Kristin

I still remember the poem by Shel Silverstein, “Ickle Me, Tickle Me, Pickle Me, Too, which I had to memorize in fourth grade and now, recite to my children. I did move up in the literary world and love classics, such as Steinbeck, Woolf and Shakespeare. I love non-fiction.  Especially one’s dealing with history and our dead presidents. Trying to get over my obsession with dead presidents and dead authors, I am now jumping back into the fiction world. I’ll let you know how it goes…

 

 

 

Finding Dorothy: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525622109
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 12th, 2019

Fans of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will immediately fall in love with Elizabeth Letts latest, Finding Dorothy. At once the story of the making of the iconic film weaved within the revelation of how the novel came to exist, we meet L. Frank Baum’s wife, Maud, an independent woman determined to keep her husband’s legacy alive. Upon meeting a young Judy Garland on set, Maud makes up her mind to mentor the miserable girl defending her from the wicked waiting in the wings. It’s an absolutely audacious undertaking and it’s amazing!


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ISBN: 9780525577942
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 25th, 2018

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White is a deliciously disturbing reimagining of Mary Shelley’s famous classic and it’s fantastic! Meet manipulative Elizabeth Lavenza, an orphan with an uncertain future until she becomes the beloved pet of Victor Frankenstein and his freakish family. When correspondence with Victor mysteriously disappears, a desperate Elizabeth slowly unravels the secrets left behind by her love. With devastating consequences. Will Elizabeth’s love and dedication save the brilliant Victor or is it too late to put a stop to the madness engulfing his mind?


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The Magic Misfits: The Second Story Cover Image
By Neil Patrick Harris, Lissy Marlin (Illustrator), Kyle Hilton (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780316391856
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2018

The Magic Misfits from Mineral Springs are back and they're magnificent, magical and so fantastically fun! In this exciting adventure, Neil Patrick Harris’ clever cast of characters are led by escape artist Leila, who is keeping a secret from her friends. Until Madame Esmeralda comes to visit. Learn about the Emerald Ring, a few new magic tricks and Morse code, too in “The Magic Misfits: The Second Story”, a gem of a series great for all ages. I loved it.


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The Silence of the Girls: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385544214
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Published: Doubleday - September 4th, 2018

Imagine the Trojan War through the eyes of a woman. Would Achilles still be mighty or King Agamemnon so commanding? In "The Silence of the Girls," Pat Barker dares to conquer the re-telling of this tragic tale through Briseis, once Queen of Lyrnessus. Devastated by the destruction of her family at the hands of Achilles, Briseis is claimed as a prize for his pleasure and forced to servitude in the Greek camp. When the camp is cursed and pestilence soon follows, Briseis quickly becomes a pawn between Achilles and King Agamemnon with deadly consequences. Mythology lovers, take note. Barker’s twist on “The Iliad” is outstanding. In fact, it’s epic. I loved every page!


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Judas: How a Sister's Testimony Brought Down a Criminal Mastermind Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316475303
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Published: Mulholland Books - August 7th, 2018

Imagine The Sopranos meets The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in Astrid Holleeder’s memoir, Judas, the shockingly sensational and suspenseful story of the taking down of her brutal bully of a brother, Wim. Known as The Nose, Wim ruled the Amsterdam underworld with an iron fist, killing anyone standing in his way. Including his own family. Until he threatened the wrong woman. Determined to bring his reign to an end, Astrid, who is currently in hiding, rigged up a wire tap and went to work. Will Astrid return to her regular life as a lawyer or is she destined to pay the consequences of her double cross for the rest of her life? The jury is still out…


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What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399590832
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Published: One World - June 19th, 2018

In “What The Eyes Don’t See”, a determined Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha pulls the veil off of the Flint Water Crisis exposing the poisoning of tens of thousands of residents by policy and politicians. Reminiscent of “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair, Dr. Mona uncovers an injustice to the city of Flint unfathomable in our Great Lakes State. And, it’s totally inexcusable and so very sad. I was in tears too many times to count. Dr. Mona’s quest for clean water for the children of Flint is a must-read for anyone entering epidemiology and environmental activism. It’s fantastic.


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The Prisoner in His Palace: Saddam Hussein, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501117848
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Published: Scribner - October 2nd, 2018

Viewed by most of mankind as a depraved, despotic dictator, Saddam Hussein, a master manipulator, manages to confound the twelve American soldiers sent in secrecy to guard him during his captivity and his final days on earth. Will Bardenwerper tackles the difficult topic of a terror-inducing Hussein in The Prisoner in His Palace, a narrative likely to wreak havoc on your senses by questioning the man himself, the myth and his eventual demise. An incredibly intense read, I was horrified to find myself in tears over Hussein’s last moments with his Super Twelve, something I would never have expected for this monster.


Bearskin: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062742797
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Published: Ecco - June 12th, 2018

Determined to lay low after a vicious encounter with the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel, Rice Moore has re-surfaced in the wilds of Appalachia as a research biologist. Destined to lead a life of solitude to survive, Moore stumbles upon a mysterious mushroom hunter, who leads him to a series of bear carcasses. Violence soon ensues from all directions, forcing a desperate Moore into a dance sure to destroy him. James McLaughlin’s debut thriller “Bearskins” is a page-turner certain to keep you on the edge of your seat until you eventually hurtle over the precipice. I highly recommend!


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I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer Cover Image
By Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn (Introduction by), Patton Oswalt (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9780062319784
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Published: Harper - February 27th, 2018

An overwhelmingly obsessed Michelle McNamara dissects the decades old trail of tragedy, trauma and ongoing taunts by the elusive East Area Rapist in her investigative crime thriller “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” published posthumously after her unexpected demise. Dubbed the “Golden State Killer” by McNamara herself, his crime spree started with 50 unsolved rapes before escalating to numerous murders leaving terrorized California residents tense for ten years. A determined McNamara meticulously researches this reign of terror with such precision it’s sure to pry this perpetrators identity out of obscurity and into justice, a suitable ending for this authors’ life.


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Sh*tshow!: The Country's Collapsing . . . and the Ratings Are Great Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525522027
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Published: Penguin Press - May 22nd, 2018

“Sh*tShow! The Country is Collapsing…and the Ratings Are Great” by Charlie LeDuff is a dark and desperate descent into the death of the American Dream as we know it. Gonzo-journalism at its grittiest, LeDuff’s cross examination of a country in crisis is compelling, compassionate and completely horrifying. From Fox News to the Flint Water Crisis to Ferguson, LeDuff documents the daily struggles of the defeated, depressed and downright despicable amidst an American government immersed in populism, plutocracy and authoritarianism. Whether you agree on fake news or not, this book is f*#king frightening!


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Heartless Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250148186
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Published: Square Fish - May 1st, 2018

Heartless is a fantastical, fairy tale retelling of Alice in Wonderland, featuring Cath, the future Queen of Hearts. In Marissa Meyer’s kingdom, she creates a chilling cast of nursery rhyme characters, destined for doom, mirrored in magic and madness. Follow Cath as she stumbles towards her dream of baking delicious delights only to realize fate has a cruel hand to play. Will she lose her heart to Jest, the court joker or to the King and his cruel crown?


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The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631494000
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - May 29th, 2018

Determined to reap the benefits of Manifest Destiny, the Donner Party was destined for despair and death from the very start of their westward journey. A combination of indecision, infighting amongst families and a lack of leadership contribute to their tragic downfall at Truckee Lake. In “The Best Land Under Heaven,” author Michael Wallis recreates the Donner Party’s ill-fated attempt to cross the Sierra Nevada mountain range during the violent winter season of 1846, their imminent starvation, reduced to catastrophic cannibalism to survive. The result is a cautionary tale infamously staining the chase of the American Dream forevermore.


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No One Cares About Crazy People: My Family and the Heartbreak of Mental Illness in America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316341134
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Published: Hachette Books - May 1st, 2018

In "No One Cares About Crazy People," Ron Powers explores the insidious treatment of the mentally ill throughout history and the social injustice perpetrated against their desperate families.  Stigmatized by societies indifference towards the insane, Powers personal account of son Kevin’s slow descent into schizophrenia showcases the incredibly painful process faced while fighting for faster medical treatment. Based on the misunderstanding that schizophrenia can be cured with medication and the choice to cut government funding by misinformed legislators, institutions were closed, forcing the unstable into the streets and, inevitably, on the road to prison, punishment and certain death. Powers account is unfathomable as his oldest son Dean also descends into the dark recesses of the mentally ill. A painful, powerful book, "No One Cares About Crazy People" is sure to impact the way we see the insane, not as monsters determined to destroy society as we know it, but, as victims of government cutbacks and medical bureaucracy, continually faced with an overall attitude of unworthiness by all who witness their downfall.


Tradition Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481480345
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - May 1st, 2018

In “Tradition,” a compelling story of privilege, prominence and prestige at Fullbrook Academy, Brendan Kiely tackles the difficult topic of rape and its cultural prevalence in present society. Meet legacy Jules Devereaux, hoping to shuffle through her senior year without incident and blackballed James Baxter, a blue-collar boy given a second chance with a full-ride hockey scholarship. While questioning the rules of the institution and their precarious positions within, Jules and James form an unlikely alliance ready to topple Fullbrook’s fail-safe existence. Kiely has created a powerful tale sure to ignite a conscious conversation and add momentum to the ever present #MeToo movement


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York: The Shadow Cipher Cover Image
By Laura Ruby, Dave Stevenson (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062306944
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Published: Walden Pond Press - May 1st, 2018

Partake on a positively puzzling adventure with twins Tess and Theo and friend Jaime as they try to solve the Old York Cipher, hoping to save their home, the mysterious Morningstarr apartment house along the way. Set in Manhattan, York by Laura Ruby is an alternate history epic sure to please curious middle readers with its quizzical cast of characters. Can this clever trio traverse the thrilling twists and turns thrown at them thereby solving the cipher or is this centuries-old quest a wild goose chase for all participants?


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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307742483
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

In "Killers of the Flower Moon", David Grann recounts the tragic tale of the Osage Indian Nations decimation and deceit at the hands of their government appointed guardians. Motivated by money, morally corrupt and masterfully manipulative, the true role of these benevolent benefactors, perpetrators of mass murder, is still a mystery today. Granns detailed, yet deeply disturbing detective work, back to the birth of the FBI and the rise of J. Edgar Hoover, unveils an unimaginable injustice overlooked for 85 years. Let’s not allow this atrocious act against the Osage to slip back into obscurity ever again.


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Gertie's Leap to Greatness Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250143747
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Published: Square Fish - April 3rd, 2018

Gertie is determined to win back the love of her mother by becoming the GREATEST fifth grader in the history of Carroll elementary school. She has two best friends, she has resuscitated a frog and she has talent. Everything is on track for Gertie’s Leap to Greatness! Until the new girl, Mary Sue Spivey shows up. Mary Sue is prettier, smarter and lives with two parents. She is a seat stealer and knows a movie star, Jessica Walsh, too. Mary Sue is determined to put Gertie back in her place and become the GREATEST fifth grader ever known. And, she does. Will Gertie overcome her desire to win the coveted title of GREATEST fifth grader and please her family or will she shove the seat-stealing Mary Sue into a closet and take the lead? This is a great read for girls struggling through the drama of fourth/fifth grade. I loved it!

 


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Marlena: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250160157
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Published: Picador - April 3rd, 2018

A mostly over-medicated manic mess, Marlena is the quirky, cool chick that Cat copies unquestioningly since her move to mind numbing Northern Michigan. Cat is determined to turn over a new leaf, leaving her good girl ways downstate in Detroit. Together, the girls dare each other into a desperate game of living dangerously until a drugged-out Marlena inexplicably drowns. Can Cat overcome her impulsive, immature instincts and move past the memories made with Marlena or will she find herself following in the same, fateful footsteps as her never-forgotten friend?


Tangerine: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062686664
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Published: Ecco - March 27th, 2018

A hauntingly horrific debut novel with hints of a Hitchcockian twist, “Tangerine” by Christine Mangan is the tragic tale of 1950’s socialite Alice Shipley and her destitute friend, Lucy Mason, college roommates forever damaged by one dark and stormy night. One year later, a lucky Lucy finds a frail Alice self-medicating in Morocco with a free-loading husband by her side, desperately fighting the demons threatening her descent into madness. Could Lucy be Alice’s lucky charm and her missing link to an exciting life exploring the world without restraint or is she the manipulative mastermind determined to destroy Alice’s life once again?


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Sometimes I Lie: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250144843
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 13th, 2018

Alice Feeney’s debut, “Sometimes I Lie” is a wickedly woven web of family deception sure to tantalize thriller fans far and wide. Meet Amber Reynolds, a lying, no-longer loved by her husband woman clinging to life after a mysterious car crash leaves her in a coma.  A silently screaming Amber tries to piece together her memories from a childhood diary, the week leading up to her accident and from visitors to her hospital room unaware they are being watched. Will Amber figure out her unexpected predicament and find the perpetrator responsible for her paralyzed state? Or, will the clock continue to slowly tick towards her untimely demise?


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House of Names Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501140228
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Published: Scribner Book Company - March 6th, 2018

A masterful manipulation of the classic tragedy of Clytemnestra, queen of Mycenae, Colm Toibin’s House of Names is retelling the story of the House of Atreus and her husband, King Agamemnon. Bursting with rage at the betrayal at the hands of Agamemnon, Clytemnestra orchestrates a murderous plot to avenge the death of daughter Iphigenia, slaughtered in sacrifice to supplicate the gods. Upon his victorious return, an unknowing Agamemnon finds himself ensnared in a trap, facing a kingdom full of deceitful families, ready for vengeance and demanding justice for all the ills suffered since his sojourn to fight the Trojan War. I adored Toibin’s beautifully written adaptation of The Orestia by Aeschylus and his prose is promised to please all lovers of the classics


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The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492650959
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Published: Sourcebooks - March 6th, 2018

Lip. Dip. Paint. Three little actions with devastating consequences for The Radium Girls, a select group of glamorous girls employed as watch dial painters during the early 20th century. This is the tragic, true account of young women, promised wealth and prominence as an employee of the Radium Luminous Materials Corporation, yet delivered unexplained pain and suffering, betrayal and injustice. Determined to seek retribution for their impending death sentences, these gutsy gals fight for their families and for future safety standards for all. The sacrifices made by these brave women are awe-inspiring and unimaginably awful at the same time and will haunt my thoughts indefinitely


The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781610396912
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Published: PublicAffairs - February 27th, 2018

What does a small-town dentist, an unqualified medical examiner and the Mississippi criminal justice system have in common? They’re a part of a good ole boy network obsessed with mass incarceration and the death penalty, rampant racism and corrupt court judges consumed with closing cases at any cost. Not to mention the wrongly convicted men paying the price for other perpetrators crimes, many of them still sitting on death row today. “The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist,” by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a horrifying haunt through a legal system run by unqualified, unconscionable men intent to impart their will on an unwitting society too overwhelmed by titles, accreditations and pseudo-scientific facts to question their motives. Thank goodness Balko and Carrington had the courage to expose these corrupt individuals and hopefully, this book will open a door to investigations in other criminal justice courts across the country.


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Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399590504
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Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

Raised by Mormon fundamentalists, mistrustful of the medical community while having never stepped foot in a classroom setting, Tara Westover's memoir, "Educated" is excruciatingly painful at times. From witnessing devastating destruction deep in the woods of Idaho to enduring an abusive bi-polar brother to becoming ostracized by her survivalist parents for her beliefs, Tara's tale of self-discovery will totally bring you to tears. Torrents of them. For fans of "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls and "Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance, except much more dysfunctional, "Educated" will leave you thanking your lucky stars you weren't raised a Westover.


I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525520221
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Published: Knopf - February 6th, 2018

Maggie O’Farrell’s memoir, “I Am, I Am, I Am” is an absolutely extraordinary look at how lives near misses can mysteriously materialize behind every corner having the potential to mold our moves for future experiences or the ability to extinguish our existence forevermore. After her daughter is diagnosed with a challenging illness, facing death daily, O’Farrell is determined to explain the fragility of life for all mankind and the importance of making every moment count. Heartbreakingly honest, incredibly insightful and powerfully prophetic, you’ll be anxiously holding your breath while simultaneously cheering for O’Farrell to prevail yet again. Until the very last sentence.


Only Killers and Thieves: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062690968
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Published: Harper - February 6th, 2018

An absolutely vicious debut novel, “Only Killers and Thieves,” by Paul Howarth is a dark and violent coming-of-age story of the McBride brothers, Billy and Tommy, set in the late 1880’s Australian Outback. After discovering the slaughter of their family, the McBride boys, one eager, one reluctant, join with local land baron, Joseph Sullivan to hunt down and massacre the Aboriginals responsible. During their brutal battle for vengeance, the brothers are soon forced to choose between right and wrong, power or weakness and a future of servitude working for Sullivan to pay off their father’s debt. Their loyalty torn apart, Tommy deserts the hunt, desperate to seek the truth of his parent’s murder. Will Tommy find the strength to exact the revenge he initially didn’t seek, or will he cave to the seductive sirens calling from Sullivan’s camp?


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A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101973721
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Published: Anchor - January 9th, 2018

Take an over-medicated, moody, middle-aged mother of four, add a month of experimental microdosing with LSD and it makes for A Really Good Day by Ayelet Waldman. This mesmerizing memoir of mental exploration tackles the taboo topic of drug use in our society, the frightening rise of prescription pills and the devastating addictions developing during the War on Drugs. A rollicking ride through the realm of self-realization, Waldman’s creative quest for sanity is painfully honest, hysterically funny and deeply human. I loved it!


Future Home of the Living God: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062694058
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Published: Harper - November 14th, 2017

Powerful, prophetic and absolutely pertinent to our times, Louise Erdrich’s new novel "The Future Home of the Living God" is a horrifying haunt through women’s reproductive rights and the lengths the government will go to ensure the success of mankind as we know it. Riveting, yet repulsive and revealing at the same time, Erdrich captures the essence of “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood and spins a new twist sure to tantalize and terrorize your thoughts and fears. Once again, Erdrich challenges societal constraints and conceives a novel guaranteed to leave you guessing. I highly recommend!


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ISBN: 9781250044662
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - November 7th, 2017

The much- awaited “Renegades” by Marissa Meyer has finally arrived and it does not disappoint. Meet Nightmare/Nova, an Anarchist vowed to wreak her vengeance on a syndicate of super heroes, led by Captain Chromium and infiltrated by the mysterious Sentinel. Saved as a young girl by her Uncle Ace, leader of the Anarchists, Nova is determined to avenge her families murder at the inadvertent hands of the Renegades. Enter Sketch/Adrian, adopted son of Captain Chromium and the Dread Warden, seeking justice for his mother’s mysterious death. Will Nova and Adrian overcome their driving desire to unknowingly destroy each other or are they destined to ignite a war neither side can win?


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Girl Up: Kick Ass, Claim Your Woman Card, and Crush Everyday Sexism Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501169199
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Published: Touchstone - July 11th, 2017

Get ready Gals! Laura Bates, author of Everyday Sexism has a follow-up survival guide for young feminists and it’s fantastic. Are you a militant, man-hater with hairy armpits? Guess what? Much like these myths behind feminism, Girl Up tackles the topics challenging young women in our shallow society such as the manipulative media, mass misogyny and the belief it is up to women to alter their behavior for beating the rape wrath. An important image-busting book, Girl Up is a must read for all maneuvering through life amongst social media and its threat to our everyday existence. I highly recommend!


Dividing Eden Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062453846
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Published: HarperTeen - June 6th, 2017

With a monarchy in ruins, a queen descending into madness and unseen threats to the throne, twins Carys and Andreus find themselves facing a Trial of Succession to determine who shall rule Eden. While monsters run amuck in the mountains, the twins, who’ve hidden each others secrets from all outsiders, have little time to question the Council of Elders and their complicit plan to head the Hall of Virtues. Carys and Andreus are forced to fight each other through a series of tests to determine who will rule the throne. Will Carys and Andreus’s bond be broken beyond repair by a Trial of Succession or will they persevere and continue to protect each other through the peril and pandemonium?


The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Thai Neave (By (photographer))
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ISBN: 9780544570979
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2017

Absorb 52 fabulous findings by awe-inspiring athletes, politicians and overall amazing people in "The Playbook" by Kwame Alexander. Full of motivational moments with Michael Jordan, Michelle Obama and Muhammed Ali, to name a few, these are lessons learned while on the road to success that will last a lifetime. With wisdom and wit, Alexander has compiled a list of winning ways guaranteed to guide in this game of life.


Three Dark Crowns Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062385437
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Published: HarperTeen - September 20th, 2016

Upon their sixteenth birthday, triplets Arsinoe, Katharine and Mirabella are destined to be queen. Each trained in deadly talents, each determined to win the throne, its sister against sister, in Kendare Blake's dark fantasy, leaving two destroyed while one will capture the crown. Will Arsinoe, Katharine and Mirabella fight for their destiny and sister's untimely death or will they recall their early upbringing together and turn their destructive talents elsewhere?


Queen Bees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307454447
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - October 13th, 2009

Whether you were the leader of the clique, the token messenger for the queen or left out completely, high school ends eventually and, most likely, you continue to outgrow those labels placed upon you during those difficult years. Then, you become a parent, a job of delivering all of your knowledge to your little one with the hopes of avoiding the same pitfalls you experienced growing up. However, the years dull the memories and we tend to forget how difficult adolescence was or block it out of our heads completely. It is a big deal to our girls and we need to learn how to listen without making light of the situations which are devastating to them. At that age, they were devastating to us, too.This book gives you the tools to help your daughter cope, survive and eventually thrive through these emotional years. I wish it was around when I was growing up!


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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316439954
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 31st, 2017

A deliciously delightful and utterly enchanting debut sure to dazzle fans of the Harry Potter series, “Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow,” by Jessica Townsend, caught me from the very first chapter. I absolutely couldn’t put this gem down after meeting Morrigan, a cursed child destined to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. Complete with monsters lurking in the shadows, a Magnificat named Fenestra and the magical city, Nevermoor, home of the Wundrous Society, Townsends tale is a treasure for all ages and will leave you longing for more. Will Morrigan figure out her talent in time to save herself from the wicked Wundersmith or is she doomed to die a dark death and disappear for all time? Fantastically fun and fast paced read…I loved it!!


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King's Cage (Red Queen #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062310699
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Published: HarperTeen - February 7th, 2017

Imprisoned by maniacal Maven, King of Norta and suffering under the weight of his Silent Stone, a lightning-less Mare Barrow has lost all hope for her future. With Maven holding her puppet strings tight, a raging Mare dances against the Red rebellion, forsaking her newblood comrades and Cal, causing allegiances to crack and chaos to reign.  Will the little lightening girl escape the clutches of King Maven and rise to fight again? Or, will Mare lose her heart to Cal and a country destined for division and death? The King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard is the final installment in The Red Queen series and it’s fantastic!

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Check out this text rant by Maddy:

I AM SO MAD AT THIS BOOK!!!!!! LUCKILY SHE IS WRITING A FOURTH BOOK NOW!!!!!! I am so angry, not completely surprised, but furious just the same. I’m so angry. I like mare a lot more after this book, but I think cal is going through his “angry confused too self righteous” stage now like mare did in the glass sword and katniss did in the beginning of mocking jay. I hate maven so much!!!!!! I need the fourth book now. I am so angry. I need to rant. Why did u give me this book?!?!?!?!!!  Weekend ruined. I loved the book, but am too emotional to not rant right now. You brought this upon yourself. Cal needs to get his priorities in line and Evangeline has to realize that Farley did not promise not to kill her brother. I hate the house Samos. I am angry at Cal. TEAM KILORN!!!!!!!!!! This is not ok. When u said it was the last book and I read the end I immediately googled it and there is gonna be a fourth book in a year and a half!!!!! AND WHEN U SAID IT WAS LIKE DIVERGENT I JUST CRINGED THE ENTIRE LAST HUNDRED PAGES!!!!!!!!!!! I’m angry. Sorry. Nobody else has read it.
I’m angry crying laughing right now and it is because of you.

My reply: ?? HILARIOUS!!!


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The Fate of the Tearling: A Novel (Queen of the Tearling, The #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062290441
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 27th, 2017

Erika Johansen has created an incredibly intense, intriguing and completely captivating conclusion for her Tearling trilogy, sure to please all awaiting Queen Kelsea’s fate. Rash, reckless and filled with rage, Kelsea has surrendered to the Red Queen while unwittingly unleashing the Orphan, a threat so evil, both soon find themselves fighting together for their own survival. Will Kelsea unravel the mystery of her magical sapphires and save the Tear kingdom from ultimate destruction? Or, is she destined for an early demise thereby sealing The Fate of the Tearling? So worth the wait!


Wishtree Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250043221
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 26th, 2017

A stunning story of hope, redemption and the power of a simple wish, Katherine Applegate has created an utterly enchanting tale of religious tolerance with her latest, “Wishtree.” Meet Red, a 216-year-old northern red oak tree, Samar, a young Muslim refugee and a bevy of talkative forest animals in this fantasy sure to please readers of all ages. When a hateful message is carved into Red’s trunk, the community comes alive and the forest animals must act to protect Samar and her family from flight. There is a magical message within these pages that moved me to tears…twice!

A must-read and totally-pertinent-to-the-times book. Seriously.


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The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476763835
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 10th, 2018

Find out how a once charismatic, civil rights leader and small-town minister from Indiana slowly dissolves into a persuasive, pill-popping, paranoid prophet of God amongst the jungles of Guyana in Jeff Guinn’s The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple. In dark, disturbing and often desperate details, Guinn exposes Jim Jones’s journey from a beloved “Father” of his congregation to a controversial crusader determined to destroy his constituents. With catastrophic results; a mass suicide by cyanide and over 900 dead. In Guinn’s tragic account of the Peoples Temple, he leaves the reader questioning, how far are you willing to go to start a revolution?


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The Hawkweed Prophecy (The Hawkweed Series #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781602863132
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Published: Hachette Books - August 15th, 2017

An ancient divination, a desperate witch with a crown on her mind and a betrayal at birth make for magic and mayhem in The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull. Teenagers Poppy and Ember, switched at birth by the wicked witch, Raven, are destined for destruction and despair. Both girls are fighting for a place within their worlds, only to find out they have been living lies their entire lives. Enter Leo, another lost soul, loved by both Ember and Poppy. Will the troublesome Poppy figure out the dastardly deceit carried out by Ember's coven and find a life with Leo? Or, will the prophecy destroy both girls, unleashing dark forces determined to end their very existence? Initially, I expected this to be a standalone Avid Reader novel. However, the ending definitely leaves you wondering what will become of these three teens with a sequel sure to follow.


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Before We Were Yours: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425284681
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 6th, 2017

Based on the tragic, yet true, tale of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanages and Georgia Tann, the despicable director responsible for countless crimes against families too poor to protect their progeny, “Before We Were Yours,” by Lisa Wingate is heart wrenching until the very last page. Wrangled from their river boat with her siblings one desperate night in 1939, young Rill is forced to face her family’s fate at Tann’s horrendous hands. Fast forward to present day and Avery, Senator Stafford’s privileged daughter, who stumbles upon nonagenarian May Crandall, and, a possible scandal ready to rip her family’s political career apart. Will Avery tear through her hidden history and restore May’s rightful place, healing hearts along the way, or, will she sit by and silence the secrets threatening to spill out?


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Beartown: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501160776
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Published: Washington Square Press - February 6th, 2018

Take a depressed hockey town, a bunch of boys fighting their way to the junior national championships game and a bellowing board of directors determined to win at all costs and you have Fredrik Backman’s latest novel, Beartown. This heart wrenching tale of love, loyalty and loss explores the universal struggles and sacrifices friends and families make each day just to carry on in life, regardless of the repercussions. An about face from his previous work, Backman’s insightful prose is thought-provoking, powerful and positively packs a punch you won’t ever forget! I loved every minute of it.


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Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team That Barnstormed Its Way to Basketball Glory Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616207403
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Published: Algonquin Books - December 5th, 2017

Set during the Dust Bowl, amidst the Great Depression, a dedicated group of basketball beauties, the Cardinals of Oklahoma Presbyterian College, are determined to challenge societal strictures and Babe Didrickson on their quest for the National Championship title. Faced with much criticism, judged less feminine for participating in a competitive sport rather than lady-like acceptable activities, the Cardinals overcome poverty, performing to their potential recognized by Coach Babb, and capture the heart of a Nation. This is the true tale of trailblazing women overcoming the overwhelming odds against them sure to inspire the athlete in all of us. A great, informative read like The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.


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American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345803153
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Published: Anchor - April 4th, 2017

Kidnapped and closeted, eventually carousing across the countryside, Patty Hearst caused a media sensation throughout the 1970's with her radical rebirth as a criminal in the Symbionese Liberation Army. In an era of insanity, Hearst captured the heart of a nation with her plight, pleading for a pardon from prosecution and from two presidents. Author Jeffrey Toobin recreates the events and actions of Hearst during her 19 months as "Tania," a gun-toting urban guerrilla. Was she a victim of circumstance, a brain-washed, betrayed heiress or did she embrace the excitement away from her everyday existence?
Take an eye-opening ride through history to see how clearly the Hearst's re-wrote the only acceptable ending of Tania's tale to be a happily-ever- after one.


Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781478978947
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Published: Little, Brown & Company - April 16th, 2013

While listening to the tale of Bernadette Fox, an overwhelmed, under medicated mother of Bee and wife to overworked, uninvolved husband, Elgin, the reader breaks into song…so fun! A quirky, yet compelling story of family life and the unexpected twists and turns involved with everyday occurrences. Bernadette is frustrated with the misunderstandings, misinterpretations and mixed-up messages being delivered by local Seattleites to her concerned husband. After an intervention gone awry, Bernadette has gone missing, without a trace. Full of witty feuds with school board mommies, neighbors and fellow freakishly intelligentsia, Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a great summer listen. And, read!


Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom Cover Image
By Booki Vivat, Booki Vivat (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062398796
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Published: HarperCollins - September 27th, 2016

Meet middle-child, Abbie We, a middle-schooler muddled in the messy middles. Unlike her super popular brother, Peter or her super cute little sister, Clara, Abbie hasn't found her place in Poindexter middle school. And, it's making her mental! A super fun little tale about the troubles tormenting all students moving from the comfort of elementary school to the horrible, hideous middle school. Will Abbie figure out how to avoid impending doom and feel like a less frazzled fifth grader? Or, will she continue to get mucked up in the middles?


The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781611761696
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Published: Penguin Audio - June 4th, 2013

Determined to beat the odds, nine working-class boys from the University of Washington’s rowing team overcome a depressive beginning to defeat the world at Hitler’s 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Underdogs from day one, fighting poverty and privilege along the way, this crew shocks all with their unbelievable come-from-behind effort to become gold medalists. Filled with details of a post-Depression and a pre-WWII era, this is the inspiring tale of a team winning the hearts of a nation while achieving their lifelong dream. Read by Edward Herrmann, The Boys in the Boat is a must-listen for all non-fiction fans.


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Britt-Marie Was Here: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501142543
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Published: Washington Square Press - February 7th, 2017

Fredrik Backman, author of “A Man Called Ove" and "My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry," has done it again. List loving Britt-Marie has an overwhelming fear of dying undetected by all. Enter the soccer-loving town of Borg, home of the dirty, downtrodden and defeated. Throughout this woman’s quirky, captivating quest to become somebody, Backman creates an eclectic cast of characters guaranteed to let everyone know “Britt-Marie Was Here.” Laugh out loud funny, I adored this book!


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Terror in the City of Champions: Murder, Baseball, and the Secret Society That Shocked Depression-Era Detroit Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781493030583
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Published: Lyons Press - August 1st, 2017

Think The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson meets 1930’s Depression-era Detroit in Tom Stanton’s latest tale of the Tigers. In the midst of celebrating the success of winning the pennant, Detroiter’s are slowly realizing the terror lurking behind the city scenes. A secretive, destructive Klan-like group known as the Black Legion. Vicious and vengeful, the Legion is terrorizing the victorious city with murder, floggings and fire bombs, led by baseball-loving Dayton Dean, a man determined to clean out the unwanted and unworthy.

Stanton recreates a true-tale full of Lions, Tigers and Red Wings, the state of Detroit’s citizens during the depression and political scandal, too. Get a first peek at the future voice of the Tigers, Ernie Harwell as well as historical figures, including Joe Louis, Ty Cobb, Ronald Reagan and J. Edgar Hoover. Stanton has hit a home run with his eighth book! I highly recommend to all non-fiction…and, fiction fans.


A Man Called Ove: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476738024
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Published: Washington Square Press - May 5th, 2015

A curmudgeon, a curious cat and a quirky cast of supporting characters make for a delightful summer read in "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman. Meet Ove, a dark, disinterested in life leftover, desperate to find the peace he lacks. Lucky for Ove, his new neighbors don't know how to back up a U-haul trailer. Or, how to control their chatty, chaotic children. Give it a few chapters to unravel the storyline and you'll fall hook, line and sinker into this tale. I laughed, I cried...and, once finished, I cried some more. Definitely a must-read for all of us wishing we could say EXACTLY what we mean, at least once in a lifetime!


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Bird Box: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062259660
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Published: Ecco - February 10th, 2015

Imagine something so terrifying, one glimpse and a person is impulsively driven to commit deadly violence, to oneself and others? Suddenly forced into a world of darkness, covered windows and blindfolds, Malorie must survive for the sake of her unborn child. Finding herself amongst a group of survivors, led by the knowledgeable Tom, Malorie soon learns the threat may not only be outside, but, living inside their house. While switching between the past and present, Josh Malerman's debut novel is a thriller from start to finish. Flash forward to five years later, with the hopes of finding survivors, Malorie is desperate to make a twenty-mile journey downriver, blindfolded with the four-year old's, boy and girl. Will their wits and trained ears guide them to salvation or will they encounter the horrific threat that has annihilated most of mankind? Super creepy!


Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061988356
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 24th, 2012

With a chance to see “Shangri-La,” in Dutch New Guinea, 24 American servicemen and women climb aboard the Gremlin Special, a transport plane, in hopes of forgetting the tragedies of WWII. While enroute to this fabled paradise, the plane crashes into a mountainous jungle, leaving only three survivors. WAC Corporal Margaret Hastings, Lieutenant John McCollum and Corporal Kenneth Decker soon find themselves in a desperate battle for survival. And, a difficult choice. Do they stay with the wreckage or venture into the territory where man-eating headhunters are rumored to live? This true life adventure story is full of incredible heroism, personal sacrifice and determination. I loved every page!


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The Snowman: A Harry Hole Novel (7) (Harry Hole Series) Cover Image
By Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780307742995
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - April 17th, 2012

Investigator Harry Hole is on the hunt for a serial killer. Women are turning up dead around Oslo, leaving Harry obsessively searching for clues. With each murder, a mysterious snowman is left behind, taunting the frustrated investigator. Is Harry on the right track in finding this maniacal killer or does he need to start looking in his own backyard? This is an intense thriller that is guaranteed to keep you up at night, especially during the dark winter months. I couldn’t sleep until I finished it! And, my kids are no longer allowed to build snowmen. Super scary!


Doc: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812980004
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 6th, 2012

Born with a cleft palate, a certain death sentence in 1851, John Henry defied the odds, thanks to his determined and consumptive mother, Alice Jane Holliday. Upon his diagnosis of tuberculosis at the age of 21, John Henry abandons plans to join the family dental practice. He heads out for the dry Western air in hopes of prolonging his fate. However, there is much more lurking in the air out West; gambling, liquor, cheap women and gun fighting. Better known as Doc Holliday, the famous gun slinging gambler, John Henry will continue to tempt fate and cheat death for another fifteen years. After all, when dealt a death sentence, why not risk it all?


Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062060563
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - February 7th, 2012

Christine wakes every morning in a state of panic. Due to a horrible accident, she has no memory and relies on daily notes from her husband, Ben, to understand her life. Until Dr. Nash, a neuropsychologist, begins to call. Little by little, Christine pieces together her lost memories until she is dangerously close to discovering her past. This is a psychological thrill ride that, at times, leaves you uneasy, queasy and afraid of the next twisted turn. I couldn’t put it down!


Safe from the Sea Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609530570
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Published: Unbridled Books - September 12th, 2011

Peter Geye describes an incredible tale of life on the Great Lakes and lives regretted with his debut novel, Safe from the Sea. Lake Superior describes itself. Imagine a father-son estrangement, a major tragedy on the water and terminal illness. Patriarch Olaf Torr has a secret he’s been holding since the terrible night the Ragnarol caught fire. With a quick call, his son, Noah, is headed to a father he has had little contact with since the ship went down. Although son, Noah, doesn’t realize it, he is soon returned to his roots, learns past experiences he chose to forget and begins anew. A dark novel with an incredibly happy, though disturbing, ending that captured me from the prologue.


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The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143119609
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Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2011

Arrogance is often thought of as a good quality to have when going into battle. If George Armstrong Custer could offer advice posthumously, I think he would disagree. The battle at the Little Bighorn proves you need to take a step back and digest all of the information coming your way, no matter how famous you think you are. Like the great Sitting Bull. Excellent read, very informative and a great narrative on a piece of American history. I highly recommend The Last Stand by Nathaniel Philbrick for all those history lovers and adventure seekers wishing to make their mark on America's history.


The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547394602
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Published: Mariner Books - September 7th, 2010

Teddy Roosevelt brought conservationism to the minds of the American public. The Bitterroot Mountain Range fire of 1910 almost destroyed this movement and the National Forest Service in two horrific days. Teddy's boy scouts, a scathing reference to the forest rangers, were challenged across three states with over 300 millions acres consumed by The Big Burn. Timothy Egan's account of the greatest force assembled to fight a wildfire in our history is fast paced and informative. Teddy Roosevelt triumphs and conservationism continues to gain momentum. Imagine what our country would be like today without our national parks? Thanks, Teddy.


One Second After (A John Matherson Novel #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765327253
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Published: Forge Books - November 24th, 2009

This is a thought provoking look at life after war, when America suffers an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP), a weapon that may actually already exist. In this post-apocalyptic novel, John Matherson hopes to save his family and his small North Carolina town from the chaos left behind. Forced back into the Dark Ages, Matherson is desperate to restore order and civility, while fighting obstacles on all levels. Imagine no technology, little transportation and a limited amount of resources. How long until the medicine is gone? Or, the food supply? What happens to all the medicated people when their drug no longer exists? This book made me take a close look at my friends and family and wonder…how long would they survive? I was terrified by this novel.


 

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