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Book Cover Image. Title: The Lincoln Lawyer, Author: Michael  Connelly

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The Lincoln Lawyer
Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly, New York Times–bestselling author of the Harry Bosch saga (The Closers, The Narrows, Lost Light, et al.), delivers his first legal thriller -- an incendiary tale about a cynical defense attorney whose one remaining spark of integrity may cost him his life. The Lincoln Lawyer is a terrific read.

Book Cover Image. Title: Lifeguard, Author: James  Patterson

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James Patterson

Things are almost too perfect for lifeguard Nick Kelley. He spends his days eying bikini blondes at a posh Florida resort and shares his nights with Tess, his gorgeous girlfriend. There's just one problem: She prefers caviar and Manolo Blahniks, and he is used to burgers and flip-flops. When his buddies offer him a risk-free role in an art heist that promises to pay big, Nick's in. Then bang, bang, it all explodes. Tess is brutally murdered, his co-conspirators are massacred, and Nick is running for his life in this terrific beach read from suspense master James Patterson.

Book Cover Image. Title: The Historian, Author: Elizabeth  Kostova

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The Historian
Elizabeth Kostova

For centuries, the story of Dracula has captured the imagination of readers and storytellers alike. Kostova's breathtaking first novel, ten years in the writing, is an accomplished retelling of this ancient tale. The story begins when a motherless 16-year-old girl discovers a mysterious book and a sheaf of letters in her father's library -- a discovery that will bring her up close and personal with true evil. Following the trail from London to Istanbul to Budapest and beyond, she learns that the letters in her possession provide a link to one of the darkest and most intoxicating figures of all time -- Vlad the Impaler, the medieval ruler whose barbarous reign formed the basis of the legend of Dracula.

Book Cover Image. Title: Good Night, Maisy, Author: Lucy  Cousins

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Good Night, Maisy
Lucy Cousins

Children everywhere are crazy for Maisy, the adorable and celebrated mouse created by award-winning artist Lucy Cousins. In this adventure, it's time for Maisy to get ready for bed. She takes a bubble bath, gets into her pajamas, and reads a bedtime story to Panda. Is Maisy ready to go to sleep now? Oops, not yet! Maisy has forgotten one last thing...

Book Cover Image. Title: God Is No Laughing Matter, Author: Julia  Cameron

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God Is No Laughing Matter
Julia Cameron

In The Right to Write, Julia Cameron took to task the mythology surrounding the writing life in our culture. Now, in God Is No Laughing Matter, she delivers spiritual straight-talk to help readers focus their spiritual experience and recognize true inspiration. Addressing the way spiritual "experts" have clouded the message, Cameron helps readers to find their own inner compass.

Book Cover Image. Title: Living the 7 Habits: The Courage to Change, Author: Stephen R. Covey

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Living the 7 Habits
The Courage to Change
Stephen R. Covey

Covey fans will be delighted by this collection, perfect for gift-giving occasions and destined for a long life. Since 1989, the author's famed 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has influenced countless individuals and organizations worldwide. This anthology collects a few of their stories, showing how successful people have used Covey's basic principles to solve problems, overcome obstacles, and change their lives.

Book Cover Image. Title: The Art of War, Author:   Sun Tzu

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The Art of War
Sun Tzu

Written approximately 2,500 years ago, Sun Tzu's treatise on military strategy has exerted an extraordinary influence on the modern world. People of all persuasions have found inspiration and practical guidance for any number of activities requiring finesse -- from sports and normal business dealings to affairs of the heart. This classic is now available in a new translation by Ralph Sawyer.

Book Cover Image. Title: The Great Fire, Author: Shirley  Hazzard

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The Great Fire
Shirley Hazzard

Set in Asia in the still-smoldering aftermath of World War II, Hazzard's novel goes to the heart of questions about what it means to be civilized, and what kind of life is possible in the wake of atomic destruction. Can love flourish amid the ruins? And is life meaningful without it? The Great Fire won the National Book Award for fiction in 2003.

Book Cover Image. Title: To the Nines (A Stephanie Plum Novel), Author: Janet  Evanovich

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To the Nines (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
Janet Evanovich

When an illegal alien goes missing, having skipped out on both his fiancée and his Visa bond, Stephanie Plum, everyone's favorite bounty hunter, is on the case in a caper filled with the usual twists and turns, a lively cast of characters (including a serial killer who is after Plum), and Evanovich's trademark wit and whimsy.

Book Cover Image. Title: Multiple Choice, Author: Claire  Cook

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Multiple Choice
Claire Cook

From the nationally bestselling author of Must Love Dogs, a laugh-out-loud novel about a mother who sends her firstborn, Olivia, off to college -- and then decides to secretly finish her own college degree at the same time. Olivia's in for a surprise when the two wind up interning together at the same radio station. Fans of domestic comedy will love this one.