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The Green Road Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393352801
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 3rd, 2016

Spanning 30 years, stories of the Madigan Family culminate at a Christmas gathering in 2005. Complicated, sometimes frustrating, always thought-provoking, the characters are memorable and stay with you after you finish the book. Nominated for the Man Booker Prize in 2015.

The Last Painting of Sara De Vos Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374106683
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - April 5th, 2016

In the 17th century, Sara deals with heartbreak by painting a haunting picture. In the 1950s, Ellie paints a forgery of it while it's owner deals with his own heartbreak. Fast forward to 2000 when Ellie's crime comes back to haunt her. This is a beautiful story of dealing with loss combined with suspense.

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Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400068326
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Published: Random House - April 19th, 2016

The Bennet Family, Mr. Darcy, and the other Pride and Prejudice characters are transported to modern day Cincinnati, where Mrs. Bennet is still worried about the marriage prospects of her five unwed daughters.  Sittenfeld's very funny retelling of the classic reminds us how humorous and bold (for the time) Austen's original was.  Sittenfeld's modern tweaks will delight any Austen fan.

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The Nest Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062414212
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Published: Ecco Press - March 22nd, 2016

The Plumb siblings rely on the promise of a future inheritance as they make decisions and build their lives. When one of them makes a big mistake, the inheritance is drastically reduced and they must figure out how to live without it. Dysfunctional, darkly funny, yet oddly heartwarming and hopeful.

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Two If by Sea Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501115578
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 15th, 2016

The first chapter of this book hooks you. Frank Mercy loses his wife and unborn child in a tsunami. Within days, he "adopts" a boy he rescues from the flood and the mystery begins. Part heart-warming story of building a family, part suspenseful thriller, the feeling of danger builds slowly.

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The Ramblers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062413314
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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 9th, 2016

Three friends struggle to move past heartbreaking experiences and build meaningful lives. Set in an atmospheric and beautifully described New York City, this novel is engrossing and emotional. 

The Golden Son Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062391452
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Published: William Morrow & Company - January 26th, 2016

Anil is the first in his family to leave his rural village in India, going to college and then moving to the US. Childhood friend Leena marries a man in an arranged marriage and moves to a distant village. This book follows their very different struggles as Anil feels pulled between two cultures and Leena tries to survive in a difficult marriage. 

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The Expatriates Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525429470
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Published: Viking - January 12th, 2016

Three American expats living in Hong Kong, all struggling with grief. Margaret is living every mother's absolute worst nightmare. Mercy is buried under a burden of guilt. Hilary is facing infertility and a broken marriage. Janice Lee provides insightful social commentary about expat life while telling a story about motherhood and moving forward when life does not turn out the way you expect.

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What She Left Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476773841
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 12th, 2016

In this psychological thriller, a professor pieces together the life of his recently killed former student through emails, blogs, diaries, tweets, and police reports. I could not guess what actually happened to Alice Salmon until the end of the book.

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Everything She Forgot Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062391483
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 6th, 2015

Margaret is trapped in her car after an accident when she is saved by a mysterious stranger. Over the next few weeks, she begins to remember upsetting events from her childhood. I could not put this book down!

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Hemingway in Love: His Own Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250077486
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 20th, 2015

Months before he died, Hemingway reminisced about his early love life, including the affair that ended his first marriage to Hadley Richardson. Fascinating stories, including the marital advice given to him by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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All the Light We Cannot See Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476746586
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 6th, 2014

Parallel stories of two children during World War II. Marie-Laure is a blind girl living in France; Werner is an orphan in Germany. Great stories, and beautifully written.

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Unstoppable Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062089571
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - September 17th, 2013

An inspiring story about Harrison, a boy who overcomes many challenges to play football. “My favorite book in the world”, says my 11 year-old son. Perfect for kids who love sports.

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A Year in Provence Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679731146
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Published: Vintage Books USA - June 4th, 1991

This book tells the story of Peter Mayle’s first year living in a village in Provence. Interesting characters, descriptions of food and Provençal life. It makes you want to visit.

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Gomorrah: A Personal Journey Into the Violent International Empire of Naples' Organized Crime System Cover Image
By Roberto Saviano, Virginia Jewiss (Translator)
ISBN: 9780312427795
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Published: Picador USA - November 25th, 2008

The true story of the Camorra, the organized crime network in Naples. Shocking, interesting, and heartbreaking. Provides a different view of life in Italy.

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The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness: Five Steps to Help Kids Create and Sustain Lifelong Joy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345442338
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 26th, 2003

A reassuring and positive book about raising children. Focuses on connection, play, practice, mastery, and recognition.

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Against the Grain: Extraordinary Gluten-Free Recipes Made from Real, All-Natural Ingredients Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385345552
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - February 3rd, 2015

Trying to do the holidays gluten-free? Every recipe in this book - from breads and breakfast foods to cookies and desert - is free of gluten. Includes helpful information on the fundamentals of gluten-free baking.

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The Tuscan Sun Cookbook: Recipes from Our Italian Kitchen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307885289
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - March 13th, 2012

From the author of Under the Tuscan Sun, this beautiful cookbook captures the passion and joy of preparing food that is inherent in the Italian culture. The pictures and stories will inspire you to cook; the delicious and simple recipes will ensure your success.

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Saving Mr. Terupt Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385743556
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Published: Delacorte Press - July 14th, 2015

Fans of Wonder will love this series about seven students and their beloved teacher. In this latest book the students face new challenges as they enter middle school. They turn to Mr Terupt, only to learn that he needs their help too. This book contains information about Type 1 Diabetes, as one of the characters is diagnosed with it.

The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544609716
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 21st, 2015

After over-indulging during the holidays, are you ready to hit the reset button? The Whole 30 lays out a plan for healthy eating for 30 days. Follow the plan and feel your energy levels increase and your overall health improve. After 30 days, you decide which foods to add back in to your diet - and then see if they have an effect on how you feel.

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