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February 12, 2018

Before and After by Rosellen

Carolyn and Ben Reiser moved to Hyland, New Hampshire with their two children for the comforts of rural life. But when the local police chief comes looking for their seventeen-year-old son Jacob to question him about the brutal murder of his girlfriend, the Reisers’ lives begin to unravel. A compelling story that will capture you in the opening scene and hold you through its shocking conclusion, Before and After is a stunning novel that pits parent against parent, brother against sister, family against community, blood loyalty against law-as “deep questions of loyalty, honesty, and love are forced to the surface in this psychologically riveting tale.”

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February 12, 2018

The Ideal Bride by Stephanie Laurens

Michael Anstruther-Wetherby is a rising member of Parliament—a man destined for power. Aristocratic, elegant, and effortlessly charming, he is just arrogant enough to capture the interest of the ladies of the ton. And with his connections to the wealthy and influential Cynster family—his sister is married to Devil Cynster, the Duke of St. Ives—his future appears assured. Except that Michael lacks the single most important element of success: a wife.

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February 12, 2018

Deadline in Athens

When an Albanian husband and wife are found dead in their home, Inspector Costas Haritos, a veteran junta-trained homicide detective on the Athens police force, is called to what seems at first to be an open-and-shut case. For the Greek police, two dead Albanians are hardly a matter of concern. But when Albania’s celebrity television news reporter Janna Karayoryi insists that the case was closed too early, Haritos becomes unnerved. He doesn’t exactly like the ambitious young journalist, but could she be right in thinking the murder has something to do with babies?

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February 27, 2017

January, 1951, while the country is in the grip of war in Korea, the threat of nuclear annihilation, and Senator Joe McCarthy, the residents of St. Adele, Michigan are more concerned with staying warm and shoveling snow, until a bizarre ice storm brings down a towering pine. Entangled in its roots is evidence that leads Constable John McIntire to the abandoned farmstead of a young couple who had supposedly left the community years before, part of an exodus of Finnish-Americans gone off to build a workers’ Utopia in the Soviet republic of Karelia. McIntire’s fears are realized when he discovers two bodies, buried sixteen years in an unused cistern.

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February 27, 2017

In this unforgettable novel of Queen Victoria, Jean Plaidy re-creates a remarkable life filled with romance, triumph, and tragedy.

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February 27, 2017

The beautiful widow Susan Vernon has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and her rather reluctant debutante daughter, Frederica.

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February 27, 2017

A two-disc compilation of African American poetry, Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like the Rivers digs deep to unearth a wealth of unheard and rare material spanning almost the entire 20th century. The collection features some of the greatest names in black literature – Langston Hughes, Ishmael Reed, Nikki Giovanni, Gwendolyn Brooks, Gil Scott-Heron, Maya Angelou, Rita Dove, W.E.B. DuBois, and more.
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February 7, 2017

Author James M. Mosley shares his own tale in his autobiographical book, Life Under the Microscope as An African American. From his birth in 1929 until the present, he details the significant moments of his and his family’s life. Granted, it was not an easy existence, going through events such as the Great Depression, World War II, the emergence of the Civil Rights Movement, raising a family, having grandchildren and great grandchildren, gaining and losing friends, and many others.

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February 7, 2017

Giraut Leones, special agent for the human Thousand Cultures’ shadowy Office of Special Plans, is turning fifty–and someone is trying to kill him. Now, returning to his native Nou Occitan, Giraut will encounter violence and treachery from human and artificial consciousnesses alike. As bigotry and mob violence erupt throughout the rapidly destabilizing interstellar situation, Giraut will be called on the make the ultimate sacrifice, for the sake of civilization itself.

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February 7, 2017

A first-time father at fifty-one, Irish police chief Peter McGarr takes his infant daughter and feisty wife to a country resort, where he is commissioned to investigate the murder of a high-powered banker.

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