River Readers

  • The Thing We Cannot Say

    In 1942, Europe remains in the relentless grip of war. Just beyond the tents of the Russian refugee camp she calls home, a young woman speaks her wedding vows. It's a decision that will alter her destiny...and it's a lie that will remain buried until the next century.

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  • Escape From Wonderland

    The beginning of the end is here. The final piece to the Wonderland trilogy brings the powerful story of Calie Liddle full circle. Her infant daughter was taken from her arms and brought into the realm of madness. Now Calie must re-enter the one place she has tried for so long to escape. The moment of truth has arrived as the girl who became a woman now sets out to become a hero. The one person who can prevent pure insanity from escaping into this world must now find a way to defeat madness itself.

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  • Tiny Journalist

    Internationally beloved poet Naomi Shihab Nye places her Palestinian American identity center stage in her latest full-length poetry collection for adults. The collection is inspired by the story of Janna Tamimi, the "Youngest Journalist in Palestine," who at age 7 began capturing videos of anti-occupation protests using her mother's smartphone. Nye draws upon her own family's roots in a West Bank village near Tamimi's hometown to offer empathy and insight to the young girl's reporting.

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  • Republic Cafe

    Inspired by Alain Resnais's Hiroshima mon amour, and sharing the spirit of Tomas Transtromer's Baltics and Yehuda Amichai's Time, Republic Cafe is a meditation on love during a time of violence, and a tally of what appears and disappears in every moment. Mindful of epigenetic experience as our bodies become living vessels for history's tragedies, David Biespiel praises not only the essentialness of our human memory, but also the sanctity of our flawed, human forgetting.

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  • Gods of Dawn

    Book #6 in Steve White's exciting Jason Thanou series. Jason and his team from the Temporal Regulatory Authority must travel to late 20th century Earth to prevent a device that allows its user to see back in time from falling into the hands of the Transhumanist Underground.

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  • War in 140 Characters

    A leading foreign correspondent looks at how social media has transformed the modern battlefield, and how wars are fought

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  • Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations

    A bold, wry, and intimate graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us, from the acclaimed author of The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing.

    “By turns hilarious and heart-rending, it’s exactly the book America needs at this moment.”—Celeste Ng

    “Who taught Michael Jackson to dance?”
    “Is that how people really walk on the moon?”
    “Is it bad to be brown?”
    “Are white people afraid of brown people?”

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  • The Magician

    Brilliant high school misfit Quentin Coldwater is leading an average life until he gets invited to sit for exams at a magical college. He is one of the few who passes the exam. Evenutually he learns that the Filori books (similar to Narnia) that he loved growing up are descriptions of a real place. Its been described as Harry Potter on Irish Whiskey.

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  • Kill the Queen

    Lady Evie Everly, 17th in line for the throne lacks the traditional magical capabilities that her family has. What her family doesn't realize is that Evie's special form of magic is being able to nullify other people's magic. Described as a cross between Gladiator and Game of Thrones.

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  • Book of Deacon

    Pacifist, Myranda has been shunned for not supporting the ongoing everlasting war by her country folk. As she is starving and freezing to death, she stumbles upon a sword that might change her marginal existence.

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  • Neon Prey

    Deese, the enforcer for a loan shark, is arrested after a visit to a delinquent account goes sideways. When he later escapes, it leads federal agents Bob and Rae to a gruesome discovery on Deese's Louisiana property. U.S. Marshal Lucas Davenport is called in to assist in tracking him and the burglary team he has joined to California and ultimately to Las Vegas. Bob suggests that the pursuit is too easy -- but is proven wrong. The team has to battle shootouts, heat, kidnapping, and technology in tracking down their prey.

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  • Paradoxes of Time Travel

    Is time travel possible? In H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, when the traveler goes forward in time in his laboratory, why would he disappear from that single location? What happens if a man kills his grandfather? These and other questions are explored by many science- and physics-oriented books. Ryan Wasserman, a professor of philosophy at Western Washington University, found interest in his classes over time paradoxes, which he eventually expanded into a course.

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  • Dark Lure

    Twelve years ago, Sarah Baker was abducted by the Watt Lake Killer and sexually assaulted for months before managing to escape. The killer was caught, but Sarah lost everything: her marriage, her child, and the life she loved.

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  • The Trial of Lizzie Borden

    *Starred Review* Was Lizzie Borden really an ax murderer? Robertson brings her expertise as a lawyer and legal adviser to her 20 years of research on the Borden case in her first book. Using transcripts from the trial, newspaper articles, unpublished local reports, and Borden's recently discovered letters, Robertson analyzes not only the trial, but also nineteenth-century attitudes about women and crime. She points out how the police bungled the investigation, how the prosecution miscalculated its case, and how the defense attorney's brilliant strategy helped Lizzie.

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  • My Lovely Wife

    Downing's debut thriller offers a chilling look into the marriage of two psychopaths. Our unnamed narrator (known mostly by an alias, Quentin) likes to pick up women in bars while pretending to be deaf. His wife, Millicent, is perfectly fine with this because he brings them home for her to torture and murder. When the freshly killed body of a young woman is found, nearly a full year after Millicent was supposed to have dumped her, Quentin realizes that Millicent is apparently playing a different game than he thought.

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