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An Animal Life

By Howard Krum

Rating: ★★★★½ 

AN ANIMAL LIFE is as smart as it is funny; brilliant characters, hilarious occurrences, and smart medicine make this a fun and engaging read.

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Princess Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu

By Ylleya Fields

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The whimsical nature of Princess Cupcake is a realistic picture of children at preschool age; all things are enticing, and everything is of interest.

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Out of the Rabbit Hole

By Sheri Bloom and Suzanne Mouton-Odum, PhD

Rating: ★★★★½ 

OUT OF THE RABBIT HOLE clearly explains what OCD is, how it damages a person’s life and well-being, and how it can be fought through cognitive-behavioral therapy.

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Field of Vision

By Michael Jarvis

Rating: ★★★★½ 

FIELD OF VISION is the lyrical, simmering story of a jaded photographer occasionally named Jake who, at age 27, is unafraid to take pictures of a man who threatens to kill him.

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Tiger’s Promise

By Colleen Houck

Rating: ★★★★½ 

In a far away land, a young girl named Yesubai is raised under the control of her father. He is a man great magical abilities, a violent temper and an insatiable hunger for power that make him a dangerous man. But unbeknownst to him, Yesubai, has powers of her own.

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The Undelightened

By Bentz Deyo

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The year leading up to Leam’s eighteenth birthday has been disastrous. He failed to Delighten on his seventeenth birthday, which means he also failed to take his place amongst the magical Dark that is his birthright.

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Shattered Veil

By Tracy E. Banghart

Rating: ★★★★½ 

A young woman must find her strength and her courage when drawn into the midst of a war.

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The Iron Sword

By Jocelyn Fox

Rating: ★★★★½ 

A young woman’s desire to help her friend draws her into Fae warfare and politics, and the discovery of her own destiny.

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Fiat

By Jeffrey Schlaman

Rating: ★★★★½ 

FIAT is a brilliant novel, written with sly humor and intellect. The writing can really make you laugh while satirizing current economic and political trend.

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The Terminals: Spark

By Michael F. Stewart

Rating: ★★★★½ 

A suicidal Army officer is given a chance at redemption through a bizarre secret program that involves getting information from the dead.

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Fire Up Your Fiction

By Jodie Renner

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Jodie Renner’s FIRE UP YOUR FICTION is a handy manual for writers looking to make the biggest impact with their craft.

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Faith As A Substance

By Michael King

Rating: ★★★★½ 

FAITH AS A SUBSTANCE is the story of James Little and his spiritual journey from his grade school years to his young adulthood. His Christian values are tested from the schoolyard through his teen years until he makes a firm commitment to live his faith, placing his life in Divine hands.

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Wide Awake

By Shelly Crane

Rating: ★★★★½ 

WIDE AWAKE follows a teenage girl as she wakes up from a coma that has lasted six months and tries to remember who she is while inevitably creating a new identity for herself.

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Split Rock Road

By James McAllen

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The 20 original short stories contained in SPLIT ROCK ROAD are a diverse look at humanity. The stories themselves cover a range of circumstances and situations. Ranging from flash fiction to short story length, the recurring themes such as love and loss and human frailties —are threaded throughout as a consistent unifier.

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The Genius Of Little Things

By Larry Buhl

Rating: ★★★★½ 

THE GENIUS OF LITTLE THINGS is a moving yet humorous story of a lovable, emotionally stunted, 16 year-old, science geek caught in the Foster-Go-Round system AKA Nevada Department of Child and Family Services.

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Clan Donnell

By David McDonnell

Rating: ★★★★½ 

David K. McDonnell’s book is a history of his own family intertwined with the history of Ireland. It is a balanced, well-researched history beginning with the hunter-gatherers of the Stone Age up to present times.

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The Hopeless Pastures

By Keith Soares

Rating: ★★★★½ 

In this sequel to The Oasis Of Filth, THE HOPELESS PASTURES begins quite innocuously with a man alone in a lake house, farming for his basic needs. But then the full impact of the disease RL2013 hits the placid scene, complete with zombie attacks and suspicious trespassers.

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Seeing By Moonlight

By M.F. Thomas and Nicholas Thurkettle

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Alex Pyke is a successful used-car salesman, whose career and social ambitions appear to be coming to fruition. But when he goes back to Germany, the land of his birth, what he thought was a simple deal to import a couple of cars turns into an adventure that will change his life.

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Desolation Run

By James Snyder

Rating: ★★★★½ 

When Oreny “Big” Johnson is told he has less than eight months to live, he is super motivated. . . . to break out of prison as soon as possible. After all, the only fate worse than a cancerous death is a cancerous death behind bars.

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November Echo

By James Houston Turner

Rating: ★★★★½ 

NOVEMBER ECHO takes place as the main tensions of the Cold War are winding down in 1985, but suspicions about biological warfare pervade the covert community. In the trenches of the Russian spy organization, a battle of wills is waged between the brass and rogue, but highly effective Colonel Talanov (based on an actual KGB agent) in the latest in the Aleksandr Talanov series.

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True Blue You

By Nancy Myers & Diane Seay

Rating: ★★★★½ 

When Lazlo True moves in next door, Dusty Shine can’t wait to meet and befriend him. But introductions are a little awkward when Dusty sees Lazlo has the most unusual blue ears. Dusty and Lazlo become fast friends, inseparable, but not all Dusty’s friends are as welcoming and accepting. Not everyone wants to play with the blue-eared boy.

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Bobby Ether And The Academy

By R. Scott Boyer

Rating: ★★★★½ 

BOBBY ETHER AND THE ACADEMY reels you in from the first line: It would take a miracle to win the game. And, lo and behold, fourteen-year-old Bobby somehow, miraculously, makes the last-second shot to defeat his basketball team’s middle-school rivals.

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The Silence And The Light

By Kevin McCormick

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Rogue policeman Benjamin Weizmann and his former quarry, Atusa Navarro, now hunted criminals flee together from the law in this sequel that reveals a galaxy being ripped apart by catastrophic violence, with ordinary and not-so-ordinary people caught in the middle.

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Fraidy Cats

By SS Wilson

Rating: ★★★★½ 

FRAIDY CATS, SS Wilson’s retelling of the Frankenstein story, is a tongue-in-cheek narration presented as the “true” story of Victor Frankenstein and his monster, not the ruminations of a novelist.

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Wise Men and Other Stories

By Mike O'Mary

Rating: ★★★★½ 

A collection of holiday-related essays that blends humor and poignancy in the tradition of Robert Fulghum, Dave Barry, Bill Bryson, P.J. O’Rourke and other great American humorists.

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The Prodigal

By Michael Hurley

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Aidan Sharpe, one of the finest lawyers in Raleigh, finds himself an outcast after a serious ethical breach. His long fall from grace brings him to Ocracoke Island, His journey is touched by the words of a mysterious gypsy woman and the appearance of a derelict ship that point him toward his destiny.

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Simple Simon

By William Poe

Rating: ★★★★½ 

SIMPLE SIMON is a novel about one boy’s struggle to grow up into holiness and acceptance in a life tormented by his sexuality and drug use

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Have No Shame

By Melissa Foster

Rating: ★★★★½ 

When a secretive friendship with a young black man takes an unexpected romantic turn, Alison is forced to choose between her predetermined future, and the dangerous path that her heart yearns for.

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Hunting Old Sammie

By John Lauricella

Rating: ★★★★½ 

HUNTING OLD SAMMIE by John Lauricella is not a masterpiece, but it’s close. Set in Ithaca in 2004, it traces the fates of two men and their families whose lives are forever shadowed by 9/11.

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Shadows and Wings

By Niki Tulk

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Lara is a young girl who lives with her mother, her Oma and her Opa on a farm in Australia. Oma and Opa are both immigrants from Germany, and both are kind, loving supports to Lara and her younger sister Jen as they grow to womanhood. But Opa has a shadowy past that no one wants to talk about, and after his death, Lara finds out one reason for the silence.

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Memoirs of an Outlaw

By Robert M. Tanner III

Rating: ★★★★½ 

MEMOIRS OF AN OUTLAW is the first outing by Tanner, a retired Marine and veteran who served in active combat duty in Afghanistan and, the subject of this story, Iraq.

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Gangsters Of Shanghai

By Gerry O'Sullivan

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Michael Gallagher lost both his father and his sweetheart, in the Irish Troubles. He joins the Shanghai Municipal Police in an attempt to make a name for himself. But when one of Shanghai’s most dangerous and prosperous men decides to hire him for a detective job,and he discovers his first love is alive, the upheaval in his own life begins to mirror the political upheaval around him.

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City of Gods

By Jonathan Maas

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Jonathan Maas’ CITY OF GODS envisions a world divided into tribal fiefdoms ruled by the ancient gods. Each of the rulers has carved out their territory and the world they rule has devolved into one of constant warfare between these provinces. In an effort to stem this warfare several regions created The Academy to train police force that will end the bloodshed.

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The Blue Hour

By Patti Davis

Rating: ★★★★½ 

After a frightening incident in Los Angeles, Joshua and his family move from there, to a small, quaint town called Clearoak, where the folk aren’t “unfriendly” but just “protective”. Here, Joshua hears rumors and stories about the old house in which he now lives – a house that is supposedly haunted.

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Identity Theft

By John Abramowitz

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Hunter Gamble, formerly a lawyer for the arcanes is now working in his father’s firm, consumed with guilt for the death of his partner and friend, Kirsten Harper. When an old friend is accused of a murder with magical coercion as his only defense, Hunter can’t resist taking the case.

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Identity Theft

By John Abramowitz

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Hunter Gamble, formerly a lawyer for the arcanes is now working in his father’s firm, consumed with guilt for the death of his partner and friend, Kirsten Harper. When an old friend is accused of a murder with magical coercion as his only defense, Hunter can’t resist taking the case.

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A Long Swim Upstream

By Mike Feder

Rating: ★★★★½ 

In his collection of short stories, author Mike Feder shares the often dark but also often surprisingly humorous stories revealing the light in even the darkest moment.

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The Genius Of Little Things

By Larry Buhl

Rating: ★★★★½ 

THE GENIUS OF LITTLE THINGS is a moving yet humorous story of a lovable, emotionally stunted, 16 year-old, science geek caught in the Foster-Go-Round system AKA Nevada Department of Child and Family Services.

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FRAG’S ASS

By Jeff Conine

Rating: ★★★★½ 

John Caine isn’t your typical psych case; everyone can tell that when he arrives at the low-rent, high-cost halfway house called Juniper Manor. What kind of case he is, no one seems to be able to quite put their finger on: not his fellow inmates, not the sleazy manager of Juniper Manor, and not his disillusioned shrink.

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Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees

By Grace Mattioli

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The Greco clan, a collection of dysfunctional but brilliant underachievers who haven’t all been together since the marriage of eldest daughter, six years ago because they all end up brawling. Then protagonist, Sylvia Greco attempts to reconcile her family by organizing a reunion.

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Project June Bug

By JACKIE MINNITI

Rating: ★★★★½ 

English teacher, Jenna Bianchi starts her new term with a new unruly student. As Jenna lays out a plan (that she names Project June Bug) to help Michael, she must battle administrative issues, differing peer opinions and a parent who is bent on destroying her teaching career.

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The Illusion Of Secondhand Smoke

By Janice M. Van Dyck

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Mike Costello is dying of cancer. His “last request”- a gathering of friends and enemies from high school. They all know that it will somehow be about the murder of Maria’s popular brother during their senior year.

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Pain, Passion & Purpose

By Marci Wise

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Everyone faces struggle, author Marci Wise points out, but it’s one’s perspective on pain and struggle and how one deals with life’s disappointments that matters.

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Leaving Early

By d.f. waitt

Rating: ★★★★½ 

As the narrator of LEAVING EARLY counts down the days to his suicide, he contemplates his life so far while offering some poignant and facetious observations of life in this richly dark and humorous narrative.

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Deep into Dusk

By Laurie Stevens

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Gabriel McRay is a police officer on the trail of a sexually sadistic serial killer. His only witness is Tara Samuels, who escaped the killer’s tortures.

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MURDER HAS CONSEQUENCES

By Giacomo Giammatteo

Rating: ★★★★½ 

MURDER HAS CONSEQUENCES is a story of two childhood friends with a history of violence that reunite in tragedy after very divergent life choices.

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Unmentionables

By David Greene

Rating: ★★★★½ 

UNMENTIONABLES is a story concerning the interaction of slavery, family, love and war, when two Southern families, and the slaves they own, but do not fully control, find themselves forced to confront traumatic change in the face of the Civil War.

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Cliff of the Ruin

By Bonnie McKernan

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Mae Kendrick, born in Ireland, has lived with her aunt and uncle in New York since her infancy, and has grown into an accomplished painter and a lovely woman. Her relatives are concerned, however, by her lack of potential husbands after a failed engagement.

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Jane’s Melody

By Ryan Winfield

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Jane tries to pick up the pieces of her life after the death of Melody, her 20-year-old daughter who had been estranged from Jane the past year.

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Rain on Your Wedding Day

By Curtis Edmonds

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Will Morse wrapped himself in a blanket of overwhelming tragedy and holed up in a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia for five years.

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Wrong Place, Wrong Time

By Tilia Klebenov Jacobs

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Tsara Adelman hasn’t spoken to her uncle, Castle Thornlocke, in twenty years. But when he invites her to a benefit for a cancer charity founded in her mother’s name, her affectionate husband David, her brother Court and her rabbi and close friend Adara persuade her to put the past aside and attend.

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Valkwitch

By Michael L. Watson

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Our story begins around the typical campfire of fantasy novels everywhere, with most of the party asleep (or nearly so) except for the bard and the heroine, who are discussing the epic he is writing about her.

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Tell This to Girls: The Panic Annie Poems

By Christine Brandel

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Tell This to Girls is a series of poems about an abused and neglected child, and the damage done to her life and growth thereby.

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A Voice In The Thunder

By Kevin McCormick

Rating: ★★★★½ 

A Voice In The Thunder is set in a futuristic world run by a coalition of interplanetary governments, headed by Chancellor Peter Brumhall.

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For Internal Use Only

By Cari Kamm

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Kamm draws the reader into Chloe’s spinning world, keeping us guessing as to whether the epistolary lovers will ever make their relationship real. Though the lovers’ texts and emails get tedious at times, readers will be captivated by Chloe’s journey into her own heart.

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Rice’s Owls

By Robert Flatt

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Photographer Robert Flatt ties together narrative of the birds’ lives, facts about owls, Rice, and their connection, and visually stunning photographs to create a beautiful and thoughtful book.

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Corkscrew Ridge

By Ron L. Winter

Rating: ★★★★½ 

A stirring and beguiling portrayal of a man’s journey and quiet transformation.

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The Genius and the Muse

By Elizabeth Hunter

Rating: ★★★★½ 

When Kate Mitchell decided to research the mysterious portrait in the student gallery, she had no idea how her life would change. She thought she knew what she wanted in life. She had a great boyfriend, a promising career, and a clear path.

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A Gift of Wings

By Stephanie Stamm

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Lucinda “Lucky” Monroe has just had to put her grandmother — the woman who raised her after her mother died giving birth — in an assisted care facility because the older woman’s Alzheimer’s has made looking after her too difficult.

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The Hormone Shift: How to Resolve Issues with your Mood, Weight & Health

By Dawn M. Cutillo

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Cutillo, who has worked in the health field for 23 years, unravels the mystery of how hormones work in this comprehensive and user-friendly book for women of all ages and stages.

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My Prison Without Bars: The Journey of a Damaged Woman to Someplace Normal

By Taylor Evan Fulkes

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The harrowing tale of a young girl brutally raped and abused by her stepfather, and her efforts to find a normal life as she gets older, despite repeated encounters with sexual violence, rape and abuse at the hands of boyfriends.

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The Prince of Ravens

By Hal Emerson

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The Prince of Ravens is set in a world run by a powerful and ruthless Empress and her seven children, each holding a talisman granting them the power of a particular creature.

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A Different Blue

By Amy Harmon

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Blue Echohawk doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know her real name or when she was born. Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn’t attend school until she was ten years old. At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on with life, she is just a senior in high school.

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Long Black Veil

By Jeanette Battista

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Devon Mackson has lived with her grandmother since she was eight, when her mother was arrested for prostitution and drug possession.

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Lost & Found

By Nicole Williams

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Rowan Sterling is bitter, hurt, and angry with life, having spent her eighteen years neglected by a mother who treats her daughter with scorn, when not ignoring her completely in favor of a series of boyfriends.

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Then Like the Blind Man: Orbie’s Story

By Freddie Owens Wegela

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Orbie is a nine-year-old whose father died in a tragic incident at the steel mill where he worked, an incident blamed on a black worker’s carelessness.

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Americashire

By Jennifer Richardson

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Americashire is the story of an American woman married to a British man, who is persuaded to move to her husband’s country and finally ends up settling in a peaceful (but eccentrically British) village in the Cotswolds.

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Fireseed One

By Catherine Stine

Rating: ★★★★½ 

In the year 2089, global warming has split the world into three sections – the Arctic-area Ocean Dominion, the Land Dominion just to the south, and the dangerous, only somewhat habitable Hotzone, where going outside without a special suit leaves you burned beyond recognition.

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Martin McMillan and the Secret of the Ruby Elephant

By Elaine Russell

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Martin McMillan is excited to spend time with his friend Isabel, visiting Chicago six months after their adventure together in Peru.

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The Knighting of Sir Kaye

By Don M. Winn

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The Knighting of Sir Kaye is the charming beginning to a children’s series featuring boy knight Sir Kaye and his trusty squire, Reggie Stork (the narrator), in a kingdom that has fallen on difficult times since the death of its former king, a good and wise man.

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The Glister Journals: Bronze

By B. B. Shepherd

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Allison is starting high school in a new home and a new town, having moved from Los Angeles to the Sierra Nevada foothills.

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Final Payment

By Adele Woodyard

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Kristy McCarthy, reporter at Tampa Herald, is investigating the death of Harry Dewars, the husband of the owner of the newspaper.

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Someone Else’s Fairytale

By E. M. Tippetts

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Chloe Winters is a 22-year-old senior and aspiring valedictorian at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque who is studying to be a forensic scientist.

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The Weldon File

By Mac Canter

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The Weldon File begins with Morris Jackson Rives disclaiming responsibility for the hit-and-run killing of a Guatemalan gardener by his drunk, married lover, Karen Moore.

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Truth City

By Nick Sapien

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Truth City is a perfect world where the all-knowing Truth Machine keeps society safe and honest.

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Life Code

By Dr. Phil McGraw

Rating: ★★★★½ 

It is hard to picture a person who cannot find anything of benefit in this book, and much of it seems both wise and sensible.

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Bliss: A Marriage Proposal for Charles Stephen Hughes

By Philip D. Luing

Rating: ★★★★½ 

BLISS is a collection of poetry and short prose–romantic, erotic, sensual and affectionate–from one man to another, the love of his life.

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HAEE: The Cat with a Crooked Tail

By R.S. Vern

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Thhe simple but poignant story of Haee, a cat with a crooked tail, who lives a comfortable and worry-free life with his loving family.

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In a Small Town

By Marc A. DiGiacomo

Rating: ★★★★½ 

IN A SMALL TOWN effectively reveals the grittiness of police life, conveying a special ability to separate the experiences on the job with personal emotions for the most part, that allows the policemen to do their job without falling apart.

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Time Donors Wanted

By Russell Scott

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Jarvis Sloan is President of LifeSolutions, devoted to improving family life and sexual relations. Following the advice of a colleague and his extra-marital affair partner; he creates TimeDonors, a spin-off company that aims to more directly help failing marriages by using a new kind of server that leaves no electronic trail and all sexual hook ups between people stay anonymous.

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Comfortably Unaware

By Dr. Richard A Oppenlander

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Comfortably Unaware maintains that our food choices are depleting our planet’s resources because “the major cause of biodiversity loss on our planet is from the livestock we raise for food and from overfishing of our oceans,” and calls for the consumer to be aware of the brainwashing by the media and become more educated on how to make choices that will save our planet.

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The Eden Prescription

By Ethan Evers

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The Eden Prescription is a tight and complex mystery thriller about the battle behind the race to find a cure for cancer.

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Sleeper’s Run

By Henry Mosquera

Rating: ★★★★½ 

In this suspenseful, tightly written thriller, protagonist Eric Caine, an ex-Air Force Special Operations Command pararescuer is on the run, trying to find out who set him up to be the fall guy in an international assassination plot.

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The Angry Woman Suite

By Lee Fullbright

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Frances Grayson never quite gets over been raised by the overbearing, obsessive and disturbed women in his family. His demons raise their ugly heads, especially with his stepdaughter Elyse who tries desperately to maintain a sense of ‘normalcy’ for herself and her young sister Bean.

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One Pink Line

By Dina Silver

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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

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Amo, Amas, Amat

By Carter Taylor Seaton

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Appropriately titled, Amo, Amas, Amat, which is the Latin conjugation of the verb to love, this book is about love triangles and connections in life and love.

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The Able Seaman’s Mate

By William Cheevers

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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

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Blood Porn

By Ray Flynt

Rating: ★★★★½ 

This fast-paced mystery begins with a missing person—Jeremy Young, a runaway from Maple Grove, an institution for juveniles who’ve run afoul of the law. Jeremy’s brother, Derek, sees him in a porn film and contacts detective Brad Frame and his side-kick, former probation officer Sharon Porter, for help in locating him.

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The Girl You Deserve

By Edite Vidins

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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

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White Seed:The Untold Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke

By Paul Clayton

Rating: ★★★★½ 

A group of settlers from England, organized by Sir Walter Raleigh, are charged with landing in the Chesapeake Bay area to establish a colony. A previous expedition in Roanoke ended badly after soldiers beheaded an Indian chief, accusing him of stealing an axe. But the subsequent trip goes awry when the pilot becomes more interested in chasing the Spanish bullion on their ships than completing his mission.

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Easy

By Tammara Webber

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Jackie has made the unfortunate decision of following her high school boyfriend, Kennedy to the state school he chose, rather than follow her talents to the first rate music university programs she could have gotten into. Thinking that their love would last—or at least continue on campus, Jackie is blindsided when she is promptly dumped by Kennedy and left in a place that she isn’t sure she should even be.

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Charlie Chan Meets Tom Swifty

By T.A. Corbi

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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

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Wal-Mart’s Egonomics Always

By Charles H. Hood

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The tale of how ADDvantage Media Group, Inc, (AMG) a vendor of shopping cart calculators, partnered with Wal-Mart and were systematically destroyed by the corporate mega-store through continual mishandlings, turnovers in high level associates who were working on the accounts and an overall attitude of greed and deception.

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Why Me?

By Sarah Burleton

Rating: ★★★★½ 

“Why Me?” is Sarah Burleton’s heart wrenching and thought-provoking memoir of living with a mother who abused her as a child and teenager.

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Flat-Out Love

Flat-Out Love is a warm and witty novel of family love and dysfunction, deep heartache and raw vulnerability, with a bit of mystery and one whopping, knock-you-to-your-knees romance.

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Diary of a Mad Fat Girl

Ace’s troubles start when her beach trip falls through. Before she knows what’s happening, the sarcastic protagonist of “Diary of a Mad Fat Girl” finds one friend ensnared in a sex scandal and another friend has them spying on her dirt-bag husband.

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Second Sight: Views From An Eye Doctor’s Odyssey

By David Paton, MD

Rating: ★★★★½ 

With honesty, candor and a great sense of humor, David Paton MD, brings to the pages of his memoir the very essence of his journey though his life and career.

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Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking

By Dr. Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young, Maxime Bilet

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Food porn in six gorgeous volumes.

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A Secret of the Universe

By Stephen L. Gibson

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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

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Able Was I

By Drew Banks

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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

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Edward Hopper: Light Years

By Hirschl & Adler Galleries

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Essay by Peter Schjeldahl

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Julian Schnabel: Navigation Drawings

By Sperone Westwater

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Essay by David Moos. Includes thirty-nine full color reproductions.

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Vencil

By Frank Shima

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Like Jeannette Walls in her memoir, The Glass Castle, Shima does a fine job of comparing and contrasting city and country life through the eyes of a child.

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The Flower Man’s Daughter

By Jack Sobel

Rating: ★★★★½ 

A skillfully crafted novel that recounts the C.I.A.-backed violent coup that toppled Chilean President Salvador Allende in 1973.

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Warhol from the Sonnaben Collection

By The Gagosian Gallery

Rating: ★★★★½ 

This beautifully illustrated book includes essays by Picasso biographer John Richardson and leading Warhol scholar Brenda Richardson.

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Zeitoun

By Dave Eggers

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Eggers’s riveting nonfiction book, three years in the making, explores the protagonist’s roots in Syria, his marriage to Kathy–an American who converted to Islam–and their children, and the surreal atmosphere (in New Orleans and the United States generally) in which what happened to Abdulrahman Zeitoun was possible.

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Hymie and the Angel

By Norman Beim

Rating: ★★★★½ 

A funny, phantasmagorical and spiritual look at loss, guilt, fear of death, and the will to live as experienced by a Jewish immigrant in Newark in 1933.

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Joy Writing

By Kenn Amdahl

Rating: ★★★★½ 

A how-to guide for aspiring writers that ends up containing none of the prescriptive rules and one-size-fits-all advice so often associated with the genre.

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The Skye in June

By June Ahern

Rating: ★★★★½ 

A beautifully written, convincing portrayal of a family, in which growth comes by squarely facing the past and accepting all of its truths.