Across the Winding River by Aimie K. Runyan

Across the Winding River by Aimie K. RunyanA woman unlocks the mystery of her father’s wartime past in a moving novel about secrets, sacrifice, and the power of love by the bestselling author of Daughters of the Night Sky.

Beth Cohen wants to make the most of the months she has left with her elderly father, Max. His only request of his daughter is to go through the long-forgotten box of memorabilia from his days as a medic on the western front. Then, among his wartime souvenirs, Beth finds a photograph of her father with an adoring and beautiful stranger—a photograph worth a thousand questions.

It was 1944 when Max was drawn into the underground resistance by the fearless German wife of a Nazi officer. Together, she and Max were willing to risk everything for what they believed was right. Ahead of them lay a dangerous romance, a dream of escape, and a destiny over which neither had control.

But Max isn’t alone in his haunting remembrances of war. In a nearby private care home is a fragile German-born woman with her own past to share. Only when the two women meet does Beth realize how much more to her father there is to know, all the ways in which his heart still breaks, and the closure he needs to heal it.

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Categories: magical-realism

Let's Talk by David Crystal

Let's Talk by David CrystalEnter for a chance to win one of 20 copies of "Let's Talk: How English Conversation Works" by world-leading linguist David Crystal!

Banter, chit-chat, gossip, natter, tete-a-tete... these are just a few of the terms for the varied ways in which we interact with one another through conversation.

In this new release, David Crystal explores the factors that motivate so many different kinds of talk and reveals the rules we use unconsciously, even in the most routine exchanges of everyday conversation.

We tend to think of conversation as something spontaneous, instinctive, habitual. It has been described as an art, as a game, sometimes even as a battle. Whichever metaphor we use, most people are unaware of what the rules are, how they work, and how we can bend and break them when circumstances warrant it.

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Categories: urban-studies

Dear Son by Kevin J. Brown

Dear Son by Kevin J.   BrownEnter for a chance to win one of 100 copies of “Dear Son” by Kevin J. Brown!

Please enjoy my new book as you examine a few questions like:
What are the attributes of a good man or woman? Why we should cherish our family? Whose advice should we accept? Can an absent man lead his family – and can a woman lead alone? Is the judicial system for handling family separation in alignment with God’s law and judgement? What are the indicators of a pending divorce - and how can you prevent it? How to detect true love? When should parents discipline - and how to do it correctly? When is the appropriate time for children to leave the nest? Expressed in an endearing letter to my children, Dear Son exposes my vulnerabilities as I express my feelings due to the loss of my children. As I navigate my struggles, I began to understand the importance of putting God first. This is my sincere journey of love and obedience as I share my experiences of life separated from my family.

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Categories: belgian

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

Sex and Vanity by Kevin KwanA GMA Book Club Pick for July

Get set to jet from Capri to the Hamptons to the posh apartments of Park Avenue.

The author of the bestselling phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians returns with a glittering tale of a young woman who finds herself torn between two men: the WASPY fiancé of her family’s dreams and George Zao, the man she is desperately trying to avoid falling in love with.

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The Divine Boys by Laura Restrepo

The Divine Boys by Laura RestrepoFrom acclaimed Colombian author Laura Restrepo comes a prize-winning novel inspired by a true crime that shattered a community and exposed the dark recesses of toxic masculinity and privilege.

Immune to the consequences of immorality, five privileged young men in Bogotá bond over a shared code: worship drugs and drink, exploit women, and scorn the underclass.

As males, they declare the right to freedom of pleasure. As friends, only disloyalty to each other is forbidden. When a little girl from the slums disappears, the limits of a perverse and sacred bond will be tested in ways none of them could have imagined.

Hauntingly true, this daringly told work of fiction explores the tragic dynamic between genders, social classes, and victim and victimizer, and between five men whose intolerable transgressions will shake the conscience of a country.

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Categories: thelema

The Proposal by Maya Hughes

The Proposal by Maya HughesYour chance to win one of 5 signed copies of the fake fiancé romance, THE PROPOSAL!

When I envisioned Zara Logan dropping to her knees in front of me, this wasn’t what I had in mind...

I was expecting a lot less glaring and a lot more moaning.

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The Carolyn Factor by J.J. Bruce

The Carolyn Factor by J.J. BruceEnter to win one of 100 copies we are giving away of "The Carolyn Factor" by J. J. Bruce.

"First and foremost, a thriller, with dangery and duplicity around every turn...doesn't stint on the auction...a lean narrative with few wasted words. Suspense and romance blend beautifully in this story of two lost souls. -- Kirkus Reviews

Max Kugar is on the run.

Max Kugar is a dealer in vintage sporting and military treasures, a veteran of Afghanistan combat, and owns a history of heartbreak with women named Carolyn.

Another Carolyn, an unsuccessful actress, retains Kugar to broker the sale of her priceless Japanese sword inherited from her grandfather who obtained the sword at the end of World War II, under mysterious circumstances.

Now Kugar must broker the sword without attracting the attention of the Japanese or US Governments, while eluding Carolyn’s psychopath brother and his drug cartel partners, who are determined to own the priceless sword for their own devices--at any cost—and killing anyone in their way.

Kugar and Carolyn go on the run as they search for a buyer—attempting to stay alive while their pursuers are determined they will not.

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Categories: adult-fiction

China In Another Time by Claire Malcolm Lintilhac

China In Another Time by Claire Malcolm LintilhacEnter to win a first-edition copy of CHINA IN ANOTHER TIME, the late Claire Lintilhac’s illustrated memoir of living and working as a nurse in China from 1900 to 1950 — from the fall of the last emperor to the advent of Communist rule. Winner of the 2020 Gold Medal for Autobiography from the Independent Press Awards, the book is signed by editor Doug Wilhelm, who shaped Claire’s writings and recorded storytelling into this award-winning window into the making of modern China.

White Out by Danielle Girard

White Out by Danielle GirardFrom the bestselling author of the Annabelle Schwartzman series comes a chilling story of a woman with a forgotten past and a town with dark secrets.

After surviving a car accident on an icy road in Hagen, North Dakota, Lily Baker regains consciousness with no idea where or who she is. Scattered Bible verses and the image of a man lying in a pool of blood haunt her memory.

The same night of the accident, a young woman is murdered and tossed in a dumpster. Kylie Milliard, Hagen’s only detective, doesn’t immediately recognize the victim, but Kylie soon discovers that Lily and the dead woman share a dark past…if only Lily could remember what it was.

Lily and Kylie both want answers. But Kylie has to play by the book. Lily has to play it safe. And the more Lily learns about her identity, the more she fears the truth.

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