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August 2016

Dark Matter By Blake Crouch

Summary:
Blake Crouch is back with a  a science-fiction thriller that is fantastically terrifying.

His story of Jason Dessen, an instantly relatable husband and father, quickly sucks you in as you follow him to an innocent evening at a local bar where circumstances abruptly shift
and Jason begins a battle to make sense of a series of mind-bending realities that provoke past fears, both realized and unknown. 

Dark Matter will not just hold your attention cover to cover,
but will continue to confront you far past the last sentence. 

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October 2018

Sabrina By Nick Drnaso

Summary:
When a woman disappears, those connected to her find the intimacy of their relationships stripped away in a world devoid of personal interactions and responsibility.

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November 2016

Sweetbitter By Stephanie Danler

Summary:
A year in the life of a beguiling young woman in the wild world of a famous downtown New York restaurant follows her burning effort to become someone of importance through a backwaiter job that enables her indulgences in culinary and intellectual interests.

Sweetbitter is a debut novel of discovery, enchantment, and the power of what remains after disillusionment.

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December 2016

The Motion of Puppets By Keith Donohue

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An adaptation of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth follows the experiences of a Quebec translator whose acrobat wife takes shelter in a mysterious toy shop, only to be turned into a puppet and placed in a magical circle of similarly transformed puppets who come to life at night and struggle to regain human form.

By the author of The Boy Who Drew Monsters.

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January 2017

The Wonder By Donoghue

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A small village in 1850s is mystified by what appears to be a miracle but might be a murder. The village is baffled by Anna O'Donnell's fast, which began as a self-inflicted and earnest expression of faith. Tourists flock in droves to the O'Donnell family's modest cabin hoping to witness, and an international journalist is sent to cover the sensational story. Enter Lib, an English nurse trained by Florence Nightingale who is hired to keep watch for two weeks and determine whether or not Anna is a fraud.

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February 2017

Heroes of the Frontier By Dave Eggers

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Josie and her children’s father have split up, she’s been sued by a former patient, lost her dental practice, and she’s grieving the death of a young man senselessly killed. When her ex asks to take the children to meet his new fiancée’s family, Josie makes a run for it, figuring Alaska is about as far as she can get without a passport. Josie and her kids, Paul and Ana, rent a rattling old RV named the Chateau, and at first their trip feels like a vacation. But as they drive, pushed north by the ubiquitous wildfires, Josie is chased by enemies both real and imagined, past mistakes pursuing her tiny family, even to the very edge of civilization.

From the author of The Circle.

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June 2017

The Lost City of the Monkey God By Douglas Preston

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Since the days of the conquistadors, rumors have circulated about a lost city hidden somewhere in Honduras called the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die. In 1940, journalist Theodore Morde returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artifacts and an electrifying story of having found it, but tragedy strikes and the location is never revealed. Seventy-five years later, bestselling author Doug Preston joined a team of scientists on a new quest to find the city.  
Suspenseful and shocking, filled with colorful history, hair-raising adventure, and dramatic twists of fortune, this tale is the absolutely true, eyewitness account of one of the great discoveries of the 21st century.

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At 23, Andrew Forsthoefel headed out the back door of his home with a backpack, an audio recorder and a sign that read "Walking to Listen." He had just graduated from Middlebury College, was ready to begin his adult life, but didn’t know how. So he decided to take a cross-country quest for guidance, one where everyone he met would be his guide.
He recounts the extraordinary kindness he received from strangers and the invaluable lessons he learned from everyone he met.

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Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. 

Documents the true story of a man who endured a hardscrabble, isolated existence in a tent in the Maine woods, never speaking with others and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins, for 27 years, in a portrait that illuminates the survival means he developed and the reasons behind his solitary life.

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The author of Area 51 presents a history of the military's controversial, decades-long investigation into boundary-pushing mental phenomena, sharing inside information about how the program has involved strategic experiments in the name of national security.

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August 2017

4 3 2 1 By Paul Auster

Summary:
A single child born in 1947 experiences four parallel lifetimes poignantly marked by shifting family fortunes, athletic pursuits, friendships, sex, intellectual passions, and the same intriguing woman.
A sweeping family saga (with a bit of a twist) about the life and loves of Archie Ferguson, a Jewish boy born to second-generation immigrants in the US
just after WWII.

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August 2017

The One Inside By The One Inside

Summary:
A man explores the landscape and memories of his past life as he tries to convince a young woman not to publish darkly revealing phone conversations he shared with her.

The first work of long fiction from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright— a story of memory, mystery, death, and life.

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October 2017

The Clockwork Dynasty By Daniel H. Wilson

Summary:
A young anthropologist specializing in ancient technology makes the astonishing discovery that a race of human-like machines has been hiding among people for untold centuries.

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April 2018

How to Stop Time By Matt Haig

Summary:
A man with a secret rare condition that has enabled him to survive for centuries moves to London to become a high-school history teacher and considers defying his protective guardians' rule against falling in love when he becomes entranced by a captivating colleague.

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December 2017

Beartown By Fredrik Backman

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In the tiny forest community of Beartown, the possibility that the amateur hockey team might win a junior championship, bringing the hope of revitalization to the fading town, is shattered by the aftermath of a violent act

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July 2018

Hotel Silence By Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir

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After a lonely divorced man
with a compulsion to fix things books a room in the rundown
Hotel Silence in a war-torn town, he finds new meaning to his life when he becomes close to the hotel owner and her young son and helps the locals mend their homes.

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From the acclaimed, bestselling author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu, a fascinating and funny journey into Alaska, America's last frontier.

Mark Adams retraces the historic 1899 Harriman Expedition around Alaska by using the state's public ferry system, and discusses how the lessons learned on the 1899 journey relate to Alaska's current environmental situation.

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November 2018

My Year of Rest and Relaxation By Ottessa Moshfegh

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After losing her parents, a young college graduate in NYC spends a year alienating the world under the influence of a crazy combination of drugs.

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