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On Mystic Lake: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345471178
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 27th, 2004

Another wonderful, heartwarming story from one of my favorite authors. This one has been out for a while and I can't believe I never read it because it is fantastic. The setting off the coast of Washington state and the characters pull you right in and tug at your heartstrings along the way. The plot is a little predictable, but you won't care and you won't be able to put it down. My co-worker Bonnie loved it as well and we both want a sequel! (Sue)


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Button Man: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250179982
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 18th, 2018

Three brothers grow up poor on the Lower East Side of NYC in the early 20's. Morris and Sol work hard and go into the garment business together, building a very successful company. Harry, plagued by an early childhood tragedy, winds up hanging with the criminal elements of the neighborhood. This book was a fascinating look into the early years of not only the fashion industry but the powerful arm of organized crime as they tried to control everything from running numbers to the longshoremen and garment unions. Based on his grandfather's life, Andrew Gross again makes history come alive with this epic tale of family loyalty, persistence, courage, and crime. I highly recommend this book! (Lisa)


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The Mermaid Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399584046
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Published: Berkley - June 19th, 2018

Amelia was a mermaid who always wished to live on land as a human and see the world beyond the sea. But once she takes the leap into the human world she marries a fisherman and lives a quiet life until her husband dies. One day a man who has heard stories about Amelia "the mermaid" approaches her and asks her if she would like to come and perform at a museum in New York owned by P.T. Barnum. Weary of the man, she also knows the money she will make will help her travel as she always wished she could. But P.T. Barnum has other plans of his own to keep "his" mermaid. This was a great read that kept me captive till the very end! (Bonnie)


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The Woman in the Woods: A Thriller (Charlie Parker  #16) Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781501171925
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - June 12th, 2018

Charlie Parker is once again in the pursuit of evil. Great characters and storytelling that keeps you guessing and laced with a vein of horror. Great read!! (Ann)


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House of Sand and Fog Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393338119
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 31st, 2011

A modern classic, a must read and a fantastic book club pick, this book will resonate long after the last page. Rich characters and a central conflict drive the story toward tragedy. Read it with a friend, you'll need to discuss it! (Leah)


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Next Year in Havana Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780399586682
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Published: Berkley - February 6th, 2018

I absolutely loved this book! Historical fiction set in Cuba with two parallel stories running through it during two different tumultuous time periods. Late 1950's, Elisa, daughter of a wealthy sugar baron, falls in love with a revolutionary from Castro's regime. Eventually Elisa's family is forced to flee Cuba. 2017, Marisol, her granddaughter, charged with returning to Cuba to spread Elisa's ashes, falls in love with the country and a Cuban idealist. Romance, lies, danger, betrayal, and the beauty and tragedy that is Cuba, this story is well written and taught me much about Cuban history and all the struggles the people have endured, those who stayed and those who fled. (Sue)


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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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The Next Person You Meet in Heaven: The Sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9780062294449
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Published: Harper - October 9th, 2018

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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 Story Collector: A New York Public Library Book Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250143808
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - August 28th, 2018

Young Viviani "Red" Fedeler, an imaginative little girl who was born and lives in the New York Public Library, is a story collector. With her brothers and best friend Eva, they play baseball, "Master Thief" with the night security guard and try to stay out of the way of the mysterious custodian Mr. Green. When some valuable stamps go missing from a library display, Viviani has to team up with Eva and a reluctant ally to catch the thief and clear suspicion from two innocent men. This book was a fantastic, delightful story based on the real family of custodians who lived in the NYPL before it was even open to the public in 1911. My trips to the NYPL have always been wonderful adventures but to actual grow up there would have been phenomenal! I hope this book is the first of many to show all the wonders you can find in a library. I highly recommend this book! (Lisa)


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Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316316125
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Published: Lee Boudreaux Books - July 18th, 2017

What do you do when you get an invite to the wedding of "the one that got away"? Why you plan a trip around the world so you can be far away from the nuptials that will surely break your heart. Failing author Arthur Less decides to accept every invite to every event, boring or not, that he's been invited to. While working on his latest rejected book and celebrating the big 5-0, Arthur travels take him around the world and away from his problems. Funny and quick-witted, a great read! (Bonnie)


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Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen: A Novel (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 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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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)


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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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Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316551243
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 7th, 2018

The statistics regarding the opioid crisis are staggering, but Dopesick starts at the street level and shows the roles played by law enforcement, doctors, big pharma, and of course the victims and their families. In a culture that embraced painkillers as a norm, it's amazing, all the players involved that got us to where we are with a combination of marketing and malpractice. But, It's also about the people who are fighting back, and the progress that's being made. Much like Atul Gawande's Being Mortal, it's a book everyone should read. (Bob)


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Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions (An Auntie Poldi Adventure #1) Cover Image
By Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn (Translated by)
$24.00
ISBN: 9781328863577
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 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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Mrs.: A Novel 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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