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The Muse Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062409928
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Ecco Press - July 26th, 2016

Odelle, a Caribbean woman living in London in 1967, meets a handsome friend-of-a-friend at a wedding party. Olive, the daughter of an art dealer father and English heiress mother, has recently relocated to Spain in 1937. She befriends a local brother and sister who offer glimmers of romance and friendship, respectively. A mysterious painting of unknown origin links these two women living in different times. This is a compelling story of how people sometimes hide or stifle the thing that makes them most happy to protect the people they care most about. 


It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062419378
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Published: Dey Street Books - May 24th, 2016

This memoir is simultaneously hilarious and tragic, and you'll find the same sentence is as likely to make you bust a gut laughing as it is to make you choke up with tears.  Purmort had a miscarriage and lost her husband and father, all within six weeks. Her gallows humor and touching tributes to her late husband and father, and those who have helped her through the trying times, will make you return to this book when life's biggest challenge (death) shows up at your door. 

Missing, Presumed Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812998320
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Published: Random House - June 28th, 2016

Manon is a detective in Cambridgeshire, England, whose personal life is in a sorry state of affairs.  Listening to her police scanner as a means of fighting insomnia, she picks up the case of the disappearance of a young woman from her home. This young woman turns out to be a Cambridge grad student, the daughter of the surgeon to the Royal Family, and perhaps not as perfect as her friends and family may have thought. As all her leads run into dead ends, will Manon ever be able to find out what happened to Edith Hind?

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.

The Children's Home Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501117398
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Published: Scribner Book Company - January 5th, 2016

Mysterious children keep showing up at the house of a wealthy, disfigured recluse. They seem to know things about the home that the man doesn't, and are being pursued by authorities. While they bring the man out of the shadows, he has to figure out how to protect them.

Bellweather Rhapsody Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544483910
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Mariner Books - June 2nd, 2015

A Wrinkle in Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312367541
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Published: Square Fish - May 1st, 2007

Pulphead Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374532901
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 25th, 2011

The Ocean at the End of the Lane Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062255662
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 3rd, 2014

A man returns to his childhood home for a funeral, and remembers a magical friend. Ponds become oceans and a story of magic is woven in this modern fairytale.

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex Cover Image
ISBN: 9780141001821
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Published: Penguin Books - May 1st, 2001

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812983586
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Published: Random House Trade - June 12th, 2012

Joe is a Houdini-wannabe who has fled Nazi occupied Prague for New York City. His cousin Sammy is a Brooklyn comic book artist. Using their own lives and Jewish heritage as inspiration, the cousins create The Escapist, who’s here to kick Hitler’s you-know-what!

Dealing with Dragons Cover Image
ISBN: 9780152045661
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Harcourt Brace and Company - November 1st, 2002

A very non-princessy princess runs away to live with a dragon! This is the first book in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. A favorite of mine from childhood.

The Last One Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101965085
Availability: Special Order - Subject to availability
Published: Ballantine Books - July 12th, 2016

A group of strangers are chosen to compete in a reality TV show where they THINK their survival skills will be tested.  In REALITY, they're going to be pushed to extremes through fake deaths and natural disasters, until one by one, they quit.  Unbeknownst to the contestants and show's crew, a real disaster strikes while they are filming in the woods.  Is what they're seeing real or fake?  And once they know, can they handle the reality of what's going on? 

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594486630
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 27th, 2015

Carrie Brownstein tells about her difficult childhood and how she chose her own family through music and the founding of feminist punk band Sleater-Kinney.

The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250077691
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 5th, 2016

The true story of a young girl’s upbringing in a polygamist doomsday cult in Mexico. It’s as inspiring as it is troubling, and proved hard to put down.

The Westing Game Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142401200
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Published: Puffin Books - April 12th, 2004

When rich Mr. Westing dies, sixteen strangers are gathered for the reading of his will. Who is the murderer? Who will inherit everything? They must play the game to find out.

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