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Defending Jacob by William Landay Defending Jacob
William Landay

421 Pages
10 Copies

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next. His fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student. (From NoveList Plus)

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Dewey: The Small-Town Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter Dewey: The Small-Town Cat Who Touched the World
Vicki Myron with Bret Witter

277 Pages
15 Copies

Traces the author's discovery of a half-frozen kitten in the drop-box of her small-community Iowa library and the feline's development into an affable library mascot whose intuitive nature prompted hundreds of abiding friendships, in a tale told against a backdrop of the town's struggles with the 1980s farm crisis. How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can't even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa. (from Baker & Taylor, Inc.)

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Jonathan Safran Foer

326 Pages
9 Copies

Oskar Schell, the nine-year-old son of a man killed in the World Trade Center attacks, searches the five boroughs of New York City for a lock that fits a black key his father left behind.

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Forbidden Places by Penny Vincenzi Forbidden Places
Penny Vincenzi

511 Pages
16 Copies

Reveals the stories of one young woman who is widowed after only five years of marriage, a wife who rethinks her feelings after witnessing disturbing changes in her husband, and a woman who wonders if the war will free her from a brutal marriage.

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Friendship Bread by Darien Gee Friendship Bread
Darien Gee

363 Pages
19 Copies

Receiving an unexpected gift of friendship bread and instructions for creating more to pass along, Julia Everts, a woman chronically depressed by the loss of her son, surprises her family by making the bread and sparking new friendships.

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The good lord bird by James McBride Good lord bird, The
James McBride

417 Pages
7 Copies

Fleeing his violent master at the side of abolitionist John Brown at the height of the slavery debate in mid-nineteenth-century Kansas Territory, Henry pretends to be a girl to hide his identity throughout the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859.

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Hard times by Charles Dickens Hard times
Charles Dickens

321 Pages
15 Copies

"The 'terrible mistake' was the contemporary utilitarian philosophy, expounded in Hard Times (1854) as the Philosophy of Fact by the hard-headed disciplinarian Thomas Gradgrind. But the novel, Dickens's shortest, is more than a polemical tract for the times; the tragic story of Louisa Gradgrind and her father is one of Dickens's triumphs. When Louisa, trapped in a loveless marriage, falls prey to an idle seducer, the crisis forces her father to reconsider his cherished system" -- publisher website (July 2007).

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The Healing by Jonathan Odell Healing, The
Jonathan Odell

340 Pages
15 Copies

Concerned about his wife's extensive grief over the loss of their daughter and worrying about a mysterious illness that is afflicting his slaves, Master Satterfield purchases a slavewoman known as a healer only to be further unsettled by her troubling predictions and possible inauthenticity.

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett Help, The
Kathryn Stockett

451 Pages
18 Copies

Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend, and a recently graduated white woman, team up for a clandestine project.

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Hiding in the Spotlight: A Musical Prodigy's Story of Survival, 1941-1946  by Greg Dawson Hiding in the Spotlight: A Musical Prodigy's Story of Survival, 1941-1946
Greg Dawson

278 Pages
6 Copies

Zhanna, a young Jewish girl from Ukraine, also happens to be a gifted piano prodigy and is giving concerts by the age of six. When disaster strikes her hometown and her family is condemned to exile and execution, Zhanna manages to escape the famed Nazi death march to Dorbitsky Yar and uses her rare musical gift to help her survive. Performing and giving concerts for the occupying German troops as they move throughout Europe, Zhanna keeps her true identity a secret until a young American soldier with ties to Julliard adopts her. Upon her emigration to America, Zhanna's gift flourishes and she becomes one of the first Jewish refugees to enter Julliard. (from Baker & Taylor, Inc.)

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