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Author: Thorne, Nicola
Historical Fiction

Based on a true story, a captivating tale of passionate love and violent death in 1850s Dorset.

In 1856, Martha Brown was hanged for the murder of her husband. Among those who witnessed her death was a sixteen-year-old local lad, and the memory of her execution haunted him for the rest of his life. Writing many years later, he said: ‘I remember what a fine figure she showed against the sky as she hung in the misty rain, and how the tight black silk gown set off her shape as she wheeled half-round and back.’ The writer was Thomas Hardy.

Martha Brown, one of a large family, was an ordinary woman of humble parentage, her father an itinerant dairyman. Very little is known about her tragic life, and she remains tantalising and elusive.

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Author: Easley, Joanne Kukanza
Literary Fiction
A drunken mother makes childhood ugly. Jane runs away at sixteen, determined to leave her fraught upbringing in the rearview. Vowing never to return, she hitchhikes to California, right on time for the Summer of Love. Seventeen years later, she looks good on paper: married, grad school, sober, but her carefully constructed life is crumbling. When Mama dies, Jane returns for the funeral, leaving her husband in the dark about her history. Seeing her childhood home and significant people from her youth catapults Jane back to the events that made her the woman she is. She faces down her past and the ghosts that shaped her family. A stunning discovery helps Jane see her problems through a new lens.
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Author: Stirling, Stephen J.
Action & Adventure Fiction
When big-game hunter Matt Hayden sets out to the Arizona desert to capture a fabled bear-like creature, he finds himself caught in the middle of two evils. The beast is awake and wants revenge. It won’t stop until there’s blood. Meanwhile, the forgotten Tonowa Indians fight for their lives and their land against a corrupt, government-funded steel company with mysterious, ulterior motives. Determined to win both fights, Matt and a company of local Tonowa Indians track the beast deep into the mountain where it lives, and they soon find themselves fighting for survival against the forgotten mythical creatures that live there. But can they find the beast before it finds them?
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Author: Rose, Kristi
Romantic Comedy

Three reasons I’m getting in a car with a stranger by Josie Woodmere:

My piece of crap car is on fire on the side of the highway.
The guy in the truck doesn’t look like a murderer… in fact, he’s hot.
Even if he tries something, I’m confident I could take him.
Hottie in the truck, Brinn McRae turns out to be straight-laced and so not my type. Plus, I’m not looking for romance. I have to find a job and my estranged brother.

The universe must have different plans because the first job my Daytona temp agency sends me to is Brinn’s flight school. And if I thought we weren’t compatible before, working in his small office makes me question my feelings. The only problem is I’m not sure if I want to loosen his straight-laces or choke him with them.

I don’t know if he’s the man I want, but I’m positive I’m the girl he needs.

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Author: Baker, Scott M.
Dystopian Science Fiction

One day can change a person’s life forever.

Alissa anticipated a normal shift at Mass General Hospital until the zombie outbreak spread through Boston like wildfire. When patients and staff in the ER begin to die, reanimate, and attack the living, Alissa must fight her way to safety to avoid becoming one of the ravenous hordes.

To survive, Alissa must develop instincts and skills she did not realize she had and overcome fears no human were meant to face.

Escaping the hospital will be tough enough, but can Alissa survive the nightmare gripping Boston and make it out of the city to safety?

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Author: Canavan, April
Greco-Roman Myth & Legend Fantasy
Getting fired on her twenty-fifth birthday was just simply par for the course as far as -Evangeline Lewis was concerned. Orphaned with no idea who her family is, she’s spent her whole life wanting to belong, to know who she is.
Plagued by visions she can’t help but try and change, Eva decides that it’s time to find out everything she can. So, when a stranger shows up on her doorstep offering her the chance to change her life, Eva takes it.
Now, with her future on the line, Eva must decide whether to accept the growing proof of who she is, or turn her back and walk away…Leaving a destiny that might destroy her.
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Author: Gleick, James
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System Theory Physics
For centuries, scientific thought was focused on bringing order to the natural world. But even as relativity and quantum mechanics undermined that rigid certainty in the first half of the twentieth century, the scientific community clung to the idea that any system, no matter how complex, could be reduced to a simple pattern. In the 1960s, a small group of radical thinkers began to take that notion apart, placing new importance on the tiny experimental irregularities that scientists had long learned to ignore. Miniscule differences in data, they said, would eventually produce massive ones—and complex systems like the weather, economics, and human behavior suddenly became clearer and more beautiful than they had ever been before.
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Author: Alexie, Sherman
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Native American Studies

Half Native American and half Irish, fifteen-year-old “Zits” has spent much of his short life alternately abused and ignored as an orphan and ward of the foster care system. Ever since his mother died, he’s felt alienated from everyone, but, thanks to the alcoholic father whom he’s never met, especially disconnected from other Indians.

After he runs away from his latest foster home, he makes a new friend. Handsome, charismatic, and eloquent, Justice soon persuades Zits to unleash his pain and anger on the uncaring world. But picking up a gun leads Zits on an unexpected time-traveling journey through several violent moments in American history, experiencing life as an FBI agent during the civil rights movement, a mute Indian boy during the Battle of Little Bighorn, a nineteenth-century Indian tracker, and a modern-day airplane pilot.

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Author: Lamb, Cathy
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Psychological Literary Fiction

Two years and 170 pounds ago, Stevie Barrett was wheeled into an operating room for surgery that most likely saved her life. Since that day, a new Stevie has emerged, one who walks without wheezing, plants a garden for self-therapy, and builds and paints fantastical wooden chairs. At thirty-five, Stevie is the one thing she never thought she’d be: thin.

But for everything that’s changed, some things remain the same. Stevie’s shyness refuses to melt away. She still can’t look her gorgeous neighbor in the eye. The Portland law office where she works remains utterly dysfunctional, as does her family—the aunt, uncle, and cousins who took her in when she was a child. To top it off, her once supportive best friend clearly resents her weight loss.

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Author: Schilling, Govert
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In CONSTELLATIONS, award-winning astronomy writer Govert Schilling takes us on an unprecedented visual tour of all 88 constellations in our night sky.
Much more than just a stargazer’s guide, CONSTELLATIONS is complete history of astronomy as told by Schilling through the lens of each constellation. The book is organized alphabetically by constellation. Profiles of each constellation include basic information such as size, visibility, and number of stars, as well as information on the discovery and naming of the constellation and associated lore.
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Author: Alexander, Zeno
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Children’s Action & Adventure

With her parents off traveling the globe, Lenora is bored, bored, bored—until she discovers a secret doorway into the ultimate library. Mazelike and reality-bending, the library contains all the universe’s wisdom. Every book ever written, and every fact ever known, can be found within its walls. And Lenora becomes its newly appointed Fourth Assistant Apprentice Librarian.

She rockets to the stars, travels to a future filled with robots, and faces down a dark nothingness that wants to destroy all knowledge. To save the library, Lenora will have to test her limits and uncover secrets hidden among its shelves.

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Author: Dorgan, Byron L.
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Native American & Aboriginal Biographies

On a winter morning in 1990, U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota picked up the Bismarck Tribune. On the front page, a small Native American girl gazed into the distance, shedding a tear. The headline: “Foster home children beaten—and nobody’s helping.”

Dorgan, who had been working with American Indian tribes to secure resources, was upset. He flew to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation to meet with five-year-old Tamara who had suffered a horrible beating at a foster home. He visited with Tamara and her grandfather and they became friends. Then Tamara disappeared. And he would search for her for decades until they finally found each other again.

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Author: Moray, Keith
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Serial Killers

The Flotsam & Jetsam TV show has gained a cult following throughout Scotland by highlighting that money can be made from the debris that washes up onto remote beaches.

But for the locals at West Uist the search for hidden riches turns into something much more sinister…

The death of a noted scientist, the discovery of a half-drowned puppy and the suggestion of police negligence leads Inspector Torquil McKinnon to investigate.

Is there truth behind the rumours? Can Torquil clear the name of the local police force?

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Author: Giovanni, Nikki
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Religious & Inspirational Poetry

One of America’s most celebrated poets looks inward in this powerful collection, a rumination on her life and the people who have shaped her.

As energetic and relevant as ever, Nikki now offers us an intimate, affecting, and illuminating look at her personal history and the mysteries of her own heart. In A Good Cry, she takes us into her confidence, describing the joy and peril of aging and recalling the violence that permeated her parents’ marriage and her early life. She pays homage to the people who have given her life meaning and joy: her grandparents, who took her in and saved her life; the poets and thinkers who have influenced her; and the students who have surrounded her. Nikki also celebrates her good friend, Maya Angelou, and the many years of friendship, poetry, and kitchen-table laughter they shared before Angelou’s death in 2014.

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