Fiction

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Switched

Rating: 4
You've read about her in USA Today and The Huffington Post. Now you can read IR's review of Switched, by indie's reigning Queen Amanda Hocking
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The Vision: Green Stone of Healing Series, Book One

Rating: 4
The Vision centers around political struggles in a fictional country/region, centered largely around the main character, whose questionable parentage turns out to be extremely significant and dangerous for most of the characters concerned. It’s a fantasy setting with very little magic, although there is some indication that there will be more supernatural plot points later in the sequels.
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Kandide and the Secret of the Mists, The Calabiyau Chronicles, Book 1

Rating: 3
Perfect for the 8-12 year old set, the book tells the story of Kandide, a spoiled nineteen year old fairy.
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Twilight People

Rating: 4
Joe Del Priore’s Twilight People is a collection of forty flash fiction stories that suggest what you would have gotten if Michael Palin and Rod Serling had worked together. The spontaneity of Del Priore’s quick wit makes these pieces spark and crackle.
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Fortunate One

Rating: 3
Kevin Cohen’s novel Fortunate One is a loud, broadly written, sometimes graphic but still intriguing story of the excesses of the Hollywood elite and the untold minions who work for them.
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Worlds Apart

Rating: 4
Worlds Apart, by Miriam Sobel, is an engrossing tale of an extended Jewish family, with two brothers in New York City and their sister, brother-in-law, and mother living in Poland.
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The Brink of Destruction

Rating: 2
The central protagonist of this potboiler tale is Laura Monroe, a rookie FBI agent from Chicago who was inspired to join the FBI to prevent a repeat of 9/11, which happened when she was a teenager. She witnesses the Willis Tower's destruction from the windshield of her car and vows to bring the perpetrators to justice.
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Upcountry

Rating: 3
Jane Schumacher, a political press secretary with a chip on her shoulder, left her isolated mountain town in upstate New York at the age of eighteen, vowing never to return. Yet return she does, twenty years later, asking for forgiveness. Why?
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Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

Rating: 4
The year is 1898, the place, San Francisco, and Annie Fuller, a young widow whose husband killed himself after losing the couple’s fortune in the stock market, is trying to make a go of it by operating a boarding house she’s inherited from an elderly aunt.
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The Broken Past: A James Buckner Mystery

Rating: 3.5
Set in Prohibition-challenged 1923, Corinth, MO is turned upside down when two murders are discovered the same day.
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A Secret of the Universe

Rating: 4.5
In delving into the depths of human nature and rationality as few have before, A Secret of the Universe provides a new take on the battle between faith and skepticism for the post-9/11 world.
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Among Us Women

Rating: 3
A bold, yet sensitive story of three closely connected women living in the 1980's and a dramatic testimony to the innate intelligence of all women who have the courage to look inward and walk forward.
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A Very Rich Man

Rating: 3
A wealthy and socially prominent family reunites in the wake of a father's aneurysm, and all hell breaks loose as a brother and sister uncover a wealth of secrets about their father's past.
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More Letters From Pemberley 1814-1819

Rating: 3.5
More Letters From Pemberley is a continuation of Jane Dawkin's first Letters novel. We again find Elizabeth Darcy, at her writing desk. Extending from 1814 to 1819, Elizabeth's letters are no longer that of a homesick young woman finding solace with her younger sister.
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A Multitude of Mercies

Rating: 4
A gut-wrenchingly honest look at a family dealing with schizophrenia, A Multitude of Mercies travels from the depths of despair to the ultimate triumph of love and acceptance.
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Able Was I

Rating: 4.5
Able Was I begins by introducing us to Grey Tigrett, an American college student tooling around Italy for a summer before graduation. On the island of Elba (yes, Napoleon's Elba) Grey, who came to the island with a longtime girlfriend, has a brief but significant amorous encounter with an Italian man named Antonio.
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Crazy Bett

Rating: 4
Her name was Elizabeth Van Lew, but her neighbors in Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War called her Crazy Bett. In fact, Elizabeth ran a Union spy ring in the capital of the Confederacy--pulling it off by posing as a madwoman.
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Probo's Lament

Rating: 4
Probo, a young trumpet-playing circus elephant, leads the way in this hilarious (and slightly unhinged) satire of Chicago politics.
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Tonight in the Rivers of Pittsburgh

Rating: 4
When Brock Bailey's limousine crashes through a bridge railing and disappears into Pittsburgh's murky Monongahela River, the popular Pennsylvania governor is presumed to be dead. Intensive rescue efforts produce four mangled bodies, but the Mon River does not yield a governor.
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Toxin

Rating: 3.5
A fanatical right-wing religious group is threatening to destroy the United States from within and set up a religious oligarchy. It is up to a junior moderate Republican Senator, Jake Telemark, and the daughter of a famous politician, Dora Hathaway, to take down this group before their plans can come to fruition.
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The Change Artist

Rating: 2.5
The plot transports the reader from modern-day Canada to 1940s Europe, and contains a wide cast of characters, including Nazis, Gypsies and carnival folk, along with more mundane Canadian accountants and lawyers.
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Spam & Eggs: A Johnny Denovo Mystery

Rating: 3.5
A PI novel, in the tradition of Raymond Chandler, but set in the 21st century with a tech-savvy hero.
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From the Abuela's Window

Rating: 3.5
From the Abuela's Window is a story of ordinary people doing what they can to help each other and in small ways undermine a brutal system—it is about staying human when faced with inhumanity all around.
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Alexander and the Moon: A Storybook

Rating: 4
Alexander and the Moon is a storybook written in the throes of chemotherapy by pediatric cancer survivor Max Ritvo and is illustrated by undergraduates at Yale University, who received funding for the project from the prestigious Louis Sudler Art Grant.