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Are you looking for a new historical fiction read? The Exiles is a fascinating history lesson.

I've always been curious about how Great Britain could possibly transport and support a convict community in far off Australia and Van Diemen's Land while dispersing the native population. Here is a glimpse of what conditions must have been like. At times the suffering is so hard to bear but the authorbrings hope to her family of characters who persevere despite terrible conditions. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Pull of the Stars  by Emma Donoghue

The Secret River by Kate Grenville 

Morgan's Run by Colleen McCullough


Looking for a psychological fiction read?

Everything I Never Told You  is a heart-breaking story about a family tragedy where each generation suffers the pain of being different and the inability to communicate.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Gravity Is the Thing by Jaclyn Moriarty 

Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

Saints for All Occasions  by Courtney J. Sullivan




"What would happen if you shared your truth?" One notebook containg this question brings together six strangers as they face their truths in The Authenticity Project. A heartwarming and reflective novel. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars 

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The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

Star-Crossed by Minnie Dark 





Try Ann Patchett's, The Dutch House on audio. It's an engaging historical fiction listen! 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout 

The Last Romantics  by Tara Conklin 

Ask Again, Yes  by Mary Beth Keane






Love a great mystery? You won't want to put down The Mother-In-Law. Family secrets unravel in this suspensful family drama that will keep you guessing to the last page.

Rating: 4/5 Stars.

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The Husband's Secret  by Liane Moriarty 

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell 

The Lake House by Kate Morton





In need of a new series to read? Try book one, My Brilliant Friend, in Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton

Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner 





This story about being a gay teenager during the start of the AIDS crisis is told through lyrical and haunting prose.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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If you enjoy We are Lost and Found, check out these similar titles:

Like a Love Story  by Abdi Nazemian 

Ziggy Stardust and Me  by James Brandon 

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo





 Looking for a young adult read? Try The Fountains of Silence  for a fantastic historical fiction read. 

Rating: 5/5 Stars 

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Lovely War  by Julie Berry 

Shame of Stars  by Guadalupe Garcia McCall 






Love nonfiction reads? Check out Humankind: A Hopeful History. This book is just what we need in this era of division and unrest. Bregman upends many recent philosophers with his encouraging news that we can and will have a brighter future.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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If you enjoy Humankind: A Hopeful History, check out these similar titles:

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval N. Harari 

The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar 




Iron Chef Michael Symon share his own health concerns and some delicious recipes to reduce inflammation in his cookbook, Fix it With Food. The recipes are easy to follow. My own personal favorite is the baked eggs with mushrooms, collards and onions. 

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Click here to request Fix it With Food: More Than 125 Recipes to Address Autoimmune Issues and Inflammation.

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Help Yourself: A Guide to Gut Health for People Who Love Delicious Food by Lindsay Maitland Hunt

The Plant Paradox Family Cookbook: 80 One-pot Recipes to Nourish Your Family Using Your Instapot, Slow Cooker, or Sheet Pan by Steven R. Gundry 

Living Lively: 80 Plant-Based Recipes to Activate Your Power and Feed Your Potential by Haile Thomas 


Neighbors Eudora, Rose and Stanley form an unlikely friendship in this heartwarming story. You won't want to put down The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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A Man Called Over by Fredrick Backman 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 

Love Story of Missy Charmichael by Beth Morrey 





Love a great Romcom? Hibbert's series The Brown Sisters features strong women in funny romantic stories. You'll definetly want to give both, Get a Life, Chloe Brown and Take a Hint, Dani Brown a read. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars 

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The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory 

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang



Donlea's twisty thriller The Suicide House will keep you guessing until the end. A perfect October read.

Rating:  4/5 Stars

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Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci

The Late Show  by Michael Connelly 





A multi-staff pick 1Q-84 is a post-modern story with elements of magical realism. Murakami's writing style and imagery will stay with you long after you finish this intricately plotted work of literary fiction. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi 

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides




Looking for a new Sci-Fi read? Make sure to check out Automatic Reload. Steinmetz combines futuristic maintenancepunk with moments of tenderness in this actionpacked read.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

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If you enjoy Automatic Reload, check out these similar titles: 

Lock In by John Scalzi

The Warehouse by Rob Hart

Zero Sum Game by S.L. Huang