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An extraordinary insight into the life under one of the world's most ruthless and secretive dictatorships - and the story of one woman's terrifying struggle to escape.

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March 2016

Corrupted By Lisa Scottoline

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Bennie the founder of the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm hides her big heart beneath her tough-as-nails exterior and she doesn't like to fail. Now, a case from her past shows her how differently things might have turned out.
Thirteen years ago, Bennie took on Jason, a 12 year-old boy who was sent to a juvenile detention center after fighting a class bully. Bennie couldn't free Jason, and to this day it's the case that haunts her. Jason has grown up in and out of juvenile prison, and his adulthood hasn't been any easier.
Bennie no longer represents those accused of murder, but when Jason is indicted for killing the same bully he fought with as a kid, she sees no choice but to represent him.

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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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November 2016

Being Mortal By Atul Gawande

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A prominent surgeon argues against modern medical practices that extend life at the expense of quality of life while isolating the dying, outlining suggestions for freer, more fulfilling approaches to death that enable more dignified and comfortable choices.

Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

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December 2016

The Couple Next Door By Shari Lapena

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When a terrible crime committed on the night of a dinner party casts suspicion on a young couple who seemed to have it all, Detective Rasbach discovers that the panicked duo had been hiding dangerous secrets from each other for years.

A debut suspense novel!

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August 2016

Pretty Girls By Karin Slaughter

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More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss--a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed. The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

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September 2016

Every Man Dies Alone By Hans Fallada

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This never-before-translated story by a best-selling writer who saw his life crumble when he wouldn’t join the Nazi Party—is based on a true story.

A richly detailed portrait of life in Berlin under the Nazis. It tells the sweeping saga of one working-class couple who decides to take a stand when their only son is killed at the front. With nothing but their grief and each other against the awesome power of the Reich, they launch a simple, clandestine resistance campaign that soon has an enraged Gestapo on their trail, and a world of terrified neighbors and cynical snitches ready to turn them in.

In the end, it’s more than an edge-of-your-seat thriller, it’s a deeply stirring story of two people standing up for what’s right, and for each other.

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November 2018

Something in the Water By Catherine Steadman

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A successful banker and a rising filmmaker embark on a blissful paradise honeymoon in Bora Bora,
where the discovery of a
mysterious bag of riches triggers
a sequence of events that indelibly marks their marriage and lives.

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A human rights activist traces the harrowing and ultimately inspiring story of her captivity by the Islamic State, describing how militants massacred the people of her Iraqi farming village, killing most of her family members and forcing her into prostitution before she escaped and became an advocate for human rights.

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The host of The Daily Show With Trevor Noah traces his wild coming of age during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed, offering insight into the farcical aspects of the political and social systems of today's world.

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November 2018

The Masterpiece By Fiona Davis

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A recently divorced information-booth worker stumbles on an abandoned art school within a crumbling Grand Central Terminal before learning the story of a talented woman artist who went missing 50 years earlier.

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December 2018

Bring Me Back By B.A. Paris

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A decade after a man's wife disappears without a trace, his new fiancée makes a discovery that raises questions about what happened and whether his first wife
may still be alive. 

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December 2018

The Woman in the Window By A.J. Finn

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After the Russells move in next door, Anna Fox, a recluse, finds her world crumbling when she witnesses something she shouldn't.

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December 2018

Force of Nature By Jane Harper

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When one member of a five-woman team of co-workers goes missing during a corporate retreat, federal police agent Aaron Falk uncovers dark secrets in his search for the woman, a whistleblower and major contributor to his latest case.

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October 2018

Little Big Love By Katy Regan

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A 10-year-old boy who has never met his father haplessly endeavors to reunite his parents to give his heartbroken mother the happily ever after she deserves, an effort that reveals the shattering reasons
that his father left.

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November 2016

Wilde Lake By Laura Lippman

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Seeking to establish herself during a first case against a mentally ill drifter accused of murder, newly elected state's attorney Lu Brant struggles through painful memories about a mysterious death that overshadowed her family.

By the best-selling author of  After I’m Gone, I’d Know You Anywhere, What the Dead Know

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November 2016

When Breath Becomes Air By Paul Kalanithi

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On the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. Kalanithi chronicles his transformation from a naive medical student into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

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November 2016

The Orphan Keeper By Camron Wright

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Seven-year-old Chellamuthu’s life and destiny is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in Southern India and sold to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children. His family is desperate to find him. Chellamuthu anxiously tells the Indian orphanage that he is not an orphan, he has a mother who loves him. But he is told not to worry, he will soon be adopted by a lovingfamily in America.

Chellamuthu is suddenly surrounded by a foreign land and a foreign language. He can’t tell people that he already has a family and becomes consumed by trying to get home? 

Based on a true story from the best-selling author of The Rent Collector.  

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November 2016

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko By Scott Stambach

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Living in isolation at a children's hospital in Belarus because of a terminal illness, an intellectually gifted 17-year-old falls in love with a charismatic and challenging new fellow patient whose life he resolves to save.

A debut novel.

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December 2016

Girl Underwater By Claire Kells

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An adventurous debut novel that cross cuts between a competitive college swimmer’s harrowing days in the Rocky Mountains after a major airline disaster and her recovery supported by the two men who love her—only one of whom knows what really happened in the wilderness. 
Avery Delacorte loves the water. Growing up in Massachusetts, she took swim lessons and captained the local team; in high school, she raced across bays and North American lakes. Now a sophomore on her university’s nationally ranked team life is pretty good.
That all changes when herred-eye home for Thanksgiving makes a ditch landing in a mountain lake in the Colorado Rockies. She is 1 of only 5 survivors, which includes three little boys and Colin Shea, who happens to be her teammate. In the wilderness, the concept of survival is clear-cut. Simple. In the real world, it’s anything but.

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