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My Hands Came Away Red - Lisa McKay

Cori signs up to take a mission trip to Indonesia during the summer after her senior year of high school.�Inspired by happy visions of building churches and seeing beautiful beaches, she gladly escapes her complicated love life back home...[more]

West of Sunset - Stewart O'Nan
A �rich, sometimes heartbreaking� (Dennis Lehane) novel of F. Scott Fitzgerald�s last years in Hollywood

In 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a troubled, uncertain man whose literary success was long over. In poor health, with his wife con...[more]

Wanderlust Creek and Other Stories - Elisabeth Grace Foley
From the author of "The Ranch Next Door and Other Stories" come six more short stories exploring the joys, heartaches and laughter of life against the backdrop of the Old West. In �Single-Handed,� a gunfighter�s courage comes in doubt when he r...[more]
Paper Hearts - Courtney Walsh
Abigail Pressman would never have guessed that love notes penned on paper hearts by an anonymous couple could restore her belief in love. As a business owner in a quaint town at the base of the Rockies, she�s poured everything into dreams of expans...[more]
Dear Irene,: An Irene kelly Novel (Irene Kelly Mysteries) - Jan Burke
When a strange letter signed "Thanatos" -- the ancient Greek name for death -- lands on Irene Kelly's desk, the intrepid reporter doesn't think much of it; she gets crazy mail all the time. A less cryptic message is sent when a body turns up the next...[more]
Colonel Brandon - Amanda Grange
A vibrant retelling of Sense and Sensibility, Grange's sweeping epic breathes new life into another of Austen's best-loved novels.

At the age of eighteen, James Brandon's world is shattered when the girl he loves, Eliza, is...[more]
Lady Macbeth - Lisa Klein
Raised by three strange sisters, Albia has never known the secrets of her parentage. But when Macbeth seeks out the weird sisters to foretell his fate, his life is entangled with his unknown daughter's. When Albia foresees the terrible future, s...[more]
This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein (Apprenticeship of Victor Frnkenstein) - Kenneth Oppel
Bravery, danger, and intense passion. How does obsession begin?

Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein. They are nearly inseparable. Growing up, their lives are filled with imaginary adventures...until the day their adventures...[more]

Captain Wentworth - Amanda Grange
The retelling of Jane Austen�s novel Persuasion from the point of view of Captain Frederick Wentworth�by the author of Mr. Knightley�s Diary.

During his shore leave from the Navy, Frederick Wentworth falls in love with the...[more]
Mr. Darcy - Amanda Grange

Monday 9th September
"I left London today and met Bingley at Netherfield Park. I had forgotten what good company he is; always ready to be pleased and always cheerful. After my difficult summer, it is good to be with him again. ..."<...[more]

Inkheart - Cornelia Funke
Meggie's father Mo has an interesting talent: when he reads aloud, things, and sometimes people, come out of their stories and into the real world! But now the evil Capricorn wants to use Mo's talents to bring himself great wealth and power. Then Meg...[more]
The Illustrated Man (Grand Master Editions) - Ray Bradbury

He was a riot of rockets and fountains and people, in such intricate detail and color that you could bear the voiced murmuring, small and muted, from the crowds that inhabited his body.

The Illustrated Man<...[more]
A Study in Scarlet - Arthur Conan-Doyle
A Study in Scarlet was Sherlock Holmes' first outing into the literary world. Published in 1887 (after many rejections) it was an immediate success. Conan Doyle's quirky hero, with his cold deductive mind, violin playing and cocaine addiction, fasc...[more]
The Cove - Ron Rash
In their little cabin set in the shadow of a deep cove, Laurel Shelton and her brother Hank have built a home. The locals whisper about the cove being cursed and perhaps it is: good fortune rarely seems to wind its way down the long overgrown trail t...[more]
And Be a Villain - Rex Stout
Radio talk show host Madeline Fraser's worst nightmare comes true when one of her on-air guests collapses at the mike after drinking a glass of the sponsor's beverage.
Pies & Prejudice (Mother Daughter Book Club) - Heather Vogel Frederick
Right before the start of their freshman year, Emma's family unexpectedly moves to England. The book club is stunned, but thanks to videoconferencing, they can keep the club alive. They decide to tackle Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, a particular...[more]
Care of Wooden Floors - Will Wiles

A British copywriter house-sits at his composer friend Oskar�s ultra-modern apartment in a glum Eastern European city. The instructions are simple: Feed the cats, don�t touch the piano, and make sure nothing damages the priceless wooden floors...[more]

The Black Arrow - Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson's tale of adventure and romance is set amid the shifting alliances of England's Wars of the roses. A vivid depiction of fifteenth-century conflicts, The Black Arrow is yet timeless in its portrayal of the suffering that war inf...[more]
Jane and the Wandering Eye - Stephanie Barron
As Christmas of 1804 approaches, Jane Austen finds herself "insupportably bored with Bath, and the littleness of a town." It is with relief that she accepts a peculiar commission from her Gentleman Rogue, Lord Harold Trowbridge—to shadow his niece,...[more]
The Abracadabra Kid - Sid Fleischman

The man with the spats rolled up his sleeves and proceeded to pluck a polished red billiard ball out of thin air. Presto! It vanished. Abracadabra! It reappeared. It turned white. it blushed red again. VoiI�! Suddenly there were four billiard ba...[more]

A Great Deliverance (Inspector Lynley) - Elizabeth George
To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale's lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they'd hidden to escape the ravage...[more]
From the Dust Returned: A Novel - Ray Bradbury
A collection of supernatural creatures gather at a family reunion and share their history and knowledge with their adopted boy, Timothy. From the winged Uncle Einar to the dream-traveler Cecy, each character has a fascinating story to tell.
The Old Man and The Sea - Ernest Hemingway
The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal -- a relentless, agonizing battle with a gia...[more]
Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature - Laurel Ann Nattress
Stories by: Lauren Willig � Adriana Trigiani � Jo Beverley � Alexandra Potter � Laurie Viera Rigler � Frank Delaney & Diane Meier � Syrie James ��Stephanie Barron � Amanda Grange � Pamela Aidan � Elizabeth Aston � Ca...[more]
Too Many Cooks - Rex Stout
The guest at a gathering of the greatest chefs in the world, Nero Wolfe must practice his own trade--sleuthing--when he discovers that a murderer is in their midst. Reissue. NYT.
The Age of Miracles - Karen Thompson Walker
'It is never what you worry over that comes to pass in the end. The real catastrophes are always different - unimagined, unprepared for, unknown...' What if our 24-hour day grew longer, first in minutes, then in hours, until day becomes night and nig...[more]
Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor - Stephanie Barron
For everyone who loves Jane Austen...a marvelously entertaining new series that turns the incomparable author into an extraordinary sleuth!

On a visit to the estate of her friend, the young and beautiful Isobel Payne, Countess of Scargrave, Ja...[more]
Pirate King - Laurie R. King
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In England's young silent-film industry, the megalomaniacal Randolph Fflytte is king. But rumors of criminal activities swirl around his popular movie studio. At the request of Scotland Yard, Mary ...[more]
Sweet Dreams, Irene - Jan Burke
Irene Kelly is a reporter with a fierce integrity. Detective Frank Harriman is her lover and friend. Now they're both about to be plunged into political hellfire when a ruthless politician rocks a race for district attorney with a stunning allegation...[more]
Goodnight, Irene - Jan Burke
For thirty-five years the identity of the dismembered woman found under the Las Piernas pier has remained a mystery. What secret did she take to her grave? Southern California reporter Irene Kelly has uncovered a maze of forensic records and confiden...[more]
The Jane Austen Book Club - Karen Joy Fowler
Six people -- five women and one man -- read through Jane Austen's novels and get to know one another better.
Spider Bones (Temperance Brennan 13) - Kathy Reichs
Dr Temperance Brennan spends her life working amongst the decomposed, the mutilated and the skeletal. So the two-days-dead body she is called to examine holds little to surprise her. Until she discovers that the man is John Lowery, an ex-soldier who ...[more]
Vanishing Act - Thomas Perry
"A CHALLENGING AND SATISFYING THRILLER. . .[WITH] MANY SURPRISING TWISTS. "
--The New York Times
Jane Whitefield is a Native American guide who leads people out of the wilderness--not the tree-filled variety but the kind created by enemies who...[more]
Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
Partly based on a true story “Robinson Crusoe” is about a British shipwrecked sailor that manages to make it to a deserted island. There he has to find a way to survive he has to find food and make clothing and try and find a way to get off of t...[more]
Artemis fowl - Markus Zusak
It's just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreakin...[more]
Ophelia - Lisa Klein
In this re-imagining of Shakespeare�s famous tragedy, it is Ophelia who takes center stage. A rowdy, motherless girl, she grows up at Elsinore Castle to become the queen�s most trusted lady-in-waiting.� She catches the attention of th...[more]
Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
When 17 year old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not completely human.
Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle, Book 4) - Christopher Paolini
Not so very long ago, Eragon�Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider�was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.

Long months of trainin...[more]
Brisingr - Christopher Paolini
Eragon the DragonRider and the other members of the rebel army continue fighting the armies of Galbatorix. Eragon receives some much-needed training and learns something surprising about his heritage.
The Outsiders - S. E. Hinton
A heroic story of friendship and belonging.

Ponyboy can count on his brothers. And on his friends. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up “greasers” like Pony...[more]
The Bourne Identity - Robert Ludlum
Jason Bourne.

He has no past. And he may have no future. His memory is blank. He only knows that he was flushed out of the Mediterranean Sea, his body riddled with bullets.

There are a few clues. A frame of microfilm surgically im...[more]
Heat Wave - Richard Castle

A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of reasons to kill trot out their alibis. And then, in the su...[more]

Eldest (Inheritance Cycle, Book 2) (The Inheritance Cycle) - Christopher Paolini
Darkness falls�despair abounds�evil reigns�

Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land o...[more]
Eragon (Inheritance Trilogy) -
Eragon, a young orphan raised on his uncle's farm, finds a dragon egg in the forest. It hatches, which means Eragon is now a Dragon Rider and chosen to confront evil Galbatorix, who rules the land ruthlessly and undeservedly. With the help of local...[more]
Harry Potter and the Sorceror - J.K. Rowling
An eleven-year-old orphan named Harry Potter lives in Great Britain with his aunt, uncle, and cousin, who all treat him terribly. He learns that he is actually a wizard, and famous in the wizarding world that coexists with what we think of as the Re...[more]
For Whom the Bell Tolls (Scribner Classics) - Ernest Hemingway
In 1937 Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight," For Whom the Bell Tolls. The story of Robert ...[more]
The Help - Kathryn Stockett
Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeete...[more]
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer
“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton i...[more]
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
When Elizabeth Bennet first meets Mr. Darcy, she finds him cold, aloof, and altogether unattractive. He believes her to be from such an unsuitable and unpleasant family that she should never interest him. And yet, he finds he loves her, and sets ou...[more]
Death Comes to Pemberley - P.D. James
A rare meeting of literary genius: P. D. James, long among the most admired mystery writers of our time, draws the characters of Jane Austen�s beloved novel Pride and Prejudice into a tale of murder and emotional mayhem.

It is 18...[more]
The Beekeeper's Apprentice - Laurie R. King
In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an int...[more]
Anne of Avonlea - L. M. Montgomery
Avonlea is the prettiest little town on Prince Edward Island, which is the prettiest little island in all of Canada. Anne had come here as an orphan--a skinny redhead showing up on the steps of Green Gables with a shabby suitcase and a heart full of ...[more]
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre, the story of a young girl and her passage into adulthood, was an immediate commercial success at the time of its original publication in 1847. Its representation of the underside of domestic life and the hypocrisy behind religious enthusia...[more]
Anne of Green Gables (Puffin Classics) - L.M. Montgomery
The Cuthberts are in for a shock. They are expecting an orphan boy to help with the work at Green Gables - but a skinny red-haired girl turns up instead. Highly spirited Anne Shirley charms her way into the Cuthberts' affection with her vivid imagina...[more]
Anne of Green Gables (Puffin Classics) - L.M. Montgomery
The Cuthberts are in for a shock. They are expecting an orphan boy to help with the work at Green Gables - but a skinny red-haired girl turns up instead. Highly spirited Anne Shirley charms her way into the Cuthberts' affection with her vivid imagina...[more]
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
Edmund Dantes, a handsome young sailor, is arrested on false charges on the eve of his wedding to the beautiful Mercedes. He is sentenced to life imprisonment, but eventually escapes and seeks revenge against the three men who were responsible for h...[more]
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre, the story of a young girl and her passage into adulthood, was an immediate commercial success at the time of its original publication in 1847. Its representation of the underside of domestic life and the hypocrisy behind religious enthusia...[more]
Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
The second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young bride of a husband she barely knew. For in every corner of every room were phantoms of a time dead but not forgotten—a past devotedly...[more]

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