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Cassandra Rose Clarke - STAR'S END

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781481444293
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Published: Saga Press - March 21st, 2017

A new space opera about a young woman who must face the truth about her father's past from critically acclaimed author Cassandra Rose Clarke.

The Corominas family owns a small planet system, which consists of one gaseous planet and four terraformed moons, nicknamed the Four Sisters. Phillip Coromina, the patriarch of the family, earned his wealth through a manufacturing company he started as a young man and is preparing his eldest daughter, Esme, to take over the company when he dies.

When Esme comes of age and begins to take over the business, she gradually discovers the reach of her father's company, the sinister aspects of its work with alien DNA, and the shocking betrayal that estranged her three half-sisters from their father. After a lifetime of following her father's orders, Esme must decide if she should agree to his dying wish of assembling her sisters for a last goodbye or face her role in her family's tragic undoing.


Amanda Eyre Ward - THE NEARNESS OF YOU

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781101887158
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 14th, 2017

In this profound and lyrical novel, acclaimed author Amanda Eyre Ward explores the deeper meanings of motherhood from the first blissful hello to the heart-wrenching prospect of saying goodbye.

Brilliant heart surgeon Suzette Kendall is stunned when Hyland, her husband of fifteen years, admits his yearning for a child. From the beginning they'd decided that having children was not an option, as Suzette feared passing along the genes that landed her mother in a mental institution. But Hyland proposes a different idea: a baby via surrogate.

Suzette agrees, and what follows is a whirlwind of candidate selection, hospital visits, and Suzette's doubts over whether she's made the right decision. A young woman named Dorothy Muscarello is chosen as the one who will help make this family complete. For Dorrie, surrogacy (and the money that comes with it) are her opportunity to leave behind a troubled past and create a future for herself one full of possibility. But this situation also forces all three of them Dorrie, Suzette, and Hyland to face a devastating uncertainty that will reverberate in the years to come.

Beautifully shifting between perspectives, THE NEARNESS OF YOU deftly explores the connections we form, the families we create, and the love we hold most dear.


Caroline Leech - WAIT FOR ME

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780062459886
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Published: Harper Teen - January 31st, 2017

The perfect blend of sweet romance and historical flavor, WAIT FOR ME, from debut author Caroline Leech, brings a fresh new voice to a much-loved genre.

It's 1945, and Lorna Anderson's life on her father's farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Lorna is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country?

But as Lorna reluctantly spends time with Paul, she feels herself changing. The more she learns about him from his time in the war to his life back home in Germany the more she sees the boy behind the soldier. Soon Lorna is battling her own warring heart. Loving Paul could mean losing her family and the life she's always known. With tensions rising all around them, Lorna must decide how much she's willing to sacrifice before the end of the war determines their fate.


Amor Towles - A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780670026197
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Published: Viking - September 6th, 2016

He can't leave his hotel. You won't want to.

From the New York Times bestselling author of RULES OF CIVILITY, a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count's endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW is laced with sparkling threads (they will tie up) and tokens (they will matter): special keys, secret compartments, gold coins, vials of coveted liquid, old-fashioned pistols, duels and scars, hidden assignations (discreet and smoky), stolen passports, a ruby necklace, mysterious letters on elegant hotel stationery a luscious stage set, backdrop for a downright Casablanca-like drama.


David Samuel Levinson - TELL ME HOW THIS ENDS WELL

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780451496881
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Published: Hogarth - April 4th, 2017

An ambitious, gripping, darkly funny family drama about the reckoning of three adult siblings with their profoundly flawed parents, set during Passover in a a near-future America rife with anti-Semitism and terror, from an award-winning short-story writer.


PAINT IT BLACK: A double dose of Amber Tamblyn and Janet Fitch

Author, actress and director Amber Tamblyn (DARK SPARKLER) will join author Janet Fitch (WHITE OLEANDER. PAINT IT BLACK) for a rare and unique reading at Brazos Bookstore, followed by a screening of their film Paint It Black at 6:10pm at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival, co-written and directed by Amber, adapted from Janet's novel of the same name. Come hear them speak about their creative friendship and read from new and old works, then follow it up with an exclusive screening of their film! Tickets for the film must be purchased in advance.

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$15.00
ISBN: 9780316067140
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 3rd, 2007

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780316284950
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 2000

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780062348166
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 7th, 2015

Chanelle Benz - THE MAN WHO SHOT MY EYE OUT IS DEAD

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$24.99
ISBN: 9780062490759
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Published: Ecco Press - January 17th, 2017

A stunningly original debut collection about lives across history marked by violence and longing.

A brother and sister turn outlaw in a wild and brutal landscape. The daughter of a diplomat disappears and resurfaces across the world as a deadly woman of many names. A young Philadelphia boy struggles with the contradictions of privilege, violence, and the sway of an incarcerated father. A monk in sixteenth century England suffers the dissolution of his monastery and the loss of all that he held sacred.

The characters in THE MAN WHO SHOT MY EYE OUT IS DEAD, Benz's wildly imaginative debut, are as varied as any in recent literature, but they share a thirst for adventure which sends them rushing full-tilt toward the moral crossroads, becoming victims and perpetrators along the way. Riveting, visceral, and heartbreaking, Benz's stories of identity, abandonment, and fierce love come together in a daring, arresting vision.


W.W. McNeal - PLUM CREEK

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$22.95
ISBN: 9780875656410
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Published: Texas Christian University Press - October 31st, 2016

PLUM CREEK is a historical novel set in nineteenth-century Texas. It is a coming-of-age story involving Billy McCulloch, a fifteen-year-old boy who accompanies a former Texas Ranger, a black man, and two of his uncles on a quest to rescue a fourteen-year-old girl. The girl was captured by a band of renegades led by a half-breed Comanche killer after they slaughtered the rest of her family in a raid on their home in rural Central Texas.

The pursuit of the renegades is set against a backdrop of post-Civil War Texas, just beginning to recover from the devastation of war and Reconstruction.The character of the former Texas Ranger is loosely based on John Coffee Hays, known as Jack Hays, who was called Devil Yack by many Mexican and Native American people because of the fame he won fighting in the Mexican War and, before and after, fighting the Comanches.

As Billy and the older men ride, Texas is emerging into a new age around them. A new social structure is taking hold, the old ways of life are dying, and the future is uncertain.


Mary Miller - ALWAYS HAPPY HOUR

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781631492181
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - January 10th, 2017

Claustrophobic and lonesome, acerbic and magnetic, the women in ALWAYS HAPPY HOUR seek understanding in the most unlikely places: a dilapidated foster home where love is a liability, a trailer park laden with history of bad decisions, and the empty corners of a dream home bought after a bitter divorce. Miller evokes the particular gritty comfort found in bad habits as hope turns to dust, and proves yet again her essential role in American fiction.


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