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Sea Change

by Jeremy Page
ISBN:9780670021901

Five years after a devastating tragedy that changed his life, Guy travels on a Dutch barge that has become his home and records in his diary the family life he imagines, a voyage transformed by the realities of the North Sea and a relationship with a mother and daughter.

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Clouds Without Rain

by P.L. Gaus
ISBN:9780452296688

Professor Michael Branden, newly deputized to the Holmes County sheriff's department, gives every appearance of being Amish. His assignment: to act as a decoy in Bruce Robertson's investigation of a series of robberies among -- and perhaps by -- the Peaceful Ones. Suddenly Branden's undercover work is interrupted by grave news. An Amish buggy and an eighteen-wheeler have collided, and Sheriff Robertson is among the casualties.

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Man in the Woods

by Scott Spencer
ISBN:9780061466557

Paul Phillips, a carpenter living in upstate New York with Kate Ellis and her daughter, Ruby, commits a crime whose only witness was a mixed-breed dog. He fears getting away with the crime as much as he fears the discovery of his terrible secret.

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The Dirty Life

by Kristin Kimball
ISBN:9781416551607

Documents the first year spent by the Harvard-graduate author with her new husband on their sustainable farm in the Adirondacks, describing how she withdrew from big-city life to be married in their barn loft, the difficult obstacles they faced attempting to provide a whole diet for one hundred locals, and the rewards of a physical-labor lifestyle.

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A Curable Romantic

by Joseph Skibell
ISBN:9781565129290

When Dr. Jakob Josef Sammelsohn arrives in Vienna in the 1890s, he happens to meet Sigmund Freud, has a series of affairs, is haunted by the ghost of his abandoned wife, and eventually ends up in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1940. His Candide-like adventures illuminate a Europe moving between a new scientific age and age-old superstitions and beliefs.

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