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    • The goldfinch : a novel
      The goldfinch : a novel
      Donna Tartt.
      The story begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the criminal underworld. As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love and his talisman, the painting, places him at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
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    • The assassination of Margaret Thatcher [sound recording] : stories
      The assassination of Margaret Thatcher [sound recording] : stories
      Hilary Mantel.
      Her classic wicked humor in each story-which range from a ghost story to a vampire story to near-memoir to mini-sagas of family and social fracture-brilliantly unsettles the reader in that unmistakably Mantel way.
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    • Rich girl problems [sound recording]
      Rich girl problems [sound recording]
      Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker.
      Step into the world of cable TV's hit reality show and meet new bride and new mother Milan, who finally has everything she's ever dreamed of. Problem is her perfect life doesn't work for TV. What will she do when the producer threatens to fire her? Editor-in-chief Chaunci isn't feeling the fame and the last thing she needs is to share the spotlight with her worst enemy, newcomer Journee. Socialite Journee expected her eighty-two-year-old husband to only live four days past their wedding night, but it's been four years. And just when it seems that he's ready to meet his maker, his son--Journee's ex-lover--shows up. Hair care mogul Vera is struggling with her failing marriage and the last thing she needs is her drug-addicted mother to further ruin her life or her image. Jaise is finally standing by her man. But will she live the life she thinks or will it cost her everything?
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    • Looking for trouble [sound recording]
      Looking for trouble [sound recording]
      by Trice Hickman.
      John Small endeavors to run Nedine, South Carolina's first black-owned bank, a situation complicated by his snooty girlfriend's problems and his reconnection with Alexandria Thornton, a corporate attorney who is frustrated with her career and love life.
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    • The perfect affair [sound recording]
      The perfect affair [sound recording]
      Lutishia Lovely.
      After a week of covering scientist Randall Atwater, journalist Jacqueline Tate finds herself in love with the man, but the only thing standing in her way is Randall's wife of twenty years.
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    • World of trouble
      World of trouble
      Ben H. Winters.
      With the doomsday asteroid looming, Detective Hank Palace has found sanctuary in the woods of New England, secure in a well-stocked safe house with other onetime members of the Concord police force. But with time ticking away before the asteroid makes landfall, Hank's safety is only relative, and his only relative, his sister Nico, isn't safe.
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    • Burn [sound recording]
      Burn [sound recording]
      James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge.
      At last, Detective Michael Bennett and his family are coming home to New York City. Thanks to Bennett, the ruthless crime lord whose vengeful mission forced the Bennett family into hiding has been brought down for good. Back in the city that never sleeps, Bennett takes over a chaotic Outreach Squad in Harlem, where he receives an unusual call: a man claims to have seen a group of well-dressed men holding a bizarre party in a condemned building. With no clear crime or evidence, Bennett dismisses the report. But when a charred body is found in that very same building, he is forced to take the demented caller seriously--and is drawn into an underground criminal world of terrifying depravity.
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    • The prodigal son : a Reverend Curtis Black novel
      The prodigal son : a Reverend Curtis Black novel
      by Kimberla Lawson Roby.
      After dropping out of Harvard to be with his girlfriend Racquel and their new baby, Matthew Black discovers that fatherhood isn't what he expected. His relationship with Racquel has become strained, and while he wants to be a good husband, he soon finds himself attracted to another woman. Meanwhile, Curtis and Charlotte are having their own problems. Curtis's long-lost-son Dillon has settled into their household and Charlotte feels he's trying to take Matthew's place in Curtis's heart. She is determined to get Dillon out of the house, but doing so won't be as easy as she thinks. Dillon quickly figures out what Charlotte is up to and launches his own plan to turn Curtis against her. As jealousy builds and secrets pile up, both of Curtis' sons will be pushed over the edge and forced to take drastic action. Can these two troubled young men find their way back into the Black family fold, or will their family ties be undone once and for all?
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    • Full measure [sound recording] : a novel
      Full measure [sound recording] : a novel
      T. Jefferson Parker.
      Patrick Norris has seen the worst that Afghanistan has to offer-excruciating heat, bitter cold, and death waiting behind every rock as comrades are blown to pieces by bombs and snipers. He returns home exhilarated by his new freedom and eager to realize his dream of a sport fishing business. But he is shocked to learn that the avocado ranch his family has owned for generations in the foothills of San Diego has been destroyed by a massive wildfire and the parents he loves are facing ruin.
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    • Fortune & fame [sound recording] : a novel
      Fortune & fame [sound recording] : a novel
      Victoria Christopher Murray, ReShonda Tate Billingsley.
      Jasmine Cox Larson Bush and Rachel Jackson Adams have been through a lot together--from fighting for their husbands to become the head of the American Baptist Coalition to getting mixed up in a terrible murder. Now the frenemies have found themselves the stars of First Ladies, a much anticipated new reality television show. Jasmine balks at the idea of airing her dirty laundry on national TV, but Rachel sees it as the perfect opportunity to take her brand to the next level. And if Rachel is in, so is Jasmine. All the cast members are women of God--how much drama can there be? Rachel and Jasmine know their own pasts are murky, but they'll seem like choir girls when the secrets and sins of the others come to light. The two will once again have to form an unholy alliance to go up against these so-called godly women who see the show as their chance to take them down--at any cost.
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    • Safe Harbor [sound recording]
      Safe Harbor [sound recording]
      Sherryl Woods.
      Tina Harrington's eccentric household displeased the denizens of moneyed, clannish Palm Beach, especially handsome, high-powered Drew Landry. Yet, against his will, Drew was drawn to Tina's collection of human strays, and most of all, he was drawn to Tina herself. Drew's meddling threatened the security of Tina's 'family' unit. Worse, his seductive forays made mincemeat of her carefully guarded emotions. Soon she wondered where on earth she could find a safe harbor from his piratical intentions.
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    • Confessions : the Paris mysteries
      Confessions : the Paris mysteries
      by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.
      After investigating multiple homicides and her family's decades-old skeletons in the closet, Tandy Angel is finally reunited with her lost love in Paris. But as he grows increasingly distant, Tandy is confronted with disturbing questions about him, as well as what really happened to her long-dead sister. With no longer any way to tell whom in her life she can trust, how will Tandy ever get to the bottom of the countless secrets her parents kept from her?
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    • Fantastic Mr. Fox [sound recording] : & other animal stories
      Fantastic Mr. Fox [sound recording] : & other animal stories
      Roald Dahl.
      Someone's been stealing from the three meanest farmers around, and they know the identity of the thief--it's Fantastic Mr. Fox! Working alone they could never catch him; but now fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don't know is that they're not dealing with just any fox--Mr. Fox would rather die than surrender. Only the most fantastic plan can save him now.
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    • Horrorstor : a novel
      Horrorstor : a novel
      by Grady Hendrix.
      Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring wardrobes, shattered Brooka glassware, and vandalized Liripip sofa beds--clearly someone, or something, is up to no good. To unravel the mystery, five young employees volunteer for a long dusk-till-dawn shift and encounter horrors that defy imagination. Along the way, author Grady Hendrix infuses sly social commentary on the nature of work in the new twenty-first-century economy. A traditional haunted house story in a contemporary setting, and full of current fears, Horrorstor delivers a high-concept premise in a unique style.
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    • Mr. Miracle [sound recording] : a Christmas novel
      Mr. Miracle [sound recording] : a Christmas novel
      Debbie Macomber.
      "Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track--and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store. After trying to make it on her own, Addie has returned home to Tacoma for the holidays, but this time she plans to stay for good, enrolling in the local community college to earn her degree. What she doesn't plan to do is run into Erich Simmons. Addie and her next-door neighbor, Erich, are like night and day. Growing up, he was popular and outgoing while she was rebellious and headstrong, and he never missed an opportunity to tease her. Now she intends to avoid him entirely, yet when they're suddenly forced to spend Christmas together, Addie braces for trouble. Perhaps it's the spirit of the season or the magic of mistletoe, but Addie and Erich soon find they have more in common than they thought--and that two people who seem so wrong for each other may actually be just right. With a little prompting from a certain angelic teacher, the two are in for a holiday miracle they'll never forget" -- from author's web site.
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    • Marina
      Marina
      by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
      In May 1980, fifteen-year-old Oscar Drai suddenly vanishes from his boarding school in Barcelona. For seven days and seven nights no one knows his whereabouts. His story begins in an old quarter of the city, where he meets the strange Marina and her father, German Blau, a portrait painter. Marina takes Oscar to a cemetery to watch a macabre ritual that occurs on the last Sunday of each month. At exactly ten o'clock in the morning, a coach pulled by black horses appears. From it descends a woman, her face shrouded be a black velvet cloak. Holding a single rose, she walks to a gravestone that bears no name, only a mysterious emblem of a black butterfly with open wings. When Oscar and Marina decide to follow her, they begin a journey that transports them to a forgotten, postwar Barcelona--a world of aristocrats and actresses, inventors and tycoons--and reveals a dark secret that lies waiting in the mysterious labyrinth beneath the city streets.
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    • Sand [sound recording]
      Sand [sound recording]
      Hugh Howey.
      We live across the thousand dunes with grit in our teeth and sand in our homes. No one will come for us. No one will save us. This is our life, diving for remnants of the old world so that we may build what the wind destroys. No one is looking down on us. Those constellations in the night sky? Those are the backs of gods we see.
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    • How to build a girl [sound recording]
      How to build a girl [sound recording]
      Caitlin Moran.
      It's 1990. Johanna Morrigan, fourteen, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides that there's no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde, fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer. But what happens when Johanna realizes she's built Dolly with a fatal flaw? Is a box full of records, a wall full of posters and a head full of paperbacks, enough to build a girl after all?
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    • Afterglow [sound recording]
      Afterglow [sound recording]
      Catherine Coulter.
      What do Chelsea Lattimer and David Winter have in common? Aside from both being single, attractive, and successful, absolutely nothing! She's an outspoken, free-spirited romance novelist. He's a physician, with a blue-blood pedigree and all the proper seriousness of his profession. But there is this incredible chemistry that won't go away. And when David decides to mold himself into one of the heroes in Chelsea's novels, they discover they actually do have something very magical in common.
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    • The children act
      The children act
      by Ian McEwan.
      London High Court Judge Fiona Maye presides over a sensitive case involving a family of Jehovah's Witnesses who won't allow their seventeen-year-old son to get a lifesaving blood transfusion because it conflicts with their religious beliefs. Meanwhile, Fiona's husband, Jack, has just left home, and she begins to feel the pressures of both resolving the case and saving her crumbling marriage.
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    • The Christmas bouquet
      The Christmas bouquet
      Sherryl Woods.
      For Caitlyn, catching the bridal bouquet at a wedding has set off a chain reaction that she's sure is more curse than blessing. Not only has she fallen in love with Noah, but an unexpected pregnancy threatens her well-laid plans for the future. It doesn't help that Noah is completely on board with marriage and happily-ever-after. It will take patience, love and family persuasion to help Caitlyn realize that she can have everything she wants, including a man who understands all of her dreams.
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    • A vision of fire [sound recording] : a novel
      A vision of fire [sound recording] : a novel
      Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin.
      Renowned child psychologist Caitlin O'Hara is a single mom trying to juggle life. When the daughter of India's ambassador starts speaking in tongues and having violent visions, her parents are sure it is because of the assassination attempt on her father; but when it starts happening around the world, Caitlin begins to think that there's a stranger force at work. She races across the globe to uncover the supernatural links between these cases in order to save her patient - and perhaps the world.
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    • The remedy for love [sound recording]
      The remedy for love [sound recording]
      Bill Roorbach.
      They're calling it the Storm of the Century, so Eric stops at the market for provisions. But when the unkempt young woman in line is short on cash, charity takes hold of him: twenty bucks and a ride home. She's squatting in a cabin in the woods with no electricity or heat, and just the nearby river to sustain her. She clearly doesn't realize the trouble she's in. But neither does Eric. As the snow keeps mounting and drifting, they're forced to ride out the storm together, for better or worse.
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    • The golem and the jinni : a novel
      The golem and the jinni : a novel
      by Helene Wecker.
      Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Now they struggle to make their way in a strange new world.
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    • Leaving time [sound recording] : a novel
      Leaving time [sound recording] : a novel
      Jodi Picoult.
      For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has searched for her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared after a tragic accident. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest. Serenity Jones is a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons. Virgil Stanhope is a jaded private detective who originally investigated Alice's case. As they work together to uncover the truth, they realize that in asking hard questions, they'll have to face even harder answers.
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    • Nora Webster [sound recording] : a novel
      Nora Webster [sound recording] : a novel
      Colm Toibin.
      Widowed at forty, with four children and not enough money, Nora has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the man who rescued her from the stifling world to which she was born. And now she fears she may be drawn back into it. Wounded, strong-willed, clinging to secrecy in a tiny community where everyone knows your business, Nora is drowning in her own sorrow and blind to the suffering of her young sons, who have lost their father. Yet she has moments of stunning empathy and kindness.
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    • The liar's wife : four novellas
      The liar's wife : four novellas
      Mary Gordon.
      In these novellas of relationships at home and abroad, both historical and contemporary, meet the ferocious Simone Weil during her final days as a transplant to New York City; a vulnerable American grad student who escapes to Italy after her first, compromising love affair; the charming Irish liar of the title novella, who gets more out of life than most of us; and Thomas Mann, opening the heart of a high-school kid in America.
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    • Edge of eternity [sound recording]
      Edge of eternity [sound recording]
      Ken Follett.
      The conclusion to Ken Follett's historical series that follows the fortunes of five intertwined families, American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh, through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most chaotic eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1990s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution, and rock and roll.
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    • The bone clocks [sound recording]
      The bone clocks [sound recording]
      by David Mitchell.
      Following a scalding row with her mother, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as 'the radio people,' Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.
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    • The Golem of Hollywood
      The Golem of Hollywood
      Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman.
      Waking up beside a beautiful woman he has no memory of meeting, Detective Jacob Lev investigates a Hollywood Division murder case involving a severed head, an ominous message in Hebrew and the legend of the Golem of Prague.
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    • If there be thorns
      If there be thorns
      V. C. Andrews.
      Chris and Cathy made such a loving home for fourteen-year-old Jory. And for Bart, who had such a dazzling imagination for a nine year old. Then the lights came on in the house next door. Soon the Old Lady in Black was there, watching them, guarded by her strange old butler. Soon she had Bart over for cookies and ice cream and asked him to call her 'Grandmother'. And soon Bart's transformation began.
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    • Everything I never told you
      Everything I never told you
      by Celeste Ng.
      Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet. So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue--in Marilyn's case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James's case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party. When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. James, consumed by guilt, sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to find a responsible party, no matter what the cost. Lydia's older brother, Nathan, is certain that the neighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it's the youngest of the family-Hannah-who observes far more than anyone realizes and who may be the only one who knows the truth about what happened. A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.
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    • The Marco Effect : a Department Q novel
      The Marco Effect : a Department Q novel
      Jussi Adler-Olsen.
      "All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body--proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities--he goes on the run. But his family members aren't the only ones who'll go to any lengths to keep Marco silent . . . forever. Meanwhile, the last thing Detective Carl Mrck needs is for his assistants, Assad and Rose, to pick up a missing persons case on a whim: Carl's nemesis is his new boss, and he's saddled Department Q with an unwelcome addition. But when they learn that a mysterious teen named Marco may have as much insight into the case as he has fear of the police, Carl is determined to solve the mystery and save the boy. Carl's actions propel the trio into a case that extends from Denmark to Africa, from embezzlers to child soldiers, from seemingly petty crime rings to the very darkest of cover-ups" -- from publisher's web site.
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