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The Great American Bathroom Book, Volume 1: Summaries of All-Time Great Books

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Author: Anderson, Stevens W.
Humorous Reference

With over 1 million copies sold, The Great American Bathroom Book(also published as Passing Time in the Loo-Volume 1 and A Touch of Classics-Volume 1) is the perfect companion for the burgeoning intellect on the go. Whether you’re an avid reader in need of a refresher course or a novice who wouldn’t know his Longfellow from his Dickens, The Great American Bathroom Book: Volume 1 provides nearly 120 comprehensive summaries and thought-provoking commentaries on the literary world’s finest classics.

By offering a unique combination of intellect and efficiency, The Great American Bathroom Book provides you with the perfect opportunity to obtain a wealth of knowledge while only sacrificing a tiny portion of your time. In one short trip to the lavatory you can learn the intricacies of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden or John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Finally, your days of answering, “Maybe we should split some nachos” to a question like “Who’s your favorite character in To Kill a Mockingbird?” will be over.

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Author: Corder, Honoree
Writing, Research & Publishing Guides

Beyond technology, software, social media networks, even advertising and marketing campaigns, the biggest and best tool you’ll ever have in your belt is a book with your name on the cover.

Authority and Credibility—Nothing establishes your authority faster or better, making it easier to attract investors, clients, and customers.

Brand recognition—Nothing makes your name and your brand easier to recognize, giving you greater reach with no additional overhead.

The ultimate business card—We’re hard-wired to hold on to books, to keep and care for them, and to share them with others. When’s the last time someone did that with your business card?

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Author: Bond, Michael
Young Adult Mysteries

Monsieur Pamplemousse, inspector of food and detective extraordinaire, is delighted to have the chance to dine once more at the famed La Langoustine, a restaurant nestling in the hills of Provence. Life as an undercover researcher for a top-class culinary guide can be lonely, and Monsieur Pamplemousse is ever grateful for the companionship of his friend and helper, Pommes Frites, a bloodhound with a finely-tuned nose.

Will La Langoustine win the longed-for jewel in the chef’s crown, a third Red Stockpot? The signs are promising as Monsieur Pamplemousse and Pommes Frites await the delicacy of the house, chicken wrapped in a pig’s bladder and stuffed with truffles and foie gras, and the room is filled with a mouth-watering aroma of herbs, wine and spices.

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Author: Falls, Nicole
African American Romance

There are two things on Earth that Isobel Knight loves above all else—her Gamma Betty and their family bakery, Whisk. When an opportunity presents itself to place Whisk in the national spotlight as well as take home a nice chunk of cash, Isobel is in it to win it!

Travis Coleman is a former professional football player with way too much time on his hands now that he’s been made to retire after injury. Approached with the opportunity to pair up with a hometown baker and compete for the chance to win a hefty donation for his foundation, he’s almost all in. But there’s one little problem…

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Author: Adams, Noelle
Contemporary Romance

We meet every other Wednesday night in a downtown hotel. No dates. No commitments. No hearts or flowers. Just his body and mine.

Maybe I’m his second best. He’s definitely mine. But second best has never felt so good.

Second Best is a steamy, standalone contemporary romance.

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Author: Kane, Remington
Women Sleuths

Blue becomes a mentor to a young bounty hunter named Blondie, even as a serial killer begins a reign of terror.
After three more bounty hunters fall victim to the serial killer, Blue’s boyfriend begs her to go into hiding. Meanwhile, Blondie proves herself worthy.

After one of Blue’s oldest friends go missing, it’s feared that the serial killer has struck again. Meanwhile, Blondie gets in over her head and even Blue can’t help her.

Killer Elite: Completely Revised and Updated: The Inside Story of America’s Most Secret Special Operations Team

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Author: Smith, Michael
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American Military History

For the first time ever, the explosive truth behind the world’s most secret Special Operations organization

A top-secret U.S. Army Special Operations unit has been running covert missions all over the world, from leading death squads to the hideout of drug baron Pablo Escobar to capturing Saddam Hussein and, in one of the greatest special operations missions of all time, helping to track down al-Qa’eda leader Osama bin Laden. “The Activity,” as it became known to insiders, has achieved near-mythical status, even among the world’s Special Operations elite. Hidden from the politicians and the government bean counters, the Activity has been carrying out deniable operations, preparing the way for Delta and SEAL Team Six.

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Author: Laskar, Devi S.
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Biographical Literary Fiction
When a woman—known only as Mother—moves her family from Atlanta to its wealthy suburbs, she discovers that neither the times nor the people have changed since her childhood in a small Southern town. Despite the intervening decades, Mother is met with the same questions: Where are you from? No, where are you really from? The American-born daughter of Bengali immigrants, she finds that her answer—Here—is never enough. Mother’s simmering anger breaks through one morning, when, during a police raid on her home, she finally refuses to be complacent—and suffers all-too-familiar consequences.
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Author: Kemelman, Harry
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Jewish Literature & Fiction

In Conversations with Rabbi Small, the rabbi finds himself taking a well-deserved vacation at a Jewish retreat in the mountains, where he reads, plays cards, and furthers his studies, which have been languishing for too long. When the rabbi’s wife is called back to the city to deal with an illness in the family, the rabbi meets a curious young woman in the midst of a life-changing moment.

Joan is a gentile who is about to marry a Jewish man, and she is desperate for answers as she determines whether or not to convert to her betrothed’s religion. In Rabbi Small, she finds an ideal teacher. In a series of impassioned conversations, the rabbi guides her through the ancient mysteries and wonders of Judaism, giving guidance to both her and her husband-to-be. With humor and compassion, the rabbi shares the history, beliefs, and traditions that have linked Jewish people across the world for millennia.

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Author: Alexander, Kwame, Hess, Mary Rand
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Diversity & Multicultural Fiction

Blade never asked for a life of the rich and famous. In fact, he’d give anything not to be the son of Rutherford Morrison, a washed-up rock star and drug addict with delusions of a comeback. Or to no longer be part of a family known most for lost potential, failure, and tragedy, including the loss of his mother. The one true light is his girlfriend, Chapel, but her parents have forbidden their relationship, assuming Blade will become just like his father.

In reality, the only thing Blade and Rutherford have in common is the music that lives inside them. And songwriting is all Blade has left after Rutherford, while drunk, crashes his high school graduation speech and effectively rips Chapel away forever. But when a long-held family secret comes to light, the music disappears. In its place is a letter, one that could bring Blade the freedom and love he’s been searching for, or leave him feeling even more adrift.

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Author: Wilkes, Sue
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History of United Kingdom

Immerse yourself in the vanished world inhabited by Austen’s contemporaries. Packed with detail and anecdotes, this is an intimate exploration of how the middle and upper classes lived from 1775, the year of Austen’s birth, to the coronation of George IV in 1820. Sue Wilkes skillfully conjures up all aspects of daily life within the period, drawing on contemporary diaries, illustrations, letters, novels, travel literature, and archives.

Were all unmarried affluent men really “in want of a wife”?
Where would a young lady seek adventure?
Would “taking the waters” at Bath and other spas kill or cure you?
Was Lizzy Bennet bitten by bed-bugs while traveling?
What would you wear to a country ball or a dance at Almack’s?
Would Mr. Darcy have worn a corset?
What hidden horrors lurked in elegant Regency houses?

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Author: Boyle, Gerry
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Traditional Detective Mysteries

Decried as a murderer and trigger-happy cop, rookie Officer Brandon Blake is beset by doubt and guilt over shooting and killing a sixteen-year-old armed with a pellet gun and a GoPro camera. Suspended, he distracts himself with a side-investigation of a troubled young couple.

Danni kept a diary in high-school, detailing her crushes, love affairs, pregnancy, and a single event that has haunted her to this day. With the diary lost, she’s resigned to her secret. But her world is up-ended when Blake finds the diary and attempts to return it only to be stopped short by Dani’s jealousy-prone boyfriend, Clutch. Dani pursues Blake to retrieve her diary containing a secret that could demand her life.

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