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Authors with 'W' or 'V' Last Names

Any author whose name ends in W or V counts for this category.

Summer

cover photo: Summer by Edith Wharton

A New Englander of humble origins, Charity Royall is swept into a torrid love affair with an artistically inclined young man from New York City. A bold, provocative work, Summer was an immediate sensation when first published in 1917 and still stands as one of Wharton's greatest achievements.

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Dark Lover

cover photo: Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

Wrath, the last remaining purebred vampire, seeks revenge on the slayers who took out his family centuries ago, while introducing his half-breed daughter to the world of the undead, in the first novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

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Slaughterhouse-five

cover photo: Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut

Vonnegut's absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

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Blood Bound

cover photo: Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent

As a bloodtracker, Liv is extremely powerful. And in a world where power is a commodity that can get you killed, Liv's learned to survive by her own rules. But when a friend's daughter goes missing, Liv is bound by a potent magical oath. She can't rest until the child is safe. And that means trusting her dangerous ex, Cam.

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Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England

cover photo: Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England by Alison Weir B I742W

In this vibrant biography, acclaimed author Alison Weir reexamines the life of Isabella of England, one of history's most notorious and charismatic queens. Isabella arrived in London in 1308, the spirited 12-year-old daughter of King Philip IV of France. Her marriage to the heir to England's throne was designed to heal old political wounds between the two countries, and in the years that followed she became an important figure, a determined and clever woman whose influence would come to last centuries.

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The Fashion Hound Murders

cover photo: The Fashion Hound Murders by Elaine Viets

Josie had no idea that the business of fashion-forward puppies could get so ugly - until she's hired to check out a big pet store's involvement with puppy mills. Josie discovers that behind the cashmere sweaters and bejeweled collars, cruel means of breeding designer dogs are being used. But suddenly murder happens and Josie realizes that sinking her teeth into this cause just might land her in the doghouse.

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Leaves of Grass

cover photo: Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman 811.3 W61Le

From one of America's best-loved and most important poets comes a masterpiece. Leaves of Grass is considered by many to be the greatest collection of poetry ever produced by an American. Whitman's experiments in verse have had an enduring effect on American and world literature.

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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

cover photo: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

A tale reminiscent of Hamlet that also celebrates the alliance between humans and dogs. Seech-disabled Wisconsin youth Edgar bonds with three yearling canines and struggles to prove that his sinister uncle is responsible for his father's death.

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Leviathan

cover photo: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

In an alternate 1914 Europe, 15-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.

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The Child's Child

cover photo: The Child's Child by Barbara Vine

When their grandmother dies, Grace and Andrew Easton inherit her sprawling, book-filled London home, Dinmont House. Rather than sell it, the adult siblings move in together, splitting the numerous bedrooms and studies. The arrangement is unusual, but ideal for the affectionate pair - until the day Andrew brings home a new boyfriend.

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Burr: A Novel

catalog link: Burr: A Novel by Gore Vidal

Burr is a portrait of perhaps the most complex and misunderstood of the Founding Fathers. In 1804, while serving as vice president, Aaron Burr fought a duel with his political nemesis, Alexander Hamilton, and killed him. In 1807, he was arrested, tried and acquitted of treason. In 1833, Burr is newly married, an aging statesman considered a monster by many. Burr retains much of his political influence if not the respect of all. And he is determined to tell his own story.

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