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A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman
Call Number: F/Backman
ISBN: 9781476738017
Publication Date: 2014-07-15
A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship.

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The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt - Edmund Morris
Call Number: B/ROOSEVELT
ISBN: 9781400069651
Publication Date: 2010-11-23
Described by the "Chicago Tribune" as "a classic, "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" stands as one of the greatest biographies of our time

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San Miguel - T. C. Boyle
Call Number: F/Boyle
ISBN: 9780670026241
Publication Date: 2012-09-18
Thirty-eight-year-old Marantha Waters arrives on San Miguel on New Year’s Day 1888 to restore her failing health. Joined by her husband, a stubborn, driven Civil War veteran who will take over the operation of the sheep ranch on the island, Marantha strives to persevere in the face of the hardships, some anticipated and some not, of living in such brutal isolation. Two years later their adopted teenage daughter, Edith, an aspiring actress, will exploit every opportunity to escape the captivity her father has imposed on her. Time closes in on them all and as the new century approaches, the ranch stands untenanted. And then in March 1930, Elise Lester, a librarian from New York City, settles on San Miguel with her husband, Herbie, a World War I veteran full of manic energy. As the years go on they find a measure of fulfillment and serenity; Elise gives birth to two daughters, and the family even achieves a celebrity of sorts. But will the peace and beauty of the island see them through the impending war as it had seen them through the Depression?

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Dancing with Dead Men - James Reasoner
Call Number: F/Reasoner
ISBN: 9780615870397
Publication Date: 2013-08-01
Logan Handley was a gun for hire, a man feared far and wide for his speed and deadly accuracy with a Colt. But then a mysterious malady struck him down and left him a mere shell of the man he had been. Running out of time and seeking help from a famous doctor in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Logan unexpectedly finds himself in the middle of a war between two ruthless timber barons. Not only that, but a dangerous enemy from his past is stalking him as well. No longer able to rely on the fighting skills that garnered him a reputation as a notorious gunman, Logan has to figure out a way to save himself and his new-found friends from violence and tragedy. Part Western, part historical novel, part psychological thriller, it's packed with stirring action and compelling characterization.


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