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Dear Child

Hausmann’s English-language debut is absorbing and sinister, with a tightening web of psychological intrigue. Tiny clues are steadily inserted into this fast-paced, shivery tale with an unforeseen denouement. Inevitably likened to Emma Donoghue’s Room, also suggest Sarah Pinborough’s Behind Her Eyes.
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Death at a Country Mansion

This enjoyable series debut, with its diverse cast of characters and clever amateur sleuth, will appeal to readers of Elizabeth J. Duncan’s “Penny Brannigan” mysteries.
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Bending the Paw

Kelly successfully combines police procedural with cozy in a mystery that has moments of humor. Readers of the previous title in the “Paw Enforcement” series, Paw of the Jungle, will be familiar with the author’s style of incorporating viewpoints from Megan, Brigit, and the primary criminal. Fans of Spencer Quinn’s “Chet and Bernie” books will enjoy Brigit’s comments and the dog-human partnership.

The Man in the Microwave Oven

The follow-up to Cox’s award-winning The Man on the Washing Machine includes a delightful amateur sleuth and eccentric characters with appeal for fans of traditional mysteries. The intricate plotting will keep readers guessing.

Bone Canyon

Goldberg follows Lost Hills with a riveting, intense story. Readers of Karin Slaughter or Michael Connelly will want to try this.
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Prodigal Son

Fans of Tom Clancy or Lee Child will love this latest installment of the “Orphan X” series by Hurwitz (“Tim Rackley” series), which offers twists and turns, danger and adrenaline, and gadgetry worthy of James Bond. There is an underlying examination of the meaning of family that lends extra depth to the book.
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Courting Can Be Killer

There is nothing cozier than the second “Amish Matchmaker Mystery” (after Matchmaking Can Be Murder); it’s filled with silly animals, including two Boer goats and a pig. However, the mystery itself is well plotted and will appeal to fans of Flower’s Amish “Candy Shop” mysteries, set in the same community with crossover characters.
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The Nightworkers

The shifting perspectives, from Shecky’s heartbreaking reminiscences to Kerasha’s painful memories of her mother and therapy sessions, provide the desired emotional depth but may leave readers a bit disoriented. Fans of gritty, dark, mysteries with dysfunctional characters will appreciate this one.
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Murder at Veronica’s Diner

It’s Janet Evanovich’s Grandma Mazur times four when the “direct, loud, demanding, impatient, and tactless” women get together for their fourth case (after Murder at Icicle Lodge). Fans of Stephanie Plum’s adventures might want to sample the escapades of four Italian American women in New Jersey.
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Forever with You

Curtis’s small-town debut focuses on the emotion of her characters without much in the way of lovemaking scenes, so fans of Susan Wiggs will find this heartwarming romance to their liking. It also serves as a nice setup for the next book in the series to tell the story of Leyna’s best friend Emily Holland and longtime crush Tim.

Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder: A Memoir

Recommended for readers interested in birds, the subculture of bird-watching, and stories of personal discovery and change.
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Fangs

Andersen’s knack for macabre banter and focus on how intimacy is established through an aggregate of grandly romantic moments and relatively mundane exchanges result in a funny, sweet volume about two uncommonly endearing supernatural predators.
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Written in the Stars

A dash of Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones’s Diary, mixed with a fresh, millennial f/f twist of opposites attract.
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The Twelve Dates of Christmas

This slow-burn rom-com set in a small British village at Christmas will be the perfect cup of tea for fans of Marian Keyes or Helen Fielding.
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Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History

Recommended to all interested in a moving, impassioned overview of the economic and social forces of colonialism and racism that have directly impacted public health historically, during the 2014 Ebola epidemic, and today, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Nose Dive: A Field Guide to the World’s Smells

Perfect for foodies, those interested in science, and the innately curious. Engagingly written, this would be a wonderful ready reference to have on hand.
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Wolf Island: Discovering the Secrets of a Mythic Animal

Recommended as an accessible, personable account of an esteemed scientist’s foundational work on wolves.
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A Highlander Is Coming to Town

Pair with A Highlander in a Pickup for a double dose of small-town charm and a continuation of the previous couple’s story alongside Holt and Claire’s new relationship.
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Love Her Madly: Jim Morrison, Mary, and Me

Die-hard Morrison fans might enjoy this, but it’s a marginal addition for even the largest music or biography collection.
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Sax Appeal: Ivy Benson and Her All-Girls Band

A satisfying look at a trailblazer and noteworthy role model.
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Fast Forward, Play, and Rewind

It’s hard to say who this book is for, exactly, as the musical era of the late Sixties and early Seventies recedes further into the past. But there’s something more than nostalgia here: It’s documentation of a particular period of pop music, from a time whose documents are less than readily accessible. An appealing slice of pop music history for fans and researchers of the era.
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Cary Grant, the Making of a Hollywood Legend

An excellent portrait that emphasizes the man more than the movie star.
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Laughing To Keep from Dying: African American Satire in the Twenty-First Century

This scholarly analysis may find its audience in academic performing arts collections.
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That Was Now, This Is Then

In an engaging, confiding tone that embraces both wit and compassion, Seshadri enlists poetry, what he calls “spooky action at a distance,” to assure us that despite the historical moment’s forced isolation and heightened sociopolitical stress, we need not feel we’re alone.
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The Urban Sketching Handbook: Techniques for Beginners: How To Build a Practice for Sketching on Location

Those new to urban sketching will be cheered by the sunny tone and practical advice dispensed by this guide, which comes in a compact, easy-to-carry format with an elastic band closure.

Masterpiece: America’s 50-Year-Old Love Affair with British Television Drama

The definitive guide for scholars and fans alike to all things Masterpiece and Mystery!
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Tumult! The Incredible Life and Music of Tina Turner

Students of popular music and Turner devotees who want to know what Tina is doing now will enjoy this well-researched volume.
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About Time: Fashion and Duration

For readers interested in new interpretations of the history of fashion.
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Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema

This irreverent look at film criticism will be popular among West’s many fans and may provide insight for readers grappling with liking flawed films.
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Bluegrass Ambassadors: The McLain Family Band in Appalachia and the World

Jenkins brings renewed focus to an important and influential, if possibly overlooked group from the heyday of bluegrass performance. One might wish for a more dispassionate gaze than his almost universal approbation of their musical contributions, but this is a small quibble in an excellent effort brimming with infectious joy, a signature of the McLain Family Band.

The Midnight Bargain

Polk’s (Witchmark) foray into a society of magic and politics places the woman in the secondary role, but neither Beatrice nor Ysbeta will stay in place. Fans of romantic fantasy set in a multicultural world will find this a fascinating read.
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Across the Green Grass Fields

The sixth “Wayward Children” title (after Come Tumbling Down) is a gorgeous standalone. The prose is emotional and moving and will speak to the hearts and minds of readers.

Hollow Empire

The second of the “Poison War” series (after City of Lies) raises the stakes with a plot of thrilling suspense and characters who are dynamic. Readers will be clamoring for the next book in the series.
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Fathers of Cambodian Time-Travel Science

The stories here are offbeat and dark, skewing either horror (“The Milkman,” “The Mask of Cajolo,” “Magellan”) or postapocalyptic dystopian (“The Franklin Thesis”). Readers with a penchant for the weird and feverish will enjoy, but this is not an essential purchase.

King of the Rising

The second half of this duology (after The Queen of the Conquered) is a powerful look at colonialism, oppression, and rebellion, and all that it can cost the individuals involved.

The House of Styx

This electrifying planetary adventure features a hardscrabble family that earnestly addresses issues of addiction, gender, sexuality, and disability while surviving storms of all sorts in the hostile clouds of Venus. Highly recommended.
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Please Do Not Ask forMercy as a Refusal Often Offends

Dystopian novels are abundant these days, and this quirky entry feels timely and should appeal to readers who aren’t looking for romantic triangles or teen angst.

Zoey Punches the Future in the Dick

Wong (“John Dies at the End”series) once again achieves the perfect balance between sardonic humor and satirical digs at the digital age in the sequel to his award-winning Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits. Filled with laugh-out-loud moments and philosophical and ethical questions about the nonstop advancements of technology, this novel reminds us of an oft-forgotten question: Just because we can do something, does that mean we should??

American Terrorist

The Bourne Identity meets The Fugitive à la Noam Chomsky? As smart and edifying as that, but with greater entertainment value and gravity. Essential for mature readers interested in American politics, race relations, civics, and ethics.

Once Dishonored

In her own signature style, paying impeccable attention to period details, Putney continues to vindicate the honor of scoundrels in this fifth entry of the stunning “Rogues Redeemed” series (after Once a Spy). Fans of historicals will root for our brave, intelligent heroine and the hero who stands beside her.
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The Widow’s Christmas Surprise

Expect as much sinister intrigue as romantic Christmas warmth—although there’s plenty of the latter, too. Those looking for a gothic take on a traditional Regency Christmas will find it here.

The Book Tour

Watson’s adeptness at capturing body language and facial expressions combines with nuanced dialog and a keen sense of irony to create a hugely entertaining page-turner. After having spent several years creating work for younger readers, the author’s long-anticipated return to more mature themes dazzles.
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Lon Chaney Speaks

Dorian evokes Chaney’s personality in richly detailed scenes made even more impressive by the fact that an introductory note stresses that his subject’s extreme aversion to divulging details of his private life necessitated that this be “an imagined biography…inspired by real events and research.”
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A Walk Around the Block: Stoplight Secrets, Mischievous Squirrels, Manhole Mysteries & Other Stuff You See Every Day (and Know Nothing About)

Carlson takes “mundane” objects and illuminates their importance to society, creating a unique book that will have readers looking at everyday objects in different ways.
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A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem

Librarian Collins (One for the Rogue) blends historical romance and mystery with characters who embody a modern sensibility. While the ending seems a little too neatly resolved and coincidental circumstances abound, the protagonists and setting of this first in a promising new series are thoroughly enjoyable.

Monsters

This exquisitely illustrated epic bursts with emotion, insight, and empathy. Five decades into his already influential career, Windsor-Smith has created his magnum opus.
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Catching the Wind: Edward Kennedy and the Liberal Hour, 1932-1975

While this is primarily a political biography, the book contains plenty of personal material about the Kennedy family to satisfy all levels of readers. An important contribution on this family dynasty.
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Academic Library Services for First-Generation Students

Librarians will appreciate the list of questions that let them analyze their own institution’s situation, the spotlights on successful programs, and the sample surveys. For academic librarians looking to help first-generation college students flourish.
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JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956

While a lengthy first volume, this study is accessible and entertaining. A wide array of history buffs, and readers previously reluctant to consume a Kennedy biography, will enjoy this highly recommended account.
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Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish

This touching story of the love and forgiveness between mothers and daughters will win fans. Readers will be appalled by how the medical establishment in the past treated women patients and their infants.
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The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop

Who can resist a visit to Whistle Stop and all her inhabitants, past and present? No one!
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The Delicate Art of Bureaucracy: Digital Transformation with the Monkey, the Razor, and the Sumo Wrestler

Readers involved in digital technology, as well as general readers interested in the place of bureaucracy in history and the contemporary world will gain a great deal from this insightful book, written by a master of the field.
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Island Zombie: Iceland Writings

this memoir will resonate with readers who have traveled to Iceland, those who have this place on a bucket list of destinations, and others who crave solitude as a journey, not minding storm and stress.

Sicily ‘43: The First Assault on Fortress Europe

An excellent and accessible telling of the invasion that will be enjoyed by military history and World War II enthusiasts alike.
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The Midnight Library

Haig (How To Stop Time) takes readers on a journey of quantum physics that will have them feeling that they actually understand the theory. Most reminiscent of Ken Grimwood’s Replay.
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No Safe Harbor: The Inside Truth About Cybercrime—and How To Protect Your Business

Business owners dealing with cybersecurity issues will find useful suggestions here, as well general readers interested in this vital problem.

His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life

This thorough account of a remarkable life will have wide appeal.

First Principles: What America’s Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country

Offering a look at the Founders rarely glimpsed, Ricks successfully argues that America needs to rediscover its classical roots.
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Libraries and the Substance Abuse Crisis: Supporting Your Community

A slim volume packed with practical information on recognizing those dealing with substance abuse issues, planning services for them and their families, and safeguarding spaces and training staff for emergencies.

Philip and Alexander: Kings and Conquerors

The thorough and riveting narrative of both Philip and Alexander’s lives and accomplishments makes this an ideal choice for the general reader, with some fresh insights to offer to those familiar with the subjects as well.
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Unfiltered Marketing: 5 Rules To Win Back Trust, Credibility, and Customers in a Digitally Distracted World

An innovative, highly compelling study of how technological change, how the public receives information, and how CEOs and managers can effectively plan to achieve customer loyalty and trust.
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Midnight Train to Prague

In her second novel (following 1998’s Breathing Underwater and two story collections), Canadian writer Windley delivers well-researched descriptions of daily life in 1920s–40s Eastern Europe that will appeal to readers who enjoy immersive scene setting. The number of characters and the frequent jumps between them give the book a slightly crowded feel that is particularly noticeable in the first half, but the second half is more consistently engaging. Recommended for those readers who can’t get enough of World War II historical fiction, particularly for those interested in civilians’ experiences in Eastern Europe.
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The Kidnapping Club: Wall Street, Slavery, and Resistance on the Eve of the Civil War

This compelling work is highly recommended for those who like history and readers interested in social justice.
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Matrimony, Inc.: From Personal Ads to Swiping Right, a Story of America Looking for Love

An amusing history that charts the progression of the personals, and which makes “swiping right” seem less newfangled than it is.
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Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy

This is a heavy read, but an important one. For readers interested in current sociopolitical events, and those wanting more insight into stories like the ones found in Seyward Darby’s Sisters in Hate.
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Leave Me Alone and I’ll Make You Rich: How the Bourgeois Deal Enriched the World

This thought-provoking work is recommended for economics faculty and students, and researchers in economics and history to “think differently” about these respected disciplines.
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The Leader’s Guide to Unconscious Bias: How To Reframe Bias, Cultivate Connection, and Create High-Performing Teams

Zealous branding aside, the authors speak from experience and provide solid advice for improving how we work (and live) together. Will appeal to a broad readership, particularly managers looking to add to their leadership toolbox, but also anyone who wants to check in on and work through their own unconscious bias.
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A Blessing: Women of Color Teaming Up To Lead, Empower and Thrive

Anyone interested in the role of Black women, and women in general, in business will learn a great deal from this well-argued book.
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Power on the Inside: A Global History of Prison Gangs

Roth’s well-written, deeply researched work is a must for those in the criminology and criminal justice fields, but interested general readers will find it accessible as well.
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The Life She Once Knew: The Incredible True Story of Queena, the Bloomingdale Library Attack Survivor

Recommended to those seeking personal accounts of survivors of sexual violence, and those who have followed Queena’s story.

Magic: A History; From Alchemy to Witchcraft, from the Ice Age to the Present

A fascinating exploration of magic’s hold on the human imagination.
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Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It

Every educator, from kindergarten teachers to graduate and undergraduate school teachers, struggles with reducing distraction in the classroom. Lang tackles this problem by offering strategies for students and constructive approaches and tools to encourage attentive behavior.

Be Water, My Friend: The Teachings of Bruce Lee

An essential book for fans of Lee and those looking for find purpose in life. Highly recommended for all readers.

Jeeves and the Leap of Faith

It’s a fizzer, chaps. An absolute corker.

The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart

An important look into community organizing that is honest about its pitfalls and promises that will engage all interested in leading and growing social movements.

Storming Vicksburg: Grant, Pemberton, and the Battles of May 19-22, 1863

The latest book by Hess has deservedly reached the apex of Vicksburg scholarship to date and does justice to its author’s historical acumen. Highly recommended for all U.S. Middle Period and Civil War historians and biographers, together with students of military command and field strategy.
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The Museum of Forgotten Memories

Short story writer Harris’s debut novel is recommended for readers who like their relationship fiction on the literary side.
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The Untold Story of Shields Green: The Life and Death of a Harper’s Ferry Raider

DeCaro has assembled fragments of Green’s life from the historical record in a judicious and thoughtful biography. Readers interested in antebellum, African American, and Civil War history will enjoy this brief biography.
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The Lost Apothecary

Readers who enjoy parallel historical/contemporary narratives about women’s lives, such as Claire McMillan’s The Necklace or Liz Trenow’s The Forgotten Seamstress, will enjoy the historical details and mystery in this engrossing tale.

Madam C.J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy During Jim Crow

A tremendous biography and a great study of philanthropy that will have strong YA crossover appeal.
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Recasting the Vote: How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage Movement

An essential work; highly recommended for scholars of the period and general readers interested in women’s history.

Our Bodies, Their Battlefields: War Through the Lives of Women

Dizzying for its historical breadth and emotional strain, this book is nevertheless essential reading. Readers interested in human rights will stick through the highly readable but earth-rattling chapters for the sake of their larger purpose; namely, to give voice to people who have felt erased.

We Are Family: The Modern Transformation of Parents and Children

An essential, thought-provoking work that will serve as the foundation for future studies.
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Hire Right, Fire Right: A Leader’s Guide to Finding and Keeping Your Best People

Sound advice presented in a clear, easy-to-follow format. Hewerston’s breadth of knowledge spanning many work environments shows through a variety of examples and case studies.
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Healthy Living at the Library: Programs for All Ages

A solid purchase for librarians seeking to expand year-round programming with healthy ideas.
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Rethinking Competitive Advantage: New Rules for the Digital Age

This book is aimed at managers trying to understand how to transform from traditional to digital businesses.

The Sea Gate

Johnson (Court of Lions) conveys a strong sense of place in her historical fiction. The author describes this as a book about family secrets. Although secrets abound, this is also a novel of sacrifice, forgiveness, and redemption. Recommended for readers who value the journey, however harrowing, as much as the destination.
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The Forgotten Sister

Amateur sleuth fans, historical fiction readers, devotees of Kate Morton and Kate Atkinson, or readers looking for an engaging escape to a fictional world should pick up this one.

Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City

Stunningly well-researched, this book fully examines a pivotal moment in Chicago’s history. Readers of Smith’s other Chicago-based books will find this fascinating. Fans of Erik Larson, American history, and the triumph of the human spirit will also greatly enjoy..
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The Cookbook Club

Harbison’s latest (after Every Time You Go Away) makes for a story as inviting as the titular club. Blending women’s with culinary fiction it is sure to please the author’s many fans, as well as readers of Darien Gee and Barbara O’Neal.
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The Freezer Door

Those familiar with Sycamore’s writing and activist work will welcome this new installment; those unfamiliar but interested in exploring an unconventional angle on LGBTQ+ issues may find it illuminating.
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The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion

An impressive scope and depth will make these volumes illuminating the interaction between religion and social structures valuable to students, academics, administrators, counselors, journalists, and other researchers in the field.

A Slice Through America: A Geological Atlas

A must for anyone who appreciates geology or antique atlases and maps.

Dementia Handbook & Resource Guide

A handy one-stop resource that concentrates on identifying and locating dementia resources by diagnosis. Accurate and useful for those searching for basic information and a resource directory.
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