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Mr. McGowan

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Library Journal.   An imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and Uprooted, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts. 

Mrs. Lightsey

The Woman in Cabin 10 is a gripping psychological thriller set at sea from an essential mystery writer in the tradition of Agatha Christie.

Mr. Pamplin

A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along.

Mr. Perez

 Miracle in the Andes--a first person account of a plane crash in the Andes and its aftermath--is more than a riveting tale of true-life adventure: it is a revealing look at life at the edge of death and a meditation on the limitless redemptive power of love.

Mr. Seymour

Dr. Morton Hander practiced a strange brand of psychiatry. Hander paid for his sins when he was brutally murdered in his luxurious Pacific Palisades apartment. The police have no leads, but they do have one possible witness: seven-year-old Melody Quinn.  

Ms. Bashioum

Dave Hollis used to think that "personal growth" was just for broken people.  Then he woke up.  In Get Out of Your Own Way, Dave tackles topics he once found it difficult to be honest about and reveals the tools that helped him change his life ... and may change your life too

Mr. Day

Thomas Jefferson's dream of a semi-utopian American republic has nearly been swallowed up by cynical partisanship. Jefferson believed in civility and harmony in all of our public and private relations. Repairing Jefferson's America is a clear and concise guide for those who wish to live more rational, purposeful, and enlightened lives.

Ms. Goheen-Soltero

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say.

Mr. Newman

The #1 bestselling author of World War Z takes on the Bigfoot legend with a tale that blurs the lines between human and beast--and asks what we are capable of in the face of the unimaginable.

Ms. Knight

Thomas Edison, convinced there was an entire reality unseen by the human eye, closely followed the alternative physics work of Albert Einstein and Max Planck, leading to the last of Edison's inventions, the spirit phone. His bitter rival, Nikola Tesla, was also developing at the same time a similar mysterious device. Edison vs. Tesla examines their quest to talk to the dead. 

Ms. J. Brown

The 1918 Flu Epidemic killed more people in twenty-four months than AIDS killed in twenty-four years, more in a year than the Black Death killed in a century. But this was not the Middle Ages, and 1918 marked the first collision of science and epidemic disease. The Great Influenza provides us with a precise and sobering model as we confront the epidemics looming on our own horizon

Ms. Parlow

"Meet Tomi Adeyemi--the new J.K. Rowling. (Yep, she's that good)."--Entertainment Weekly

After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart. 

Ms. Russell

The third volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure THE LORD OF THE RINGS.

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

The Shadow of Mordor grows across the land...

Mr. Bishop

Drawing on President Bush's personal diaries, on the diaries of his wife, Barbara, and on extraordinary access to the forty-first president and his family, Meacham paints an intimate and surprising portrait of an intensely private man who led the nation through tumultuous times. 

Ms. Choat

To Rory Yates being a Texas Ranger is about justice, but all of that changes when he is brought to a small southern town to help uncover the mysteries behind a local woman's death - only to discover corruption and lies. .

Ms. Taylor-Allen

Ambition will fuel him.
Competition will drive him.
But power has its price.

A return to the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games.

Mr. Jewell

In this thorough account of one of cinema's most lasting works, Michael Kaminski presents the true history of how Star Wars was written, from its beginnings as a science fiction fairy tale to its development over three decades into the epic we now know.  

Ms. Lancaster

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - OVER 3 MILLION COPIES SOLD Do you ever suspect that everyone else has life figured out and you don't have a clue? If so, Rachel Hollis has something to tell you: that's a lie. Because you really can live with passion and hustle - and give yourself grace without giving up.

Mr. Parry

A tour of the strange and bizarre world that parasites inhabit. It follows researchers in parasitology as they attempt to penetrate the mysteries of these creatures who can control evolution, ecosystems and maybe even the human race.

Mr. Mullins

To Rory Yates being a Texas Ranger is about justice, but all of that changes when he is brought to a small southern town to help uncover the mysteries behind a local woman's death - only to discover corruption and lies. .

Mr. Herrmann

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The popular FOX News star of Tucker Carlson Tonight offers his signature fearless and funny political commentary on how America's ruling class has failed everyday Americans. His book answers the all-important question: How do we put the country back on course?

Ms. Shufelt

In Dublin, 1918, a maternity ward at the height of the Great Flu is a small world of work, risk, death, and unlooked-for love.

Mr. Butt

It's the summer of 1854 and London is just emerging as one of the first modern cities in the world when a cholera outbreak takes hold.  Johnson illuminates the intertwined histories of the spread of disease, the rise of cities, and the nature of scientific inquiry, offering a powerful explanation of how it has shaped the world we live in.

Ms. Tatro

After uprooting her life in the States, Irene Steele has just settled in at the villa on St. John where her husband Russ had been living a double life. But a visit from the FBI shakes her foundations, and Irene once again learns just how little she knew about the man she loved.  

Ms. Little

.Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father. Then one day a rose-coloured mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka'i. Here her life is supposed to end - but instead she discovers it is only just beginning.

Ms. Zeman

"With the fate of the free world hanging in the balance, women pilots went aloft to serve their nation. . . . A soaring tale in which, at long last, these daring World War II pilots gain the credit they deserve."-

Ms. Ohmes

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, the Mistborn series is a heist story of political intrigue and magical, martial-arts action.

 This saga dares to ask a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails? 

Ms. Norrid

From Adriana Trigiani, the beloved New York Times-bestselling author of The Shoemaker’s Wife, comes an exhilarating epic novel of love, loyalty, and creativitythe story of an Italian-American family on the cusp of change.

Ms. Foster

In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America.  Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life. 

Ms. Cook

Private Detective Strike has never tackled a cold case before, let alone one forty years old. But despite the slim chance of success, he is intrigued and takes it on the case of Margot Bamborough who disappeared in 1974.  Strike soon learns that even cases decades old can prove to be deadly . . .    

Mr. Roberts

Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results!

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving--every day. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results. 

Mr. Nuckols

In the Garden of Beasts is a vivid portrait of Berlin during the first years of Hitler’s reign, brought to life through the stories of two people: William E. Dodd, who in 1933 became America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s regime, and his scandalously carefree daughter, Martha.

Ms. Villarreal

New York Times best-selling author and professor Brené Brown offers a powerful and inspiring book that explores how to cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to embrace your imperfections and to recognize that you are enough.

Ms. Bailey

Get ready to change the way you think about economics. Nobel laureate Richard H. Thaler has spent his career studying the radical notion that the central agents in the economy are humans--predictable, error-prone individuals. Misbehaving is his arresting, frequently hilarious account of the struggle to bring an academic discipline back down to earth

Ms. Harris

A New York Times Bestseller.  Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" element of radium in early 20th-century American factories. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

Ms. S. Brown

Since its first publication in 1995, Lies My Teacher Told Me has become one of the most important - and successful - history books of our time. Having sold over two million copies.   For this new edition, Loewen has added a new introduction that shows how inadequate history courses in high school help produce adult Americans who think Donald Trump can solve their problems.

Mr. Schiller

Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow has spawned a whole generation of criminal justice reform activists and organizations motivated by Michelle Alexander’s unforgettable argument that “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.” 

Ms. Moore

This teaching guide is a must-have for new and experienced teachers alike. Over 1.3 million teachers around the world already know how the techniques in this book turn educators into classroom champions. With ideas for everything from boosting academic rigor, to improving classroom management, and inspiring student engagement, you will be able to strengthen your teaching practice right away. 

Ms. King

Hemmingway's story follows the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates. It is an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions.

Ms. Brice

Homer "Sonny" Hickam Jr.'s extraordinary memoir of life in Coalwood, West Virginia.  In a town where the only things that mattered were coal-mining and high-school football, where the future was regarded with more fear than hope, a young man watched the Soviet satellite Sputnik race across the West Virginia sky—and soon found his future in the stars

Ms. White

For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true-crime journalist, was determined to find and unmask the violent psychopath she called "the Golden State Killer." 

Mr. Lichtie

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

The searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive. The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. 

Ms. Norton

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "This is history at its most immediate and moving...A marvelous and memorable book." --Jon Meacham

Now, in The Only Plane in the Sky, award-winning journalist and bestselling historian Garrett Graff tells the story of the day as it was lived--in the words of those who lived it. The result is a unique, profound, and searing exploration of humanity on a day that changed the course of history, and all of our lives.

Mr. Ritchey

Sports in Society provides a comprehensive introduction to understanding the issues and controversies surrounding sports in society. Coakley delivers a critical approach toward sports related issues with an emphasis on social class, race, and ethnicity within the sports world

Ms. Mooney

Joseph, a father at thirteen, has never seen his daughter, Jupiter. After spending time in a juvenile facility, he's placed with a foster family on a farm in rural Maine. Here Joseph, damaged and withdrawn, meets twelve-year-old Jack, who narrates the account of the troubled, passionate teen who wants to find his baby at any cost.

Ms. Stoddard

In I'm Telling the Truth, But I'm Lying, Bassey Ikpi breaks open our understanding of mental health by giving us intimate access to her own. Exploring shame, confusion, medication, and family in the process, Bassey looks at how mental health impacts every aspect of our lives--how we appear to others, and more importantly to ourselves--and challenges our preconception about what it means to be "normal." 

Ms. Nabors

Maleeka suffers every day from the taunts of the other kids in her class. If they're not getting at her about her homemade clothes or her good grades, it's about her dark, black skin. When a new teacher, whose face is blotched with a startling white patch, starts at their school, Maleeka can see there is bound to be trouble for her too. But the new teacher's attitude surprises Maleeka. Miss Saunders loves the skin she's in. Can Maleeka learn to do the same?

Ms. Watson

#1 international bestseller

A funny and tender-hearted tale about friendship, love, and an old man who is young at heart. Technically speaking, Hendrik Groen is....elderly. But at age 83 1/4, this feisty, indomitable curmudgeon has no plans to go out quietly. Bored of weak tea and potted geraniums, exasperated by the indignities of aging, Hendrik has decided to rebel - on his own terms. 

Ms. Welch

The Garden is an enlightening and encouraging spiritual fable that reveals the 5 D's that can sabotage us and a proven plan to help us overcome and win the battle in our mind. In Jon Gordon's familiar trademark style, he takes a complex subject and simplifies it to help people take action and improve their lives. Everyone will struggle with fear, anxiety, or stress at some point in their lives, and everyone will have to overcome these challenges to create the life they were meant to live. 

Ms. Schrader

It is 997 CE, the end of the Dark Ages. England is facing attacks from the Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the east. Those in power bend justice according to their will, regardless of ordinary people and often in conflict with the king. Without a clear rule of law, chaos reigns. Thirty years ago, Ken Follett published his most popular novel, The Pillars of the Earth. Now, Follett's masterful new prequel takes us on an epic journey into a historical past rich with ambition and rivalry, death and birth, love and hate, that will end where The Pillars of the Earth begins.

Mr. Zellers

Filled with fresh interpretations and information, puncturing old myths and challenging new ones, Battle Cry of Freedom will unquestionably become the standard one-volume history of the Civil War. James McPherson's fast-paced narrative fully integrates the political, social, and military events that crowded the two decades from the outbreak of one war in Mexico to the ending of another at Appomattox. This authoritative volume makes sense of that vast and confusing "second American Revolution" we call the Civil War, a war that transformed a nation and expanded our heritage of liberty.

Mr. Spence

You CAN take control of your money. Build up your money muscles with America's favorite finance coach. Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There's one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that's with The Total Money Makeover.

Ms. Ferro

Who is Jesus? Why did He come to earth? How can I know Him? We live in a world where theres a lot of confusion about Jesus. Too often people want to shape Him and His message to fit their personal needs or agendas. So how can we know the truth? Join Seamless author Angie Smith in this 8-session search for truth as she unfolds the story of Jesus.

Ms. Clements

Selected as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, this landmark work gives us a definitive account of Lincoln's lifelong engagement with the nation's critical issue: American slavery.  We see Lincoln, a pragmatic politician grounded in principle, deftly navigating the dynamic politics of antislavery, secession, and civil war. Lincoln's greatness emerges from his capacity for moral and political growth.

Ms. Wilson

An intimate, powerful, and galvanizing memoir by Pulitzer Prize winner, human rights advocate, and former UN Ambassador Samantha Power. In her memoir, Power offers an urgent response to the question "What can one person do?" and a call for a clearer eye, a kinder heart, and a more open and civil hand in our politics and daily lives. . Power's memoir is an unforgettable account of the power of idealism and of one person's fierce determination to make a difference. 

Ms. Ray

One midsummer's eve, the Edevanes discover that their youngest child, eleven-month-old Theo, has vanished without a trace. What follows is a tragedy that tears the family apart in ways they never imagined. Decades later Theo's case has never been solved.  Sadie Sparrow, a young detective in the London police force stumbles upon the case.  Her curiosity is sparked, setting off a series of events that will bring her and Alice together and reveal shocking truths about a past long gone

Ms. Goade

When a collapsing U.S. government abandoned an Alaska ravaged by earthquakes and wildfires, Travis's family chose not to evacuate. Too late, they realized their mistake.Now Travis and his younger sister Jess must cross hundreds of miles to head south, in search of what remains of civilization. Travis and Jess will make a few friends and a lot of enemies on their terrifying journey--and they'll have to fight for what they believe in as they see how far people will go to survive.

Ms. Puroff

Retire early, sell everything, buy a boat 4,000 miles away and sail around the world. What could go wrong? Meet Glen and Julie, sailors who search for paradise in places not covered in travel brochures and discover that reality can be even bigger than dreams. This exhilarating, true story will engage those planning to sail off into the sunset as well as armchair travelers. This is a must-read for anyone looking for inspiration to go "all in" on your own dreams. 

Ms. Garrett

The #1 New York Times bestseller, and the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton!  Chernow's biography gives Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation, his due and sets the record straight, deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of today's America is the result of Hamilton's ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. 

Ms. McGee

A single promise can change a life forever.  We all make promises constantly. "Yes, I'll be there." "Sure, no problem!" But do we really mean what we are saying? What is the impact of a broken promise? And what happens to a life when a promise is honored? Because I said I would is the international social movement at the forefront of shifting how the world views commitment and accountability. With over 10.3 million Promise Cards distributed, this cause has played a unique role in changing lives around the world. 

Mr. Haberern

Blake Snyder tells all in this fast, funny and candid look inside the movie business. "Save the Cat" is just one of many ironclad rules for making your ideas more marketable and your script more satisfying, including: The four elements of every winning logline.  Why your Hero must serve your Idea. Creating the "Perfect Beast" by using The Board to map 40 scenes with conflict and emotional change.  This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit.

Mr. Skidmore

Thomas and Johnston, two of Disney's original animators, here give the inside scoop on how the studio created the works that have charmed the world.  The "authors simultaneously give a history of Disney animation and explain the processes involved in clear, nontechnical terms." Along with the splendid text are dozens of color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations. A "magnificent volume" that remains "essential for film collections and a feast for the most casual peruser."

Mr. Cox

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.  Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America--the first African American to serve in that role--she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history.  Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations--and whose story inspires us to do the same.

Ms. Garris

Hide Your Goat is for every person who has ever said, "Why me?" It is for every person who feels like everywhere you turn, you meet problems, obstacles, difficulties - large ones, small ones, all sizes. Filled with thought-provoking questions, ideas and solutions, this book will help you stay positive while dealing with life's disappointments and the negativity that encompasses our society. Whereas, you can't change the people and circumstances that try to get your goat, Hide Your Goat will help you stay positive when negativity surrounds you.

Ms. Aragon

Muscle and a Shovel is a raw and gritty true story about a pair of young newly-weds who move to the city to chase the American dream. In the process they're befriended by a man who turns their belief about God, their church, and their faith upside down.  This story will grip you from opening to close and will stimulate your spirit on levels you didn't think possible. Get ready to fight or flee because Muscle and a Shovel is one of those rare books that will raise your heart-rate and your blood-pressure. You won't want to wait to share it with your friends or you'll want to dowse it in gasoline and set on fire.

Ms. Sepulveda

In the year since he was elected, Pope Francis's simple message of mercy, service, and renewal has spread to every corner of the world. Through his gentle demeanor, selfless actions, and welcoming call for service to others, Pope Francis has captured the attention of a world longing for an authentic message of hope--we want to hear what he has to say. Collected from Pope Francis's speeches, homilies, and papers presented during the first year of his papacy, The Church of Mercy is the first Vatican-authorized book detailing his vision for the Catholic Church. 

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