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Holly Freakin’ Hughes (affiliate link)
Meet Holly Hughes, a moderately successful teen advice columnist living in a studio apartment on the Upper East Side with her boyfriend Stephen. She has it all, but at the ripe age of thirty-one, she wants more. She wants to be married, she wants a family, and she’s going to have it all with Stephen.
At least, that’s what she thought, until Stephen announces he’s gay, and the domino effect of unfortunate events begins. She soon finds herself unemployed, single, and living in her sister’s house on Long Island, working as her niece’s babysitter for less than minimum wage. She’s pretty certain she’s destined to live in the Land of Mediocrity forever.
And then, her niece runs face-first into a tall, handsome man at the bookstore.
First and Only (affiliate link)
A terrifying killer… A special forces soldier… And a young man with psychic powers.
Can trust really overcome evil?
Psimon is a young man with genuine psychic powers. As a child he encountered a killer known only as Lucifer. This terrifying encounter left the young Psimon traumatised, his powers blinded by fear. Now he knows just one thing for certain… in five days he is going to die. Lucifer is going to kill him unless he can enlist the help of former SAS soldier Steve Brennus. But there’s a problem… the only way Psimon can be saved from Lucifer is if Steve kills him first.
Will Lucifer claim another victim or does Steve have the strength to overcome the visions of the world’s first and only psychic?
First Impressions: The Fated Wings Series Book 1 (affiliate link)
The Void War (Empire Rising Book 1) (affiliate link)
It’s the year 2465, two hundred years since the stars were opened to humanity by the invention of the shift drive. So began the First Interstellar Expansion Era, catapulting humanity into a deadly race for the limited resources of navigable space.
Now tensions between the human nations are threatening to boil over into open hostility. Into this maelstrom steps the exiled Commander James Somerville of the Royal Space Navy. Banished from London to the survey ship HMS Drake he is about to make a discovery that may change his fortunes and throw Britain into a deadly war with its closest rival.
No Way Out (Fall of Houston Series, Book 1) (affiliate link)
An EMP attack leaves the nation in the dark.
A father and son are stranded as a category five hurricane approaches.
After boarding up his home in preparation for the approaching storm, Will and his son join the thousands of residents already evacuating. When the lights go out, cars stall, and communications fail, panic grips the city.
With no way out of the city, Will Fontenot is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his son alive. But, one good deed hurls them into a deadly game of cat and mouse as they race to find shelter.
Two hundred miles away, Will’s sister, Savanah, has her own struggle for survival as she fights to save her four children and their family farm from the ruthless criminals set on taking it from her.
The Wonder Test: A Novel (affiliate link)
The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest (affiliate link)
The Better Brain: Overcome Anxiety, Combat Depression, and Reduce ADHD and Stress with Nutrition (affiliate link)
A paradigm-shifting approach to treating mental disorders like anxiety, depression, and ADHD with food and nutrients, based on the original, groundbreaking research of two leading scientists.
We are in the midst of a mental health crisis. An estimated one in five American adults suffer from some form of mental illness. Despite the billions of dollars spent in pharmaceutical research and the rising popularity of antidepressant drugs, we are more depressed and anxious than ever before.
What if we’re looking for solutions in the wrong places? What if instead of treating mental illness with prescriptions and medication, we changed what we eat and how we feed our brains?
Autoimmune disease and chronic illness is a global pandemic. What is fueling it?
In this timely book, Steven Phillips, MD, and his former patient, Sony singer-songwriter Dana Parish, reveal striking evidence that a broad range of common infections, from COVID-19 to Lyme and many others, cause a variety of autoimmune, psychiatric, and chronic conditions. Chronic explores the science behind what makes them difficult to diagnose and treat, debunks widely held beliefs by doctors and patients alike, and provides solutions that empower sufferers to reclaim their lives.
Dr. Phillips was already an internationally renowned physician specializing in complex, chronic diseases when he became a patient himself. After nearly dying from his own mystery illness, he experienced firsthand the medical community’s ignorance about the pathogens that underlie a deep spectrum of serious conditions—from fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus, to depression, anxiety, OCD and neurodegenerative disorders.
The Truth About White Lies (affiliate link)
Shania never thinks much about being white. But after her beloved grandmother passes, she moves to the gentrifying town of Blue Rock and is thrust into Bard, the city’s wealthiest private school. At Bard, race is both invisible and hypervisible, and Shania’s new friends are split on what they see. There’s Catherine, the school’s queen bee, who unexpectedly takes Shania under her wing. Then there’s Prescott, the golden boy who seems perfect…except for the disturbing rumors about an altercation he had with a Black student who left the school.
But Prescott isn’t the only one with secrets. As Shania grieves for the grandmother she idolized, she realizes her family roots stretch far back into Blue Rock’s history. When the truth comes to light, Shania will have to make a choice and face the violence of her silence.
Fly Girl: A Memoir (affiliate link)
In 1978, in the tailwind of the golden age of air travel, flight attendants were the epitome of glamor and sophistication. Fresh out of college and hungry to experience the world—and maybe, one day, write about it—Ann Hood joined their ranks. After a grueling job search, Hood survived TWA’s rigorous Breech Training Academy and learned to evacuate seven kinds of aircraft, deliver a baby, mix proper cocktails, administer oxygen, and stay calm no matter what the situation.
In the air, Hood found both the adventure she’d dreamt of and the unexpected realities of life on the job. She carved chateaubriand in the first-class cabin and dined in front of the pyramids in Cairo, fended off passengers’ advances and found romance on layovers in London and Lisbon, and walked more than a million miles in high heels. She flew through the start of deregulation, an oil crisis, massive furloughs, and a labor strike.
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