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Author: Bloom, Penelope
Contemporary Romance

My new boss likes rules, but there’s one nobody dares to break…
No touching his banana.
Seriously. The guy is like a potassium addict.
Of course, I touched it.
If you want to get technical, I actually put it in my mouth.
I chewed it up, too… I even swallowed.
I know. Bad, bad, girl.
Then I saw him, and believe it or not, choking on a guy’s banana does not make the best first impression.

I should backtrack a little here. Before I ever touched a billionaire’s banana, I got my first real assignment as a business reporter. This wasn’t the same old bottom-of-the-barrel assignment I always got. I wasn’t going to interview a garbage man about his favorite routes or write a piece on how picking up dog poop from people’s yards is the next big thing.

Nope. None of the above, thank you very much.

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Author: Elliott, Adam
Cyberpunk Science Fiction

Launch day.

That was what they called it. The day when over four million people vanished in an instant from the island of Manhattan. The day earthquakes ravaged the east coast. The day a one hundred and one kilometre tall tower rose from the wreckage of the now empty city. The day every screen, newspaper, and smart phone displayed a single message from an unknown source:

The Great Emperor has issued his challenge.
From the ruins of the Old World rise the Tower. Its doors will soon open, and the great game will begin.
A hundred floors and a hundred challenges await the worthy.
And to the victor? A Wish of Unlimited Power.

Keith Laumer’s Retief (affiliate link)

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Author: Laumer, Keith
Science Fiction Anthologies
A collection of Hugo and Nebula-nominated writer Keith Laumer’s Retief novellas, as collected from Worlds of If Science Fiction and Fantastic magazines. The books are satirical science fiction written in the 1960s and based on Laumer’s real-life experience in the U.S. Foreign Service. Books include: Diplomat-At-Arms, The Frozen Planet, Gambler’s World, The Yillian Way, The Madman From Earth, Retief of the Red-Tape Mountain, Aide Memoire, Retief and the Princess, Cultural Exchange, The Desert and the Stars, Saline Solution, Mightiest Qorn, The Governor of Glave, The City That Grew in the Sea, The Prince and the Pirate, The Castle of Light and Retief, God-Speaker.
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Author: Rain, Seth
Cyberpunk Science Fiction

It is 2118, and the Postman, a second-generation android who delivers bad things to bad androids, is one delivery away from retirement. What could go wrong…?

A mysterious thug called Stig forces the Postman to deliver one last package. Not such a big deal … until the Postman discovers the package is a human woman, who like human men, androids expelled from the city years ago. The price for being found with a human? Deletion…

Caught between an underground mafia called The Brotherhood and Cardinal’s state-sponsored corporation, Fr.e.dom, the Postman doesn’t stand a chance.

That is until he discovers the spectrum…

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Author: A Singh, Shivani
Saga Fiction

”Only mine. No other man should have claim to her smiles or her attention. She belongs to me. She is mine!”

She was just a teenager transplanted from a civil surgeon’s house, in small town Muzaffarpur, to a large palace in the hills.
Geetanjali never wanted that her mother should leave her father. But it happened.

Never mind. She was an optimist. She settled into her new life. She made new friends. She developed a fond relationship with a horse.

Geetanjali was happy and contented.

And then, someone came into her peaceful life. One look at him and she was bewitched. So was he.

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Author: Hetherington, Marc, Weiler, Jonathan
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Psychology of Personalities

Two award-winning political scientists provide the psychological key to America’s deadlocked politics, showing that we are divided not by ideologies but something deeper: personality differences that appear in everything from politics to parenting to the workplace to TV preferences, and which would be innocuous if only we could decouple them from our noxious political debate.

What’s in your garage: a Prius or a pickup? What’s in your coffee cup: Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What about your pet: cat or dog? As award-winning political scholars Marc Hetherington and Jonathan Weiler explain, even our smallest choices speak volumes about us—especially when it comes to our personalities and our politics.

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Author: Angier, Bradford
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Outdoor Survival Skills

A practical and indispensable guide for anyone venturing into the outdoors and backcountry, this classic resource by wilderness expert Branford Angier is packed with illustrated core survival skills and timeless advice.

Broken down into four essential sections, Sustenance, Warmth, Orientation and Safety, this useful manual reveals time-tested outdoor skills, including how to catch game without a gun, what plants to eat (full-color illustrations of these make identification simple), how to build a warm shelter, make clothing, protect yourself and signal for help.

Pioneering survivalist Bradefore Angier helps you master the great outdoors without modern gear. Detailed illustrations and clear instructions offer crucial information at a glance, making How to Stay Alive in the Woods is truly a lifesaver.

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Author: Jackson, Joshilyn
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Literary Fiction

Someone Else’s Love Story is beloved and highly acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson’s funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness; about falling in love, and learning that things aren’t always what they seem—or what we hope they will be.

Shandi Pierce is juggling finishing college, raising her delightful three-year-old genius son Nathan, aka Natty Bumppo, and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced parents. She’s got enough complications without getting caught in the middle of a stick-up and falling in love with William Ashe, who willingly steps between the robber and her son.

Midnight Robber (affiliate link)

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Author: Hopkinson, Nalo
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Science Fiction

“Caribbean patois adorns this novel with graceful rhythms…Beneath it lie complex, clearly evoked characters, haunting descriptions of exotic planets, and a stirring story…[This book] ought to elevate Hopkinson to star status.” –Seattle Times

It’s Carnival time and the Caribbean-colonized planet of Toussaint is celebrating with music, dance, and pageantry. Masked “Midnight Robbers” waylay revelers with brandished weapons and spellbinding words. To young Tan-Tan, the Robber Queen is simply a favorite costume to wear at the festival–until her power-corrupted father commits an unforgiveable crime.

A House Divided (affiliate link)

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Author: Whitlow, Robert
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Legal Thrillers

Corbin Gage can stand up to anyone . . . But his own divided house will bring him to his knees.

Corbin, a longtime legal champion for the downtrodden, is slowly drinking himself into the grave. His love for “mountain water” has cost him his marriage to the godliest woman he knows, ruined his relationship with his daughter, Roxy, and reduced the business at his small Georgia law firm to a level where he can barely keep the bill collectors at bay. But it isn’t until his son, Ray, threatens to limit Corbin’s time with his grandson that Corbin begins to acknowledge he might have a problem.

Despite the mess that surrounds his personal life and against the advice of everyone he knows, Corbin takes on a high-stakes tort case on behalf of two boys who have contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma due to an alleged chemical exposure. T

Jesus Land: A Memoir (affiliate link)

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Author: Scheeres, Julia
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Author Biographies

Over a decade after its first publication, Jesus Land remains deeply resonant with readers. Now with a new preface by the author, this New York Times bestselling memoir is a gripping tale of rage and redemption, hope and humor, morality and malice—and most of all, the truth: that being a good person takes more than just going to church.

Julia and her adopted brother, David, are sixteen years old. Julia is white. David is black. It is the mid–1980s and their family has just moved to rural Indiana, a landscape of cottonwood trees, trailer parks, and an all–encompassing racism. At home are a distant mother—more involved with her church’s missionaries than her own children—and a violent father. In this riveting and heartrending memoir Julia Scheeres takes us from the Midwest to a place beyond imagining.

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Author: Linden, Caroline
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Medieval Historical Romance

What happens at the infamous Vega Club . . .

Sophie Campbell is determined to be mistress of her own fate. Surviving on her skill at cards, she never risks what she can’t afford to lose. Yet when the Duke of Ware proposes a scandalous wager that’s too extravagant to refuse, she can’t resist. If she wins, she’ll get five thousand pounds, enough to secure her independence forever.

Stays at the Vega Club . . .

Jack Lindeville, Duke of Ware, tells himself he’s at the Vega Club merely to save his reckless brother from losing everything, but he knows it’s a lie. He can’t keep his eyes off Sophie, and to get her he breaks his ironclad rule against gambling. If he wins, he wants her—for a week.

The Way of Beauty (affiliate link)

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Author: Maio, Camille Di
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Historical Literary Fiction

Hearts and dreams evolve in the shadow of the once-magnificent Penn Station.

Vera Keller, the daughter of German immigrants in turn-of-the-century New York City, finds her life upended when the man she loves becomes engaged to another woman. But Angelo Bellavia has also inadvertently opened up Vera’s life to unexpected possibilities. Angelo’s new wife, Pearl, the wealthy daughter of a clothing manufacturer, has defied her family’s expectations by devoting herself to the suffrage movement. In Pearl, Vera finds an unexpected dear friend…and a stirring new cause of her own. But when Pearl’s selfless work pulls her farther from Angelo and their son, the life Vera craved is suddenly within her reach—if her conscience will allow her to take it.

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