the sad bits (which are inevitable where animals are concerned) were not too bad to read about. McSparren's writing has a way of easing the pain. Honestly I cannot think of anything negative to say about this book. The human interest in this book also holds some interest for all ages. The reader gets involved with the lives of Maggie, her husband, children and friends. This book is unique and will be a tough act to follow. I savored every word, laughed and cried. I highly recommend it to anyone that loves all of God's creatures."

Author Carolyn McSparren is a veteran romance novelist and also writes the Merry Abbott Carriage-Driving Mysteries series. McSparren, an avid horsewoman who trains and shows carriage horses, based All God's Creatures on stories she gathered from Tennessee veterinarians, most of them women. This is a 2004 trade paperback that we are re-launching in light of the fantastic response to the earlier promotion.

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Booth's Sister by Jane Singer (Bell Bridge Books)

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Description: Booth's Sister is available in trade paperback and ebook everywhere books are sold.

"My brother killed Abraham Lincoln. That is my weight, my shame. While he remained at large, I was held captive in my home. I should have told the soldiers who came with guns drawn and bayonets at the ready this true thing: I might have stopped him, for I harbored him and kept his secrets. I was a pie safe locked tight and guilty as he."

Asia Booth Clarke was thirty years old and pregnant with her first child when Union soldiers and Federal detectives stormed her Maryland home in search of her assassin-brother. John Wilkes Booth's baby sister had grown up in one of America's most notoriously troubled but spectacularly acclaimed acting families. "Johnny" and Edwin, her handsome older brothers, were the matinee idols of the era. When Johnny's firebrand ideology left the nation in furious mourning and the Booth family under a dark cloud of accusation, it was Asia who bore the brunt.

Booth's Sister was inspired by Asia Booth Clarke's personal memoirs. Author, historical scholar and storyteller Jane Singer has masterfully imagined the family dynamics and intimate dilemmas that led to one of America's most fateful crimes and left a sister's life in shambles.

JANE SINGER is a Civil War scholar and nonfiction author (“The Confederate Dirty War.”) This is her first novel.
Booth's Sister is a tragic story of a woman who disagreed with her brother's beliefs, but loved her brother with her whole heart. Singer takes advantage of the history of the Booth family, and its connection with the theater, in using the lyrical language of the story. Shakespeare lends itself to the tragedy of this story. Singer's novel is beautiful, and sad, with its love, passion, and language. – Lesa’s Book Critiques

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Twice Dead, Book 2 The Haven Series by Kalayna Price (Bell Bridge Books)

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Description: E-book galleys; trade paperback for published book. Book one, ONCE BITTEN, in Price's vampire/shapeshifter urban fantasy series, was Number One on Amazon's Fantasy bestseller list recently. Rave reviews are coming in from fantasy bloggers and readers. Now the sequel, TWICE DEAD, returns readers to Kita Nikai's turbulent world as a shapeshifter turned vampire in the modern city of Haven. Seen by the vampire elite as a troublemaker, an oddity, but also a prize, Kita finds herself in the spotlight when someone beheads a member of visiting vamp dignitary's entourage. Together with her handsome vampire master, Nathanial, her mage friend, Gil, and her shapeshifter friend Bobby, Kita must navigate the dangerous intrigues of supernatural life and prove her innocence once again. www.kalayna.com

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Brighid's Quest by P.C. Cast (Harlequin Teen)

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Description: Rather than follow her father’s restrictive rules, Brighid had chosen to set out on her own to make friends and form relationships with humans as well as centaurs. But now she’s facing her toughest challenge yet. While helping guide a grieving human home, Brighid finds herself beginning to care for him. And the Great Goddess has awoken the power of the Shaman within Brighid—the first centaur so blessed in ages. Now she’s torn between power and love—and the vision of a tragedy that might destroy everyone….

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Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery (Harlequin)

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Description: Perfection is in the eye of the beholder.

Welcome to Fool’s Gold, California, a charming community in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. There’s lots to do and plenty of people to meet, especially women. Because there’s just one tiny problem in Fool's Gold: the men don’t seem to stick around. Maybe it’s the lure of big city life, or maybe it’s plain old bad luck, but regardless of the reason, the problem has to be fixed, fast. And Charity Jones may be just the city planner to do it.

Charity’s nomadic childhood has left her itching to settle down and she immediately falls in love with all the storybook town has to offer—everything, that is, except its sexiest, and most famous resident, former world-class cyclist Josh Golden. With her long list of romantic disasters, she’s not about to take a chance on another bad boy, even if everyone thinks he's perfect just the way he is. But maybe that's just what he needs. Someone who knows the value of his flaws. Someone who knows that he’s just faking perfect.

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