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GILEAD

Told through the eyes of a Midwestern minister nearing the end of his life, Gilead unfolds in the form of a letter. As Reverend Ames writes to his young son, we learn of the family’s legacy, a heritage steeped in abolition, economic hardship, and conflicting views on religion and war as each generation comes of age. The 1950s find John Ames comparing his grandfather, a fiery Union Army chaplain, to his devoutly pacifist father while a gentle turn of events poses the question of racial equality in new terms. Throughout the novel, he recalls a life shaped by love—for his faith,

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THE SHADOW OF THE WIND

One of our recommended books is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Barcelona, 1945—A great world city lies shrouded in secrets after the war, and a boy mourning the loss of his mother finds solace in his love for an extraordinary book called The Shadow of the Wind, by an author named Julian Carax. When the boy searches for Carax’s other books, it begins to dawn on him, to his horror, that someone has been sys­tematically destroying every copy of every book the man has ever written. Soon the boy realizes that The Shadow of the Wind is as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget,

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THE GREEN AGE OF ASHER WITHEROW

In this mesmerizing first novel by a gifted young writer, the drama of California’s rich immigrant history and the freshness and won­der of childhood combine with darker elements of legend, magic and mys­tery. Born while the Civil War is raging further east, young Asher Witherow seems marked for an extraordinary future. Anything but typical, he captures the attention of the eerily watchful apprentice minister and schoolteacher, Josiah Lyte, and of young Thomas Motion, a strange boy who can see into the deepest darkness. When Thomas mysteriously van­ishes, only Asher knows the truth of what has happened to him, and he must decide whether to keep his knowledge secret or reveal what he believes to be his own unforgivable mistake.

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SHADOWS IN THE ASYLUM

In the tradition of H.P. Lovecraft.
In the style of Griffin and Sabine.
In the woods of Northern Wisconsin . . .
A terrible darkness stirs.

Dr. Charles Marsh arrives at the Kriegmoor Psychiatric Institute in Bayfield Wisconsin, eager to take on his new duties as a means of distancing himself from a scandal that erupted at his previous post in Texas.

During Marsh’s first days at the Institute, he is assigned the case of Kari Hansen, a young girl teetering on the edge of madness, haunted by visions of shadows that only she can see.

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THE HALO EFFECT

Nominated for the an Anthony Award for Best Original Paper-pack and an international bestseller, The Halo Effect features sex therapist, Dr. Morgan Snow. She struggles with the conflict of preserving her patient’s privacy and the dangerous and sometimes criminal things she hears. When a killer starts murdering prostitutes, the first one being a patient of Morgan, and then Cleo Thane, a high-class call girl and patient, disappears; Morgan feels compelled to take action.

Dr. Snow sees everything from the abused to the depraved, from the couples grappling with sexual boredom to twisted sociopaths with dark,

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THE SINGING AND DANCING DAUGHTERS OF GOD

Newly divorced and feeling the pain of separation from his family, Hud Smith channels his regret into writing country-western songs, contemplating life on the lam with his 8-year-old daughter, and searching cryptic postcards for news of his teenage son, who has run off with The Daughters of God, an alternative Gospel-punk band of growing fame.

In this endearing misadventure that threatens to turn out right in spite of it all, Schaffert writes a thin line between tragedy and hilarity, turning wry humor and a keen sense of the paradoxical onto characters who deserve all the tender care he gives them.

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