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We love to read, and we love to recommend books. Here are some of our favorites.

Parchment of Leaves

cover photo: Parchment of Leaves by Silas House

In 1917 Vine, a Cherokee woman, marries into a Kentucky family. House chronicles her relationships in her new world in this haunting novel.

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cover photo: Unbroken by Laura Hillenband 940.54 H65

Zamperini went from Olympic athlete to a Japanese POW in WW II. Hillenbrand chronicles this real life story of heartbreak and forgiveness.

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Mennonite in a Little Black Dress

cover photo: Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen B J355

What do you do if your husband leaves you and the next week you're in a terrible car wreck? Janzen decided to go back home to her Mennonite family and community, learning much about herself and the folks back home in the process.

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Enslaved by Ducks

cover photo: Enslaved by Ducks by Bob Tarte 636.0887 T19e

Former city dweller Tarte finds himself married and living in the country with a wife who keeps bringing home more animals. Tarte's tales about the family menagerie - featuring bunnies, parrots, ducks, turkeys and more - will bring a smile to your face.

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Nowhere to Hide

cover photo: Nowhere to Hide by Carlene Thompson

West Virginia author Thompson scores with this thriller. Marissa Gray's best friend is killed, but no one believes her about the killer. Years later Marissa is home and the past is back.

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cover photo: Soulless by Gail Carriger

Vampires, werewolves and a spinster without a soul set the scene for the first book in Carriger's popular Parasol Protectorate series. This is Victorian England like you haven't seen it before.

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Deeper than the Dead

cover photo: Deeper than the Dead by Tami Hoag

CSI fans will love this profiling thriller. After three children find a body, their teacher and the detective are thrown together to find a serial killer.

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Guns Germs and Steel

cover photo: Guns Germs and Steel by Jared M. Diamond 303.4 D53g 2005

Diamond takes a fascinating look at why some civilizations succeed and some don't.

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A Beautiful Mind

cover photo: A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar B N251N

The true story of West Virginian John Nash, the mathematical genius who was a legend by age 30, when he slipped into madness. Thanks to the selflessness of a beautiful woman and the loyalty of the mathematics community, Nash emerged after decades of a ghostlike existence to win a Nobel Prize for triggering the game theory revolution. The basis for an Academy Award-winning movie.

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In Cold Blood

cover photo: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote 364 C24i 1992

Capote subtitled his work "a true account of multiple murders and its consequences." Capote went to Holcomb, Kansas, to interview people involved in the murder of the Clutter family and began the true crime genre with this literate recounting.

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People of the Book

cover photo: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

In this novel Hanna Heath comes to restore the Sarajevo Haggadah, a famed Jewish religious book. As she is plunged into the history of the book's travels and creation, her life is shaken.

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The Shimmer

cover photo: The Shimmer by David Morrell

Santa Fe police officer Dan Page's wife Tori has disappeared. Frantic, Page follows her trail to Rostov, a remote town in Texas famous for a massive astronomical observatory, a long-abandoned military base, and unexplained nighttime phenomena that draw onlookers from every corner of the globe. Many of these gawkers - Tori among them - are compelled to visit this tiny community to witness the mysterious Rostov Lights.

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