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The Malice of Fortune by Michael Ennis

I dove into this thrilling mystery and didn't come up for air for two days, it was that good. Set in Renaissance Italy and filled with political intrigue, occult murders, and a tender love story, one of the most fascinating aspect was how incredibly well-researched the novel was and how much of what drives the plot is actually taken from historical records.
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Nici
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ISBN: 9780385536318
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Published: Doubleday - September 11th, 2012

Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King

A woman wakes in a strange room in a strange city, bandaged and bloodied from a nasty head wound, and she has no idea who she is. We, of course, know this is Mary Russell, wife of Sherlock Holmes, and we watch her wander into truly unfamiliar territory, struggling to piece together her memory, her identity and her surroundings. The latest in Laurie R King’s wildly popular series is electric, unexpected and addictive as all get out.
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Kat
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ISBN: 9780553807998
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Published: Bantam - September 4th, 2012

Catherine the Great By Robert K. Massie

I’ve never been one to read weighty biographies, but after cracking this one, I’m a convert. It helps that this particular story reads like the most literary of novels. The pages whip past as you absorb Catherine’s childhood with her cold, ambitious mother, her marriage to the strangest of princes, her voracious and intelligent mind, and her adjustment to royal life and ascension to power. I’ve yet to meet a character like this in a novel.
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Kat
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ISBN: 9780345408778
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 18th, 2012

The Revenge of Geography by Robert D. Kaplan

It may seem strange in the Information Age to have a book devoted to the importance of geography, when the borderless digital world and instantaneous communication make it seem anything but. Robert Kaplan, however, is more than prepared to show you just how wrong that assumption is. Drawing upon great thinkers of the past, Kaplan shows how geography has shaped the course of human events, and predicts how it will continue to do so. Fascinating.
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Jocelyn
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ISBN: 9781400069835
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Published: Random House - September 11th, 2012

The Double Game by Dan Fesperman

Washington Post reporter Bill Cage gets drawn into the spy world of his Le Carre-esque idol Lemaster in a very unexpected way. Years after an interview in which Lemaster admits that he considered working as a double agent for the Soviets, Cage receives a note—composed of cutouts from his favorite classic spy novels—telling him to find out what really happened. The Double Game is a fast-paced espionage adventure for the Cold War buff. Don't miss it!
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Andrea
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$26.95
ISBN: 9780307700131
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Published: Knopf - August 21st, 2012

In Between Days by Andrew Porter

Andrew Porter masterfully presents each of his characters' experiences with stunning believability: Elton losing his longtime job as a respected architect, Richard developing as a poet but struggling with his relationships with other men, and Chloe discovering the consequences of her radical boyfriend's actions. When Chloe drops out of college and returns home, she sets into motion a chain of events that sparks a reaction from everyone around her. I was struck by the air of secrecy and helplessness that pervades the story, mirroring the hushed secrets and misunderstandings that fuel the plot. And even when I knew how Chloe's story would inevitably end, I had to keep reading just to see how Porter would tie everything together. This is a beautifully written, suspenseful tragedy.

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Andrea
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$24.95
ISBN: 9780307273512
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Published: Knopf - September 4th, 2012

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

It is hard to believe that this is a first novel—the writing is so deeply rooted with truth and lyrical brilliance. The story is told through the eyes of 14 year-old June and how her understanding of the world shifts with her Uncle’s death from AIDS. It would be a mistake to view this book as only a story of loss and tragedy, as it is instead a story about growing up, and the sharp beauty that comes with the discovery of how to live truly and honestly. I cannot say enough about the stunning reach of this novel—the way that it will move you and the way that it becomes embedded into your own understanding of courage and veracity. This is one of those books that is not written to just be read, but instead it is a novel that is felt. My soul responded—what more is there to say?

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ISBN: 9780679644194
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Published: The Dial Press - June 19th, 2012

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

What would it be like to give up everything and attempt to live off the land? Chris McCandless attempted this endeavor donating all his money to charity and cutting off communication to the world to make his way into the great white North – Alaska. Krakauer describes his devastating death with the clarity and foresight of a journalist yet with the passion of a fellow nature-lover.

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ISBN: 9780385486804
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Published: Anchor - January 20th, 1997

March was Made of Yarn by Elmer Luke

History is not a thing of the past, but is being made around us. In 2011 Japan was wracked by a tsunami and an impending nuclear disaster--its present destroyed, future suspect, and the massive cultural history of thousands of years threatened. 22 writers use fiction, prose, and even manga to process and comprehend this historic event, reaching through catastrophe towards hope.

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Jocelyn
March Was Made of Yarn: Reflections on the Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Meltdown Cover Image
By Elmer Luke (Editor), David Karashima (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780307948861
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Published: Vintage - March 6th, 2012

Operation Mincemeat by Ben MacIntyre

While many battles of WWII have been painstakingly examined and recreated, the less obvious fronts of the War have been neglected. This awesome book chronicles one of the plots within the Allied disinformation campaign. Discover how an unlikely espionage team and a dead man may have tipped the balance. Better than any spy novel–this story’s real.

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Jocelyn
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ISBN: 9780307453280
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Published: Broadway Books - April 5th, 2011

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