Fiction

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To Love Mercy

Rating: 3.5
To Love Mercy takes place in racially segregated Chicago, circa 1948. Most African-Americans live in poverty, are denied upward mobility, and must deal with the prejudice of white people. The book is filled with authentic detail and prominent figures of the period and nothing is white-washed.
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Kandide and the Secret of the Mists, The Calabiyau Chronicles, Book 1

Rating: 3.5
Perfect for the 8-12 year old set, the book tells the story of Kandide, whose perfect childhood is ruined when her wing is injured and she is segregated with the rest of the Imperfect fairies.
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Time Will Tell

Rating: 4
The year is 2133 and the Nazis control the world. Four scientists are pressured to complete a Time Travel project in time for the 200th anniversary of Hitler's coming to power.
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Swallow

Rating: 3
In this well-paced, semi-autobiographical novel, the protagonist's journey of self-discovery threatens to destroy her perfectly mapped-out life as a sophisticated and successful New York attorney.
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The Spirit in the Desert: Pilgrimages to Sacred Sites in the Owens Valley

Rating: 3
Father Brad Karelius traverses the land of the Paiute Indian tribes, the earth now barren where families once walked. He also takes us inside his own walls--describing his family and their challenges in dealing with his son Erik's seizures.
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Stewards of the Flame

Rating: 3.5
If you were tuned into the recent U.S. debate about mandatory health insurance and universal healthcare (and who wasn’t?), Stewards of the Flame is a particularly scary read.
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The Golden Ring

Rating: 3
The Golden Ring is a satisfying read for mystery lovers and for those interested in getting a glimpse of contemporary life in Russia.
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Letters from Pemberly

Rating: 4
"Letters From Pemberley: The First Year", brings us to the writing desk of newly married Elizabeth Bennet Darcy as she embarks on her first year at Pemberley, the grand estate of her new husband, Fitzwilliam Darcy.
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If You’re Ever in Key West

Rating: 3.5
When Olivia, a 57 year-old Brit, is widowed by her American husband, she decides to move from New York to Key West, Florida. She considers herself content, until—on a visit to New York—a dashing attorney and a fellow Brit 15 years her junior falls head over heels in love with her.
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True Detective

Rating: 3.5
Seen through the eyes of two New York City police detectives, True Detective is an edgy murder mystery and a meditation on truth and faith in our post 9/11 age.
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Dead On

Rating: 2
Marcus Rydell, former Atlanta cop, contemplates suicide with a gun in his mouth. The reason? Four years earlier Rydell and three other policemen were ambushed. Only Rydell survived and he can't live anymore with the memory.
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Blood Lust

Rating: 4
A woven trilogy of three connected stories, Zoe writes of evil mixed with warmth and passion. A tale of spells, magic and potions, "Blood Lust" delves into the relationships, politics and passions between vampires, werewolves and humans and the resolution of their conflicts.
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Percy: The Perfectly Imperfect Chicken

Rating: 2.5
The artwork in the book is fantastic. All the chickens are expressive and, though everything takes place in the one yard, the perspective on the yard and chickens varies in each scene.
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Xanta Claus

Rating: 2
Santa Claus's job is not just to bring presents; it's to bring hope to children, up to the age of ten. But why stop there? Even adults could use a little hope sometimes.
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Rightfully Mine: God's Equal Rights Amendment

Rating: 3
The compelling story of the wandering nation of Israel following their escape from Egypt and 40 years of exile in the desert.
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A Small Fortune

Rating: 5
Reminiscent of The Pilot's Wife, a woman must come to terms with the fact that her life has been based on lies and misconceptions, but as she battles to regain her freedom and safety, she discovers a surprising strength she didn’t know she possessed.
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The Life of O'Reilly

Rating: 4
Nick O’Reilly is a 36-year-old partner in a prestigious Manhattan law firm. Though he’s devoted to his legal career, there’s a side of O’Reilly that knows, even at the onset of this emotionally suspenseful novel, that all is not right with his world.
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Sex Offender Lives Here

Rating: 4
An attempt at a “Fight Club” type story, set in the garage of a guy who's fallen from society's graces.
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Green Monster: A Johnny Denovo Mystery

Rating: 4
The Green Monster (named after Fenway’s huge, left-field wall)--featuring the brilliant detective Johnny Denovo and his savvy team--will keep mystery fans guessing till the final inning.
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Lulie

Rating: 4
A strong and loving heroine readers will long remember and admire, and delivers a blissfully satisfying denouement that reaffirms hope and happiness.
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5 Shots

Rating: 2
A graphic novel that weaves five tales of murder, mayhem, and action a private eye who can read people's minds.
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The Edge of Forever

Rating: 4
A gripping but scary novel about the possibility of a super volcanic eruption from Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
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Barking Her Way to the Top

Rating: 4
Roger Pyle's s six-year old collie, Kukushka, is not an ordinary pet, as she is able to be understood by her master. The often irreverent dog demands that Pyle get her a job in the civil service.
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Sunset

Rating: 1
the story of three different men in three different cities, dealing with the end of civilization. Most of the Earth's population is killed and two days later the dead have disappeared.