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Day of Honey

by Annia Ciezadlo
ISBN:9781416583936

The author discusses her marriage to a man from Beirut, the bond she forged with her Lebanese in-laws, and how she found love, good food, and a meaningful life, despite dividing her time between wartorn Iraq and Lebanon.

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The Mullah's Storm

by Thomas W. Young
ISBN:9780399156922

When their plane is shot down in a blizzard while transporting an important Taliban detainee, navigator Michael Parson and Army interpreter Sergeant Gold fight for survival in the harsh terrain of Afghanistan, where they struggle to outmaneuver terrorists and dubiously trustworthy villagers.

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The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival

by John Vaillant
ISBN:9780307268938

It's December 1997, and a man-eating Siberian tiger is on the prowl outside a remote village in Russia's Far East. The tiger isn't just killing people, it's annihilating them, and a team of men and their dogs must hunt it on foot through the forest in the brutal cold. As the trackers sift through the gruesome remains of the victims, they discover that these attacks aren't random. An absolutely gripping tale of man and nature that leads inexorably to a final showdown in a clearing deep in the taiga.

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The Instructions

by Adam Levine
ISBN:9781934781821

Presents the story of ten-year-old Gurion Maccabee, who throughout the course of four days is ejected from his latest Jewish day-school for acts of terrorist violence and messianic tendencies and launches the start of a revolution inside of a lockdown institution.

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I'd Know You Anywhere

by Laura Lippman
ISBN:9780061706554

After a few years in London, housewife Eliza, her successful husband, and their teenage daughter return home to Washington, D.C. However, Eliza's homecoming sparks up memories of past torments, when she was abducted by a serial killer who is now sitting on death row.

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By Nightfall

by Michael Cunningham
ISBN:9780374299088

Peter and Rebecca Harris--mid-forties denizens of Manhattan's SoHo, he a dealer, she an editor--are admirable, enviable contemporary urbanites with every reason, it seems, to be happy. Then Rebecca's much younger look-alike brother, Ethan (known in the family as Mizzy, "the mistake"), shows up for a visit.

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22 Britannia Road

by Amanda Hodgkinson
ISBN:ISBN9780670022632

Leaving Poland for England at the end of World War II, Silvana is accompanied by eight-year-old, near-feral Aurek, with whom she shares traumatic wartime memories that set them apart from her husband, who has remade himself as an Englishman to forget the past.

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Lost in Shangri-la

by Mitchell Zuckoff
ISBN:9780061988349

Describes the 1945 odyssey of three plane crash survivors in New Guinea who endured a harrowing journey through the jungle to seek help, their encounter with a primitive tribe who had never seen white people, and their eventual rescue by a band of paratroopers.

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The Good Daughters

by Joyce Maynard
ISBN:9780061994319

The lives and fortunes of two New Hampshire families, the Planks and the Dickersons, are entwined through the youngest daughters of each family, who were born on the same day in the same hospital.

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Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words

by Kate Whouley
ISBN:9780807003190

Recounts the author's relationship with her mother, both as a child admiring her mother, an innovative educator, and as an adult coping with caring for her Alzheimer's-affected mother.

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Crashers

by Dana Haynes
ISBN:9780312599881

While pathology and former National Transportation Safety Board expert Leonard Tomzak races against time to investigate a crashed passenger plane, former Shin Bet agent Daria Gibron risks her life to thwart the terrorists responsible for the crash.

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Joy for Beginners

by Erica Bauermeister
ISBN:9780399157127

Six women gather to celebrate their friend Kate's recovery from cancer, where she strikes a bargain with them: to celebrate her new lease on life, she'll do the one thing that's always terrified her, but if she does, each of them will also do one thing that they'd find difficult.

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Reading My Father

by Alexandra Styron
ISBN:9781416591795

The daughter of author William Styron discusses growing up in the same house as a moody literary giant, whose life spiraled out of control when he sank into a deep depression.

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