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Travel as a Political ACT (Rick Steves) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781631217630
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Published: Rick Steves - February 6th, 2018

A different sort of book from Rick Steves in which he promotes the power of travel to affect change. Certainly we should enjoy ourselves, but there's more to it than nice hotels and great food. It can be a chance to dispel myths about ourselves as Americans as well as those we meet. He's his usual upbeat self, but there is a bit more of an edge to this book as he discusses, topics you might not expect and does show concern with the way things are going in some parts of the world. He suggests following a few simple rules that will make travel so much more rewarding: Leave your preconceptions behind, be open to new experiences, and connect with people. Travel can change you, says Steves, don't be afraid to let that happen. (Bob)


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Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions (Auntie Poldi Adventure #1) Cover Image
By Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn (Translator)
$24.00
ISBN: 9781328863577
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 6th, 2018

This is a really fun mystery, sort of like a Jessica Fletcher mystery but with a German widow, who, battered by life's disappointments, decides to retire to Sicily & drink herself to death. What stays her hand, is, of course, a murder which she feels must be solved & the victim is not getting the justice which he deserves. Witty dialogue, beautiful scenery & madcap adventures drive this fun novel. (Kim)


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The Hideaway Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780718084226
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Published: Thomas Nelson - April 11th, 2017

An easy, breezy story centered around a ramshackle B&B in Sweet Bay, Alabama.  It’s about the relationships of the people who have lived there past and present.  It’s also about discovering things about other people and yourself that you didn’t know to be true or possible.  Add a little romance to the mix and you have a great read.  (Sue)


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Sold on a Monday Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781492663997
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - September 1st, 2018

While broken down on a rural country road, Ellis Reed, a reporter for a Philadelphia newspaper, takes a photo of two children with a sign in front of them reading "For Sale". Lillian Palmer, a secretary at the same paper, sees more in the photo than just a story and submits it to their boss. So begins a tale of secrets and lies against the backdrop of the desperate times of 1931 America. Kristina McMorris once again creates a spellbinding tale that drew me in from the very beginning. The perilous environment of the Great Depression where your livelihood balances on a fine edge between survival and the breadlines, the sacrifices made in the name of family are vividly brought to life in this heartbreaking novel. Inspired by an actual photo, this book sheds the light on a desolate period in our country's history. I highly recommend this book! (Lisa)


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The Wife Between Us Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250130921
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 9th, 2018

An interesting take on an ex-wife and new wife to-be. Their perspective on their relationships with the man in their lives leads you to assume they are filled with jealousy and obsession...but assume nothing. Great twists and mind bending assumptions on marriage and betrayal. (Ann)


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Jane Seymour, the Haunted Queen (Six Tudor Queens) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101966549
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 15th, 2018

Jane Seymour, third wife of King Henry VIII was unlike any other wife. She was meek and complacent, her motto was "Bound to Obey and Serve". But underneath it all she was a woman who loved Henry and paved the way of Mary to be put back into succession. Alison did an excellent job with Jane! (Bonnie)


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The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735217713
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 6th, 2018

Cantu, after studying international relations in college became a border guard near where he grew up on the Mexican American border. His memoir tells the diverse stories of those trying to cross the border, sometimes desparate people in search of a better life other times ruthless drug smugglers or gang enforcers.His narrative is thoughtful and full of clarity. The stories are always changing much like large portions of the border which is based on the ever changing flows of the rivers. It's a timely memoir that goes far beyond the rhetoric from our politicians on both sides of the aisle. -Bob


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Mrs. Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316434157
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Published: Little Brown and Company - February 13th, 2018

Set in NYC during the investment banking crisis of the Bernie Madoff years, the novel follows the lives of the wealthy & investigates how the unfolding crisis affects them. The story centers around one character, mysterious, glamorous Philippa Lye, wife of a scion of the banking community. This novel is full of acid humor as the author exposes the naked ambition & the ruthless pressure to conform to the elite's self imposed (somewhat arbitrarily) code of conduct, all of which Philippa Lye aloofly discards as the fallout from the banking scandal catches up with this insular community. Although some of the characters are despicable, I found I loved this story, as it is both darkly humorous & touchingly poignant. (Kim)


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The Storm Sister, Book Two (Seven Sisters #2) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476789149
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Published: Atria Books - March 21st, 2017

The 2nd in Lucinda Riley's 7 Sisters series, this has a lot of everything that Riley does best. Part love story, part family saga, and part historical fiction. This is Ally's story of her current life and her heritage and it takes us on a journey to the beautiful country of Norway both past and present. I guarantee that you will want to travel there as well after reading this. I also guarantee that you will want to read the rest of the series to see where each of the sisters travel to in order to discover their roots. (Sue)


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Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501135941
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 10th, 2018

Lynn Vincent has done an incredible job of bringing not only the details of the events leading up to but also, during and after the tragic sinking of the USS Indianapolis. From the devastating kamikaze attack several months prior to the tragic sinking to the fight to clear Captain McVay's name, the facts are laid out in a riveting way with periods of pure horror at what the survivors endured during their 4 1/2 days in the deadly waters of the Pacific. I've always been inspired by the survivors of the Indianapolis who never gave up even when faced with certain death which certainly puts our ordinary everyday stresses in perspective. A must read for history/military history fans! (Lisa)


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Edgar and Lucy Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250096982
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 7th, 2017

A very strange and intoxicating story about an 8 year old boy named Edgar and his interactions with his mother, grandmother, and a man who has his own tragic story.  A compelling novel that draws you in and one that you don't want to end anytime soon.  (Ann)


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The Shape of Water Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250165343
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - March 6th, 2018

Elisa Esposito is a mute orphan working the grave shift at ocean Aerospace Research Center as a janitor. She struggles with her identity and life until she sees the center's most precious asset. An amphibious man who makes her feel things he never thought she could feel. How much will she risk to free him from the doom that's destined to overtake him? (Bonnie)


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Chicago: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062797193
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Published: Custom House - February 27th, 2018

Mamet, who's won the Pulitzer Prize for his screenplay writing, doesn't write a lot of novels, so this was one I was looking forward to and it didn't disappoint. The book is set in prohibition era Chicago and it's the gritty story of a reporter who is faced with a murder mystery that means more to him than just a story for the paper. What makes a great novel for me is dialogue and Mamet is a virtuoso. Don't expect a lot of narration as the story is told through the characters' words and actions, but I enjoyed it as a great gangster novel filled with underworld characters and a plot that moves along swiftly. (Bob)


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Speak No Evil: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780061284922
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Published: Harper - March 6th, 2018

This book stays with you long after you've finished it. I loved the writing style & found both Niru's & Meredith's voices to be genuine. I must say, though, that the lack of punctuation may bother some readers, but I quickly accepted it. This story deals with many issues: sexuality, race, gender, religion & the ramifications of racial profiling. Once begun, this story propels you forward unrelentingly. (Kim)


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We Were the Lucky Ones Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399563096
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Published: Penguin Books - January 2nd, 2018

This is a powerful and moving story revolving around the Kurc family as the horrors of WWII take over their lives in Poland and change them all forever. It is a story of survival and belief in family during incredible hardships and the despair of not knowing where their family members are or even if they are still alive, but also of the strong spirits and bravery of the characters and in this way I found it uplifting. I didn't find out until the end of the book that it is actually based on the true story of her grandfather. I wish she had said that in the beginning because it gave the book more meaning. There are a lot of characters, but totally worth the read. (Sue)


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The Last Time I Lied Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781524743079
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Published: Dutton Books - July 3rd, 2018

Emma Davis, an up and coming painter in the New York art scene, is haunted by the disappearance of her three cabinmates from summer camp at Camp Nightingale. After fifteen years, she takes a job as an art instructor when the camp opens again, hoping to find out what happened to her friends and to truly put the past behind her. I found this story to be very unnerving and downright spooky. I enjoyed it a great deal but did not enjoy the loss of sleep I suffered after finishing it because my mind would not let it go, replaying the clues over and over thinking I must have missed something because I didn't see that ending coming. This book definitely had a Hitchcock edge to it that will leave you questioning what was truth and what was a lie. Great book! (Lisa)


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Turbo Twenty-Three (Stephanie Plum Novels #23) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780345543004
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Published: Bantam - November 15th, 2016

Stephanie Plum and her group of friends once again leave you laughing at the situations they seem to get themselves into. In addition, Stephanie and Ranger, a seductive security specialist find themselves spending more time together. A very funny and easy read. (Ann)


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Sisi: Empress on Her Own Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812989335
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Published: Random House Trade - February 7th, 2017

Empress of Austria, also known as Sisi was known worldwide for her beauty. But she was also known as the Empress to flee whenever anything terrible happened. Sisi's life while tragic, is also fascinating in the way she led it! Fascinating read by Pataki! (Bonnie)


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Conclave Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781101972908
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Published: Vintage - July 25th, 2017

Anyone that has read his previous novels like "Fatherland" or "Enigma" knows Harris can write a page turner, and "Conclave" is another riveting and ambitious novel from him. The pope has died and now the cardinals from all over the world are meeting in the Vatican to determine who among them will be the next Pope.It's a glimpse inside the world's most secret election. The power plays and the rivalries keep the novel moving up to its twist of an ending. (Bob)


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Elmet Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616208424
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Published: Algonquin Books - December 5th, 2017

I loved this book from the start. I was drawn to its long dreamy passages chronicling the life of the modern-day rough country of rural Yorkshire and the people that inhabit it. The characterizations of the countryside, of nature, reminded me of Thomas Hardy's work, especially "The Return of the Native", the landscape seems like a main character in the story. The story has a fairy tale like quality, and I mean like the Grimm's fairy tales. Great debut. I look forward to her next novel. (Kim)


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The Forever Summer Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316394895
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 10th, 2018

A story of tangled relationships, family secrets becoming un-buried, and embracing life's journey when it takes completely unexpected twists and turns. Set in Provincetown, I really enjoyed the characters and the easy-going story. (Sue)


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Robin Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781627794244
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - May 15th, 2018

This exhaustively researched book, written by NY Times reporter Dave Itzkoff, delves into every aspect of Williams's life, from his lonely but privileged childhood, to his early successes and his later uneven career in films, to his demons, philandering and substance abuse and finally his gut-wrenching suicide after developing Lewy body dementia. As a lifelong fan of Robin's work, I found this biography to be a bittersweet read knowing how his life came to a tragic end but reliving all the joy he brought to the world with his performances. I found that upon finishing the book, instead of the crazy, fast talking genius comic I saw the lonely, little boy playing with his beloved toy soldiers in a third floor attic. I recommend this no holds barred, warts and all biography to all Robin's fans. (Lisa)


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A Time of Torment (Charlie Parker Thrillers #14) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501118333
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Published: Atria Books - May 23rd, 2017

Once again John Connolly takes  you to an isolated and strange community in Maine called the CUT that is ruled by terror, intimidation, and murder. Charlie Parker, a private detective, is out to protect his client Jerome Burnel, once a hero but now a hunted man. A thriller that will keep you turning the pages! (Ann)


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Turtles All the Way Down Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780525555360
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - October 10th, 2017

Aza and Daisy are the best of friends. When the town's billionaire Russell Pickett disappears and there is a $100,000 reward, the girls decide to do some investigating of their own. As Aza tries to be a good friend to Daisy she's also dealing with the downward spiral of her mental health. Will she do what needs to do to be normal? (Bonnie)


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The Assistants Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399185175
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 2nd, 2017

The premise of this book, if morally challenged,sets these young assistants on a scheme using expense reports to pay off student loans. Funny, witty and a complete page-turner. Great for a millennial or older reader alike. (Leah)


And Then There Were Four Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780803740723
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Published: Dial Books - June 6th, 2017

Parents. Usually they're the ones who take care of you as a child. They feed you, teach you, and provide a home for you. Unless, of course, they are the ones out to kill you.

Five teenagers, a meeting, and one old building is all it takes to start a ferocious chase. Antoine, Saralinda, Evangeline, Caleb and Kenyon don't know each other all that well. But they get increasingly close when the building they meet in collapses. Even though they all survive, they wonder why the roof would suddenly just fall through. They stop wondering, though, when one of them is killed in a car crash. The four left find out through investigation that their parents are planning to kill them. Over a series of weeks they endeavor to expose their parents' plan to the world. More importantly, they run from them and try their best not to get murdered. Join these four determined souls as they go through a startlingly real journey that will surprise you with new plot twists until the last sentence. (Caroline M.-Guest Reviewer)

 


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