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  • My Antonia

    Several sources list this book as a Western, or Classic Western, I might be more inclined to call it a frontier novel, but I guess the Old West was the frontier. The novel is basically an hommage to frontier women to their strength, their industry, and spirit. The story is comprised of multiple vignettes, told from the nostalgic perspective of Jim Burden. Jim has come to live with his grandparents and meets Antonia and her immigrant family who've just purchased land close to his family.

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  • The Outsider

    After a horrific killing, the police arrest Little League coach Terry Maitland during a ballgame in front of most of the town of Flint City, Oklahoma. A in-depth investigation isn't required, with numerous eyewitness testimonies, blood and DNA samples. Only ... Maitland was with the English faculty of his school at the time with footage and fingerprints to back up his ironclad alibi. The story moves from police procedural to horror as Holly Gibney is brought in to help investigate. A familiar face from King's "Mr.

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  • The Reckoning

    Pete Banning started his day like most others, until he enters the Methodist church and shoots the pastor to death, refusing to defend or defend his actions to anyone. Set in 1940s, Grisham returns not only to the town of Clanton, Miss., but also to World War II, and how Banning survived to become the town's war hero. The story explores the immediate and long-term ramifications of a decision on the Banning children, an institutionalized wife, a sister, and Clanton.

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  • Wholly Christmas!: 101 Things You Didn’t Know About the World’s Greatest Holiday

    What president banned Christmas trees from the White House -- and why? How did a telephone number typo and Raggedy Ann doll lead to annual Christmas traditions? What familiar Christmas carol was first written to celebrate a birth that was not Jesus? This book delves into the origin of the music, stories, symbols and foods associated with Christmas in tales that will both inform and surprise readers of all ages.

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  • Bleachers

    I chose this audio-book because the plot seemed very similar to hometown story of Coach Pete Adkins and his Jefferson City Jays football team. I lived through much of this man's famous winning streak, was in high school when part of it ended. My husband played for Coach Pete. Many of the stories I heard during this tribute and I'm sure much of this will be similar to the tributes our players will give in the end. Right or wrong, football coaches play a very important part of the lives of young men - some good, some bad, but a fact of life.

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  • Dying to Have Her

    This was another good take on life on a soap opera. Lots of tongue in cheek and characters who are all looking for a step up to brighter stardom. Of course, the romance adds to the story and will continue with "daughter" three in the next book.

    The bestselling author of Long, Lean and Lethal is back with more sizzling romantic suspense set in the high-gloss world of TV soap operas-where anything can be had for a price. Success. Fame. Money. Even murder....

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  • Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network

    This historic collaboration with legendary creator Shirow Masamune based on the classic manga features four all-new stories in a beautiful full-color 160-page hardcover, by some of the world's most innovative comics writers and artists, plus a cover by the acclaimed Dustin Nguyen (Descender) and pinup illustration by Becky Cloonan.

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  • Baba Yaga Laid an Egg

    "Baba Yaga is an old hag who lives in a house built on chicken legs and kidnaps small children. She is one of the most pervasive and powerful creatures in all mythology."

    "But what does she have to do with a writer's journey to Bulgaria in 2007 on behalf of her mother?"

    "Or with a trio of women who decide in their old age to spend a week together at a hotel spa?"

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  • Astrosex: Sexual Secrets Revealed Through the Stars

    We’re all getting comfortable with the idea that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, but how many of us aware how much all of our sex lives are influenced by all of the planets all of the time? Perhaps the pick-up line “So, what’s your sign?” is more important than most people in search of truly cosmic coupling may have realized.

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  • Blowing the Bloody Doors Off

    Sir Michael Caine is 85 years old and he wears it well. Born Maurice Mickelwhite, the son of a fish-market porter from an Irish background in North London, Caine remains connected to his roots.

    “My dad was Catholic, my mum was a Protestant, I was educated by Jews and I am married to a Muslim. So I never say anything about any religion,” he says.

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  • The Parker Inheritance

    Candice was spending a few months in her grandmother's home town of Lambert, South Carolina. She was going there with her mom while their house in Atlanta was being renovated for sale. A lot had been going on in Candice's life. Her parents were divorcing and she had lost her grandmother to a heart attack. Candice did not want to go to Lambert and be uprooted from her friends and father. Yet, there was an even bigger reason. Her grandmother had been fired from her job as city administrator for digging up the tennis courts for no apparent reason and then left town in shame.

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  • Paper Girls, Vol. 5

    Can anyone escape fate? That’s what Mac and her fellow newspaper delivery girls must discover as they escape the year 2000 and travel to the distant future. Plus, the truth behind the mysterious “old-timers” is finally revealed. goodreads.com

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  • RX

    A graphic memoir about the treatment of mental illness, treating mental illness as a commodity, and the often unavoidable choice between sanity and happiness.

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  • Flawed

    National Film Board of Canada Collection

    From the Emmy-nominated, PBS-aired animated short.

    Flawed is a true story of self-acceptance, adapted from the Emmy-nominated film of the same name.

    In Flawed, author Andrea Dorfman tells the true story of how she falls head over heels for Dave, "the nicest guy in the world." But she is conflicted about her feelings for her new love. He's a plastic surgeon; she hates plastic surgery and its power to make people feel flawed.

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  • Sh*t My Dad Says

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, twenty-eight-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his seventy-three-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is "like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair," has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him:
    "That woman was sexy. . . . Out of your league? Son, let women figure out why they won't screw you. Don't do it for them."

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