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June 2011 batch: Requests must be in by Thursday, June 30th at 6pm EST.

The Hardest Thing to Do by Penelope Wilcock (Crossway)

Description: The first of three sequels to the celebrated The Hawk and the Dove trilogy takes place one year after the end of the third book, in the early fourteenth century. A peaceful monastery is enjoying its new abbot, who is taking the place of Father Peregrine, when an old enemy arrives seeking refuge. Reluctantly taking in Prior William, the upended community must address old fears and bitterness while warily seeking reconciliation. But can they really trust Prior William?

In her fourth book in the series, Penelope Wilcock wrestles with the difficulties of forgiveness and the cautions of building trust. Taking the form of journal entries, her story will delight the imaginations of readers captivated by a time and place far distant from our current world. Her timeless themes, however, will challenge our prejudices today as we, along with her characters, are forced to ask ourselves, “What is the hardest thing to do?”

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Shelter by Harlan Coben (Penguin Young Readers Group)

Description: A young adult debut from internationally bestselling author Harlan Coben

Mickey Bolitar's year can't get much worse. After witnessing his father's death and sending his mom to rehab, he's forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools.

A new school comes with new friends and new enemies, and lucky for Mickey, it also comes with a great new girlfriend, Ashley. For a while, it seems like Mickey's train-wreck of a life is finally improving - until Ashley vanishes without a trace. Unwilling to let another person walk out of his life, Mickey follows Ashley's trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that this seemingly sweet, shy girl isn't who she claimed to be. And neither was Mickey's father. Soon, Mickey learns about a conspiracy so shocking that it makes high school drama seem like a luxury - and leaves him questioning everything about the life he thought he knew.

First introduced to readers in Harlan Coben's latest adult novel, Live Wire, Mickey Bolitar is as quick-witted and clever as his uncle Myron, and eager to go to any length to save the people he cares about. With this new series, Coben introduces an entirely new generation of fans to the masterful plotting and wry humor that have made him an award-winning, internationally bestselling, and beloved author.

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Words Made Fresh by Larry Woiwode (Crossway)

Description: Larry Woiwode frames this new collection of essays in the language of the incarnation, the event that shows “how a metaphor of words could contain the lineaments and inner workings of a human being.” The essays that follow do just that. Through the medium of literary analysis, cultural reflection, and personal memory, they trace Woiwode’s work and thought as well as that of the vivid human beings he depicts.

These essays, all revised and reworked since their original publication, include reflections on Scripture translation, the place of religion in education, how John Updike’s work reflects the theology of Søren Kierkegaard and Karl Barth, and the difference between the news as delivered by CNN and Bob Dylan. Woiwode ranges over these topics with deliberate thoughtfulness, a Christian engaged with the wounds and gifts of the world. He also does so with the care of a writer for whom “the Word is home.” The shape of that Word sets the pattern for what he has written here: not “a set of rules to regulate social behavior,” but “an ordering of stories . . . with glimpses into character.”

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In Bed With A Highlander by Maya Banks (Ballantine Books)

Description: Bestselling author Maya Banks’s beguiling new trilogy features three unforgettable brothers risking everything to save their clan and their legacy—and to surrender their hearts to love.

Ewan McCabe, the eldest, is a warrior determined to vanquish his enemy. Now, with the time ripe for battle, his men are ready and Ewan is poised to take back what is his—until a blue-eyed, raven-haired temptress is thrust upon him. Mairin may be the salvation of Ewan’s clan, but for a man who dreams only of revenge, matters of the heart are strange territory to conquer.

The illegitimate daughter of the king, Mairin possesses prized property that has made her a pawn—and wary of love. Her worst fears are realized when she is rescued from peril only to be forced into marriage by her charismatic and commanding savior, Ewan McCabe. But her attraction to her ruggedly powerful new husband makes her crave his surprisingly tender touch; her body comes alive under his sensual mastery. And as war draws near, Mairin’s strength, spirit, and passion challenge Ewan to conquer his demons—and embrace a love that means more than revenge and land.

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The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams (Bantam Dell)

Description: The papers have called me a monster. You’ve either concluded that I am a braggart as well as a sadist or that I have a deep and driving need to be caught and punished.

In the sweltering heat of an Atlanta summer, a killer is pushing the city to its breaking point, preying on the unsuspecting, writing taunting letters to the media, promising more death. Desperate to stop the Wishbone Killer before another victim meets a shattering end, A.P.D. lieutenant Aaron Rauser turns to the one person he knows can penetrate a deranged mind: ex–FBI profiler Keye Street.

And you must certainly be wondering if I am, in fact, the stranger you seek.

Keye was a rising young star at the Bureau until addiction derailed her career and her life. Now sober and fighting to stay so, Keye picks up jobs where she can get them: catching adulterers, serving subpoenas, chasing down bailjumpers, and dodging the occasional bullet. With multiple victims, little to go on, and an entire police force looking for direction, the last thing Keye wants is to be pulled into the firestorm of Atlanta’s worst nightmare.

Shall I convince you?

And then it suddenly becomes clear that the hunter has become the hunted—and the stranger she seeks is far closer than she ever dared imagine.

An electrifying thriller debut, The Stranger You Seek introduces a brash, flawed, and unforgettable heroine in a complex, twisting novel that takes readers deep into a sultry Southern summer, a city in the grips of chaos, and a harrowing cat-and-mouse game no reader will ever forget.

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For A Dancer: The Memoir by Emma J. Stephens (Saint Columba Press)

Description: Brought up in an environment riddled with substance abuse and neglect, Emma has a dream and little chance of ever achieving it. By the age of fourteen she is on her own, determined to escape the mentality that has crippled her family, but to succeed would mean leaving behind her sister and betraying the only life she’s ever known. From the Virginia countryside to the streets of Paris, through teenage motherhood and higher education, share Emma’s tears and triumphs as she searches for acceptance in an exclusive world and finds love in the most unlikely of places.

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Manual For Living: Connection, A User's Guide to the Meaning of Life by Seth David Chernoff (Spirit Scope Publishing)

Description: CONNECTION is the second book in the award-winning Manual For Living series, coming Fall/Winter 2011 (ISBN: 9781937215002, 298 Pages, $16.95, Spirit Scope Publishing)! Connection is all about our connection to one-another, our connection to source and to our truth - which is incredibly relevant to the current state of our world.

Connection is more than conversation. It requires true engagement, asking the appropriate questions, inquiring from our soul to truly understand the nature of another. There is some form of connection that occurs through observation, but an intimate engagement requires openness and is gauged by our ability to reach deep within our soul in order to connect to another.
We forget that life is so quickly over and that living in the moment does not allow time for regret.

We only ever live in the present moment; and it is in that moment that we can have anything we desire. Ever so quickly we grow old, our kids grow up, our lives transform, and what we appreciate and enjoy within one moment may be entirely different within the next. Connection must to be recreated every moment, in every interchange, for we are able to bridge but not carry a connection of the past into the present moment. Our memory can only carry past moments into the present as a reflection of our selective recall.
Connection is not a task that can be completed; it is a way of being, a philosophy of living.

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Legend by Marie Lu (Penguin Young Readers Group)

Description: What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

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Nat Tate by William Boyd (Bloomsbury)

Description: When William Boyd published his biography of New York modern artist Nat Tate, a huge reception of critics and artists arrived for the launch party, hosted by David Bowie, to toast the late artist’s life. Little did they know that the painter Nat Tate, a depressive genius who burned almost all his output before his suicide, never existed. The book was a hoax, and the art world had fallen for it.

Nat Tate is a work of art unto itself—an investigation of the blurry line between the invented and the authentic, and a thoughtful tour through the spirited and occasionally ludicrous American art scene of the 1950s.

William Boyd is the author of nine novels, including A Good Man in Africa, winner of the Whitbread Award and the Somerset Maugham Award; An Ice-Cream War, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize and shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; and Restless, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year Award.

Praise for Nat Tate:

“William Boyd’s description of Tate’s working procedure is so vivid that it convinces me that the small oil I picked up on Prince Street, New York, in the late ’60s must indeed be one of the lost Third Panel Triptychs. The great sadness of this quiet and moving monograph is that the artist’s most profound dread—that God will make you an artist but only a mediocre artist—did not in retrospect apply to Nat Tate.”—David Bowie

“A moving account of an artist too well understood by his time.”—Gore Vidal

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The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder (Penguin Young Readers Group)

Description: In this luminous first novel, believing is the most impossible thing

"Science is just not enough this time, Campbell Soup. What you need is a miracle." With thosewords, sixteen-year-old Cam knows that hopingfor a future, or even a normal life, is out the window. Her mother picks the whole family up and moves them cross-country to Promise, Maine—a place known for its mystical healing powers. Cam, a die-hard non believer, isn't buying it. There's no such thing as miracles. But the longer she spendsin Promise, the more Cam learns to believe in many things she never used to-including myself.

This debut novel from an immensely talented new writer crackles with wit, romance, and humor. It will leave readers laughing and crying with each turn of the page.

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Soul Clothes by Regina D. Jemison (Modern History Press)

Description: Here’s your invitation to join a literary as well as a personal relationship with the deeply insightful and profoundly expressive perspectives of Regina Diane Jemison. As you encounter these soul-stirring pieces, you may imagine listening to one of God’s own trombones. The poetry, prose and personality in Soul Clothes, may rub up on a curious and compassionate place within you, a place of stark reality drenched in divine hope. Imagine a John Coltrane solo, with words instead of tenor sax.

Acclaim for Soul Clothes

"Soul Clothes dances naked and unabashed across the page. Jemison’s poetry connects spirit to spirit, stripping away masks and guiding us to divine adornments of grace, truth, faith."

—Aundria Sheppard Morgan, author Cross My Heart and Hope to Die

"Soul Clothes is one poet’s passionate expression of what it is to be human. Her poems encompass a vast expanse of emotions, from suffering and grief to love and celebration. While being real about the human experiences we all share, many of these poems also exalt the divine within us."

—Valerie Jean, author of Woman Writing a Letter

"Soul Clothes reveals a collection of compelling, compassionate, daring, devoted, honest and unafraid poems with a spiritual undertone."

—Sweta Srivastava Vikram, author of Kaleidoscope: An Asian Journey of Colors

For more information see www.ReginaJemison.com

From the Reflections of America Series at Modern History Press

Poetry: African-American

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Take Time for Paradise by A. Bartlett Giamatti (Bloomsbury)

Description: A philosophical musing on sports and play, this wholly inspiring and utterly charming reissue of Bart Giamatti’s long-out-of-print final book, Take Time for Paradise, puts baseball in the context of American life and leisure. Giamatti begins with the conviction that our use of free time tells us something about who we are. He explores the concepts of leisure, American-style. And in baseball, the quintessential American game, he finds its ultimate expression. “Sports and leisure are our reiteration of the hunger for paradise— for freedom untrammeled.” Filled with pithy truths about such resonant subjects as ritual, self-betterment, faith, home, and community, Take Time for Paradise gives us much more than just baseball. These final, eloquent thoughts of “the philosopher king of baseball” (Seattle Weekly) are a joyful, reverent celebration of the sport Giamatti loved and the country that created it.

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Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Penguin Young Readers Group)

Description: In this companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss, two teens discover that true love may be closer than they think.

For budding costume designer Lola Nolan, the more outrageous, the outfit - more sparkly, more fun, more wild - the better. But even though Lola's style is outrageous, she's a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins move back into the house next door.

When the family returns and Cricket - a gifted inventor and engineer - steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

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Prophecy~the Fulfillment by Deborah Jaeger (Hampton House Publishing, LLC)

Description: A Powerful and Mesmerizing New Voice in Fiction Explores the Worlds of Faith, Hope, Life and Death and What It Means to Truly Believe.
In Deborah Jaeger’s astonishing debut novel, Prophecy~the Fulfillment (Hampton House Publishing, June 2011), readers are thrust into a world of spiritual intrigue, mystery and love. Already a runaway success among early readers, you are invited to follow the spiritual and emotional quest for answers through this intense and captivating mystery.

A typical teenager, Jillian Macomb, is looking forward to senior high. Or at least she was. Having just broken up with her boyfriend, she receives the stunning and unexpected news that she’s pregnant. As if that isn’t enough, she must also convince her parents and her doctor that she is still a virgin. Her father’s protégé, Stephen Jacobs, and she form an unlikely alliance as each realize that their nighttime apparitions are more than simple dreams, making it clear to them that the child she carries is no ordinary child.

Then the miracles begin.

When a geneticist discovers that Jillian’s pregnancy holds the key to inexplicable healings, he will stop at nothing to claim the magnificent discovery as his own. Meanwhile, government officials and representatives from the Catholic Church arrive to investigate the astonishing events, realizing that whoever controls the source of the miracles will become the ultimate world power.

Face to face with evil, Stephen and Jillian realize that time is running out to save her child, and they are driven to escape the forces that covet control of the miraculous life she carries. In the ultimate test of faith, they must decide who they can trust, and whether or not to believe the compelling and terrifying message of the prophecy.

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Hotwire by Alex Kava (Doubleday Books)

Description: FBI Agent Maggie O'Dell has a knack for solving two seemingly unrelated crimes at a time, and in Hotwire she is just as sharp and savvy as ever. How can a freak accident involving a group of teenagers in Nebraska be connected to a case of food poisoning in Virginia? The answers will give you quite a jolt in the ninth thriller from Alex Kava. If you haven't read one before, don't worry—these books need not be read in sequence to be enjoyed. If you're already a fan, then you know what a treat the newbies are in for! Publishers Weekly called Howtire "outstanding" and "sizzling" in a starred review. It's summer reading at its very best.

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Pao by Kerry Young (Bloomsbury)

Description: As a young boy, Pao comes to Jamaica in the wake of the Chinese Civil War and rises to become the Godfather of Kingston's bustling Chinatown. Pao needs to take care of some dirty business, but he is no Don Corleone. The rackets he runs are small-time, and the protection he provides necessary, given the minority status of the Chinese in Jamaica. Pao, in fact, is a sensitive guy in a wise guy role that doesn't quite fit. Often mystified by all that he must take care of, Pao invariably turns to Sun Tzu's Art of War. The juxtaposition of the weighty, aphoristic words of the ancient Chinese sage, with the tricky criminal and romantic predicaments Pao must negotiate builds the basis of the novel's great charm.

A tale of post-colonial Jamaica from a unique and politically potent perspective, Pao moves from the last days of British rule through periods of unrest at social and economic inequality, through tides of change that will bring about Rastafarianism and the Back to Africa Movement. Pao is an utterly beguiling, unforgettable novel of race, class and creed, love and ambition, and a country in the throes of tumultuous change.

Kerry Young was born in Kingston, Jamaica, to a Chinese-African mother and a Chinese father-a businessman in Kingston's shadow economy who provided inspiration for Pao. Young moved to England in 1965 at the age of ten. She earned her MA in creative writing at Nottingham Trent University. This is her first novel.

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The Alphabet of Vietnam by Jonathan Chamberlain (Blacksmith Books)

Description: When men come back from wars, they bring their wars home with them

When Joe dies, his brother Jack thinks it’s an accident... until the parcel arrives with Joe’s diaries and notebooks, and the map of the cabin high up in the Appalachians where Joe’s war buddy, Wash, is hiding out with a girl he’s kidnapped; just the latest in a long line of girls. Joe has one last favour to ask of his brother. He wants Jack to rescue the girl and – if he has to – kill Wash too.

So starts a complex and intense tale that involves a journey back to Vietnam and into the dark past: a past where Clausewitz, the philosopher of war, meets de Sade, the philosopher of man’s own individual evil.

But there are too the incendiary eyes of innocent judgment. And there is love – and love is complicated.

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The Measure of the Magic by Terry Brooks (Del Rey)

Description: In this concluding volume of a two-book series set in the prehistory of Shannara, the survivors of the Great Wars must face unimaginable hallenges when their sanctuary is discovered. The follow-up to Bearers of he Black Staff, a New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestseller in hardcover.

The Genesis of Shannara trilogy—Armageddon's Children, The Elves of Cintra,and The Gypsy Morph—charted the fall of our own world into the hands of once-men and demons...and the escape of a few humans, Elves, and others into a remote mountain valley walled in by impenetrable magic. For five hundred years the survivors have lived peacefully. Now the magic that kept them safe for so many centuries has vanished, and thousands of lives are in danger unless two
young magic-wielders can stop them.

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Helping Teens Stop Violence, Build Community, and Stand for Justice by Allan Creighton (Hunter House)

Description: Helping Teens Stop Violence, Build Community, and Stand for Justice is a guide for adults who work with young people ages ten and up on issues related to youth leadership and social justice. It is also a training manual for adults who want to become effective allies to young people and develop the skills needed so that they can facilitate community building among youth. Adults are encouraged to see young people not as a problem but the key to the solution. The authors have decades of experience in youth education and social justice activism and provide a clear theoretical framework for their approach to social justice education. On the practical level, workshop guidelines and outlines are included for facilitating discussion and sharing around sensitive topics of oppression, the "isms" — racism, sexism, adultism — as well as gender issues, immigration, religion, ability and access. This program presents a positive framework that draws out the experience, strength, and idealism of young people while speaking to the issues they care about today.

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The Chocolate Diaries by Karen Linamen (WaterBrook Press)

Description: Karen Scalf Linamen, along with a handful of wise, chocolate-loving friends, share their honest stories of struggle as well as their hard-won answers. Including practical suggestions for change, great ideas to discuss with your girlfriends, and delectably simple chocolate recipes, The Chocolate Diaries will help you cook up tasty solutions to life’s most bittersweet challenges.

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Where Will You Go From Here? by Valorie Burton (WaterBrook Press)

Description: Has the unexpected knocked you off course? You lost your job to the latest round of layoffs. A relationship you thought would last forever, didn’t. A health challenge is disrupting your life. Life doesn’t always go according to plan, but with the right attitude and skills, you can persevere through even the toughest situations—and emerge stronger and better than ever.

Resilience to Get Through Any Challenge

In Where Will You Go from Here? Valorie Burton helps you navigate life’s obstacles and unexpected challenges. You’ll find all the tools you need to be resilient in the face of setbacks, now and in the future, including:

· The Five Commitments that propel every successful comeback
· Step-by-step guidance for restructuring your life
· Strategies to unearth the courage you need for any situation
· In-the-heat-of-the-moment words to combat negative thinking
· Practical exercises to become better, not bitter, as a result of adversity

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Yoga for A Beautiful Face by Lourdes Julian Cabuk (Hunter House)

Description: Look years younger while improving your mind, body, and spirit with Çabuk's easy exercises for beautifying the face and neck. There is no need for dangerous plastic surgery or Botox injections or "fillers." This guide shows readers how to achieve better results at no cost, financial or otherwise. She begins with easy exercises, from using muscles around the eyes and mouth to reduce crow's feet and laugh lines to blowing balloons to improve facial tone. She gently lifts cheeck and neck tone with relaxing movements. The remainder of the book presents the concept of "deep beauty yoga" — deep breathing and daily exercises to beautify inside and out.

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Silent Enemy by Thomas W. Young (Putnam Books)

Description: The extraordinary new suspense novel from "one of the most exciting new thriller talents in years" (Vince Flynn).

Four years after the events of The Mullah's Storm ("an irresistible adventure story"-USA Today), jihadists strike the Afghan National Police training center in Kabul, killing many and wounding others, including Sergeant Major Sophia Gold. The injured are hurriedly loaded onto a C-5 Galaxy bound for Germany, but once airborne, the commander, Major Michael Parson, receives a message. The jihadists have placed bombs on some planes leaving Afghanistan, and the Galaxy is one of them. If Parson tries to descend-the bomb will go off.

Parson, Gold, and everybody else aboard are trapped at altitude, until either they or someone on the ground can figure out what to do. They can refuel in midair, but not indefinitely. The aircraft is deteriorating, the condition of the patients is worsening, the crew is tiring-and their biggest challenges are yet to come. The enemy is all around . . . and will take surprising form.

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The Foreigners by Maxine Swann (Riverhead Books)

Description: A glittering, energetic novel about three women-each experiencing an awakening in the gloriously conflicted and sexy city of Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires is a city of Parisian affections and national anxiety, of amorous young lovers, seedy ports, flooded slums, and a dazzling social elite. Into this heady maze of contradiction and possibility enter two women: Daisy, an American divorcée; and Isolde, a beautiful, lonely Austrian. In Buenos Aires, Isolde finds that her blond European looks afford her entrée to the kind of elite, alluring social world she never would have had access to in her home country, but her ascension also sets her up for a long, surprising fall. Meanwhile, Daisy joins forces with Leonarda, a chameleonic Argentine with radical dreams of rebellion, who transfixes Daisy with her wild effervescence. Soon, Daisy is throwing off her American earnestness and engaging in a degree of passion, manipulation, and risk-taking in a way she never has before. Buenos Aires has allowed her to become someone else.

Against the throbbing backdrop of this shimmering and decadent city- almost a character in itself-Maxine Swann has created a stunning narrative of reawakened sensuality and compulsive desire that simultaneously explores with remarkable acuity themes of foreignness, displacement, and the trembling metamorphoses that arise from such states. From the award-winning, critically celebrated author of Flower Children, The Foreigners is a startlingly bold and original, unforgettable next novel.

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After Lyletown by K.C. Frederick (The Permanent Press)

Description: In 1988 Alan Ripley is a successful suburban lawyer, happy at home as well as at work, with a deep sense of gratitude at having found his way to this place. Given his history, he has every reason to feel proud of what he’s accomplished. Then he gets a phone call and hears a voice from twenty years ago. It’s Rory Dekker, bringing with him memories of Lyletown.
When he was a grad student in the 60’s, Alan got caught up in a political “action” that got out of hand, a bungled robbery of a gun store in a place called Lyletown. When the plan unraveled, one of the Lyletown Five, as the media called them, was killed, Rory was captured, and the rest fled. Though Alan was too sick to participate, he knew very well that if anyone talked, he was in trouble. Fortunately, nobody talked.
Now, out of the blue, Rory, who spent more than a dozen years in prison, is back in Alan’s life, and he insists on seeing his old friend.
What does Rory want from Alan? Is he just interested in talking about old times or does he think he’s entitled to compensation for having kept quiet about Alan’s role in the plot? What does he know about the other members of the group? How much should Alan, who’s tried to put all this behind him, tell his wife about what happened two decades earlier? And what is his legitimate obligation to Rory? The Lyletown affair, it seems, just won’t stay in the past.

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Gamadin Book IV: Gazz by Tom Kirkbride (Wigton Publishing)

Description: Gamadin is the story of teen southern California surfers who rescue and befriend aliens from the planet Neeja. After the ensuing series of events, they train to become intergalactic warriors, save the Earth and Neeja, and realize their destiny as peacekeepers of the galaxy.

In Book IV: Gazz Harlowe is surfing in the South Pacific with his little brother, Dodger, when Riverstone calls in a panic from the Omini Prime quadrant. All life on the planet Gazz is about to be wiped out by a lethal gamma ray burst in eleven days. According to Wiz, saving the planet with Millawanda's force field is a "slam dunk." The plan goes smoothly until hostile forces drop out of hyperspace moments before the deadly rays strike. Battling two forces at once, "Millie" still saves the planet, but at a cost: her power is sucked dry! Unable to maintain orbit, Millawanda plunges into the planet's ocean. Adding to their peril, Riverstone, Lu, and Sizzle have vanished and a second gamma ray burst will hit the planet in 37 days! There is a source of thermo-grym to bring back Millie, but Gazz is a 16th century planet of wind-powered ships and slythering beasts call "traas." In a race against time, Harlowe must borrow and commandeer a pirate ship to find the yellow crystals that will power Millawanda back to life before the crew, his girl, the planet, and his own life are lost...

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In Search of the Rose Notes by Emily Arsenault (William Morrow)

Description: At age eleven, Nora and Charlotte are the best of friends—until their teenager babysitter, Rose, disappears under mysterious circumstances. They decide to “investigate,” using paranormal theories and techniques they glean from a hand-me-down collection of Time-Life books. But their search goes nowhere, and leaves both girls distraught and angry with each other.

In her late twenties, Nora is drawn back her old neighborhood, and to Charlotte, when Rose’s bones are found. She was probably murdered, and Charlotte is adamant that they solve the crime. Nora—who was the last known person to see Rose alive—is forced to reconsider her memory of the events surrounding the disappearance, and her own troubled adolescence following those fateful days. And she’s not sure if she’s ready to face the secrets that begin to surface.

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Love Lies Bleeding by Jess McConkey (William Morrow)

Description: Samantha Moore was the golden girl with the perfect job, the perfect life, the perfect man. Until a random act of violence left her unconscious for two months. But the Sam who awakens from a coma is far different from the woman she once was. This new Sam is bitter and in terrible pain, forced to endure a diet of medications that make her sick, forgetful, paranoid, and struggling to hold a firm grasp on reality.

When her family sends her to a quiet town to recover, Sam is furious that they’ve put her under a physical therapist's care and taken away what little freedom she had. Enraged, she lashes out at the nice people who say they are there to help her and that her outbursts are just the byproduct of her condition. Or are they? As strange things begin to happen, it becomes clear that Sam’s fears may not all be in her head, and that the friendly inhabitants of her new town are far more secretive—and deadly—than they appear to be . . .

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Pirate King by Laurie R. King (Bantam Dell)

Description: In this latest adventure featuring the intrepid Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King takes readers into the frenetic world of silent films—where the pirates are real and the shooting isn’t all done with cameras.

In England’s young silent-film industry, the megalomaniacal Randolph Fflytte is king. Nevertheless, at the request of Scotland Yard, Mary Russell is dispatched to investigate rumors of criminal activities that swirl around Fflytte’s popular movie studio. So Russell is traveling undercover to Portugal, along with the film crew that is gearing up to shoot a cinematic extravaganza, Pirate King. Based on Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, the project will either set the standard for moviemaking for a generation . . . or sink a boatload of careers.

Nothing seems amiss until the enormous company starts rehearsals in Lisbon, where the thirteen blond-haired, blue-eyed actresses whom Mary is bemusedly chaperoning meet the swarm of real buccaneers Fflytte has recruited to provide authenticity. But when the crew embarks for Morocco and the actual filming, Russell feels a building storm of trouble: a derelict boat, a film crew with secrets, ominous currents between the pirates, decks awash with budding romance—and now the pirates are ignoring Fflytte and answering only to their dangerous outlaw leader. Plus, there’s a spy on board. Where can Sherlock Holmes be? As movie make-believe becomes true terror, Russell and Holmes themselves may experience a final fadeout.

Pirate King is a Laurie King treasure chest—thrilling, intelligent, romantic, a swiftly unreeling masterpiece of suspense.

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Shadows on the Sand by Gayle Roper (WaterBrook Press)

Description: A Cozy Seaside Mystery

She serves him breakfast at her café every morning … but he never seems to notice her.

Carrie Carter’s small café in Seaside, New Jersey, is populated with a motley crew of locals … although Carrie only has eyes for Greg Barnes. He’s recovering from a vicious crime that three years ago took the lives of his wife and children—and from the year he tried to drink his reality away. While her heart does a happy Snoopy dance at the sight of him, he never seems to notice her, to Carrie’s chagrin.

When Carrie’s dishwasher is killed and her young waitress disappears, Greg finds himself drawn into helping Carrie solve the mysteries … and into her life. But when Carrie’s own painful past becomes all to present, her carefully constructed world begins to sink.

Will the fragile relationship she’s built with Greg implode from the weight of the baggage they both carry?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gayle Roper, a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America, is the multi-award-winning, best-selling author of Fatal Deduction and more than forty other books. She teaches and leads mentoring clinics at writers conferences across the country. Gayle lives in eastern Pennsylvania.

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Shattered Dreams by Ellie James (St. Martin's Griffin)

Description: Sixteen-year-old Trinity Monsour wants nothing more than to live a normal life. But that isn’t as easy as it seems. Trinity is different. She is special. She sees visions, and for those she’s seen, it’s already too late.

Trinity arrives on her aunt’s doorstep in New Orleans with virtually no knowledge of her mysterious heritage. She begins settling into life at a new school and even starts making friends. But all too quickly her dreams accelerate; twisted, terrifying visions of a girl locked in a dark room. And when the head cheerleader, Jessica, goes missing, Trinity knows she has no choice but to step forward with what she’s seen.

But people believe that Trinity has information about Jessica’s disappearance not because of a dream, but because she is involved. She is kind-of dating Jessica’s ex-boyfriend, Chase, and Jessica did pull a nasty prank on Trinity. Revenge seems like the likeliest scenario.

Nothing prepares Trinity for the dark odyssey that ensues while searching for Jessica, including the surprising romance she finds with Chase, or the shocking truths she learns, not just about the girl who has gone missing, but the past that has been hidden from her.

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The Accident by Linwood Barclay (Bantam Dell)

Description: In this mesmerizing thriller by acclaimed author Linwood Barclay, a typical American community descends into darkness, as an ordinary man is swept into one of the most violent mysteries of modern life.

It’s the new normal at the Garber household in Connecticut: Glen, a contractor, has seen his business shaken by the housing crisis, and now his wife, Sheila, is taking a business course at night to increase her chances of landing a good-paying job.

But she should have been home by now.

Waiting for Sheila’s return, with their eight-year-old daughter sleeping soundly, Glen soon finds his worst fears confirmed: Sheila and two others have been killed in a car accident. Adding to the tragedy, the police claim Sheila was responsible.

Glen knows it’s impossible; he knew his wife and she would never do such a thing. When he investigates, Glen begins to uncover layers of lawlessness beneath the placid surface of their suburb, secret after dangerous secret behind the closed doors.

Propelled into a vortex of corruption and illegal activity, pursued by mysterious killers, and confronted by threats from neighbors he thought he knew, Glen must take his own desperate measures and go to terrifying new places in himself to avenge his wife and protect his child.

Bold and timely, with the shocking twists and startling insights that have become trademarks of this new master of domestic suspense, The Accident is a riveting triumph, a book that moves at a breathless pace to a climax no one will see coming.

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The Betrayal by Diane Noble (William Morrow)

Description: Ensnared in a religion she increasingly questions, Bronwyn faces an impossible choice.

When recently widowed Bronwyn becomes the second wife to Gabriel MacKay, she promises her new sister wife and best friend, Mary Rose, that the marriage will remain platonic. But she finds herself falling in love with the man who has promised to keep her safe—even as her heart struggles with her promise to her friend. When Gabriel marries a third wife, and as the practice of polygamy increases and the age of brides decreases, Bronwyn begins to question the righteousness of this new religion.

Even as the Saints journey to Salt Lake Valley, their new promised land, Bronwyn and Mary Rose plot their escape. But when they are suspected of treachery by Brigham Young's secret army—whose mission it is to punish apostates—the two sister wives face the most difficult decision of their lives, one that can mean life or death for those they love.

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The Strip by J.J. Salem (St. Martin's Griffin)

Description: In a city built for sin, where any fantasy is one phone call away, three successful women scheme through a culture where today’s stripper could be tomorrow’s Governor’s wife—and nobody would blink an eye. They are Las Vegas wives, and THE STRIP is their adults-only playground, a neon-splashed boulevard where excitement, seduction, and betrayal never go to sleep.

Kristin Fox is the bestselling writer of controversial sex-in-suburbia novels who hungers for a sensual feast that goes beyond the pages of her money-making fiction. Jennifer Payne is the insightful marriage and family therapist who has an answer for every relationship problem except the one happening in her very own bedroom. Billie Shelton is the casino showroom song-and-dance dazzler who has been saved, remade, and quietly shattered by a dangerously obsessive Svengali husband.

And Cam Lawford is their stud-for-hire who sees a career-ending sports injury lead him from roaring crowds in NFL stadiums to willing and generous women in luxury hotel rooms. And, ultimately, straight to an early grave...

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As Silver Refined by Kay Arthur (WaterBrook Press)

Description: What Can You Do When Life Doesn’t Turn Out Like You Planned?

How do you respond when your husband or wife tramples your emotions? When your boss fires you unexpectedly? When you lose your life’s savings? When the child you’ve loved and prayed for turns his back on you and your values?

When disappointments like these smash their way into your life, you may want to scream, “How could God let this happen?”

But what if God didn’t just “let it happen”? What if the things you call disappointments are really His appointments—events He is using to make you more like Christ? What if your circumstances are actually the flames of His grace, intended to melt and burn away the undesirable elements in your life, leaving you pure and radiant—like refined silver?

You can be defeated by life’s unavoidable disappointments, or you can become stronger because of them.

Life’s disappointments can send you on a dangerous downward spiral into discouragement, depression, or even despair. But in this eye-opening book, Kay Arthur guides you to biblical truths that will help you break that cycle and instead embrace disappointment as the cleansing fire God uses to make you—as silver refined—a reflection of His goodness.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kay Arthur is best known for her vulnerability, authenticity, and passion for truth. She is the author of numerous books, including When the Hurt Runs Deep and Lord, I Want to Know You. An international teacher and communicator whose work has touched millions of lives, Kay has received several awards for her writing and media programming. She currently serves with her husband, Jack, as co-CEO of Precept Ministries International, the organization they founded together more than forty years ago and which today operates in 150 countries in 70 languages. Kay and Jack live in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Conversations and Cosmopolitans by Robert Rave (St. Martin's Griffin)

Description: After moving from the Midwest to New York City at the age of twenty-one, Robert Rave finally found the resolve to mail a letter to his parents informing them that he was gay. Once Robert was “out,” both he and his mother Jane felt a newfound freedom to be more honest with each other. From the discrimination Jane experienced as a pregnant teenager in a small town, to Robert’s “manscaping,” almost no topic was off-limits in their conversations. Soon, Robert was creating a “gay glossary” so that Jane could understand the lexicon and Jane was giving Robert the same dating advice that she used to give Robert’s older sister (“men are jerks”).

CONVERSATIONS AND COSMOPOLITANS is a frank, funny, and heartfelt look at coming out from both a mother's and son's perspective, and an inspiring memoir about building family relationships based on honesty, openness, and acceptance.

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Flip Flop Fly Ball by Craig Robinson (Bloomsbury)

Description: How many miles does a baseball team travel in one season?

How tall would A-Rod’s annual salary be in pennies?

What does Nolan Ryan have to do with the Supremes and Mariah Carey?

You might never have asked yourself any of these questions, but Craig Robinson’s Flip Flop Fly Ball will make you glad to know the answers.

Baseball, almost from the first moment Robinson saw it, was more than a sport. It was history, a nearly infinite ocean of information that begged to be organized. He realized that understanding the game, which he fell in love with as an adult, would never be possible just through watching games and reading articles. He turned his obsession into a dizzyingly entertaining collection of graphics that turned into an Internet sensation.

Out of Robinson’s Web site, www.flipflopflyball.com, grew this book, full of all-new, never-before-seen graphics. Flip Flop Fly Ball dives into the game’s history, its rivalries and absurdities, its cities and ballparks, and brings them to life through 120 full-color graphics. Statistics—the sport’s lingua franca—have never been more fun.

(By the way, the answers: about 26,000 miles, at least if the team in question is the 2008 Kansas City Royals; 3,178 miles; they were the artists atop the Billboard Hot 100 when Ryan first and last appeared in MLB games.)

Craig Robinson is, among other things, an Englishman and a New York Yankees fan with a soft spot for the Colorado Rockies and a man-crush on Ichiro. Last season he played outfield for the Prenzlauer Berg Piranhas in the Berlin Mixed Softball League (.452/.548/.575). His previous books include Atlas, Schmatlas: A Superior Atlas of the World and Fun Fun Fun.

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PrayerWalk by Janet Holm McHenry (WaterBrook Press)

Description: Challenge your body.
Feed your spirit.
Change the world.

Ask any Christian woman about her most recent New Year’s resolutions, and you’ll likely find that “exercise regularly” and “pray more” were at the top of her list. We all long to look and feel our best, to live actively and healthfully. More than that, we desire to connect intimately with our God. Yet physical health and spiritual growth often take a backseat to the urgent demands of grocery shopping and bill paying, time with family and friends, and long hours at the office.

It’s Time to Exercise Your Prayer Life.

Thirteen years ago, author Janet Holm McHenry suffered from depression, weight gain, and exhaustion. Then she began a prayerwalk routine that not only transformed her life but also profoundly impacted the lives of those around her.

Learn how you, too, can set out on a journey to increased energy, better health, and greater joy—and experience a rich, full prayer ministry that will have a lasting impact on your loved ones and community.

Now includes:
• 30-day prayer and fitness challenge
• Guide to organizing a community prayerwalk
• Bible study and discussion guide

“PrayerWalk offers…practical insights on how to get up, get moving, and get praying. The results can be life changing.”
—Robin Jones Gunn, author of the Sisterchicks series

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Janet Holm McHenry is the author of numerous books, including Daily PrayerWalk and PrayerStreaming. A high-school English, journalism, and creative writing teacher, she is the mother of four adult children. Janet has been prayerwalking for more than thirteen years and is the leader of her church’s prayer ministry.

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Soul Clothes -- Hardcover Edition by Regina D. Jemison (Modern History Press)

Description: [HARDCOVER EDITION: USA reviewers only, see paperback edition for elsewhere]

Here’s your invitation to join a literary as well as a personal relationship with the deeply insightful and profoundly expressive perspectives of Regina Diane Jemison. As you encounter these soul-stirring pieces, you may imagine listening to one of God’s own trombones. The poetry, prose and personality in Soul Clothes, may rub up on a curious and compassionate place within you, a place of stark reality drenched in divine hope. Imagine a John Coltrane solo, with words instead of tenor sax.

Acclaim for Soul Clothes

"Soul Clothes dances naked and unabashed across the page. Jemison’s poetry connects spirit to spirit, stripping away masks and guiding us to divine adornments of grace, truth, faith."

—Aundria Sheppard Morgan, author Cross My Heart and Hope to Die

"Soul Clothes is one poet’s passionate expression of what it is to be human. Her poems encompass a vast expanse of emotions, from suffering and grief to love and celebration. While being real about the human experiences we all share, many of these poems also exalt the divine within us."

—Valerie Jean, author of Woman Writing a Letter

"Soul Clothes reveals a collection of compelling, compassionate, daring, devoted, honest and unafraid poems with a spiritual undertone."

—Sweta Srivastava Vikram, author of Kaleidoscope: An Asian Journey of Colors

For more information see www.ReginaJemison.com

From the Reflections of America Series at Modern History Press

Poetry: African-American

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Borkmann's Point - AUDIO EDITION by Hakan Nesser (HighBridge)

Description: An ex-con is brutally murdered with an ax in Kaalbringen. Then the body of a wealthy real estate mogul is found, also the victim of a violent attack. There appears to be a serial killer on the loose, and Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is called in to help the local police. As details surrounding the grisly murders are collected, Van Veeteren finds little to go on. But then there’s another murder, and shortly thereafter one of Van Veeteren’s colleagues, a promising female detective, goes missing—perhaps because the criminal knows she has come too close to the truth. . . .

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Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion? by Johan Harstad (Seven Stories Press)

Description: "There's so much music, exuberance, bewilderment and sweet melancholy in Johan Harstad's Buzz Aldrin. It's rock 'n' roll, then heartbreaking, then rock 'n' roll again. I devoured every line." — Paolo Giordano, author of The Solitude of Prime Numbers

"What a society tries to avoid should be the subject of its best literature. Hiding is what [Harstad's] characters want to do . . . but [his] novels consider this impulse and what it means. Quietly told as these novels might be, they are brazen enough to try to examine a particle of our own condition from more places than the woods and the countryside." — N1BR

"The long-awaited Great Faroese Novel: a splendid confusion about life, love and intrigues in the land of the midnight sun. . . . Harstad's poetic narrative, half-dramatic and half-comic, takes on memorable turns with every page . . . A modern saga of rocketships, ice floes, and dreams of the Caribbean, and great fun to read." —Kirkus

Mattias is a thirtysomething gardener who desires not fame and fortune, but anonymity. He idolizes Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, for his humility and his willingness to give up the glory of being first in order to ensure the success of the mission. When Mattias's life is turned upside down, he escapes to the Faroe Islands — a country so small it is routinely left off of the maps — in this pop-saturated epic novel about unconventional psychiatry, the Cardigans, souvenir sheep making, and the journey across the space that divides people: a journey maybe as remote and dangerous as the trip to the moon itself.

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Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead - AUDIO EDITION by Sara Gran (HighBridge)

Description: Claire DeWitt is not your average private investigator. She has brilliant skills of deduction and is an ace at discovering evidence. But Claire also uses her dreams, omens, and mind-expanding herbs to help her solve mysteries, and relies on Détection—the only book published by the great and mysterious French detective Jacques Silette before his death.

The tattooed, pot-smoking Claire has just arrived in post-Katrina New Orleans, the city she’s avoided since her mentor, Silette’s student Constance Darling, was murdered there. Claire is investigating the disappearance of Vic Willing, a prosecutor known for winning convictions in a homicide-plagued city. Has an angry criminal enacted revenge on Vic? Or did he use the storm as means to disappear? Claire follows the clues, finding old friends and making new enemies—foremost among them Andray Fairview, a young gang member who just might hold the key to the mystery.

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Coming Unglued: Six Stories About Things Falling Apart by Jim Snowden (MMIP)

Description: The six stories of Coming Unglued take us on a tour of moments when, as Yates put it “things fall apart/the center cannot hold”, moments populated by Stalin’s paranoid flunkies, post-apocalyptic free love commune dwellers, spin doctors for a town accursed, teachers with secrets, and luckless art thieves bedeviled by hulking men in black.

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Death of the Mantis by Michael Stanley (Harper Paperbacks)

Description: The southern Kalahari area of Botswana is an arid landscape of legends—of lost cities buried beneath the moving sands, of incredible hidden wealth, and of ancient gods. For thousands of years it has been home to the nomadic Bushmen people. This is also a region of colonial history. When the Germans lost the First World War, they also lost the true riches of the land: the Sperrgebiet—or Forbidden Coast—of present-day southern Namibia is fabulously rich in alluvial diamonds.

A fractious ranger named Monzo is found dying from a severe head wound in a donga—a dry ravine—surrounded by three Bushmen. Were they trying to help or were they the murderers? The local police arrest the nomads and put Detective David “Kubu” Bengu on the case. His old school friend, Khumanego, reappears in Kubu’s life—not only is he a Bushman, but he is also an advocate for his marginalized people. Khumanego claims the arrest is motivated by racist antagonism by the police and finds himself butting heads with Kubu. The Bushmen are released, but soon after, another man is murdered in similar circumstances. Are the Bushmen to blame, or is it a copycat murder?

Then there is a third murder. Again it points to the Bushmen. Kubu journeys into the depths of the Kalahari to find the truth. What he discovers will test all his powers of detection—and his ability to stay alive…

Once again, Michael Stanley offers an authentic and original look at modern-day Africa, a juxtaposition of tribal culture, lingering racism, and colonialism. It’s a brilliant addition to the popular Detective Kubu series.

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Everything We Ever Wanted by Sara Shepard (Harper Paperbacks)

Description: From the New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series comes a new adult novel set in Philadelphia where one phone call about a scandal causes a ripple effect through a family, unlocking years of secrets.

One phone call can change everything...
When Sylvie Bates-McAllister, a recently-widowed mother of two, receives a late-night phone call from the prestigious school founded by her grandfather, her family is thrown into chaos. Her adopted son Scott may have been involved in a hazing scandal—and it may or may not have led to the death of one of the boys he coaches on the school team. Sylvie must decide between maintaining her outwardly perfect life—the family estate outside Philadelphia inherited from her grandfather, the school, the reputation—and the son who she feels wants nothing to do with her.

For Charles, Sylvie’s biological son, the call dredges up a ghost from the past—his high school girlfriend who has been off the map for years. Joanna, his wife, is forced to confront all the things that she didn’t anticipate would come along with a perfect life she imagined ever since she was a young girl, creating her scrapbook of the Bates-McAllisters. Scott, haunted by years of first impressions and assumptions, is drawn into a new understanding of a world he has never felt a part of.

For all the Bates-McAllisters, the phone call awakens questions lain dormant for years, revealing a tangled web of secrets that ties the family together: the mystery of the school hazing, Sylvie’s deceased husband’s locked filing cabinet, the event that tore Charles and Scott apart the night of their high school graduation, and the intended recipient of a certain bracelet. The quest to push past a legacy of resentment and judgments to unravel the truth takes the family on individual journeys across state lines, into hospitals, through the Pennsylvania woods, and face-to-face with the question: what if the life you always planned for, and dreamed of, isn’t what you want at all?

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First Descent by Pam Withers (Tundra Books)

Description: Note: This giveaway is for an Advance Reading Copy (ARC/Galley) of First Descent, not the final book. First Descent is recommended for ages 12 and up.

Montana-born Rex loves nothing more than to take his kayak out on a river, the faster and more powerful the better. When he gets the opportunity to tackle the well-named El Furioso in southwest Colombia, he is thrilled. He anticipates the river’s challenges, but finds himself in a situation where the real danger is human.

In Colombia, he meets Myriam Calambás, an indígena, who has lived along the El Furioso all her life. Though she loves its rushing waters, she dreams of leaving to get an education so that she can help her people. Her dreams, and her very survival, are in the balance when she and Rex are caught up in the clash between paramilitaries, working for rich landowners, and guerrillas, who are supposed to be protecting the poor.

Pam Withers’ skill at writing about extreme adventures combines with a compelling story about an endangered world and a people struggling for their very right to exist.

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Germline (Subterrene War Trilogy) by T.C. McCarthy (Orbit Books)

Description: Germline (n.) the genetic material contained in a cellular lineage which can be passed to the next generation. Also: secret military program to develop genetically engineered super-soldiers (slang).

War is Oscar Wendell's ticket to greatness. A reporter for The Stars and Stripes, he has the only one way pass to the front lines of a brutal war over natural resources buried underneath the icy, mineral rich mountains of Kazakhstan.

But war is nothing like he expected. Heavily armored soldiers battle genetically engineered troops hundreds of meters below the surface. The genetics-the germline soldiers-are the key to winning this war, but some inventions can't be un-done. Some technologies can't be put back in the box.

Kaz will change everything, not least Oscar himself. Hooked on a dangerous cocktail of adrenaline and drugs, Oscar doesn't find the war, the war finds him.

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Ghosts of Coronado Bay by JG Faherty (JournalStone)

Description: By all accounts, 16-year-old Maya Blair is a typical teen-age high school student. She hangs out with her best friend Lucy, has a turbulent relationship with her ex-boyfriend Stuart, and works at her family’s diner – the main restaurant on the island of Coronado Bay.

But Maya has an extraordinary secret – she can see, hear, and talk to ghosts. And when spirits are near her they revert back to solid form. She is what her deceased grandmother Elsa calls a Seer.

For years, Elsa was the only ghost Maya knew. But that changes when the century-old wreckage of the Black Lady, a ship that capsized in Coronado Bay’s waters, is raised from the ocean floor and placed on display in the local museum. During a school tour of the Black Lady exhibit, Maya meets Blake Hennessy, a young, fair-skinned boy to whom she is instantly attracted. Shortly thereafter, a sensual, gothic young man named Gavin Hamlin crosses her path, and she is equally smitten. Her feelings bloom before she realizes they are both ghosts – Blake, the kind-hearted spirit who cares for Maya’s well being, and Gavin, the dark wizard who thirsts to finish the evil task he longed to complete 100 years before.

To accomplish his nefarious plan, Gavin has to be human again. And for that, he needs the blood of a virgin witch. In his mind, Maya is the perfect candidate. Now it’s up to Maya, Lucy, and Blake to save Coronado Bay and the world from destruction. But time is running out, people are dying, and Gavin’s powers are growing.

Things were so much simpler when all she had to worry about was a date for the dance.

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Hellbent by Cherie Priest (Spectra)

Description: Cherie Priest—the acclaimed author of Boneshaker, the hottest steampunk novel of 2009—now returns with the second novel in her hip urban fantasy series, following February's Bloodshot.

With the government now off her tail, vampire and superthief Raylene Pendle is up to her old tricks, hired to retrieve a valuable magical artifact. But this time, a
powerful witch also wants the artifact—which she plans to use to unmake the world as we know it. And to make matters worse, someone wants to kill the only friend Raylene has made in years. So now, Raylene must cross the country in company with ex-Navy SEAL and fabulous drag queen Adrian, trying to juggle two incredibly tricky assignments at the same time without losing control of either.

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Identity: Lost by Pascal Marco (Oceanview Publishing)

Description: It’s July, 1975, and an overworked Chicago police force receives a report that an 85 year old white man was attacked and killed by a gang of black youths in bucolic Burnham Park. Amid public outrage, Mayor Richard J. Daley commands the police to find the killers fast and make the park safe again.

Fortunately for the police, James Oversteet, a brave twelve-year-old boy, steps forward and identifies five of the six assailants and arrests are made. But the detectives bungle the case leaving the judge no choice but to release the accused.

This startling turn of events jeopardizes the young witness’s life, forces the Overstreet family into witness protection, and creates a nightmare that will haunt James forever.

Fast forward thirty years. The young man is now Maricopa County’s most feared prosecutor. But his life is about to be turned upside down when paths from the past cross into the present, veering toward a shocking climax.

In the end, will justice be served or will revenge prevail?

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Imperial Hostage, Book 1 of the Destruction Series by Phil Cantrill (JournalStone)

Description: From the moment 12-year-old Prince Erechtheus docks in Poseidia, capital of the Empire, to be a hostage for 13 years, nothing in his life is easy – or safe.

An unexpected and foreboding prophecy, uttered by a blind seer, puts the prince immediately in the crosshairs of Al-Jinn, the powerful and paranoid High Priest from the Temple of Bel. In a fit of perverse desperation, Al-Jinn and several other priests ravenously abuse Erech before placing him on an altar for ritual sacrifice to Lord Bel. Only last-minute intervention from Kul-Kan, High Priest of the rival Temple of One, saves the prince from a gruesome fate.

At the Temple of One, although he remains a hostage, Erech is befriended by others his age as they are all educated in the Empire's arts and sciences. The Temple offers relative sanctuary, but the prince is repeatedly attacked. He survives with the help of his new-found friends and hand-to-hand combat training from Myriné, heir–apparent to the Queen of the Amazons.

Erech gains exceptional fighting skills and an understanding of the natural world as he matures, but he suffers a series of crippling, heart-breaking losses – most as a result of the many attempts on his life. At the twilight of his captivity as a hostage, the 25-year-old prince encounters one last trial, a trial that could very well lead to war between his native land and the Empire.

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Long Gone - AUDIO EDITION by Alafair Burke (HighBridge)

Description: After a layoff and months of struggling, Alice Humphrey finally lands her dream job managing a new art gallery in Manhattan’s trendy Meatpacking District.

According to Drew Campbell, the well-suited corporate representative who hires her, the gallery is a passion project for its anonymous, wealthy, and eccentric owner. Drew assures Alice that the owner will be hands off, allowing her to run the gallery on her own. Her friends think it sounds too good to be true, but Alice sees a perfect opportunity to make a name for herself beyond the shadow of her famous father, an award-winning and controversial film maker.

Everything is perfect until the morning Alice arrives at work to find the gallery gone—the space stripped bare as if it had never existed—and Drew Campbell’s dead body on the floor. Overnight, Alice’s dream job has vanished, and she finds herself at the center of police attention with nothing to prove her innocence. The phone number Drew gave her links back to a disposable phone.

The artist whose work she displayed doesn’t seem to exist. And the dead man she claims is Drew has been identified as someone else.

When police discover ties between the gallery and a missing girl, Alice knows she’s been set up. Now she has to prove it—a dangerous search for answers that will entangle her in a dark, high-tech criminal conspiracy and force her to unearth long-hidden secrets involving her own family . . .  secrets that could cost Alice her life.

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Pretty by Jillian Lauren (Plume)

Description: A powerful debut novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Some Girls.

Jillian Lauren's breathtakingly honest memoir, Some Girls, earned both critical praise and outstanding sales. In Pretty, Lauren delivers on her promise as a "natural storyteller" (Los Angeles Weekly) with an electrifying novel about a broken girl looking to be saved.

Everything seemed simple when Aaron, Bebe's musician boyfriend, promised that they'd start a new life in San Francisco. But now Aaron is dead-killed in a fatal car crash that she survived-and Bebe is stuck in LA. As she tries to piece her life back together with the help of her makeshift family of friends from the halfway house where she's in recovery for addiction and from her beauty school, she finds salvation in unexpected places.

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Q: A (Timeless) Love Story by Evan Mandery (Harper Paperbacks)

Description: "You must not marry Q.” This is the fateful and heartbreaking message delivered to the protagonist by someone who knows him very, very well, and it comes so deep into a sweet courtship all around New York City.

Yet Q is the love of his life and they are engaged to be wed, and soon. But now, for clear and painful reasons, he knows that for her sake, he can’t go through with it. And so his journey begins—following a dramatic Thanksgiving Day dinner with a houseful of odd guests. He must find a way to spare Q any pain and then embark on any new path possible to happiness—or any semblance thereof.

He loses himself in his writing and in research of historical figures, notably Freud and his own unhappiness, and he is also given regular updates on how to live life by the same well-meaning but disturbing friend.

Evan Mandery takes the love story and turns it on its head, in the sweetest and most thoughtful way, with humor and angst in equal measure, and gives us a totally surprising ending that will melt the darkest heart.

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Restless in Carolina by Tamara Leigh (WaterBrook Press)

Description: She’s all about going green. Could he be her white knight—or will he make her see red?

Tree-huggin’, animal-lovin’ Bridget Pickwick-Buchanan is on a mission. Well, two. First she has to come to terms with being a widow at thirty-three. After all, it’s been four years and even her five-year-old niece and nephew think it’s time she shed her widow’s weeds. Second, she needs to find a buyer for her family’s estate—a Biltmore-inspired mansion surrounded by hundreds of acres of unspoiled forestland. With family obligations forcing the sale, Bridget is determined to find an eco-friendly developer to buy the land, someone who won’t turn it into single-family homes or a cheesy theme park.

Enter J. C. Dirk, a high-energy developer from Atlanta whose green property developments have earned him national acclaim. When he doesn’t return her calls, Bridget decides a personal visit is in order. Unfortunately, J. C. Dirk is neither amused nor interested when she interrupts his meeting—until she mentions her family name. In short order, he finds himself in North Carolina, and Bridget has her white knight—in more ways than one. But there are things Bridget doesn’t know about J. C., and it could mean the end of everything she’s worked for…and break her heart.

Praise for Restless in Carolina

“Tamara Leigh has done it again. Restless in Carolina will have you falling in love with its swoon-inducing romance, characters you won’t want to leave behind, and message of hope and healing.”
—JENNY B. JONES, four-time Carol Award winner and author of Save the Date and Just Between You and Me

“Tamara Leigh is a master storyteller who weaves deep spiritual threads with quirky characters that I love.With Restless in Carolina, she returns to Pickwick, North Carolina, where Bridget has determined that happily ever afters don’t exist and God isn’t fair. Open the book and be swept into her journey, one filled with laughter, tears, and a large supporting cast that will make it seem like a return to a favorite vacation spot for readers of her other Pickwick books.”
—CARA C. PUTMAN, author of Stars in the Night

“Wonderful wry humor, a plot that kept me glued, and delightful, unique characters—what more could a reader ask? Tamara Leigh has given us southern living with down-home charmand thoughtful insights all wrapped up in joy. Highly recommended!”
—GAYLE ROPER, author of Shadows on the Sand and A Rose Revealed

“She’s as southern as fried chicken, but Bridget Buchanan is no Scarlett O’Hara. She’s spunky, quirky, and determined to save the world from environmental destruction—starting with her own family’s estate. This southern gal loves faithfully, grieves deeply, and touches tender places in our hearts. A great story!”
—VIRGINIA SMITH, author of Third Time’s a Charm and the Sister-to-Sister Series

“Tamara Leigh creates another of her quirky heroines, Bridget Pickwick Buchanan, in Restless in Carolina. Bridget is sassy and unconventional, a green peg in a brown hole. She meets her match in J. C. Dirk. Don’t miss an entertaining read about forgiving past wrongs and even the ones we love who make us crazy.”
—LYN COTE, author of Her Abundant Joy

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Tea of Ulaanbaatar by Christopher Howard (Seven Stories Press)

Description: Like Robert Bingham's Lightning on the Sun, Tea of Ulaanbaatar is a merciless dissection of lost young American volunteers drifting through a violent and absurd third-world capital, helping no one, especially themselves. Christopher Howard's sharp, spare voice delivers a nightmarish geo-noir.

-Stewart O'Nan, author of Last Night at the Lobster and Songs for the Missing

With Tea of Ulaanbataar, Chris Howard takes us to a rarely seen corner of the world, and then takes us further, into a spooky, trippy, gritty realm that is entirely his own.
-Eli Horowitz, McSweeney's

National Magazine Award finalist Christopher Howard's debut novel Tea of Ulaanbaatar tells the story the story of disaffected Peace Corps volunteer Warren, who flees life in late-capitalist America to find himself stationed in the post-Soviet industrial hell of urban Mongolia. As the American presence crumbles, Warren seeks escape in Tsus, the mysterious "blood tea" that may be the final revenge of the defeated Khans—or that may be only a powerful hallucinogen operating on an uneasy mind—as a phantasmagoria of violence slowly envelops him.

With prose that combines Benjamin Kunkel's satiric bite,
William Burroughs’s dark historical reimagining, and a lush literary beauty all his own, Christopher Howard in Tea of Ulaanbaatar unfolds a story of expatriate angst, the dark side of globalization, and middle-class nightmares—and announces himself as one of the most inventive and ambitious of the new generation of American novelists.

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The Black Stiletto by Raymond Benson (Oceanview Publishing)

Description: Could Martin Talbot's elderly, Alzheimer-stricken mother, Judy, really have been the Black Stiletto? When Martin discovers several volumes of diaries hidden by his mother, he is stunned beyond all imagination. His mother, the underground heroine of yesteryear? The famed, still-unidentified woman who battled Communist spies, took on the Mafia, and preyed on common crooks? The woman who exacted punishment on evildoers without mercy?

But it is all described, in great detail, in the diaries. What caused her to begin her quest for justice. Her decision to act outside the law. Her feats as the famed and feared vigilante. How her reputation exploded. In short, how it all played out.

Could it be true? Talbot is filled with doubt and disbelief. But the reappearance of one of the Stiletto's old enemies with a thirst for merciless revenge makes the story more than real and could imperil the life of not only the Stiletto, but her son and granddaughter as well.

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The Borrower - AUDIO EDITION by Rebecca Makkai (HighBridge)

Description: Lucy Hull, a young children’s librarian in Hannibal, Missouri, is unsure where her life is headed. That becomes than a figure of speech when her favorite patron, ten-year-old Ian Drake, runs away from home and Lucy finds herself in the surprise role of chauffeer.

The precocious Ian is addicted to reading, but needs Lucy’s help to smuggle books past his overbearing mother, who has enrolled Ian in weekly antigay classes with celebrity Pastor Bob. Lucy stumbles into a moral dilemma when she finds Ian camped out in the library after hours with a knapsack of provisions and an escape plan.

The odd pair embarks on a crazy road trip from Missouri to Vermont, with ferrets, an inconvenient boyfriend, and dubious family history thrown in their path. But who is actually running away? And from what?

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The Charlestown Connection by Tom MacDonald (Oceanview Publishing)

Description: Dermot Sparhawk, a former All American Boston College football hero, is stacking cans in a parish food pantry in Boston's Charlestown, when his godfather, Jeepster Hennessey, shows up with a knife in his back and dies at Dermot’s feet. Once slated for a professional football career, now a recovering alcoholic, with a torn-up knee, Dermot sets out to solve the murder of his godfather with the help of his Micmac Indian cousin, his paraplegic tenant, and a former teammate. Dermot’s investigation has him tangling with members of the IRA, FBI, and the Boston mob. He also is forced to contend with Charlestown’s code of silence and the norms of the neighborhood where he grew up. Feeling like he did at the height of his game, Dermot uses his Native American intuition and Irish good looks to help him uncover clues. Dermot stumbles upon bits and pieces of information that he cobbles together into an unlikely theory which leads him on an unexpected trail and to a new mystery that could cost him his life.

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The End of Everything by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown and Company)

Description: Thirteen-year old Lizzie Hood and her next door neighbor Evie Verver are inseparable. They are best friends who swap bathing suits and field-hockey sticks, and share everything that's happened to them. Together they live in the shadow of Evie's glamorous older sister Dusty, who provides a window on the exotic, intoxicating possibilities of their own teenage horizons. To Lizzie, the Verver household, presided over by Evie's big-hearted father, is the world's most perfect place.

And then, one afternoon, Evie disappears. The only clue: a maroon sedan Lizzie spotted driving past the two girls earlier in the day. As a rabid, giddy panic spreads through the Midwestern suburban community, everyone looks to Lizzie for answers. Was Evie unhappy, troubled, upset? Had she mentioned being followed? Would she have gotten into the car of a stranger?

Lizzie takes up her own furtive pursuit of the truth, prowling nights through backyards, peering through windows, pushing herself to the dark center of Evie's world. Haunted by dreams of her lost friend and titillated by her own new power at the center of the disappearance, Lizzie uncovers secrets and lies that make her wonder if she knew her best friend at all.

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The Valley of Shadows by Mark Terry (Oceanview Publishing)

Description: A raid on a Pakistan Al-Qaeda cell recovers two laptops. When the computers' booby-traps are defused and the computers decrypted and translated, they indicate that Al-Qaeda has planned a series of simultaneous attacks in five U.S. cities involving potential dirty bombs, biological weapons and maybe even a nuclear weapon—on Election Day. Derek Stillwater, troubleshooter for the Department of Homeland Security, is assigned to a multi-jurisdictional Special Terrorism Activity Response Team (START) to locate the weapon and terrorists in Los Angeles and prevent the attack. They have two days. But as they close in on their targets, Derek begins to think that the intelligence they gathered is a sideshow to distract them from the real target—one of the two candidates for President of the United States.

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The Yo-Yo Prophet by Karen Krossing (Orca Book Publishers)

Description: Calvin is the smallest guy in his high school, and a perfect target for Rozelle and her girl gang. His mother is dead, his father is long gone and his only remaining relative, his grandmother, is getting too sick to run her dry cleaning business. The only time Calvin feels in control is when he's working his yo-yo. When he takes up street performing, Rozelle demands a cut and insists on being his manager. To get media attention, she markets him as a yo-yo genius who can predict the future, dubbing him the "Yo-Yo Prophet." Calvin begins to believe his own hype, but as Gran's condition deteriorates, he realizes that it will take more than fame and adulation to keep his family intact. (Ages 11 and up.)

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Velva Jean Learns to Fly by Jennifer Niven (Plume)

Description: After Pearl Harbor, Velva Jean signs up for service and gets her wings, risking her life-and her heart.

Velva Jean Hart, the fiercely independent heroine of Jennifer Niven's spectacular debut novel, Velva Jean Learns to Drive, returns in a captivating adventure that literally sends her soaring. Bristling at the limitations faced by a woman in rural Appalachia and fuelled by the memory of her late Mama telling her to "live out there," Velva Jean hits the road to pursue her dream of singing at the Grand Ole Opry. But after a string of auditions, she begins to lose hope- until her brother pays her a surprise visit and treats Velva Jean to a flying lesson that ignites a brand-new dream: to become a female pilot. Funny, poignant, and utterly unforgettable, Velva Jean Learns to Fly will have fans cheering all over again

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What Do You Use To Help Your Body?: Maggie Explores the World of Disabilities by Jewel Kats (Loving Healing Press)

Description: Who are the people with disabilities in your neighborhood?
Maggie and Momma love going for walks. During every outing, Maggie learns about
something new. Today's no different! Momma has arranged for Maggie to meet lots
of people in her neighborhood. They all have different jobs. They all come from different
cultures. They all use different things to help their bodies. Maggie doesn't just stop
to chit-chat. Rather, she gets to the bottom of things. By asking the right question, she
discovers how many people with disabilities use aids to help them out. Let's find out
how they work, too!

  • Children will learn that disabilities occur in every culture
  • Parents and teachers can accurately explain how various disability aids work
  • Children will realize that working with a disability is a possibility for some
  • Therapists can use this book as a motivational tool for patients with disabilities
  • Kids can satisfy their curiosity about disability aids in an unimposing manner

    Therapists' Acclaim:

    "This book is just right for a preschooler or young elementary
    aged child who needs a simple introductory explanation
    about disabilities and accommodations. It's characters
    experience varied limitations and are represented by
    culturally diverse people in the neighborhood. The book
    is short, matter of fact, colorful and to the point."

    —Laurie Zelinger, PhD,author of Please Explain Anxiety to Me

    "Perception of a disability is life-shaping for those who
    are 'differently able'. it is imperative that they have assistive
    devices to help them lead normal lives and be
    perceived as 'normal'. i.e. differently able. Your book
    shows people living their normal lives with assistive devices
    which is the way it should be Thanks for your great
    contribution to the positive perception of people who are
    differently abled."

    —N.Siddiq, B.Sc., M.D., CBC freelance broadcast journalist

    "This book is a great resource for parents, teachers and
    other childhood educators to help teach children about
    living with a disability. It offers important lessons in tolerance,
    compassion and dignity."

    —Mary Lynne Stewart, Director of Fund Development and Communications, March of Dimes Canada

    For more info see www.JewelKats.com

    From the Growing With Love Series at Loving Healing Press www.LovingHealing.com

    JUV039150 Juvenile Fiction : Social Issues - Special Needs

    SOC029000 Social Science : Handicapped

    EDU026040 Education : Special Education - Physical Disabilities
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    A.M. Confidential by Meir Doron (Gefen Publishing House)

    Description: Arnon Milchan, a unique and exciting individual, has worked his way up from the small town of Rehovot, Israel to become a world-renowned figure both in the extravagant Hollywood scene – and in the dangerous and covert world of the Mossad. From Israel, through South Africa, Poland, the US, and Iran – he was there. Milchan’s Hollywood career began in the late 1970s, and he rapidly built up a multi-billion dollar business, which includes ventures with the world’s leading film producers, among them Rupert Murdoch at 20th Century Fox.

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    Another Fork in the Trail by Laurie Ann March (Wilderness Press)

    Description: Packed with lightweight, mouthwatering recipes for backcountry adventurers, Another Fork in the Trail is focused on delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes for those following vegetarian and vegan diets. Many of the recipes are gluten-free as well. From flavorful lunches such as roasted tomato dip to hearty dinners such as vegetable ratatouille, many of the recipes are prepared and dried at home, saving valuable time at camp.

    With recipes for desserts and baked goods in addition to the staples, the book covers menu planning and recipe creation and discusses other important considerations for the vegetarian and vegan outdoor adventurers. Sample recipes include: Smoky lentil pâté; olive tapenade; red quinoa and curried lentil stew; quinoa muffins; fruit cookies; agave granola with goji berries; harvest hummus roasted chickpeas; tofu jerky.

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    Average Joe by Troy Meeder (WaterBrook Press)

    Description: In Average Joe, Troy Meeder shares the stories of ordinary men, in the Bible and today, whom God has used to change the world. And he shows you that even in the ordinariness of everyday life, you can experience a fresh passion for living as a faithful man of God.

    In his powerful new book, Troy Meeder reveals that living life as an “average Joe” is what shapes godly men of integrity, moral stability, and strength. To be a faithful husband, a loving father, a man of unwavering character, is the highest and noblest calling any man can have.

    God chooses to change the world through the “ordinary” lives of simple men of extraordinary faith. Average Joe reveals how the Bible is filled with regular guys like you who nevertheless helped change their world.

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    Best Tent Camping Michigan by Matt Forster (Menasha Ridge Press)

    Description: Written to steer campers away from concrete slabs and convoys of RVs, Best Tent Camping: Michigan points tent campers to the most scenic and serene campsites in the state. This guide has a campground to suit nearly every camper's taste. You’ll find essential information about each campground (including season, facilities, rates, directions, GPS coordinates, and Web sites), as well as a description of the campground, the best sites, and nearby activities such as hiking, canoeing, fishing, and mountain biking.

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    Come of Age by Angus Buchan (Kregel Publications)

    Description: Angus Buchan gained international attention in the wake of the book and film Faith Like Potatoes. He has filled the largest stadiums in South Africa to capacity and spoken to large gatherings in Britain and Australia. But behind the scenes he remains a straight-talking, tough farmer, still working with his sons to run the family farm, still seeking to remain obedient to God’s voice. Angus’s bold faith has carried him through droughts, family tragedies, and financial crises. And God has used him mightily. Angus has developed a particular ministry to men, holding many rallies specifically for men and proving capable of communicating with ordinary guys who would never get closer to a church than the freeway. He loves to preach the good news of Jesus. “Doubt and fear may be contagious,” he says. “But so is faith.” Now in his sixties, Angus has also had to come to terms with his own mortality after collapsing in the middle of a rally and being airlifted to a hospital. Forced to reappraise his priorities, he now focuses his efforts upon mentoring younger men, encouraging them to develop their own spiritual maturity, to truly come of age.

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    Distance Cycling by John Huges (Human Kinetics)

    Description: Century, brevet, cross-state, ultradistance—there is only one book that covers them all. Distance Cycling is a comprehensive guide for planning, training, and competing in long-distance events.

    Long-time distance cycling great John Hughes, an endurance coach and sport science expert, and coach Dan Kehlenbach team up to cover the sport from every angle.

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    Falling for Me by Anna David (Harper Paperbacks)

    Description: Most women, whether they’ve chosen the Fortune 500 career or have five kids by 35, wonder if they’ve made the right choice. Anna David is no different. When she stumbles on a copy of Sex & the Single Girl by Helen Gurley Brown (Cosmo’s fearless leader of the 1960s), she connects with Helen’s unique message combining self-empowerment and undeniable femininity, and she embarks on a gutsy journey to reexamine her life, opening herself up to the people and places, the fears and vulnerabilities that have haunted her for years, in hopes that she will find peace and maybe even someone to share it with.

    Using Gurley Brown’s book as a lesson plan, Anna ventures out of her comfort zone to meet men in new ways and date those she would have never considered. At the same time, she takes advantage of—and for the first time appreciates—all the things she wouldn’t be able to do if she had a crying baby and husband at home, whether that means trying the French class she has been too fearful to take, or upgrading her apartment from the college-style plastic shelves to a simple, elegant style befitting a grown woman, or even taking off on a spontaneous jaunt through Seville or dancing the night away with a much-younger stranger.

    Anna David’s journey is both intensely personal and undeniably universal. With a fierce sense of ambition and determination, Anna shifts her focus to love and marriage, finally give herself permission to overcome her fears and embrace the idea of falling in love—or, more importantly, to see if it's something she even wants.

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    Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice by Kazim Ali (Tupelo Press)

    Description: To go without food from dawn to dusk for the month of Ramadan — how does this feel? When we deny our major appetites, what do we become? Kazim Ali brings a poet's precision and ardor to his brilliant meditations on ritual fasting."Kazim Ali—a writer whose powers astonish in everything he puts pen to—has made in Fasting for Ramadan a book that is hybrid, peregrine, and deeply, quietly revelatory. Ali’s meditations on the month-long ritual fast unfold, across cultures and spiritual practices, the deep meaning of a chosen foregoing. These journal-born pages are both intimate and public, at once ecumenical, particular, daily, and eloquently learned; planted on the deep roots of tradition, they breathe this moment’s air. Is it possible for a work to be at once modest and an undeniable tour de force? This book proves: it is."

    —Jane Hirshfield, poet and essayist, author of Given Sugar, Given Salt and Nine Gates

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    From the Holocaust to a New Dawn by David Shachar (Gefen Publishing House)

    Description: Through tragedy and war and a desire for peace, the life story of David Shachar serves as a model for our times.

    The memories of David Shachar are a journey through the tunnel of time: from wanderings in Poland to the life of a refugee in World War II, and on to a soldier’s life fighting the Nazis. After the war, while studying radio electronics in Paris, David cut his studies short and came to Israel to fight in the War of Independence. A few years later, David and his wife, Chaya, answered Ben-Gurion’s call to settle the country “from the city to the frontier,” and they moved to the development town of Kiryat Shmona. He worked tirelessly to advance the developing city, using his qualifications and abilities to build up technology in the border area. Years later, David Shachar served as a senior representative of the Israel Aircraft Industries with the Ministry of Defense and did much to develop and advance Israel’s defense industry.

    David never lost sight of his memories of World War II and devoted himself to memorializing the bravery of the 30,000 Jewish soldiers who fell in the Polish army. On his initiative, the outstanding monument in their memory was established at the military cemetery on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. In the words of Ephraim Kaye of Yad Vashem, David’s story of rebirth “is one of unprecedented creativity, courage and self-sacrifice that is the essence of Israel today.” This inspiring autobiography is a must-read.

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    IRAs, 401(k)s & Other Retirement Plans by Twila Slesnick (Nolo)

    Description:
    Roughly 29% of the U.S. population is approaching retirement. They — and anyone retiring early, changing jobs, looking to borrow money from a retirement plan, or wondering what to do with an inherited plan — will want to avoid the stiff taxes and penalties that lurk in the fine print.

    IRAs, 401(k)s & Other Retirement Plans discusses the common types of retirement plans, including 401(k)s, profit-sharing plans, Keoghs, IRAs and tax-deferred annuities, and explains the rules that govern distributions from each plan. Readers learn about all of their options so they can make the best choices when taking their money out. They’ll find out how to:

    -adopt tax strategies before and after retirement

    -convert from one plan to another

    -take required distributions

    -minimize taxes

    -avoid penalties for taking money out early

    -determine and handle distributions to beneficiaries

    The 10th edition is updated with the latest tax rates, tables and method for calculating distributions.

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    Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed by Patrick Schwerdtfeger (John Wiley & Sons)

    Description: A quick guide to effective techniques that will boost your business today

    Want the juicy marketing secrets that save time and get results quickly for your business? Then this is the book for you. Marketing Secrets for the Self-Employed offers a detailed plan for entrepreneurs, small business owners, salespeople, and service professionals. Filled with effective tactics and strategies ready to apply immediately, this guide supplies a complete toolkit to leverage resources, establish online credibility, and crush your competition!

    * Provides practical strategies to promote your business using powerful online tools
    * Each chapter can be read in 10 minutes or less and offers an itemized to-do list at the end
    * Author has personally used these strategies to promote his business online and has helped dozens of companies do the same

    If you're ready to take immediate action and see results quickly for your business, Marketing Secrets for the Self-Employed has all the tools and techniques you need!

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    Monoculture: How One Story is Changing Everything by F.S. Michaels (Red Clover Press)

    Description: As human beings, we’ve always told stories: stories about who we are, where we come from, and where we’re going. Now imagine that one of those stories is taking over the others, narrowing our diversity and creating a monoculture. Because of the rise of the economic story, six areas of your world — your work, your relationships with others and the environment, your community, your physical and spiritual health, your education, and your creativity — are changing, or have already changed, in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. And because how you think shapes how you act, the monoculture isn’t just changing your mind — it’s changing your life.

    In Monoculture, F.S. Michaels draws on extensive research and makes surprising connections among disciplines to take a big-picture look at how one story is changing everything. Her research and writing have been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Killam Trusts, and regional and municipal arts councils. Michaels has an MBA, and lives and writes in British Columbia.

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    Palestinian Women: Narrative Histories and Gendered Memory by Fatma Kassem (Zed Books)

    Description: Palestinian Women is the first book to examine and document the experiences and the historical narrative of ordinary Palestinian women who witnessed the events of 1948 and became involuntary citizens of the State of Israel. Told in their own words, the women's experiences serve as a window for examining the complex intersections of gender, nationalism and citizenship in a situation of ongoing violent political conflict. Known in Palestinian discourse as the 'Nakbeh', or the 'Catastrophe', these events of 60 years ago still have a powerful resonance in contemporary Palestinian-Jewish relations in the State of Israel and in the act of narrating these stories, the author argues that the realm of memory is a site of commemoration and resistance.

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    Radical Together by David Platt (WaterBrook Press)

    Description: In Radical, the revolutionary New York Times bestseller, David Platt issued a daring call for Christians like you to take back their faith from the American Dream. Now in Radical Together, he helps you put the revolutionary claims of the gospel to work in your local church.

    With his trademark passion, clear teaching, and powerful storytelling, David Platt delivers practical, biblical insight so your faith community can be unleashed for the glory of God in the world.

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    Route 66: A Crash Course in Navigating Life with the Bible by Krish Kandiah (Kregel Publications)

    Description: Welcome to Route 66, a journey to discover how the 66 books of the Bible help us to know God—and know how to live for Him. This book is packed with practical help to live your whole life guided by the whole of the Bible.

    For many of us, there is a disconnect between the Bible we treasure and the book we struggle to read. We know the Bible is a lamp to our feet, honey on our lips, and the sword of the Spirit, equipping us for every good work. But sometimes the Bible feels more like a confusing collection of ancient texts filled with obscure laws! Using the analogy of a trip, Route 66 unfolds how different passages of the Bible can help us travel through different passages of our life.

    Route 66 works with the idea that there are eight identifiable genres within the Bible: narrative, law, psalm, prophecy, wisdom, gospel, epistle, and apocalyptic. Krish Kandiah introduces each in turn, explaining how to read them and how to apply their teaching to your life. He then provides five studies for each.

    There are three ways you can use this book: on your own, with 40 daily Bible studies and a "travel journal" to record what God is teaching you; in a small group, with weekly study questions to supplement your personal reading; and with your church, using the eight sections of the book as a great sermon series.

    Free supplemental materials, including a Church Leader's Guide and PowerPoint presentation have been produced for the major UK Christian festival Spring Harvest. These materials are available on the Spring Harvest website: www.springharvest.org/resources/route-66/

    "One cannot travel a new way without a map. The map tells us the road to take. Route 66 is a wonderful map into experiencing the God of Scripture."
    -Darrell Bock, Dallas Theological Seminary

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    The Newlywed Guide to Physical Intimacy by David S. Ribner (Gefen Publishing House)

    Description: Sexuality is a beautiful part of life – truly a gift from God.

    As a young couple about to embark on one of life’s most important journeys, may you have only joy and success. An important part of this journey is developing physical intimacy – the unique pleasure of the sexual experience. Your enjoyment as sexual partners is more than just physical; you can feel closeness with another person that no other experience can provide. Your sharing of physical intimacy creates an emotional bond that should include feelings of trust, acceptance, caring, and mutuality. Your intimate relationship is the glue that binds your marriage together.

    Yet advice about the sexual experience that was once passed from parent to child is no longer, and as a result many couples are left to face this critical area of their lives with little guidance or information. This instructive and easy-to-read guide can help you navigate this new and uncharted area of your lives. For chassan (groom) and kallah (bride), as well as for teachers, rabbis, and anyone with questions about sexuality coming from the Torah observant community. It is user-friendly, with clear and descriptive language, and the information and guidance found in this book is not available anywhere else in the religious world.

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    Timeless People by Saul Landa (Gefen Publishing House)

    Description: In August of 1654, a few Ashkenazic Jews arrived in the Dutch colonial settlement of New Amsterdam (later renamed New York), and thus began the astonishing phenomenon of American Jewry. In this stunning book of narrative and photographs, Dr. Saul Landa gives us a glimpse of its beauty.
    This book is the culmination of a four-year odyssey, visiting eighteen communities, traveling tens of thousands of miles, taking thousands of photographs, reviewing thousands of archival images, and surviving the trauma of one car accident and one traffic violation.

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    True North by Gary and Lisa Heim Heim (Kregel Publications)

    Description: Every day we face some kind of frustration: flat tires, flooded basements, wounding words, a broken body, a troubled marriage—trouble comes in all shapes and sizes and can happen when we least expect it. While everyone struggles, few people have learned to struggle well. But it’s not impossible!

    Frustrations arise when we look to people and things of this world to fill our desires, rather than to the only One who can really satisfy us. True North offers a unique, biblical paradigm that gives understanding and help to turn to God in the frustrations of life. Frustration often causes us to “go south” and react in the flesh. We grumble and grasp. God calls us to “go north” and respond to hardship with wisdom and redemptive love. Combining biblical insight with personal stories, practical help, and compelling examples, authors Gary and Lisa Heim encourage readers to turn from self-centered grumbling and grasping to Christ-centered gratitude and giving. As they read stories of hardships and trials, successes and profits, readers will see how frustrations can actually help them grow in their personal lives, in their marriages, in their parenting, and in their ministries.

    Believing that learning to live for God through all of life’s frustration is an intentional activity for every day, the Heims also provide discussion questions at the end of each chapter to help readers apply biblical truths to situations where frustrations loom. Perfect for use in ministry settings or as a handbook for personal growth, Truth North shows readers how to embark on the life-giving adventure of walking with God.

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    Walking Denver by Mindy Sink (Wilderness Press)

    Description: Its mild climate and abundant sunshine make Denver, one of America’s fittest cities, a welcoming place for a walk any time of year. Colorado’s capital is the country’s fifth most walkable city. There is so much to see when out for a stroll through downtown or a hike in the nearby foothills. This exceptional guide explores the best of the city from Dinosaur Ridge and Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre to the Mile High Loop in City Park and public art scattered throughout downtown.

    These 30 specially designed urban treks are not only good exercise but are a great way to soak up the history, culture, parks, and vibe of the Mile High City. The walk’s commentary includes trivia about architecture, local culture, and neighborhood history, plus tips on where to dine, have a drink, or shop. Each tour includes a clear neighborhood map and vital public transportation (where appropriate) and parking information. Route summaries make each walk easy to follow, and a “Points of Interest” section lists each walk’s highlights.

    Insider Mindy Sink guides the urban adventurer from the Mile High Loop, the city’s newest footpath in City Park, to the Golden Triangle’s cultural and architectural gems, and the ever lively Art District on Santa Fe. From the Auraria Campus (home to three universities), to the city’s oldest still operating cemetery, this book reveals part of the city even seasoned locals overlook.

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    Worst-Case Scenario? Governance, Mediation, and the Security Regime by Stuart Price (Zed Books)

    Description: In this original and provocative new book, Stuart Price identifies the existence of a practice that lies at the core of the western security regime - the projection of the worst-case scenario. This consists of the projection of a significant material threat, made by an authoritative or executive power, used to bolster the security agenda of the neo-liberal state. This in turn has altered the conduct of military and police operations, which are increasingly directed against any substantial expression of dissent.

    Using a wide range of official sources and case studies - from 9/11 to the riots in Greece - Price analyses the paramilitary, political, economic and cultural manoeuvres of the security regime as it attempts to reproduce a 'command structure' within civil society. In doing so, he demonstrates that, unlike the openly 'totalitarian' states of the past, bureaucratic rule is favoured over charismatic leadership, and the ostentatious display of coercive authority is characterised as a temporary measure. It is, he argues, a process that must be recognized and resisted.

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    El procés de màrqueting by Gerard Ryan (Rovira i Virgili University Press)

    Description: A principis del segle XXI el màrqueting afecta cada vegada més aspectes de la vida contemporània. És important estudiar màrqueting perquè és generalment acceptat que és una de les manifestacions més significatives de la societat occidental, fins al punt que avui dia ser consumidor és equivalent a ser ciutadà. Aquest llibre ens explica què és el màrqueting, el seu entorn, la informació i la investigació de mercats, el comportament del consumidor, la política del producte i de preus, la distribució i el sistema comercial i la política de comunicacions de màrqueting.

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    Reign of the Nightmare Prince by Mike Philips (JournalStone)

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    Description: Rakam’s world is under attack by an ancient adversary that has plagued his people for generations – or at least, that’s the way it seems. All around him, these new Shaitani – supernatural beasts with mythical powers for destruction – murder the innocent and burn any evidence a village even existed. Through his True Sight, a gift for clairvoyance given by the Almighty, Rakam sees the devastation perpetrated throughout his native lands.

    The True Sight abandons him, however, after he is bitten by a snake and visited by a Jinn, an evil spirit, on a journey through the desert. But, this loss doesn’t stop Rakam and his great-grandfather Mabetu from leading their people in a fight to save both their way of life and the world they love. The quest ulitimately unites the remaining villages under a common goal, the fight for survival.

    The crusade against the invaders leads to battles with not only the mystic and evil terrors native to Rakam’s world, but also to confrontations with powers that are alien. Survival means defeating an enemy with superior weapons and a thirst for blood. Although it seems like a fight he’s destined to lose, Rakam is willing to die to save his world from certain annihilation.

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    Medium Dead by Chris Dolley (BookViewCafe)

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    Description: Format: Open, non-DRM file. Winners will be sent the URL of a webpage where they can download the eBook in PDF, ePub, Kindle, or prc format.

    Medium Dead is a fun urban fantasy novel chronicling the crime fighting adventures of Brenda – a reluctant medium – and Brian – a Vigilante Demon with an impish sense of humour. Think Stephanie Plum with magic and a dash of Carl Hiaasen.

    Brenda Steele is smart, funny and out of her depth. A Vigilante Demon called Brian wants her to find murdered spirits and help him track down their killers. But Brian doesn't just catch criminals, he likes to play with them first, and make the punishment fit the crime. As he tells Brenda, “if all you did was turn up, capture the bad guy then leave – century after century – you'd die of boredom.”

    He's also reckless – his last partner died during one of his takedowns.

    Along the way, Brenda discovers that Brian isn't as old, or as powerful, as he led her to believe. He might even be human. Whereas the murderer they're hunting, and the child he's holding prisoner, might not.

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    Santa Fe Fandango by Elinor Groves (BookViewCafe)

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    Matti Glover is thrilled to learn that hot Hollywood heart-throb Antonio Reed is not only filming a movie in Santa Fe, but staying in the exclusive complex where she's housesitting. She rescues him from a busload of teenage girls, and grateful and intrigued, he asks her for a date.

    Matti's caught up in a Cinderella dream come true—until midnight hits and it's pumpkin time. Any reader who ever cherished a secret crush on Robert, Justin, or Orlando will enjoy this romp through the fan's ultimate fantasy.

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    Wayward Son by Tom Pollack (Cascada Productions)

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    A Powerful Tremor Unearths an Ancient Secret

    Buried near Mt. Vesuvius is a remarkable observatory containing artifacts dating to the earliest record of human events. Only one person—the Getty Museum’s Amanda James—can unlock the mysterious doors that guard the chamber.
    Once inside, Amanda is shocked to discover physical evidence left behind by a notorious Biblical killer—who long ago wandered off the pages of history.
    When a strange relic unveils the truth about this villain’s miraculous life, sinister forces gather intent on suppressing her stunning revelation—before it alters the destiny of millions.
    The first in a series, Wayward Son takes the reader on a thrilling voyage where epic adventures in Egypt, Greece, China and Rome collide with modern-day intrigue and suspense. Journey with Amanda into this man’s tantalizing untold story, and witness a life that eclipses your imagination!

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    Necropsy in E Minor: A Novel by Alan Ramón Clinton (Open Books)

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    Description: Available formats: ePub, prc (for Kindle) and PDF. Winners will receive an email with all three file formats attached from the publisher.

    Shortlisted for the 2010 Dundee International Book Prize, Necropsy in E Minor is the tale of a young college professor who sits down to write what he calls a “memoir,” but which really only records the past six months of his life (with numerous digressions), and ends, with the last line, after a richly devastating encounter, at the moment of writing.

    Who is this person? That is kept a secret, despite the fact that he is writing for no audience other than himself. His name does not appear, but those of others do, necessary to ensure the accuracy of the anagrams and puns that have helped map his universe since he found “The Note.” Given his disposal to interpret this anonymous confessional/fantasy story, an endeavor undertaken with the firm belief that it was written for him, by someone he knows, and purposefully left for him to find.

    Having abandoned the scholarly methodologies and subjects that would actually allow him to attain tenure, our professor on the lam performs all manner of linguistic analyses of the note, drives around the rim of Florida (the pilgrimage method, fittingly circular), desperately uses inkblots, the I Ching, and tarot cards for practical advice, adopts a cat named Sanity, becomes an amateur ornithologist, develops a theory of “instantaneous architecture,” endures a shamanic experience, and eggs himself on with the hope that, no matter what happens, his “memoir” might one day be found by archaeologists and thereby provide a key to human life at the close of the twentieth century.

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    Only You, Sierra (Sierra Jensen Book 1) by Robin Jones Gunn (WaterBrook Press)

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    Description: Only You, Sierra

    The Europe mission trip brought Sierra Jensen the best gift possible: two new friends, Katie and Christy. But now Sierra is headed home, and she can’t help but wonder will her friendships last? And what about her new home? Her family moved while she was gone, and that means facing a new high school. And the biggest question of all: Will she ever find love? Then a chance meeting in a London airport answers that question. Paul makes her heart leap. But she’ll never see him again! Or will she?

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    Summer Promise (Christy Miller Book 1) by Robin Jones Gunn (WaterBrook Press)

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    Description: Summer Promise

    Fourteen-year-old Christy Miller has the dream summer ahead of her in sun-kissed California, staying with her aunt and uncle at their beachfront home. Aunt Marti loves to shop, and those surfers are cute—especially Todd. Christy promised her parents she wouldn’t do anything she’d regret later, and some of her beach friends are a little wild. But Todd and his “God-Lover” friends are giving Christy a new image of all things eternal. Can this summer live up to its promise?

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    For A Dancer: The Memoir by Emma J. Stephens (Saint Columba Press)

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    Description: Brought up in an environment riddled with substance abuse and neglect, Emma has a dream and little chance of ever achieving it. By the age of fourteen she is on her own, determined to escape the mentality that has crippled her family, but to succeed would mean leaving behind her sister and betraying the only life she’s ever known. From the Virginia countryside to the streets of Paris, through teenage motherhood and higher education, share Emma’s tears and triumphs as she searches for acceptance in an exclusive world and finds love in the most unlikely of places. [Available in .pdf]

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    Just My Type by Simon Garfield (Gotham Books)

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    Description: A hugely entertaining and revealing guide to the history of type that asks, What does your favorite font say about you?

    Fonts surround us every day, on street signs and buildings, on movie posters and books, and on just about every product we buy. But where do fonts come from, and why do we need so many? Who is responsible for the staid practicality of Times New Roman, the cool anonymity of Arial, or the irritating levity of Comic Sans (and the movement to ban it)?

    Typefaces are now 560 years old, but we barely knew their names until about twenty years ago when the pull-down font menus on our first computers made us all the gods of type. Beginning in the early days of Gutenberg and ending with the most adventurous digital fonts, Simon Garfield explores the rich history and subtle powers of type. He goes on to investigate a range of modern mysteries, including how Helvetica took over the world, what inspires the seeming ubiquitous use of Trajan on bad movie posters, and exactly why the all-type cover of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus was so effective. It also examines why the "T" in the Beatles logo is longer than the other letters and how Gotham helped Barack Obama into the White House. A must-have book for the design conscious, Just My Type's cheeky irreverence will also charm everyone who loved Eats, Shoots & Leaves and Schott's Original Miscellany.

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    Attack of the Lushites by Russ Crossley (Lucky Bat Books)

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    Description: Russ Crossley writes science fiction under his own name, paranormal romantic comedies as R.G. Hart, and mystery as R.G. Crossley. Several of his short stories have appeared in anthologies from Pocket Books and St Martins Press.

    Attack of the Lushites takes Russ’ readers into a gourmand’s delight of comic Sci Fi. The story: In the year 3333 1/3, immense fast food corporations fight to control the galaxy. In a greasy struggle for galactic dominance, they live by the motto; “He who’s the fattest wins!”

    Now Heavenly Sky Burger and Galaxy Pizza, two warring fast food giants, must join forces when a mysterious alien race calling themselves the Lushites Alliance threatens to destroy them.

    Mailman Jalapeño Popover is ordered to lead a heroically girthed team comprised of Cherry Bomb, Captain Red Dye Number Two and droid, Jelly Donut to confront the Lushites and end the threat, or die trying.

    What Jal and his friends discover will change the galaxy forever.

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    Butterflies by Susanne Gervay (Kane Miller Books)

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    Living with severe burns, the hospital and doctors is not easy when all you want to do is be a teenage girl. Katherine was severely burned in an accident when she was three years old. Now seventeen, she still needs regular skin grafts and is willing to undergo an experimental procedure so she can look, “normal.” A moving tale of emotional and physical damage and Katherine's need to overcome her fears, “Butterflies” is also a positive story of individual strength and family love. Whether a person is physically damaged or “perfectly normal,” life still has to be lived, and the story of Katherine and her friends will resonate with all readers.

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    Dying to Tell Me by Sherryl Clark (Kane Miller Books)

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    Sasha doesn’t really mind moving. It’s not like there was any reason to stay in her old life, after all the trouble. But Manna Creek is strange. And when after a pretty nasty fall, she starts hearing and seeing things that haven’t happened yet, or happened a very long time ago, it gets even stranger. Maybe King, their new retired police dog, can help solve the mysteries. He thinks he can. He told Sasha he could. And she heard him…



    Set in a rural, small town in Australia, Sasha, the daughter of the new police chief, embarks on a paranormal mystery/adventure in this page-turner.

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    The Garden of Empress Cassia by Gabrielle Wang (Kane Miller Books)

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    Mimi Lu hates being Chinese, and she hates being teased at school about the way she looks. Her way of escaping is through art. When she draws, she forgets bully Gemma and her nasty friends. When Mimi is given a magical box of pastels, she finds she is able to draw pictures so real that people's lives are changed. On the sidewalk in front of her family’s herb shop, she creates images so beautiful that passers-by are actually transported, for a few moments, inside the pictures to places that are restful, joyous and transforming. But what if these magic pastels fell into the hands of a someone else? Someone like Gemma?

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    The No. 1 Car Spotter by Atinuke (Kane Miller Books)

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    Oluwalase Babatunde Benson lives in a small village somewhere in Africa. He’s known as “No.1 car spotter” by friends and family because he can identify every make of car that goes by on the busy road that passes the village. Divided into four self-contained chapters, this first in a series chronicles No 1’s everyday adventures, from better serving customers at Mama Coca-Cola’s roadside stand to (unwittingly) helping his father find a new job.



    Just as she did in her highly-acclaimed Anna Hibiscus series, Nigerian-born storyteller Atinuke vividly brings to life the irresistible and resourceful No. 1 and his family and neighbors with her usual warmth and lyrical prose.

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    Monoculture: How One Story is Changing Everything by F.S. Michaels (Red Clover Press)

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    Description: As human beings, we’ve always told stories: stories about who we are, where we come from, and where we’re going. Now imagine that one of those stories is taking over the others, narrowing our diversity and creating a monoculture. Because of the rise of the economic story, six areas of your world — your work, your relationships with others and the environment, your community, your physical and spiritual health, your education, and your creativity — are changing, or have already changed, in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. And because how you think shapes how you act, the monoculture isn’t just changing your mind — it’s changing your life.

    In Monoculture, F.S. Michaels draws on extensive research and makes surprising connections among disciplines to take a big-picture look at how one story is changing everything. Her research and writing have been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Killam Trusts, and regional and municipal arts councils. Michaels has an MBA, and lives and writes in British Columbia.

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    Fourteen by C. M. Smith (The Writer's Coffee Shop)

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    Description: Arianna Weller has never fit in with the other kids at her high school. The daughter of the only lawyer in town, she's overweight compared to everyone else. Being picked on and put down by her peers has become normal—expected.

    When she has a bad run-in with Evan, the boy she's had a crush on for 4 years, she decides to bide her time until she’s out of high school and off to college where she can start over.

    Evan Drake has never had to worry about not being popular. He's on the football team, has more friends than he knows what to do with, and he doesn't care about anyone that's not in his "circle." So when he is forced to work with Arianna for a science fair project, he decides that dealing with her is just an unfortunate circumstance… until he sees what he's done to her.

    The road to forgiveness and acceptance is not smooth. Overcoming peer pressure, jealousy, miscommunications, and social prejudices is never easy—especially in high school. Evan and Arianna have to learn things the hard way and answer one important question. Is it worth it?

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    In the Hands of Grace by Dianne Greco (The Writer's Coffee Shop)

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    Susan Appleton is a woman who married well, lived the life of plenty, and loses most of it when her husband Harry is killed in a car accident. She manages to walk away from the lap of luxury and her husband’s greedy family with some insurance money, a summer cottage on eastern Long Island and her well-paying, highly stressful job as an assistant gem broker in Manhattan’s Diamond District.

    Then, she is fired, the victim of office politics and downsizing.

    Once again, she is forced to cope with a sudden, unwelcome change. During the weeks that follow, she is bombarded with constant worries—her teenage son Chris, her finances, and her job prospects. She also faces the long unanswered questions she has avoided since her husband’s death. Who was he with at the business meeting on the night he was killed?

    When she meets up with her neighbor Grace Burton on the very day she is fired, Susan is amazed at how safe she feels around her. With Grace’s friendship and clairvoyant gifts, Susan learns the value of simple pleasures. She also meets Tom, a local handy man, who has a talent for fixing a lot more than a broken screen door. He just may be the one to mend her broken heart.

    In just a few weeks, Susan realizes how blessed she is in the face of adversity and learns to appreciate all the amazing “coincidences” she is experiencing in the hands of Grace.

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    The Darkness of Perfection by Michael Schneider (The Writer's Coffee Shop)

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    Nicholas comes from a world of darkness where women are no better than slaves. He believes the secret to true happiness is for his wife to be molded to perfection. He had the promise of perfection in the bright eyes and innocent smile of a childhood friend long since lost to his world. He never gave up his dreams of their perfect life together. An accidental meeting brings him face to face with his dream.

    Will he realize that true happiness can only be found in the beauty of imperfection before it’s too late?

    Jayden escaped from a life of terror and found security in her new home. Given a loving home and raised with all the normal expectations of college, career, love and happiness her memories of her earlier life fade into darkness.

    An accident draws the attention of those who never gave up searching for her, determined to fulfill a contract not of her making. Jayden is taken from her perfect life and thrust back into a past she’d long forgotten. Broken of spirit, she is given to Nicholas to be his bride.

    Jayden is desperate to find the light before she is lost to the darkness of perfection.

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