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ISBN-13: 9781250041241
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Published: St. Martin's Press, 7/2014

Seventeen-year-old Justin bonds with husband and wife Nick and Mary Ann, immersing himself in the life of a muscle car mechanic. Love, betrayal, and consequences force Justin to grow up in this world of unforgettable characters, tough situations, and beautiful machines. Inspired by the gleaming cars of his novel, Wayne Harrison has forged a powerful and beautiful story.



ISBN-13: 9780385351966
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Published: Knopf, 7/2014

Mia has always thought the world of her friend Lorrie Ann. Their friendship is built not on their similarities but on a deep respect for their differences. As opportunities grow for Mia, she watches her friend’s world crumble. Rufi Thorpe’s novel is an honest examination of friendship and fate. This novel is an emotional heavyweight and an impressive debut.



ISBN-13: 9780399169281
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Published: Putnam Adult, 6/2014

This is a true story of the triumph of hope and perseverance. Five-year-old Saroo follows his older brother on a train ride and ends up lost and alone in Calcutta. After living on the streets for weeks,he is saved and eventually adopted by a couple in Australia. Saroo cannot remember his family name or the name of the town of his birth, and yet he is undeterred from looking for the family he lost. Using the internet, he searches for years until a familiar picture leads him home.


Lucky Us (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781400067244
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Published: Random House, 8/2014

Young Eva meets her older half-sister Iris at age twelve. Iris is an outgoing dreamer, and Eva is more than happy to follow her anywhere. While traveling from one coast to the next, the unlikely pair experience great highs and survive brutal lows. Amy Bloom once again proves she has a remarkable talent for creating fully formed and fascinating characters, and in Lucky Us she beautifully depicts the powerful bond between sisters and examines the importance of resilience. Some signed first editions


The Miniaturist (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780062306814
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Published: Ecco Press, 8/2014
Nella’s new home in 17th-century Amsterdam is beautiful but cold, while her new husband is kind but preoccupied. To keep Nella entertained, he buys her a beautiful miniature reproduction of their home. Nella becomes concerned as mysterious events appear to be linked to the beautifully crafted miniatures that arrive for her. A suspenseful novel of secrets, love, and obsession, this story weaves together the best of historical and mystery fiction.

Troika (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780399167485
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Published: Putnam Adult, 5/2014
Troika is a wonderfully unique story of love, sex, and devotion. Adam Pelzman has written a tightly woven tapestry of three lives: Julian, a successful businessman, Perla, a young stripper, and Sophie, Julian’s beautiful wife. Each one struggles to not become the victim of a cruel stroke of fate. Taking us from Russia to Miami to New York, Pelzman’s sure hand cleanly renders their individual stories, keeping the reader aching for more of these fascinating characters until the very end.

China Dolls (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780812992892
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Published: Random House, 6/2014
Once again Lisa See amazes us with a story that examines the intricacies of female friendships. Set in San Francisco in the 1930s where three women from different backgrounds are drawn together in an exclusive Chinese nightclub. The attack on Pearl Harbor changes everything and their friendships are strained as secrets are revealed.

ISBN-13: 9781476738963
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 6/2014
Las Vegas is the setting of Laura McBride’s remarkable debut novel. In this city of contradictions, four lives are brought together by one tragic act: the wife whose marriage is falling apart, the young immigrant boy trying to navigate this new world, the Iraq veteran who is changed from the young man his family loved, and another veteran who has awoken confused and broken. McBride has created characters full of cracks and steel, and seamlessly woven a complex, and wholly compelling, story.

Shotgun Lovesongs (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781250039811
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books, 3/2014
This is both a love letter to the Midwestern town and a meditation on the meaning of home. Five close friends, who are living very different lives, voice different chapters of this beautiful novel. Henry and Beth appear to have a perfect marriage, Kip has an abundance of confidence, Ronny is loved for his big heart, and Lee is admired for his remarkable talent. The reader is drawn into a story where relationships get tested, frailties are revealed, and people find their way home again.

The Weight of Blood (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780812995206
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Published: Spiegel & Grau, 3/2014
Two crimes, years apart, reveal the darkness that has been festering in the small town of Henbane, Missouri. Lucy is an outsider in her own community, tainted by the unearthly beauty and mysterious disappearance of her mother. When Lucy starts to investigate the murder of her friend Cheri she finds there are old secrets and complicated stories shared among the inhabitants of Henbane. The Weight of Blood is an impressive debut.

Clever Girl (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780062270399
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Published: Harper Torch, 3/2014
Tessa Hadley examines the beauty and complexities of an ordinary life. A comfortable English housewife, Stella, looks back on her upbringing with her single mom in Bristol. The stories that make up the path of her life come alive for the reader. We see life as complex, beautiful, sensuous, and hard in these vignettes, creating an amazing picture of modern British life.

The Accident (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780385348454
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Published: Crown, 3/2014
Chris Pavone is the master of the plot twist, ratcheting up the suspense. A writer has crafted a manuscript with an eye to exploding carefully constructed lies and changing the lives of some powerful people. As the book is on track to be published, a collection of intriguing characters all over the globe jump into action. The Accident keeps the surprises coming up to the last page.

Murder in Pigalle (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781616952846
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Published: Soho Crime, 3/2014
Visiting the rarely seen parts of Paris in Cara Black’s mystery series is always a wonderful treat. And in P.I. Aimee Leduc, the reader has a charming and unique tour guide to the underside of that city. Aimee is now pregnant and feeling the need to pull back from her often crazy career. However, when the daughter of a café owner disappears she finds she cannot turn away. With Murder in Pigalle, Cara Black, once again delivers a richly descriptive view of Paris along with a well-crafted mystery.

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