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DAMAGED (Kate Lange Book 1) (affiliate link)

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Author: Callow, Pamela
Legal Thrillers

What would you do if you faced a serial killer? Meet lawyer Kate Lange. She has one chance to prove herself—and to prove to herself that she can make it—in a firm where everyone wants her to fail. But landing this job is what Kate believes will lead to redemption in the tragic death of her sister years ago. Instead, Kate makes the biggest mistake of her career… and becomes the target of a serial killer.

Haunted by the death of her sister and wounded by her ex-fiancé’s accusations, lawyer Kate Lange throws herself into her new career at a high-powered law firm.When the grandmother of a lonely private school student seeks her counsel, Kate thinks it’s just another custody case. But then the teen is brutally murdered. And it isn’t only Kate who wonders if her legal advice led to the girl’s death.

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Author: Kirk, Lucy
Espionage Thrillers

On leave from the CIA, Decktora Raines gets an urgent message from London. A Russian spy she once handled insists the Kremlin is out to kill him. Why now? Could the Russians be up to their old tricks? To make matters worse, her lover recently disappeared from a Black Ops Mission and painful memories are bubbling up. Will Decky decide to reenter this deadly game of espionage? She quickly realizes she has no choice.

Arriving in London, she learns that another Russian defector has been murdered. The only clues—claw marks and an unidentified white powder.

The bodies pile up and the London Police begin to think a serial killer is on the loose. Public panic ensues. Decky knows it’s the Russians. As the claw murders increase and some of Decky’s London contacts fall victim she is determined to find the culprits and stop them from killing again.

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Author: Reeves, Elizabeth A.
Contemporary Fairy Tale

He’s Sugar. She’s spice. He’s ice cream. She’s cupcakes. He’s human. She’s a witch. They both have secrets. Is this a recipe for disaster or true love?

Cindy Eller is a young baker with a brilliant gift for imaginative flavor profiles, and another gift for Magic. Though she comes from a big family of powerful witches (only don’t use that term to Cindy’s mother!) , Cindy herself is a bit of a Magical dud. She can add a little something special to her baking, but that’s it.

And then there’s Cindy’s private life. She never can seem to get it off the ground, and if she ever does make a connection with a man all it takes is one kiss and POOF! He turns into a toad. Some are big toads, some are small, some are cute, and some are slimy, but they are all toads.

Cindy has no idea why this keeps happening to her, but it’s been the one constant in her life since high school.

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Author: Jones, Vicky, Hackney, Claire
Police Procedural Psychological Thriller

Is there a killer on the Cornish coast? One high-profile case. No leads. No witnesses… And no body.

D.I. Rachel Morrison is overworked and under pressure. She needs to get results. Local people have been reported missing and the public, and her bosses, want answers…

Detective Inspector Rachel Morrison has no leads on the investigation and time is threatening to run out. Amanda, her world shattered, appeals to the public, but when no one comes forward, she chooses to immerse herself within a mysterious, murderous underground group she believes is responsible for her mother’s disappearance.

AT FIRST SIGHT: A Novella (affiliate link)

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Author: Bonds, Parris Afton
Holiday Romance

New Sweden, American colonies (when Christmas was outlawed)

Five years before, in 1649, the heads of Lady Evangeline Bradshaw’s father and brother rolled on Cromwell’s chopping block, along with those of King Charles’s and others. Not waiting to see if her head was next, she fled England with the family’s remaining gold and silver crowns, putting a vast ocean between herself and peril.

Even here, in this remotest place on earth one could imagine, Evangeline still does not feel safe. And especially not now, this Christmas Eve, when she opens her Virgin Queen Tavern’s door to admit the midnight traveler Nathan Sutcliff, who is most devilishly handsome ~ and most determined to carry out Cromwell’s order.

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Author: Pooley, Clare
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Contemporary Literary Fiction
Julian Jessop, an eccentric, lonely artist and septuagenarian believes that most people aren’t really honest with each other. But what if they were? And so he writes—in a plain, green journal—the truth about his own life and leaves it in his local café. It’s run by the incredibly tidy and efficient Monica, who furtively adds her own entry and leaves the book in the wine bar across the street. Before long, the others who find the green notebook add the truths about their own deepest selves—and soon find each other In Real Life at Monica’s Café.
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Author: Ng, Celeste
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Asian American Literature
“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.
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Author: DeFede, Jim
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Post-Confederation History of Canada

The True Story Behind the Events on 9/11 that Inspired Broadway’s Smash Hit Musical Come from Away, Featuring All New Material from the Author

When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada by the closing of U.S. airspace on September 11, the population of this small town on Newfoundland Island swelled from 10,300 to nearly 17,000. The citizens of Gander met the stranded passengers with an overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill.

As the passengers stepped from the airplanes, exhausted, hungry and distraught after being held on board for nearly 24 hours while security checked all of the baggage, they were greeted with a feast prepared by the townspeople.

Lady Clementine: A Novel (affiliate link)

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Author: Benedict, Marie
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Biographical Literary Fiction

In 1909, Clementine steps off a train with her new husband, Winston. An angry woman emerges from the crowd to attack, shoving him in the direction of an oncoming train. Just before he stumbles, Clementine grabs him by his suit jacket. This will not be the last time Clementine Churchill will save her husband.

Lady Clementine is the ferocious story of the ambitious woman beside Winston Churchill, the story of a partner who did not flinch through the sweeping darkness of war, and who would not surrender to expectations or to enemies.

The Artist’s Way (affiliate link)

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Author: Cameron, Julia
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Creativity Self-Help
The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital today—or perhaps even more so—than it was when it was first published twenty five years ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work. Julia Cameron reflects upon the impact of The Artist’s Way and shares additional insights into the creative process that she has gained. Updated and expanded, this anniversary edition reframes The Artist’s Way for today’s creatives.
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Author: Epstein, David J.
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Medical Developmental Psychology

Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you’ll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world’s top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule.

David Epstein examined the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields—especially those that are complex and unpredictable—generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see.

When Breath Becomes Air (affiliate link)

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Author: Kalanithi, Paul
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Biographies of Medical Professionals
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

Winter in Paradise (affiliate link)

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Author: Hilderbrand, Elin
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Mothers & Children Fiction

Irene Steele shares her idyllic life in a beautiful Iowa City Victorian house with a husband who loves her to sky-writing, sentimental extremes. But as she rings in the new year one cold and snowy night, everything she thought she knew falls to pieces with a shocking phone call: her beloved husband, away on business, has been killed in a helicopter crash. Before Irene can even process the news, she must first confront the perplexing details of her husband’s death on the distant Caribbean island of St. John.

After Irene and her sons arrive at this faraway paradise, they make yet another shocking discovery: her husband had been living a secret life. As Irene untangles a web of intrigue and deceit, and as she and her sons find themselves drawn into the vibrant island culture, they have to face the truth about their family, and about their own futures.

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