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The Latecomer’s Fan Club

By Diane V. Mulligan

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Everyone’s a protagonist in this Boston-based tale of relationships between men and women.

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That Crazy Little Thing

By Kate Bracy

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Melanie Davis is a divorced mother raising a typical rebellious teenage daughter, Jessie. Melanie describes herself as a fixer-upper, a loser in love, and resigns herself to an ordinary life. For pleasure, she secretly reads — and shares with others — her boss’ private emails of love and longing with only the “tiniest pang of guilt.”

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I, Paris

By Rick Garnett

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

To understand the significance of this novel, readers should first be familiar with the basics of Paris’s role in the Trojan War of Greek mythology. Paris has often been portrayed as “weak, almost effeminate,” as author Rick Garnett states in his introduction. In this novel, there’s an attempt to humanize him.

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Bad Boyfriends

By Jeb Kinnison

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Author Jeb Kinnison applies attachment theory to relationships in order to advise the reader on how to find personality types that suit them well in a loving partnership.

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Alcoholprism

By Presley Cox

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Presley Cox’s ALCOHOLPRISM is a short book of poetry designed to provide varying viewpoints of substance abuse, not only alcoholism, but can certainly be applied to other forms of addiction as well.

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THE EMISSARY

By Marc Pietrzykowski

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A string of mysterious deaths at an elder care facility perplex and disturb residents and employees alike.

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Miracle Man

By William Liebowitz

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Robert Austin was four years old when he demonstrated that he could read complex works and perform genius level mathematics. When his foster parents take him to the pediatrician to be examined, the true level of his genius is discovered and, from that moment, his life is not his own.

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Small Circles

By Megan Duke

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Megan Duke’s SMALL CIRCLES is a story of love and loss, of acceptance and letting go. By using suicide, drug use, sexuality, and emotional despair, she eloquently illustrates what is posited as the overall theme of the book: that “it’s okay to be happy.”

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The Girl And The Raven

By Pauline Gruber

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

When Lucy’s heroin-addict mother died, she came into her true inheritance – strange powers, stranger friends, and some very dangerous enemies.

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The Tournament

By Kenneth Kirkeby

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Vietnam veteran and Wall Street stockbroker Jim Nielsen flies down to the Bahamas to take part in a fishing tournament. As their plane flies over the Little Cay Club, Jim catches a glimpse of the classic sportfisherman, The Katherine H., and is immediately thrown back to memories of his time with the owner’s daughter, the girl he loved as a youth, Inez Hutchinson.

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Quincy and Buck

By Camille Matthews

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

When Quincy is finally taken on a trail ride, he overcomes his fear of the desert but also proves to be good role model for the bully, Buck.

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The Book Of Supplement Secrets

By Timothy Mielke

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Tim Mielke does yeoman’s service, alerting the average consumer to shoddy practices and deceptive claims in the nutritional supplement industry, while also educating them on making better purchasing decisions.

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Yin, Yang, Yogini

By Kathryn Livingston

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Author Kathyrn Livingston worried incessantly, always imagining the worst of all possible scenarios. She dwelled on her fears, lived on the dark side, and drowned herself in negativity. Then Livingston turned fifty, and realized she no longer wanted to drive herself and her family (husband and three sons) crazy.

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Prince Iggy and the Tower of Decisions

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Rating: ★★★★☆ 

In this sequel to ‘Prince Iggy and the King of Naysayer,’ Prince Iggy is off to the Kingdom of Rose to reclaim his rightful place as heir to the throne after being rescued by his father’s loyal subjects.

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Heist School Freshmen

By Allan Gallauresi

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

HEIST SCHOOL FRESHMEN is a first-person narrative about a high school freshman named Angelo Bastillo, who goes by the moniker “Angel.” He hates school, and while love evades him, bullies do not.

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Me Time

By Jennifer Bealle

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

ME TIME by Jennifer Beall strikes the right balance between sympathy and constructive healing. Beall not only addresses the reader with the right mix of understanding and advice, it does so in a highly organized, easy-to-read format.

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Drinking To Distraction

By Jenna Hollenstein

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Jenna Hollenstein’s memoir, DRINKING TO DISTRACTION, is a unique memoir of a “high functioning alcoholic”.

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Cerulean Rising: Beginnings

By Justin Sewall

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

This novella is Part 1 of a series based on the science fiction computer game Blue Monarch, which is under development by Diadem Studios. Set in a distant future in which humanity has learned hyperspace travel, the main character is sixteen–year–old Emerson Avery.

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Dark Summer

By Lizzy Ford

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

As a troubled orphan, Summer has been transferred from school to school, without making any lasting relationships—until she’s sent packing from Los Angeles to a secluded boarding school in Idaho where she soon discovers a school of witchlings divided by Light and Dark.

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Darshan

By Amrit Chima

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Amrit Chima’s DARSHAN is a multigenerational family saga that travels from India to Fiji to the United States, along the way introducing a huge number of characters and subplots.

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Sleight Of Hand

By Jennifer Fales

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

In this sequel to Shadows & Fire, the reader is brought back into a world of intelligent hybrid animals served by human slaves, where political intrigue leads to unlikely alliances and even open battle.

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The Riddle Of Prague

By Laura DeBruce

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Hana Silna, 18, flies to Prague to reclaim a house the Communists took from her family when the Soviets invaded in 1968. She’s doing this for her mother who lies ill in a hospital, battling a rare blood disease, too ill to travel.

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Lavender Blue and the Faeries of Galtee Wood

By Steve R. Richardson and Larry MacDougall

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Lavender Blue’s best friend, Rose, becomes very ill and the faerie messenger of death, Banshee, is about to visit. The heroine embarks on a mythical journey, where she encounters dark woods and scary creatures, such as Pookas, gnomes and goblins, in the race to get to Rose before Banshee does.

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Raw

By Belle Aurora

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

This is not a love story. This is a story of love gone wrong.

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The Ambivalent Memoirist

By Sandra Hurtes

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

THE AMBIVALENT MEMOIRIST is the aptly titled memoir by author Sandra Hurtes who is searching for the place she can call home.

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Ex Games 2

By J. S. Cooper

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Part II in a three part serial.

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The Ex Games

By J. S. Cooper

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

This is part one of a three part erotic romance novella series.

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House of Bathory

By Linda Lafferty

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Countess Erzebet Bathory was a legendary sadist, a torturer and murderer who bathed in the blood of young women to keep herself beautiful.

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Lucky Number Four

By Amanda Jason

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Pandora Ann Phillips’ life is just normal-crazy.

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The Woodstock All-Stars: Nick’s “Very First” Day Of Baseball

By Kevin Christofora

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Author Kevin Christofora’s title, one of three books currently in the Woodstock All-Stars series, introduces very young readers to the sport of baseball with colorful illustrations and fun dialog.

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Jump When Ready

By David Pandolfe

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Henry is a misunderstood kid—he’s the youngest in his family, a withdrawn teenager picked on by his brother’s friends. So when he walks into the river by his house, his behavior and gothic garb make some at his funeral wonder just how accidental his death truly was.

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Angelboy Vol. 1

By Nicole Beguesse

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Cyrus Michael is a punkish teen who is murdered for no apparent reason. In death, he wants to live and manages to return to the world the living in a different town in a different form – he’s now “Angelboy” and he wants to redeem his worthless past.

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I’ve Been Called The B-Word

By Dr. R. Kay Green

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

This is a guide for any woman who seeks self-actualization in her chosen field. The advice given is designed to maximize a woman’s strengths (represented by positive “b-words” like “brilliant, bold, brave, and bullheaded”, rather than the singular negative one that so many successful women hear too often).

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We Are Elephants

By Kevin Hilliker

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A group of teenagers fleeing through a hellish, ruined, post-apocalyptic America, seek a safe haven.

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My Own Magic

By Kim Votry

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

On a warm afternoon, on the first day of school, the new sixth-graders have gathered to hang out. Morgan and her best friend Natasha notice a woman who doesn’t look quite like she belongs. The next day this mysterious woman is introduced as their special writing teacher who will help prepare them to participate in NaNoWriMo. They will each have to write about twenty to twenty-five pages. It seems like a lot.

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Fietlebaum’s Escape

By Scott D. Mendelson

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Issac Fietlebaum may be fluent in Yiddish and the finer aspects of Jewish cuisine but he is not, as one might expect, an average Jewish Earthling.

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Designed For Perfection

By Elle Davis

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Ronan Callahan has it all: runway model good looks, an IQ 20 points above average, blinding speed, superior strengths and a host of other powers he is just learning about. DESIGNED FOR PERFECTION is a young adult romance played out against a science fiction plot line.

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All the Difference

By Kaira Rouda

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

In this suspenseful suburban mystery, author Kaira Rouda weaves the lives of a diverse cast of characters, including three women whose career and personal paths are intertwined.

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Gary, The Four-Eyed Fairy And Other Stories

By Gary, The Four-Eyed Fairy And Other Stories

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

GARY, THE FOUR-EYED FAIRY AND OTHER STORIES is a zany collection of interconnected tales, chronicling the life and times of J.T. Glass, a security guard armed with a sharp tongue, keen wit and vivid imagination.

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Raise the Child You’ve Got, Not the One You Want

By Nancy Rose

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

As a parent, do you have what it takes to celebrate your child regardless of their abilities, desires or personality? Most don’t. Which is one of the reasons Nancy Rose wrote the book, RAISE THE CHILD YOU’VE GOT, NOT THE ONE YOU WANT.

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The Lady Leathernecks

By Chiara Kelly

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

THE LADY LEATHERNECKS is a surprise – it’s not your usual chick lit in any sense of the term. The book’s about a Starbucks barista named Allyn Kend, a Marine Corps newbie, who defies the female military stereotype of the typical tough-as-nails, G.I. Jane-type.

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Dutch

By Jamie Christian Desplaces

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

More of a novella than a novel, DUTCH is the story of Zak, a wanderlust-infused 18-year old who has been raised by his older brother after his parents died in a car crash.

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Jordan’s Brains

By J. Cornell Michel

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Brains are a central part of this light-hearted zombie apocalypse story. First, there’s Jordan’s brain, an abnormal entity that landed its owner (and the story’s likeable, though unreliable, narrator) in a psychiatric hospital because of an obsession with zombies. Then there are zombie brains, which as everyone knows, must be destroyed to kill the undead.

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Epic Sloth

By Philip Gaber

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Lovers of the traditional story structure should steer clear of EPIC SLOTH – a series of structure-free vignettes of child-men, lonely long-haired women, the unemployed and the barely marginal, it is poetic, hilarious, frustrating, and occasionally moving.

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The Last Firewall

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Rating: ★★★★☆ 

William Hertling’s THE LAST FIREWALL takes place in a not-too-distant future with brain-linked internet and artificial intelligence, and it follows a couple of characters as they tumble through this world.

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Binder

By David Vinjamuri

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

What begins as a seemingly straightforward missing persons case for Michael Herne suddenly involves several covert operations and has far reaching implications.

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Unsound

By Toby Neal

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

When Dr. Caprice Wilson finds a mud-caked shoe outside her office door, she has a feeling that she is being stalked. Bruce, the local Hawaiian police chief and good friend, sends her packing to a rehab center in Maui–but Caprice decides to detox on a gorgeous hiking trail instead.

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Her Indecent Proposal

By Judy Angelo

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Book 10 of 12, GIVE ME A BABY…NO STRINGS ATTACHED

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The Atlantis Plague

By A.G. Riddle

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

In this sequel to “The Atlantis Gene”, a dire plague has spread over Earth.

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The Arsonist’s Last Words

By Alison R. Lockwood

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A massive conflagration claims 115 lives. In the wake of the tragedy, a janitor at the complex, who was killed in the blaze, is posthumously accused of being the arsonist who started the fire. Investigating the fire and what really happened falls to Juni Bruner, a veteran local reporter.

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I’ve Got Some Lovin’ To Do

By Julia Park Tracy

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Julia Park Tracy’s edited collection of the diaries of her great aunt, Doris Bailey Murphy, written in 1925-1926, offers some insight into the life a sixteen year old girl searching for adventure, romance, and friendship while still living under her parents’ roof.

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Obitchuary

By Stephanie Hayes

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Penny Perkins is a “mild-mannered” newspaper reporter, who is tired of reporting on the gardening club and the school lunch menus. So when a position opens up at her paper for a creative, in-depth obituary writer, someone who can really get to the heart of a person’s life, she applies, and gets the job.

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Temperature: Dead And Rising

By Adam Santo

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

In the middle of the night, an unstoppable force literally blows the doors off the morgue of a hospital in Denver, Colorado, intent on securing the person about to rise from the dead. The reanimated woman, Sally, has no memory of her demise, much less how she ended up naked and fleeing the hospital with a mysterious and magical stranger.

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The Darkness of the Womb

By Richard B. Knight

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Marigold and Jeff Haunt had almost given up trying to have a baby when the unexpected happened and Marigold told Jeff the good news. However, one thing they didn’t anticipate was that the baby would not want to be born—and had a choice in the matter.

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Karmafornia

By NC Weil

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

KARMAFORNIA is the story of a love triangle, set in Berkeley in the late 1970s, with the beautiful graduate student Laura Reiner at its apex. This being Berkeley in the 1970s, the characters spend a reasonable amount of time stoned, and during an acid vision early in the story, Laura and her admirer remember past lives that do not bode well for their current relationship, past lives in which Cob, the other admirer, also figures.

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May This Be the Best Year of Your Life

By Sandra Bornstein

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A trip to India accompanying her husband for his job becomes the catalyst for author Sandra Bornstein’s life transformation.

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The Listener’s Labyrinth

By B. Zaragoza

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Commander Elise Kardiner is a psychiatrist working in the Naval Medical Centre in San Diego. When a very underweight, hallucinating SEAL is brought to the emergency department, the only survivor of an op. in Afghanistan that went terribly wrong, she discovers there is presence of an unusual agent in his blood.

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Treaters

By Scott Laperruque

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

In case you missed some of the action yesterday, here’s your chance to re-visit the famous New York City Greenwich Village Halloween Parade.

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The Oasis Of Filth

By Keith Soares

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

It’s 2013 and a series of illnesses across the United States puzzles doctors and the narrator in THE OASIS OF FILTH. Flash forward ten years after the outbreak, The narrator meets Rosa, a researcher, in Washington D.C. but when Rosa is abducted by the government, she and the narrator escape D.C. and attempt to find the Oasis, a rumored safe haven from the zombies that wander the countryside.

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Pawnbroker

By Jerry Hatchett

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Gray Bolton became a pawnbroker after careful research revealed it to be “a business as legitimate as any other” that would provide him a living in the small town of Montello, Mississippi. It also “looked like a lot of fun. And it was. At first.”

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Riverbend

By Tess Thompson

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

RIVERBEND is the story of Annie Bell, who got her abusive ex-husband Marco put in jail ten years ago in order to save her life and the life of her unborn child. Just as her life flourishes, Marco reappears, threatening her and her new life filled withe success and love.

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Riverbend

By Tess Thompson

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

RIVERBEND is the story of Annie Bell, who got her abusive ex-husband Marco put in jail ten years ago in order to save her life and the life of her unborn child. Just as her life flourishes, Marco reappears, threatening her and her new life filled withe success and love.

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The Tragedy Of Fidel Castro

By João Cerqueira

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Poor Fidel Castro, having won the revolution, looks back at his difficulties in maintaining the purity of the dream and begins to admit maybe he made a few mistakes, but he was still the only man for the job. He’s squaring up against the enemy nation run by JFK for a final battle, unaware that God, Christ and a saint of sorts are considering intervention.

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Catching Butterflies

By Freida Barnes

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The true life-story of Freida Barnes is told directly from her heart. With a hint of humor, despite her life as a hustler, never once do we really believe Freida is an evil person, a criminal or a threat to society.

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The Motor City And Me

By Mary Anne McMahon

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Author Mary Anne McMahon recounts the story of her life and its connection to Detroit in this multi-generational memoir.

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We Are Savages

By Jessie Atkin

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Tris is a twelve year old girl who refuses to conform to the ideals of girlhood her parents expect of her. They want a girlie girl who wears dresses and plays with dolls, while Tris wants to read Harry Potter and stage elaborate battles with her army men and action figures.

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The Shen Counter

By Nicole Jakubowski

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Jade is a dancer and an empath, about to graduate from high school and leave Maine for California and college. But then Jade’s oldest friend Alex arrives at her house, beaten and bloody from a run-in with his alcoholic father, and suddenly it seems that everyone has secrets she couldn’t—or didn’t want to—see.

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Keeping Laughter Alive

By Marie Fator

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

KEEPING LAUGHTER ALIVE is a no holds barred account of one woman’s courage and strength to break free from a lifetime of abuse.

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Too Cruel, Not Unusual Enough

By Kenneth E Hartman, ed

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Kenneth E. Hartman’s anthology, TOO CRUEL, NOT UNUSUAL ENOUGH, deals with the legal penalty of life without parole through the words of the men and women currently serving this sentence.

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Louisiana Longshot (A Miss Fortune Mystery)

By Jana DeLeon

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

CIA assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever – in Sinful, Louisiana.

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Broken Angels

By Harambee K. Grey-Sun

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

BROKEN ANGELS is a fantasy, science-fiction novel set in the modern day D.C. area. This story follows Robert Goldner as he attempts to find missing children in a world that has been struck by an odd parasite.

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The Rooster’s Crow

By Mark Naggar

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

THE ROOSTER’S CROW strives to provide inspiration and helpful information for fledgling entrepreneurs. According to author Mark Naggar, the world needs more entrepreneurs to help boost the economy.

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Thin Places

By Diane Owens Prettyman

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Author Diane Prettyman’s title emanates from a Celtic saying: “Heaven and earth are only three feet apart, but in the thin places the distance is even smaller.” Thin places are a-plenty here: Calvery’s ghost and voice become visible to his daughter Chloe and friend Finn at specific events – the treasure hunt, for one.

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JAILING: The Prison Memoirs of 00040

By Clifford Irving

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

When the Nixon administration dealt Clifford Irving a 2 ½ year prison sentence for committing the Howard Hughes Autobiography Hoax, the author was shocked . . . and unprepared to serve time.

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Sequela

By Cleland Smith

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

SEQUELA is set in a bizarre future London, where nanoscreens boost human immune systems and have ended the threat of AIDS, to the point where sexually-transmitted diseases with visible symptoms are now used as status symbols, since they can no longer threaten a person’s health.

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Remember Big

By Kelly Wittmann

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

33-year-old Charlie Matthias is a self-described loser who will win you over with humor and romance.

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Quit School!

By Francis Bennett

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Through eight short stories about one boy’s life, this collection examines the pains and pleasures of entering adolescence. From hunting deer in the woods to hunting ghosts in an old house, these original pieces have something to say, although the message isn’t always as humorous as the subtitle suggests.

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An Imperfect Witch

By Debora Geary

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

This is the first book in Geary’s new Witch Central series, featuring her well-loved clan of modern witches and those who love them.

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Obama Confidential

By Marc Berlin

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Marc Berlin has “collected” an amusing selection of letters to the President in his timely work of satire. A vast array of citizens have been writing President Obama a variety of letters, and Berlin does a great job of making fun of each writer, regardless of their stated political preferences, as well as poking fun at the President himself.

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Rebels of the Kasbah

By Joe O'Neill

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Morocco, 1912. Four children are kidnapped and cruelly sold into slavery. Exposed to brutal treatment at the hand of the head guard who shepherds them on their journey, the four children are forced to become friends in order to survive their ordeal.

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Border Field Blues

By Corey Lynn Fayman

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Rolly Waters, PI and rock musician, has been hired to investigate damage done to a protected nesting site, but isn’t terribly confident about his chances. ut between an aging rock groupie, a border vigilante group, and a mysterious man in doctor’s garb, he finds the case getting more and more complicated.

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Bounce Forward

By Debra Dane

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Author Debra Dane draws on her study of numerous religious philosophies, yoga and her experience as a professional Counselor in this smooth and uncomplicated guidebook to finding your way, staying on your path through the hard times, becoming resilient and learning to appreciate your life.

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Ketchup is a Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves

By Robin O'Bryant

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Parents, particularly those with the strength to laugh at themselves (and the schadenfreude to laugh at other parents), will thoroughly enjoy this book; that is, if they can find enough peace and quiet to read it.

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Keeper’s Watch (The Wind)

By Cynthia Roberts

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

It begins with a death and a puzzle. While collecting clues left behind by her dead father, Beth knows Dr. Robert Tyler, world-renowned archeologist yet estranged father, has entrusted her with a secret that could change the world.

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The Mercy Project

By Jeffrey Royer

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Henry had been living the charmed life of a wealthy college student. Now he is running for his life, chased by an old family friend (his “uncle” Don), with family members dropping like flies around him.

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Scent of Triumph

By Jan Moran

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

SCENT OF TRIUMPH follows the adventures of Danielle Bretancourt, a young part-Jewish Frenchwoman married to a German aristocrat in Poland who becomes a refugee when the Nazis invade Poland, and then again when France falls.

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Coyote Winds

By Helen Sedwick

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Moving between two places and times, COYOTE WINDS tells the stories of thirteen-year-old Myles Vincent in 1930 and Andy Vincent-McKay in 2002.

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Once Upon A Road Trip

By Angela N. Blount

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Like most people getting ready to graduate high school, Angela struggles with who she is and what she wants. Unlike most of her peers, she’s intent on doing something about it: namely a months-long road trip throughout the United States and Canada to determine what she’s made of.

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Black Throne Conspiracy

By Kirk Weider

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

all is clearly not well in the Ascension Galaxy. With various noble houses vying for control amongst a strict class system and the threat of civil war always near, individuals of power are willing to turn to more than sinister means to increase their control.

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The Year of Soup

By Howard Reiss

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

After several consecutive failed relationships, Tess relocates and starts a restaurant dedicated to soup.After getting to know a customer for a year, he takes his own life, leaving behind a series of letters for Tess.

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That Crazy Little Thing

By Kate Bracy

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

When Melanie’s best friend, Donna is diagnosed with cancer, and reveals she gave up a baby for adoption thirty-five years ago; Melanie enlists her own teenage daughter’s help to find Donna’s long lost baby boy.

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The Mourning After

By Adriane Leigh

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Georgia Hope Montgomery met Kyle Collins when she was twelve, after an unspeakable tragedy, and Kyle has been her boyfriend and protector ever since. Kyle becomes more committed to his career than to Georgia who finds herself drawn to handsome Tristan.

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Asleep Without Dreaming

By Barbara Forte Abate

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

After fleeing their old life, Willa and her mother end up working in a motel on the edge of a near-ghost town. Ghosts from Willa’s past seep into the present, as her mother’s troubled history emerges.

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The Carnelian Legacy

By Cheryl Koevoet

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Marisa MacCallum’s world is shattering before her eyes. Violently drawn into a vortex that transports her into another world in a parallel dimension, Marissa finds herself an unwitting pawn in a game of high intrigue and power politics

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God Bless the Dead

By Evan Geller

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Gabriel Sheehan wakes up one morning unsure where he is or how he got there. Helena Fianna is volatile and violent—and very beautiful, in that way that fictional Irish heroines often are. Gabriel knows nothing about her, except that she’s supposedly studying mathematics at the college, though she rarely goes to class. But, within a week they have moved in together.

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Travis

By Nicole Edwards

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Travis Walker was married to Kylie Prescott ten years ago, but walked out on her three weeks after the marriage.

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3 Bodies And a Biscotti

By Leighann Dobbs

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

There’s a serial killer on the loose. And Lexy Baker’s grandmother, Nans, could be the next victim.

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Malcolm Finney Medical Detective – The Case of the Itch and Rash

By Erika Kimble

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

With the mind of a brilliant scientist and a curious detective, Malcolm Finney solves THE CASE OF THE ITCH AND RASH.

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Destination Happiness

By Alice Inoue

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

In her latest self-help guide, DESTINATION HAPPINESS, Alice Inoue inspires us with her own clever and in depth solution to attaining a state of happiness.

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NO MISTAKES RÉSUMÉS

By Giacomo Giammatteo

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

If you’re looking for a job but dread going through another humorless book on how to write the perfect résumé, Giacomo Giammatteo is your man.

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The Travis Club

By Mark Lewis Rybczyk

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Taylor Nichols seems to be the poster boy for underachievement. He lives in a neat yet unfashionable section of San Antonio, drives a truck on its last legs and doesn’t have much to show for his college degree. But he has another side. . .

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COME AGAIN

By Rick Novak

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

COME AGAIN is the story of Ray Cass, a marketing executive who makes an impassioned plea to God to save the life of his daughter who is dying of leukemia. He receives an answer, in the form of complete remission, in exchange for him helping to orchestrate the second coming of Christ himself.

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The Tapestry of Spirit

By Erik Paul Rocklin

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A parable about a young boy wakes from a dream. When he meets an old man in the market, the man tells him that he can help the boy discover the meaning of and the identity of the mysterious Mage – the wise and powerful man – in his dream.

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Six When He Came to Us

By Ellie Porte Parker

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Ellie Porte Parker and her husband go through the referral process with an international adoption agency. But Ellie’s husband is in his mid-forties and therefore doesn’t meet the requirements for many countries that allow international adoption.

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Repeaters

By Erica Ferencik

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Those who die by violence, and those incapable of love, are cursed to return in new bodies, reincarnated to live new lives until they learn the lessons of the past. Psychiatrist Astra Nathanson is a repeater

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Justifiable

By Wes Sarginson and Dianna Love

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

What starts with a cold-blooded murder in the snow, a harbinger administering extreme justice in the name of God, becomes a pivotal journey for both a flailing local newsman and an investigator.

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Benevolent

By Devon Trevarrow Flaherty

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

BENEVOLENT is at least partly the story of Gaby, a dedicated idealist devoted to rescuing and caring for other people, and Mikhail, the man who has loved her since they were teenagers, but never quite managed to tell her.

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The Seven Perfumes of Sacrifice

By Amy Logan

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

An inspiring novel that begins with an explosion on a bus in Tel Aviv, Israel. Fareby, an American journalist from Riverside, California travels to Tel Aviv to cover a story. She meets a young Druze woman, named Leila Azzam,and a kind of friendship develops.

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Light and Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight

By D.M. Fife

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Danny Firoth is an ordinary thirteen-year-old, a bit awkward, whose biggest problems involve avoiding the bullies and keeping his doting mother (a widow with a tendency to overprotect her only child) from embarrassing him in public. But this year, things are different.

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Fancy Gap

By C. David Gelly

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The first of five novels in the “Gap” series, Gelly spins an adrenaline-pumping thriller following the mystery of a demented kidnapper after the thick fog on the Blue Ridge Parkway creates the perfect setting for abduction.

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Corporate Recruiter Tells All

By Ryan Fisher

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Ryan Fisher shares his wealth of behind-the-scenes-hiring information and strategic, career building advice based on his twelve-plus years experience as a professional recruiter in this concise guide to landing your dream job.

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My Year as a Clown

By Robert Steven Williams

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A tale of trial and error, mostly error, for a recently divorced middle-age man, as he looks for love and eventually becomes a (slightly) better person.

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Suckage

By D. T. Neal

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

“Suckage” by D.T. Neal is a refreshing take on the classic vampire story that delivers more than just thrilling action.

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Between Eden and the Open Road

By Philip Gaber

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

If Seinfeld could be reduced to a volume of poetry and prose, Between Eden and the Open Road would be it.

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Plan X

By Plan X

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

PLAN X starts with Bozeman Police Officer Cody Byrne speeding away from PTSD and her own insomnia toward the scene of a deadly explosion on the campus of Montana State University.

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Fear of Falling

By S.L. Jennings

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Kami Duvall is a woman with issues, having been brutally abused by her father throughout her childhood.

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The Manhattan Exiles: Winter

By Sarah Remy

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Winter Murray is a child of exiled Fae, who has pledged himself to defend the Washington DC Metro from sluagh, deadly dangerous creatures who breathe cold fire, after his tragic mistake opened up a breach between their world and ours.

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Face the Music

By Joe Anderson

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The story of a rock-and-roller’s rise, fall and rise, told with an authentic sense of backstage insight.

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The Ideal in the West

By David A. Beardsley

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Does a notion of idealism in Western thought run from Socrates to Thoreau? If so, what does this mean for the way that we think? What about the way that we live?

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The Undying God

By Nathan Wilson

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The Undying God, written by Nathan Wilson, is a fantasy and mystery/suspense novel, set in the mythical pre-modern world of Eyegad.

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The Recruiter

By Dani Amore

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Samuel Ackerman is a man with a dream and some serious resentment issues stemming from his father’s verbal and physical abuse. As Ackerman pursues his goal of becoming a Navy SEAL, he systematically destroys anyone who stands in his way.

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Dearly Befuddled

By Michael J. Katz

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

It is the early 2000’s and small time movie producer and amateur photographer Isaac Holman is a man of many dreams.

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Atticus for the Undead

By John Abramowitz

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

This book is unexpectedly powerful and disturbing in places, with some twists that come out of left field and punch the reader metaphorically in the gut.

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A Lost Witch

By Debora Geary

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The seventh and final book in the bestselling A Modern Witch series.

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Brightside

By Mark Tullius

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Joe Nolan is what the world calls a Thought Thief. Able to read the minds of others whenever they are physically close enough, he has lived his life with this ability, having both suffered and triumphed with its consequences.

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No Character Limit

By Keren Taylor

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

“No Character Limit” is a collection of poetry and short prose, interspersed with writing tips and authors’ notes, from the WriteGirl project.

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Little Chef Cooks: I Can Cook Too!

By L. T. de Geest

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A book aimed at the very youngest chefs. It is full of simple recipes that allow for a substantial amount of child participation, with an introduction containing tips for the adult helper.

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The Hunger Year

By Lee Conrad Kemsely

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

In this picturesque historical novel, author Lee Conrad Kemsley depicts life and its hardships during an especially arduous time in American history.

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Viva la Cucina Italiana

By Joe Famularo

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

From antipasto to dessert, this cookbook of Italian fare covers a wide range of regions and styles.

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Watch Me Disappear

By Diane Vanaskie Mulligan

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A wry, entertaining portrayal of modern teenage life through the eyes of Lizzie Richards, a senior starting a new life at yet another school.

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The Boston 395

By Jason Derr

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

“The Boston 395″ is a fantasy novel set primarily on a mysterious train that takes people on a trip through their memories.

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Hunting with Lawn Darts

By Geoffrey McKeel

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Thirtysomething Chad Jordan suffers from a terrible affliction: he’s a good Catholic boy suffering from terminal sensitivity and old-fashioned values.

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Graveyard Shift

By Angela Roquet

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Lana Harvey is a reaper of souls. Escorting the recently deceased to their places of eternal rest, Lana has a distinct, albeit minor, place in the machinations of the afterlife.

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The Publicist

By Christina George

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The Publicist, by Christina George, tells the story of Kate Mitchell, a rising Manhattan public relations person.

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Beanum Infinitum

By P.B. Gookenschleim

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

This absurd and brief work of fiction begins with a bubble and ends with a sheep talking about a dancing bean.

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A Change of Needs

By Nate Allen

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A love affair with the very best intentions is a messy business. Human beings with their vulnerability and their egos on the line can’t help but portray an edgy narrative and a perplexing psycho drama.

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Fast Food Vindication

By Lisa Tillinger Johansen

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Lisa Tilinger Johansen, a former McDonald’s Corporation real-estate-executive-turned-Registered-Dietician, is out to balance the bad rap that the fast food restaurants have received from books like Fast Food Nation and Supersize Me with bite-sized portions of common sense advice about nutrition, food and eating choices.

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Robyn’s Egg: A Futuristic Thriller

By Mark Souza

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

At an unspecified time in the future, big business controls nearly all aspects of civilized life. From clothing that displays ads based on nearby consumers to food production that comes from only one company, escaping the vice of control is nearly impossible.

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A Gender Neutral God/ess

By J. J. McKenzie

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A Gender Neutral God/ess is primarily a book about linguistics, religion and history, and the use of gendered words to describe Deity.

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Repeaters

By Erica Ferencik

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The premise of Repeaters is that those who die by violence, and those incapable of love, are cursed to return in new bodies, reincarnated to live new lives until they learn the lessons of the past.

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Tainted Love

By Eva Márquez

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

While visiting her parents in California, Isabel rekindles her relationship with Tom Stevens, with whom she began a love affair when she was just a fifteen-year-old high school student.

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Two Old Fools on a Camel

By Victoria Twead

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Teaching Arab kids, working with crazy teachers, forming life-long friendships and being placed under house arrest, Vicky and Joe laugh and lurch through their year in Bahrain.

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Captured Hearts

By Sandra Deighan

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Deana Harrington is just an everyday virgin with a job and a life until she is spotted by a very extraordinary fellow.

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How to Spread Sanity on a Cracker

By Jackie Hennessey

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

How to Spread Sanity on a Cracker is essentially, a virtual venting session for moms. It combines cheesy recipes with funny parental anecdotes, sent in from mothers all across the country, including potty-training stories, grocery-shopping stories, tantrum stories, stories of parents who snapped in entertaining ways, etc.

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Memory’s Wake

By Selina Fenech

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A dark-haired girl dressed in blue jeans and a tee-shirt wakes up in a world filled with magical spells and wizards, but no recollection of her past.

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Beamish Boy

By Albert Desilver

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

In this beautifully crafted and intricate memoir, author Albert Flynn DeSilver explores his evolution from a child neglected by his parents and abused by his nanny to a young adult in the abyss of addiction and alcoholism to a man who finds his peace and his story through his creative endeavors and ultimately his own writing.

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Deadly Memories

By S.D. O'Donnell

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Saul Becker is an ex-cop plagued by memories of a woman who was murdered by her abusive husband. Becker blames himself for her death, leading to his retirement and his ongoing struggle with insomnia.

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Bridge Ices Before Road

By S. Rose

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A coming of age story set in the 1970s, replete with family dysfunction, and, ultimately, personal redemption of a sort.

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Nowhere Safe

By Dianna Love

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Nowhere Safe is a thriller and a romance, covering the efforts of Josh Robertson, covert operative, and his team to uncover a DEA mole, avert a deadly drug deal/terrorist plot, and to avenge the death of a woman he had come very close to loving.

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Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge

By Janie Dempsey Watts

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

As executrix of her father’s estate, Avie Williams Cole must return to her childhood home to settle his affairs. Her lawyer husband is too busy to accompany her, so she makes the journey accompanied by her adolescent son, Joseph, who is struggling with asthma.

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The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley

By Victor W. Hwang and Greg Horowitt

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley by Victor W. Hwang and Greg Horowitt, describes the essentials of the technological, economic and behavioral situations to optimize a hub of innovation.

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The Suburban Abyss

By Cathryn Grant

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

THE SUBURBAN ABYSS takes a glimpse into a suburban neighborhood where a nearby construction of a hospital is making the neighbors mad – or perhaps they already were a bit crazy before the construction even began.

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Living With Your Past Selves

By Bill Hiatt

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Taliesin Weaver was an ordinary boy until one day, all of his past reincarnations’ memories awakened, sending him into an emotional and physical crisis that nearly killed him.

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The Photo Traveler

By Arthur J. Gonzalez

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A riveting young adult novel about a teenager who learns he has special supernatural powers that could bring his family to their demise.

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Traces of Kara

By Melissa Foster

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Kara Knight is putting in her last days of work at a power plant that will soon be shut down. She has plans to go to nursing school and to leave behind her small Maryland town, a somewhat strained relationship with her mother and stepfather and an embarrassing failed marriage that is the subject of town gossip.

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The Vision

By C. L. Talmadge

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

An epic blend of science fiction and fantasy that expands across several generations and explores the narratives of multiple characters.

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The Emancipating Death of a Boring Engineer

By Michel Bruneau

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Keene Mason devoted his life almost exclusively to his career as an engineer. A fan of careful planning and mathematical restrictions, Keene would appear boring to most people. Naturally it comes as a surprise that his funeral arrangements should involve a casket filled with wine and lengthy letters concerning his views on numerology.

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In Arms and Idleness

By Emmett E. Slake

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Heroic David Ricksen and slippery Michael Hurley, two intelligent privates whose friendship seems odd even to themselves, arrive in Yokohama. They discover a world where a small amount of funny money, military scrip used in lieu of U.S. currency, can buy women and a lot more besides.

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Back Kicks and Broken Promises

By Juan Rader Bas

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Author Juan Rader Bas explores themes of identity, family and home as they intermingle with cultural and social elements in this touching and evocative multi-faceted coming-of-age story.

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When Your Song Breaks the Silence

By Natalie Jacobs

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Though he died in his early thirties, Austrian composer Franz Schubert managed to leave behind a large body of work. That someone working nearly two hundred years ago could create music that is still popular today is, if nothing else, a testament to the staying power of one man’s creative ability.

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The Banker Spy

By William G. Byrnes

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

American investment banker, Peter Armstrong, has a new job managing the large equity underwriting for a German luxury automaker. His life is finally on track after his ex fiancée, Dayna Caymus, dumped him via telephone.

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Wall Street Journeyman

By Silvio Santini

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

With market regulations nearly non-existent and the US dollar freed from the constraints of the gold standard, the 1980’s and 1990s were a perfect storm of unrivaled excess in world financial markets.

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Not One Among Them Whole: A Novel of Gettysburg

By Edison McDaniels

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

In “Not One Among Them Whole,” author Edison McDaniels, takes us by the hand and leads us through the horrors of battle as witnessed by a handful of individuals. It serves as a timely reminder for the video game generation that might see war as a glorious endeavor from which heroes emerge triumphant and whole.

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The Strange Tale of Ben Beesley

By Matt McNeil

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Waverly and Oliver are two common house flies in a world ruled by spiders. Orphans after a great feud between the noble bees and the treacherous spiders, Waverly and Oliver do what they can to get by as subjects of the despot arachnid Ramsay.

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The Sabbatical

By Frederick Pinto

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Charles Barca’s business, PlayLouder, a digital company designed to find new music talent, is being bought out. Colin, his first recruit, is behind the sale.

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In the Rearview Mirror

By Lee Livingston

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A heartfelt memoir in which a 1961 road trip across America’s heartland serves as a kind of homage to a close friend who committed suicide.

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AN OTAKU ABROAD: The Affordable Japan Experience for Anime and Manga Fans

By Sarah G. Rothman

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Author Sarah G. Rothman’s goal in writing this book is to make travel to Japan a reality for those who have, up to now, only dreamed of visiting the country.

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Little Trouble in Tall Tree

By Michael Fertik

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Little Trouble in Tall Tree is a tongue-in-cheek film-noir tale of a gangster heist – conducted and carried out by babies.

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The Rose Hotel

By Rahimeh Andalibian

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A vivid account of Iran’s 1979 revolution and a family’s struggles to make peace with their past.

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Book of the Sky God

By Laura Markowitz

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

An action-packed, cinematic work of Science Fiction, Book of the Sky God follows not one protagonist in particular, but rather offers a broader view of the apocalypse as a whole.

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Banking on Paris

By Ken Samanski

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Fifty-year-old Bob Johnson, successful executive and the only French-speaking executive in his office, arrives in Paris one week ahead of a multi-billion dollar bank acquisition deal.

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Collide

By Gail McHugh

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Gail Mc Hugh’s tale about a young college graduate trying to figure out her love life, gives a glimpse into the life of twenty-something characters that are torn between carousing and growing up.

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The Never Fable

By Steven Brandsdorfer

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Steven Brandsdorfer’s The Never Fable begins, in a sense, with the ending.

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The Kronos Interference

By Edward Miller and J.B. Manas

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Doctor Jacob Newman is on his way to make a presentation when a man, who claims to be a friend of his grandfather’s, stops him and asks him about “Landsberg”. Since this is a family secret, Newman says nothing and continues on his way.

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Things Go Wrong For Me (When life hands you lemons, add vodka)

By Rodney Lacroix

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Author Rodney Lacroix tells (and shows) all in this collection of offbeat, outrageous and entertaining random thoughts and life experiences that take the form of short stories, cartoons, electronic drawings and photographs – original and digitally manipulated.

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The Ghosts of Nagasaki

By Daniel Clausen

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

An American business analyst in Tokyo begins “the dangerous excavation of [his] past” and begins typing his memories that center around his visit to Nagasaki as an English teacher four years prior.

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Life of the Party

By Christine Anderson

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

“Life of the Party” by Christine Anderson is a dark, angst-filled coming-of-age tale that follows the tumultuous life of Mackenzie, a seventeen-year-old on the brink of freedom from the childhood annoyances that have long plagued her.

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Chaste

By Angela Felsted

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A tender and caring look at two teenagers trying to cope with difficult situations in a world where mistakes can have real and damaging consequences.

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Provenance

By Howard A. Kwon

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

PROVENANCE is the history of a painting, from its creation in Amsterdam in1641 to its discovery in 1990 in a hallway of an administrative building of small college in Brooklyn.

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Lauren on Leave

By Julie Gerstenblatt

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

In this humorous tale, the protagonist is overwhelmed and under-appreciated by her husband, two children and job.

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Following in the Footsteps of God

By Robb F.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

“Following in the Footsteps of God” is a no-nonsense guide to those of us on a spiritual journey.

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True

By Melinda Field

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Author Melinda Field’s beautifully written story begins with the plight of Caterina Ramos, a habitually neglected teenager living with her heroine-addicted mother in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

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Oxford Whispers

By Marion Croslydon

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

College student Madison LeBon has always had a connection with the dead because of her heritage of voodoo and psychic abilities, but Madison finds herself unable to ignore a calling from the past after her first day in history class and a lesson about a famous painting.

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The Soul’s Mark: Found

By Ashley Stoyanoff

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The Soul’s Mark, by Ashley Stoyanoff, is a fresh take on the classic fantasy story, but with revitalized interpretations of the mysterious world of vampires and witches.

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Amidst Traffic

By Michel Sauret

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

From an old man collecting drinking straws three at a time to a pair of Chicago drug addicts fairing poorly in their attempt to raise a child, nearly everyone involved in this collection of connected short stories cannot seem to shake the feeling that something bigger than themselves is going on.

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The Trinity Signs

By Scott M. Sullivan

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Mankind is in danger and there is no one better to help than Tobias Ramsey, the last remaining member of the Guardians, a special group of knights supported by the Vatican.

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Life in the Barracks

By Laszlo Hopp

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A well-written novel about a young physician serving in the Hungarian Army in the waning days of the Communist empire.

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Caught in the Net

By J.G. Mère

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A modern day erotica/romance tale about Ellen Stiles, a wife and mother of two who indulges her sexy alter ego in an on-line fantasy world, only to get caught in a net of deception and confusion, balancing precariously between what’s real and what’s not.

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Turquoise

By Ayshe Talay-Ongan

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Author Ayshe Talay-Ongan’s down to earth yet mildly abstract novel, follows the seemingly star-crossed relationship between a young woman and her old friend’s husband.

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The Last Day in Karachi, Through the Ring of Fire

By Dr. Alia Khan-Hudson

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Author Dr. Khan-Hudson’s catharsis inspired novel illuminates key aspects of her early life in Qatar, Pakistan, her ultimate relocation to America and the joy of finding love in her American husband, Rob.

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A Father’s Angels

By John Waldron

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

When John Waldron decides to adopt a child, he doesn’t realize that this will be a journey that will create a family but one that will also give him a glimpse into personal demons, social and political injustices and teach him about unconditional love and patience.

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The Burly Man

By Zachary E. Lewis

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Zachary Lewis, a.k.a “The Burly Man”, writes an insightful and intimate biographical journal disclosing his struggle with Polymyositis, a rare and painful autoimmune disorder.

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Reternity

By Neal Wooten

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Neal Wooten has woven together bible-based Christianity, cutting-edge science and a surprise element of fantasy. Wooten’s tale is a coming-of-age story concerning a young man conflicted between Christianity and a deep fascination with science.

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Rosedale the Vampyre

By Lev Raphael

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

At the turn of the century in New York, Simon Rosedale is grieving the death of his wife, Florence and their newborn son. Working at an investment bank by day, Rosedale feels trapped and on edge daily. His assistant, Strauss seems to be the only one who notices his distress but remains discreet about it. Rosedale finds release in the evenings—with whores.

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Plowed In: More Switchblade Stories

By Joe Del Priore

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

These twenty-five short stories are snapshots into human emotions, thoughts, which reveal macabre darkness in human interaction and psyche, twists of fate and irreverent, tongue-in-cheek examinations of cultural icons.

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Bengali Girls Don’t

By L. A. Sherman

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

L. A. Sherman’s first novel, “Bengali Girls Don’t,” is a true and heart-wrenching tale of culture, conflict and a spirited young girl who must grow up in the midst of strict Muslim tradition and find her way to a freedom that is denied all woman.

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Love and War

By Linda Hanley Finigan

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Two young people from wildly different backgrounds meet by chance while traveling along a desolate Arizona highway in the year 1970.

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Following my Toes

By Laurel Osterkamp

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Faith Emerson has some serious intuition. In fact, she thinks that she is psychic. When something good is going to happen, her toes itch; something bad, her skin hurts. However perceptive she may have been, she is blindsided by Peter, her boyfriend who leaves her for her best friend Lacey.

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Here, Home, Hope

By Kaira Rouda

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Author, Kaira Rouda has written a simple tale that touches on many complex issues so close to women; from self esteem to social pressure, from eating disorders to familial discord and the search for self fulfillment, with warmth and humor.

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A Family Institution

By Howard Reiss

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

“A Family Institution” centers on a man’s quest to discover what happened to his Aunt Eva, who, at age twelve was sent to an asylum. Eva died there, and his mother and aunt had kept that secret from him all these years..

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Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot

By Guy Magar

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot is actually two books. The first part of the story traces author Guy Magar’s roller-coaster career in the movie and tv business; the second recounts his wife’s battle with leukemia.

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Slammed

By Colleen Hoover

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Colleen Hoover’s debut novel is a coming-of-age story about eighteen-year-old Layken who is forced, after the death of her father, to move from her childhood home in Texas house to Michigan.

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November Surprise

By Laurel Osterkamp

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

November Surprise revisits characters Lucy, Jack and Monty; who we first met in Osterkamp’s charming novella Campaign Promises.

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Farsighted

By Emlyn Chand

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

High school sophomore Alex Kosmitoras is blind. And just when he thinks his loser life isn’t hard enough, he can see – into the future.

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The Day No One Played Together

By Donalisa Helsley

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The Day No One Played Together is a winner of the Mom’s Choice Award and is concise but descriptive and teaches children about how to work together and make compromises.

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Vikram and the Enchanted Seals

By Sanjiv Behera

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

After the death of his grandmother, 11-year old Vikram and his family leave their home in California and head to a small village in India to see Vikram’s grandfather. Here, instead of the boring trip that Vikram expected, Vikram discovers magic, creatures and the richness and value of his life and culture.

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Sandcastles Last Forever

By Donald J. Koterwas

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Sandcastles Last Forever is a sweet and nostalgic story of youth, disappointment and the power of love.

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Aggie’s Nine Heroes

By Diana Laurence

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Aggie’s Nine Heroes takes us on the journey from a fourth grade girl doodling in a notebook about her dream to someday establish a crack team of special agents, all the way to actually seeing her plan to fruition. Just as her vision becomes reality, her team’s greatest rescue may be a matter of life and death for one of their own.

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Vaults of Power

By Diane Echer

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Our story opens on a boat off the Florida coast where Robyn Gabriel is jolted out of sleep on hearing that her estranged twin, Sybil, has been injured in a bizarre accident in the south of France. Sisterhood triumphs over sibling squabbles and Robyn sets off to find out what happened, leaving her fledgling treasure hunting business in the hands of employee and conspiracy-theorist, Parker.

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The Haunting of Wolfe Haven

By Debbie A. Heaton

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Three years ago Riley Russell fled her life with her husband Tristan. Now, she returns to Wolfe Haven, and to the mysteries and manipulation that continue to haunt the sinister ancestral home.

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Devil in a Diaper

By Erik Lohla

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Eric Lohla has written a hilarious stream of consciousness, or rather semi-consciousness, about his first three months with Jack: his newborn son, the son he has always wanted, the colicky son, the son in desperate need of an exorcist.

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Here’s to Not Catching our Hair on Fire

By Stacey Turis

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Reading Here’s to not Catching our Hair on Fire feels like you have just met up with an old friend who has just gulped down a high caffeine drink and is catching you up on her whole sometimes ordinary and other times zany life with all its ups and down which are at times made more difficult, crazy and humorous because of author Stacey Turis’s “unreliable brain” that is battling with ADHD and giftedness.

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An Agoraphobic’s Guide to Hollywood

By Darlene Craviotto

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The year is 1990 and, though there are already rumors of strange goings-on, Michael Jackson is at the height of his power. Steven Spielberg wants him for a Peter Pan movie (with Michael as Peter, natch). Jeffrey Katzenberg, head of Disney, is onboard with the idea. Darlene Craviotto, an award-winning screenwriter, is called in to write the film.

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Oracle: Sunken Earth

By C. W. Trisef

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Oracle: Sunken Earth, the first book in C. W. Trisef’s seven-title Ret Cooper series, begins with Ret washed ashore after a particularly severe hurricane, a storm which cost the life of his Coast Guard captain rescuer.

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St. Louis Hustle

By Claire Applewhite

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

In “St. Louis Hustle”, the second book in Claire Applewhite’s ‘Nam noir series, Elvin Suggs, Cobra Glynes and Diamond “Di” Redding are hired to shadow a philandering husband and the plot quickly turns deadly as the investigation intensifies.

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The Tesla Formula

By Nicolas Kublicki

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Nicolas Kublicki weaves a complicated thriller about greed, international politics and petro terrorism in The Tesla Formula, his second book in the Patrick Carlton Adventure series.

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Neiko’s Five Land Adventure

By A.K Taylor

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Amanda Hawk is an eighteen year old girl from Loganville, Georgia who becomes brave warrior Captain Neiko Kidd in the make-believe land of Quari, where she leads her action figures against the evil Crackedskulls.

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What’s Wrong With Me?: A Girl’s Book of Lessons Learned, Inspiration and Advice

By Daree Allen

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

What’s Wrong with Me? is an overtly religious book which aims to provide girls with a better understanding of how to have a personal relationship with God.

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Season of The Shadow

By Bobbi Groover

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Fletcher Stedman and Kyndee Brock have an idyllic romance at Seabrook, the Stedman plantation in Virginia. They are soul-mates, living comfortably in the Antebellum South, until one day, Fletcher is kidnapped by a jealous cousin. Forcibly committed to an asylum, where he suffers unthinkable horrors, Fletcher loses his memory and comes close to losing his mind.

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Hang On

By Nell Gavin

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

It’s 1973 and Holly Salvino is just trying to Hang On. But when Holly meets Trevor, a roadie for a famous English rock band, her life starts to seem more like a “soap opera than real life.”

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The Girls’ Guide to Dating Zombies

By Lynn Messina

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

When Hattie Cross, a magazine writer at The Daily Scoopage and author of The Girls’ Guide to Dating Zombies, researches a story and unwittingly uncovers a major story that could change the world as she knows it.

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The Mercury Vapor Lamp Experience: A Story of Aspergers and Aliens

By Howard Levinson

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Reminiscent of the beloved classic, “E.T”, Howard J. Levinson has written The Mercury Vapor Lamp Experience: A story of Aspergers and Aliens, a science fiction gem that leads the reader on an innocent and unearthly journey to an ultimate battle between good and evil.

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Rasputin and The Jews: A Reversal of History

By Delin Colón

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

When we think of Grigory Efimovitch Rasputin, we recall his historical reputation as a rogue, a criminal, and an evil man who was often thought to be responsible for the ultimate downfall of the Russian Romanov Empire. Colon disputes this theory in her concise and factual historical account, Rasputin and The Jews: A Reversal of History.

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Am I There Yet?

By Alison Goldstein Lebovitz

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Goldstein Lebovitz writes about her childhood, her adulthood, her family, and the bizarre situations that she finds herself in (like Saran Wrapping her boys in their bedrooms until she finds out how to delouse them after they are sent home from school infested), all of it peppered with light humor.

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Fast Times in Palestine

By Pamela Olson

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Pamela Olsen graduated from Stanford with a degree in physics and no idea what she wanted to do next. So she worked as a bartender and saved some cash until a friend asked her if she wanted to visit the Middle East. Once she started, she just didn’t stop.

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The Policeman and the Dog Who Always Caught the Bad Guys

By Miles M. Pines, Illustrated by Taillefer Long

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The Policeman and the Dog Who Always Caught the Bad Guys is a beautifully illustrated book that takes place in the small town of Pumpkinville, where Officer Cherries and his pet police dog Hunter keep the bad guys at bay.

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Darkmage

By M.L. Spencer

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Darien Lauchlin has just been made a Grand Master of Aerysius when his brother, Aiden—who has just made a pact with the Lord of the Netherworld, Xerys—uses his power to utterly destroy Aerysius, a city high on a mountain.

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In Leah’s Wake

By Terri Giuliano Long

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

In Leah’s Wake is the compelling story of a girl and her family whose lives are slowly unraveling into chaos and separation.

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View from the Edge

By Michael Kasenow

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Joshua Feenics is a university professor caught up in the politics of academia at the same time he is struggling with his internal demons.

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The Witchhunt

By J. R. Scott

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A cross-country adventure with Ali McCull takes us out of the confines of L.A. and on a journey that fills every chapter with excitement, intrigue, and subtle humor.

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EcoChi – Designing the Human Experience

By Debra Duneier

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Author Debra Duneier explains the system of EcoChi–the fusion of three different systems–and how it can bring harmony and prosperity to you life in addition to creating a life that is green and sustainable.

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Pines Picks: A Kid’s Guide to the Best Things to Eat and Drink In New York City

By David D. Pines

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

David Pines is a top expert on dining opportunities in New York for children. His book is a well-written, authoritative guide for parents visiting New York with their kids, offering solid recommendations of the best family-friendly restaurants and fast-food joints in the Big Apple.

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Co-Opted

By Joan Bigwood

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

At the onset of this appealing novel Francesca Wilson is a single, twenty-something Manhattan magazine journalist poised to launch an exciting life and waiting for “something big” to happen.

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Uncertain Journey

By James Rouman

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Serendipitous circumstances lead Rejep Etaj, an Albanian-born illegal immigrant, and Eudoxia “Doxi” Athanasiou, a Greek-American, to strike up a tender, if unlikely companionship in the city of Ionnina, Greece.

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Out, Out: A Novel of Women and Apes

By Kim MacQueen

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Deb Solomon, married and the mother of a two-year-old daughter, isn’t expecting her life to take any unusual turns when she lands a position as business manager of a Southern University primate lab outside of Atlanta.

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Immortal Desire

By Linda Lee Talbert

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Immortal Desire is a journey through history and an exquisite account of a female vampire’s quest for love.

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Glen & Tyler’s Honeymoon Adventure

By J.B. Sanders

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Glen and Tyler, two decidedly heterosexual and stereotypical manly-men, decide to marry each other in an “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry”-style plot. Turns out that Tyler’s trust inheritance states that he must be married in order to claim the cash.

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Dogs Have Angels Too

By Sarah Cavallaro

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Miss Pink has been laid off from her job as a high-powered marketing exec. She has also been divorced, and swindled out of all her investments thanks to Bernie Madoff.

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The Holiday Party

By Richard Wanderer

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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

By J.F. Penn

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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

By Patricia Sands

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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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Justice in America: How it Works – How it Fails

By Russell F. Moran

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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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Lahn’s Edge

By Chuck Driskell

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Patrick Lacher leads a charmed existence for a lowly staff sergeant in the U.S. Army. Handsome, highly intelligent and financially well-off , he scores easily with women, drives an expensive car and lives in a fashionable apartment, rather than at the base where he is stationed in Giessen, Germany.

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How To Raise A Good Kid

By Starbuck O'Dwyer

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

In this entertaining series of essays, O’Dwyer mines his comfortable middle-class American childhood for life lessons.

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The Darkening Dream

By Andy Gavin

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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

By J. Renee' LaCour

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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

By J. R. Scott

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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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Neiko’s Five Land Adventure

By A. K. Taylor

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A. K. Taylor paints a vivid and intricate picture of a world in which young girls are empowered and able to meet the challenges that life throws at them.

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Island Eyes, Island Skies

By Richard Levine

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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

By Andrew Bardin Williams

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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 Way Things Work In Life

By Dr. Basimah Khulusi

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

In The Way Things Work In Life, Dr. Basimah Khulusi M.D. examines the often asked and illusive questions “Who is God and why do bad things happen to good people?

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Eye of the Redeemer

By Richard I Levine

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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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Mirror Talk

By Barbara Alfaro

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

At an early age, Alfaro’s Papa (grandfather) teaches her to fish and draw on the beaches of Rockaway, New York. These delicate recollections set the stage for a memoir that rocks us gently with humanity, depth and quick, subtle humor.

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This River Called Life: A Letter to My Children

By Velinda Peyton

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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

By Robert E. Bonson

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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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The Burly Man

By Zachary Lewis

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Zachary Lewis, aka “The Burly Man”, writes an insightful and intimate biographical journal disclosing his struggle from his very first symptom until the definite diagnosis of Polymyositis, a rare and painful autoimmune disorder.

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Red, Right, Return

By June Keating Sherwin

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

If you’re suffering the gloom of a northern latitude spring, you could do a lot worse than joining Chad and his sister Georgene on this charming Florida Keys adventure.

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Cassie Draws the Universe

By P.S. Baber

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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

By Alan Moore

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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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Born in Rio

By Cassia Martins

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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.

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Milkshake

By Joanna Weiss

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Milkshake is a funny and insightful look at the issues of new motherhood and an eyebrow-raising spoof on political causes run amok.

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The Diaries

By Chuck Driskell

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Gage Hartline is a former Special Ops expert, recruited into a super secret sub group. These highly efficient soldiers protect our freedom and security, but they do it without restraint. An incident in Crete years before, in which two innocents died because of Gage, caused him to snap and leave the service. He now works freelance, doing espionage—among other things—as long as it doesn’t involve violence.

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Stop Praying

By Mark Quam

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

This concise, 80-page book is a motivational quick-start guide to move you forward to a better life by giving you five disciplines to follow for 21 days.

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West Pacific Supers: Rising Tide

By K.M. Johnson-Weider

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Imagine an alternate world full of mutant super heroes and super villains. The police can’t handle the latter, so teams of super heroes, including the West Pacific Supers, do the heavy lifting.

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Spire

By Aaron Safronoff

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The central conflict of the story—which include strong fantasy elements cooking side-by-side with the sci-fi–exists between The Collective’s police state, the ‘samples’ or persons exposed to their drug experiments, and those making and distributing illegal drugs for profit.

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Dead or Alive

By Erika Hayasaki

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Journalist Erika Hayaski indulges a life long fascination and examines the mysteries behind Near Death Experiences, including her Uncle Richard as her personal case study.

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Blaze of Glory

By M. Garzon

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Sixteen-year old Tea and twenty two year old Jaden are desperately trying to fight their attraction to one another because they are certain their parents will not approve – after all, they are cousins.

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I Loved You First

By Reena Jacobs

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Alex is a typical college freshman with a crush on a guy. The only problem is that Seth has been her best friend since high school and, he’s gay.

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Death By Sarcasm

By Dani Amore

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Death by Sarcasm is a smart detective story stuffed with sharp prose and snappy one liners.

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The International Raw Food Restaurant Directory

By Sam Crawley

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Raw food isn’t just about lettuce leaves, beetroot, and garlic. Nor is it just about juicing. In fact, raw food is a fast-growing culinary trend which many professional chefs are enthusiastically and creatively embracing.

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The River Panj

By David Raterman

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Derek Braun is working for Emergency Relief Corps in Afghanistan when terrorists attack the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. An ex-Notre Dame football star, he has been doing relief work in Central Asia for five years and is planning for this to be his final tour of duty.

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Chasing Amanda

By Melissa Foster

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

In this suspenseful tale set in quiet, small-town Boyds, Maryland, a seven-year-old girl named Tracey mysteriously vanishes from a playground.

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The Abbey

By Chris Culver

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Ash Rashid is a former homicide detective who can’t stand the thought of handling another death investigation. In another year, he’ll be out of the department completely. That’s the plan, at least, until his niece’s body is found in the guest home of one of his city’s most wealthy citizens. The coroner calls it an overdose, but the case doesn’t add up.

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Just Run

By Chris Culver

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A tired, old Russian mobster—ready to retire—is forced to continue after his family is kidnapped by his boss, in this fast-paced thriller that often defies the conventions of the genre.

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Delicious Flavors

By Victoria Amory

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Great entertaining ideas and personal anecdotes, together with a collection of recipes that are Mediterranean in spirit and American in practicality.

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Television Can Blow Me: Reviews That Give TV a Lump in its Throat

By James Donaghy

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Irreverent, witty, at times downright shocking, writer James Donaghy presents his “best” (which does not necessarily mean glowing) reviews in this entertaining and outrageous compendium.

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Hiding Out

By Jonathan Messinger

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A collection of stories within a story, a collection of thoughts and ideas within one prevailing concept.

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Where Am I Going?–Moving from Religious Tourist to Spiritual Explorer

By Michelle Cromer

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Author Michelle Cromer effectively mixes personal anecdotes with all-encompassing insights in a comprehensive, organized structure.

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Pentecost

By Joanna Penn

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A page-turner of a tale based on religious history and mythology.

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IR Book Review  |  

Jesus Potter Harry Christ

By Derek Murphy

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A veritable encyclopedia of the history of Christian conspiracy theories, the Christian media’s depiction of the Harry Potter controversy, and so much more. The title alone had me hooked.

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IR Book Review  |  

While I Was Learning to Become God

By Roxana Jones

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Sybil Vaughan is a delicate, creative and almost spirit-like child who struggles with the conflict of nurturing her own independent spirit with a society that wants to control her every thought and action.

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IR Book Review  |  

The Righteous

A woman is found brutally murdered, body mutilated and dumped in the desert. But she’s a member of a tight-knit polygamist sect, and that means no cops.

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Nineteen Angels

By Hoyt Hilsman

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

An evangelist preacher is kidnapped while visiting Israel by a rogue group that no one can pinpoint.

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Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living

By Alisa Marie Fleming

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Includes over 200 dairy-free recipes, a comprehensive guide to dairy substitutes and more.

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Ruling House

By Jared Lopatin

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Part two of Lopatin’s astrological thriller, The Rising Sign.

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To Kill a Warlock

By H.P. Mallory

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Though there’s plenty of sex and violence in this murderous tale there’s also just the right amount of humor and fairy dust sprinkled throughout.

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Rising Sign

By Jared Lopatin

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Rising Sign will captivate readers who appreciate a written tapestry of astrology, the occult, time travel, telepathy and a riveting story of good versus evil.

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101 Recipes for Microwave Mug Cakes

By Stacey J. Miller

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

This cute little cookbook includes 101 recipes for Microwave Mug Cakes–from Apple Raisin to White Grapeberry.

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Cooking with All Things Trader Joes

By Deana Gunn, Wona Miniati

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

With full-color photographs, wine suggestions and cooking tips sprinkled throughout, this collection is a must for any Trader Joe’s fan.

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For Every Season There is a Salad

By Linda Steidel

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

From Summer to Autumn to Winter to Spring, For Every Season There is a Salad celebrates the distinct, savory quality of each season and offers dishes to excite, inspire and delight.

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The Hangman’s Daughter

By Oliver Potzch

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

This absorbing and, at times, gruesomely descriptive story, takes place in a village in Bavaria in 1659, and within a few pages, the reader is transported to the era of witches, hangmen, doctors using herbs for curing fevers and a population of lepers.

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Switched

By Amanda Hocking

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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

By C.L. Talmadge

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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.

BEDAZZLED
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Be Dazzled! Norman Hartnell, Sixty Years of Glamour and Fashion

By Michael Pick

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Norman Hartnell (1901-1979) was a uniquely British genius. For nearly sixty years he was a major personality in the world of fashion.

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Twilight People

By Joe Del Priore

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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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Worlds Apart

By Miriam Sobel

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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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Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

By M. Louisa Locke

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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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Houses In My Heart

By Carleton Varney

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A behind-the-scenes glimpse into more than two dozen of decorator Carleton Varney’s best, most original, and never-before-published projects–including his own private residences.

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Camelot’s Kitchen

By Shoreh Pirnia

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

In addition to recipes and secrets on making sensational salads, Camelot’s Kitchen offers 64 full-color pages of Camelot, an adorable bunny.

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Drivetime Yoga

By Elaine Masters

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Drivetime Yoga is the first head-to-toe system to relieve driving stress, giving drivers practical road rage remedies and safe, simple techniques to ease chronic neck, shoulder and back aches.

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A Multitude of Mercies

By Fay Freimuth

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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.

All Men
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All Men Are Cremated Equal: My 77 Blind Dates

Referring to herself as “Bridget Jones’ American cousin,” Elizabeth chronicles her true-life dating spree as a marriage-minded mortician in her mid-30′s.

CRAZY BETT
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Crazy Bett

By Michael J. O'Neal

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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.

RIDING
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Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster

By Iris Waichler

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster is written for anyone struggling with infertility. It’s goal is to empower, educate, and advocate for the reader.

Probo
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Probo’s Lament

By Gene Lubin

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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

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Siren’s Feast, An Edible Odyssey

By Nancy Mehagian

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Set primarily against the backdrop of the turbulent Sixties and early Seventies, Siren’s Feast, An Edible Odyssey, is a memoir of a rebellious daughter who foregoes the safety and security of suburban American life and sets off on an adventure that leads her to some of the remote outposts of the world.

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Naughty Paris: A Lady’s Guide to the Sexy City

Paris is arguably the sexiest city in the world. But what is it that makes Paris so sexy? And more importantly, how can you experience the city’s erotic side yourself?

Tonight
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Tonight in the Rivers of Pittsburgh

By Brian Weakland

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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.

RENES BOUQUETS
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Rene’s Bouquets

By Rene Van Rems

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Compiled by Dutch Master Designer Rene van Rems, Rene’s Bouquets–A Guide To Euro-Style Hand-Tied Bouquets, is for anyone who loves flowers– from the at-home arranger to the professional designer.

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Secrets from the Sofa

By Dr. Kenneth Herman

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The author is wise and insightful, having been enriched and informed by his experiences as a young man in post-war Europe dealing with Jews rescued from concentration camps and German prisoners of war.

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Backyard Deer Hunting 

By William Hovey Smith

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

In a single volume, prize-winning author Wm. Hovey Smith explains every aspect of deer hunting– from finding deer and getting a license to hunt to cooking it for your family.

Practical Bowfishing
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Practical Bowfishing

By William Hovey Smith

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Expert bowfisherman William Hovey Smith explores every aspect of the challenging and exciting sport of bowfishing.

All About
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All About Motherhood: “A Mom for All Seasons” and Other Essays

By Kathryn Livingston

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

All About Motherhood charts the interior journey women make when they give birth and take on the most demanding and dynamic role of their lives.

Alexander
IR Library  |  

Alexander and the Moon: A Storybook

By Ngozi Ukazu

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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.

Happiness
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Happiness Is No Laughing Matter

By Marshall Yaeger

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Starting in 1959 when he was a young student, Marshall Yaeger takes us through his evolution as a writer, actor and theater director. A deeply personal work, he comments on his own accomplishments, his failures and disappointments and—by coming to terms with his homosexuality—his slow discovery of his true self.

Time Will Tell
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Time Will Tell

By Eddie Upnick

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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.

Ball Crazy
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Ball Crazy

By Harold Jacobs

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Delves into the the obsession with baseball and makes it easily relatable for the unfamiliar reader, highlighting the emotional highs and lows of watching and playing the game.

Acting Well
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Acting Well to Age Well

By Marshall Yaeger

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

While Acting Well to Age Well focuses on the issues of obesity and weight loss, Yaeger’s premise of behavioral change for life can be applied to any obstacle that keeps us from being the whole and healthy person we each envision for ourselves.

Letters
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Letters from Pemberly

By Jane Dawkins

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

“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.

Counterpoint - Two Centuries of American Masters
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Counterpoint: Two Centuries of American Masters

By Hirschl & Adler Galleries

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Forward by Stuart P. Feld

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Buildings: Architecture in American Modernism

By Hirschl & Adler Galleries

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

An exhibition organized for the benefit of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

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Georgia O’Keeffe: Selected Paintings and Works on Paper

By Hirschl & Adler Galleries

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Introduction by Robert Pincus-Witten. 90 pages; 41 color illustrations

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Blood Lust

By Zoe Winters

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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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ZERO in New York

By Sperone Westwater

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

This opulently illustrated, lavishly finished book offers a unique English compendium to ZERO, which is presented as an international, stylistically as well as thematically multi-perspective movement, whose history is traced from its immediate beginnings in 1957 to its dissolution in 1966.

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Guillermo Kuitca: Stage Fright

By Sperone Westwater

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Published on the occasion of the exhibition “Guillermo Kuitca: Stage Fright” presented at Gallery Met, The Metropolitan Opera, New York, 2007.

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American Bricolage

By Sperone Westwater

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

An artist’s publication assembled on the occasion of the “American Bricolage Exhibition,” in collaboration with Hope Atherton, Chris Burden, Greg Colson, Wim Delvoye, Tom Friedman, Tim Hawkinson, Toland Grinnell, Jon Kessler, Tom Sachs, and Richard Wentworth.

Reviewed by IR Staff

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IR Library  |  

Wim Delvoye: Drawings & Scale Models

By Sperone Westwater

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

In conjunction with a Wim Delvoye solo show, Drawings & Scale Models. Composed of sixty pages of color reproductions.

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A Triple Alliance: de Chirico, Picabia, Warhol

By Sperone Westwater

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Exhibition catalogue, 2003. Sperone Westwater, New York.

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Charles LeDray: Sculpture

By Sperone Westwater

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Exhibition catalogue. Sperone Westwater, New York, 2007.

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Tom Sachs: Animals

By Sperone Westwater

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Exhibition catalogue from Sperone Westwater, New York, 2008.

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IR Library  |  

The Secret Peace: Exposing the Positive Trend of World Events

By Jesse Richards

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Despite wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, continuing conflict in the Middle East, and such horrendous events as 911, author Jesse Richards presents the boldly optimistic theory that the world is actually moving away from war and violence toward unity and peace.

Virgil Fox
IR Library  |  

Virgil Fox (The Dish): An Irreverent Biography of the Great American Organist

By Richard Torrence & Marshall Yaeger

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The great concert organist, Virgil Fox, dominated the classical organ field from the mid-1940’s until his death in 1980. His flamboyant personality and lifestyle matched his outsized playing style, and this book covers them both.

Life of O
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The Life of O’Reilly

By Brian Cohen

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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.

Green
IR Library  |  

Green Monster: A Johnny Denovo Mystery

By Andrew Kent

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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.

Lulie
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Lulie

By Jane Dawkins

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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

The Edge
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The Edge of Forever

By Jeff Chimenti

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A gripping but scary novel about the possibility of a super volcanic eruption from Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

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IR Library  |  

Barking Her Way to the Top

By Howard Rowland

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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.

growing up irish
IR Library  |  

Growing Up Irish Catholic, and Surviving My Mom’s Eleven Sisters

By Pat Carey

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The author is sarcastic and misanthropic enough to please any Woody Allen fan, but he is also compassionate and careful to point out his own deficiencies.

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IR Library  |  

The Daring Spectacle

By Mark Morford

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

SF Chronicle/SFGate columnist and culture critic Mark Morford’s hilarious modern record of sex and media, politics and pop culture, love and lust, as told in ninety-two delectable partsnot including all the delicious photos and terrifying hate mail.

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IR Library  |  

Briefs

By John Edgar Wideman

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Wideman unveils an utterly original voice and structure–hip-hop zen–where each story is a single breath, to be caught, held, shared and savored.

Reviewed by IR Staff

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IR Library  |  

Isabel Toledo: Fashion From the Inside Out

By Valerie Steele

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

This beautiful book–featuring interviews with Toledo’s husband (fashion illustrator Ruben Toledo), colleagues, clients, and critics–is a revelatory exploration of a fashion innovator in a mass-market industry.

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IR Library  |  

Backstage Dior

By Roxanne Lowit

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Photographer Roxanne Lowit’s bold mix of color and black-and-white images are by turns whimsical and awe-inspiring.

CARTIER
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Cartier I Love You

By Bruce Weber

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A heartfelt love letter to a jewelry house without equal.

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IR Library  |  

The Shack

By William P. Young

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?

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IR Library  |  

The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer

By Douglas Koktavy

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A sweet and heartbreaking story of the life and times of black Labrador retrievers, Boomer and Beezer.

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IR Library  |  

Grant’s Indian

By Peter Johnson

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A historical novel that brings America’s Civil War to life as told through the eyes of Ulysses Grant’s aide de camp, a Seneca Indian chief.

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IR Library  |  

Midnight in Rome: A Wandering Mind in a City Eternal

By Michael Gyulai

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A coming-of-age story set in Rome, as seen from the eyes of someone who is seeing it for the first time.

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IR Library  |  

Claude Monet: Late Work

By The Gagosian Gallery; Text by Paul Hayes Tucker

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A catalogue that accompanied “Claude Monet: Late Work,” the most significant gathering of Monet’s late paintings to take place in New York in more than thirty years.

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IR Library  |  

Ferus

By The Gagosian Gallery

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A timeline documenting the Ferus gallery’s history opens the fully illustrated catalogue, followed by an interview with Irving Blum by Roberta Bernstein and a critical discussion of Warhol’s Campbell’s soup can paintings by Kirk Varnedoe.

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IR Library  |  

Cecily Brown

By The Gagosian Gallery

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

With a visual repertoire indebted as much to the classical themes of the old masters as to porn magazines and Hollywood films, Brown’s paintings challenge traditional interpretations and compel us to reconsider the act of painting from a decidedly feminine viewpoint.

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IR Library  |  

Damien Hirst: Superstition

By The Gagosian Gallery

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Published to accompany Damien Hirst’s exhibition of butterfly paintings at Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles in February 2007, Superstition is a visually stunning book that confirms Hirst’s reputation as one of the most significant visual thinkers of his generation.

jeff koons
IR Library  |  

Jeff Koons: Hulk Elvis

By The Gagosian Gallery

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The definitive survey of Jeff Koons’s Hulk Elvis paintings, including an extensive interview with the artist in his studio.

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IR Library  |  

John Currin

By The Gagosian Gallery

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

One of the leading figurative painters of his generation, Currin’s influences range from Italian and Northern Renaissance paintings to popular illustrations from the mid-20th century.

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Richard Prince: Tiffany Paintings

By The Gagosian Gallery

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

This limited edition artist’s book, published on the occasion of the recent exhibition “Richard Prince: Tiffany Paintings,” explores the paintings and related newsprint collages executed by the artist over the last seven years.

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IndieReader Library  |  

Roy Lichtenstein: Girls

By Gagosian Gallery

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

In the summer of 1961, Lichtenstein embarked on a series of iconic images of women, taken directly from newspaper clippings and the romance comic books prevalent in post-war America.

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IR Library  |  

Richard Wright

By The Gagosian Gallery

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

An extensive monograph surveying the recent major works of artist Richard Wright, this fully illustrated publication presents Wright’s exquisite paintings and drawings.

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IR Library  |  

All American:The Exuberant Style of William Diamond and Anthony Baratta

By William Diamond and Anthony Baratta

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Featuring stunning photography, All-American is a compendium of the designers’ most incredible projects.

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Staff Pick  |  

The Frugal Oenophile’s Winegrape Primer

By Richard Best

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A pocket-sized primer that covers nearly 300 grapes and wine styles, including a short profile of the grape, its history, its sensory characteristics, plus food-matching suggestions.

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IR Library  |  

Empty Bottle Moments

By Clive Berkman

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

World-class chef and restauranteur Clive Berkman shares recipes ranging from appetizers to desserts with an emphasis on creating a low stress dining experience.

THE WHOLE TRUTH
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The Whole Truth Eating and Recipe Guide

By Andrea Beaman

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Packed with over 100 recipes to helps readers lose weight, increase energy levels and improve overall health.

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Outro

By Michael J. Vaughn

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A witty tale–incredibly perceptive–almost to the point where one’s worst nightmare would be a date with the author at a local Karaoke bar, the back-drop for the novel.

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IR Library  |  

Double Blind

By Michael J. Vaughn

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

For those who enjoy spare, clever writing and a playful attitude toward eroticism (no prudes need apply!)

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IR Library  |  

Waiting for the World to End

By Nicole Hunter

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

An intimate portrait of what Thoreau might call a “life of quiet desperation,” and its depiction of a love that is kept permanently at a distance.

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IR Library  |  

Ere I Saw Elba

By Drew Banks

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Amidst the turmoil of World War II, the second book in the Elba trilogy tackles universal themes like the human ability for forgiveness and redemption.

MEMORIES
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Memories of the Little Elephant

By Nehprii Amenii

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A charming tale, boldly illustrated, depicting the story of African people and their journey across the world.