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All the Devils Are Here: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #16) Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250145239
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 1st, 2020

Who would murder an elderly man in the City of Light? Armand Gamache knows that the hit and run of his friend was no accident, and his family and colleagues must work together to unravel a nefarious plot. This well-written and surprising mystery seamlessly blends the past with the present, truth and lies, family and enemies. While part of a beloved series, each of Penny’s books can be read as a stand-alone.  


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You Had Me at Hola: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062959928
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Published: Avon - August 4th, 2020

Disastrous first impression? Check. Focusing on your career and neglecting your love life? Double check. Falling head over heels for your super hot costar? Triple check! I loved this fresh workplace romance with a full cast of diverse characters, timely subject matter, and plenty of hot romancing. Ashton and Jasmine’s relationship is realistic, engaging, and keeps the pages turning through this quick read. 


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What's Left of Me Is Yours: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385544702
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Published: Doubleday - June 23rd, 2020

Sumiko, a new lawyer, finds her day shattered by a formulaic phone call that sets her down a twisted path to learn the truth of her mother’s death. This breathtaking novel is many things at once: a love story, a murder mystery, an exacting look into the Japanese legal system, and a generational family drama. Scott finds a fantastic balance between beautiful and haunting, hope and despair, anger and love.


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The Cuban Table: A Celebration of Food, Flavors, and History Cover Image
By Ana Sofia Pelaez, Ellen Silverman (Photographs by)
$37.50
ISBN: 9781250036087
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 28th, 2014

Lovingly created by interviewing Cubans in both Cuba and Miami, this cookbook is a breath of fresh air. Never voyeuristic, it is instead an ode to an island whose cuisine celebrates its history and the breadth of cultures and people who call Cuba home. Take care to read the stories behind the recipes and make sure to try the panquecitos, vaca frita, and (my personal favorite), the ropa vieja!


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Big Summer: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501133510
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Published: Atria Books - May 5th, 2020

Friends to enemies to fake friends again? Daphne (a true delight from start to finish) isn’t sure what to make of Drue’s reappearance, but who can say no to a wedding on Cape Cod? Big Summer is funny, endlessly entertaining, and full of heart. I fell hard for this book and could not put it down! This might just be the most perfect ‘summer beach read’ ever. 


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The Big Sleep (A Philip Marlowe Novel #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780394758282
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - July 12th, 1988

A simple blackmail case? What could go wrong! Well, when the Sternwood daughters are involved, anything and everything will go wrong. Iconic PI Philip Marlowe is the perfect noir detective: sharp, witty, and always three steps ahead. While his books are very much a product of their time, there’s a reason that Raymond Chandler mysteries set the bar so high. The Big Sleep is the perfect summertime mystery.


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Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors: A Novel (The Rajes Series #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062839053
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 7th, 2019

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a reader in possession of a great Austen retelling, must fall head over heels. This wonderful novel breathes new life into the beloved story with a diverse cast, gender swapped Elizabeth and Darcy, and a contemporary storyline. Full of heart, clever plot details, and incredibly lush and sensuous food descriptions, Austen fans will adore this new series.


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ISBN: 9781250217318
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Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2020

What happens when a by the book caseworker meets a group of misfits? Absolute gold. I loved this whimsical tale of an orphanage on an island that homes magical youth. I highly recommend this book even if fantasy isn’t your go-to genre. This very British novel has so much heart, wisdom, and a happy ending that proves you can always find your family.


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The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525536291
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020

What does it take to pass? Twins Stella and Desiree lead parallel lives, until Stella one day disappears without a trace. While a tad slow to start, this novel swept through me as it swept through the years, with both women living with the ramifications of their choices. Brit Bennett’s writing keeps getting better and better, making her one to watch. Highly recommended for fans of Little Fires Everywhere. 


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A Test of Wills: The First Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062091611
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 16th, 2011

Haunted by choices made during WWI, Ian Rutledge finds himself back as a Scotland Yard inspector maybe a little too soon. As he investigates the brutal murder of a retired Colonel, Rutledge must sort through the suspects’ lies for the truths, doubting his own judgements all the way. For how can he know what’s a sane choice, and what’s the will of his shell shock turned inner voice, Hamish MacLeod? 


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By Lily LaMotte, Ann Xu (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062973863
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Published: HarperAlley - October 27th, 2020

Cici is determined to bring her Taiwanese grandmother to America and bravely enters a cooking competition to raise enough money. But Cici’s cooking partner only wants to cook American food, and, having recently emigrated from Taiwan, Cici isn’t familiar with American food. With a little courage and gumption from the great Julia Child, Cici learns to embrace her past and her future while cooking some *delicious* meals!


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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780385348713
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Published: Crown - February 25th, 2020

Only Erik Larson could encapsulate Churchill’s first year as Prime Minister. This detailed, well-written tome provides incredible context for Churchill’s defiance, his loyalty, and his love of England. There are new details and stories here for both casual and regular readers of WWII fiction and nonfiction. This is a story of not just Churchill, but of England coming together and standing strong against unspeakable evil.


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Roseanna: A Martin Beck Police Mystery (1) (Martin Beck Police Mystery Series #1) Cover Image
By Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo, Henning Mankell (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307390462
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - September 30th, 2008

How do you solve a murder when you don’t know the victim? This dark detective story explores the ups and downs of a murder investigation. With not one wasted word or sentence, Roseanna moves quickly. It’s a refreshing change of pace from needless lengthy novels and allows the reader to enjoy this book in one weekend. This is the police procedural done at its finest. 


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Three Hours in Paris Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781641290418
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Published: Soho Crime - April 7th, 2020

Inspired by an unsolved question of Hitler’s movements when Paris fell to the Nazis, author Cara Black spins a story that is deeply compelling and fast-paced. No one knows Paris like Black, and her attention to detail shows. As someone who reads a lot about WWII, I found this book to be a refreshing look at that time period. This story is a fantastic blend of thriller and historical fiction. I couldn’t put it down! 


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The Stationery Shop Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982107499
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Published: Gallery Books - February 11th, 2020

How could Roya know she would meet the love of her life in a stationary shop, only for him to disappear with no explanation on the eve of their wedding? Or that sixty years later, they would reunite, with each lover wondering why the other never appeared in the square that day? Full of lush prose, sensual descriptions, and a strong sense of place, this powerful love story should be on your bookshelf.


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All the Ways We Said Goodbye: A Novel of the Ritz Paris Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062931092
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Published: William Morrow - January 14th, 2020

From WWI to the 1960s, three women’s lives intertwine in surprising ways. Whether resisting invading Germans or falling in love with the wrong person, the heroines on these pages are formidable. This historical novel feels fresh, standing out amidst a sea of novels set in this time and place. You’ll be swept up from page one and finish this story with a tear in your eye. Perfect for fans of The Nightingale. 


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A Princess in Theory: Reluctant Royals Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062685544
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Published: Avon - February 27th, 2018

Is there any hope of a modern Cinderella story? With fun plays on familiar tropes, this romance novel hits all the right spots. Thabiso and Naledi have fantastic chemistry that keeps this story sexy and fun with just a few steamy scenes. Alyssa Cole isn’t afraid to address some tough topics like the US foster care system and sexism, but her skilled writing keeps this Cinderella story current and perfect for the modern reader.


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The Distant Hours: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439152799
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Published: Washington Square Press - July 12th, 2011

One letter, delivered 50 years too late, shocks Edie's mother into slowly revealing her past spent at Milderhurst Castle with the eccentric spinster Blythe sisters during WWII. Edie is determined to learn the truth about what happened one dark and stormy night in 1941. But the truth lies hidden in secrets kept in 'the distant hours' for decades. Equal parts romantic and gothic, this historical fiction enthralled me from page one!


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The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062820693
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 10th, 2019

This well-written memoir offers a fascinating look at Samantha Power’s unconventional life. From an immigrant, to a war correspondent, to working for both Senator and President Obama, Power shares her wisdom, insights, and regrets in this fascinating book. She is proof that one person can make a difference. This is a perfect gift for anyone who loves history or memoirs. 


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Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780451497017
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 22nd, 2019

Alison Roman’s low-maintenance but delicious approach to entertaining is welcoming. Her recipes and tips get to the heart of what entertaining is really about: good food and connections. Roman is a pro at recipes that taste great but don’t require losing a finger. Her Very Good Lasagna is not to be missed! This is the perfect gift for any 20-something who enjoys to cook!