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  • Becoming

    Michelle Obama's memoir is exactly what one would expect it to be. It is excellent, inspiring, poignant and full of her experiences. I loved the way it was organized and the main theme of becoming what she is today.

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  • Front Desk

    Mia, a young Chinese immigrant, ran the front desk of the hotel her parents managed. Having immigrated from China, Mia's family was having a hard time adjusting to life in America. They were struggling to survive and were easy prey for those who would take advantage of the desperation of the immigrants who came to America with little money or knowledge of how to avoid such predators.

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  • Josie and the Pussycats Vol. 2

    I didn't like this one as well as the first volume. I guess I'm not as in to the group being crime busters instead of singers. There was more info on the pasts of Valerie and Melody and the relationship between Alex and Alexandra. Who knows what comes next.

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  • Perfect

    A rootless foster child, Julie Mathison had blossomed under the love showered upon her by her adoptive family. Now a lovely and vivacious young woman, she was a respected teacher in her small Texas town, and she passionately lived her ideals. Julie was determined to give back all the kindness she'd received; nothing and no one would ever shatter the perfect life she had fashioned.

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  • Bound by Duty

    Dante – The Boss – Cavallaro’s wife died four years ago. On the verge of becoming the youngest head in the history of the Chicago mafia, Dante needs a new wife and Valentina was chosen for the role.

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  • Bound by Honor

    Born into one of the leading Mob families in Chicago, Aria Scuderi struggles to find her own path in a world where no choices are given. Aria was only fifteen when her parents betrothed her to Luca – The Vice – Vitiello, the oldest son of the head of the New York Cosa Nostra to ensure peace between the two families.

    Now with eighteen, the day Aria has been dreading for years is looming dangerously: her wedding to Luca.

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  • Cut and Run

    Trauma victims are not new to medical examiner Faith McIntyre, but this one is different. The unconscious woman clinging to life after a hit and run is FBI agent Macy Crow. What the woman from Quantico was doing in a dark alley after midnight is just one mystery. The other is more unsettling: Macy is Faith’s mirror image—the twin sister she never knew she had.

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  • The Mental Load: A Feminist Comic

    Written by Emma, a French blogger about women and the roles placed upon them in society and when I say roles, women are pretty much responsible for every role in society. I like the way the book reads and feels. Emma, is a true feminist and this a good thing and I will read more of her work.

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  • The Midwife of Hope River

    In the 1930s, Appalachian midwife Patience Murphy, who, while dealing with her own secrets, faces seemingly insurmountable conditions - disease, poverty and prejudice - as she strives to bring new life into a cruel world. (general fiction). -Fantastic Fiction

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  • Sisters of Glass

    Nalah is the daughter of a glassmaker in a world where magic is outlawed. She should be a glassmaker like her father, but somehow her magic has gone wrong and she breaks things uncontrollably. Halan is the daughter of a king in a world where magic rules all. She has no magic. There worlds collide when Nalah is forced to enter Halan's world to find her father. It surprises them both when they discover that they are the same person from different worlds. Together they will defeat the evil magic wielders and save the people. 

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  • The Secrets of Winterhouse

    Elizabeth is back at Winterhouse and this time to stay. She will be living with her grandfather Norbridge and one day all of Winterhouse will be hers. For now she is just happy to be back with Norbridge, Freddy and Leona and all the others at Winterhouse. After the events of last year she is suspicious that Gracella is really gone. Her suspicions are also raised by the horrible Powter family and Elana Vesper and her grandmother. They seem to be searching for something in the hotel. 

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  • The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science

    Maria Merian can be considered one of the world's first entomologists. Her studies of butterflies and moths and their life cycles were revolutionary and groundbreaking. Even more so because she was a women in the 17th century. At that time many people believed caterpillars and butterflies were different species. They believed butterflies spontaneously appeared. Maria carefully observed the insects in her garden. She collected specimens and watched what happened to them. She connected insects to specific plants. And she drew pictures and took copious notes of the process.

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  • They Call Me Güero

    Guero is a kid living on the border between the U.S. and Mexico. He is an American citizen but his mom is from Mexico. So they travel the border frequently. Guero tells the story of his family life and his friends at school through a series of poems. These poems show the connections he has to the area around him and to his family. They also illustrate the racism he faces on a daily basis. One of the more heartbreaking poems was called Playoff Game where the girls' basketball team is in the playoffs and the opposing crowd shouts racist slurs throughout the game.

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