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The Holiday Party

Rating: 4
The Holiday Party takes you into the lives and psyche of the players involved in a corporate takeover. Though all the players appear to have a common goal, they all have their own agendas, and secrets.
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Prophecy

Rating: 4
Prophecy opens with a quote from Revelation 6:8 that warns of a holocaust that will claim the lives of one-fourth of the earth’s population. “Behold the pale horse,” the prediction goes. “The rider was named Death and Hades was following close behind him.”
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The Bridge Club

Rating: 4
The Bridge Club is the story of eight women who started off as a monthly bridge club, and transformed themselves over the decades into what they call a “life raft” or a “support of sisters” (SOS) group for one another.
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Misfits & Heroes: West From Africa

Rating: 5
The act of a social outcast releasing a wanderer from her bonds begins a story that soon intertwines the lives of many with the history of Africa and Western exploration. The time is approximately 12,000 BC when Naaba and Asha meet and start their unconventional journey.
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Justice in America: How it Works – How it Fails

Rating: 4
It doesn’t take much to realize when someone has “wronged” us. Yet Russell F. Moran’s Justice in America: How it Works – How it Fails examines how our simplest instinct – the ability to identify right from wrong – isn’t always so simple in the eyes of the law.
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The Jinson Twins Science Detectives and the Mystery of Echo Lake

Rating: 5
Twelve-year old twins, Debbie and Joe Jinson have a summer job - Mrs. Gray needs help clearing out her house. It sounds straightforward enough, until the twins discover a mysterious map with clues. With the help of Mr. Benjamin, the twins try to solve the mystery they have uncovered, but they are being watched and followed.
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One Pink Line

Rating: 4.5
One Pink Line is a beautifully written and well-crafted story about Sydney, a senior in College, who gets pregnant by someone other than the love of her life, but decides to keep her baby.
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Amo, Amas, Amat

Rating: 4.5
Appropriately titled, Amo, Amas, Amat, which is the Latin conjugation of the verb to love, this book is about love triangles and connections in life and love.
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How To Raise A Good Kid

Rating: 4
In this entertaining series of essays, O’Dwyer mines his comfortable middle-class American childhood for life lessons.
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The Able Seaman's Mate

Rating: 4.5
Author William Cheevers provides a glimpse into America’s cultural history in this beautifully written tale about Irish immigrant James Patrick Delaney adjusting to life in America.
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The Darkening Dream

Rating: 4
It is 1913 and the residents of Salem, MA, have no idea that their bustling town has recently become home to feuding vampires on the trail of a long lost treasure.
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The Unsimple Truth

Rating: 4
Kevin and Evan are twin brothers who couldn’t be more different. Growing up neglected they were there for each other every step of the way. As adults they seem to have chosen very different paths. The Unsimple Truth is their story.
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Medallion

Rating: 4
J.R Scott’s heroine is a feisty young woman, Alie McCull. With wit, brains and brawn, she is trapped in a male dominated profession and tired of reporting the fluff.
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Island Eyes, Island Skies

Rating: 4
Island Eyes, Island Skies is the story of two pre-teens and their friendships with one another that help them get through life as pre-teens and some personal tragedies.
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Learning to Haight

Rating: 4
Learning to Haight’s main character, Jack is a rather naive young man, who—bored with his P.R. job back East and hoping to find himself—leaves to become a journalist at the San Francisco Daily Mirror. J
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The Girl You Deserve

Rating: 4.5
Edite Vidins, a woman of Latvian heritage raised in Australia, begins this compelling memoir with the disclosure that the love of her young life, a man named Warwick, has died of hypothermia after wandering out of a bar and into a blizzard.
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Eye of the Redeemer

Rating: 4
Author Richard I. Levine sets up the theme of redemption in several of his characters, effectively developing their personalities, histories and revealing their moment of redemption.
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Dangerous Past

Rating: 5
When a bomb is planted in the commercial plane that Frank Braden is flying, almost blowing up nearly 100 passengers, it is the beginning of the end of his career and his life as he knows it. To add fuel to the plot, whoever is out to get Frank is making it appear as if Frank is on a suicide mission.
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This River Called Life: A Letter to My Children

Rating: 4
The night before surgery, author Velinda Peyton realized that if she didn’t make it through she’d regret never having said a number of things to her children. She decided to put heartfelt words down on paper in a finale of “love, meaning and happiness,” intended originally for her children only.
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Event Horizon Conspiracy

Rating: 4
The actual conspiracy in Event Horizon Conspiracy begins when the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds a DNA project meant for good. But when DNA researcher Jason Menard discovers that the project is actually intended to create mass replication of rDNA doses, he disappears, starting an aggressive undercover search of funeral homes, graves and a jaunt to France, where the evil is housed.
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Cassie Draws the Universe

Rating: 4
A combination of Catcher in the Rye, A Clockwork Orange, Silence of the Lambs and Girl Interrupted, “Cassie Draws the Universe” is opera. It is opulent, grand and brilliant in strange ways, executed with a low grade fever.
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No Straight Lines

Rating: 4
No Straight Lines is the call for change, for creativity, new leadership and a change in the culture of unfairness, stagnation and inflexibility caused by linear. The author argues that it’s imperative to find alternative ways to do business and manage services because, in today’s society and life, there are no straight lines.
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Charlie Chan Meets Tom Swifty

Rating: 4.5
This little book opens with Charlie Chan sitting on a bench talking to his friend Tom Swifty, who decides to make a list of the pearls of wisdom inspired by Chan’s life and experience as a famous detective. And so begins a list of Tom Swiftys, which the author quotes Wikipedia defining as: “a phrase in which a quoted sentence is linked by a pun to the manner in which it is attributed.”
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Born in Rio

Rating: 4
Rita Ray is uprooted by her mother, Maia, from their home in Brazil for a new life in Florida. She works hard and becomes a successful banker in New York but seldom dates and keeps everyone at a distance, until the day she gets a call informing her that her mother is dying from cancer. Rita rushes to the hospital, anxious to make up for her fifteen years of absence. The reunion is not to be.