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1 1876 2018 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Adventures of Tom and Huck #2
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So, in two seconds, away we sent, a-sliding down the river, and it did seem so good to be free again and all by ourselves on the big river and nobody to bother us.
Adventures of
Huckleberry Finn
2 1875 2018 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Adventures of Tom and Huck #1
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3 1938 2016 Anthem
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He lived in the dark ages of the future.  In a loveless world he dared to love the woman of his choice.  In an age that had lost all trace of science and civilization he had the courage to seek and find knowledge.  But these were not the crimes for which he would be hunted.  He was marked for death because he had committed the unpardonable sin: he had stood forth from the mindless human herd.  He was a man alone.  Ayn Rand's classic tale of a future dark age of the great "We" - a world that deprives individuals of name, independence and values - anticipates her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.

This centennial edition of Anthem, celebrating the controversial and enduring legacy of its author, features an introduction by Rand's literary executor, Leonard Peikoff, which includes excerpts from documents by Ayn Rand - letters, interviews, and journal notes in which she discusses Anthem.  This volume also includes a complete reproduction of the original British edition with Ayn Rand's handwritten editorial changes and a Reader's Guide to her writings and philosophy.

Born February 2, 1905, AYN RAND published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936.  Anthem followed in 1938.  It was with the publication of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957) that she achieved her spectacular success.  Ms. Rand's unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience.  The fundamentals of her philosophy are put forth in three non-fiction books, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, The Virtue of Selfishness, and Capitolism: The Unknown Ideal.  They are all available in Signet editions, as is the magnificent statement of her artistic credo, The Romantic Manifesto.
4 2009 2023 Below Zero
Joe Pickett #9
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New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box's Below Zero is the 9th novel featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. The telephone calls from her stepdaughter April send chills down the spine of Joe's daughter Sherry. Wasn't April murdered six years ago in a bloody massacre? Wondering how this youthful caller knows details only April could know, Sherry becomes confused while Joe grows suspicious. Is the caller April-or are Joe and his family victims of a cruel hoax?
5 1853 2017 Bleak House
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Bleak House is the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, published in 20 monthly parts between March 1852 and September 1853. It is widely held to be one of Dickens' finest and most complete novels, containing one of the most vast, complex and engaging arrays of minor characters and sub-plots in his entire canon. Dickens tells all of these both through the narrative of the novel's heroine, Esther Summerson, and as an omniscient narrator. Memorable characters include the menacing lawyer Tulkinghorn, the friendly but depressive John Jarndyce and the childish Harold Skimpole. The plot concerns a long-running legal dispute (Jarndyce and Jarndyce) which has far-reaching consequences for all involved.
6 2008 2023 Blood Trail
Joe Pickett #8
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"One of today's solid-gold A-list must-read writers."
- LEE CHILD

"An original voice...  Box is exploring new territory.  He is fresh, captivating, and has something to say."
- MICHAEL CONNELLY

It's elk season in the Rockies - but a different kind of hunter is stalking a different kind of prey.  Game wardens have found a man dead at a mountain camp - strung up, gutted, and flayed as if he were the elk he'd been pursuing.  A poker chip lies next to his body.  As ripples of horror spread through the community, Governor Rulon is forced to end hunting season early.  Are the murders the work of a deranged anti-hunting activist or of a lone psychopath with a personal vendetta?  Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is the man to track the murderer down before someone declares open season on humans.

"Box ratchets up the suspense in this tightly plotted example of his writing genius."
- LIBRARY JOURNAL

"[Box] continues to be red-hot."
- BOOKLIST (STARRED REVIEW)
7 2003 2005 Boo
Boo #1
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Rene Gutteridge  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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TALK ABOUT
WORKING OUT YOUR FAITH
WITH FEAR AND TEMBLING


The biggest thing to happen to Skary, Indiana, is renowned horror novelist Wolfe Boone - or "Boo," as the locals fondly call him.  For the past sixteen years, the reclusive writer has been the town's greatest attraction, having unintentionally turned the once-struggling Skary into a thriving tourist-trap for the dark side: from the Haunted Mansion restaurant, famous for its "bloody fingers" (fries splattered with ketchup), to Spooky's Bookstore (where employees dress like the walking dead).

But when a newly reformed Wolfe suddenly quits the genre and subsequently starts to pursue Skary's favorite girl-next-door, Ainsley Parker, the little town made famous by his writings becomes truly horrified.  Soon a scheme is plotted to put the fright back into Skary - and get their most famous resident out of love and back into the thrill business.

Filled with humor, small town charm, and a gentle message of enduring faith, Boo shows how even the most colorful group of busybodies and hypocrites can become a community changed forever by God.

RENE GUTTERIDGE is the author of Ghost Writer and Troubled Waters.  She lives with her husband, Sean, and their two children in Oklahoma City.

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8 2005 2005 Boo Hiss
Boo #3
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THERE'S A NEW EVIL IN TOWN.

AND HER SON PLAYS SOCCER.


When a soccer field complex springs to life seemingly overnight in the sleepy community of Skary, Indiana, and the local coffee shop begins offering computer access along with its suddenly overpriced beverages, goosebumps start popping up all over town.  Has soccer mom Katelyn Downey hatched a diabolic plot to turn their slow-paced town into a den of hip suburban iniquity – or is this the perfect solution to the community's financial woes?

Even as concerned residents take sides over their town's future, many are dealing with changes of a more personal nature.  Novelist Wolfe Boone can't seem to find the right niche for his post—horror writing efforts, and his new bride Ainsley – known for executing complicated events with penache and perfection – is bewildered by her inability to control something as seemingly simple as scheduling a pregnancy.  Frustration turns to envy when her wacky friend Melb discovers, to her utter terror, that she and husband Oliver are expecting a baby.

Through its quirky characters and winsome humor, Boo Hiss offers unexpected insights into the various ways people respond to change and demonstrates that growth often occurs amid the most difficult – and hilarious – circumstances.

RENE GUTTERIDGE is the author of five novels, including Boo, Boo Who, and Troubled Waters.  She lives with her husband, Sean, and their two children in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
9 2004 2005 Boo Who
Boo #2
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"KNOCK KNOCK."
"WHO'S THERE?"
NOBODY IN SKARY INDIANA SEEMS TO
KNOW FOR SURE...


It appears that everyone in Skary, Indiana, is having an identity crisis of epic proportions-including the town itself. Once known as the haunt of the world's most popular horror writer, Wolfe "Boo" Boone, Skary started losing tourist business after Boo abruptly abandoned his career. Now the little town with the big marketing hook is up a creek-and on the brink of bankruptcy.

Meanwhile, the former best-selling author is selling cars and wondering, like the rest of the world, if he'll ever write again. Yet even as Boo's literary career gracelessly plummets, his fiancee, wholesome Ainsley Parker, is shooting to stardom as the media's darling new domestic diva.

Weave in a dreaming bride with a bargain dress and a few too many pounds on her hips, an unconventional therapist who has Skary in his thrall, a depressed cat, a dogged busybody, and a horde of strange, ghostly figures traipsing in and out of the woods, and it's easy to see why Skary is the quirkiest-and most charming-town around.

RENE GUTTERIDGE is the author of bestseller Boo, Ghost Writer, and Troubled Waters.  She lives with her husband, Sean, and their two children in Oklahoma City.

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10 2005 2024 The Book Thief
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It is 1939.  Nazi Germany.  The country is holding its breath.
Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.


By her brother's graveside, Liesel Meminger finds her life changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow.  It is The Grave Digger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery.  So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read.  Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found.  But these are dangerous times.  When Liesel's foster family hides a Jewish man in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up and closed down.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

MARKUS ZUSAK is the author of Fighting Ruben Wolfe, Getting the Girl, and I Am the Messenger, which received a Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award.  On his reasons for writing The Book Thief, Markus explains, "As writers do, I begin every book knowing it will mean something to me, but with The Book Thief I've been very fortunate.  It's the book that means everything to me."

ALLAN CORDUNER's numerous feature film credits include Daniel Deronda, Moonlight Mile, Topsy Turvy, Talk Radio, Yentl, and The Imposters.
11 1999 2024 The Boy Who Kicked Pigs
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'Grotesque and depraved and
above all very funny.'
Ardal O'Hanlon


Robert Caligari is a thoroughly evil thirteen-year-old who gets his kicks from kicking pigs.  After a humiliating episode with a bacon butty, Robert realizes just how much he loathes the human race - and his revenge is truly terrible.

Outrageous and funny, this subversive horror-fantasy from Tom Baker (ex-monk, ex-sailor, and the ultimate Doctor Who) has become a cult classic.
12 1973 1985 Breakfast of Champions
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"A CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION!"
- Chicago Sun-Times

"Vonnegut just keeps getting better and better... a superb, extraordinary, vastly entertaining novel!"
- Washington Star-News

"Vonnegut creates a magic that makes pornography seem like plumbing, violence like lovemaking, guilt like child's-play.  He wheels out all the complaints about America and makes them seem fresh, funny, outrageous, hateful, and lovable, all at the same time.  He weaves nearly a dozen Vonnegut stories into one plot.  He draws pictures, for God's sake, simple, rough, yet surprisingly seductive.  He very nearly levitates...  It's marvelous!"
- The New York Times

And so it goes.  For if there is one thing on which both critics and millions of readers agree, it's that there is only one Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. - and he is at his very best in BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS.
13 2013 2023 Breaking Point
Joe Pickett #13
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"An exceptionally well-told story that will entertain, thrill, and maybe even outrage its readers."
- USA TO DAY

Joe Pickett always liked Butch Roberson - a hard-working local business owner whose daughter is friends with his own.  Little does he know that when Butch says he is heading into the mountains to scout elk, he is actually going on the run.

Two EPA employees have been murdered, and all signs point to Butch as the killer.  Soon, Joe hears of the land Butch and his wife had bought to retire on - until they are told the EPA declared it a wetland - and the penalties the agency charged Butch until the family was torn apart.  Finally, it seems, the man just cracked.

It's an awful story.  But is it the whole story?  The more Joe investigates, the more he begins to wonder - and the more he finds himself in the middle of a war in which he must choose sides.

"Fans of this series will burn through the pages...  Another must-read."
- LIBRARY JOURNAL (STARRED REVIEW)
14 1966 2022 The Broken Gun
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THE BROKEN GUN


Begin with the massacre of 27 innocent men.  Follow it with two brutal murders almost 90 years later.  Add two curious, hard-bitten verterans of guerrilla fighting, and a beautiful, terror-stricken girl.

Mix with a pack of vicious killers, who would have been more than a match for the most notorious gunmen of the old West, and you have Louis L'Amour blistering novel of action and adventure in the new West.

LOUIS L'AMOUR
Our foremost storyteller of the authentic West, L'Amour has thrilled a nation by bringing to vivid life the brave men and women who settled the American frontier.  There are now over 140 million of his books in print around the world.
15 1945 2018 Cannery RowJohn Steinbeck  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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16 1896 2016 Captains CourageousRudyard Kipling  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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17 1945 2009 The Catcher in the Rye
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the CATCHER
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18 1963 1986 Cat's Cradle
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Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle deals with atomic scientists, ugly Americans, gorgeous sex queens, vengeful midgets, Caribbean dictators, undertakers, Hoosiers, a new way of making love, ice-nine, Bokononism, the end of the world... Ice-nine?  Bokononism?  The end of the world?  No one but Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., could have created this masterful mix of satire, fantasy and all-too-real realism.  An ultimate commentary on modern man and his madness, Cat's Cradle is one of the most brilliant and important novels of the decade.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

For many years Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., has been a hero of underground literature in America.  Only recently, however, has the general public become aware of his unique genius.  His is a far-out imagination which always winds up right on target, an irresistible humor with a superb cutting edge, a storytelling talent that makes reading a pleasure as well as a mind-jolting experience.  He is, as Graham Greene has declared, "one of he best living American writers."
19 1964 2014 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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"I think I'll just one more of those candy bars.  The same kind as before, please."

"Why not?" the fat shopkeeper said, reaching behind him again and taking another Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight from the shelf.  He laid it on the counter.

Charlie picked it up and tore off the wrapper... and suddenly... from underneath the wrapper... there came a brilliant flash of gold.

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AUGUSTUS GLOOP eats himself sick.

VERUCA SALT is a spoiled brat.

VIOLET NEAUREGARDE chews gum day and night.

MIKE TEAVEE is a television fiend.

CHARLIE BUCKET, Our Hero, is brave and true and very, very hungry.

What do these five have in common?  Why, they're the lickiest children in the entire world: they've each won a chance to enter Willy Wonka's famous, mysterious chocolate factory.

What happens when the big doors swing open to reveal Mr. Wonka's secrets?  What happens when they come upon the tiny factory workers who sing in rhyme?  What happens when, one by one, the children disobey Mr. Wonka's orders?  On Roald Dahl's most popular story for children, the nasty are punished and the good are deliciously, sumptuously rewarded.

Includes an interview with Roald Dahl

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Roald Dahl, born in 1916 in Wales, spent his childhood in England and later worked in Africa.  When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot.  After a war injury, he moved to Washington D.C., and there he began to write.  His first short story was published by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and distinguished career.

Roald Dahl became, quite simply, one of the best-loved children's book authors on all time.  Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity and that of his many books - Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, James and the Giant Peach, Danny the Champion of the World, to name just a few - continues to grow.

Quentin Blake has illustrated most of Roald Dahl's children's books as well as many others.  The first Children's Laureate of the United Kingdom, Quentin Blake lives in London and teaches illustration at the Royal College of Art.
20 1978 2005 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
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If food dropped like rain from the sky, wouldn't it be marvelous!  Wouldn't it?  It could, after all, be messy.  And you'd have no choice.  What if you didn;t like what fell?  Or what if too much came?  Have you ever thought of what it might be like to be squashed flat by a pancake?
21 1984 2023 Cold Sassy Tree
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The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around fast.  If the preacher's wife's petticoat shows, the ladies will make the talk last a week.  But on July 5, 1906, things take a scandalous turn.  That is the day E. Rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, elopes with Miss Love Simpson, a woman half his age and, worse yet, a Yankee!  On that day, 14-year-old Will Tweedy's adventures begin and an unimpeachably pious, deliciously irreverent town comes to life.

Olive Ann Burns's classic best seller brings to vivid life an era that will never exist again, exploring timeless issues of love, death, coming-of-age, and the ties that bind families and generations.
22 2011 2023 Cold Wind
Joe Pickett #11
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"I would say that C. J. Box is at the top of his form, but the top keeps moving ever upward." - BOOKPAGE

When Earl Alden is found dead, dangling from a wind turbine, his wife, Missy, is arrested.  Unfortunately for Joe Pickett, Missy is his much-disliked mother-in-law, and he's not sure What to do - especially since it looks like Missy is guilty as sin.

But then things happen to make Joe wonder: Is Earl's death what it appears to be?  Is Missy being set up?  He has the county DA and sheriff on one side, his wife on the other, his estranged friend Nate on a lethal mission of his own, and some powerful interests breathing down his neck.

Whichever way this goes, it's not going to be good...

"Stunning...  Will curl your hair." - KIRKUS REVIEWS

"I love Joe Pickett." - MICHAEL CONNELLY

"One of today's solid-gold, A-list, must-read writers."
- LEE CHILD
23 1977 1980 Coma
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"A CHILLING, FAST-MOVING, SUSPENSE THRILLER... UN-PUT-DOWNABLE!" - BOSTON GLOBE

The call it "minor surgery," but Nancy Greenly, Sean Berman, and a dozen others, all admitted to Memorial Hospital for routine procedures, are victims of the same inexplicable, hideous tragedy on the operating table.  They never wake up again.

Some traceless error in anesthesia has caused irreversible brain death, leaving each of them in a hopeless coma.

Something is wrong here.  And Susan Wheeler, a beautiful young medical student, hazards her life to uncover the horrifying explanation - a plot so ghastly, so far-reaching, so terrifyingly incredible, yet so nightmarishly possible it will leave you suspended in a state of fear....

COMA

"UNNERVING... WILL LOWER YOUR TEMPERATURE!"
- NEWSWEEK

"STRIKES A DEAFENING CHORD OF TERROR!"
- WASHINGTON POST

A MAIN SELECTION OF THE LITERARY GUILD

NEW AMERICAN PUBLISHES SIGNET, MENTOR, PLUME & MERIDIAN BOOKS
24 2018 2023 The Damned
The Trackers #4
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The deadly hunt ends in the thrilling final book of the Trackers saga....

The mountain town of Estes Park, Colorado, is scrambling to recover from the betrayal of two of their police officers, and prepare for threats outside their borders. But with Chief of Police Marcus Colton imprisoned by rival Sheriff Mike Thompson, the job to protect the isolated town is left to Sam "Raven" Spears and newly promoted Captain Lindsey Plymouth. They will do everything they can to bring Colton home and save their citizens, but one thing is certain: a war is coming to Estes Park, and no one will be spared from the horrors.

Across the country, Secretary of Defense Charlize Montgomery continues to lead recovery efforts in the wake of the arriving Chinese workers and soldiers. But the threat of foreign soldiers on American soil isn't the only problem - the Sons of Liberty and other domestic terrorist groups continue to rise to power, enacting a wave of violence and chaos that threatens to derail the recovery efforts.

Will Raven, Colton, and Charlize save the United States from collapse? One thing is certain - they won't be able to save everyone. Not with their humanity still intact.
25 2021 2023 Dark Sky
Joe Pickett #21
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"ANOTHER PAGE-TURNER FOR BOX, WHO WRITES
LYRICALLY ABOUT BIG SKY COUNTRY"
- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

While elk hunting In the wilds of Wyoming, game warden Joe Pickett finds himself and a VIP guest being hunted.  The man he's guiding has a seemingly endless list of enemies, but it is up to Pickett to find out who has him in their sights - and why.


When the governor of Wyoming gives Joe Pickett the thankless task of taking a tech baron on an elk hunting trip, Joe reluctantly treks into the mountains with his high-profile charge.  What they don't know is that a man-hunter is hot on their heels, driven by a desire for revenge.  Finding himself without a weapon, a horse, or a way to communicate, Joe must rely on his wits and his knowledge of the outdoors to protect himself and his companion.

Meanwhile, Joe's closest friend, Nate Romanowski, and Joe's daughter Sheridan learn of the threat to Joe's life and follow him into the woods.  In a stunning final showdown, the three of them come up against the worst that nature - and man - have to offer.

"A STRONG ENTRY IN THIS LONG-RUNNING AND
WILDLY POPULAR SERIES." -BOOKLIST
26 1982 1986 Deadeye Dick
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Vonnegut is "the comic of poet weightlessness, the magician who freshens for a time, in grown-ups, knowledge of the insides of unsettledness...  The grand old Vonnegutian comedy of causelessness's still holds center stage...  This very good writer is good medicine."  - The New York Times Book Review

WATCH OUT FOR LIFE.  IT'LL GET YA!

In the euphoria of colossal innocence, he shot a bullet in the air.  By the time if fell to earth, twelve-year-old Rudy Waltz was condemned as a double murderer; whose ultimate fate rested on a radioactive mantelpiece, and his father, who - in his salad days - had found his best and only friend in a hapless young art student, Adolf Hitler.  It was an odd beginning, if not an auspicious one.  What can you expect when you're born in an Ohio city destined to be depopulated by a "friendly" neutron bomb?  And - after all - it was only the beginning.  As for the rest, ask Rudy, forever to be known as...

DEADEYE DICK

"First-class Vonnegut!"  - Associated Press

"A marvelous entertainment...  The author of Cat's Cradle and Slaughterhouse-Five has never offered a more wacky view of the world."  - People

"A moving fable of passive resistance.  Vonnegut, sweet cynic and ugly duckling, continues to write gentle swan songs for our uncivil society."  - Playboy

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27 2018 2023 The Disappeared
Joe Pickett #18
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"Joe Pickett, the conscientious game warden in these rugged novels... shows the tough-and-tender qualities that make him such a great guy to have on your side."
-THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett has to contend with two cases, both of them lethal - and one of them surprisingly close to home.


Wyoming's new governor isn't sure what to make of Joe Pickett, but he has a job for him that is extremely delicate.  A prominent British businesswoman never came home from the high-end guest ranch she was visiting, and the British Embassy is pressing hard.

At the same time, his friend Nate Romanowski has asked Joe to intervene with the feds on behalf of an issue passionately felt by falconers, but inexplicably being blocked.  It seems like a matter of lesser importance to Joe right now, but the more he digs into both cases, the more someone is trying to stop him.  Is it because of the missing woman or the falconers?  Or are they somehow connected?

"Thriller writing at its very best, as big and broad as the Wyoming landscape." -THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

"Superlative...  Series fans and newcomers alike will be rewarded."
-PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)
28 2017 2023 Dragon Teeth
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Michael Crichton, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Jurassic Park, returns to the world of paleontology in this recently discovered novel - a thrilling adventure set in the Wild West during the golden age of fossil hunting.


The year is 1876.  Warring Indian tribes still populate America's western territories even as lawless gold-rush towns begin to mark the landscape.  In much of the country it is still illegal to espouse evolution.  Against this backdrop two monomaniacal paleontologists pillage the Wild West, hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars.

Into this treacherous territory plunges the arrogant and entitled William Johnson, a Yale student with more privilege than sense.  Determined to survive a summer in the west to win a bet against his arch-rival, William has joined world-renowned paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition.  But when the paranoid and secretive Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, he abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice.  William is forced to join forces with Cope and soon stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions.  With this extraordinary treasure, however, comes exceptional danger, and William's newfound resilience will be tested in his struggle to protect his cache, which pits him against some of the West's most notorious characters.

Drawing on both meticulously researched history and an exuberant imagination, Dragon Teeth is based on the rivalry between real-life paleontologists Cope and Marsh; in William Johnson readers will find an inspiring hero only Michael Crichton could have imagined.  Perfectly paced and brilliantly plotted, this enormously winning adventure is destined to become another Crichton classic.

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29 1952 2017 East of Eden
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PENGUIN TWENTIETH-CENTURY CLASSICS

JOHN STEINBECK

East of Eden

Introduction by David Wyatt

The masterpiece of Steinbeck's later years - a powerful and vastly ambitious novel that is at once a family saga and a modern retelling of the Book of Genesis


In his journal, John Steinbeck called East of Eden "the first book," and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth.  Set in the rich farmland of California's Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Here is the work in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity; the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love's absence.

"A fantasia of history and myth... a strange and original work of art."
- The New York Times Book Review

WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE
30 2015 2023 Endangered
Joe Pickett #15
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"Once again, Box delivers a winner.  Grade: A."
- CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

"Try and read this in one sitting, because you won't want to put it down for a minute."
- SUSPENSE MAGAZINE


She was gone.  Joe Pickett had good reason to dislike Dallas Cates, even if he was a rodeo champion, and now he has even more - Joe's eighteen-year-old daughter, April, has run off with him.

And then comes even worse news: the body of a girl has been found in a ditch along the highway - alive, but just barely, the victim of blunt-force trauma.  It is April, and the doctors don't know if she'll recover.  Cates denies having anything to do with it - says she ran off from him, too - and there's evidence that points to another man.  But Joe knows in his gut who's responsible.  What he doesn't know is the kind of danger he's about to encounter.  Cates is bad enough, but Cates's family is like none Joe has ever met before.

Joe's going to find out the truth, even if it kills him.  And this time, it just might.
31 1991 1992 The Firm
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"L.A. LAW MEETS THE GODFATHER...
THE NEXT BOOK YOU'LL SEE EVERYBODY REAIDING - THE WAY WE ALL CARTED AROUND PRESUMED INNOCENT." - USA Today

AT THE TOP OF HIS CLASS AT HARVARD LAW, HE HAD HIS CHOICE OF THE BEST IN AMERICA.  HE MADE A DEADLY MISTAKE.

When Mitch McDeer signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought he and his beuatiful wife, Abby, were on their way.  The firm leased him a BMW, paid off his school loans, arranged a mortgage, and hired him a decorator.  Mitch McDeere should have remembered what his brother Ray - doing fifteen years in a Tennessee jail - already knew.  You never get nothing for nothing.  Now the FBI has the lowdown on Mitch's form and needs his help.  Mitch is caught between a rock and a hard place, with no choice - if he wants to live.

"TAUT, FAST AND RELENTLESS... A RIDE WORTH TAKING."
- San Francisco Chronicle

"KEEPS THE READER HOOKED... FROM THE CREEPY FIRST CHAPTERS... TO THE VISE-TIGHTENING MIDSECTION AND ON TO THE TAKE-THE-MONEY-AND-RUN FINALE."
- The Wall Street Journal

A LITERARY GUILD MAIN SELECTION

THE
FIRM
32 1884 1984 Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
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Edwin A. Abbott
FLATLAND
A Romance of Many Dimensions


This masterpiece of science and mathematical fiction is a delightfully unique and highly entertaining satire that has charmed readers for more than 100 years.  The work of English clergyman, educator and Shakespearean scholar Edwin A. Abbott (1838-1926), it describes the journeys of A. Square, a mathematician and resident of the two-dimensional Flatland, where women - thin, straight lines - are the lowliest of shapes, and where men may have any number of sides, depending on their social status.

Through strange occurrences which bring him into contact with a host of geometric forms, Square has adventures in Spaceland (three dimensions), Lineland (one dimension) and Pointland (no dimensions) and ultimately entertains thoughts of visiting a land of four dimensions - a revolutionary idea for which he is returned to his two-dimensional world.  Charmingly illustrated by the author, Flatland is not only fascinating reading, it is still a first-rate fictional introduction to the concept of the multiple dimensions of space.

"Instructive, entertaining, and stimulating to the imagination."
- Mathematics Teacher

Unabridged and corrected Dover (1992) republication of Flatland (first publication: Seely & Co. Ltd., London, 1884).  New introductory Note.  Introduction by Banesh Hoffman.  Preface to the Second, Revised Edition.  96pp.  18 black-and-white illustrations.  5 1/16 x 8 3/4 Paperbound.

Free Complete Dover Catalog available upon request.
33 1966 1980 Flowers for AlgernonDaniel Keyes  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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34 2012 2023 Force of Nature
Joe Pickett #12
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"Another amazing thriller from C. J. Box."
- ASSOCIATED PRESS

Nate Romanowski always knew trouble was coming out of his past.  Now it's here, and it's coming for his friend Joe Pickett.  In 1999, Nate was in a secret special forces unit in Central Asia, when a colleague did something terrible.  Now the man has incentive to eliminate anyone who knows about it, and Nate can guess exactly how he'll do it when it comes to his case - by striking at Nate's friends to draw him out.

The entire Pickett family will be a target, and the only way to fight back will be outside the law.


"Proceeds at warp speed toward a showdown between good and evil." - THE DENVER POST

"Brilliant in every respect, the perfect combination of character, plot, and pacing.  Box is a force to be reckoned with, and this book is not to be missed."
- PROVIDENCE JOURNAL
35 2007 2023 Free Fire
Joe Pickett #7
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"One of the year's best crime novels."
- BOOKLIST

"A splendid thriller:."
- THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

"An outstanding series."
- THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Joe Pickett's been hired to investigate one of the most cold-blood mass killings in Wyoming history.  Attorney Clay McCann admitted to slaughtering four campers in a backcountry corner of Yellowstone National Park, a "free-fire" zone with no residents or government regulation.  In this remote fifty-square-mile stretch a man can literally get away with murder.  Now McCann's a free man, and Pickett's about to discover his motive - one buried in Yellowstone's rugged terrain, and as dangerous as the man who wants to keep it hidden.

"One of today's solid-gold A-list must-read writers."
- LEE CHILD

"An original voice...  Box is exploring new territory.  He is fresh, captivating, and has something to say." - MICHAEL CONNELLY
36 1985 1986 Galapagos
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GALÁPAGOS
KURT VONNEGUT TAKES YOU BACK ONE MILLION YEARS.  TO A.D. 1986 - AND THE BEGINNING OF THE HUMAN RACE.

KURT VONNEGUT LIVES AND WORKS ON THE ISLAND OF MANHATTAN.  HE WAS BORN IN INDIANAPOLIS IN 1922 AND HOLDS A MASTER'S DEGREE IN ANTHROPOLOGY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO.  HE HAS BEEN TO THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS ON A CRUISE.
37 2015 2022 The Girl in the Spider's Web
Millennium #4
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David Lagercrantz  
George Goulding (Translator)  
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Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series.

In this adrenaline-charged, up-to-the-moment political thriller, Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back. The troubled genius hacker and crusading journalist thrilled the world in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.

David Lagercrantz is a Swedish journalist and best-selling author of fiction and nonfiction. He was hand selected by the Larsson estate to write this standalone sequel based on Stieg Larsson's characters.
38 2015 2017 Go Set a Watchman
To Kill a Mocking Bird #2
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39 1965 2004 God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
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God bless you, Mr. Rosewater

Eliot Rosewater, drunk, volunteer fireman, and President of the fabulously rich Rosewater Foundation is the hero of this darkly-humored comic masterpiece.  In the stringently irrelevant story of a man filled with total love for humanity, and tormented by a maddeningly sane vision of society, the author has created a wild, brilliant, etched-in-acid portrayal of the greed, hypocrisy, waste and folly of modern man.  Once again Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., has written a novel that stands head, heart and funnybone above all others on the scene today.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

For many years Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., has been a hero of underground literature in America.  Only recently, however, has the general public become aware on his unique genius.  His is a far-out imagination which always winds up right on target, an irresistible humor with a superb cutting edge, a storytelling talent that makes reading a pleasure as well as a mind-jolting experience.  He is, as Graham Green has declared, "one of the best living American writers."
40 1969 2023 The Godfather
The Godfather #1
Mario Puzo  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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41 1939 2017 The Grapes of WrathJohn Steinbeck  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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42 1973 The Great Divorce
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From audible.com:

C. S. Lewis' dazzling allegory about Heaven and Hell - and the chasm fixed between them - is one of his most brilliantly imaginative tales, where we discover that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside.

In a dream, the narrator boards a bus on a drizzly afternoon in Hell and embarks on an incredible voyage to Heaven. Anyone in Hell is invited on board, and anyone may remain in Heaven if he or she so chooses. But do we really want to live in Heaven? This powerful, exquisitely written fantasy is one of C. S. Lewis's most enduring works of fiction and a profound meditation on good and evil and on what God really offers us.
43 1925 1983 The Great Gatsby
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HE WAS IN LOVE
WITH THE GOLDEN GIRL
OF A GILDED ERA

HE WAS JAY GATSBY, A SELF-MADE MILLIONAIRE WHO GAVE WILD AND LAVISH PARTIES ATTENDED BY STRANGERS.

"IN HIS BLUE GARDENS MEN AND GIRLS CAME AND WENT LIKE MOTHS AMONG THE WHISPERINGS AND THE CHAMPAGNE AND THE STARS."

SHE WAS DAISY BUCHANAN, A YOUNG RICH BEAUTY WITH BRIGHT EYES AND A PASSIONATE MOUTH.

"HIGH IN A WHITE PALACE, THE KING'S DAUGHTER, THE GOLDEN GIRL."  EVEN HER VOICE WAS "FULL OF MONEY."

THE
GREAT
GATSBY
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD


A GREAT NOVEL OF A GLITTERING ERA OF AMAZING RICHNESS AND SCOPE.  THIS IS THE MOST DAZZLING FICTION WE POSSESS OF THE JAZZ AGE'S RECKLESS REVELS.

A FABLE OF THE ROARING TWENTIES THAT WILL SURVIVE AS A LEGEND.
44 2013 2019 House of EarthWoodie Guthrie  Rated 2Rated 2Rated 2Rated 2Rated 2
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45 2013 2015 How I Became a Ghost
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PRAISE FOR
TIM TINLGLE'S
Crossing Bok Chitto


"...these realities cut deeper than any fantasy." - The New York Times

"...a noted Choctaw storyteller and a Cherokee join forces with stirring results." - BookList

"...a moving and wholly original story about the intersection of cultures." - Publishers Weekly

AND FOR
Spirits Dark and Light


"Tingle is a master storyteller, hos flow and timing are superb.  Young readers will feel like he's talking drectly to them." - American Indians in Children's Literature

Front Flap:
From the award-winning imagination of Tim TIngle
How I Became a Ghost

A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story

Told in the words of Isaac, a Choctaw boy who does not survive the Trail of Tears, How I Became a Ghost is a tale of innocence and resilience in the face of tragedy. From the book's opening line, "Maybe you have never read a book written by a ghost before," the reader is put on notice that this is no normal book. Isaac leads a remarkable foursome of Choctaw comrades: a tough-minded teenage girl, a shape-shifting panther boy, a lovable five-year-old ghost who only wants her mom and dad to be happy, and Isaac s talking dog, Jumper. The first in a trilogy, How I Became a Ghost thinly disguises an important and oft-overlooked piece of history.

COVER ILLUSTRATION BY ULIANA GUREEVA
INSIDE MAP ILLUSTRATION
BY STEVEN WALKER

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TIM TINGLE is an Oklahoma Choctaw, a storyteller, and the author of Crossing Bok Chitto and Walking the CHoctaw Road.  His great-great-grandfather, John Carnes, walked the Trail of Tears in 1835.  In 1993, Tingle retraced the trail to Choctaw homelands in Mississippi and began recording stories for tribal elders.  How I Became a Ghost was inspired by these memories.  Tingle lives in Canyon Lake, Texas.

www.TimTingle.com
46 2016 2023 The Hunted
The Trackers #2
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The deadly hunt continues as the hunters become the hunted....

Five days ago North Korea detonated three nuclear warheads over the United States, triggering an electromagnetic pulse that crippled the country. A second attack destroyed the nerve center of America in a nuclear blast that flattened the nation’s capital. As the United States descends into chaos, the survivors must decide how far they will go to save the ones they love.

Police Chief Marcus Colton has struggled to maintain order in the isolated mountain town of Estes Park, Colorado, with the help of expert tracker Raven Spears and stranded pilot Major Nathan Sardetti. Together, they fought the evil terrorizing the town, but new threats are rising and old rivalries are coming to a head.

Charlize Montgomery, newly promoted to Secretary of Defense, is caught between loyalty to her country and love for her son, Ty. When the Marines sent to find Ty in Colorado discover a scene of unspeakable carnage, the straightforward rescue mission turns into a deadly chase.
47 2006 2022 In Plain Sight
Joe Pickett #6
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C. J. Box has won a host of awards, including the Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry. In Plain Sight sees game warden Joe Pickett's life take a turn for the worse after millionaire Opal Scarlett goes missing. As Pickett discovers more and more disturbing truths, it becomes clear that someone wants the dogged game warden to keep his nose out of the investigation.
48 2014 2018 Julian Chapter
Wonder #1.1
R J Palacio  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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49 1901 2017 KimRudyard Kipling  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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50 1909 2019 The Last Trail
Ohio River Trilogy #3
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From librivox.org:

Return with us to those thrilling days of yesteryear as Mike Vendetti narrates this early Zane Grey novel of hardy pioneers taming the wild west. Yes, despite the difficult times, romance flourishes and the bad guys are eliminated almost single handedly as our heroes Jonathan Zane and his sidekick Lew “Deathwind” Wetzel fight their way through mud, blood, gore, savage Indians, and despicable outlaws, to make the land safe for pioneer families as they settle the wild west. Summary by Mike Vendetti.






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