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AMERICA'S OBSESSIVES: THE COMPULSIVE ENERGY THAT BUILT A NATION Kendall, Joshua C.

Being different can birth greatness. Witness how Charles Lindbergh and six other famous Americans used their obsessions to pave their road to prominence, creating standout Americans like Thomas Jefferson, baseball star Ted Williams, and others.


BRICK BY BRICK: HOW LEGO REWROTE THE RULES OF INNOVATION AND CONQUERED THE TOY INDUSTRY Robertson, David

It took Seven Truths to lay these famous bricks in place for over 400 million people. Witness LEGO's rise to the top of the toy mountain as it avoids looming financial ruin before the 2007-2010 boom that took the toy company to new heights thanks to a plan to bring back the Seven Truths of Innovation and apply them.


DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC?: THE SENSE AND NONSENSE OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE Offit, Paul A.

Dabbling in alternative medicine can be deadly. So claims Paul A. Offit, M.D. Here he lays out the case against alternative medicine, exposing how chinese herbs can cause kidney failure, the dangerous consequences brought by acupuncture needles, metals found in Indian remedies, and more.


ONE AND ONLY: WHY HAVING AN ONLY CHILD, AND BEING ONE, IS BETTER THAN YOU THINK Sandler, Lauren

What if everything you thought you knew about single-child families was wrong? Sandler draws from personal experience to pitch the idea that growing up with and as an only child does not set children up to become socially backward, demanding adults. Sandler also addresses society's tendency to place emphasis on having 'kids,' rather than having 'a kid.'


WEAR YOUR DREAMS: MY LIFE IN TATTOOS Hardy, Ed

Before all the t-shirts, the hats, and perfumes, Ed Hardy drew dreams into skin. Follow the tattoo phenomenon as he becomes an outspoken advocate for viewing tattoos as art. Included artwork shows off designs from the so-called 'Godfather of Tattoos.'


WHEN WILL MY GROWN-UP KID GROW UP?: LOVING AND UNDERSTANDING YOUR EMERGING ADULT Arnett, Jeffrey Jensen

Take your finger away from the panic button and learn what your 20-something is going through as you implement these methods of giving your grown child space while still being there for them. Boomerang kids in their twenties, Dr. Jeffrey Arnett says, are part of a new group called 'emerging adults,' ranging from age 20 through 29. Here, he shows you how to get them ready for what comes next.


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AFFLICTION Hamilton, Laurell K.

If it looks like a zombie and smells like a zombie, it may be something else entirely. All the distance in the world can't keep Micah's estranged father safe when the man is stricken with what some think is a kind of zombie disease. Now Anita must discover the real source of Micah's father's condition. The clock is ticking, and Anita has less than a week to pull off the impossible.


BAD MONKEY Hiaasen, Carl

When you're craving a late-night snack, does finding a frozen arm in your fridge make you salivate? Miami-turned-Key West police officer Andrew Yancy takes on a voodoo witch, a widow, and other quirky characters as he tries to reveal a murder and open his refrigerator door without screaming again.


BEAUTIFUL DAY: A NOVEL Hilderbrand, Elin

Nantucket is no place for heartache, yet only the would-be bride and groom seem happy about their upcoming nuptials. The bride's late mother left behind specific instructions, and as preparations are made, the couple's loved ones face betrayal, questions, and secrets as storm clouds gather over the happy couple's beautiful day.


BLOOD & BEAUTY: A NOVEL Dunant, Sarah

Sexual plague, war, and invasion batter Italy as Lucrezia Borgias and her brother grow into the political powerhouses that will usher in a violent age and make the Borgias the stuff of legend.


BOMBSHELL Coulter, Catherine

A naked sister covered in blood was the last thing FBI Special Agent Griffin Hammersmith expected to find on his way to Washington, D.C. to join Dillon Savich's unit. Before long, Griffin is hunting a killer and trying to stop whoever was responsible for leaving his sister naked, unconscious, and bathed in blood. Talk about a tough first day.


COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY: A BIBLIOPHILE MYSTERY Carlisle, Kate

Brooklyn knows books, and she knows this one was made for the museum, not some old friend. Still, her sister gives the antique cookbook with its strange writing and symbols to a friend...who ends up dead. Brooklyn knew there was something strange about that book. With her sister's friend dead and the cookbook missing, there's no telling who gets to write the final chapter in this killer story.


CRAZY RICH ASIANS Kwan, Kevin

If it looks Chinese but talks like an American, odds are this well-off Chinese family will reject it. Follow three rich Chinese families through all the backstabbing, plotting, and whispers that fill this satirical look at the well-to-do Asians of the world. It all starts when an heir introduces his American-born Chinese girlfriend to his less-than-happy family.


ELEVEN DAYS Carpenter, Lea

No training could have prepared this Navy SEAL for what was to come following a mission in May of 2011. Jason's mother, who honored him by filling her head with military knowledge, recalls what led to her son's disappearance nine days ago. Jason's letters to his mother reveal his growth, while flashbacks reveal his absentee father. Now, the fate that waits for Jason is the one he never trained for.


FIRE WITNESS: A NOVEL Kepler, Lars

Flora Hansen is a fake, so when she starts having real visions after a girl escapes and leaves a bloody bed behind, Flora finds herself stumbling through new territory. Now she must determine why she's convinced everyone is wrong about the murder weapon as detective Joona Linna faces someone from his past.


HUNTING EVE Johansen, Iris

Eve may be caught, but that just gives her more reason to fight as she faces off against the man holding her captive in this sequel to 'Taking Eve.'


IMPOSSIBLE LIVES OF GRETA WELLS Greer, Andrew Sean

Electricity turns back the hands of time after Greta goes off the deep end of depression following the death of her twin brother, Felix. Electroshock therapy keeps sending Greta back to 1918, 1941, and the present, giving her three lives in three versions of herself. Similarities abound, but with the last treatment looming, a choice must be made. Which Greta will survive, and where will she end up?


JOYLAND King, Stephen

A dying child's fate and a murderer's legacy forever change a college student-turned-carny's life when Devin Jones takes a job at an amusement park in 1973.


LEMON ORCHARD Rice, Luanne

Her daughter is dead; his daughter is missing. Julia heads for Malibu to do some house sitting and mourn her daughter in peace when she meets a lemon orchard worker still clinging to the hope of finding his missing daughter.


REVENGE WEARS PRADA: THE DEVIL RETURNS Weisberger, Lauren

Wedding bells, a successful magazine, and a life free from her old boss isn't enough to cure Andy's growing unease when her boss's image continues to haunt her almost a decade later in this sequel to 'The Devil Wears Prada.' As Andy and her magazine partner, another of Miranda's ex-assistants, guide their magazine to success, they discover that industry functions and other events may again bring Miranda front and center.


SISTERLAND: A NOVEL Sittenfeld, Curtis

It's long been easy to call her identical twin sister crazy, but when an earthquake makes Kate wonder if her sister, Vi, is onto something with her predictions of an even larger quake to come, Kate must choose whether to tap into her own psychic abilities, the ones she's long tried to ignore.


SKINNY BITCH IN LOVE Barnouin, Kim

It's meat versus veggies when a sabotaged vegan sous chef looks to open a new restaurant right where a meateater plans to open the doors to his new steakhouse. It would be so much easier for 26-year-old Clementine Cooper to hate her competition if Zach Jeffries didn't look ten times more tasty than her own dishes.


TRANSATLANTIC: A NOVEL McCann, Colum

Hope, love, and freedom echo down through four generations of women as an 1800s black American slave speaks of democracy, two airmen make a historic flight following World War I, and an American senator seeks Irish peace in this novel that spans 150 years and follows a matriarchal clan through the ages.


UNSEEN: A NOVEL Slaughter, Karin

South Georgia gives Will Trent a dangerous welcome as he goes undercover to take on a white supremacist group, determined to keep his girlfriend safe by keeping her in the dark.


UNTIL SHE COMES HOME Roy, Lori

Good neighbors keep bad secrets. A troubled Detroit neighborhood lies at the center of a mystery involving two murders. Pregnant Grace must question everything she holds dear and decide whether to reveal what really happened as men come together to search for a missing woman.


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