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Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America by Steve Almond
Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America by Steve Almond

Nonfiction 338.47664153 ALM
After confessing to being a lifelong chocoholic, the aptly named Almond traces the history and bittersweet business practices of the companies producing those addictive candy bars.







City of Thieves by David Benioff
City of Thieves by David Benioff

Set in the Soviet Union during the siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is certain he faces a death sentence after he is arrested for looting. But instead of the standard bullet in the back of the head, Lev and his cellmate Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by completing a seemingly impossible task, encountering murders, assassins, cannibals and prostitutes along the way.







The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Angry and lonely twelve-year-old David is mourning the death of his mother with only the books on his shelf to keep him company. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a land that is a strange reflection of his own world, populated by heroes and monsters, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book...The Book of Lost Things.






The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Thursday Next, England’s Special Operative's renowned literary detective, must stop a serial killer who is entering literary works and killing off their main characters. Can Thursday rescue Jane Eyre from being the next victim of literary homicide?









Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Fat Charlie's life is about to be spiced up—his estranged father dies in a karaoke bar, and the handsome brother he never knew he had shows up on his doorstep with a gleam in his eye. A fun book with a little of everything—horror, mystery, magic, comedy, song, romance, ghosts, scary birds, ancient grudges, and trademark British wit.







Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Though he may not speak of them, the memories still dwell inside Jacob Jankowski's ninety-something-year-old mind. Memories of himself as a young man, tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Memories of a world filled with freaks and clowns, with wonder and pain and anger and passion; a world with its own narrow, irrational rules, its own way of life, and its own way of death.






Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

As a child, Kathy—now thirty-one years old—lived at Hailsham, a private school in the scenic English countryside where the children were sheltered from the outside world, brought up to believe that they were special and that their well-being was crucial not only for themselves but for the society they would eventually enter. Kathy had long ago put the past behind her, but when two of her Hailsham friends come back into her life, she is forced to face the truth about their childhood—and about their lives now.





Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

It is 1946, and city-bred Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband's Mississippi Delta farm—a place she finds foreign and frightening. In the midst of the family's struggles, two young men return from World War II to work the land and must face new challenges of prejudice in the Jim Crow South.








Just After Sunset by Stephen King
Just After Sunset by Stephen King

A collection of short stories by the master of horror Stephen King. Who but Stephen King would turn a Port-O-San into a slimy birth canal, or a roadside honky-tonk into a place for endless love? A book salesman with a grievance might pick up a mute hitchhiker, not knowing the silent man in the passenger seat listens altogether too well. Or an exercise routine on a stationary bicycle, begun to reduce bad cholesterol, might take its rider on a captivating—and then terrifying—journey.





The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle
The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle

When her older sister runs away to marry a rodeo cowboy, Alice Winston is left to bear the brunt of her family's troubles—a depressed, bedridden mother; a reticent, overworked father; and a run-down horse ranch. As her family and their well-being become intertwined with the lives of their clients, Alice is drawn into an adult world of secrets and hard truths, and soon discovers that people—including herself—can be cruel, can lie and cheat, and every once in a while, can do something heartbreaking and selfless.





The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

Isabel "Izzy" Spellman is a private investigator. This twenty-eight-year-old may have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes, excessive drinking, and creative vandalism—but the upshot is she's good at her job as a licensed private investigator with her family's firm, Spellman Investigations. But when Izzy's parents hire a spy to follow her to find out the identity of her new boyfriend, Izzy snaps and decides that the only way she will ever be normal is if she gets out of the family business. But there's a hitch: she must take one last job before they'll let her go.





The Rover by Mel Odom
The Rover by Mel Odom

Edgewick Lamplighter is a humble librarian in the isolated halls of Greydawn Moors until he is captured by pirates, sold into slavery, and adopted by a gang of thieves. Rival gangs, goblin marauders, evil wizards, and monstrous dragons are soon after the wee adventurer and his newfound allies in a tale of treasures and treachery, magic and mystery, where even a little guy can rise to the occasion and save the day.






The World Made Straight by Ron Rash
The World Made Straight by Ron Rash

Travis Shelton is seventeen the summer he wanders onto a neighbor's property in the woods, discovers a crop of marijuana large enough to make him some serious money, and steps into the jaws of a bear trap. After hours of passing in and out of consciousness, Travis is discovered by Carlton Toomey, the wise and vicious farmer who set the trap to protect his plants, and Travis's confrontation with the subtle evils within his rural world has begun.






The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

This is the tale of the magically gifted young man named Kvothe who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The reader follows Kvothe in his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king.







The Man Who Ate the 747 by Ben Sherwood
The Man Who Ate the 747 by Ben Sherwood

This is the enchanting, unforgettable tale of J. J. Smith, Keeper of the Records for The Book of Records, an ordinary man searching for the extraordinary. But in all his adventure from Australia to Zanzibar, J.J. has never witnessed great love until he comes upon a tiny town in the heartland of America. Here, where he last expects it, J.J. discovers a world record attempt like no other: Piece by piece, a farmer is eating a Boeing 747 to prove his love for a woman.






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