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The Seedy Underbelly of American Adoption: “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate

It’s a child’s worst nightmare: being ripped from their home and loving parents and thrust into a system that prioritizes profit over welfare.  It is also the subject of one of the two parallel stories told in Before We Were … Continue reading

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New Beginnings, New Ends, and the Journey Between: “Sycamore” by Bryn Chancellor

What could have easily been a murder mystery, focused on the newly discovered remains of a long-missing teenager, instead flourishes into a novel about new beginnings, sad endings, and what it means to be a community, a family and, most … Continue reading

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Who Says Murder is for the Young? “Stone Mattress” by Margaret Atwood

Atwood’s tales live up to her reputation: nine frothy, witty, macabre stories, the first trio of which are carefully and tangentially intertwined, all of which are enough to draw out a snicker and to stand your hair on end. Atwood … Continue reading

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The Rain in Portugal

Subjects ranging from travel and art to cats and dogs to beauty and death; tones range from the imaginative—“the dogs of Minneapolis . . . / have no idea they’re in Minneapolis”—to the nostalgia in a reaction to the death … Continue reading

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The Lioness is the Hunter

When the body count rises to two, one of which was employing you, where would you turn? Detroit entrepreneur Carl Fannon hires Walker to trace Emil Haas, his partner, who has suddenly disappeared. Almost immediately, the missing man shows up … Continue reading

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Two Good Dogs

When single mom Skye Mitchell sinks to her last dime in purchasing her dream hotel, her daughter Cody falls in with the wrong crowd and becomes completely withdrawn. Adam March checks into run-down LakeView Hotel with his dog Chance, and … Continue reading

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A Colony in a Nation

New York Times best-selling author and Emmy Award–winning news anchor Chris Hayes argues that there are really two Americas: a Colony and a Nation. Hayes proposes a fractured country: the Colony and the Nation. In the Nation, we appreciate the … Continue reading

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The Nearness of You

A shocking confession, fear of the unseen, and a classic twist lands three parents in a whirlwind of emotions that will impact each of their lives forever. Brilliant heart surgeon Suzette Kendall is stunned when her husband of fifteen years … Continue reading

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Setting Free the Kites

Brought together by tragedy, two young boys grow together and learn the bounds of pain, joy, and glories of young friendship. For Robert Carter, life in his coastal Maine hometown is comfortably predictable. But in 1976, on his first day … Continue reading

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You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters

What Came Before the Big Bang? Where Did Time Come From? Deepak Chopra joins forces with leading physicist Menas Kafatos to explore these questions and others like them about our place in the world, universe, and cosmos. You Are the … Continue reading

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