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They're going to love you. by Meg Howrey

They're going to love you.

Meg Howrey

Book

"Carlisle Martin dreams of becoming a professional ballet dancer like her mother Isabel. She only gets to see her father Robert, and his brilliant but troubled partner James, for a few precious weeks a year when she visits their enchanted apartment in...

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A wish for winter  by Viola Shipman

A wish for winter

Viola Shipman

Book

"Despite losing her parents in a tragic accident just before her fourteenth Christmas, Susan Norcross has had it better than most, with loving grandparents to raise her and a gang of quirky, devoted friends to support her. Now a successful bookstore owner in a...

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Liberation day  by George Saunders

Liberation day

George Saunders

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"The 'best short story writer in English' (Time) is back with a masterful collection that explores ideas of power, ethics, and justice, and cuts to the very heart of what it means to live in community with our fellow humans. With his trademark prose - wickedly...

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Mad honey by Jodi Picoult

Mad honey

Jodi Picoult

Audio CD

"Olivia fled her abusive marriage to return to her hometown and take over the family beekeeping business when her son Asher was six. Now, impossibly, her baby is six feet tall and in his last year of high school, a kind, good-looking, popular ice hockey star...

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A daughter's courage by Renita D'Silva

A daughter's courage

Renita D'Silva

Audio CD

"How much would you sacrifice to save your family? 1929. When a passionate love affair threatens to leave Lucy in disgrace, she chooses a respectable marriage over a life of shame. With her husband, coffee-plantation-owner James, she travels to her new home in...

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The shadow sister by Lucinda Riley

The shadow sister

Lucinda Riley

Audio CD

"Star D'Apliese is at a crossroads in her life after the sudden death of her beloved father - the elusive billionaire, named Pa Salt by his six daughters, all adopted by him from the four corners of the world. He has left each of them a clue to their true...

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One for sorrow, two for joy by Marie-Claire Amuah

One for sorrow, two for joy

Marie-Claire Amuah

Audio CD

"It's hard to plan your future when the ghosts of the past won't leave you alone. Stella tries very hard to be good. She tries not to be sassy, to answer back, to be noticed. Because when Stella's father is angry, it's like lightning and thunder and...

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Sepia  by Herlinde Cayzer

Sepia

Herlinde Cayzer

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"Can you achieve redemption when political extremist indoctrination leads to the death of your only friend? Spanning continents and decades the fates of Sigrid, her brother Heinz, and his friend Werner, are interwoven by a sepia photograph. Will the lifelong...

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Christmas miracles at Hedgehog Hollow  by Jessica Redland

Christmas miracles at Hedgehog Hollow

Jessica Redland

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"It should be the most wonderful time of the year for Samantha and Josh as they prepare for the arrival of their first baby. But life at Hedgehog Hollow rarely goes to plan and the pair are faced with adversaries, old and new, and unexpected challenges to...

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A quilt for Christmas  by Melody Carlson

A quilt for Christmas

Melody Carlson

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"Christmas should be celebrated with family, but for Vera Swanson, that's not an option this year. Widowed and recently relocated, she is lonely in her condo-for-one - until little Fiona Albright knocks on her door needing help. With her mother seriously ill...

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Christmas at the Keep  by Marcia Willett

Christmas at the Keep

Marcia Willett

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"Nestled in the Devon countryside, the Keep has always been a refuge for the Chadwick family: forever warm and welcoming through the challenges life has thrown at them. And the current occupants have certainly seen their share of challenges. Lulu and her small...

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The pain tourist  by Paul Cleave

The pain tourist

Paul Cleave

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"This dream doesn’t feel like a dream. He tries to lift his head. Can’t do it. There is a doorway to his left, and beyond it a brightly lit corridor. Somebody walks past – a nurse … James Garrett was critically injured when he was shot following his parents’...

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Tauhou  by Kotuku Titihuia Nuttall

Tauhou

Kotuku Titihuia Nuttall

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An inventive exploration of Indigenous families, womanhood, and alternate post-colonial realities by a writer of Maori and Coast Salish descent. Dear grandmother, I am writing this song for you. I am a stranger in this place, he tauhou ahau, reintroducing...

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There's only one Danny Garvey  by David F. Ross

There's only one Danny Garvey

David F. Ross

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"Danny Garvey was a sixteen-year old footballing prodigy. Professional clubs clamoured to sign him, and a glittering future beckoned. And yet, his early promise remained unfulfilled, and Danny is back home in the tiny village of Barshaw to manage the...

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The man who loved islands  by David F. Ross

The man who loved islands

David F. Ross

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"The Disco Boys and the Band are back... In the early 80s, Bobby Cassidy and Joey Miller were inseparable; childhood friends and fledgling business associates. Now, both are depressed and lonely, and they haven't spoken to each other in more than ten years. A...

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Last days of disco  by David F. Ross

Last days of disco

David F. Ross

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"Early in the decade that taste forgot, Fat Franny Duncan is on top of the world. He is the undoubted King of the Ayrshire Mobile Disco scene, controlling and ruling the competition with an iron fist. From birthdays to barn dances, Franny is the man to call....

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O Caledonia  by Elspeth Barker

O Caledonia

Elspeth Barker

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"The sixteen years of Janet's life begin on a fogbound winter night in wartime Edinburgh. Her father, home on leave, peering into the blue wicker basket, comments, 'It's about the size of a cat.' Later, as sibling after sibling appears, Janet finds herself...

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The girl I used to be  by Debbie Howells

The girl I used to be

Debbie Howells

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"Anna and Will have been passing in and out of each other's lives since they were just teenagers. Now 20 years later, Anna is married - she has a lovely house, a grown-up stepdaughter and a husband with a good job. What she doesn't have is joy. When she runs...

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The woman outside the walls  by Suzanne Goldring

The woman outside the walls

Suzanne Goldring

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"Hamburg, 1942. Seventeen-year-old Anna knows she can never tell her proud parents the truth about where she is going. She must hide the fact that she is pregnant, that the father of her unborn child is dead and that she is on her way to a special maternity...

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The long weekend  by Judy Nunn

The long weekend

Judy Nunn

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"A captivating collection of six stories from Australia's master storyteller Judy Nunn... Together in print for the first time - including two brand-new stories - this collection is an intoxicating mix of suspense, history, romance, supernatural and...

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Hearts & bones  by Niamh Mulvey

Hearts & bones

Niamh Mulvey

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"Set between Ireland and London in the first two decades of this millennium, the stories in Hearts and Bones, Niamh Mulvey's debut collection, look at the changes that have torn through these times and ask who we are now that we've brought the old gods down....

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News at noon  by Anietie Isong

News at noon

Anietie Isong

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"Who will be the next president of the Society of Journalists in Lagos? Who is qualified to lead the esteemed body of journalists and help uphold professional ethics in the state? Will honesty and integrity be able to beat charisma and misinformation? ... When...

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The birdcatcher  by Gayl Jones

The birdcatcher

Gayl Jones

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"Set primarily on the island of Ibiza, the story is narrated by the writer Amanda Wordlaw, whose closest friend, a gifted sculptor named Catherine Shuger, is repeatedly institutionalized for trying to kill a husband who never leaves her. The three form a...

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Thunder of heaven  by Tim LaHaye

Thunder of heaven

Tim LaHaye

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"Thunder of Heaven appeals to the tens of millions of readers who have already made Tim LaHaye a household name and one of the best selling authors of all time. This book is a return to form for Tim LaHaye whose previous prophetic fiction series, Left Behind,...

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Visions of Johanna  by Peter Sarno

Visions of Johanna

Peter Sarno

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"Set mainly in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the East Village, Johanna, an artist, and Matt, a music critic, couldn't be more different, but by some twist of fate, Johanna plucks Matt from a crowd at a Dylan concert. What follows is a heady and intense...

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The universe  by Ryūhō Ōkawa

The universe

Ryūhō Ōkawa

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"In The Unknown Stigma 1, we learned about Agnes, a Catholic nun with a mysterious past and an unprecedented mission. In The Unknown Stigma 2, we watched as Agnes assumed her role in global changes of apocalyptic proportions. Now, in this astonishing sequel to...

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The mystery  by Ryūhō Ōkawa

The mystery

Ryūhō Ōkawa

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"It happened one early summer afternoon, in a densely wooded park in Tokyo: following a loud scream of a young woman, the alleged victim was found lying with his eyes rolled back and foaming at the mouth. The victim was a well-built, strong man but there was...

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The resurrection  by Ryūhō Ōkawa

The resurrection

Ryūhō Ōkawa

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"A mysterious young Japanese Catholic nun with a noble mission... What kind of destiny will unfold before her? Will it be hope or despair? This page-turner novel develops into a revelation that no one could have ever anticipated. Are you ready to embrace the...

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Animal truth and other stories  by Sharona Muir

Animal truth and other stories

Sharona Muir

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"Animal Truth and Other Stories is a collection of eco-fabulist tales in which adventures with fantastic animals and real science lead to metamorphoses of the heart. Familiar legends, from Faust and Oedipus to werewolves and time travel, appear in radically...

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The islands  by Dionne Irving

The islands

Dionne Irving

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"The Islands follows the lives of Jamaican women--immigrants or the descendants of immigrants--who have relocated all over the world to escape the ghosts of colonialism. Set in the United States, Jamaica, and Europe, these international stories examine the...

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The age of goodbyes  by Zishu Li

The age of goodbyes

Zishu Li

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"In 1969, in the wake of Malaysia's deadliest race riots, a woman named Du Li An secures her place in society by marrying a gangster; in a parallel narrative, a critic known as the Fourth Person explores the work of a writer also named Du Li An; in a third...

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Barefoot doctor  by 1953- author. Canxue

Barefoot doctor

1953- author. Canxue

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"In rural Yun Village, herbalist Mrs. Yi lives with her husband in a cottage at the foot of Niulan Mountain, where she gathers herbs to treat the ailments of the villagers by day and studies medicine by night. Sickness and herbs are lovers, she tells her...

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Toad  by Katherine Dunn

Toad

Katherine Dunn

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"Sally Gunnar has withdrawn from the world. She spends her days alone at home, reading drugstore mysteries, polishing the doorknobs, waxing the floors. Her only companions are a vase of godfish, a garden toad, and the door-to-door salesman who sells her...

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Christmas at the Amish market  by Shelley Shepard Gray

Christmas at the Amish market

Shelley Shepard Gray

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"Wesley is so busy running his family's Amish market at the holidays, he barely has time for Liesl, the young woman he's been courting for years. When she suggests her aunt Jenny could help Wesley out, he agrees to the plan. Jenny, still healing after a...

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The Sandcastle hurricane  by Carolyn Brown

The Sandcastle hurricane

Carolyn Brown

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"Cousins Tabby and Ellie Mae are due for a change. Running their aunt's beachfront bed-and-breakfast in Sandcastle, Texas, is just the thing to shake things up... though their lives spin out of control in more ways than one when a hurricane barrels into the...

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Anon pls.  by author DeuxMoi (Internet personality)

Anon pls.

author DeuxMoi (Internet personalit...

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"When Cricket Lopez, assistant to one of the most notorious celebrity stylists, revamps her old style Instagram account and turns it into a celebrity gossip blog on a drunken whim, she never thinks it will become anything. It's just a way to blow off steam...

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Offended sensibilities  by Alisa Ganieva

Offended sensibilities

Alisa Ganieva

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"Offended Sensibilities chronicles a series of sudden deaths that occur among officials of a provincial Russian town. The events in the plot relate to the notorious recent law banning forms of expression that 'offend the sensibilities' of religious believers....

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Mother in the dark  by Kayla Maiuri

Mother in the dark

Kayla Maiuri

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"A novel about family secrets and a volatile relationship between a mother and her daughters. When Anna's sister calls with an urgent message, Anna doesn't return the call. She knows it's about their mother. Growing up in working class Boston in an Italian...

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Adam  by Es Harīṣ

Adam

Es Harīṣ

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"S. Hareesh's Adam explores the more difficult of human emotions - lust, anger, jealousy, vengeance and greed. Translated from the Malayalam, the collection presents nine unusual stories about ordinary people, their passions and their diverse destinies in a...

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The life you left behind  by Debbie Howells

The life you left behind

Debbie Howells

Book

"One year ago Casey Cassidy was happy. She had great friends, a wonderful teaching job and a busy life - until with one missed flight, everything changes. One year later Casey knows what it means to find that once-in-a-lifetime love people dream of. But when...

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Happyish  by Jeanette Escudero

Happyish

Jeanette Escudero

Book

On the first anniversary of her divorce, Alex Martinez is looking forward to her new life. But then she gets a devastating diagnosis: she has a brain tumor. Instead of dealing with treatment possibilities--and her mother--Alex decides to go on adventures...

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Everything calls for salvation  by Daniele Mencarelli

Everything calls for salvation

Daniele Mencarelli

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"June 1994. Twenty-year-old Daniele wakes up in a hospital room, confused and surrounded by strangers. Slowly, memories of the previous night return to him: a spiral of anxiety and anger, an explosion of violence so intense that it almost inflicted irreparable...

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Seeing other people  by Diana. author. Reid

Seeing other people

Diana. author. Reid

Book

"Charlie's skin was stinging. Not with heat or sweat, but with that intense, body-defining self-consciousness-that sense of being watched. She lowered her eyes from Eleanor's loving gaze. Her throat taut with tears, she swallowed. 'You're a good sister,...

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Teen couple have fun outdoors  by Aravind Jayan

Teen couple have fun outdoors

Aravind Jayan

Book

"It is a day of triumph for Appa and Amma, who have driven home a shiny new Honda Civic to show off to their neighbours in Blue Hills housing colony. But their eldest son Sreenath is behaving strangely, and it soon becomes clear why: a secretly filmed video of...

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The winter garden  by Nicola Cornick

The winter garden

Nicola Cornick

Book

"1605: Anne Catesby fears for her family. Her son, the darkly charismatic Robert, is secretly plotting to kill the king, placing his wife and child in grave danger. Anne must make a terrible choice: betray her only child or risk her family's security...and her...

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Bournville  by Jonathan Coe

Bournville

Jonathan Coe

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"In Bournville, a placid suburb of Birmingham, sits a famous chocolate factory. For eleven-year-old Mary and her family in 1945, it's the centre of the world. The reason their streets smell faintly of chocolate, the place where most of their friends and...

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Waiting for sunshine  by Jane Sanderson

Waiting for sunshine

Jane Sanderson

Book

"Chrissie has always wanted to be a mother. After months of trying to adopt, she and her husband Stuart finally get the news that a little girl named Sunshine is waiting for them. Abandoned at a young age, the child comes to them without a family history, and...

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So long, Chester Wheeler by Catherine Ryan Hyde

So long, Chester Wheeler

Catherine Ryan Hyde

Audio CD

"Lewis Madigan is young, gay, out of work and getting antsy when he's roped into providing end-of-life care for his insufferable homophobic neighbour, Chester Wheeler. Lewis doesn't need the aggravation, just the money. The only requirements: run errands, be...

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Grace  by Victoria (Journalist) Scott

Grace

Victoria (Journalist) Scott

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"Nineteen-year-old Michelle has had a tough life, to say the least. Then she gets pregnant. She is convinced she would be a terrible mother but having grown up in care, she cannot bring herself to subject her child to the same fate. Amelia and her husband have...

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The Christmas postcards  by Karen (Writer) Swan

The Christmas postcards

Karen (Writer) Swan

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"It had been a make-or-break holiday for their marriage, but Natasha and Rob's rekindled romance is short-lived when their daughter's beloved soft toy disappears on the journey home. As Natasha comforts her distraught child, she turns to social media for help....

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We are the light  by Matthew Quick

We are the light

Matthew Quick

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"Lucas Goodgame lives in Majestic, Pennsylvania, a quaint suburb that has been torn apart by a recent tragedy. Everyone in Majestic sees Lucas as a hero--everyone, that is, except Lucas himself. Insisting that his deceased wife, Darcy, visits him every night...

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Square one  by Nell Frizzell

Square one

Nell Frizzell

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"Everyone is moving on... and then, there's Hanna. By thirty, Hanna expected to have it all (or at least some of it). But in reality, she's back at square one... Unable to afford to live on her own and forced to move in with her father who is also single and...

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Lucy by the sea by Elizabeth Strout

Lucy by the sea

Elizabeth Strout

Audio CD

"With her trademark spare, crystalline prose, Elizabeth Strout once again turns her exquisitely-tuned eye to the inner workings of the human heart, this time following the indomitable heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton and Oh William! through the early days of...

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A runner's guide to Rakiura  by Jessica Howland Kany

A runner's guide to Rakiura

Jessica Howland Kany

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"A millennial New Yorker, a Stewart Island fisherman, and a WW II veteran walk into a bar... Maudie's on the run - from New York and from her past - but she runs headlong into her future when she ends up on Rakiura Stewart Island on assignment to cover...

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Instant karma by David Michie

Instant karma

David Michie

Audio CD

"'Imagine if karma went instant?' said Anton. 'How crazy would that be?' What if we all woke one day to discover that every act of generosity was followed, soon after, by an unexpected windfall? If theft or betrayal led to rapid calamity? Within minutes, the...

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The winners by Fredrik Backman

The winners

Fredrik Backman

Large Print

"The long-awaited conclusion to the beloved New York Times bestselling and 'engrossing' (People) Beartown series - which inspired an HBO series of the same name - follows the small hockey town's residents as they grapple with change, pain, hope, and...

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The passenger by Cormac McCarthy

The passenger

Cormac McCarthy

Large Print

"1980, PASS CHRISTIAN, MISSISSIPPI: It is three in the morning when Bobby Western zips the jacket of his wetsuit and plunges from the boat deck into darkness. His divelight illuminates the sunken jet, nine bodies still buckled in their seats, hair floating,...

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She and her cat  by Makoto Shinkai

She and her cat

Makoto Shinkai

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"A tender and mesmerizing story about the wonder of life and the kindness of others, narrated with rare humour and wisdom. On the outskirts of Tokyo, in a neighbourhood overlooked by an elevated commuter railway, local cats weave their way through the lives...

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In the company of strangers  by Awais Ahmad Khan

In the company of strangers

Awais Ahmad Khan

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"In the glittering world of Pakistan's elite, all is not what it seems... As the wife of a wealthy businessman, Mona has all her heart desires: money, friends, social status...everything aside from freedom and unconditional love. Reconnecting with old friend...

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Her death was also water  by Allen C. Jones

Her death was also water

Allen C. Jones

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"Seven people try to survive on a small boat in a world completely transformed by an apocalyptic flood. Haunted by entwined pasts, the characters must voyage from a small Midwestern town through a world that seems increasingly fantastic. Each will face their...

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Listening for ghosts  by David Rabe

Listening for ghosts

David Rabe

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"Four stories (three of which appeared in the New Yorker) and a novella bring wit, compassion, and dizzying absurdity to facing life and death across generations. In "Things We Worried About When I Was Ten," carefree boys running in apparent midwestern freedom...

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The hour of the star  by Clarice Lispector

The hour of the star

Clarice Lispector

Book

"Living in the slums of Rio and eking out a living as a typist, Macabéa loves movies, Coca-Cola and her philandering rat of a boyfriend; she would like to be like Marilyn Monroe, but she is ugly, underfed, sickly and unloved. She has no future, and no sense of...

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The Oppermanns  by Lion Feuchtwanger

The Oppermanns

Lion Feuchtwanger

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"In the foment of Weimar-era Berlin, the Oppermann brothers represent tradition and stability. One brother oversees the furniture chain founded by their grandfather, one is an eminent surgeon, one a respected critic. They are rich, cultured, liberal, and...

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Singer distance  by Ethan Chatagnier

Singer distance

Ethan Chatagnier

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"In December 1960, Rick Hayworth drives his genius girlfriend, Crystal, and three other MIT grad students across the country to paint a message in the desert. Mars has been silent for thirty years, since the last time Earth solved one of the mathematical...

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The Amish quiltmaker's unconventional niece  by Jennifer Beckstrand

The Amish quiltmaker's unconventional niece

Jennifer Beckstrand

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"Mattie Zook always stands up for what's right--which is why she's been exiled from her Pennsylvania Dutch home to her Aunt Esther's farm. Outraged at local discrimination against the Amish, she's using her rumschpringe to run for town council. Esther can only...

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Happily ever Amish  by Shelley Shepard Gray

Happily ever Amish

Shelley Shepard Gray

Book

"Addie Byler may be Apple Creek's resident wallflower, but she knows she has a lot to offer--and much to be grateful for. Raised by her loving grandmother, she lives a life filled with good friends and hard work. Wary of romance, Addie assumes no man will look...

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Molly & the captain  by Anthony Quinn

Molly & the captain

Anthony Quinn

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"A celebrated artist of the Georgian era paints his two young daughters at the family home in Bath. The portrait, known as Molly & the Captain, becomes instantly famous, its fate destined to echo down the centuries, touching many lives. In the summer of 1889 a...

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The keepsake quilters  by Felicity Hayes-McCoy

The keepsake quilters

Felicity Hayes-McCoy

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"When London TV producer Penny finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, it throws her carefully thought-out future plans into disarray - and her concerned mother Val's constant attempts to guide her don't help to calm her panic. Meanwhile Penny's grandmother...

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Light skin gone to waste  by Toni Ann Johnson

Light skin gone to waste

Toni Ann Johnson

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"In 1962 Philip Arrington, a psychologist with a PhD from Yeshiva, arrives in the small, mostly blue-collar town of Monroe, New York, to rent a house for himself and his new wife. They're Black, something the man about to show him the house doesn't know. With...

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Lech  by Sara Lippmann

Lech

Sara Lippmann

Book

"A mother recovering from an abortion in a Borscht Belt rental. An eccentric aging landlord, haunted by a mysterious death. A grief-stricken Hasidic drug dealer. A scheming real estate agent looking for her break, her dogged daughter longing for her way out...

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On the first day of Christmas  by Faith Hogan

On the first day of Christmas

Faith Hogan

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"When Liv Latimer says goodbye to her colleagues and finishes work for the holidays, she's looking forward to a Christmas to remember with her boyfriend Eddie. But before she makes it home, her phone rings, calling her back into work. And Liv is faced with a...

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Thorneside stories  by Christopher Cameron

Thorneside stories

Christopher Cameron

Book

"Welcome to Thorneside. If you're a new arrival, the place may look like just another sleepy town nestled among the rolling hills of Lindisfarne County. But spend some time here, meet the people, and you'll soon see much more. Meet a church choirmaster who has...

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The secrets of Summer House  by Rachel (Romantic fiction writer) Burton

The secrets of Summer House

Rachel (Romantic fiction writer) Bu...

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"1976. Rushing out of the University Library, undergraduate Alice Kenzie bumps straight into PhD student Tristan Somers. There begins a whirlwind romance, and Alice falls pregnant and gives birth to a baby girl. Then Tristan is killed in a car accident. Unable...

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Sweeney and the bicycles  by Philip Salom

Sweeney and the bicycles

Philip Salom

Book

"The scar on the back of Sweeney's head is shaped like an S. He is obsessed with the beauty of bicycles, which he steals after painting his face in astonishing shapes and patterns. Asha Sen is the psychiatrist he begins to see for sessions. Then he meets...

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Willowman  by Inga Simpson

Willowman

Inga Simpson

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"Cricket has a willow heart. Batmakers around the world have tried everything, crafting bats from birch, maple, ash, even poplars . . . After two hundred years, cricket bat making is still beholden to a single species: Salix alba caerulea - or white willow...

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I am not Raymond Wallace  by Sam Kenyon

I am not Raymond Wallace

Sam Kenyon

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"Manhattan, 1963: weeks before the assassination of President Kennedy, fresh-faced Raymond Wallace lands in the New York Times newsroom on a three-month bursary from Cambridge University. He soon discovers his elusive boss, Bukowski, is being covertly...

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When we were sisters  by Fatimah Asghar

When we were sisters

Fatimah Asghar

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"Fatimah Asghar traces the intense bond of three orphaned siblings who, after their parents die, are left to raise one another. The youngest, Kausar, grapples with the incomprehensible loss of her parents as she also charts out her own understanding of gender;...

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The consequences  by Manuel Muñoz

The consequences

Manuel Muñoz

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"'Her immediate concern was money.' So begins the first story in Manuel Muñoz's dazzling new collection. In it, Delfina has moved from Texas to California's Central Valley with her husband and small son, and her isolation and desperation force her to take a...

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Oxblood ; by Tom Benn

Oxblood ;

Tom Benn

Book

"Wythenshawe, South Manchester. Sometime in the mid-1980s. The Dodds family once ruled Manchester's underworld; now the men are dead, leaving three generations of women trapped in a house haunted by violence, harbouring an unregistered baby. Matriarch Nedra...

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Marigold and Rose  by Louise Glück

Marigold and Rose

Louise Glück

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"The twins, Marigold and Rose, in their first year, begin to piece together the world as they move between Mother's stories of 'Long, long ago' and Father's 'Once upon a time'. Impressions, repeated, begin to make sense. The rituals of bathing and burping are...

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Such a pretty girl  by T. (Tammy) Greenwood

Such a pretty girl

T. (Tammy) Greenwood

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"Living peacefully in Vermont, Ryan Flannigan is shocked when a text from her oldest friend alerts her to a devastating news item. A controversial photo of her as a pre-teen has been found in the possession of a wealthy investor recently revealed as a...

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Sign here  by Claudia (Claudia Kilbourne) Lux

Sign here

Claudia (Claudia Kilbourne) Lux

Book

"A darkly humorous, surprisingly poignant, and utterly gripping debut novel about a guy who works in Hell (literally) and is on the cusp of a big promotion if only he can get one more member of the wealthy Harrison family to sell their soul. Peyote Trip has a...

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Seven empty houses  by Samanta Schweblin

Seven empty houses

Samanta Schweblin

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"The seven houses in these seven stories are empty. Some are devoid of love or life or furniture, of people or the truth or of memories. But in Samanta Schweblin's tense, visionary tales, something always creeps back in: a ghost, a fight, trespassers, a list...

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Illuminations  by Alan Moore

Illuminations

Alan Moore

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"In his first-ever short story collection, which spans forty years of work, Alan Moore presents a series of wildly different and equally unforgettable characters who discover--and in some cases even make and unmake--the various uncharted parts of existence. In...

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The last chairlift  by John Irving

The last chairlift

John Irving

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In Aspen, Colorado, in 1941, Rachel Brewster is a slalom skier at the National Downhill and Slalom Championships. Little Ray, as she is called, finishes nowhere near the podium, but she manages to get pregnant. Back home, in New England, Little Ray becomes a...

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Has anyone seen my toes?  by Christopher Buckley

Has anyone seen my toes?

Christopher Buckley

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"During the pandemic, an aging screenwriter is holed up in a coastal South Carolina town with his beloved second wife, Peaches. He's been binge-eating for a year and developed a notable rapport with the local fast-food chain Hippo King. He struggles to...

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Eden's children  by V. C. (Virginia C.) Andrews

Eden's children

V. C. (Virginia C.) Andrews

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"When former teacher Paula Eden adopts Faith and Trevor, she is astounded by their natural intelligence and decides to homeschool them to nurture their brilliance. But as the years go on, Faith and Trevor itch for more independence. When Faith sets her sights...

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Salt lick by Lulu Allison

Salt lick

Lulu Allison

Audio CD

"Britain is awash, the sea creeps into the land, brambles and forest swamp derelict towns. Food production has moved overseas and people are forced to move to the cities for work. The countryside is empty. A chorus, the herd voice of feral cows, wander this...

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Seeing other people by Diana Reid

Seeing other people

Diana Reid

Audio CD

"Charlie's skin was stinging. Not with heat or sweat, but with that intense, body-defining self-consciousness - that sense of being watched. She lowered her eyes from Eleanor's loving gaze. Her throat taut with tears, she swallowed. 'You're a good sister,...

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The partner track by Helen Wan

The partner track

Helen Wan

Audio CD

"Ingrid Yung's life is full of firsts. A first-generation Chinese American, the first lawyer in her family, she's about to collect the holy grail of "firsts" and become the first minority woman to make partner at the venerable old law firm Parsons Valentine &...

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Not exactly what I had in mind by Kate Brook

Not exactly what I had in mind

Kate Brook

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"Hazel and Alfie have just moved in together as flatmates. They've also just slept together, which was either a catastrophic mistake, or the best decision of their lives. Before they can decide, Hazel's sister Emily and her wife Daria arrive for a visit,...

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On the first day of Christmas by Faith Hogan

On the first day of Christmas

Faith Hogan

Audio CD

"When Liv Latimer says goodbye to her colleagues and finishes work for the holidays, she's looking forward to a Christmas to remember with her boyfriend Eddie. But before she makes it home, her phone rings, calling her back into work. And Liv is faced with a...

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The house on Rockaway Beach by Emma Burstall

The house on Rockaway Beach

Emma Burstall

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"When their grandmother leaves them her house in her will, sisters Sophie and Celia return to Rockaway, but they cannot agree on anything. It seems they will never see eye to eye, until Sophie makes a chance discovery which will make her question everything."...

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Broad River Station by Fleur McDonald

Broad River Station

Fleur McDonald

Audio CD

"Mia, a newly graduated constable, on her first post is assigned to Broad River, a small country town. And as certain as she is about her ability to do the job, on day one she's already in conflict with colleagues who believe that women shouldn't be coppers....

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Acts of service by Lillian Fishman

Acts of service

Lillian Fishman

Audio CD

"If sex is a truth-teller, Eve - a young, queer woman in Brooklyn - is looking for answers. On an evening when she is feeling particularly impulsive, she posts some nude photos of herself online. This is how Eve meets Olivia, and through Olivia, the...

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Beautiful by Danielle Steel

Beautiful

Danielle Steel

Audio CD

"Veronique Vincent is a star. At age 22, she is one of the most sought-after models in fashion, gracing the covers of magazines and walking the runways of haute couture shows across the globe. Yet, despite being the consummate professional, Veronique wants...

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The axeman's carnival  by Catherine Chidgey

The axeman's carnival

Catherine Chidgey

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''Everywhere, the birds: sparrows and skylarks and thrushes, starlings and bellbirds, fantails and pipits - but above them all and louder, the magpies. We are here and this is our tree and we're staying and it is ours and you need to leave and now. Tama is...

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Merrily ever after by Cathy Bramley

Merrily ever after

Cathy Bramley

Audio CD

Merry has always wanted a family to spend Christmas with, and this year her dream comes true as she says 'I do' to father-of-two Cole. But as she juggles her rapidly-growing business, wedding planning and the two new children in her life, her dream begins to...

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My soul twin  by Nino Haratischwili

My soul twin

Nino Haratischwili

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"Eight years have passed since Stella last saw Ivo, but when he returns, the reunion of their unconventional family will change the course of her ordinary life. As children, Stella and Ivo grew close as their parents embarked on an affair that would shatter...

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Sincerely, me  by Julietta Henderson

Sincerely, me

Julietta Henderson

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"Danny Mulberry is the definition of a man who 'could do better'. He hasn't spoken to his sister in sixteen years, spends most of his spare time in the local pub and currently lives in his best friend's garden shed. But when the consequences of one drunken...

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Love untold  by Ruth (Novelist) Jones

Love untold

Ruth (Novelist) Jones

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"Grace is about to turn ninety. She doesn't want parties or presents or fuss. She just wants to heal the family rift that's been breaking her heart for decades. But to do that she must find her daughter Alys - the only person who can help to put things right....

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Maureen Fry and the Angel of the North  by Rachel Joyce

Maureen Fry and the Angel of the North

Rachel Joyce

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"Ten years ago, Harold Fry set off on his epic journey on foot to save a friend. But the story doesn't end there. Now his wife, Maureen, has her own pilgrimage to make. Maureen Fry has settled into the quiet life she now shares with her husband Harold after...

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The toreador's dream  by Vanco. author. Ristov

The toreador's dream

Vanco. author. Ristov

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"Some people think that certain dreams can transcend time and warn about a crucial event which can have such a big impact that it can totally change one’s life. And so is the toreador’s dream, which plagues Danny’s life repeatedly, a young, troubled boy who...

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The twelve topsy-turvy, very messy days of Christmas by James Patterson

The twelve topsy-turvy, very messy days of Christmas

James Patterson

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It's mid-December and for the fifth year in a row, there is little sign of the festive season in the Sullivan family's home in south London. That is until a mysterious someone starts sending strange gifts to widower Henry and his two children. Before they know...

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Lucy by the sea by Elizabeth Strout

Lucy by the sea

Elizabeth Strout

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"As a panicked world goes into lockdown, Lucy Barton is uprooted from her life in Manhattan and bundled away to a small town in Maine by her ex-husband and on-again, off-again friend, William. For the next several months, it's just Lucy, William, and their...

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Other birds by Sarah Addison Allen

Other birds

Sarah Addison Allen

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"Down a narrow alley in the small coastal town of Mallow Island, South Carolina, lies a stunning cobblestone building comprised of five apartments. It's called The Dellawisp and it is named after the tiny turquoise birds who inhabit the building, alongside the...

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The Italian ballerina by Kristy Cambron

The Italian ballerina

Kristy Cambron

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"Rome, 1943. With the fall of Italy's Fascist government and the Nazi regime occupying the streets of Rome, British ballerina Julia Bradbury is stranded and forced to take refuge at a hospital on Tiber Island. But when she learns of a deadly sickness that is...

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Without merit by Colleen Hoover

Without merit

Colleen Hoover

Large Print

"Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness. The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the...

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The disappearance of Josef Mengele  by Olivier Guez

The disappearance of Josef Mengele

Olivier Guez

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"For three decades, until the day he collapsed in the Brazilian surf in 1979, Josef Mengele, the Angel of Death who performed horrific experiments on the prisoners of Auschwitz, floated through South America in linen suits, keeping two steps ahead of Mossad...

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The singularities  by John Banville

The singularities

John Banville

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"A man with a borrowed name steps from a flashy red sportscar - also borrowed - onto the estate of his youth. But all is not as it seems. There is a new family living in the drafty old house: the Godleys, descendants of the late, world-famous scientist Adam...

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Signal fires  by Dani Shapiro

Signal fires

Dani Shapiro

Book

"Late on a summer night in 1985, three teenagers are in a tragic car crash on the quiet, suburban Division Avenue. A girl is killed, and Theo and Sarah Wilf are left with a devastating secret that will haunt their family forever. By the time the Shenkmans move...

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