Dead Reckoning

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Sookie Stackhouse survives the bombing of her employer, Merlotte’s bar. She knows someone is out to finish her off. Emotions run high between Sookie, Eric, and Sam as a major development of the blood bond changes and now Sam has been promoted to her best friend. Sookie makes some great discoveries especially about her family history and finds out who gave her the special gift of telepathy.

The Snowman

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A little boy in Oslo, Norway, wakes up to find a snowman in his front yard and his mother missing. Veteran detective Harry Hole is called in to solve the puzzle. Soon, a pattern is discovered and more bodies turn up. What sounds like a formulaic murder mystery is absolutely gripping when told by Jo Nesbo. He is a Norwegian author, often compared to Steig Larssen, but I found this book to be better than any of the "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" books. It is very well-written with many twists and turns which will keep you turning pages well into the night.

The Peach Keeper: a novel

The Peach Keeper: a novel Book Cover

This latest novel by Allen features Willa Jackson of Walls of Water, North Carolina. The magical realism found in Allen’s other novels remains, along with a little bit of romance, and a little bit of history. The story revolves around the “The Blue Ridge Madam,” a mansion in the Blue Ridge Mountains once belonging to Willa Jackson’s family. An old classmate of Willa’s, Paxton Osgood, has restored the mansion and plans to open an inn. When a skeleton is found buried beneath the lone peach tree on the property, a secret history involving both Willa’s and Paxton’s families is unveiled.

Even Silence Has an End

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During her campaign for the Columbian presidency in 2002, Ingrid Betancourt was abducted by the FARC and held captive in the Columbian jungle for over 6yrs. This is the amazing account of those years and what she endured and her reflection on what it really means to be human.

My Reading Life

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Conroy revisits a life of reading by sharing anecdotes of humorous and touching stories of his love of books and reading since childhood and the influences they have had on his life and career. From the pleasures of his local library to his relationship with an English teacher, a bookshop owner,a book rep, and the authors he loves, his stories are amazing in their wisdom and honesty. He still reads 200 pages every day.

The Illumination

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In the aftermath of a fatal car accident, a private journal of love notes from a husband to his wife is passed into the hands of six suffering people. Although completely different, they live in a world in which pain is expressed as illumination, so one’s wounds and suffering glitter and fluorescence. A very original story about a different world and how people are still connected.

Life as We Knew It

Life as We Knew It Book Cover

For 16 year old Miranda along with her friends, family, and classmates, the impending impact of a meteorite striking the moon is an event to look forward to. What they don’t realize is that life after the meteorite hits the moon will change their lives in a way no one expects. Written in the format of Miranda’s journal, the reader experiences the hope that comes along with surviving in a world forever changed.

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

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Introducing a new industrial revolution: Environmentalism has always been at odds with industry and vice versa; environmentalists trying to rein in industrial growth and industry fighting against the constraints of the environment. The problem lies with the linear life cycle of production: cradle to grave. This means that lots of time and effort is put into extracting raw materials from the earth and producing a product whose life cycle inevitably ends in a landfill where it can never be recovered. Picture instead industry that is cradle to cradle. A product is designed with the idea that all the components are valuable as either biologic or technical nutrients. “Products that, when their useful life is over, do not become useless waste but can be tossed onto the ground to decompose and become food for plants and animals and nutrients for soil; or, alternately, that can return to industrial cycles to supply high-quality raw materials for new products”. With this revolutionary concept, the idea of waste is eliminated. This book provides examples of companies that are succeeding at cradle to cradle design. Instead of merely recycling (which often means down-cycling) these companies and innovators are seeing their products through their whole life cycle rather than just into the consumer’s hands. This change in perspective could make peace between the natural world and human productivity.

Our Man in Havana

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This quick, suspenseful, and at times humorous book is about a vacuum-cleaner salesman in Havana recruited by the British Secret Service to work as a secret agent; in need of money he reluctantly agrees. Things are going fine until the phony reports he has been filling to keep his job start becoming true. Similarly engaging is The Quiet American.

The Future of Life

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Considered his most personal and timely book to date, biologist E.O.Wilson assesses the precarious state of our environment. He examines the mass extinctions occurring now and provides a specific plan to save our world. He has a vision that is as economically sound as it is environmentally necessary. The current scientific information he presents is written in an engaging and persuasive style that is easily understood by everyone. An elegant manifesto of why biodiversity matters.