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Chocky – John Wyndham

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Chocky

Cover Artist: Harry WillockMatthew, they thought, was just going through a phase of talking to himself. And, like many parents, they waited for him to get over it, but it started to get worse. Mathew’s conversations with himself grew more and more intense – it was like listening to one end of a telephone conversation while someone argued, cajoled and reasoned with another person you couldn’t hear. Then Matthew started doing things he couldn’t do before, like counting in binary-code mathematics. So he told them about Chocky – the person who lived in his head.

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Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson – Patricia Briggs

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Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger… A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends…
Includes the new stories…
“Silver”
“Roses in Winter”
“Redemption”
“Hollow”
…and fan favorites
“Fairy Gifts”
“Gray”
“Alpha and Omega”
“Seeing Eye”
“The Star of David”
“In Red, with Pearls”

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Everything to Lose – Andrew Gross

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A determined, (down on her luck) mother caring for her handicapped son becomes entangled in a murderous conspiracy to keep a 20-year-old secret buried in this blistering thriller, set during the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, from Andrew Gross, the New York Times best-selling author of 15 Seconds and No Way Back. While driving along a suburban back road, Hilary Blum, who’s just lost her job and whose deadbeat husband has left her alone to care for her son with Asperger’s, witnesses a freakish accident. A car ahead of her careens down a hill and slams into a tree. Stopping to help, she discovers the driver dead – and a satchel stuffed with a half a million dollars..
Unabridged.
Read by Tavia Gilbert.

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Dead Zone – Robison Wells

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America is at warand five teens are caught in the crossfire. It began with a virus. Then a series of attacks erupted across the nation. Now the true invasion has begun, and a handful of teenagers with impossible powers are Americas only defense. I volunteered to be a spy, not an assassin. I know this is war…but I just want to do what’s right. If you ask me, none of us should be here – but no one gave me a choice. And I won’t blindly follow orders. I am essential to the plan. And I will be a hero for my country. If I were normal, I wouldn’t be old enough to join the army. But I’m not normal. I’m a weapon. We’re a perfect match – on and off the battlefield. I hope that means we’ll both survive. In a world where terrorism is an increasing threat, this fast-paced book brings it home.
Unabridged.
Read by Ray Porter.

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Throy (Cadwal Chronicles #3) – Jack Vance

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Throy (Cadwal Chronicles, #3)

In the conclusion of the Cadwal Chronicles, the convoluted plots and politics that have swirled around the House of Clattuc and the Conservancy of Cadwal are beginning to unravel. But what remains for Glawen Clattuc to discover could bring down a dozen powerful families on as many worlds. Vance has won multiple Hugo and Nebula awards for his work.

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Bedknob And Broomstick – Mary Norton

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With the powers they acquire from a spinster who is studying to be a witch, three English children have a series of exciting and perilous adventures traveling on a flying bed that takes them to a London police station, a tropical island, and back in time to the seventeenth century.

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Even This I Get to Experience – Norman Lear

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Even This I Get to Experience

“This is, flat out, one of the best Hollywood memoirs ever written… An absolute treasure.” –Booklist (STARRED)In my ninety-plus years I’ve lived a multitude of lives. In the course of all these lives, I had a front-row seat at the birth of television; wrote, produced, created, or developed more than a hundred shows; had nine on the air at the same time; founded the 300,000-member liberal advocacy group People For the American Way; was labeled the “no. 1 enemy of the American family” by Jerry Falwell; made it onto Richard Nixon’s “Enemies List”; was presented with the National Medal of the Arts by President Clinton; purchased an original copy of the Declaration of Independence and toured it for ten years in all fifty states; blew a fortune in a series of bad investments in failing businesses; and reached a point where I was informed we might even have to sell our home. Having heard that we’d fallen into such dire straits, my son-in-law phoned me and asked how I was feeling. My answer was, “Terrible, of course,” but then I added, “but I must be crazy, because despite all that’s happened, I keep hearing this inner voice saying, ‘Even this I get to experience.’”Norman Lear’s work is legendary. The renowned creator of such iconic television programs as All in the Family; Maude; Good Times; The Jeffersons; and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Lear remade our television culture from the ground up. At their peak, his programs were viewed by 120 million people a week, with stories that dealt with the most serious issues of the day—racism, poverty, abortion —yet still left audiences howling with laughter. In EVEN THIS I GET TO EXPERIENCE, Lear opens up with all the candor, humor, and wisdom to be expected from one of America’s greatest living storytellers.But TV and politics are only a fraction of the tale. Lear’s early years were grounded in the harshness of the Great Depression, and further complicated by his parents’ vivid personalities. The imprisonment of Lear’s father, a believer in the get-rich-quick scheme, colored his son’s childhood. During this absence, Lear’s mother left her son to live with relatives. Lear’s comic gifts were put to good use during this hard time, even as they would be decadeslater during World War II, when Lear produced and staged a variety show for his fellow airmen in addition to flying fifty bombing missions.After the war, Lear tried his hand at publicity in New York before setting out for Los Angeles in 1949. A lucky break had a powerful agent in the audience the night Danny Thomas performed a nightclub routine written by Lear, and within days his career in television began. Before long his work with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (and later Martha Raye and George Gobel) made him the highest-paid comedy writer in the country, and he was spending his summers with the likes of Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks. Movies followed, and soon he was making films starring Frank Sinatra, Dick Van Dyke, and Jason Robards. Then came the ’70s, and Lear’s unprecedented string of TV hits.Married three times and the father of six children ranging in age from nineteen to sixty-eight, Lear’s penetrating look at family life, parenthood, and marriage is a volume in itself. A memoir as touching, funny, and remarkable as any of Lear’s countless artistic creations, EVEN THIS I GET TO EXPERIENCE is nothing less than a profound gift, endlessly readable and characteristically unforgettable.

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BLY VS BISLAND: BEATING PHILEAS FOGG IN A RACE AROUND THE WORLD – Nellie BlyElizabeth BislandKaren Commins

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BLY VS BISLAND: BEATING PHILEAS FOGG IN A RACE AROUND THE WORLD

Following the publication of Jules Vernes’ novel AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS in 1873, Americans had an increasing interest in travel. World travel was becoming even easier with the faster steamships of the day. In 1888, Nellie Bly, a feisty, investigative reporter for Joseph Pulitzer’s “New York World” newspaper, pitched a story idea of traveling around the world in 75 days to beat the record achieved by Phileas Fogg, the character in Vernes’ book. While the editor thought it a great idea, he, of course, thought the trip should be made by a man.The idea was shelved for over a year. One day in November 1889, Bly’s editor told her the trip would occur, and she would be the reporter to go….in just 2 days! She sailed east toward England on 14 November 1889. “The Cosmopolitan” was a rival magazine in New York. Not to be outdone by Pulitizer, the Cosmopolitan editors suddenly decided after Bly’s departure to send their own female reporter, Elizabeth Bisland, on a world trip to beat Bly’s time. Bisland left that evening on a train going west to San Francisco. Both reporters wrote detailed accounts of their journeys. For the first time, their writings have been combined in this book so that a consistent timeline is maintained between both women. The reader can feel the urgency and uniqueness of their travels while fully enjoying the similarities and differences in the authors’ styles and their experiences. Who will win the race? Look for the audiobook professionally narrated by Karen Commins and Melissa Reizian Frank.

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Deadly Business (Primavera Blackstone #4) – Quintin Jardine

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Deadly Business

The thrilling fourth Primavera Blackstone crime mystery from Scotland’s Crime MasterIt’s the Fiesta de San Juan in Spain, the national celebration of the Summer Solstice, and there’s much excitement about a huge firework display in the village of St. Marti. But Primavera Blackstone is more inflamed by the appearance of a mysterious writer, Duncan Culshaw, who is determined to rake through the ashes of her past. And when extortion and blackmail are mentioned, Primavera realizes the heat is on. Duncan has his fingers burned playing fast and loose with the fiercely protective Prim, but when he marries a dying woman for her money and threatens the inheritance of Prim’s son Tom, things are going to get explosive. But happily, there’s a new guardian angel in town.

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The Hidden Reality – Brian Greene

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There was a time when “universe” meant all there is. Everything. Yet, in recent years discoveries in physics and cosmology have led a number of scientists to conclude that our universe may be one among many. With crystal-clear prose and inspired use of analogy, Brian Greene shows how a range of different “multiverse” proposals emerges from theories developed to explain the most refined observations of both subatomic particles and the dark depths of space: a multiverse in which you have an infinite number of doppelgängers, each reading this sentence in a distant universe; a multiverse comprising a vast ocean of bubble universes, of which ours is but one; a multiverse that endlessly cycles through time, or one that might be hovering millimeters away yet remains invisible; another in which every possibility allowed by quantum physics is brought to life. Or, perhaps strangest of all, a multiverse made purely of math.
Unabridged.

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