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The Greatest Generation

With its stories of courage, sadness, longing, romance, suspense, tragedy, and heroes, The Greatest Generation has all the elements of a Hollywood blockbuster. Except they’re all true! First hand accounts edited and organized with Tom Brokaw’s expert hand.

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Fives and Twenty-Fives

A quietly magnificent addition to the canon of war novels, Fives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre is reassuringly tragic in its honesty. Michael Pitre, a two-tour Marine veteran, deftly weaves his experiences in Iraq into a heart-breakingly entertaining first novel.

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Murder in Little Shendon

I remember reading Agatha Christie as a child, thrilled and maddened by the opportunity to track clues in a (mostly) futile attempt to identify the culprit before the Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot reveal. Christie had the unique ability to write about murder with little blood or violence, even as the bodies piled up, making her novels quaintly exciting—so very different from the modern day thrillers full of bombs and guns and mixed martial arts.

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With Righteous, Joe Ide has proven that IQ, his first novel, was no fluke. Using the gritty streets of Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas as the backdrop for his sophomore venture, Righteous solidifies Isaiah Quintabe, or IQ on the street, as the newest star player in the mystery/thriller category.

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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Killers of the Flower Moon details one of the most heinous mass murders in American history that you’ve probably never heard of because the perpetrators were white and the victims were First Peoples, the Osage natives of North America. In an ironic twist of fate, the Osage tribe’s reservation in Oklahoma hid copious amounts of oil under the surface.

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A Man Called Ove put Fredrik Backman on the literary map, reaching the New York Times’ Best Seller’s List as well as scoring the envious honor of having his first novel successfully transferred to the big screen. With his fourth novel Beartown, Backman has established...

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Out Stealing Horses

After finishing The Baker’s Secret, I immediately picked up Out Stealing Horses without realizing it too was a World War II novel, though the war is used as a distant back drop rather than front and center as it was in The Baker’s Secret. For Trond Sander, an older...

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The Baker’s Secret

Life got in the way of my financially negligent, selflessly ego-driven reviews, so I’m playing catch up with a stack of 5 books consumed over the last two months. I say this to point out that my memory is neither sharp nor oft accurate and therefore you can take this...

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The Gargoyle Hunters

The Gargoyle Hunters is a magnificently original debut novel from architectural aficionado and New York native John Freeman Gill. An unorthodox upbringing only seems odd to those on the outside: you don’t adapt to such an upbringing-you survive it; sometimes you...

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The Thirst

My father and sister have a strong affinity for Scandinavian authors, the darker the better. Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg was my first venture into Scandinavian literature, a gift from my father back in 1992. Years later, he introduced me to Stieg Larson a few...

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