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Thomas Jefferson

by Jon Meacham
ISBN:978140007664

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" gives readers Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson's genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously, catapulting him into becoming the most successful political leader of the early republic, and perhaps in all of American history.

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Consider the Fork

by Bee Wilson
ISBN:9780465021765

Since prehistory, humans have braved the business ends of knives, scrapers, and mashers, all in the name of creating something delicious-or at least edible. In Consider the Fork, award-winning food writer and historian Bee Wilson traces the ancient lineage of our modern culinary tools, revealing the startling history of objects we often take for granted. Charting the evolution of technologies from the knife and fork to the gas range and the sous-vide cooker, Wilson offers unprecedented insights into how we've prepared and consumed food over the centuries-and how those basic acts have changed our societies, our diets, and our very selves.

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Shelter

by Frances Greenslade
:9781451661101

Their happy family life shattered by their doting father's death and their laughing mother's abandonment, Maggie and Jenny are raised by a childless couple and grow apart in the ensuing years until a shattering crisis compels Maggie to heal their fractured family and find their mother.

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The Professionals

by Owen Laukkanen
ISBN:9780399157899

When a joke about making illicit money escalates to a kidnapping scheme, four friends enjoy the proceeds of a low-risk operation until they abduct the wrong target and capture the attentions of the law and a vengeful organized-crime ring.

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Murder at the Lanterne Rouge

by Cara Black
ISBN:9781616950613

Struggling to be happy for René and his new girlfriend in spite of considerable misgivings, Aimée fears her suspicions are correct when the girlfriend disappears at the same time a man with her photograph is found murdered.

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Someone Else's Love Story

by Joshilyn Jackson
ISBN:9780062105653

For single mom Shandi Pierce, life is a juggling act. She's finishing college, raising her delightful three-year-old genius son, Nathan, and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced Christian mother and Jewish father. She's got enough to deal with before she gets caught in the middle of a stickup in a gas station mini-mart and falls in love with a great wall of a man named William Ashe, who steps between the armed robber and her son to shield the child from danger.

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The Ascendant

by Drew Chapman
ISBN:9781476725888

From a riveting new voice in suspense fiction, THE ASCENDANT is an action-packed thrillers following a unlikely hero--a number savant named Garrett Reilly--as he races around the globe to avert total war

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Pigs Can't Swim

by Helen Pepper
ISBN:9780306822728

Recounts the author's haphazard youth as the youngest member of an eccentric, nine-child family on a Maine farm, where she and her siblings were raised in an atmosphere of sibling rivalry, poverty, male chauvinism, and interactions with their farm animals and pets.

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The Crane Wife

by Patrick Ness
ISBN:9781594205477

One night, George Duncan - decent man, a good man - is woken by a noise in his garden. Impossibly, a great white crane has tumbled to earth, shot through its wing by an arrow. Unexpectedly moved, George helps the bird, and from the moment he watches it fly off, his life is transformed. The next day, a kind but enigmatic woman walks into George's shop. Suddenly a new world opens up for George, and one night she starts to tell him the most extraordinary story. Wise, romantic, magical and funny, The Crane Wife is a hymn to the creative imagination and a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love

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The Paying Guests

by Sarah Waters
ISBN:9781594633119

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

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Nora Webster

by Colm Toibin
ISBN:9781439138335

Widowed at forty, with four children and not enough money, Nora has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the man who rescued her from the stifling world to which she was born. And now she fears she may be drawn back into it. Wounded, strong-willed, clinging to secrecy in a tiny community where everyone knows your business, Nora is drowning in her own sorrow and blind to the suffering of her young sons, who have lost their father. Yet she has moments of stunning empathy and kindness.

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