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  • Daughters of the Stone - Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa. Enslaved West African Fela and her husband perform a tribal ceremony which instills the essence of their unborn children into a stone. Now separated from him and working as a seamstress at a sugar plantation in Puerto Rico, Fela makes use of the stone. This novel tells the stories of five generations of Fela's daughters in Puerto Rico and New York.
  • Hummingbirds - Joshua Gaylord. When another male English teacher is hired at The Carmine Casey School for Girls in Manhattan, Leo Binhammer is unsettled not only because his "lone male" role is jeopardized. Ted Hughes ("who would use the nickname Ted, knowing... what literary baggage it carries.") also slept with Leo's wife. Spot-on characterizations and amusing and wise observations on competition, adolescence and sexuality mark this debut novel.

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  • Cleopatra's Daughter - Michelle Moran. The children of Marc Anthony and Cleopatra are brought to Rome after their parents commit suicide and are raised in the household of Octavia, Octavian Augustus's sister.
  • The Coral Thief - Rebecca Stott. The love story of a medical student from Edinburgh and a beautiful philosopher-thief who steals his credentials is the center of this riveting historical set in post-Napoleonic Paris.


  • To Catch a Bride - Anne Gracie. Rafe Ramsey, the son of the Earl of Axebridge, embarks on a journey to Egypt to help locate the granddaughter of a family friend as well as delay an unwanted marriage. Charming, funny, and action packed, this romance is both exciting and intelligent.

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  • Skull Duggery - Aaron Elkins. When forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver's wife is asked to fill in at the family ranch in Mexico, the Skeleton Detective is expecting a vacation. Soon, however, he is entangled in his best case in years.
  • Arctic Chill - Arnaldur Indridason. Racial tensions are revealed in Reykjavik when a young Asian boy is discovered frozen in a pool of his own blood. This moody detailed police procedural will appeal to Nordic mystery lovers as well as fans of Colin Dexter and Ruth Rendell.

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  • The Year of the Flood - Margaret Atwood. Okay, so maybe this one is a bestseller, but we did not want science fiction fans to miss it! A sequel to Oryx and Crake, this post-apocalyptic novel centers on two women survivors of a world ruled by corporations.
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  • Blood Safari - Deon Meyer. When Emma Le Roux begins to suspect that her park ranger brother was not killed while chasing poachers in South Africa's Kruger National Park, someone is not happy. Engaging characters, a fascinating setting and plenty of action make this page-turner irresistible.

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