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Beamish Boy

Rating: 4
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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Matinicus: An Island Mystery

Rating: 5
When Gil Hodges lands on Matinicus Island, Maine, he is drawn into the culture with groups warring over the lobster winnings, but also the island’s dark history of possessiveness, deceit and suspicious deaths.
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The Burning of Cherry Hill

Rating: 5
The Burning of Cherry Hill is a tale set in a dystopian future, but it begins in a pastoral paradise.
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The Romanov Stone

Rating: 5
Just before she dies from injuries from what looks to be an accident, Kate Gavrill’s mother, Irina, whispers something to Kate that sets her on a journey delving into the secrets of past generations.
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Deadly Memories

Rating: 4
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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Secret Storms: A Mother and Daughter, Lost then Found

Rating: 5
After giving up her baby for adoption, a Pennsylvania debutante spends her adult life wondering what happened to her daughter…until the two reunite.
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Life Minus 3 1/2

Rating: 5
How exactly does someone who could pass for any ordinary office worker steal millions of dollars and gamble it all away? The explanation comes in three hundred some pages of losses, lies, and brushes with elements ranging from the IRS to Boston mobsters.
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Bridge Ices Before Road

Rating: 4
A coming of age story set in the 1970s, replete with family dysfunction, and, ultimately, personal redemption of a sort.
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The Glister Journals: Bronze

Rating: 4.5
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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Nowhere Safe

Rating: 4
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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Someone Else’s Fairytale

Rating: 4.5
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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Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge

Rating: 4
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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Embrace (The Gryphon Series)

Rating: 5
Celeste Garrett is not your ordinary 18-year-old. Though she would like a normal life, this part human, part gryphon character has a calling – to keep the world safe and her hormones under control from the likes of shape shifting demons.
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The Weldon File

Rating: 4.5
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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The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley

Rating: 4
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 Blind Pig

Rating: 5
The year is 2063 and 40-year-old Angela Anselm is a reporter who writes a nutrition column for a publication called “The Well.”
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The Suburban Abyss

Rating: 4
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

Rating: 4
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

Rating: 4
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

Rating: 4
Kara Knight is putting in her last days of work at a power plant that will soon be shut down. She has plans to leave behind her small Maryland town, a somewhat strained relationship with her mother and stepfather and an embarrassing failed marriage.
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Truth City

Rating: 4.5
Truth City is a perfect world where the all-knowing Truth Machine keeps society safe and honest.
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The Vision

Rating: 4
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

Rating: 4
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.
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In Arms and Idleness

Rating: 4
David Ricksen and Michael Hurley, two intelligent privates whose friendship seems odd even to themselves 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.