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The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams
Summary from Goodreads: America’s national parks are breathing spaces in a world in which such spaces are steadily disappearing, which is why more than 300 million people visit the parks each year. Now Terry Tempest Williams, the author of the environmental...
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Florence Foster Jenkins: The Life of the World's Worst Opera Singer by Darryl W. Bullock
Summary from Goodreads: "Probably the most complete and absolute lack of talent ever publicly displayed." —Life Magazine Madame Jenkins couldn't carry a tune in a bucket: despite that, in 1944 at the age of 76, she played Carnegie Hall to a capacity audienc...
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A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean (Scandal & Scoundrel #2)
Summary from Goodreads: Lonesome Lily Turned Scandalous Siren Miss Lillian Hargrove has lived much of her life alone in a gilded cage, longing for love and companionship. When an artist offers her pretty promises and begs her to pose for a scandalous portra...
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Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
Summary from Goodreads: A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upe...
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How Not to Fall by Emily Foster
Summary from Goodreads: In her witty and breathtakingly sexy novel, Emily Foster introduces a story of lust, friendship, and other unpredictable experiments. . . Data, research, scientific formulae--Annabelle Coffey is completely at ease with all of them. M...
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Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt (Maiden Lane #10)
Summary from Goodreads: A MAN OF SIN Devastatingly handsome. Vain. Unscrupulous. Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, is the man London whispers about in boudoirs and back alleys. A notorious rake and blackmailer, Montgomery has returned from exile, in...
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The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz
Summary from Goodreads: From the internationally celebrated author of the Original Sinners series comes a brand-new tale of betrayal, revenge and a family scandal that bore a 150-year-old mystery When Cooper McQueen wakes up from a night with a beautiful st...
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Constellation by Adrien Bosc (transl. Willard Wood)
Summary from Goodreads: This best-selling debut novel from one of France’s most exciting young writers is based on the true story of the 1949 disappearance of Air France’s Lockheed Constellation and its famous passengers On October 27, 1949, Air France’s ne...
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If I Only Had a Duke by Leonora Bell (The Disgraceful Dukes #2)
Summary from Goodreads: After four failed seasons and a disastrous jilting, Lady Dorothea Beaumont has had more than enough of her family’s scheming. She won’t domesticate a duke, entangle an earl, or vie for a viscount. She will quietly exit to her aunt’s ...
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Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett
Summary from Goodreads: Furo Wariboko, a young Nigerian, awakes the morning before a job interview to find that he's been transformed into a white man. In this condition he plunges into the bustle of Lagos to make his fortune. With his red hair, green eyes,...
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Grief is the Thing With Feathers by Max Porter
Summary from Goodreads: In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair...
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Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much by Faith Salie
Summary from Goodreads: From comedian and journalist Faith Salie, of NPR's Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! and CBS News Sunday Morning, a collection of daring, funny essays chronicling the author's adventures during her lifelong quest for approval Faith Salie has ...
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I read and knit and dance. Compulsively feel yarn. Consume books. Darn tights. Drink too much caffiene. All that good stuff.
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