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December 2018

Vox By Christina Dalcher

Summary:
Marginalized in a near-future America where the government limits women to no more than 100 spoken words daily before outlawing women's education and
employment altogether, a former doctor resolves to be heard for the sake of her daughter.

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A reimagining of the classic fairy tale, presented from the
stepmother's perspective,traces her escape from a life of harsh servitude before single motherhood
forces her to take a job as a
nursemaid to an otherworldly infant, who eventually becomes her stepdaughter and a princess celebrated for her beauty.

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March 2018

The Power By Naomi Alderman

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In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power--they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.

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February 2018

Under a Pole Star By Stef Penney

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A whaler's daughter, Flora Mackie
first crossed the Arctic Circle at the age of 12 and fell in love with the
unforgiving terrain. In 1889, despite those who believe that a woman has no place in this harsh world, she heads back to Greenland at the head of a British expedition.

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The star news anchor recalls her career-risking decision to speak out against sexual harassment in the workplace, shares the stories of women who have faced similar challenges, and outlines recommendations from lawyers, psychologists, and other professionals on how to resist injustice.

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July 2017

The Orphan’s Tale By Pam Jenoff

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Sixteen-year-old Noa, forced to give up her baby fathered by a Nazi soldier, snatches a Jewish infant bound for a concentration camp from a boxcar and takes refuge with a traveling circus, where Astrid, a Jewish aerialist, becomes her mentor.

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June 2017

Cork Dork By Bianca Bosker

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A tech reporter describes her introduction to the world of master sommeliers and her in-depth investigation into the source of their interests and skills, an effort marked by work with elite tasting groups, encounters at exclusive New York restaurants,visits to California winemakers and more.

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A laugh-out-loud follow-up to The Andy Cohen Diaries by the host of Watch What Happens Live!
recounts his personal and professional escapades during such events as his tour with sidekick Anderson Cooper,
the launch of Sirius station Radio Andy and his hosting of NBC's
Primetime New Year's Eve special. 

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January 2017

The English Boys By Julia Thomas

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When a much-loved woman is murdered minutes before her wedding, Daniel, the longtime friend of the groom-to-be, joins forces with the victim's sister to find the killer and clear the groom's name of suspicion.

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March 2017

A Murder in Time By Julie McElwain

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While attempting to flee an assassin, Kendra Donovan, a rising star at the FBI, inadvertently travels back to 1815 and becomes involved in discovering the identity of a vicious serial killer, without the benefit of her 21st century tools.

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February 2017

The Darkest Secret By Alex Marwood

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More than a decade after a real estate mogul's birthday party is upended by family drama, his own licentiousness and the disappearance of one of his young daughters, the attendees of the party gather for the man's funeral, which erupts in accusations and a shocking discovery.

By the author of the Edgar Award-winning novel The Wicked Girls.

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February 2017

The Hike By Drew Magary

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When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a very strange world.  
 
Desperate to return to his family, Ben is determined to track down the creator of the world in which he is being held hostage and the only one who can free him from the path.

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January 2016

The Sweetness By Sande Boritz Berger

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Vilna 1941. A young girl asks her grandmother why she is carrying nothing but a jug of lemons and water when they are forced by the Germans to evacuate their Vilna ghetto. "Something to remind me of the sweetness," the wise woman tells her, setting the theme for what they must remember to survive.
Set during World War II, the novel is the parallel tale of two Jewish girls, cousins, living on separate continents, whose strikingly different lives promise to converge. Brooklyn-born Mira Kane is the talented eighteen-year-old daughter of a well-to-do manufacturer of women's knitwear in New York. Her cousin, eight-year-old Rosha Kaninsky, is the lone survivor of a family abroad exterminated by the invading Nazis. Yet, unbeknownst to her American relatives, the orphaned Rosha did not perish.

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June 2016

Troublemaker By Leah Remini

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Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue. That willingness to speak her mind, stand her ground, and rattle the occasional cage has enabled this tough-talking girl from Brooklyn to forge an enduring and successful career in Hollywood. But being a troublemaker has come at a cost.
 That was never more evident than in 2013, when Remini loudly and publicly broke with the Church of Scientology. Now, in this frank, funny, poignant memoir, the former King of Queens star opens up about that experience for the first time, revealing the in-depth details of her painful split with the church and its controversial practices.

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September 2016

The Admissions By Meg Mitchell Moore

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 The Hawthorne family has it all. Great jobs, a beautiful house in one of the most affluent areas of northern California, and three charming kids with perfectly straight teeth. And then comes their eldest daughter's senior year of high school. Firstborn Angela Hawthorne is a straight-A student, star athlete, extracurricular activities coming out of her ears and a college application that's not going to write itself. She's set her sights on Harvard, her father's alma mater. Angela won't let up until she's basking in crimson-colored glory. Except her class rank as valedictorian is under attack, she's suddenly losing her edge at cross-country, and she can't help but daydream about the cute baseball player in English class. Sharp and topical, this story  shows that if you pull at a loose thread, even the sturdiest of lives start to unravel at the seams of high achievement.

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December 2016

News of the World By Paulette Jiles

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In the aftermath of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an elderly widower and itinerant news reader, is offered fifty dollars to bring an orphan girl, who was kidnapped and raised by Kiowa raiders, from Wichita Falls back to her family in San Antonio. 2016 National Book Award Finalist

By the author of The Color of Lightning and Enemy Women.

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December 2016

Last Days of Night By Graham Moore

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A riveting historical thriller about the “War of the Currents,” the famous race for glory and riches between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. Featuring a cast of characters ranging from Nikola Tesla to Alexander Graham Bell to Stanford White, this is a wonder-filled work of historical fiction that is both legal caper and fact-based account of one of the most transformative moments in American history.

From Graham Moore, the Academy Award–winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game and New York Times bestselling author of The Sherlockian.

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November 2016

Daisy in Chains By Sharon Bolton

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When a convicted serial killer maintains his innocence and begs her to uncover the truth and tell his story, Maggie Rose, a notorious defense attorney and writer, goes against her better judgment when the man's persuasive charms prove irresistible.

By the award-winning author of
Little Black Lies.

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November 2016

Mischling By Affinity Konar

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It's 1944 when twin sisters arrive at Auschwitz with their mother and grandfather. In their new world, Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in their identical natures.

As part of the experimental population of twins known as Mengele's Zoo, the girls experience privileges and horrors unknown to others, and find themselves changed, stripped of the personalities they once shared, their identities altered by the burdens of guilt and pain.

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July 2016

Furiously Happy By Jenny Lawson

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The popular blogger and NYT best-selling author presents a humorous and candid memoir about her lifelong battle with severe depression and anxiety, discussing how embracing both the flawed and the beautiful parts of life have enabled her to find joy in outrageous ways.

"Some people might think that being 'furiously happy' is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he's never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos .” - Jenny Lawson

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