The Wedding Trap (Second Service, Book 1)

 Romantic Suspense
Author: Adrienne Bell

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The Wedding Trap (Second Service, Book 1)

Beth Bradley has a problem. Everyone is expecting her successful music executive boyfriend, Charlie, to be her date for her best friend’s wedding. There’s one hitch: Charlie doesn’t exist. Unless she can think of something fast, she’s headed for the most humiliating weekend of her life.

Alex Tanner has a problem. The former Navy SEAL’s search for a double agent lands him at the Kensington Hotel, and he needs a cover to finish the job. When the sexy maid of honor blackmails him into pretending to be her lover, he thinks he’s been handed the solution.

Except Beth has a way of stumbling into trouble, and when the man Alex is hunting starts targeting Beth, Alex has to decide between solving the mystery or protecting the woman who has stolen his heart.

Books, Blogs, & Reality

 Women’s Fiction > New Adult
Author: Ryan Ringbloom

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Books, Blogs, & Reality

Life can suck…

When reality becomes overwhelming, seeking comfort in fictional fantasies keeps hope alive. And while this escape may be a little delusional, it’s also therapeutic.

Sharing secrets is daunting, but virtual friends don’t often judge and they are always ready to share a glass of wine…or three…while typing out life’s latest endeavors.

Brooke believes obstacles only add to romance, not detract. Rachael longs for a more intense relationship, or so she thinks. Lizzie misses the excitement in her life, but sometimes new situations find you when you’re not even looking. And Jess believes a tiger can change his stripes. It can’t.

Love at the Speed of Email: A Memoir

 Biographies > Adventurers & Explorers
Author: Lisa McKay

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Love at the Speed of Email: A Memoir

Lisa looks as if she has it made. She has turned her nomadic childhood and forensic psychology training into a successful career as a stress management trainer for humanitarian aid workers. She lives in Los Angeles, travels the world, and her first novel has just been published to some acclaim…

But as she turns 31, Lisa realizes that she is still single and increasingly wondering where home is and what it really means to commit to a person, place, or career. When an intriguing stranger living on the other side of the world emails her out of the blue with an extraordinary proposal, she must decide whether she will risk trying to answer those questions. Her decision will change her life.

I’ll Be Right There

 Fiction > Coming of Age
Author: Kyung-Sook Shin

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I'll Be Right There

How friendship, European literature, and a charismatic professor defy war, oppression, and the absurd.

Set in 1980s South Korea amid the tremors of political revolution, I’ll Be Right Therefollows Jung Yoon, a highly literate, twenty-something woman, as she recounts her tragic personal history as well as those of her three intimate college friends. When Yoon receives a distressing phone call from her ex-boyfriend after eight years of separation, memories of a tumultuous youth begin to resurface, forcing her to re-live the most intense period of her life. With profound intellectual and emotional insight, she revisits the death of her beloved mother, the strong bond with her now-dying former college professor, the excitement of her first love, and the friendships forged out of a shared sense of isolation and grief.

The Southern Vegetarian Cookbook: 100 Down-Home Recipes for the Modern Table

The Southern Vegetarian Cookbook: 100 Down-Home Recipes for the Modern Table

Anyone not adequately acquainted with the South’s true culinary terrain might struggle with the idea of a Southern vegetarian. Because isn’t the South one big feast of meaty indulgence? Don’t vegetables play a supporting role to fried chicken and bacon on a Southern table? Justin Fox Burks and Amy Lawrence turn that notion on its head by recasting garden bounty as the headlining act on a plate.

Grab a chair in Burks and Lawrence’s kitchen and discover modern recipes that evoke the flavors of traditional Southern cooking, with techniques and ingredients loved so dearly throughout the region:

  • Lemon Zest and Thyme Pimento Cheese
  • Grilled Watermelon and Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette
  • Okra Fritters with Creole Mustard Sauce
  • Vegetarian Red Beans and Rice with Andouille Eggplant
  • Roast Beet Salad with Sea Salt Granola and Honey Tarragon Dressing
  • Grilled Peach Ice Cream

Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade

 Civil & Environmental > Waste Management
Author: Adam Minter

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Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade

How can garbage turn into gold? What does recycling have to do with globalization? Where does all that stuff we throw away go, anyway?

When you drop your Diet Coke can or yesterday’s newspaper in the recycling bin, where does it go? Probably halfway around the world, to people and places that clean up what you don’t want and turn it into something you can’t wait to buy. InJunkyard Planet, Adam Minter—veteran journalist and son of an American junkyard owner—travels deeply into a vast, often hidden, 500-billion-dollar industry that’s transforming our economy and environment.

Minter takes us from back-alley Chinese computer recycling operations to recycling factories capable of processing a jumbo jet’s worth of trash every day. Along the way, we meet an international cast of characters who have figured out how to squeeze Silicon Valley-scale fortunes from what we all throw away.

Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans

Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans

Cro-Magnons were the first fully modern Europeans-not only the creators of the stunning cave paintings at Lascaux and elsewhere, but the most adaptable and technologically inventive people that had yet lived on earth. The prolonged encounter between the Cro-Magnons and the archaic Neanderthals and between 45,000 and 30,000 years ago was one of the defining moments of history. The Neanderthals survived for some 15,000 years in the face of the newcomers, but were finally pushed aside by the Cro-Magnons’ vastly superior intellectual abilities and cutting-edge technologies, which allowed them to thrive in the intensely challenging climate of the Ice Age.

Lost Girls (The Cellar Book 2)

 Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Bob Mayer

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Lost Girls (The Cellar Book 2)

This terrific follow-up to Bodyguard of Lies continues to track the Cellar, a government organization whose task is to police rogue agents in the CIA, FBI and other U.S. bureaus. Maj. Jack Gant is called in from his South Carolina island home to oversee an investigation involving the abduction of Emily Cranston, daughter of Fort Bragg Special Warfare Center commander Col. Samuel Cranston. The motive for the abduction is revenge, and the perpetrators have been highly trained in how to carry it out—by the U.S. government. As related crimes pile up, Mayer delivers top-notch action and adventure, creating a full cast of lethal operatives armed with all the latest weaponry.

Overdiagnosed

 Medical > Physician & Patient > Ethics
Author: H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartzl, Steve Woloshin

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Overdiagnosed

Going against the conventional wisdom reinforced by the medical establishment and Big Pharma that more screening is the best preventative medicine, Dr. Gilbert Welch builds a compelling counterargument that what we need are fewer, not more, diagnoses. Documenting the excesses of American medical practice that labels far too many of us as sick, Welch examines the social, ethical, and economic ramifications of a health-care system that unnecessarily diagnoses and treats patients, most of whom will not benefit from treatment, might be harmed by it, and would arguably be better off without screening.

Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books

 Christian Literature & Art
Author: Tony Reinke

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Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books

Whether reading is your addiction or your phobia, this book is for you. A practical guide built on the gospel, Lit! models the skills needed to build a balanced reading diet of Scripture, theology, and devotional books, but without overlooking important how-to books, great stories, and books meant to be enjoyed for pleasure. Literature scholar Leland Ryken calls it “a triumph of scholarship,” but mostly it’s a non-pretentious book about reading from an average reader who wants to share important convictions and skills you can use for the rest of your luminously literate life.

The Warmest December

 Fiction > Family Life
Author: James Frey Bernice McFadden, James Frey

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The Warmest December

The long awaited reissue of the best-selling novel Toni Morrison called “riveting . . . searing and expertly imagined.”
The Warmest December is the incredibly moving story of one Brooklyn family and the alcoholism that determined years of their lives. Narrated by Kenzie Lowe, a young woman reminiscent of Jamaica Kincaid’s Annie John, as she visits her dying father and finds that choices she once thought beyond her control are very much hers to make.

Triple Threat (Jack Davis Thrillers Book 4)

 Mystery > Hard-Boiled
Author: Joel Goldman

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Triple Threat (Jack Davis Thrillers Book 4)

FBI Special Agent Jack Davis is that man. In Davis’ world, only liars, drunks, and guilty people shake uncontrollably. But then he joins their ranks.

After 25 years as an FBI Special Agent, Jack is forced to retire because of a mysterious movement disorder that makes him shake, sometimes bending him in half, sometimes strangling his speech. Jack always worked strictly by the book. But these days? Well, those days are over.

Ball Four (RosettaBooks Sports Classics)

 Biographies > Baseball
Author: Jim Bouton

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Ball Four (RosettaBooks Sports Classics)

Ball Four: The Final Pitch is the original book plus all the updates, unlike the 20th Anniversary Edition paperback.

When Ball Four was published in 1970, it created a firestorm. Bouton was called a Judas, a Benedict Arnold and a “social leper” for having violated the “sanctity of the clubhouse.” Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force Bouton to sign a statement saying the book wasn’t true. Ballplayers, most of whom hadn’t read it, denounced the book. It was even banned by a few libraries.

Almost everyone else, however, loved Ball Four. Fans liked discovering that athletes were real people–often wildly funny people. Many readers said it gave them strength to get through a difficult period in their lives.

Remember When (The Remember Trilogy Book 1)

 Romance > New Adult
Author: T. Torrest

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Remember When (The Remember Trilogy Book 1)

Remember When is the first book in a trilogy series but there is NO CLIFFHANGER. This romantic comedy novel is intended for mature teen readers and immature adult readers due to some high school sex scenes, underage drinking, questionable language and 1980s flashbacks. **

Years before Trip Wiley could be seen on movie screens all over the world, he could be seen sitting in the desk behind me in my high school English class.

This was back in 1990, and I cite the year only to avoid dumbfounding you when references to big hair or stretch pants are mentioned. Although, come to think of it, I am from Northern New Jersey, which may serve as explanation enough. We were teenagers then, way back in a time before anyone, himself included, could even dream he’d turn into the Hollywood commodity that he is today.

The Flame of Olympus (Pegasus Book 1)

 Children’s Books > Action & Adventure
Author: Kate O’Hearn

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The Flame of Olympus (Pegasus Book 1)

When Pegasus crashes onto a Manhattan roof during a terrible storm, thirteen-year-old Emily’s life changes forever. Suddenly allied with a winged horse she’d always thought was mythical, Emily is thrust into the center of a fierce battle between the Roman gods and a terrifying race of multiarmed stone warriors called the Nirads. Emily must team up with a thief named Paelen, the goddess Diana, and a mortal boy named Joel in order to return Pegasus to Olympus and rescue the gods from a certain death.

Along the way, Emily and her companions will fight monsters, run from a government agency that is prepared to dissect Pegasus, and even fly above the Manhattan skyline—all as part of a quest to save Olympus before the Olympic flame burns out.

Dark Waters (The Barkley Sound Series Book 2)

 Romance > Mystery & Suspense
Author: Toni Anderson

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Dark Waters (The Barkley Sound Series Book 2)

Since her rocky childhood and its abrupt, brutal ending, schoolteacher Anna Silver hasn’t given her trust easily. But when her estranged father gets in over his head—again—and winds up dead, his last message to Anna is as clear as it is insistent: she’s in danger and Brent Carver, the man with whom he shared a prison cell for five years, is the only person she should turn to for help. With nowhere else to go and with her father’s killer on her trail, Anna flees to what she hopes is safety.

The Survivors Club

 Mystery > Police Procedurals
Author: J. Carson Black

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The Survivors Club

Detective Tess McCrae investigates a grisly crime scene in the ghost town of Credo, Arizona. To an ordinary investigator, the evidence suggests a cartel drug hit. But Tess, with a nearly faultless photographic memory, is far from ordinary, and she sees what others might miss: this is no drug killing. Someone went to gruesome lengths to cover up this crime.

The killer’s trail leads Tess from Tucson to California; from anti-government squatters in the Arizona mountains to the heights of wealthy society, including the rich and powerful DeKoven family, who’ve dominated Arizona commerce and politics since the 1800s.

Open Season (Joe Gunther Mysteries Book 1)

 Mystery > Police Procedurals
Author: Archer Mayor

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Open Season (Joe Gunther Mysteries Book 1)

Lt. Joe Gunther of the Brattleboro, Vermont police force has a serious problem: in a community where a decade could pass without a single murder, the body count is suddenly mounting. Innocent citizens are being killed—and others set-up—seemingly orchestrated by a mysterious ski-masked man. Signs suggest that a three year-old murder trial might lie at the heart of things, but it’s a case that many in the department would prefer remained closed. A man of quiet integrity, Lt. Gunther knows that he must pursue the case to its conclusion, wherever it leads.

Borderlines (Joe Gunther Mysteries Book 2)

 Mystery > Police Procedurals
Author: Archer Mayor

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Borderlines (Joe Gunther Mysteries Book 2)

Lt. Joe Gunther is in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom investigating a minor embezzling case. It’s a pleasant distraction, and a chance to reconnect with old friends, but when a house fire reveals itself to be arson, compounded by murder, Gunther can’t help but investigate. Suddenly, he finds himself enmeshed in a web of animosity between put-upon townspeople, the state police, angry parents and members of a reclusive sect. Murder follows murder, yet no one seems to be telling Gunther the whole truth—not even his childhood friends—and truth is what he desperately needs if he’s to stop the killings.

Scent of Evil (Joe Gunther Mysteries Book 3)

 Mystery > Police Procedurals
Author: Archer Mayor

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Scent of Evil (Joe Gunther Mysteries Book 3)

When the body of a fast-living young stockbroker is found in a shallow grave, suspicion first falls on a cuckolded policeman. Lt. Joe Gunther investigates the increasingly bizarre details of the crime, but finds that he’s too far behind events to prevent a second murder. Indeed, whoever is responsible always seems to be a few steps ahead, as if there’s a leak on the force. Sweltering August heat does nothing to calm the increasingly agitated town selectmen, who demand results.

The Millionaire Next Door

The Millionaire Next Door

Most of the truly wealthy in the United States don’t live in Beverly Hills or on Park Avenue. They live next door.

America’s wealthy seldom get that way through an inheritance or an advanced degree. They bargain-shop for used cars, raise children who don’t realize how rich their families are, and reject a lifestyle of flashy exhibitionism and competitive spending. In fact, the glamorous people many of us think of as “rich” are actually a tiny minority of America’s truly wealthy citizens—and behave quite differently than the majority.

At the time of its first publication in 1996, The Millionaire Next Door was a groundbreaking examination of America’s rich—exposing for the first time the seven common qualities that appear over and over among this exclusive demographic. This new edition, the first since 1998, includes a new foreword by Dr. Thomas J. Stanley.

Blackberry Summer (Hope’s Crossing Book 1)

 Romance > Contemporary
Author: RaeAnne Thayne

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Blackberry Summer (Hope's Crossing Book 1)

Claire Bradford needed a wake-up call.

What she didn’t need was a tragic car accident. As a single mom and the owner of a successful bead shop, Claire leads a predictable life in Hope’s Crossing, Colorado. So what if she has no time for romance? At least, that’s what she tells herself, especially when her best friend’s sexy younger brother comes back to town as the new chief of police.

But when the accident forces Claire to slow down and lean on others—especially Riley McKnight—she realizes, for the first time, that things need to change. And not just in her own life. The accident—and the string of robberies committed by teenagers that led up to it—is a wake-up call to the people of Hope’s Crossing.

The Law of Dreams: A Novel

 Fiction > British & Irish > Historical
Author: Peter Behrens

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The Law of Dreams: A  Novel

The Law of Dreams tells the story of a young man’s epic passage from innocence to experience during The Great Famine in Ireland of 1847.
On his odyssey through Ireland and Britain, and across the Atlantic to “the Boston states,” Fergus is initiated to violence, sexual heat, and the glories and dangers of the industrial revolution. Along the way, he meets an unforgettable generation of boy soldiers, brigands, street toughs and charming, willful girls – all struggling for survival in the aftermath of natural catastrophe magnified by political callousness and brutal neglect.

Peter Behrens transports the reader to another time and place for a deeply-moving and resonant experience.  The Law of Dreams is gorgeously written in incandescent language that unleashes the sexual and psychological energies of a lost world while plunging the reader directly into a vein of history that haunts the ancestral memory of millions in a new millennium.

The Gate (Black Ops series Book 2)

 Technothrillers
Author: Bob Mayer

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The Gate (Black Ops series Book 2)

In the skies above, the planes were consumed by the fireball. Out at sea, the Russian Admiral in charge of the flotilla steaming for Hungnam at flank speed was left to wonder at the mushroom cloud that rose up over the shore.

A deadly weapon, built by the Japanese during World War II has been hidden and forgotten about at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. Lake, a covert operative for the US is now on a race with time against rogue militia terrorists to find and destroy this weapon before the terrorists in order to prevent a nuclear disaster of epic proportions.

The Line (Black Ops series Book 1)

 Action & Adventure > Men’s Adventure
Author: Bob Mayer

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The Line (Black Ops series Book 1)

Kimbell turned back and faced Hooker. “Every few years we are going to select someone—someone special—among the Corps. Someone to do a different sort of job that will be very important.” Kimbell paused and Hooker felt his heartbeat slow down and time seemed to stand still. He felt on the verge of a great destiny. One that had been written just for him.

They killed Patton when he opposed them. They’ve cowered Presidents into going to war. For more than half a century, a secret organization of Army officers known as The Line has been covertly manipulating US Policy. Now, in a political climate rife with dissent and unrest, The Line has ordered a pivotal top-secret operation that will let the world know who is really in charge: take out the President on Pearl Harbor Day.

Z 2135 (Z 2134 Series Book 2)

 Science Fiction > Dystopian
Author: David W. Wright, Sean Platt

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Z 2135 (Z 2134 Series Book 2)

The Lovecraft family is in ruins. Their convict father, Jonah, roams The Barrens, near starvation, in search of his daughter Ana. Only the hope of seeing her again keeps him alive.

Meanwhile Ana, Liam, and Duncan have found temporary relief at a camp outside The Walls. Inside City 6, Jonah’s young son, Adam, has been co-opted by Jonah’s enemy, Chief Keller, and is being groomed as a City Watch spy.

Between the terrifying zombies roaming The Barrens—monsters created by the plague that destroyed the Old Nation—and the ruthless, manipulative government that controls everything and everyone within the City Walls, no one is safe.

The Manchurian Candidate

 Thrillers > Political
Author: Richard Condon

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The Manchurian Candidate

A war hero and the recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, Sergeant Raymond Shaw is keeping a deadly secret—even from himself. During his time as a prisoner of war in North Korea, he was brainwashed by his Communist captors and transformed into a deadly weapon—a sleeper assassin, programmed to kill without question or mercy at his captors’ signal. Now he’s been returned to the United States with a covert mission: to kill a candidate for US President.

Shaw’s former commanding officer, Major Bennett Marco, is the only one who knows his secret. And he must untangle a complex thread of lies, betrayal, and murder to uncover the truth of a conspiracy that goes all the way to the top of the US government—before it’s too late.

Empath (The Flawed Series Book One)

  Romance > New Adult
Author: Becca J. Campbell, Katy Sozaeva

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Empath (The Flawed Series Book One)

Supernatural empathy isn’t a gift, it’s a curse. Anywhere she goes, Jade’s emotions are replaced by those of the people around her.

Jade grew up in a suburb of Colorado Springs, protected from other people by her parents. Now she faces college—and the world—with nothing to shield her from unwanted feelings.

When Cam, a classmate with a major crush on her, unintentionally hijacks her emotions, Jade struggles to keep from being carried away in feelings of attraction.

Sweetest Mistake (Sweet, Texas Book 2)

 Romance > Contemporary
Author: Candis Terry

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Sweetest Mistake (Sweet, Texas Book 2)

When friends become lovers . . .

Firefighter and former Marine Jackson Wilder has tough guy down to an art, but he’s learned the hard way that promises were made to be broken. Abigail Morgan was once his best friend, his first kiss, his first love, his first everything. He’d just forgotten to mention all that to her and she blew out of his life. Five years later, she’s back and he’s battling a load of mistrust for her disappearing act. But for some reason he just can’t keep his lips—or his hands—to himself.

Slow Burn (Lost Kings MC, Book 1)

 Erotica > Romantic
Author: Autumn Jones Lake

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Slow Burn (Lost Kings MC, Book 1)

Forced to represent an outlaw biker, a married attorney must come to terms with her feelings for her client while avoiding the danger he brings into her sedate life.

President of the Lost Kings MC, Rochlan “Rock” North, hasn’t managed to find a woman capable of making him want to curb his wild ways—until he meets sweet, innocent, married lawyer Hope Kendall.

Forced to represent the outlaw biker, Hope is rattled by her immediate attraction to Rock.

The Savage King: A Dragon Lords Story (Lords of the Var Book 1)

 Romance > Fantasy
Author: Michelle M. Pillow

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The Savage King: A Dragon Lords Story (Lords of the Var Book 1)

A girl with a mission…

Agent Ulyssa Payne is on a mission. It’s her job to make sure the Medical Mafia leader doesn’t leave the planet of Qurilixen. But, when her target is killed by his own daughter, her mission is over. Now, she stuck on a barbarian planet for three months until the Agency comes to get her.

Getting kidnapped by King Attor, she’s left in the Var harem to await his return. But, when the King dies in battle and doesn’t come for her, she’s stuck dealing with his son, the new savage King of the Var. This is one complication Ulyssa didn’t need.

Nowhere Is a Place

 African American > Women’s Fiction
Author: Bernice L. McFadden

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Nowhere Is a Place

The long-awaited reissue of McFadden’s classic novel about a young woman on a journey of self-discovery.
Nothing can mend a broken heart quite like family. Sherry has struggled all her life to understand who she is, where she comes from, and, most important, why her mother slapped her cheek one summer afternoon. The incident has haunted Sherry, and it causes her to dig into her family’s past. Like many family histories, it is fractured and stubbornly reluctant to reveal its secrets. But Sherry is determined to know the full story. In just a few days’ time, her extended family will gather for a reunion, and Sherry sets off across the country with her mother, Dumpling, to join them.

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