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Prodigal summer / by Barbara Kingsolver.
cover imageThe story of three worlds within a small Appalachian community: that of Deanna Wolfe, a Park Service employee who lives alone on the mountain; of Lusa Landowski, who came from the city to live on a farm out of love and must now come to understand her relationship to the land and the family that has tended it for generations; and of two neighbors, one feuding and one a free spirit, who forge a path toward learning about each other. These stories, separate and yet interwoven by the community in which all--even the reclusive Deanna--live, also have at their center the interconnectedness of the human world and the natural one.


The counselor : a screenplay / Cormac McCarthy.
cover imageOn the eve of his marriage, the Counselor makes a risky decision to dealve into the cocaine trade along the Texas-Mexico border. His hope is that this one-time deal will set him and his fiancée on a path to financial freedom, but instead he ends up in a brutal game that threatens to destroy everything and everyone he loves.


Before we kiss / Susan Mallery.
cover imageSam Ridge has notoriously bad luck with women. Still, the gorgeous brunette at the bar in Fool's Gold looks harmless, until she takes him home and he discovers a room devoted to securing a man, for life. Dellina never guessed that storing gowns from a friend's bridal boutique would chase away her first and only fling. She doesn't want forever from Sam, but one night, all night, would've been nice. His clean getaway gets messy when his firm hires Dellina to plan an event.


Take me home / by Dorothy Garlock.
cover imageOlivia Marsten never imagined she'd be a war bride. But when her childhood best friend surprises her with a marriage proposal, she reluctantly accepts. She can't bear to send him off to serve in the Navy with a broken heart, even though her heart belongs to someone else. Sparks fly the moment mysterious stranger Peter Becker lays eyes on Olivia. He never hesitated to pull her out of harm's way, risking his own life to save hers. Yet as kind as he is handsome, Peter harbors a dark secret.


MASH : a novel about three Army doctors / Richard Hooker.
cover imageBefore the movie, this novel gave life to Hawkeye Pierce, Trapper John, Hot Lips Houlihan, Frank Burns, Radar O'Reilly, and the rest of the gang that made the 4077th MASH like no other place in Korea or on Earth. The doctors that worked in the Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals during the Korean War were well trained but, like most soldiers sent to fight a war, too young for the job.


Wayfaring stranger : a novel / James Lee Burke.
cover image"It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when sixteen-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde's stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp. Eventually, Weldon and Rosita fall in love and marry and, with Hershel, return to Texas to seek their fortunes. There, they enter the domain of jackals known as the oil business. They meet Roy Wiseheart--a former Marine aviator haunted with guilt for deserting his squadron leader over the South Pacific--and Roy's wife Clara, a vicious anti-Semite who is determined to make Weldon and Rosita's life a nightmare. It will be the frontier justice upheld by Weldon's grandfather, Texas lawman Hackberry Holland, and the legendary antics of Bonnie and Clyde that shape Weldon's plans for saving his family from the evil forces that lurk in peacetime America and threaten to destroy them all" -- from publisher's web site.


The sweet spot : a novel / Stephanie Evanovich.
cover imageWhen pro baseball player Chase Walker first meets Amanda at her restaurant, it's love at first sight. While Amanda can't help noticing him, he doesn't have a chance with her. A successful entrepreneur who's built her own business, Amanda doesn't need a Prince Charming. But Chase isn't about to strike out. He isn't interested in playing the field; he wants an independent woman like Amanda. Is Amanda ready to swing for the fences? Will the pressure of Chase's stardom force them to call it quits?


The book of life : a novel / Deborah Harkness.
cover image"After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches--with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy's final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago" -- from publisher's web site.


Close your eyes, hold hands / Chris Bohjalian.
cover image"Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is the story of Emily Shepard, a homeless teen living in an igloo made of ice and trash bags filled with frozen leaves. Half a year earlier, a nuclear plant in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom had experienced a cataclysmic meltdown, and both of Emily's parents were killed. Devastatingly, her father was in charge of the plant, and the meltdown may have been his fault. Was he drunk when it happened? Thousands of people are forced to flee their homes in the Kingdom; rivers and forests are destroyed; and Emily feels certain that as the daughter of the most hated man in America, she is in danger. So instead of following the social workers and her classmates after the meltdown, Emily takes off on her own for Burlington, where she survives by stealing, sleeping on the floor of a drug dealer's apartment, and inventing a new identity for herself -- an identity inspired by her favorite poet, Emily Dickinson. When Emily befriends a young homeless boy named Cameron, she protects him with a ferocity she didn't know she had. But she still can't outrun her past, can't escape her grief, can't hide forever--and so she comes up with the only plan that she can" -- from publisher's web site.


Support and defend / Tom Clancy.
cover imageDominic Caruso-nephew of President Jack Ryan. FBI agent and operator for The Campus, a top secret intelligence agency. Caruso is devastated when he can't save a friend from a terrorist attack. Ethan Ross was a mid-level staffer for the NSC. Now he's a wanted fugitive on the run with the information to wreck American intelligence efforts. The CIA and various terrorist groups are desperate get it back. Only Caruso stands in their way, but can he succeed without the aid of his Campus colleagues?


Deserves to die / Lisa Jackson.
cover imageAs he watches, her body drifts below the water's surface, forever altered. Before he disposes of each victim, he takes a trophy. It's a sign of his power, and a warning. In Grizzly Falls, Montana, Detectives Alvarez and Pescoli are struggling with a new commander and a department in the midst of upheaval. It's the worst possible time for a homicide. A body has been found, missing a finger. Alvarez hopes this means a murderer with a personal grudge, not a madman, until a second body turns up.


Living language Greek. Essential edition : beginner.
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Flesh and blood so cheap : the Triangle fire and its legacy / Albert Marrin.
cover imageProvides a detailed account of the disastrous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City, which claimed the lives of 146 garment workers in 1911, and examines the impact of this event on the nation's working conditions and labor laws.


Lucky us : a novel / Amy Bloom.
cover imageTeenage half sisters Eva and Iris are disappointed by their families, Iris, the hopeful star, and Eva, the sidekick, journey across 1940s America in search of fame and fortune. Iris's ambitions take the sisters from small-town Ohio to an unexpected and sensuous Hollywood, across the America of Reinvention in a stolen station wagon, to the jazz clubs and golden mansions of Long Island.


The hexed / Heather Graham.
cover imageCraig Rockwell, known as Rocky, is a new member of the Krewe of Hunters, the FBI's team of paranormal investigators. He never got over finding a friend dead in the woods. Now another body's been found in those same woods, not far from the home of a woman named Devin Lyle. And Devin's been led to a third body, by; a ghost? Even as the danger mounts, Devin and Rocky begin to fall for each other, something the ghosts of Mina and past witches seem to approve of.


Take me home / Dorothy Garlock.
cover imageOlivia Marsten is unable to deny her feelings for Peter Becker, an escaped POW who wants to spend every moment he can with her before he must turn himself in, threatening the fragile future they are trying to build.


Remains of innocence / Judith A. Jance.
cover imageWhile cleaning her dying mother's home, Liza finds a fortune in hundred dollar bills hidden amongst the hoards of books and magazines in every corner. Tracing its origins will take Liza on a journey that will end in Cochise County, where Sheriff Joanna Brady is embroiled in a personal mystery of her own. A man she considers a family friend is found dead at the bottom of a hole in a limestone cavern. Now with the mystery of Liza and the money, Joanna wonders if the two cases are connect.


Power play / Catherine Coulter.
cover imageNatalie Black, the U.S. ambassador to the Court of St. James, has returned to Washington, her job in jeopardy. Her fiance, George McCallum, has died in a car accident, and mysterious rumors that she's responsible begin to surface. When she returns to the US, she's nearly killed when a car tries to mow her down while she's out for a run. Meanwhile someone is following Sherlock. Then someone tries to shoot her from the back of a motorcycle, but the assailant gets away. This is not good news.


Phantom instinct / Meg Gardiner.
cover imageWhen shots ring out in a crowded L.A. club, bartender Harper Flynn watches helplessly as her boyfriend, Drew, is gunned down in the cross fire. Then somebody throws a Molotov cocktail, and the club is quickly engulfed in flames. L.A. Sheriff Deputy Aiden Garrison sees a gunman in a hoodie and gas mask taking aim at Harper, but before he can help her a wall collapses, bringing the building down and badly injuring him. A year later, Harper is trying to rebuild her life. She has quit her job and gone back to college. Meanwhile, the investigation into the shoot-out has been closed. The two gunmen were killed when the building collapsed. Certain that a third gunman escaped and is targeting the survivors, Harper enlists the help of Aiden Garrison, the only person willing to listen. But the traumatic brain injury he suffered has cut his career short and left him with Fregoli syndrome, a rare type of face blindness that causes the delusion that random people are actually a single person changing disguises. As Harper and Aiden delve into the case, Harper realizes that her presence during the attack was no coincidence--and that her only ally is unstable, mistrustful of her, and seeing the same enemy everywhere he looks.


A perfect life : a novel / Danielle Steel.
cover imageBlaise McCarthy is the most famous anchor on morning primetime news and a legend in her field. But in order to rise to the top, she had to make one of the most difficult decisions of her life-to place her blind daughter, Salima, in a year-round boarding school where they were better equipped to monitor her medical needs. When tragedy strikes, Salima is forced to move into Blaise's New York City apartment, where her surroundings are unfamiliar and even the most menial of tasks seems impossible. While Blaise is ill prepared to welcome a teenager into her life, both she and Salima must also learn to contend with a new caretaker who has little patience for how others have indulged Salima's handicap. Despite Blaise's reservations, she can't deny that Salima seems to be blossoming under Simon's supervision, while his movie star looks and attempts at real friendship become increasingly difficult to ignore. Time will tell if he might be just the thing to help both Blaise and Salima realize the true meaning of happiness-giving Salima the skills and confidence she needs to embrace her inner greatness, and Blaise, the love and family she has spent so long convincing herself that she could live without.


Last to know / Elizabeth Adler.
cover imageA killer targets a peaceful lakeside community, and one family is changed forever by secrets and lies. Evening Lake is idyllic, peaceful, with a close-knit community of families who have been coming to this western Massachusetts getaway for decades. Then newcomer Lacey Havnel and her daughter Bea move in. They are nothing like the well-heeled families who populate Evening Lake. Mysterious and rough around the edges, they keep to themselves. Detective Harry Jordan sees his lake home as a respite from solving crimes on the streets of Boston. The Osborne family views their cottage as a way to avoid the distractions of life-especially for Wally Osborne, a famous horror writer who seems to need the peace and quiet more than anyone. One night, Harry is walking alongside the lake when the night is rocked by an explosion: the Havnel house is engulfed in a conflagration, and young Bea is seen fleeing, hair on fire, and plunging into the lake. She survives, but her mother does not, and Harry is pulled into the investigation. Unbeknownst to the rest of the community, Diz Osborne, the youngest Osborne son, carries a weighty secret about who else he saw rowing on the lake that night. When it's discovered that Lacey died not from the explosion but from a knife wound, it's soon clear that a murderer is on the loose. And this murderer is poised to strike again and again.


The heist / Daniel Silva.
cover imageGabriel Allon, art restorer and occasional spy, searches for a stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio. Sometimes the best way to find a stolen masterpiece is to steal another one.


The girls of August / Anne Rivers Siddons.
cover imageEvery August, four women gather together to spend a week at the beach, renting a new house each year. The ritual began when they were in their twenties and their husbands were in medical school. Their only criteria was oceanfront and isolation, their only desire to strengthen their far-flung friendships. They called themselves the Girls of August. But when one of the Girls dies tragically, the group slowly drifts apart. Years later, after a new marriage reunites them and they come together on a remote barrier island off the South Carolina coast, the women make startling discoveries that will change them in ways they never expected.


Four : a Divergent collection / Veronica Roth.
cover imageA collection of four pre-Divergent stories plus three additional scenes from Divergent, all told from Tobias's point of view, that follow Tobias's transfer from Abnegation to Dauntless, his Dauntless initiation, the first clues that a foul plan is brewing in the leadership of two factions, and the weeks after he meets Tris Prior.


Fast track / Julie Garwood.
cover imageCordelia Kane has always been a daddy's girl-her father raised her alone after her mother died in a car crash when Cordelia was just two years old. So when he has a serious heart attack, Cordelia is devastated, and the emotion is only intensified by the confusion she feels when he reveals the shocking truth about her mother. Cordelia can't suppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her, and when she discovers the answers to her questions lie in Sydney, Australia, she travels there to get them. Hotel magnate Aiden Madison is Cordelia's best friend's older brother. He's oblivious to the fact that she's had a crush on him for years. When he gets railroaded into taking her along to Sydney on his company jet, he's unwittingly drawn into a volatile family drama. Aiden wants to help Cordelia get answers about her mother, but threats from her wealthy, high-powered family are quickly becoming dangerous. Sparks are flying between Cordelia and Aiden, but after multiple attempts are made on Cordelia's life, Aiden realizes he must put a stop to the madness before he loses the thing he values most.


Eden in winter / Richard North Patterson.
cover imageTwo months after the suspicious and much-publicized death of his father on the island of Martha's Vineyard, it is taking all of Adam Blaine's will to suture the deep wounds the tragedy has inflicted upon his family and himself. As the court inquest into Benjamin Blaine's death casts suspicions on those closest to him, Adam struggles to protect them from those who still suspect that his father was murdered by one of his kin. But the sternest test of all is Adam's proximity to Carla Pacelli - his late father's mistress and a woman to whom, despite her pivotal role in his family's plight, Adam finds himself increasingly drawn. The closer he gets to this beautiful, mysterious woman, the further Adam feels from his troubles, yet the closer he also comes to revealing the secrets he's striven to conceal and condemning the people he's fought so hard to protect.


Deserves to die / Lisa Jackson.
cover imageAs he watches, her body drifts below the water's surface, forever altered. Before he disposes of each victim, he takes a trophy. It's a sign of his power, and a warning. In Grizzly Falls, Montana, Detectives Alvarez and Pescoli are struggling with a new commander and a department in the midst of upheaval. It's the worst possible time for a homicide. A body has been found, missing a finger. Alvarez hopes this means a murderer with a personal grudge, not a madman, until a second body turns up.


The dead will tell / Linda Castillo.
cover imageEveryone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. But only a handful of the residents remember the terrible secrets lost in the muted/hushed whispers of time-and now death is stalking them, seemingly from the grave. On a late-night shift, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of an apparent suicide-an old man found hanging from the rafters in his dilapidated barn. But evidence quickly points to murder and Kate finds herself chasing a singularly difficult and elusive trail of evidence that somehow points back to the tragedy of that long ago incident. Meanwhile, Kate has moved in with state agent John Tomasetti and for the first time in so long, they're both happy; a bliss quickly shattered when one of the men responsible for the murders of Tomasetti's family four years ago is found not guilty, and walks away a free man. Will Tomasetti be pulled back to his own haunted past? When a second man is found dead-also seemingly by his own hand-Kate discovers a link in the case that sends the investigation in a direction no one could imagine and revealing the horrifying truth of what really happened that terrible night thirty-five years ago, when an Amish father and his four children perished-and his young wife disappeared without a trace. And, as Kate knows-the past never truly dies ...


Fast track : a novel / Julie Garwood.
cover image"Cordelia Kane has always been a daddy's girl--her father raised her alone after her mother died in a car crash when Cordelia was just two years old. So when he has a serious heart attack, Cordelia is devastated, and the emotion is only intensified by the confusion she feels when he reveals the shocking truth about her mother. Cordelia can't suppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her, and when she discovers the answers to her questions lie in Sydney, Australia, she travels there to get them. Hotel magnate Aiden Madison is Cordelia's best friend's older brother. He's oblivious to the fact that she's had a crush on him for years. When he gets railroaded into taking her along to Sydney on his company jet, he unknowingly puts her life at risk. He's recently angered a powerful congressman by refusing to purchase overvalued land. Congressman Chambers is not a man to let such an offense slide, and he has the resources to get even and to get what he wants. In Australia sparks are flying between Cordelia and Aiden, but multiple attempts on Aiden's life are made while Cordelia is with him, and he realizes he must put a stop to the madness before he loses the thing he values most" -- from publisher's web site.


Eden in winter : a novel / by Richard North Patterson.
cover imageTwo months after the suspicious and much-publicized death of his father on the island of Martha's Vineyard, it is taking all of Adam Blaine's will to suture the deep wounds the tragedy has inflicted upon his family and himself. As the court inquest into Benjamin Blaine's death casts suspicions on those closest to him, Adam struggles to protect them from those who still suspect that his father was murdered by one of his kin.


Year of no sugar : a memoir / Eve O. Schaub.
cover imageWhat scared the author was the secret world of sugar: hidden in bacon, crackers, salad dressing, and baby food. Schaub challenged her husband and two daughters to join her on a quest to eat no added sugar for an entire year. She uncovered the real costs of our sugar-heavy diet: a multitude of health problems. The stories, tips, and recipes she shares throw light on the questionable nutritional advice given over the years and shows that it is possible to eat with less and even no added sugar.


Swan Point / Sherryl Woods.
cover imageDetermined to build a new life for her family after her divorce, Adelia Hernandez has bought a home in historic Swan Point. Promoted to manager of Main Street's most fashionable boutique, she feels ready for a fresh start as a single mom. But then, she crosses paths with the sexiest man in Serenity. Gabe Franklin, back in town to make amends for past mistakes, brings passion and laughter into Adelia's life. To their surprise, sometimes a rolling stone is just what it takes to build a family.


The secret of the key / Marianne Malone.
cover imageIn the Art Institute of Chicago's miniature Thorne Rooms, the Thorne Rooms key and a mysterious set of rings lead Ruthie and Jack to new historical eras and a woman who went missing as a young girl.


Remains of innocence / J.A. Jance.
cover imageWhile cleaning her dying mother's home, Liza finds a fortune in hundred dollar bills hidden amongst the hoards of books and magazines in every corner. Tracing its origins will take Liza on a journey that will end in Cochise County, where Sheriff Joanna Brady is embroiled in a personal mystery of her own. A man she considers a family friend is found dead at the bottom of a hole in a limestone cavern. Now with the mystery of Liza and the money, Joanna wonders if the two cases are connect.


A perfect life : a novel / Danielle Steel.
cover imageBlaise is a famous anchor on morning news and a legend in her field. In order to rise to the top, she had to place her blind daughter, Salima, in a boarding school. When tragedy hits, Salima is forced to move in with Blaise. They both have to contend with a new caretaker who has little patience for indulging Salima's handicap. Blaise can't deny that Salima seems to be improving under Simon's supervision, while his movie star looks and attempts at real friendship become difficult to ignore.


 

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