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Almost just friends : a novel / Jill Shalvis.

Almost just friends : a novel / Jill Shalvis.
Piper Manning's about as tough as they come, she's had to be. She raised her siblings and they've thankfully flown the coop. All she has to do is finish fixing up the lake house her grandparents left her, sell it, and then she's free. When a massive storm hits, she runs into a tall, dark and brooding stranger, Camden Reid. There's a spark there, one that shocks her. Surprising her further, her sister and brother return, each of them holding their own secrets. The smart move would be for Piper to ignore them all but Cam unleashes emotions deep inside of her that she can't deny, making her yearn for something she doesn't understand. And her siblings... well, they need each other. Only when the secrets come out, it changes everything Piper thinks she knows about her family, herself... and Cam. Can she find a way to outrun the demons? The answer is closer than she thinks -- just as the new life she craves may have already begun. --Provided by publisher.


A long petal of the sea : a novel / Isabel Allende ; [translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor and Amanda Hopkinson].

A long petal of the sea : a novel / Isabel Allende ; [translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor and Amanda Hopkinson].
In the late 1930s, civil war grips Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of thousands are forced to flee in a treacherous journey over the mountains to the French border. Among them is Roser, a pregnant young widow, who finds her life intertwined with that of Victor Dalmau, an army doctor and the brother of her deceased love. In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them desires. Together with two thousand other refugees, they embark on the SS Winnipeg, a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda, to Chile: 'the long petal of sea and wine and snow.' As unlikely partners, they embrace their exile as the rest of Europe erupts in world war. Starting over on a new continent, Roser and Victor face trial after trial. But they will also find joy as they await the day when they might go home. Through it all, their hope of returning to Spain keeps them going. Destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world, Roser and Victor will find that home might have been closer than they thought all along.--Container.~Sponsored by the poet Pablo Neruda to flee the violence of the Spanish Civil War, a pregnant widow and an army doctor unite in an arranged marriage only to be swept up by the early days of World War II.


House on fire : a novel / Joseph Finder.

House on fire : a novel / Joseph Finder.
Nick Heller, private spy, exposes secrets that powerful people would rather keep hidden. At the funeral of his good friend Sean, an army buddy who once saved Nick's life and had struggled with opioid addiction since returning wounded from war, a stranger approaches Nick with a job. The woman is a member of the Rhodes family, whose immense fortune was built on opiates. Now she wants to become a whistleblower, exposing evidence that Rhodes Pharmaceutical knew its biggest money-maker drug, Oxydone, was dangerously addictive and led directly to the overdoses and deaths of people like Sean.


18 tiny deaths : the untold story of Frances Glessner Lee and the invention of modern forensics / Bruce Goldfarb.

18 tiny deaths : the untold story of Frances Glessner Lee and the invention of modern forensics / Bruce Goldfarb.
Frances Glessner Lee, born a socialite to a wealthy and influential Chicago family in the 1870s, was never meant to have a career, let alone one steeped in death and depravity. Yet she developed a fascination with the investigation of violent crimes and made it her life's work. Best known for creating the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, a series of dioramas that appear charming-until you notice the macabre little details: an overturned chair, a blood-spattered comforter. And then, of course, there are the bodies-splayed out on the floor, draped over chairs-clothed in garments that Lee lovingly knit with sewing pins. Lee developed a system that used the Nutshells dioramas to train law enforcement officers to investigate violent crimes, and her methods are still used today. 18 Tiny Deaths is the story of a woman who overcame the limitations and expectations imposed by her social status and pushed forward an entirely new branch of science that we still use today--


Property of the state / Kiki Swinson.

Property of the state /  Kiki Swinson.
She killed her abusive boyfriend in self-defense. But in jail, violent female gangs paid off by her enemies keep her fearing for her life--and land her in the hospital. From there, a medical testing facility is her one dubious hope for some kind of safety. But from the moment she hits the yard, she and other prisoners are victimized by illegal medical experiments. Injected with lethal diseases and made a test subject for experimental vaccines, she's clinging to determination by the slimmest thread--until she forms an alliance with a Corrections Officer. -- provided by publisher.


All the ways we said goodbye : a novel of the Ritz Paris / Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Karen White.

All the ways we said goodbye : a novel of the Ritz Paris / Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Karen White.
The heiress. The Resistance fighter. The widow. Three women whose fates are joined by one splendid hotel.


Seminole / by Valerie Bodden.

Seminole /  by Valerie Bodden.
An introducion to the Seminole lifestyle and history, including their forced relocation and how they keep traditions alive today. A Seminole story recounts why it is important to respect traditions. --


Cheyenne / by Valerie Bodden.

Cheyenne /  by Valerie Bodden.
An introduction to the Cheyenne lifestyle and history, including their forced relocation and how they keep traditions alive today. A Cheyenne story recounts how people became chief of the animals. --


Inuit / by Valerie Bodden.

Inuit /  by Valerie Bodden.
An introduction to the Inuit lifestyle and history, including their forced relocation and how they keep traditions alive today. An Inuit story recounts how the northern lights came to exist. --


Comanche / by Valerie Bodden.

Comanche /  by Valerie Bodden.
An introduction to the Comanche lifestyle and history, including their forced relocation and how they keep traditions alive today. A Comanche story recounts how bluebonnet flowers came to be. --


Hopi / by Valerie Bodden.

Hopi /  by Valerie Bodden.
An introduction to the Hopi lifestyle and history, including their forced relocation and how they keep traditions alive today. A Hopi story recounts how people came to live in this world. --


Daughter of Rome / Tessa Afshar.

Daughter of Rome /  Tessa Afshar.
A woman with a devastating secret. A man bent on proving his worth. A chance encounter that catapults them into the heart of history. When the daughter of a prominent Roman general meets a disinherited Jewish immigrant, neither one can dream of God's plan to transform them into the most influential couple of the early church. Nor can they anticipate the mountains that will threaten to bury them. Their courtship unwittingly shadowed by murder and betrayal, Priscilla and Aquila slowly work to build a community of believers, while their lives grow increasingly complicated thanks to a shaggy dog, a mysterious runaway, and a ruthless foe desperate for love. But when they're banished from their home by a capricious emperor, they must join forces with an unusual rabbi named Paul and fight to turn treachery into redemption. With impeccable research and vivid detail, Daughter of Rome is both an emotive love story and an immersive journey through first-century Rome and Corinth, reminding readers once again why Debbie Macomber has said that no one brings the Bible to life like Tessa Afshar.--


Kingdomtide / Rye Curtis.

Kingdomtide /  Rye Curtis.
The sole survivor of a plane crash, seventy-two-year-old Cloris Waldrip finds herself lost and alone in the unforgiving wilderness of Montana's rugged Bitterroot Range, exposed to the elements with no tools beyond her wits and ingenuity. Intertwined with her story is Debra Lewis, a park ranger struggling with addiction, a recent divorce, and a new mission: to find and rescue Cloris. As Cloris wanders mountain forests and valleys, subsisting on whatever she can find as her hold on life grows more precarious, Ranger Lewis and her motley group of oddball rescuers follow the trail of clues she's left behind. Days stretch into weeks, and hope begins to fade. But with nearly everyone else giving up, Ranger Lewis stays true until the end.


Blitzed / Alexa Martin.

Blitzed /  Alexa Martin.
According to Brynn Larson, Maxwell Lewis is more trouble than he's worth. She doesn't care if he's a football god with a rock-hard body that brings most women to their knees. After an encounter that ends poorly, she's not interested in giving him a second chance. The last thing Brynn expects is for him to turn up at her bar months later, hat in hand. It doesn't matter if he brings more customers to her business - she's still not going on a date with him. Maxwell knows he made a mistake. He'd been waiting to make his move on Brynn since the day he laid eyes on her and he was finally ready to go for it until he screwed up. He wishes he could tell her the truth about what happened that night, but he just can't. He can't tell anyone, so he'll make amends and hope she'll forgive him. Brynn's not like other women, though. Playing for the Mustangs doesn't impress her and gifts make her scoff. Max will have to bring his A game if he hopes to win her over.--Publisher.


Amá : a modern Tex-Mex kitchen / Josef Centeno & Betty Hallock ; photographs by Ren Fuller.

Amá : a modern Tex-Mex kitchen / Josef Centeno & Betty Hallock ; photographs by Ren Fuller.
Tex-Mex is a delicious, irreverent cuisine that combines the deep traditions of Texan and Mexican cooking. Centeno and Hallock help you bring this big and bold flavor to the table. Their recipes represent down-home cooking and grilling at its most inspiring. -- adapted from inside front cover


The kill club / Wendy Heard.

The kill club /  Wendy Heard.
Jazz and Joaquin's foster mother, Carol, has always been fanatical, but with Jazz grown up and out of the house, Carol takes a dangerous turn that threatens thirteen-year-old Joaquin's life. Over and over, child services fails to intervene, and Joaquin is running out of time. Then Jazz gets a blocked call from someone offering a solution. There are others like her--people the law has failed. They've formed an underground network of 'helpers', each agreeing to eliminate the abuser of another. They're taking back their power and leaving a trail of bodies throughout Los Angeles--dubbed the Blackbird Killings. If Jazz joins them, they'll take care of Carol for good. All she has to do is kill a stranger.--


A trace of deceit : a novel / Karen Odden.

A trace of deceit : a novel / Karen Odden.
From the author of A Dangerous Duet comes the next book in her Victorian mystery series, this time following a daring female painter and the Scotland Yard detective who is investigating her brother's suspicious death. A young painter digs beneath the veneer of Victorian London's art world to learn the truth behind her brother's murder... Edwin is dead. That's what Inspector Matthew Hallam of Scotland Yard tells Annabel Rowe when she discovers him searching her brother's flat for clues. While the news is shocking, Annabel can't say it's wholly unexpected, given Edwin's past as a dissolute risk-taker and art forger, although he swore he'd reformed. After years spent blaming his reckless behavior for their parents' deaths, Annabel is now faced with the question of who murdered him--because Edwin's death was both violent and deliberate. A valuable French painting he'd been restoring for an auction house is missing from his studio: find the painting, find the murderer. But the owner of the artwork claims it was destroyed in a warehouse fire years ago. As a painter at the prestigious Slade School of Art and as Edwin's closest relative, Annabel makes the case that she is crucial to Matthew's investigation. But in their search for the painting, Matthew and Annabel trace a path of deceit and viciousness that reaches far beyond the elegant rooms of the auction house, into an underworld of politics, corruption, and secrets someone will kill to keep.


A good man : a novel / Ani Katz.

A good man : a novel / Ani Katz.
Paul Martin was a devoted family man who had all the trappings of an enviable life: a beautiful wife and daughter, a well-appointed home on Long Island's north shore, a job at a prestigious Manhattan advertising firm. He was also a devoted son and brother, shielding the women in his orbit from the everyday horrors of the world. But what happens when Paul's fragile ego is rocked? After committing an unspeakable act--that he can never undo--Paul grapples with his sense of self. Sometimes he casts himself as a victim and, at other times, a monster. All he ever did was try to be a good man, but he may actually be a very, very bad man--


You're not listening : what you're missing and why it matters / Kate Murphy.

You're not listening : what you're missing and why it matters / Kate Murphy.
As a society, we've forgotten how to listen. Modern life is noisy and frenetic, and technology provides constant distraction. So we tune things out or listen selectively--even to those we love most. We've become scared of other people's points of view, and of silence.


The tracker : a western story / Max Brand.

The tracker : a western story / Max Brand.
Tom Fuller, a scrupulously honest fellow, a person of extraordinary physical strength and owner of a savage horse, Rusty, that he alone was able to tame, is generally regarded as a half-wit. He has been summarily fired from every job he has ever had and even comes to regard himself as a failure. He makes one more try when he is hired on as a blacksmith's assistant by Boston Charlie. Finally here is a job that Tom can perform successfully, and his spirit soars. Oliver Champion, who stops at the smithy to have his wagon horses newly shod, is impressed by Tom's ability. Champion also recognizes Tom Fuller as the son of the late Washington Fuller, a renowned gunfighter. Boston Charlie, far from being impressed by this revelation, is outraged and fires Tom, insisting that he leave at once. Champion follows Tom Fuller and proposes that Tom, who in addition to his physical strength is also an excellent shot, should become his bodyguard. Tom soon learns that Champion is new to the West, that he is an escaped convict from a prison in the East, and that he has come as far as he has because he is in pursuit of a master criminal, Henry Plank, the man actually responsible for the robbery for which Champion was sentenced to prison--Provided by publisher.


Red grass / Carter Travis Young.

Red grass /  Carter Travis Young.
More than two years of relentless stalking of his wife's killers had brought Cullom Blaine from Texas to California's Antelope Valley and landed him in the middle of the explosive and mindless fury of a range war in this gripping tale of revenge in the old West--Provided by publisher.


American dirt : a novel / Jeanine Cummins.

American dirt : a novel / Jeanine Cummins.
Lydia Quixano Perez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while cracks are beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, reasonably comfortable. Even though she knows they'll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with four books he would like to buy, two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia's husband's tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same. Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence.


Down among the dead / K.B. Wagers.

Down among the dead /  K.B. Wagers.
Gunrunner empress Hail Bristol must navigate alien politics and deadly plots to prevent an interspecies war, in this second novel in the Farian War space opera trilogy. In a surprise attack that killed many of her dearest subjects, Hail Bristol, empress of Indrana, has been captured by the Shen -- the most ruthless and fearsome aliens humanity has ever encountered. As she plots her escape, the centuries-long war between her captors and the Farians, their mortal enemies and Indrana's oldest allies, finally comes to a head. When her captors reveal a shocking vision of the future, Hail must make the unexpectedly difficult decision she's been avoiding: whether to back the Shen or the Farians. Staying neutral is no longer an option. Will Hail fight? Or will she fall?--


The boy who felt too much : how a renowned neuroscientist and his son changed our view of autism forever / Lorenz Wagner ; translated from the German by Leon Dische Becker.

The boy who felt too much : how a renowned neuroscientist and his son changed our view of autism forever / Lorenz Wagner ; translated from the German by Leon Dische Becker.
An international bestseller, the story behind Henry Markram's breakthrough theory about autism, and how a family's unconditional love led to a scientific paradigm shift. Henry Markram is the Elon Musk of neuroscience, the man behind the billion-dollar Blue Brain Project to build a supercomputer model of the brain. He has set the goal of decoding all disturbances of the mind within a generation. This quest is personal for him. The driving force behind his grand ambition has been his son Kai, who suffers from autism. Raising Kai made Henry Markram question all that he thought he knew about neuroscience, and then inspired his groundbreaking research that would upend the conventional wisdom about autism, expressed in his now-famous theory of the Intense World Syndrome. When Kai was first diagnosed, his father consulted studies and experts. He knew as much about the human brain as almost anyone but still felt as helpless as any parent confronted with this condition in his child. What's more, the scientific consensus that autism was a deficit of empathy didn't mesh with Markram's experience of his son. He became convinced that the disorder, which has seen a 657 percent increase in diagnoses over the past decade, was fundamentally misunderstood. Bringing his world-class research to bear on the problem, he devised a radical new theory of the disorder: People like Kai don't feel too little; they feel too much. Their senses are too delicate for this world--


The Wholesome Yum easy keto cookbook : 100 simple low carb recipes : 10 ingredients or less / Maya Krampf.

The Wholesome Yum easy keto cookbook : 100 simple low carb recipes : 10 ingredients or less / Maya Krampf.
The ketogenic diet works-- and weight loss is just the beginning. Krampf knows the low carb, keto lifestyle has completely changed her mental and physical well-being, but she also knows other people are intimidated, thinking eating keto is complicated and boring. Here she shares the basics of getting started on a low carb or keto lifestyle, with ingredients that require ten ingredients-- or less! -- adapted from Introduction


The end of the ocean : a novel / Maja Lunde ; translated by Diane Oatley.

The end of the ocean : a novel / Maja Lunde ; translated by Diane Oatley.
From the author of the number-one international bestseller The History of Bees, a captivating story of the power of nature and the human spirit that explores the threat of a devastating worldwide drought, witnessed through the lives of a father, a daughter, and a woman who will risk her life to save the future.


Mortal music / Ann Parker.

Mortal music /  Ann Parker.
San Francisco. Winter 1881-82. All pianist Inez Stannert wants for Christmas is for the struggling music store she owns in San Francisco to be a success. When diva Theia Carrington Drake asks Inez to be her accompanist for several high-profile personal appearances, Inez is thrilled. This is the chance she was waiting for--a way to make some extra money and bring her store into the limelight of the city's polite society to enhance her business. But things are far from pitch perfect. An unknown threat is stalking Theia; her pet bird is found slain, and her signature gown is destroyed. Soon, Inez realizes that a murderer is stalking the city's opera halls, and that it's only a matter of time before Theia is his next victim. She'll have to enlist the help of private investigator Wolter Roeland de Bruijn and uncover the killer before Theia's celebrated voice is silenced--permanently--


There's a murder afoot / Vicki Delany.

There's a murder afoot  /  Vicki Delany.
Gemma Doyle and her friends travel to London for a Sherlock Holmes convention - but will Gemma's father take the fall for a felonious forger's fatality? The 6th of January is Sherlock Holmes's birthday, and lucky for Gemma Doyle, January is also the slowest time of the year at both the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, and Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room. It's a good time for Gemma and her friends to travel to England for a Holmes Convention. For Gemma, the trip provides an opportunity to visit her parents, Jayne Wilson is excited about seeing all the sites London has to offer, and Ryan Ashburton just wants to spend some time with Gemma. But the trip is immediately derailed when Gemma's father Henry recognizes his brother-in-law Randolph Denhaugh, who disappeared more than thirty years ago on the night he stole a valuable painting from his own parents. Henry, a retired detective with Scotland Yard, has been keeping tabs on the man's career as a forger of Old Masters and he warns Randy to stay away from his family. It's up to Gemma, with the help of her friends, to plunge into the lowest and vilest alleys of London to save her father from prison.--Publisher's description.


The vineyards of champagne / Juliet Blackwell.

The vineyards of champagne /  Juliet Blackwell.
Beneath the cover of France's most exquisite vineyards, a city of women defy an army during World War I.... Deep within the labyrinth of caves that lies below the lush, rolling vineyards of the Champagne region, an underground city of women and children hums with life. Forced to take shelter from the unrelenting onslaught of German shellfire above, the bravest and most defiant women venture out to pluck sweet grapes for the harvest. But wine is not the only secret preserved in the cool, dark cellars... In present day, Rosalyn Acosta travels to Champagne to select vintages for her Napa-based employer. Rosalyn doesn't much care for champagne--or France, for that matter. Since the untimely death of her young husband, Rosalyn finds it a challenge to enjoy anything at all. But as she reads through a precious cache of WWI letters and retraces the lives lived in the limestone tunnels, Rosalyn will unravel a mystery hidden for decades...and find a way to savor her own life again--


Bound for murder : a Blue Ridge library mystery / Victoria Gilbert.

Bound for murder : a Blue Ridge library mystery / Victoria Gilbert.
Blue Ridge library director Amy Webber learns it wasn't all peace and love among the flower children when a corpse is unearthed on the grounds of a 1960s commune. Taylorsford Public Library director Amy Webber's friend Sunny Fields is running for mayor. But nothing puts a damper on a campaign like an actual skeleton in a candidate's closet. Sunny's grandparents ran a commune back in the 1960s on their organic farm. But these former hippies face criminal charges when human remains are found in their fields -- and a forensic examination reveals that the death was neither natural nor accidental. With Sunny's mayoral hopes fading, Amy sets her wedding plans aside, says not yet to the dress, and uses her research skills to clear her best friend's family. Any of the now-elderly commune members could have been the culprit. As former hippies perish one by one, Amy and her friends Richard, Aunt Lydia, and Hugh Chen pursue every lead. But if Amy can't find whoever killed these flower children, someone may soon be placing flowers on her grave. --


Lady Hotspur / Tessa Gratton.

Lady Hotspur /  Tessa Gratton.
STRIKE FAST, LOVE HARD, LIVE FOREVER. This is the motto of the Lady Knights--sworn to fealty under a struggling kingdom, promised to defend the prospective heir, Banna Mora. But when a fearsome rebellion overthrows the throne, Mora is faced with an agonizing choice: give up everything she's been raised to love, and allow a king-killer to be rewarded--or retake the throne, and take up arms against the newest heir, Hal Bolingbrooke, Mora's own childhood best friend and sworn head of the Lady Knights. Hal loathes being a Prince and is mired in guilt and regrets, drinking away every night instead on the Throne of Misrule. She yearns to live up to the wishes of those she loves best--but that means sacrificing her own heart, and so Hall would rather disappoint everyone until the moment she can rise to prove those expectations wrong. And between these two fierce Princes is the woman who will decide all their fates: Lady Isarna Hotspur, the passionate and bold knight whose support will turn the tides of the coming war--or bring their kingdom to its ruin--


My penguin year : living with the emperors / Lindsay McCrae.

My penguin year : living with the emperors / Lindsay McCrae.
An unprecedented portrait of an emperor penguin colony in Antarctica, generously illustrated with the author's breathtaking photography. For 337 days, award-winning wildlife cameraman Lindsay McCrae intimately followed 11,000 emperor penguins amid the singular beauty of Antarctica. This is his masterful chronicle of one penguin colony's astonishing journey of life, death, and rebirth -- and of the extraordinary human experience of living amongst them in the planet's harshest environment. A miracle occurs each winter in Antarctica. As temperatures plummet 60° below zero and the sea around the remote southern continent freezes, emperors -- the largest of all penguins -- begin marching up to 100 miles over solid ice to reach their breeding grounds. They are the only animals to breed in the depths of this, the worst winter on the planet; and in an unusual role reversal, the males incubate the eggs, fasting for over 100 days to ensure they introduce their chicks safely into their new frozen world. My Penguin Year recounts McCrae's remarkable adventure to the end of the Earth. He observed every aspect of a breeding emperor's life, facing the inevitable sacrifices that came with living his childhood dream, and grappling with the personal obstacles that, being over 15,000km away from the comforts of home, almost proved too much. Out of that experience, he has written an unprecedented portrait of Antarctica's most extraordinary residents. --


The cold way home / Julia Keller.

The cold way home /  Julia Keller.
Deep in the woods just outside Acker's Gap, West Virginia, rises a ragged chunk of what was once a high stone wall. This is all that remains of Wellwood, a psychiatric hospital for the poor that burned to the ground decades ago. And it is here that Bell Elkins - prosecutor turned private investigator - makes a grim discovery while searching for a missing teenager: A dead body, marred by a ghastly wound that can only mean murder. To solve the mystery of what happened in these woods where she played as a child, Bell and her partners - former sheriff Nick Fogelsong and former deputy Jake Oakes - must confront the tangled history of Wellwood and its dark legacy, while each grapples with a private torment. Based on a true chapter in the troubled history of early treatment for psychiatric illness, The Cold Way Home is a story of death and life, of despair and hope, of crime and - sometimes, but not always - punishment--


Wild animals chunky puzzle [game].

Puzzle depicts a giraffe, zebra, elephant, camel, hippo, crocodile, and lion. Pictures under pieces. Pieces stand up for pretend play.


Rainbow caterpillar [game].

Rainbow caterpillar with 6 interchangable gears helps promote coordination and fine motor skills; encourages imaginative play.


Count your chickens! [game] / game concept, Peggy Brown Creative Consulting ; illustrations, David Walker.

The baby chicks have flown the coop! Everyone help Mother Hen collect her chicks and bring them back to the chicken coop.


 

 

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