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Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations

Mira Jacob · One World
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover

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...
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The Whole Town's Talking: A Novel

Fannie Flagg · Random House
Pages: 402
Format: Print book

The bestselling author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is at her superb best in this fun-loving, moving novel about what it means to be truly alive.

Elmwood Springs, Missouri, is a small town like any other, but something strange is happening at the cemetery....
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Wilder Girls

Rory Power
Format: Book

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Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires

SHOMARI WILLS · Amistad
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

The astonishing untold history of America's first black millionaires - former slaves who endured incredible challenges to amass and maintain their wealth for a century, from the Jacksonian period to the Roaring Twenties - self-made entrepreneurs whose unknown success mirrored that of American...

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Upstream: The Quest to Stop Problems Before They Happen

Heath, Dan · SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: Book

New York Times bestselling author Dan Heath examines how to prevent problems before they happen, drawing on insights from his innovative behavior research, as well as hundreds of new interviews with unconventional problem solvers. Most of us spend our days handling a deluge of pressing...

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Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)

Agatha Christie · Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers; 1ST edition
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

One of Agatha Christie’s most famous mysteries, Murder on the Orient Express was inspired by two real-life crimes and the author’s own experience being stranded on the Orient Express during Christmas of 1931. While traveling to Paris, a wealthy American is stabbed to death in his cabin...
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Learning to Walk in the Dark

Barbara Brown Taylor · HarperOne; 1St Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Offers advice for finding spirituality in times of darkness, questioning the traditional association of darkness with evil and danger, and suggesting that being in the dark may lead to greater spiritual growth.
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Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family

Robert Kolker · Doubleday
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science's great hope in the quest to understand the disease.

Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don's work...
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Witch of Delray, The: Rose Veres & Detroit's Infamous 1930s Murder Mystery

KAREN DYBIS · The History Press
Pages: 144
Format: Paperback

Detroit was full of stark contrasts in 1931. Political scandals, rumrunners and mobs lurked in the shadows of the city's soaring architecture and industrious population. As the Great Depression began to take hold, tensions grew, spilling over into the investigation of a mysterious murder...
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Uniform Justice: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

Donna Leon · Atlantic Monthly Press
Pages: 259
Format: Hardcover

As Uniform Justice opens, Venetian detective Commissario Guido Brunetti is called to investigate a parent's worst nightmare. A young cadet has been found hanged, a presumed suicide, in Venice's elite military academy. Brunetti's sorrow for the boy, so close in age to his own son,...
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Recursion: A Novel

Blake Crouch · Crown
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

What if someone could rewrite your entire life?

"My son has been erased." Those are the last words the woman tells Barry Sutton, before she leaps from the Manhattan rooftop.

Deeply unnerved, Barry begins to investigate her death, only to learn that this wasn't an isolated...
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Afterlife

Julia Alvarez · Algonquin Books
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

The first adult novel in almost fifteen years by the internationally bestselling author of In the Time of the Butterflies and How the García Girls Lost Their Accents

"A stunning work of art that reminds readers Alvarez is, and always has been, in a class...

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Long Bright River: A Novel

Liz Moore · Riverhead Books
Pages: 496
Format: Hardcover

Two sisters travel the same streets,though their lives couldn't be more different.
Then one of them goes missing.

In a Philadelphia neighborhood rocked by the opioid crisis, two once-inseparable sisters find themselves at odds. One, Kacey, lives on the streets in the vise of addiction....
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