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December 2018 batch: Requests must be in by Tuesday, January 1st at 6pm EST.

The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin (William Morrow)

Description: “Tara Conklin is a generous writer who deftly brings us into the world of this fictional family, an engrossing and vivid place where I was happy to stay. The Last Romantics is a richly observed novel, both ambitious and welcoming.” — Meg Wolitzer

The New York Times bestselling author of The House Girl explores the lives of four siblings in this ambitious and absorbing novel in the vein of Commonwealth and The Interestings.

“The greatest works of poetry, what makes each of us a poet, are the stories we tell about ourselves. We create them out of family and blood and friends and love and hate and what we’ve read and watched and witnessed. Longing and regret, illness, broken bones, broken hearts, achievements, money won and lost, palm readings and visions. We tell these stories until we believe them.”

When the renowned poet Fiona Skinner is asked about the inspiration behind her iconic work, The Love Poem, she tells her audience a story about her family and a betrayal that reverberates through time.

It begins in a big yellow house with a funeral, an iron poker, and a brief variation forever known as the Pause: a free and feral summer in a middle-class Connecticut town. Caught between the predictable life they once led and an uncertain future that stretches before them, the Skinner siblings—fierce Renee, sensitive Caroline, golden boy Joe and watchful Fiona—emerge from the Pause staunchly loyal and deeply connected. Two decades later, the siblings find themselves once again confronted with a family crisis that tests the strength of these bonds and forces them to question the life choices they’ve made and ask what, exactly, they will do for love.

A sweeping yet intimate epic about one American family, The Last Romantics is an unforgettable exploration of the ties that bind us together, the responsibilities we embrace and the duties we resent, and how we can lose—and sometimes rescue—the ones we love. A novel that pierces the heart and lingers in the mind, it is also a beautiful meditation on the power of stories—how they navigate us through difficult times, help us understand the past, and point the way toward our future.

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Eight Times Up by John Corr (Orca Book Publishers)

Description: Ever since his mom left, Riley has been a mess. He feels nervous all the time. His heart pounds, his neck is tight, and he can't seem to turn off his brain. His dad signs him up for aikido, hoping it will help.
In the dojo, Riley meets boys who are much rougher than he is and a girl who is tougher than all the rest of them put together. For Wafaa, aikido is not her first choice. She was disqualified from competing in judo for wearing a hijab. From the first time she steps on the mat, it's clear she is far more skilled than anyone expected.
Through the teachings of their sensei, Riley and his classmates come to understand that aikido is not about winning or losing or about being perfect. Sensei shows them how to tap into their inner strength and find their place in the universe.

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Cemetery Road by Greg Iles (William Morrow)

Description: The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Natchez Burning trilogy returns with an electrifying tale of friendship, betrayal, and shattering secrets that threaten to destroy a small Mississippi town.

When Marshall McEwan left his hometown at age eighteen, he vowed never to return. The trauma that drove him away ultimately spurred him to become one of the most successful journalists in Washington D.C. But just as the political chaos in the nation’s capital lifts him to new heights, Marshall is forced to return home in spite of his boyhood vow.

His father is dying, his mother is struggling to keep the family newspaper from failing, and the town is in the midst of an economic rebirth that might be built upon crimes that reach into the state capitol—and perhaps even to Washington. More disturbing still, Marshall’s high school sweetheart, Jet, has married into the family of Max Matheson, patriarch of one of the families that rule Bienville through a shadow organization called the Bienville Poker Club.

When archeologist Buck McKibben is murdered at a construction site, Bienville is thrown into chaos. The ensuing homicide investigation is soon derailed by a second crime that rocks the community to its core. Power broker Max Matheson’s wife has been shot dead in her own bed, and the only other person in it at the time was her husband, Max. Stranger still, Max demands that his daughter-on-law, Jet, defend him in court.

As a journalist, Marshall knows all too well how the corrosive power of money and politics can sabotage investigations. Without telling a soul, he joins forces with Jet, who has lived for fifteen years at the heart of Max Matheson’s family, and begins digging into both murders. With Jet walking the dangerous road of an inside informer, they soon uncover a web of criminal schemes that undergird the town’s recent success. But these crimes pale in comparison to the secret at the heart of the Matheson family. When those who have remained silent for years dare to speak to Marshall, pressure begins to build like water against a crumbling dam.

Marshall loses friends, family members, and finally even Jet, for no one in Bienville seems willing to endure the reckoning that the Poker Club has long deserved. And by the time Marshall grasps the long-buried truth, he would give almost anything not to have to face it.

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Invisible by Andrew Grant (Ballantine Books)

Description: An Army veteran and intelligence agent goes undercover as a janitor at a federal courthouse to pursue his own brand of justice in a thriller that’s part John Grisham, part Robert Crais.

“Propulsive and engaging from the very first page.”—C. J. Box, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Joe Pickett series

As a young man, Paul McGrath rebelled against his pacifist father by becoming a standout Army recruit and the star of his military intelligence unit. But lingering regrets about their relationship make him return home, only to find his father dead, seemingly murdered. When the case ends in a mistrial—after a key piece of evidence disappears—something doesn’t smell right to McGrath. So he puts his arsenal of skills to work to find out just how corrupt the legal system is. And to keep digging, he gets a job at the courthouse. But not as a lawyer or a clerk. . . .

Now McGrath is a janitor. The perfect cover, it gives him security clearance and access to the entire building. No one notices him, but he notices everyone. He notices when witnesses suddenly change their stories. When jury members reverse their votes during deliberation. When armies of corporate attorneys grind down their small-time adversaries with endless tactical shenanigans. While McGrath knows that nothing he discovers can undo his past wrongs or save his father, he finds his new calling brings him something else: the chance to right current wrongs and save others. And by doing so—just maybe—to redeem himself . . . if the powerful and corrupt don’t kill him first.

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Pretense by John Di Frances (RELIANCE BOOKS)

Description: PRETENSE, the first book of tHE IMBROGLIO TRILOGY, captures the rising wave of sentiment currently surging across Europe against increasing EU dominance and control.

Europe is plunged into a spiral of events threatening the future of the free world. A political thriller, PRETENSE weaves a compelling tale of conspiracy and suspense, personality and wit, which will keep you coming back for the Imbroglio Trilogy books THE BAIT! and REVELATIONS.

A dark cloud hangs over Europe after the brutal murders of two heads of state, just days apart. Growing civil unrest erupts across Europe threatening the stability of national governments.

Tasked with finding the criminals, Interpol’s Marek Frakas, also known as “The Wolf,” joins forces with top police investigators of several nations. This cadre includes the lovely Adrianna Bartoszek, a young forensic weapons expert who has no problem holding her own on the male-dominated team.

A tense game of ‘cat and mouse’ is soon underway as authorities move quickly to apprehend the three suspects. They track them from the Slovak Republic to Poland and on to Germany where another tragic event leads to more deaths. From there the story moves to the beautiful Greek island, Mykonos. Meanwhile, pressure mounts for the investigative team.

When dubious information repeatedly thwarts their efforts, one fact becomes obvious. Behind these assassinations lies a sinister plot which appears to stretch westward to the United States, implicating the CIA. But do the facts reflect reality or is there an unseen mastermind working behind the scenes to destabilize Europe and NATO?

As time begins to run out, Marek decides to trust his instincts and contact an old friend. As a result, help is offered from a most unlikely source. But frustration caused by past mistakes has planted seeds of distrust within the investigative team. They are at an impasse and differences must be resolved before moving forward.

More action follows and as though lost in a maze of mirrors, the investigative team is blindsided once again. Can they uncover the truth before it’s too late? There are still more twists to come and an explosive cliffhanger ending.

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Reviewers praise for PRETENSE:

“Exotic locales, posh accommodations, handsome men and gorgeous women engaged in dangerous, often lethal behavior—these are things that often lure readers to international thrillers. Add plots that twist, agendas that may not be what they seem, plus revelations that shock—and voila, the genre’s literary cake is baked! Fortunately, PRETENSE is loaded with all of the above… Authenticity and credibility shine. The author’s technical mastery of weaponry, organizations, and processes has the feel of a Tom Clancy deep dive. His depictions of haute hotels, photogenic scenery, and foreigners and foreign places put one in mind of Robert Ludlum’s world.”

Joe Kilgore, The US Review of Books

“PRETENSE is a riveting … finely written political thriller … crafted with red herrings that enhance the suspense and make for a delightful reading experience. The plot is cunningly done, with twists that no one will see coming and suspense permeating every moment of the story. The crispiness and clarity in prose combine with natural-sounding dialogues to create the drama that makes for a cinematic experience. I felt as though I was riding alongside the characters because they are just so real.”

Christian Sia, Readers' Favorite Book Review

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That Churchill Woman by Stephanie Barron (Ballantine Books)

Description: The Paris Wife meets PBS’s Victoria in this enthralling novel of the life and loves of one of history’s most remarkable women: Winston Churchill’s scandalous American mother, Jennie Jerome.

Wealthy, privileged, and fiercely independent New Yorker Jennie Jerome took Victorian England by storm when she landed on its shores. As Lady Randolph Churchill, she gave birth to a man who defined the twentieth century: her son Winston. But Jennie—reared in the luxury of Gilded Age Newport and the Paris of the Second Empire—lived an outrageously modern life all her own, filled with controversy, passion, tragedy, and triumph.

When the nineteen-year-old beauty agrees to marry the son of a duke she has known only three days, she’s instantly swept up in a whirlwind of British politics and the breathless social climbing of the Marlborough House Set, the reckless men who surround Bertie, Prince of Wales. Raised to think for herself and careless of English society rules, the new Lady Randolph Churchill quickly becomes a London sensation: adored by some, despised by others.

Artistically gifted and politically shrewd, she shapes her husband’s rise in Parliament and her young son’s difficult passage through boyhood. But as the family’s influence soars, scandals explode and tragedy befalls the Churchills. Jennie is inescapably drawn to the brilliant and seductive Count Charles Kinsky—diplomat, skilled horse-racer, deeply passionate lover. Their impossible affair only intensifies as Randolph Churchill’s sanity frays, and Jennie—a woman whose every move on the public stage is judged—must walk a tightrope between duty and desire. Forced to decide where her heart truly belongs, Jennie risks everything—even her son—and disrupts lives, including her own, on both sides of the Atlantic.

Breathing new life into Jennie’s legacy and the gilded world over which she reigned, That Churchill Woman paints a portrait of the difficult—and sometimes impossible—balance between love, freedom, and obligation, while capturing the spirit of an unforgettable woman, one who altered the course of history.

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The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred Year Old Man by Jonas Jonasson (William Morrow)

Description: The hysterical, clever, and unforgettable sequel to Jonas Jonasson’s international bestseller The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.

What's next for Allan Karlsson? Turns out this centenarian has a few more adventures in store . . .

It all begins with a hot air balloon trip and three bottles of champagne. Allan and Julius are ready for some spectacular views, but they’re not expecting to land in the sea and be rescued by a North Korean ship, and they could never have imagined that the captain of the ship would be harboring a suitcase full of contraband uranium, on a nuclear weapons mission for Kim Jong-un. Yikes!

Soon Allan and Julius are at the center of a complex diplomatic crisis involving world figures from the Swedish foreign minister to Angela Merkel and President Trump. Needless to say, things are about to get very, very complicated.

Another hilarious, witty, and entertaining novel from bestselling author Jonas Jonasson that will have readers howling out-loud at the escapades and misfortunes of its beloved hundred-year-old hero Allan Karlsson and his irresistible sidekick Julius.

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Trail of Crumbs by Lisa J. Lawrence (Orca Book Publishers)

Description: After moving into a dank and drafty basement suite in West Edmonton with her truck- driving father, nasty stepmother and taciturn twin brother, Ash, seventeen-year-old Greta doesn't have high expectations for her last year of high school. When she blacks out at a party and is told the next day that she's had sex, she thinks things can't get any worse. She's wrong.
While Greta deals with the confusion and shame of that night, her stepmother and father choose that moment to disappear, abandoning Ash and Greta to the mercy of their peculiar landlord, Elgin, who lives upstairs. Even as Greta struggles to make sense of what happened to her, she finds herself enjoying her new and very eccentric family, who provide the shelter and support that has long been absent from her life. Much to Greta's surprise, she realizes there is still kindness in the world—and hope.

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We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Ruffin (Random House)

Description: A bold, provocative debut for fans of Get Out and Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, about a father’s obsessive quest to protect his son—even if it means turning him white

“An incisive and necessary work of brilliant satire.”—Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist


“You can be beautiful, even more beautiful than before.” This is the seductive promise of Dr. Nzinga’s clinic, where anyone can get their lips thinned, their skin bleached, and their noses narrowed. A complete demelanization will liberate you from the confines of being born in a black body—if you can afford it.

In this near-future Southern city plagued by fenced-in ghettos and police violence, more and more residents are turning to this experimental medical procedure. Like any father, our narrator just wants the best for his son, Nigel, a biracial boy whose black birthmark is getting bigger by the day. The darker Nigel becomes, the more frightened his father feels. But how far will he go to protect his son? And will he destroy his family in the process?

This electrifying, hallucinatory novel is at once a keen satire of surviving racism in America and a profoundly moving family story. At its center is a father at war with himself who just wants his son to thrive in a broken world. A writer whose work evokes the crackling prose of Ralph Ellison and the dizzying menace of Franz Kafka, Maurice Carlos Ruffin is a ferociously talented new writer who fearlessly shines a light on the violence we inherit, and on the desperate things we do for the ones we love.

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A Light of Her Own by Carrie Callaghan (Amberjack Publishing)

Description: In Holland 1633, a woman’s ambition has no place.

Judith is a painter, dodging the law and whispers of murder to try to become the first woman admitted to the Haarlem painters guild. Maria is a Catholic in a country where the faith is banned, hoping to absolve her sins by recovering a lost saint’s relic.

Both women’s destinies will be shaped by their ambitions, running counter to the city’s most powerful men, whose own plans spell disaster. A vivid portrait of a remarkable artist, A Light of Her Own is a richly-woven story of grit against the backdrop of Rembrandt and an uncompromising religion.

Story behind the story . . .

The trail of Judith Leyster’s career was so faint that only years after her death in 1660, collectors began attributing her few surviving paintings to other artists. She signed her work with only a beautiful, stylized monogram. Credit went to Frans Hals, Jan Miense Molenaer, and others. She would remain lost to history until 1893.

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Almost Home by Valerie Fraser Luesse (Revell)

Description: With America's entrance into the Second World War, the town of Blackberry Springs, Alabama, has exploded virtually overnight. Workers from all over are coming south for jobs in Uncle Sam's munitions plants—and they're bringing their pasts with them, right into Dolly Chandler's grand but fading family home turned boardinghouse.

An estranged young couple from the Midwest, unemployed professors from Chicago, a widower from Mississippi, a shattered young veteran struggling to heal from the war—they're all hoping Dolly's house will help them find their way back to the lives they left behind. But the house has a past of its own.

When tragedy strikes, Dolly's only hope will be the circle of friends under her roof and their ability to discover the truth about what happened to a young bride who lived there a century before.

Award-winning and bestselling author Valerie Fraser Luesse breathes life into a cast of unforgettable characters in this complex and compassionate story of hurt and healing.

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Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Revell)

Description: Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.

Luke Schrock is a new and improved man after a stint in rehab, though everyone in Stoney Ridge only remembers the old Luke. They might have forgiven him, but nobody trusts him.

Amos and Fern Lapp allow Luke to live at Windmill Farm under two conditions. First, Luke must make a sincere apology to each person he's hurt—a four-page, single-spaced list. Second, he must ask each victim of mischief to describe the damage he caused.

Simple, Luke thinks. Offering apologies is easy. But discovering the lasting effects his careless actions have caused . . . that isn't so simple. It's gut-wrenching.

And his list keeps growing. Izzy Miller, beautiful and frustratingly aloof, also boards at Windmill Farm. Luke's clumsy efforts to befriend Izzy only insult and annoy her. Eager to impress, Luke sets out to prove himself to her by locating her mother. When he does, her identity sends shock waves through Stoney Ridge.

Bestselling and award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher returns to her beloved Stoney Ridge for this brand-new series featuring some of her readers' favorite characters.

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Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard (Revell)

Description: As a forensic genealogist, Willow Anderson is following in her late grandfather's footsteps in her quest for answers about a baby abducted from the hospital more than twenty years ago. The case may be cold, but things are about to heat up when someone makes an attempt on her life to keep her from discovering the truth.

Ex-FBI agent—and Willow's ex-flame—Austin McKade readily offers his help to protect the woman he never should have let get away. Together they'll follow where the clues lead them, even if it means Austin must face the past he's spent much of his life trying to forget. And even if it puts Willow's tender heart at risk.

In this fast-paced and emotional page-turner, bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard keeps the stakes high, the romantic tension sparking, and the outcome uncertain until the very end.

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Poplar Falls: The Death of Charlie Baker by Pierre C. Arseneault (Artemesia Publishing)

Description: The small city of Poplar Falls is abuzz with gossip after a body is found in a bachelor apartment. The body is tied to a four post bed with a pillow still on its face, an obvious victim of a bizarre murder. While Detectives Franklin Dodge and Roxanne Tilley investigate the strange circumstances surrounding the death of the promiscuous new guy in town named Charlie Baker, a client of the Magnolia Wellness and Rehabilitation Centre; new evidence also arises in an unsolved case. A case whose perpetrator the locals refer to as the Panty Bandit, the pilferer of women’s undergarments. With a long list of suspects for a murder and new developments in what they were considering a cold case, the biggest challenge they face is the race against the constant gossip being spread through town by the group who refer to themselves as the Naughty Knitters. With the help of these ladies, stories spread like wildfire as people debate which of Charlie Baker’s lovers is the one guilty of murder.

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Rattlesnake & Son by Jonathan Miller (Artemesia Publishing)

Description: His long-lost son was the last person Dan Shepard, the Rattlesnake Lawyer, expected to meet when he was ordered to be at the courthouse in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Poor fourteen-year old Marley might even be psychic. With his special abilities, Marley can help Dan take his local practice statewide. Rattlesnake & Son could be the next great New Mexico law firm.

Unfortunately, things go exceedingly wrong at school for Marley and he is charged with some very serious crimes. The Rattlesnake Lawyer now has to represent his son in his wildest trial yet. When he learns the truth about his son, Dan and Marley will have to face some extremely dangerous consequences.

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The Art of Escaping by Erin Callahan (Amberjack Publishing)

Description: Seventeen-year-old Mattie has a hidden obsession: escapology. Emphasis on hidden. If anyone from school finds out, she’ll be abandoned to her haters. Facing a long and lonely summer, Mattie finally seeks out Miyu, the reclusive daughter of a world-renowned escape artist. Following in Houdini’s footsteps, Miyu helps Mattie secretly transform herself into an escapologist and performance artist.

When Will, a popular athlete from school, discovers Mattie’s act at an underground venue, Mattie fears her secret persona will be exposed. Instead of outing her, though, Will tells Mattie a secret not even his girlfriend knows. Through a blossoming friendship, the two must find a way to express their authentic selves.

Told through the perspectives of the witty main characters, this funny and fresh debut explores the power of stage personas and secret spaces, and speaks to the uncanny ways in which friendships transform us.

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The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War by Jane Rosenberg LaForge (Amberjack Publishing)

Description: A great war, a great love, and the mythology that unites them; The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War is a lyrical adaptation of a beloved classic.

Set against the shattering events of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, at the tale’s heart are an American schoolteacher, dynamic and imaginative, and an Irish musician, homeless and hated. Both have survived bloodshed, poverty, and sickness to be thrown together in an English village. Together, they quietly hide from the world in a small cottage.

Too soon, reality shatters their serenity, and they must face the parochial community. Unbeknownst to all, a legend is in the making—one that will speak of courage and resilience amidst the forces that brought the couple together even as outside forces threaten to tear them apart.

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The Vegetable Museum by Michelle Mulder (Orca Book Publishers)

Description: Thirteen-year-old Chloë left her whole life back in Montreal, including her mom and her best friend. Now she's stuck in Victoria with her dad and her estranged grandfather, Uli, who recently had a stroke. With nothing else to do, Chloë agrees to help Uli look after his garden—maybe she can find out why he and her dad didn’t speak to each other for years.
While helping, Chloë discovers that for decades Uli has collected seeds from people in the community, distinct varieties that have been handed down through generations. The result is a garden full of unusual and endangered produce, from pink broccoli to blue kale to purple potatoes.
But Chloë learns that the garden will soon be destroyed to make way for a new apartment complex. And the seed collection is missing! Chloë must somehow find a way to save her grandfather's legacy.

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Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets by Feminista Jones (Beacon Press)

Description: A treatise of Black women’s transformative influence in media and society, placing them front and center in a new chapter of mainstream resistance and political engagement

In Reclaiming Our Space, social worker, activist, and cultural commentator Feminista Jones explores how Black women are changing culture, society, and the landscape of feminism by building digital communities and using social media as powerful platforms. As Jones reveals, some of the best-loved devices of our shared social media language are a result of Black women’s innovations, from well-known movement-building hashtags (#BlackLivesMatter, #SayHerName, and #BlackGirlMagic) to the now ubiquitous use of threaded tweets as a marketing and storytelling tool. For some, these online dialogues provide an introduction to the work of Black feminist icons like Angela Davis, Barbara Smith, bell hooks, and the women of the Combahee River Collective. For others, this discourse provides a platform for continuing their feminist activism and scholarship in a new, interactive way.

Complex conversations around race, class, and gender that have been happening behind the closed doors of academia for decades are now becoming part of the wider cultural vernacular—one pithy tweet at a time. With these important online conversations, not only are Black women influencing popular culture and creating sociopolitical movements; they are also galvanizing a new generation to learn and engage in Black feminist thought and theory, and inspiring change in communities around them.

Hard-hitting, intelligent, incisive, yet bursting with humor and pop-culture savvy, Reclaiming Our Space is a survey of Black feminism’s past, present, and future, and it explains why intersectional movement building will save us all.

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Revive Us Again: Vision and Action in Moral Organizing by Rev. Dr. William Barber II (Beacon Press)

Description: A collection of sermons and speeches that lay out a groundbreaking vision for intersectional organizing, paired with inspirational and practical essays from activists in today’s Poor People’s Campaign

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II has been called “the closest person we have to Martin Luther King Jr. in our midst” (Cornel West) and “one of the most gifted organizers and orators in the country today” (Ari Berman). In this age of political division and civic unrest, Rev. Barber’s message is more necessary than ever. This volume features Rev. Barber’s most stirring sermons and speeches, with response essays by prominent public intellectuals, activists, and faith leaders. Drawing from the history of social movements in the US, especially the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign, Rev. Barber and the contributors to this volume speak to the most pressing issues of our time, including Black Lives Matter, the fight for a $15 minimum wage, the struggle to protect voting rights, the march for women’s rights, and the movement to overcome poverty and unite the dispossessed across all dividing lines. Grounded in the fundamental biblical theme of poor and oppressed people taking action together, the book suggests ways to effectively build a fusion movement to make America fair and just for everyone.

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Success Through Diversity: Why The Most Inclusive Companies Will Win by Carol Fulp (Beacon Press)

Description: Explores how investing in a racially and ethnically diverse workforce will help make contemporary businesses more dynamic, powerful, and profitable

In our fast-changing demographic landscape, companies that proactively embrace diversity in all areas of their operations will be best poised to thrive. Renowned business leader and visionary Carol Fulp explores staffing trends in the US and provides a blueprint for what businesses must do to maintain their competitiveness and customer base, including hiring in new ways, aligning managers around diversity, providing new kinds of leadership development, and engaging employees to embrace differences. Using detailed case histories of corporate cultures such as the NFL, Eastern Bank, John Hancock, Hallmark Health, and PepsiCo, as well as her own experiences in the workplace and in advising companies on diversity practice, Fulp demonstrates how people of different races and ethnicities represent an essential asset to contemporary companies and organizations.

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Tri-Five Chevrolet Data and ID Guide: 1955, 1956, 1957 by Patrick Hill (CarTech Books)

Description: Apple Pie. Baseball. Tri-Five Chevys. The iconic three-year run of arguably the most recognizable body style of all time continues to resonate with enthusiasts more than 60 years after these cars were first created. What stands out to most fans besides the styling is the vast amount of configurations these cars were offered in. Stripped down (One-Fifty) or dolled up (Bel Air convertible), a Tri-Five could be ordered in as many as 21 different models in 1956.This extensive assortment of offerings make a book of this nature a must have for hobbyists. What interior color combos could be had in a Two-Ten Delray Club Coupe? Could you get fuel injection on a ’57 Nomad? How do I decipher my cowl tag? Author Patrick Hill addresses these questions fully to assist you in returning your Tri-Five back to its factory stock appearance. Full of codes, charts, parts numbers, and facts, this book will be a resource for decades to come.With the Tri-Five Chevrolet Data and ID Guide: 1955, 1956, 1957, you will have a book capable of fitting in your back pocket that has so much information you will feel as though you were a salesperson at a Chevy dealership in the mid 1950s.

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When I Spoke in Tongues: A Story of Faith and Its Loss by Jessica Wilbanks (Beacon Press)

Description: A memoir of the profound destabilization that comes from losing one’s faith—and a young woman’s journey to reconcile her lack of belief with her love for her deeply religious family.

Growing up in poverty in the rural backwoods of southern Maryland, Jessica Wilbanks and her family built their lives around the Pentecostal church. At sixteen, though, driven by a desire to discover the world, Jessica walked away from the church, trading her faith for freedom and driving a wedge between her and her deeply religious family.

But fundamentalist faiths haunt their adherents long after belief fades; former believers frequently live in limbo, straddling two worldviews and trying to reconcile their past and present. Ten years after leaving home, struggling with guilt and shame, Jessica began a quest to recover her faith. It led her to West Africa, where she explored the Yorùbán roots of the Pentecostal religion and was once again swept up by the promises and power of the church. After a terrifying car crash, Jessica finally began the difficult work of forgiving herself for leaving the church and her family and for finding her own path.

When I Spoke in Tongues is a story of the painful and complicated process of losing one’s faith and moving across class divides. And in the end, it’s a story of how a family splintered by dogmatic faith can eventually be knit together again through love.

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When One Religion Isn’t Enough: The Lives of Spiritually Fluid People by Duane R. Bidwell (Beacon Press)

Description: An exploration into the lives of people who embrace two or more religious traditions, and what this growing community tells us about change in our society

In the United States, we often assume religious and spiritual identity are pure, static, and singular. But some people regularly cross religious boundaries. These “spiritually fluid” people celebrate complex religious bonds, and in the process they blur social categories, evoke prejudice, and complicate religious communities. Their presence sparks questions: How and why do people become spiritually fluid? Are they just confused or unable to commit? How do we make sense of them?

When One Religion Isn’t Enough explores the lives of spiritually fluid people, revealing that while some chose multiple religious belonging, many more inherit it. For many North Americans, the complicated legacies of colonialism are part of their family story, and they may consider themselves both Christian and Hindu, or Buddhist, or Yoruban, or one of the many other religions native to colonized lands.

For some Asian Americans, singular religious identity may seem an alien concept, as many East Asian nations freely mix Buddhist, Confucian, Taoist, and other traditions. Some African American Christians are consciously seeking to reconnect with ancestral spiritualities. And still other people are born into religiously mixed families. Jewish-Christian intermarriage led the way in the US, but religious diversity here is only increasing: almost four in ten Americans (39 percent) who have married since 2010 have a spouse who is in a different religious group.

Through in-depth conversations with spiritually fluid people, renowned scholar Duane Bidwell explores how people come to claim and be claimed by multiple religious traditions, how spiritually fluid people engage radically opposed truth claims, and what this growing population tells us about change within our communities.

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A Dreadful Fairy Book by Jon Etter (Amberjack Publishing)

Description: Readers, beware: what you hold in your hands is a dreadful fairy book.

I wish I were narrating almost any other fairy story, but alas, this is my lot. Whatever expectations you have of delightful and whimsical fairies are sure to be disappointed. There are certainly fairies, but most are not proper fairies. Some who are supposed to be nasty are disappointingly nice, while some who should be kind and helpful are disconcertingly surly, dishonest, and generally unpleasant company.

Our heroine is, perhaps, the worst offender—a sprite more interested in books than carefree games, who insists on being called Shade. She is on a quest, albeit with rather questionable companions, to find a place her outré self can call home. A place of companionship, comfort, and, most importantly, positively filled with books.

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A Weekend in New York by Benjamin Markovits (Faber & Faber USA)

Description: "Ben Markovits' writing makes the ordinary unforgettable."—Richard Eder, New York Times

"A book to be savored … for its granular evocation of family life … Hugely enjoyable."—Observer


Paul Essinger is a mid-ranking tennis professional on the ATP tour. His girlfriend Dana is an ex-model and photographer, and the mother of their two-year-old son, Cal. Together they form a tableau of the contented upper-middle-class New York family. But summer storms are blowing through Manhattan, and Paul's parents have come to stay in the build-up to the US Open. Over the course of the weekend, several generations of domestic tension are brought to boiling point . . .

What does it mean to be a family? To be an individual? And how do we deal with the responsibilities these roles impose upon us? A Weekend In New York intertwines the politics of the household and the state to forge a luminous national portrait on a deceptively local scale. Recalling some of America's most celebrated novelists - this is John Updike's Rabbit for a new generation - Benjamin Markovits' writing reminds us of the heights that social realism can reach.

Tolstoy claimed: "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way". But what if the happy families are actually the most unusual of all?

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Among the Lost by Emiliano Monge (Scribe Publications)

Description: Deep in the jungle, in the dead of night, pitiless spotlights flicker on to expose a group of migrants who have risked their lives for the chance to reach an America that exists only in their dreams.

The fates of these men, women, and children are in the hands of human traffickers Estela and Epitafio, who lead them on a savage and harrowing crossing through hostile territory that is as beautiful as it is lethal.

None of them will make it to El Paraíso alive.

Among the Lost is a timely novel about the defining issue of the 21st century: illegal immigration. Modeled in part on Dante’s Divine Comedy, and interspersed with the true voices of Mexican migrants, it invites its reader to ‘abandon all hope’ and step through the gate.

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Bellini and the Sphinx by Tony Bellotto (Akashic Books)

Description: The highly entertaining debut crime-fiction novel from Brazilian music icon and best-selling author Bellotto is finally published in English.

Who is the missing dancer Ana Cíntia Lopes? Why did her coworkers, Camila and Dinéia, disappear? What does the voluptuous prostitute Fatima want? Who killed renowned surgeon Dr. Samuel Rafidjian? And what is the role of the hulking live-sex performer known as the Indian?

To confront the puzzle of several sphinxes, most of them female, private detective Remo Bellini plunges into the underworld of São Paulo. Little by little, the mysteries unravel in a surprising fashion, until the solving of the final enigma leaves Bellini perplexed, with a bitter taste in his mouth.

Translated from Brazilian Portuguese into English by Clifford E. Landers.

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Bruno's Hat by Canizales (Flyaway Books)

Description: Told from the point of view of Bruno’s best friend, Peter, this insightful children’s book explores bullying—especially the choices children face in defending others who are bullied. Readers will see Peter’s struggle to overcome his own fear of being bullied as he learns how to help a friend. Bruno’s Hat features a variety of animal characters and colorful, lively illustrations.

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Earth Logic by Laurie J. Marks (Small Beer Press)

Description: A thought-provoking sometimes heartbreaking novel which absorbingly examines the dynamics and power shifts between oppressed and oppressor.
Elemental Logic: Book 2
Spectrum Award winner
The second book of Shaftal. The country has a ruler again, Karis, a woman who can heal the war-torn land and expel the invaders. But she lives in obscurity with her fractious found family. With war and disease spreading, Karis must act. And when Karis acts, the very stones of the earth sit up and take notice.

“With this follow-up to Fire Logic, Marks produces another stunner of a book. The powerful but subtle writing glows with intelligence, and the passionate, fierce, articulate, strong, and vital characters are among the most memorable in contemporary fantasy, though not for the faint of heart. Definitely for the thinking reader.”
Booklist (starred review)
“The sequel to Fire Logic continues the tale of a woman born to magic and destined to rule. Vivid descriptions and a well-thought-out system of magic.”
Library Journal
“Twenty years after the invading Sainnites won the Battle of Lilterwess, the struggle for the world of Shaftal is far from finished in Marks’s stirring, intricately detailed sequel to Fire Logic. . . . Full of love and humor as well as war and intrigue, this well-crafted epic fantasy will delight existing fans as surely as it will win new ones.”
Publishers Weekly
“Rich and affecting. . . . A thought-provoking and sometimes heartbreaking political novel.”
BookPage
“Intelligent, splendidly visualized, and beautifully written. Laurie Marks’s use of language is really tremendous.”
—Paula Volsky
“A dense and layered book filled with complex people facing impossible choices. Crammed with unconventional families, conflicted soldiers, amnesiac storytellers, and practical gods, the story also finds time for magical myths of origin and moments of warm, quiet humor. Against a bitter backdrop of war and winter, Marks offers hope in the form of various triumphs: of fellowship over chaos, the future over the past, and love over death.”
—Sharon Shinn
“A powerful and hopeful story where the peacemakers are as heroic as the warriors; where there is magic in good food and flower bulbs; and where the most powerful weapon of all is a printing press.”
—Naomi Kritzer
Earth Logic is not a book of large battles and heart-stopping chases; rather, it’s more gradual and contemplative and inexorable, like the earth bloods who people it. It’s a novel of the everyday folk who are often ignored in fantasy novels, the farmers and cooks and healers. In this novel, the everyday lives side by side with the extraordinary, and sometimes within it; Karis herself embodies the power of ordinary, mundane methods to change the world.”
SF Revu
“It is an ambitious thing to do, in this time of enemies and hatreds, to suggest that a conflict can be resolved by peaceable means. Laurie Marks believes that it can be done, and she relies relatively little on magic to make it work.”
—Cheryl Morgan, Emerald City
Cover art by Kathleen Jennings.
Laurie J. Marks's Elemental Logic novels (Fire Logic, Earth Logic, and Water Logic) received multiple starred reviews and the first two both won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award. Marks's fourth Elemental Logic novel, Air Logic will be published in June 2019. She lives in Massachusetts and teaches at the University of Massachusetts.

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Enlightenment by Reno Ursal (Pacific Boulevard Books)

Description: When Dorothy Dizon meets the mysterious Adrian Rosario and his alluring knowledge of Filipino history, her life takes an unchartered detour. Dorothy’s family mysteries are connected to the forgotten history of the Philippines and Adrian must hide this truth to keep her safe from enemies of his beloved secret society.

Together, they experience a paranormal journey that brings them to the brink of a new enlightenment.

Enlightenment, Book One of The Bathala Series explores the forgotten history of the Philippines through first-person perspectives of Filipino characters who live on the opposite sides of reality.

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Everything Grows by Aimee Herman (Three Rooms Press)

Description: Fifteen-year-old Eleanor Fromme just chopped off all of her hair. How else should she cope after hearing that her bully, James, has committed suicide? When Eleanor’s English teacher suggests students write letters they’ll never send, Eleanor writers to James. With each letter she writes, Eleanor discovers more about herself, even while trying to make sense of his death. And, with the help of a unique cast of characters, Eleanor not only learns what it means to be inside a body that does not quite match what she feels on the inside, but also comes to terms with her own mother’s mental illness.

Told through a series of letters and set against a 1993-era backdrop of grunge rock and riot grrl bands, EVERYTHING GROWS, by Aimee Herman, depicts Eleanor’s extraordinary journey to solve the mystery within her and feel complete. Along the way, she loses and gains friends, rebuilds relationships with her family, and develops a system of support to help figure out the language of her queer identity. Through author Aimee Herman’s exceptional storytelling, EVERYTHING GROWS reveals the value of finding community or creating it when it falls apart, while exploring the importance of forgiveness, acceptance, and learning how to survive on your own terms.

About the Author
AIMEE HERMAN is the author of two poetry collections, to go without blinking (BlazeOVX books) and meant to wake up feeling (great weather for MEDIA). As a poet, musician, and performance artist, Herman uses her work to disembowel the architecture of gender and what it means to queer the body. Nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize-nominated, Herman’s writing has been widely published in the U.S. and internationally in literary journals including Lavender Review, EDUCE, Sous Les Pave, and the Lambda Award-winning anthology Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books). Aimee has taught at various universities and colleges included: CUNY Grad Center, St. John’s University (Queens), Malloy College (Long Island), Stoneybrook University (Long Island), City College of New York, and Metro State (CO). She lives in Brooklyn.

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Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo (Candlewick Press)

Description: More trouble at school and at home — and the discovery of a missive from her late soldier sister — send Angie and a long-ago friend on an RV road trip across Ohio.

Sophomore year has just begun, and Angie is miserable. Her girlfriend, KC, has moved away; her good friend, Jake, is keeping his distance; and the resident bully has ramped up an increasingly vicious and targeted campaign to humiliate her. An over-the-top statue dedication planned for her sister, who died in Iraq, is almost too much to bear, and it doesn't help that her mother has placed a symbolic empty urn on their mantel. At the ceremony, a soldier hands Angie a final letter from her sister, including a list of places she wanted the two of them to visit when she got home from the war. With her mother threatening to send Angie to a “treatment center” and the situation at school becoming violent, Angie enlists the help of her estranged childhood friend, Jamboree. Along with a few other outsiders, they pack into an RV and head across the state on the road trip Angie's sister did not live to take. It might be just what Angie needs to find a way to let her sister go, and find herself in the process.

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Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks (Small Beer Press)

Description: An occupying army, cut off from their homeland, has to make peace with those they have brutally suppressed.

Elemental Logic: Book 1
Spectrum Award winner
Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award nominee
The martial Sainnites have occupied Shaftal for fifteen years. Every year the cost of resistance rises. Emil, an officer and scholar; Zanja, a diplomat and last survivor of her people; and Karis, a metalsmith, half-blood giant, and an addict, can only watch as their country falls into lawlessness and famine. Together, perhaps they can change the course of history.

"Marks has created a work filled with an intelligence that zings off the page."—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“A deftly painted story of both cultures and magics in conflict. Marks avoids the black-and-white conflicts of generic fantasy to offer a window on a complex world of unique cultures and elemental magic.”
—Robin Hobb
"Marks is an absolute master of fantasy in this book. Her characters are beautifully drawn, showing tremendous emotional depth and strength as they endure the unendurable and strive always to do the right thing, and her unusual use of the elemental forces central to her characters’ lives gives the book a big boost. This is read-it-straight-through adventure!”—Booklist (Starred Review)
“Like real life, it is all about shades of gray. . . . an immensely political and unflinchingly optimistic novel. Differences are celebrated as often as scorned, and love can be found even with an enemy without the costs that might be expected in our world. Fire Logic questions both the real magic behind faith and the self-selective blindness involved in following a leader: religious, military or political. Characters and story come together effortlessly even as Marks refuses to shy away from complex issues of self-determination, ownership and multicultural coexistence.”—BookPage
“A deep and intriguing read.” – BookSense Daily Pick
“Contained in Fire Logic are some of the most sensual and tender sexual encounters ever captured on paper. She perfectly portrays the timidity, the lust, the uncertainty, of that first connection and the exultation of discovery. The emotion, so raw and vulnerable, is arresting and humbling.” – ME Reviews
“A cast of memorable characters whose lives, loves, and sacrifices combine to imbue faith in a shattered land.”
Library Journal
"Marks vividly describes a war-torn land, and the depth of character development makes this novel a page-turner."
VOYA
“Cuts deliciously through the mind to the heart with the delicacy, strength, beauty, and surgical precision of the layered Damascus steel blade that provides one of the book’s central images.”
—Candas Jane Dorsey
“Laurie Marks brings skill, passion, and wisdom to her new novel. Entertaining and engaging—an excellent read!”
—Kate Elliott
“This is a treat: a strong, fast-paced tale of war and politics in a fantasy world where magic based on the four elements of alchemy not only works but powerfully affects the lives of those it touches. An unusual, exciting read.”
—Suzy McKee Charnas
“A glorious cast of powerful, compelling, and appealingly vulnerable characters struggling to do the right thing in a world gone horribly wrong. I couldn’t put this down until I’d read it to the end. Marks truly understands the complex forces of power, desire, and obligation.”
—Nalo Hopkinson
“Most intriguingly, about two-thirds of the way into the book, the low-key magical facets of her characters’ elemental magics rise away from simply being fancy “weapons” and evoke—for both the readers and the characters—that elusive sense of wonder.”
—Charles de Lint, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
“An exquisite novel of quiet charm. Fire Logic is a tale of war and magic, of duty, love and betrayal, of despair encompassed by hope.”
SF Site
Cover art by Kathleen Jennings.
Laurie J. Marks's Elemental Logic novels (Fire Logic, Earth Logic, and Water Logic) received multiple starred reviews and the first two both won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award. Marks's fourth and final Elemental Logic novel, Air Logic will be published in June 2019. She lives in Massachusetts and teaches at the University of Massachusetts.

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Isle of You by David LaRochelle (Candlewick Press)

Description: A deep breath and a little imagination are key in this gentle, beautifully illustrated story that will inspire little ones to lift their own spirits — and remember that they are loved.

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Make It Right by Ron Yates (The Ardent Writer Press)

Description: "Secrets involving death and shame have a way of rising up in your throat, and for a moment I felt like I might throw up. I fought it, though, and began to feel better when I saw the round barn looming on my right, growing larger as we approached. ... The way it tugged at me felt even stronger than before, and I knew the time would sooner or later come when me and Shane would go inside." - from Make It Right, the novella by Ron Yates.The characters in these stories are defined by bad choices that reverberate, resulting in multigenerational damage. Realistic landscapes are strewn with wreckage. Each story - through people, places, and conflicts we recognize - asks, how can this mess be fixed? Readers will want to dig for answers, and those who look for rays of hope will find them. They are the ones who can eventually Make It Right.

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Mina vs. the Monsoon by Rukhsanna Guidroz (Yali Books)

Description: A Kirkus Best Picture Book of 2018

Mina loves to play soccer all year round. Nothing comes close to it. But when the monsoon arrives, Mina is stuck indoors and she can't help feeling restless and bored. Her ammi doesn't understand. The doodhwalla doesn't understand. That's when Mina decides she'll find ways of chasing away the clouds herself. In doing so, she makes an unexpected discovery. Soccer will never be the same again for Mina!

In a charming story that any kid who loves a sport will relate to, soccer-mad Mina tries just about any trick to stop the monsoon clouds from raining on her game. In doing so, she shows us glimpses of her life in a village in eastern India, highlighting the important role played by monsoon rains in this part of the world. The heart of the story, however, is the bond forged between a mother and her daughter on a gray, gloomy day.

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Nirvana Is Here by Aaron Hamburger (Three Rooms Press)

Description: Have you ever searched for your high school crush online?Two decades after they first met, Medieval Historian Ari Silverman is reconnecting with his high school obsession Justin Jackson, now happily married to a woman and the first African-American CEO of a successful dating website. While preparing to see Justin again, Ari recalls his relationship with him in the segregated suburbs of Detroit during the early 1990s and the secrets they still share. At the same time, he’s also grappling with the fate of his ex-husband, a colleague accused of sexually harassing a student.

In Aaron Hamburger’s NIRVANA IS HERE, two tales converge as Ari comes to a fateful decision about his past and present, his life and his inner character. Framed by the meteoric rise and fall of the band Nirvana and the #metoo movement, NIRVANA IS HERE touches on issues of identity, race, sex, and family with both poignancy and unexpected humor, with the sensuality and haunting nostalgia of Andre Aciman’s Call Me By Your Name with the raw emotion of Kurt Cobain’s songwriting.

About the Author
AARON HAMBURGER is the author of a story collection titled The View from Stalin’s Head (Random House), winner of the Rome Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and nominee for a Violet Quill Award. His second book, the novel Faith for Beginners (Random House), was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, O, the Oprah Magazine, Details, The Village Voice, Poets & Writers, Tin House, Out, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Forward, and numerous other publications. In addition, he has also won fellowships from Yaddo, Djerassi, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and the Edward F. Albee Foundation as well as first prize in the Dornstein Contest for Young Jewish Writers. He has taught creative writing at Columbia University, the George Washington University, New York University, Brooklyn College, and the Stonecoast MFA Program. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.

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Princess Bari by Sok-Yong Hwang (Scribe Publications)

Description: Princess Bari tells the story of a young girl, frail and brave, who escapes from famine and death in North Korea in the 1990s. Seeking refuge in China before crossing oceans in the hold of a cargo ship, she disembarks in London, with its bewildering mix of cultures, religions, and languages.

In this foreign city, Bari finds work as a masseuse—but she doesn’t just heal the body, she also comforts souls, having learnt from her beloved grandmother to read the pain and nightmares of others. Alone and in a strange land, Bari will have to fight, through pain and deepening sadness, to find love and the will to stay alive.

With Princess Bari, Hwang Sok-yong entwines an old Korean myth, which tells of an abandoned princess traveling to the ends of the earth to find the elixir of life that will bring peace to the souls of the dead, with the ethereal and haunting backdrop of the modern world.

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Saving Miss Oliver's by Stephen Davenport (WestWinds Press)

Description: The fate of the beloved school is hanging in the balance...

The prestigious boarding school Miss Oliver’s School for Girls is on the cusp of going under. The trustees just fired the headmistress of the last thirty-five years, and the alumnae and students are angry and determined to hate her successor, the new—and male—head Fred Kindler. If only he can gain the support of the legendary senior teacher Francis Plummer, then Fred might have a fighting chance to save the school; but no one except Francis’s wife and the school librarian, Peggy, is willing to give Fred a chance.

With Fred’s career on the line and the Plummers’ marriage at stake, will Miss Oliver’s survive to be the school it once was?

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Such a Perfect Wife by Kate White (Harper Perennial)

Description: Shannon Blaine was blonde, green-eyed, strikingly pretty and just a couple weeks from her 34th birthday. A wife and mother of two, she went missing one morning in late September, after going for a jog in her neighborhood of Lake George, New York.

Shock runs through the Lake George community and Shannon’s sister organizes search parties with the police, everyone hoping they aren’t too late but fearing the worst. Bailey Weggins, now working for the online magazine Crimebeat, is on assignment covering Shannon’s disappearance. It’s a small town and she figures the person responsible must be someone close to Shannon: the distraught husband, her somewhat bitter sister, a creepy hotel owner who watched her run each morning, the priest who is evasive to her questioning.

However, this missing person case becomes deadly after an anonymous caller gets in touch with Bailey giving her the cryptic clue that Shannon was a “good Catholic girl.”

When another reporter who is similarly following the Shannon Blaine story is murdered, the case becomes a race against time: Bailey knows she’s close and is desperate to track down the serial killer before he strikes again. The killer is closer to the action then Bailey or anyone else might suspect.

Packed with twists you won’t see coming and the signature wit found in the Bailey Weggins series, Such a Perfect Wife is as addictive as it is thrilling to read.

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Summer of '69 by Todd Strasser (Candlewick Press)

Description: Drawing from his teenage years, Todd Strasser’s novel revisits a tumultuous era and takes readers on a psychedelically tinged trip of a lifetime.

With his girlfriend, Robin, away in Canada, eighteen-year-old Lucas Baker’s only plans for the summer are to mellow out with his friends, smoke weed, drop a tab or two, and head out in his microbus for a three-day happening called the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. But life veers dramatically off track when he suddenly finds himself in danger of being drafted and sent to fight in Vietnam. If that isn’t heavy enough, there’s also the free-loving (and undeniably alluring) Tinsley, who seems determined to test Lucas’s resolve to stay faithful to Robin; a frighteningly bad trip at a Led Zeppelin concert; a run-in with an angry motorcycle gang; parents who appear headed for a divorce; and a friend on the front lines in ’Nam who’s in mortal danger of not making it back. As the pressures grow, it’s not long before Lucas finds himself knocked so far down, it’s starting to look like up to him. When tuning in, turning on, and dropping out is no longer enough, what else is there?

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Tacoma Stories by Richard Wiley (Bellevue Literary Press)

Description: The lives of sixteen people who once gathered in a City of Destiny bar in 1968 unfold over sixty years.

“ Think Sherwood Anderson inhabiting Raymond Carver’s Northwest and you’ll have a clear picture of Wiley’s accomplishment.” —Bob Shacochis, author of Easy in the Islands and The Woman Who Lost Her Soul

On St. Patrick’s Day in 1968, sixteen people sit in Pat’s Tavern, drink green beer, flirt, rib each other, and eventually go home in (mostly) different directions. In the stories that follow, which span 1958 to the present, Richard Wiley pops back into the lives of this colorful cast of characters—sometimes into their pasts, sometimes into their futures—and explores the ways in which their individual narratives indelibly weave together. At the heart of it all lies Tacoma, Washington, a town full of eccentricities and citizens as unique as they are universal. The Tacoma of Tacoma Stories might be harboring paranoid former CIA operatives and wax replicas of dead husbands, but it is also a place with all the joys and pains one could find in any town, anytime and anywhere.

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The Iliad by Gareth Hinds (Candlewick Press)

Description: In a companion volume to his award-winning adaptation of The Odyssey, the incomparable graphic novelist Gareth Hinds masterfully adapts Homer’s classic wartime epic.

More than three thousand years ago, two armies faced each other in an epic battle that rewrote history and came to be known as the Trojan War. The Iliad, Homer's legendary account of this nine-year ordeal, is considered the greatest war story of all time and one of the most important works of Western literature. In this stunning graphic novel adaptation — a thoroughly researched and artfully rendered masterwork — renowned illustrator Gareth Hinds captures all the grim glory of Homer's epic. Dynamic illustrations take readers directly to the plains of Troy, into the battle itself, and lay bare the complex emotions of the men, women, and gods whose struggles fueled the war and determined its outcome. This companion volume to Hinds’s award-winning adaptation of The Odyssey features notes, maps, a cast of characters, and other tools to help readers understand all the action and drama of Homer's epic.

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Tinkers: 10th Anniversary Edition by Paul Harding (Bellevue Literary Press)

Description: Special edition of Paul Harding’s Pulitzer Prize–winning debut novel—featuring a new foreword by Marilynne Robinson and book club extras inside

In this deluxe tenth anniversary edition, Marilynne Robinson introduces the beautiful novel Tinkers, which begins with an old man who lies dying. As time collapses into memory, he travels deep into his past, where he is reunited with his father and relives the wonder and pain of his impoverished New England youth. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, Tinkers is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature.

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Trust Exercise by Susan Choi (Henry Holt and Company)

Description: Pulitzer Finalist Susan Choi's narrative-upending novel about what happens when a first love between high school students is interrupted by the attentions of a charismatic teacher.

In 1982 in a southern city, David and Sarah, two freshmen at a highly competitive performing arts high school, thrive alongside their school peers in a rarified bubble, ambitiously devoting themselves to their studies—to music, to movement, to Shakespeare and, particularly, to classes taught by the magnetic acting teacher Mr. Kingsley. It is here in these halls that David and Sarah fall innocently and powerfully into first love. And also where, as this class of students rises through the ranks of high school, the outside world of family life and economic status, of academic pressure and the future, does not affect them—until it does—in a sudden spiral of events that brings a startling close to the first part of this novel.

In the book’s second part, the reader immediately and surprisingly learns that what we understood to have happened thus far in the story is not completely true, though it’s not entirely false either. The plot thickens and speeds up and tightens, until, with a stunning coda, the author reveals a final piece of the puzzle that makes this novel shock and resonate long after the final sentence.

As captivating and tender as it is brilliantly surprising, Trust Exercise will not only incite heated conversations about fiction and truth, about friendships and loyalties, but also leave readers with wise impressions about the capacities of adolescents and the powers and responsibilities of adults.

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Where the Heart Is by Jo Knowles (Candlewick Press)

Description: If home is where the heart is, what would happen if you lost it? Compassion and humor infuse the story of a family caught in financial crisis and a girl struggling to form her own identity.

It’s the first day of summer and Rachel's thirteenth birthday. She can't wait to head to the lake with her best friend, Micah. But as summer unfolds, every day seems to get more complicated. Her “fun” new job taking care of the neighbors’ farm animals quickly becomes a challenge, whether she’s being pecked by chickens or having to dodge a charging pig at feeding time. At home, her parents are more worried about money than usual, and their arguments over bills intensify. Fortunately, Rachel can count on Micah to help her cope with all the stress. But Micah seems to want their relationship to go beyond friendship, and though Rachel almost wishes for that, too, she can’t force herself to feel “that way” about him. In fact, she isn’t sure she can feel that way about any boy — or what that means. With all the heart of her award-winning novel See You At Harry's, Jo Knowles brings us the story of a girl who must discover where her heart is and what that means for her future.

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Who Is My Neighbor? by Amy-Jill Levine & Sandy Eisenberg Sasso (Flyaway Books)

Description: Blues and Yellows just don't mix, and that's how it's always been. No one remembers why. But then comes the day Midnight Blue takes a tumble along the road. His friends Navy and Powder Blue don't even stop to help! It's only when a Yellow comes along that everything changes—forever.

This creative story is sure to prompt rich conversations, encouraging new ways of seeing our neighbors and ourselves. A note for parents and educators is included.

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Zuleikha by Guzel Yakhina (Oneworld Publications)

Description: The year is 1930. In a small Tatar village, a woman named Zuleikha watches as her husband is murdered by communists. Zuleikha herself is sent into exile, enduring a horrendous train journey to a remote spot on the Angara River in Siberia. Conditions in the camp are tough, and many of her group do not survive the first difficult winter. As she gets to know her companions - including a rather dotty doctor, an artist who paints on the sly, and Ignatov, her husband's killer - Zuleikha begins to build a new life that is far removed from the one she left behind.

Guzel Yakhina's outstanding debut has been showered with prizes and is capturing the hearts of readers all over the world.

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Dreaming in Code: Ada Byron Lovelace, Computer Pioneer by Emily Arnold McCully (Candlewick Press)

Description: This illuminating biography reveals how the daughter of Lord Byron, Britain’s most infamous Romantic poet, became the world’s first computer programmer.

Even by 1800s standards, Ada Byron Lovelace had an unusual upbringing. Her strict mother worked hard at cultivating her own role as the long-suffering ex-wife of bad-boy poet Lord Byron while raising Ada in isolation. Tutored by the brightest minds, Ada developed a hunger for mental puzzles, mathematical conundrums, and scientific discovery that kept pace with the breathtaking advances of the industrial and social revolutions taking place in Europe. At seventeen, Ada met eccentric inventor Charles Babbage, a kindred spirit. Their ensuing collaborations resulted in ideas and concepts that presaged computer programming by almost two hundred years, and Ada Lovelace is now recognized as a pioneer and prophet of the information age. Award-winning author Emily Arnold McCully opens the window on a peculiar and singular intellect, shaped — and hampered — by history, social norms, and family dysfunction. The result is a portrait that is at once remarkable and fascinating, tragic and triumphant.

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Hotbox: Inside Catering, the Food World's Riskiest Business by Matt Lee and Ted Lee (Henry Holt and Company)

Description: Matt Lee and Ted Lee take on the competitive, wild world of high-end catering, exposing the secrets of a food business few home cooks or restaurant chefs ever experience.

Hotbox reveals the real-life drama behind cavernous event spaces and soaring white tents, where cooking conditions have more in common with a mobile army hospital than a restaurant. Known for their modern take on Southern cooking, the Lee brothers steeped themselves in the catering business for four years, learning the culture from the inside-out. It’s a realm where you find eccentric characters, working in extreme conditions, who must produce magical events and instantly adapt when, for instance, the host’s toast runs a half-hour too long, a hail storm erupts, or a rolling rack of hundreds of ice cream desserts goes wheels-up.

Whether they’re dashing through black-tie fundraisers, celebrity-spotting at a Hamptons cookout, or following a silverware crew at 3:00 a.m. in a warehouse in New Jersey, the Lee brothers guide you on a romp from the inner circle—the elite team of chefs using little more than their wits and Sterno to turn out lamb shanks for eight hundred—to the outer reaches of the industries that facilitate the most dazzling galas. You’ll never attend a party—or entertain on your own—in the same way after reading this book.

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How to Be a Patient by Sana Goldberg (Harper Perennial)

Description: Let’s face it: nobody likes going to the doctor. It can be uncomfortable, nerve wracking, expensive—and that’s just for routine care. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

At once a quick-reference pocket guide and a lifelong framework for approaching your health, How to Be a Patient empowers readers at all ages to take charge of their own wellbeing. It’s a little book of advocacy—a simple guide to getting what you need from healthcare interactions.

Registered nurse and outspoken public health advocate Sana Goldberg is on a mission to show patients how to take charge of their wellbeing. Warm and trustworthy, her advice is as expert as it is easy-to-understand. From routine care, to when it’s an emergency, to how to navigate your hospital stay, Goldberg walks readers through common questions such as:

If I’m healthy, do I need an annual physical?
My loved one is in the hospital, but I can’t reach the attending physician for an update. What can I do?
Is this a viral or bacterial infection, and why does that matter?
What’s the difference between a brand name generic prescription drug?
Am I being overcharged for a procedure?

Including glossaries of medical jargon, common diagnoses, and medical tests, and helpful appendices to help patients track their medical history, prescriptions, and more, How to Be a Patient is as practical as it is wise.

A must-have book for anyone invested in their long-term health How to Be a Patient is the ultimate guide to getting the most out of your healthcare.

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I Am Yours: A Shared Memoir by Reema Zaman (Amberjack Publishing)

Description: I Am Yours is the story of Reema Zaman’s unwavering fight to protect and free her voice from those who have sought to silence her. Beginning in Bangladesh and moving to Thailand, New York, and finally, Oregon, Zaman explores her struggles with racism, misogyny, emotional abuse, and anorexia in incisive, poetic prose.

I Am Yours is the first English-language memoir written by a woman from Bangladesh that so powerfully explores the intersection of personal and political. Now more than ever, Zaman's story of resilience and radical self-love is a call to action for each of us to reclaim our own vitally powerful voice. To speak is a revolution.

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Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die: How the Allies Won on D-Day by Giles Milton (Henry Holt and Company)

Description: Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die: How the Allies Won on D-Day is a ground-breaking gripping account of the first 24 hours of the D-Day invasion told by a symphony of incredible accounts of unknown and unheralded members of the Allied – and Axis – forces by one of the world’s most lively historians, Giles Milton.

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Thinking Like a Geographer: Lessons That Develop Habits of Mind and Thinking Skills... by Rebecca M. Burley (Prufrock Press)

Description: Thinking Like a Geographer focuses on high-interest, career-related topics in the elementary curriculum related to geography. Students will explore interdisciplinary content, foster creativity, and develop higher order thinking skills with activities aligned to relevant content area standards. Students will develop and practice geography skills, such as reading and creating maps, graphs, and charts; examining primary and secondary sources; and thinking spatially on a variety of scales. Thinking Like a Geographer reflects key emphases of curricula from the Center for Gifted Education at William & Mary, including the development of process skills in various content areas and the enhancement of discipline-specific thinking and habits of mind through hands-on activities.

Grade 2

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Thinking Like a Mathematician: Lessons That Develop Habits of Mind and Thinking Skills... by Mary-Lyons Walk Hanks (Prufrock Press)

Description: Thinking Like a Mathematician focuses on high-interest, career-related topics in the elementary curriculum related to mathematics. Students will explore interdisciplinary content, foster creativity, and develop higher order thinking skills with activities aligned to relevant content area standards. Students will engage in exploration activities, complete mathematical challenges, and then apply what they have learned by making real-world connections. Thinking Like a Mathematician reflects key emphases of curricula from the Center for Gifted Education at William & Mary, including the development of process skills in various content areas and the enhancement of discipline-specific thinking and habits of mind through hands-on activities.

Grade 3

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Thinking Like a Scientist: Lessons That Develop Habits of Mind and Thinking Skills... by Lenore Teevan (Prufrock Press)

Description: Thinking Like a Scientist focuses on high-interest, career-related topics in the elementary curriculum related to science. Students will explore interdisciplinary content, foster creativity, and develop higher order thinking skills with activities aligned to relevant content area standards. Through inquiry-based investigations, students will explore what scientists do, engage in critical thinking, learn about scientific tools and research, and examine careers in scientific fields. Thinking Like a Scientist reflects key emphases of curricula from the Center for Gifted Education at William & Mary, including the development of process skills in various content areas and the enhancement of discipline-specific thinking and habits of mind through hands-on activities.

Grade 5

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Thinking Like an Engineer: Lessons That Develop Habits of Mind and Thinking Skills... by Debbie Dailey (Prufrock Press)

Description: Thinking Like an Engineer focuses on high-interest, career-related topics in the elementary curriculum related to engineering. Students will explore interdisciplinary content, foster creativity, and develop higher order thinking skills with activities aligned to relevant content area standards. Students will complete design challenges, visit with an engineer, and investigate real-world problems to plan feasible engineering solutions. Thinking Like an Engineer reflects key emphases of curricula from the Center for Gifted Education at William & Mary, including the development of process skills in various content areas and the enhancement of discipline-specific thinking and habits of mind through hands-on activities.

Grade 4

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Aliens in My Garden by Jude Gwynaire (Prodigy Gold Books)

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Description: ALIENS IN MY GARDEN takes ALDITHA the witch and HARPER (the talking, though not terribly bright owl) from their usual business serving the residents of the Garden on a path that pits them against SKOROS. The would-be evil wizard is useless at magic, great at engineering, has a brass wand, a smart alec who plans to take over the Garden. When a giant teacup lands in their world, they are introduced to CELESTE, a teenaged alien girl (who's really much older than she looks) and ALPHA, her bio-mechanoid co-pilot, who looks like a typical Grey alien.

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Chips in a Bag by Margaret Kelleher (Prodigy Gold Books)

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Description: In the shadow of heartbreak, new love blooms under the giant Irish sky.

It's been decades since the Brandon Lodge was at its peak: the idyllic background for many Irish summers and the romantic seeds its planted. Thirty years ago, this iconic landscape was the backdrop for a chance meeting between Clodagh Kenny and James Murray. It was there that they fell in love—and fell prey to heartbreak.

Years later, the site of the lodge has fallen under new management and those who once loved it have returned in order to restore it. Now a successful knitwear designer, Clodagh has found herself a solid businesswoman with a lovely daughter whom she has raised as her own. Looking to create a fresh start in the newly developed Brandon Lodge Enterprise Park, Clodagh seeks to plant the seeds of new birth in the land of her past mistakes. Elsewhere, James is busy ascending the corporate ladder, only to find that no matter how far he climbs—he cannot escape the past.

When their new lives become entangled once again—Clodagh and James must reconcile the past if they ever hope to become lucky in love once more.

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Dark Touch by Elle Lewis (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Sloan left home a year ago. She is living in Seattle, alone. One night, a gesture of kindness turns sinister. She offers a homeless man money. He grabs her, and she feels an electric current race into her hand. The man's eyes turn pitch black. A painful burning sensation begins to spread beneath her skin. The man with the black eyes begins stalking her and is able to enter her dreams. Sloan is desperate to find out what he is, and what he wants with her. The book features new supernatural creatures as well as original lore.

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Deep Background by Rick Treon (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Two years after an anonymous tip helps reporter Levi Cole break one of the biggest political scandals in recent history, the same anonymous conspirators expose him for fabricating parts of his stories. Levi resigns and returns to his rural Texas Panhandle hometown to win over Kat Hallaway – the married woman and fellow reporter he left behind – by helping her cover a grisly murder. But, as they get close to unraveling the mystery, Kat is kidnapped by the killer. When Levi finds Kat, he learns the identity of his tormentors and how they connect to the murder. Faced with the truth, Levi must decide how far he will go to rescue Kat and regain control of his life.

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Echoes of Grace by Caragh Bell (Poolbeg Press)

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Description: Even in death, love survives

Grace Molloy was the darling of the theatre scene. Young and dazzling, she gave it all up to marry the playwright Henry Sinclair, thirty years her senior. Then, one stormy night, she died giving birth to her daughter, Aurora.

Left with no memory of her mother, Aurora is raised by Henry and her nanny, Maggie, in a huge old house on the Cornish coastline. All the little girl has of Grace is a portrait – a painting of a woman in a white dress, her beautiful face frozen in time.

Aurora grows up, resembling Grace in looks and talent. She pursues her dream of being on the stage and soon achieves great success in the world of theatre, like her mother before her. Then a secret unfolds – a secret that could threaten all that she holds dear . . .

Echoes of Grace is the story of a young woman who, having overcome a painful past, must now embrace it to find her real self.

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Guilty Crown by Bree Deleon (Prodigy Gold Books)

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Description: To Morena Darkstorm, fighting for the equality of her citizens in her kingdom, Arisite, is a dangerous game in the vampyre court. The high nobles seek to enslave their lower silver counterparts to enhance their rule and to sign an alliance with their enemy kingdom of 100 years Kindred. She finds herself at odds with her family, speaking against the injustice of their lands with only the support of her closest servants, Lucille an ancient silver of great power and Amelia, a silver-haired maid with more power than she knows. When Alexander Lothbrok, a soulkeeper and the ruling King of the people, enters Arisite capital, Casai, he is beguiled by Morenas affection towards her people. Unknowingly, he finds himself at odds with an unlikely threat Amelia. With the girls' powers unlocking, Morena and Amelia become one in the same to protect the realms.

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Home to Cavendish by Antoinette Tyrell (Poolbeg Press)

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Description: 2002- Amidst the excess of the Celtic Tiger, Elenore Stack has inherited her beloved childhood home, Cavendish Hall, from her recently deceased parents. Charming and magical, if in need of much expensive,tender loving care, Cavendish is woven into the tapestry of Elenore’s life.She must somehow find a way to ensure its survival while retaining its dignity.

Enter Donnacha O’Callaghan, Elenore’s property developer boyfriend, who, unbeknownst to Elenore, has plans for Cavendish that will not only change the house beyond recognition but will wipe away Elenore’s precious childhood memories.

1922 – The Irish Civil War is raging across Co. Cork, and 16- year -old Lady Edith Cavendish, bored with the confines of Ascendancy life, embarks on a forbidden love affair with local rebel Tadgh Carey. But Edith is unaware of the dark secrets surrounding her, both outside Cavendish and within its walls, in the very rooms through which she walks.

Over the course of a Summer, as Elenore’s life unravels, a fateful discovery in a forgotten corner of Cavendish, becomes her life-line. As the prospect of losing Cavendish becomes ever more real, and Donnacha’s shady property deals bring the scrutiny of the Irish media to her door, Elenore escapes to East Hampton where a very special part of Cavendish’s history awaits in the form of the elderly Lady Edith.

The strength and endurance of female friendship is at the heart of Home to Cavendish, as Elenore discovers who she can really depend on, and as she and Edith form a bond, both women learn that sometimes you need to look back for a while before you can finally move forward.

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I Cannot Play With You by Dana Biscotti Myskowski (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Sick with a disease that doesn’t officially exist, a state director for a U.S. Senator struggles to make sense of her boss’ suicide as she investigates the suspicious activities of the state’s other U.S. Senator and his sidekick, a nefarious rheumatologist—all while her best friend helps her manage her new and confusing symptoms of chronic Lyme. When the senator and doctor kidnap her, she escapes, only to have them track her down. But again, she skillfully eludes them and manages to lead help her way in time.

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Internal Lockdown by Ernie Quatrani (Prodigy Gold Books)

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Description: Over a morning, you can tend to your garden, paint a room, watch the morning news repeat its talking points. Over a morning, you can do the laundry or visit the doctor for a check-up; you can run errands. Over a morning, you can stop a school in its track, or lockdown an AP English class. Over a morning, you can get revenge.

Green Hill is a small, ordinary Pennsylvania town where nothing ever happens until the morning a shocking act of violence crushes its normalcy. One morning the school is interrupted by the frantic announcement calling for a lockdown. AP English teacher, Mike Zarlapski, swings into action, following the lockdown procedures. Although his students help pile as many desks in front of the classroom door as possible, their panic is not allayed as they communicate with what is now the outside world first-in responders, police entering the building, and the shooters who remain at large via cellphone.

Internal Lockdown, Ernie Quatrani's, first novel is raw, honest, and his most important story. Although it's his first, the book is told in a straightforward style from different viewpoints, but mostly through the lens of the kids locked in the classroom. Before there was Columbine, a student Mr. Quatrani taught murdered a classmate in a biology lab. The student walked out of the high school after deciding against shooting up the cafeteria. Mr. Quatrani was in the cafeteria proctoring a study hall. As a high school teacher, he functioned in a world where lockdown drills became routine, but there was much more to a lockdown than can be imagined, as Internal Lockdown reveals. The novel is based on his unfortunate experience and years of research.

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Introspection: Transformation by Steven Hamburg (Prodigy Gold Books)

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Description: After investigating the scene of a seemingly routine crash of a commercial airliner, United States authorities discover a substance later determined to be of extraterrestrial origin. Authorities subsequently confirm that there are aliens on Earth, and their response to this intelligence ensues.

Jake, a gifted sixteen-year-old high school student defined in his community by a tragic event, inherits superhuman cognitive abilities due to an alien encounter. Jake embarks on a journey to use his new abilities to help mankind prepare for an imminent alien invasion.

The seemingly invincible and impenetrable aliens, who roam undetected among earthlings, are methodically plotting their invasion since their home planet is dying and has nearly been depleted of all resources required to sustain life.

It becomes a race against time as Jake tries to save the world.

Introspection: Transformation is the first installment of a trilogy.

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Kingdom of Ash and Soot by C. S. Johnson (Prodigy Gold Books)

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Description: In an age of political unrest and racial divide, one girl's search for truth will determine the future of her kingdom.

Prague, 1870

For the last ten years, nineteen-year-old Eleanora Svobodová has worked as a servant in her stepmother's household, dreaming of the day she will be free to live life on her own terms.

But when her estranged grandmother, Lady Penelope, comes to Prague on behalf of Queen Victoria, everything changes. Throughout Bohemia, a string of murders and secret whispers hint at a larger coup, and Lady Penelope, as the leader of the Order of the Crystal Daggers, an ancient order of spies and soldiers that protect kingdoms and their rulers, is determined to discover the perpetrators. When she offers Eleanora the chance to help her prevent the kingdom from falling apart, she is hesitant to trust her. And while joining means freedom from her stepmother and protecting the people of Prague, Eleanora knows her life will never be the same—or her own.

Can she find a way to be free and still do the right thing? Or will joining the Order only lead to disaster?

With castle intrigue, true love, and family dysfunction, Cinderella meets Mission Impossible in this historical fiction spy adventure series from C. S. Johnson.

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Life After Death by TJ Graham (Prodigy Gold Books)

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Description: Devastated by the death of her husband of fifteen years, Mackenzie Hill manages to pull herself up from the depths of despair, dust off her journalism degree, and soldier ahead to raise their three children alone. Three years later, with the achievement of a major journalism award, her well-adjusted children happy, Mackenzie seems to have gotten her life back on track. Inside, she represses the pangs of loneliness and longing for her husband that gnaw at her heart. At the urging of her best friend, Joel Sanders, Mackenzie makes a failed attempt to explore dating. She gives in to the flirting of Keith Wilson, an Atlanta sex crimes detective, whom himself seeks relief from the cruel reality of life and death, intersections that he must battle daily.Enter Doctor Andre Quinton Lang. Following the brutal unsolved murder of his wife and daughter, he moves to Atlanta hoping to lose himself in a new city and his work, while still struggling to conquer the memories that continue to haunt him.Through chance events, Andre and Mackenzie meet, falling head-over-heels for one another. The two of them embark on what has the potential to be the loving, fulfilling relationship that they both need, unaware that in the shadows of their bliss lurks a killer who has followed Andre to Atlanta. A killer intent on rekindling the bloody act of vengeance that had shattered Andre's world three years earlier.

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Marty the Magnificent by Addie Broussard & Anthony Puttee (Two Umbrellas)

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Description: “A classic-style picture book that every parent with bedtime challenges can relate to.”

Marty is a playful koala who lives high up in the gum trees. He should be happily resting most of the day after eating his eucalyptus leaves. But Marty is full of energy and cannot sleep. He visits his friends Perry the Platypus, Hopper the Kangaroo, and Willy the Wombat to see if they can play. But they’re all sound asleep. With the advice from a wise owl, Marty decides to use his time to plan a magnificent show for his friends.

Become immersed in the Australian outback with this charming bedtime story that’s brought to life with vibrant watercolor illustrations.

Request Marty the Magnificent before it's available in stores.

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Mirador de la Memoria by Ewa Miendlarzewska (Prodigy Gold Books)

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Description: Mirador de la Memoria A Neuroscience-fiction Suspense Happiness is, after all, just a brain state. This statement takes Emma Printemps by surprise when she first interviews Dr. Paulina Kochanowska, an aging affective neuroscientist, and victim of her own inventions. Paulina is on house arrest, having been accused of ethical misconduct for experimenting with holographic human memory transfer. To fix the puzzling epidemic of human loneliness, Paulina together with a group of neuroscientists, tried to unite the experiences from several brains in one supercomputer emulation in Ticino in a secret venture Project Unison. But now, imprisoned in her Geneva home and awaiting the verdict, Dr. Paulina decides to confess her lifetime accomplishments to the young biography writer. They race against time to save her autobiographic memory from oblivion and uncover the truth about the algorithms inside her most brilliant neuroinvention the mysterious affective companion robot Salvatore.

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Nobody Knows Nobody by Manny Yunk (Prodigy Gold Books)

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Description: WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO SILENCE YOU?
It's war on The Dubb in North Philadelphia. Lil Money and his crew are winning. They were underdogs, but now there is no limit to what they will do to get money and respect in their territory. Robbery, torture, and murder help smart people comply with their demands. Undoubtedly, they eventually meet their match.

The posse decides to rob and kill Jose, who appears to be an easy target for them to cheat. Jose's wife Marita is the niece of Roberto, a powerful drug lord. Roberto despises Jose, but he loves his niece enough to kill everyone involved in the death of his niece's husband.

Lil Money and his crew cannot match Roberto's power when he comes after them. But after a twist of events, Roberto partners with Lil Money, elevating him and his crew in the drug game. Taking on this roll is no easy feat, and there are opposing forces that keep guns blazing and the death toll rising because the elevation doesn't eliminate the crew's unsettled beef that resurfaces continuously. They've harmed so many people who are gunning for them endlessly.

Will, the crew, stay strong, loyal, and survive the harsh reality that their actions have earned?

Trust is a significant issue in a game where NOBODY KNOWS NOBODY!

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One Week of You by Lisa Kline (Goldenjay Books)

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Description: For Lizzy Winston, one week will change everything.

Fifteen-year-old Lizzy Winston has always been a good kid—and she sees the good in most everyone else, too. When she meets the charismatic Andy Masters, she starts crushing hard. He distracts her from other parts of her life that she’s trying to hold together. Her grades are slipping, she causes her mom to miss a new job opportunity, and her friends’ actions are making her question what’s right.

Andy seems like a great guy. He’s funny and charming, the Clown Prince of Lakeside High. He loves digging up news stories for the high school TV station, but he’s got some secrets of his own. As he and Lizzy get closer, she grows skeptical of his motives. When she does her own digging on Andy, she learns that everyone has secrets—no matter how good they seem.

Someone’s pulling pranks at Lakeside, and Lizzy thinks she knows who it is. When the pranks escalate and put students in danger, she must decide where her loyalty lies. She doesn’t want to get a friend in trouble, but if she keeps quiet, someone will get hurt. In one week, she learns that adulthood brings new, complicated responsibilities. Is she ready to do the right thing if it means losing her friends?

“Kline has a gift for writing complex characters and creating stories with a beating heart.“ -Emily Smith Pearce, author of Isabel and the Miracle Baby and Slowpoke

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Phoenix: Field of Mars by Jackie Anders (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: When Kyla stumbles in on a special ops mission in her client’s lab that takes her from 2017 to 8 A.D., she finds herself involved in a hunt to stop a biochemical scientist who wants to unleash a deadly virus on the unsuspecting 1st Century people to change the present. To her disdain, she has no choice but to follow these soldiers in order to survive in Ancient Rome. However, a beautiful distraction like Kyla, is not a good thing for their squad leader, Capt. Ericksen. Duty, fear, love, and beliefs collide in this story that transcends time and empires of both past and present.

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Phonics by Corey Bryan (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: We got words spelled like they sound, misspellings “On Purpose,” and the right way to solve some major reading and writing issues for early readers. See, Rudy makes a lot of mistakes learning to write, spell, and read. With every letter he gets wrong, with every word he crosses out, and every time he gets sad, he grows. Rudy never gives up, and he knows with a lot of practice, help, and tons of questions, he will know All The Words Ever!

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Plots: A Collection of Short Story Mysteries by Philip Pak (Prodigy Gold Books)

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Description: Simply hilarious...

This grand collection of mysteries was written by an ex-NYPD officer and are filled with humor, mystery, and undoubtedly a dose of his experiences on the NY beat. With every turn of the page, readers will be treated to a good time.

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Prince of Secrets and Shadows: The Order of the Crystal Daggers #2 by C. S. Johnson (Prodigy Gold Books)

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Description: PRAGUE, 1870

After joining the Order of the Crystal Daggers, led by her dauntless grandmother, Lady Penelope, Eleanora Svobodová set out to save her kingdom from oncoming devastation.

And she failed. 

Following the attack on Prague Castle, Eleanora is determined to redeem herself. She sets out to win Karl’s trust while distancing herself from Ferdy, whose secrets and lies have done nothing to stop her from falling in love with him. As she struggles to let him go, questions about the mission and her mother’s past cause a rift between Amir and Lady Penelope and add to the growing discord between Eleanora and her brother. 

But when a cunning provocateur arrives in Prague, Eleanora discovers there is an even more deadly game afoot, one that reaches into Amir's past and threatens Lady Penelope's future. Now, the members of the Order must work together if they are to uncover the true enemy hiding in Bohemia. 

Can they work together despite their divisions? Or will their division lead to even more destruction? 

Full of spies, secrets, and plenty of suspense, Prince of Secrets and Shadows is the second book in The Order of the Crystal Daggers, a spy adventure series from C. S. Johnson.

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Revlenion and the Guardian Manifesto by Kalvin Klaus (Prodigy Gold Books)

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Description: This is the most authentic, terrifyingly adventurous, YA novel to come along in many years.
The kids are the best-kept secret...

In 1975 members of the Divine Seraphion Society were exterminated by an evil force. The surviving members have one hope: the birth of the cherished guardian predetermined to bring a new manifesto to protect beauty and freedom throughout sacred, Revlenion. Thirteen years later, a curious phenomenon aligns the stars, setting tragic events into motion.

On the night of Landon Tuolumne's twelfth birthday, he and his sister, Makari, are left feeling forgotten and lost. Rescued by a distant relative, the siblings are brought to a quiet, seaside town. Soon after they're led onto fortuitous paths between two mysterious creatures. One, a tinker man intent on freeing himself from a trinket that could bring fame, fortune, and fantasy to its possessor. Two, a young detective with an invitation to a marvelous place where he hopes to guide the siblings carefully, but they must believe in the magic that awaits them.

In this tale of charm and malice, two siblings embark on a spellbinding adventure into a sacred land where they must endure whimsical horrors before returning home to enjoy the happiness and acceptance they've always fancied.

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Ruby Hope Valley by Diane Williams Gordon (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Betty Anne, a lonely Christian woman in her fifties, who lives in the town of Ruby Hope Valley, carries a hidden secret in her heart, until she meets a young Amish girl whom she befriends after joining an Amish quilting group. They become lifelong friends and share many experiences of happiness and sorrow. Betty Anne becomes a true friend of Sara Jane and her Amish family as they struggle with Kidney disease, adoption, death and an emotional homecoming.

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Secret Seekers Society and Solomon's Seal by J. L. Hickey (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Get ready for another epic adventure as we follow Hunter, Elly and all of their friends as their journey continues into the world of the supernatural and unknown. Following directly after the events of the first book, the children start their new lives as future members of the Secret Seekers Society! But first, the children have to go through six years of training, known only as the 'Enlightenment'. What will the children learn about in their first year? What new friends will they meet? The story delves deeper into the spiritual realm of the paranormal. Learning about a magical and ancient ring known as Solomon's Seal, (known to grant its wearer the ability to speak to animals and spirits) the children must decide if playing with the spiritual realm, and potentially speaking to their parents one last time is worth the risk of putting their souls in danger. With rumor's spreading that their parents were "double agents" and working with the evil Aten Corp. the children are desperate for answers. Is the ring real? Does it truly grant its wearer such powers, or does Solomon's seal hide a deeper evil? Get ready for the ride of your life, as nothing is ever as it seems inside of the Belmonte Estate...

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Secrets by the Knoll by Julie Metros (Prodigy Gold Books)

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Description: Inspired by a true story, Secrets By The Knoll transforms you back to the early 1900's to a farm in Des Moines, Iowa.

The brutal murders of two children upheave the Johansson family and their community. The typical farm family forced into the spotlight as the entire city and surrounding towns react with immense curiosity. Crowds gather at the murder scene and funeral home. They parade by the Johansson farm and picket outside the police station.

As the family grieve and move on with their lives, Detectives Harding and Maloney diligently work to solve the murders piecing together the evidence they have. But they are missing essential items - the murder weapon and motive!

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Still Not Satisfied by S. A. Brown (Prodigy Gold Books)

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Description: Christian Goodman loves the ladies. When an old girlfriend calls, it's game on until her game plan forces him to the sidelines. While there, his grandmother and best friend lose faith in him. With no one left, he finds Dr. Devin Rainey in her own struggle. Christian enters her life only to serve as a reminder of what she is missing, thus, creating tension between the two. She fights to remain professional, but personal needs force her to leave Christian, too. Completely alone, he turns to an unlikely ally to assist him in his quest for satisfaction.

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The Changeling's Daughter by R. Chris Reeder (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Unusual things have been happening to Brynn McAwber. A strange little man keeps showing up at her door. She's being watched by a mysterious woman with a sword strapped to her back. And her body keeps…disappearing.
When Brynn discovers the terrible truth about herself and her family, she embarks on a perilous quest, which takes her far from Indiana, far from the world she knows, into the Land of Annwfyn, home of brownies and bwbachods, xanas and zephyrs, goblins and gods.
This is the story of a girl who finds out she's supposed to be the villain but decides to be the hero anyway.

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The Drunk Detective by Mary Jean Curry (Prodigy Gold Books)

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Description: Dotty Davis belongs to that sub-genre of hard-boiled, sleazy, overweight, boozing, and otherwise disgusting private detectives increasingly offered as protagonists working for the "betterment" of humankind. Nonetheless exhibiting a modicum of charm through her heavy-handed humor, Dotty proceeds to wiggle her way out of several murder charges after answering a middle-of-the-night call from the male prostitute living downstairs from her. Soon after, Dotty, removed a dead, Catholic nun from his bed, someone rigs an explosion, sending the gigolo to the hospital. And then there's more dead bodies for Dotty to contend with, and both the police and a killer are looking for her.

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The Rigel Affair by L M Hedrick (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Abandoned by his part-Cherokee Ma, Charlie Kincaid escapes servitude with his uncle. He jumps a boxcar, accompanied by his schoolmate Roxy, who is escaping troubles of her own. Charlie becomes a US Navy Diver.
Mattie Blanc is from a genteel New Zealand family. But when her brother’s friend persuades her to take a ride, it all goes horribly wrong. Desperate, she flees her family’s stifling expectations for a new life in Auckland.
After the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, Charlie sets sail for Auckland aboard the USS Rigel. And there she is, the girl of his dreams. Mattie is everything that Roxy isn’t—sophisticated, tender, and patient. But the war intervenes… Rigel embarks for the Pacific war zones.
Charlie’s letters are sporadic. Mattie is tormented by doubts; did he truly love her, or was it only a dream?
The Rigel Affair produces a rip-roaring wartime romance and chilling danger unknown to most.

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The Venn Effect by W.K. Rader (Prodigy Gold Books)

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Description: Entrepreneurs can be made, but this one was born.

Bill Rader started his journey at a very young age, building his first standard right of passage business - a yard care service while only ten years old - and grew it to the largest ten-year-old owned and operated business in the community while obtaining his first education in business. These early trials propelled him to his first licensed business at age 16.

Refereed to as his first real business, as it had paid employees, licenses, insurance, and government run-ins - Bill grew this company and sold it while in his senior year of high school. He also learned his first and most valuable lesson in business:

Do what you love!

The Venn Effect holds the promise to be a game changer in entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs can be born or made, as long as they learn, understand and employ the lessons learned from a life-long entrepreneur.

The Venn Effect premise is simple: first do what you love then do what you know lacking either, failure is guaranteed. These are just two of the business lessons that Bill discusses in his popular keynote entitled the Venn Effect and now he is taking the keynote to book form, diving deeper into his world as an entrepreneur with not only lessons but tips on how to get ahead, be noticed and succeed - even if faced with a life-changing disease.

Bill is not the kind of speaker or writer that is typical. He has never been a me too person, has always strived for separation by difference through originality. This is displayed through his experiences and success.

The Venn Effect is a fast-paced, easy read, providing the reader a desire to turn the page to see whats next. Just like with his speeches, Bill grabs his audience and in a non-threatening way is able to move them along through real-life experiences that can be both funny and thought-provoking.

Entrepreneurs will ask - why can t I do this? - and they will employ at least one tip to further their enterprise.

Business Students will learn the right and wrong way to create and move a company forward.

The general public will say - I can do this even with a disability or challenge

The Venn Effect can be experienced by anyone who has a desire to succeed.

Let the Venn be part of your life!

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The War Blog by Glen Sobey (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Ridiculed by boys as “Twig,” Crystal Rose declares war against the objectification of girls as she tries to cope with her mother’s abandonment and addictions. The War Blog’s Crystal Rose Rises from Nothing in Rural Alaska to Fight Sexism.

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Worthe's Village by Ron Ripley (ScareStreet)

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How much fear can one man take?

Marcus Holt thought his worst memories were behind him. A veteran of the Vietnam War, the tough old soldier is haunted by nightmares of brutal conflict. But he’s about to discover that his battle for survival has only just begun.

Professor Abel Worthe is brilliant, wealthy, and utterly immoral. He is an expert in a very particular field: the study of fear and death. Using his vast resources, Worthe has purchased a collection of haunted houses and paranormal sites, hidden across the world. And he intends to subject a captive to each location in his collection of horror, all in the name of science.

All he needs is a test subject, a human lab rat to undergo his experiment in terror. And the target of his sinister attention is Marcus Holt. The aging veteran soon finds himself snatched off the streets, and forced to endure a never-ending barrage of horror.

But Marcus is no stranger to fear and death. He’s a fighter. And he is determined to survive long enough to find and kill his malicious captor.

Let the games begin.

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Addictarium by Nicole D'Settemi (Prodigy Gold Books)

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Description: Drugs. Sex. Detox. Art. Recovery. Prostitution. Music. Street life. Poetry. Toxic love. And, those are just on the surface. The layers and complexities of Addictarium will shock and enthrall you...
When wild-child, and south Florida escapee, Danielle Martino finds herself curled in a ball on the cold tile floors of her filthy rank bathroom in the tiny studio she rents with her fiancé and partner-in-crime, she knows it's time to quit abusing heroin. Severely impaired from shooting a bad batch of black tar heroin, and already partially blind from the infection that the muddy poison has caused, she is forced to hitch a Greyhound bus to New York City, and to abandon her care-free, American-bohemian, drug infested lifestyle.
Hailed everywhere as a beautiful, unique, honest, raw and poetic account of recovery, Addictarium takes readers on a compelling journey through the life and eyes of the narrator; a creative, nomadic, deep but, incidentally broken young woman, and underlines the contributing factors to what it's really like to suffer from addiction. With magnificent candor and sometimes emotionally crippling descriptions we witness Danielle's fight towards recovery from more than just heroin, as Addictarium brings the readers on a fascinating and harrowing, brutal tale of a young women's recovery from total and mass self-destruction.
—Addictarium highlights in the starkest of lights, why it is so difficult for addicts to receive the recovery they seek when they finally do decide to put the drug down.

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How to Wine With Your Boss by Tiffany Yarde (Prodigy Gold Books)

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Description: Fourteen years of working in highly competitive international corporations will teach a person a lot about relationships, politics, and the "natural order" of things. There's no one way to the top of a respective field but there are tactics that many people employ to build trust and to make sure their hard work doesn't go unnoticed. How to Wine With Your Boss teaches you about positioning, tact, and how to tool your passions. Wine is Tiffany Yarde's story. For much of her career in accounting, marketing, and human resources, she has used her wine knowledge to connect with people. In How to Wine With Your Boss, readers are taking through her journey of how she built relationships with colleagues who didn't come from where she came from or necessarily saw the world through her lens. She gives readers an opportunity to build professional development skills while demystifying wine enthusiasm and potentially helping readers gain a new curiosity on the subject. People don't grow in isolation; they grow in community, so join Tiffany on this wine trip through grape regions, styles, and wine parties. While on the road, she'll share the bumps hit, and the resilience she fostered along the way.

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It Happened in San Antonio by Gil Dominguez (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Most Texans and many Americans have heard of the Alamo and the main figures associated with the heroic battle that took place there. But how many Americans and even Texans know that it was in San Antonio that Robert E. Lee made the fateful decision that would change his life and the course of American history? Or that John F. Kennedy’s last official act as president was made at Brooks Air Force Base? And how about the fact that the majestic figures of four of our greatest presidents carved on Mount Rushmore first were models created in a little studio near Brackenridge Park? These and other fascinating but relatively unknown facets of local history are explored in It Happened in San Antonio: Lesser-Known Events in the History of the Alamo City.

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Beyond Farwin Wood by Drea Damara (BHC Press)

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Description: Anything can happen on Blinney Lane...

Agatha Blinney’s curse is unleashed when Franci Doltman dresses up as her favorite movie star. Now the storeowners on Blinney Lane must rally together to save Franci before the possession claims her forever.

Valerie Millville is tired of her controlling mother, disappointing men, and being misunderstood. Determined to escape her life on Blinney Lane, she and troublemaker Ricky Allister volunteer to find a cure by venturing inside one of the cursed weeping books.

From mythical lands to peculiar allies to other worldly creatures, Valerie learns not all stories are written in stone—or even in one dimension. Can she and Ricky save Franci in time or will their friend become another casualty of the curse that binds Blinney Lane? Will Farwin Wood show them secrets undiscovered or are mysteries merely in the eye of the beholder? Get ready for an adventure that will transport you into the pages of a fantasy world beyond reality.

Perfect for fans of THE PRINCESS BRIDE and STARDUST.

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Collision: Stories by J.S. Breukelaar (Meerkat Press)

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Description: A collection of six of J.S. Breukelaar's darkest, finest stories plus six new works, including the uncanny new novella, "Ripples on a Blank Shore." Relish the gothic strangeness of “Union Falls,” the alien horror of “Rogues Bay 3013,” the heartbreaking dystopia of “Glow,” the weird mythos of “Ava Rune.” Plus an introduction by award-winning author, Angela Slatter. It's clear that this collection from the author of American Monster and the internationally acclaimed and Aurealis Award finalist, Aletheia, announces a new and powerful voice in fantastical fiction.

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Madame Koska and Le Spectre de la Rose by Ilil Arbel (BHC Press)

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Description: Meet the elusive, enigmatic and undefeatable Madame Koska, the fabulous haute couture designer and owner of a new atelier in 1920’s London who has a knack at solving crimes that simply confound the police.

In Madame Koska and Le Spectre de la Rose, Madame Koska encounters a baffling murder mystery while designing costumes for London’s most famous ballet company. Who has killed the lead dancer and why? It’s up to Madame Koska to solve what the police cannot!

Perfect for readers who enjoy fun mysteries and Agatha Christie!

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Nevertheless by Greg Bechtel and Rhonda Parrish (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing)

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Description: Nevertheless (Tesseracts Twenty-One)

A Collection of Optimistic Speculative Fiction

Nevertheless (Tesseracts Twenty-one) is a collection of optimistic speculative fiction stories, each optimistic in a slightly different way. These stories explore the optimism that drives us to seek out new worlds, that inspires us to sacrifice for others or fuels us to just keep going when everything seems lost and in so doing turn the idea upside down and inside out.

One of the reasons best reasons doing an anthology of optimistic future this year was because no matter which side of the political or social spectrum you land on, it's been a tough year. Nevertheless we try to remain optimistic. Nevertheless, we don't give up. Nevertheless, yes, we persist. The stories in this anthology of optimistic SF are some of the darkest optimistic stories you'll ever read but, nevertheless, they are optimistic. And powerful.

Featuring works by these Canadian visionaries:

James Bambury, Meghan Bell, Gavin Bradley, Ryan Henson Creighton, Darrel Duckworth, Dorianne Emmerton, Pat Flewwelling, Stephen Geigen-Miller, Jason M. Harley, Kate Heartfield, R. W. Hodgson, Jerri Jerreat, Jason Lane, Buzz Lanthier-Rogers, Alison McBain, Michael Milne, Fiona Moore, Ursula Pflug, Michael Reid, S. L. Saboviec, Lisa Timpf, Leslie Van Zwol, Natalia Yanchak

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Pretense by John Di Frances (RELIANCE BOOKS)

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PRETENSE, the first book of tHE IMBROGLIO TRILOGY, opens in the Slovak Republic and Poland, capturing the rising wave of sentiment currently surging across Europe against increasing EU dominance and control.

Europe is plunged into a spiral of events threatening the future of the free world. A political thriller, PRETENSE weaves a compelling tale of conspiracy and suspense, personality and wit, which will keep you coming back for the Imbroglio Trilogy books THE BAIT! and REVELATIONS.

A dark cloud hangs over Europe after the brutal murders of two heads of state, just days apart. Growing civil unrest erupts across Europe threatening the stability of national governments.

Tasked with finding the criminals, Interpol’s Marek Frakas, also known as “The Wolf,” joins forces with top police investigators of several nations. This cadre includes the lovely Adrianna Bartoszek, a young forensic weapons expert who has no problem holding her own on the male-dominated team.

A tense game of ‘cat and mouse’ is soon underway as authorities move quickly to apprehend the three suspects. They track them from the Slovak Republic to Poland and on to Germany where another tragic event leads to more deaths. From there the story moves to the beautiful Greek island, Mykonos. Meanwhile, pressure mounts for the investigative team.

When dubious information repeatedly thwarts their efforts, one fact becomes obvious. Behind these assassinations lies a sinister plot which appears to stretch westward to the United States, implicating the CIA. But do the facts reflect reality or is there an unseen mastermind working behind the scenes to destabilize Europe and NATO?

As time begins to run out, Marek decides to trust his instincts and contact an old friend. As a result, help is offered from a most unlikely source. But frustration caused by past mistakes has planted seeds of distrust within the investigative team. They are at an impasse and differences must be resolved before moving forward.

More action follows and as though lost in a maze of mirrors, the investigative team is blindsided once again. Can they uncover the truth before it’s too late? There are still more twists to come and an explosive cliffhanger ending.

Reviewers praise for PRETENSE:

“Exotic locales, posh accommodations, handsome men and gorgeous women engaged in dangerous, often lethal behavior—these are things that often lure readers to international thrillers. Add plots that twist, agendas that may not be what they seem, plus revelations that shock—and voila, the genre’s literary cake is baked! Fortunately, PRETENSE is loaded with all of the above… Authenticity and credibility shine. The author’s technical mastery of weaponry, organizations, and processes has the feel of a Tom Clancy deep dive. His depictions of haute hotels, photogenic scenery, and foreigners and foreign places put one in mind of Robert Ludlum’s world.”

Joe Kilgore, The US Review of Books

“PRETENSE is a riveting … finely written political thriller … crafted with red herrings that enhance the suspense and make for a delightful reading experience. The plot is cunningly done, with twists that no one will see coming and suspense permeating every moment of the story. The crispiness and clarity in prose combine with natural-sounding dialogues to create the drama that makes for a cinematic experience. I felt as though I was riding alongside the characters because they are just so real.”

Christian Sia, Readers' Favorite Book Review

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Secrets of the Dead by Murray Bailey (Heritage Books)

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Description: Atlanta, Georgia
When a body dump is found, FBI Special Agent Charlie Rebb, thinks a serial killer has resurfaced. Called the Surgeon by the media, his tell-tale technique has everyone wondering why. But then the murders seem to stop again.

Cairo, Egypt
Alex MacLure is contacted by a student who thinks he’s uncovered a conspiracy involving the pyramids. He asks for Alex’s help to piece together a message using new discoveries from the Amarna Letters.
But the student disappears and Alex is arrested for a murder. Meanwhile the special agent sees a sign that the Surgeon is now in Egypt.

MacLure links up with Special Agent Reed to track down the killer. As he decrypts an ancient story MacLure realizes this is a race against time. The Surgeon must be stopped before he completes his terrible and startling mission.

This is Book 2 of a series but can be read as stand alone. What people said about book 1:
"Up there with the best of Wilbur Smith. A gripping read from modern day to ancient Egypt" - Jet Uppal, BNP

"A page turner, blending historical accuracy with thrilling and imaginative plot twist and turns" - Maggie Pagano, The Times

"One of the best books I've read" - JR Books

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Skull and Pestle: New Tales of Baba Yaga by Kate Wolford (World Weaver Press)

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Description: She can be the enemy of your nightmares or the spirit guide to your dreams. Her hair is wild and gray. Her teeth are made of iron, and she travels using a giant mortar and pestle and lives in a shack on chicken feet surrounded by a fence of skulls and bones. She is Baba Yaga, a crone who ruthlessly uses the needy and greedy for her own devices. And in this anthology of new stories starring Baba Yaga, she lands in some spectacular scenarios.

A Jewish resistance fighter in World War II Poland must gain the help of Baba Yaga to vanquish three supernatural men and avenge the loss of her comrades. A young mother leaves her family to serve the witch in penance for committing a terrible wrong. One story delves into Baba Yaga’s tragic origins, while another re-examines the classic tale of Vasilisa, following the young girl who comes to Baba Yaga for fire on her own journey from maiden to mother to crone. One tale transports the witch from the forests of Russia to the swamplands of the American South, expertly weaving together Slavic and African-American folklore, and another brings her right into the modern day, as a young boy goes looking for a witch to put a spell on a school bully and gets more than he bargained for.

Introduction by Amanda Bergloff
“Vasilisa the Wise” by Kate Forsyth
“A Tale Soon Told” by Lissa Sloan
“Baba Yaga: Her Story” by Jill Marie Ross
“The Partisan and the Witch” by Charlotte Honigman
“The Swamp Hag’s Apprentice” by Szmeralda Shanel
“Boy Meets Witch” by Rebecca A. Coates
“Teeth” by Jessamy Corob Cook

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The Butterfly by Paul M. Hedeen (BHC Press)

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Description: In The Butterfly, Paul M. Hedeen takes us back to the fall of 1963, a few weeks before President Kennedy’s assassination. An obscure émigré Russian professor dies of a stroke—or so it is believed. The professor’s eccentricities and complicity create both mystery and jeopardy as his documents lead his student backward into a century of famine, political terror, and war and forward into a bewildering underworld of malevolent opportunists, unstable identities, and improvised histories.

When the student falls in with the troubled daughter of the Nazi elite, she becomes his lover, guide, and tormentor as both are irresistibly drawn into the dark aftermath of World War II. Memoirs, fairy tales, fiction, and scenarios interweave and reveal the postwar fate of Eva Braun and secrets concerning the famous Holocaust photo, “The Last Jew in Vinnitsa.”

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The Genome Rally by Arlene F. Marks (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing)

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Description: The most dangerous race in the galaxy is the race against time.

And the second most dangerous race? The Galactic Great Council believes it’s the Humans. However, as the captain and officers of the Earth ship Marco Polo are about to find out, Humanity has plenty of competition for that title.

While visiting Kula’as, Captain Takamura and his crew are recruited by aliens for a covert mission. The Thryggians may be close to breaking out of their pocket universe using a psi-powered heavy ship left over from an ancient war. If they succeed in activating the ship, they’ll be unstoppable. Can a bickering bunch of Humans and aliens work together to find and steal the vessel before it is too late?

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Tomorrow by Merilyn Ruth Liddell (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing)

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Description: Tomorrow

A misguided experiment. A devastated world.
A chance for rebirth.

In a world decimated by a killer virus, an isolated mountain community is left more dysfunctional than dystopian.

Small town. Big secrets.

It's a place where...

...neighbors still look out for neighbors,

...a feisty senior sasses the man who controls the town,

...a doctor finds a unique use for local bullies,

and the lives of three strangers unexpectedly intertwine...

...Martha, a reclusive doctor seeking a solution to the mystery of the pandemic,

...Jake, a cab driver seeking his birth mother,

...Sophie, a young, desperate pregnant woman seeking safe haven from abuse.

Brought together by violence, these unlikely friends forge an alliance that may help reshape the world.

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Adventures in Black and White by Philippa Duke Schuyler & Tara Betts (2Leaf Press)

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Description: ADVENTURES IN BLACK AND WHITE, a memoir-travelogue, was first published by world-renowned child prodigy Philippa Duke Schuyler in 1960. In this first revised edition of ADVENTURES IN BLACK AND WHITE since its initial publication, scholar Tara Betts provides a critical introduction to this updated volume, including minor edits and annotations of the original text. Recognized as a prodigy at an early age, Schuyler was heralded as America’s first internationally-acclaimed mixed-race celebrity. Her father, a conservative African American journalist, and her mother, a white Texan heiress, dedicated Schuyler’s development to the cause of integration with the claim that racial mixing could produce a superior hybrid human, a claim that Schuyler resisted, but would nonetheless hurl her into a destructive identity crisis that consumed her throughout her life. When the transition from child prodigy to concert pianist proved challenging in America, Schuyler, like many black performers before her, went abroad during the 1950s for larger audiences. Schuyler’s witnessing first-hand the dissemblage of European colonies in Africa and the Middle East is the focus of ADVENTURES IN BLACK AND WHITE. This narrative connects the Harlem Renaissance to the prelude of the Civil Rights Movement at a time when the public conversation on interracial identity in America was just beginning. As Schuyler begins to write about Africa—“the homeland of her ancestors”—readers can begin to understand how the young musician would eventually find her way as an author and a journalist, and the books that followed.

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How I Motivated Myself to Succeed by Shelley Wilson (BHC Press)

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Description: Turn Over All Fears, Leave That Self-doubt Suitcase at the Door, and Get Ready for a Motivational Marathon

After writing her self-help memoir How I Changed My Life in a Year, award-winning blogger and
motivational author Shelley Wilson received so many letters asking how she managed to stay motivated
and elicit much-needed change in her life, she knew it was time to share everything she’d learned on her
journey so far.

How I Motivated Myself to Succeed incorporates fifteen years of research, inspirational tools, techniques,
and alternative therapies. Turning to holistic health in a bid to begin the healing process—physically,
emotionally, and spiritually—proved to be a lifesaver for the author: “I’m not a floaty kaftan and bells-on-my-fingers kind of girl. I love pizza, duvet days, and reading young adult fiction! So, for me, it wasn’t
about discovering an entirely new way of life but integrating the personal development techniques I
learned into my usual daily routines.”

Key topics include setting resolutions and goals, list writing, celebrating achievements, life planning and
organization, self-care for the body, mind and spirit, freeing yourself from fear, motivational tips, and a
twelve-month productivity plan to use those fifty-weeks wisely. Also included are affirmations, uplifting
quotes, power words, and happy weeks challenges.
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No Vacancy: Homeless Women in Paradise by Michael Reid (2Leaf Press)

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Description: NO VACANCY, HOMELESS WOMEN IN PARADISE describes an incredible journey of Michael E. Reid’s discovery of 500 women living without shelter in one of the most affluent sea-side communities in California, to uncovering the complicated reasons for its existence — even in the place so many call “paradise.” One by one, bodies were being found dead in plain sight, high above the glittering cities of Monterey, Pebble Beach and Carmel. When Reid, an Episcopalian priest, found out he took action and co-founded the Fund for Homeless Women, which he now manages full time. NO VACANCY captures Reid’s journey into this landscape with a personal story that delves into the complex realities of homelessness, and how existing well-intentioned policies and programs often widen the gap between the indigent and mainstream societies. By sharing these women’s stories, Reid has provided an unvarnished look at the culture of long-term homelessness with a fresh approach. He also explores issues related to marginalization, belonging, and the effects of long-term gender-based bias in sociocultural practices as it particularly relates to women and people of color. Th is is especially relevant today when communities face weakened political and financial support from the government and their communities. In the United States, we all live with the growing reality of homelessness, even in the places where one least expects it. NO VACANCY will inspire and encourage readers to take the next step to help make a difference for the greater good, and onto the circuitous road of grassroots social change.

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Condor: The Short Takes by James Grady (MysteriousPress.com/Open Road)

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Description: The legendary CIA spy is back—in a gripping collection featuring an all-new novella, by the New York Times–bestselling author of Six Days of the Condor.
 
James Grady, the “king of the modern espionage thriller” (George Pelecanos, award-winning writer/producer of The Wire), first introduced his clandestine CIA operative—codename: Condor—in a debut novel that became Three Days of the Condor, one of the key films of the paranoid era of the 1970s, and is now the basis for the hit AT&T original series, Condor, starring Max Irons and William Hurt.
 
In this explosive collection featuring a new introduction on the writing and publication history of Condor, a never-before-published original novella, and short fiction collected for the first time, Grady brings his covert agent into the twenty-first century. From the chaos of 9/11 to the unprecedented Russian cyber threats, Condor is back.
 
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Through Mountains and Valleys: Reflections From the Sunroom by Sherolyn Porter (BHC Press)

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Description: In her new devotional THROUGH MOUNTAINS AND VALLEYS, Sherolyn Porter shares her personal stories and experiences with God as he makes Himself known in the midst of “life as usual,” revealing the tenderness of His loving grace, His encouragement to persist when we don’t feel like we can, and the absolute truth that we all matter in His “grand scheme of things.”

When we open our eyes to see Him, the ordinary will become most extraordinary.

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God's Will and Other Lies by Penny Mickelbury (BLF Press)

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Description: In this stunning departure from her mystery writing, Penny Mickelbury’s collection of stories God’s Will and Other Lies, attends to the lives of Black women, mostly aging and elderly, all determined to face life with strength and grace.

A nearly blind woman is determined to venture out into the world alone, and must face the consequences of her travels. A woman estranged from her community ponders the meaning of hearsay and its devastating consequences. A middle-aged woman leaves the danger of the city only to find it lurking in her own backyard. And in the novella, “Into the Fire,” Mickelbury follows the life of a southern family as they strive for success amidst the violence and uncertainty of 1960s Detroit.

In beautiful and exacting prose, Mickelbury gives voice to an often-overlooked coterie of women in this superb collection of fiction.

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Black Dove by Robin Wyatt Dunn (John Ott)

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Description: "A terse , taut read sometimes miserably bleak splintered with moments of dark humour and heightened poetics."

— Saira Viola, author of Jukebox

Love and war in the Middle East:

Robert is a disillusioned reporter; Rachel an agent for Mossad. Modeled on the Song of Solomon, Black Dove explores the intricate interconnectedness between love and war, violence and friendship, and the complicated relationship between the United States and Israel.

When Robert moves to Jerusalem to chase his beloved, he finds that changing addressees changes something within him, and he abandons the role of disinterested observer to aid in the transformation of the Middle East, and the United States. But what he discovers is that Mossad is actually working against a Jewish-only state, and that to aid the Palestinian people they must subvert parts of their own government.

Black Dove reveals how the Middle East is a crucible for change around the world, and in the human heart.

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Only for You by Hannah Howell (Tantor Media)

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Description: Hannah Howell spins lush, romantic stories that sparkle with intrigue and passion. Now, she gives us her most exciting novel yet: a medieval tale set on the untamed Scottish border, where a man and a woman risk their hearts on the stormy battlefield of love.

As wild as the rugged north country where she was raised, Saxan Honey Todd has sworn to avenge the murder of her twin brother. Recklessly, she gallops across the English countryside in pursuit of the man she believes to be his murderer: Botolf, Earl of Regenford.

As hard and unyielding as the armor he wears in battle, Botolf is irresistibly drawn to the impetuous beauty who has come to wage war with him. Saxan stirs his passion to the point of madness . . . but to love her would be madness indeed.

Now, as a desperate enemy stalks him and the greensward runs with innocent blood, Botolf brings Saxan to his castle . . . as his bride. But Saxan needs more: to fight by Botolf's side and triumph over the danger that surrounds them—as the beloved mistress of his very heart and soul.

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Pretense by John Di Frances (RELIANCE BOOKS)

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Description: PRETENSE, the first book of tHE IMBROGLIO TRILOGY, captures the rising wave of sentiment currently surging across Europe against increasing EU dominance and control.

Europe is plunged into a spiral of events threatening the future of the free world. A political thriller, PRETENSE weaves a compelling tale of conspiracy and suspense, personality and wit, which will keep you coming back for the Imbroglio Trilogy books THE BAIT! and REVELATIONS.

A dark cloud hangs over Europe after the brutal murders of two heads of state, just days apart. Growing civil unrest erupts across Europe threatening the stability of national governments.

Tasked with finding the criminals, Interpol’s Marek Frakas, also known as “The Wolf,” joins forces with top police investigators of several nations. This cadre includes the lovely Adrianna Bartoszek, a young forensic weapons expert who has no problem holding her own on the male-dominated team.

A tense game of ‘cat and mouse’ is soon underway as authorities move quickly to apprehend the three suspects. They track them from the Slovak Republic to Poland and on to Germany where another tragic event leads to more deaths. From there the story moves to the beautiful Greek island, Mykonos. Meanwhile, pressure mounts for the investigative team.

When dubious information repeatedly thwarts their efforts, one fact becomes obvious. Behind these assassinations lies a sinister plot which appears to stretch westward to the United States, implicating the CIA. But do the facts reflect reality or is there an unseen mastermind working behind the scenes to destabilize Europe and NATO?

As time begins to run out, Marek decides to trust his instincts and contact an old friend. As a result, help is offered from a most unlikely source. But frustration caused by past mistakes has planted seeds of distrust within the investigative team. They are at an impasse and differences must be resolved before moving forward.

More action follows and as though lost in a maze of mirrors, the investigative team is blindsided once again. Can they uncover the truth before it’s too late? There are still more twists to come and an explosive cliffhanger ending.

Reviewers praise for PRETENSE:

“Exotic locales, posh accommodations, handsome men and gorgeous women engaged in dangerous, often lethal behavior—these are things that often lure readers to international thrillers. Add plots that twist, agendas that may not be what they seem, plus revelations that shock—and voila, the genre’s literary cake is baked! Fortunately, PRETENSE is loaded with all of the above… Authenticity and credibility shine. The author’s technical mastery of weaponry, organizations, and processes has the feel of a Tom Clancy deep dive. His depictions of haute hotels, photogenic scenery, and foreigners and foreign places put one in mind of Robert Ludlum’s world.”

Joe Kilgore, The US Review of Books

“PRETENSE is a riveting … finely written political thriller … crafted with red herrings that enhance the suspense and make for a delightful reading experience. The plot is cunningly done, with twists that no one will see coming and suspense permeating every moment of the story. The crispiness and clarity in prose combine with natural-sounding dialogues to create the drama that makes for a cinematic experience. I felt as though I was riding alongside the characters because they are just so real.”

Christian Sia, Readers' Favorite Book Review

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Help!: The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the Magic of Collaboration by Thomas Brothers (HighBridge Audio)

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Description: The Beatles and Duke Ellington's Orchestra stand as the two greatest examples of collaboration in music history. Duke University musicologist Thomas Brothers delivers a portrait of the creative process at work, demonstrating that the cooperative method at the foundation of these two artist-groups was the primary reason for their unmatched musical success.

While clarifying the historical record of who wrote what, with whom, and how, Brothers brings the past to life with photos, anecdotes, and more than thirty years of musical knowledge that reverberates through every page, and analysis of songs from Lennon and McCartney's "Strawberry Fields Forever" to Billy Strayhorn's "Chelsea Bridge." Help! describes in rich detail the music and mastery of two cultural leaders whose popularity has never dimmed, and the process of collaboration that allowed them to achieve an artistic vision greater than the sum of their parts.

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