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'A Lowcountry Wedding (Lowcountry Summer, #4)' by Mary Alice Monroe

"A Lowcountry Wedding (Lowcountry Summer, #4)" by Mary Alice Monroe

Adult Book ★★★★ This book is another installment in the Lowcountry Summer series by Mary Alice Monroe. Much like the others in the series, we continue following the journey of three half-sisters who are not only learning to love themselves, but are also delving into love and marriage in this book. We get to read about, what I imagine to be, the beautiful and magical South Carolina Lowcountry and the connection people have to this place. This book does not ...

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'The Luminaries' by Eleanor Catton

"The Luminaries" by Eleanor Catton

Adult Book It is 1866, and young Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men who have met in secret to discuss a series of unexplained events: A wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network o ...

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'Disgraced' by Ayad Akhtar

"Disgraced" by Ayad Akhtar

Adult Book The story of Amir Kapoor (Aasif Mandvi), a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots. When Amir and his wife Emily (Heidi Armbruster), a white artist influenced by Islamic imagery, host a dinner party, what starts out as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging. ...

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'The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo' by Tom Reiss

"The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo" by Tom Reiss

Adult Book Here is the remarkable true story of the real Count of Monte Cristo – a stunning feat of historical sleuthing that brings to life the forgotten hero who inspired such classics as  The Count of Monte Cristo  and  The Three Musketeers. The real-life protagonist of The Black Count, General Alex Dumas, is a man almost unknown today yet with a story that is strikingly familiar, because his son, the novelist Alexan ...

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'Flesh & Bone (Rot & Ruin, #3)' by Jonathan Maberry

"Flesh & Bone (Rot & Ruin, #3)" by Jonathan Maberry

Adult Book Reeling from the tragic events of Dust & Decay, Benny Imura and his friends plunge deep into the zombie-infested wastelands of the great Rot & Ruin. Benny, Nix, Lilah and Chong journey through a fierce wilderness that was once America, searching for the jet they saw in the skies months ago. If that jet exists then humanity itself must have survived…somewhere. Finding it is their best hope for having a future and a life worth living. ...

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'Stag's Leap: Poems' by Sharon Olds

"Stag's Leap: Poems" by Sharon Olds

Adult Book Stag’s Leap is stunningly poignant sequence of poems that tells the story of a divorce, embracing strands of love, sex, sorrow, memory, and new freedom. In this wise and intimate telling—which carries us through the seasons when her marriage was ending—Sharon Olds opens her heart to the reader, sharing the feeling of invisibility that comes when we are no longer standing in love’s sight; the surprising physical b ...

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'Life Rage' by L.L. Soares

"Life Rage" by L.L. Soares

Adult Book Sam Wayne is a psychologist who specializes in anger management. He’s very good at his job. Almost too good. In fact, he considers himself something of a miracle worker.A mad man is on the loose, ripping people apart with his bare hands. The police have no clues. Those who see him and survive never seem to make out his face. All except for one…Colleen has led a wasted life, bringing home a new man to her bed every nigh ...

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'Embers Of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam' by Fredrik Logevall

"Embers Of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam" by Fredrik Logevall

Adult Book The struggle for Vietnam occupies a central place in the history of the twentieth century. Fought over a period of three decades, the conflict drew in all the world’s powers and saw two of them—first France, then the United States—attempt to subdue the revolutionary Vietnamese forces. For France, the defeat marked the effective end of her colonial empire, while for America the war left a gaping wound in the body politic that remains open to ...

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'Immersion' by Aliette de Bodard

"Immersion" by Aliette de Bodard

Adult Book In the morning, you're no longer quite sure who you are.You stand in front of the mirror—it shifts and trembles, reflecting only what you want to see—eyes that feel too wide, skin that feels too pale, an odd, distant smell wafting from the compartment's ambient system that is neither incense nor garlic, but something else, something elusive that you once knew.You're dressed, already—not on your skin, but outside, ...

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'Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America' by Gilbert King

"Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America" by Gilbert King

Adult Book Devil in the Grove is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.Arguably the most important American lawyer of the twentieth century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in an explosive and deadly case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his lif ...

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'Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times' by Rocky Wood

"Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times" by Rocky Wood

Adult Book For nearly three centuries, as the Black Death rampaged through Europe and the Reformation tore the Church apart, tens of thousands were arrested as witches and subjected to trial, torture, and execution, including being burned alive. This graphic novel examines the background; the methods of the witch-hunters; who stood to profit; the brave few who protested; and how the trials finally faded as Enlightenment replaced fear and superstition with r ...

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'The Drowning Girl' by Caitlín R. Kiernan

"The Drowning Girl" by Caitlín R. Kiernan

Adult Book India Morgan Phelps--Imp to her friends--is schizophrenic. She can no longer trust her own mind, because she convinced that her memories have somehow betrayed her, forcing her to question her very identity.Struggling with her perception of reality, Imp must uncover the truth about an encounter with a vicious siren, or a helpless wolf that came to her as a feral girl, or neither of these things but something far, far stranger... ...

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'Seating Arrangements' by Maggie Shipstead

"Seating Arrangements" by Maggie Shipstead

Adult Book ★★★★★ Maggie Shipstead's award-winning debut novel deftly chronicles one weekend in the lives of an upper-crust New England family. Winn Van Meter and his wife, Biddy, are preparing to give their daughter away in marriage, but their well-organized lives are tipped off-kilter by misbehaving family, neighbors and wedding party members. It's nothing major, but just enough to make everyone question what they think they know about their lives, the ...

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'After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall' by Nancy Kress

"After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall" by Nancy Kress

Adult Book The year is 2035. After ecological disasters nearly destroyed the Earth, 26 survivors—the last of humanity—are trapped by an alien race in a sterile enclosure known as the Shell. Fifteen-year-old Pete is one of the Six—children who were born deformed or sterile and raised in the Shell. As, one by one, the survivors grow sick and die, Pete and the Six struggle to put aside their anger at the alien Tesslies in order to find the me ...

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'The Orphan Master's Son' by Adam Johnson

"The Orphan Master's Son" by Adam Johnson

Adult Book An epic novel and a thrilling literary discovery, The Orphan Master’s Son follows a young man’s journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world’s most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea.Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother—a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang—and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, ...

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