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Stoker's Manuscript Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425269794
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Published: Berkley Publishing Group - April 1st, 2014


An interesting new twist on an old, old story. This Dracula novel is creepy, atmospheric, and steeped in Old World superstition. When the original manuscript for Bram Stoker's Dracula comes up for auction, Chicagoan Joseph Barkeley, an authenticator and purveyor of rare books, is hired by a European family to obtain Stoker's Manuscript and personal notes and deliver them to Dracula's Castle in Romania. A chilling and exciting novel - get yousrself ready for haloween!

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ISBN: 9780425264911
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Published: Berkley Publishing Group - February 4th, 2014


Having drawn comparisons to Gone With the Wind, and Out of Africa, The Fever Tree is an epic novel taking you from London to colonial South Africa in the late 1800's.  Left destitute in the wake of her father's sudden death, Frances has been forced to abandon her life of wealth and privilege in London and immigrate to the Southern Cape of Africa.  In this remote and inhospitable land she becomes entangled with two very different men - one driven by ambition, the other by his ideals.  Only when the rumor of a smallpox epidemic takes her into the dark heart of the diamond mines does she see her path to happiness.


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ISBN: 9781476714813
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 6th, 2013


Can a man who has lost a country find a new home?

Yohan, a North Korean Prisoner of war, on his path towards creating a new life in spite of his tragic past, leaving his friends and family behind to seek a new life in a port town on the coast of Brazil.

Though he is a stranger in a strange land, throughout the years in this town, four people slip in and out of Yohan's life - he longs to connect with these people , but to do so, he must sift through his traumatic past so he might let go and move on.

The brief, simple sentences that form this elegant tone have the effect of making you slow down to read them.

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ISBN: 9780399157998
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Amy Einhorn Books - July 5th, 2012


Life in the upper great plains, specifically in Juliet, Saskatchewan, is ordinary for a small dusty oasis in western Canada.

Or is it? A series of stories about people and life in Juliet are interwoven together during a 24 hourperiod in the month of August. A young rancher tries to figure out if he belongs, a local banker must do what is necessaryeven if it is foreclosing on hisneighbors, a shy older couple begin to find feelings for each other while running the old local drive-in theater, a young pregnant teenager has to deal with her mother as well as her upcoming wedding, and a mother of 6 tries to keep her chaotic life together. And then there is Antoinette, a camel lost in the nearby sand dunes. 

Fun and interesting - especially in August!

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A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608198337
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - April 30th, 2013

MAY 2013

It it's adventure you want, A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar will definitely take you there!

Set in 1932, two English sisters join a missionary in middle-Asia on the ancient Silk Road, one with true intentions, the other as a means to adventure to write a cycling guide.

Also, in present-day London, a young woman will be drawn into her own adventure through mysterious inherited items that connect her to this ancient land.

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ISBN: 9780316185905
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Published: Reagan Arthur Books - April 3rd, 2012

JUNE 2012

Two years after the Titanic, a group of people are forced to survive on a small lifeboat after their luxury oceanliner explodes and sinks.

The novel is from the point of view of Grace, a young newlywed who is on trial for murder, through her journal account of their experience.

The passengers seem to believe that, despite their misfortune, help will arrive soon. After several days, the solitude of the sea begins to take its toll on the passengers. Hunger and thirst muddy their minds, a looming storm threatens to sink the boat, and different opinions threaten to tear apart the unified effort of the passengers. They (as well as the reader) are faced with questions of how far a person should go to further their survival.

Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439176580
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 21st, 2011


SOS (Stop Only Sugar) Diet: You Won't Even Know You're on a Diet! Cover Image
ISBN: 9780982560181
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Published: Bean Books - June 19th, 2010


The SOS Diet rules are very simple: low sugar, high fiber, no more rules! The average person in the United States consumes approximately 140 pounds of sugar each year. And guess what your body does with all that sugar... it's stored as body fat! With just a simple lifestyle change, you will become a "label reading detective" and find it easy to get all that excess refined sugar out of your diet. Besides losing weight, you will help your body process foods properly - helping with cholesterol and blood sugar levels, lower inflammation - and heve more energy! Read this book, it is easy to understand. Then you can decide what works for you!

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