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Room-By-Room Setups That Cater to Cattitude“Room-By-Room Setups That Cater to Cattitude”
by Tanya Smith       

Organizing the home can be difficult, especially when you’re being watched or judged by one or more cats. With this book, you can learn to use various features of the home to provide fun setups for your cat family. If you're a cat parent looking for ways to add safety and entertainment for indoor cats while adding convenience for humans, this book is for you.  

Providing picture-filled illustrations, this book shows how you can: learn ways to add comfort, safety and entertainment features for indoor cats; organize rooms in a cat-friendly manner; create window setups that can work for both mellow and energetic cats; make it easy for cats to sit in comfort as they stare at the neighbors; and more.

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Summer of No Rain“Summer of No Rain”
by Laura Hunter  

“In this YA novel,” writes Kirkus, “a multiracial girl finds herself the subject of strange medical experiments in rural Alabama. It’s the summer of 1968. Heat and drought have dried out the fields around Hyssop, where 12-year-old Margaret Ann Odom lives with her Black Cherokee mother, M’dear.”  

“The medicine causes Margaret Ann to feel depressed, but the truth is even darker than she can imagine. The majority of the book is narrated by Margaret Ann, and Hunter gives her a poet’s eye for the world around her ... the novel is based on a true story, one that many readers likely have never heard of, and Hunter tells it in a way that highlights the horrors.”

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Curse of The Eagle“Curse of The Eagle”
by Michael E. Nathanson  

A work of “faction,” combining elements of history, a suspense thriller and modern-day reality.  

The Council of Practitioners of Jihad sounds the call for an unprecedented meeting. They have not officially met since the group’s formation 30 years earlier. Ultimately a unified, unstoppable military confrontation is planned.  

FBI agents Gerry Bolton and Jan Hanson track down clues to the murders of several high-profile government officials that share too many common details. FBI Special Agent Aziz Malawi probes into the underworld of terrorist activities in America. He is drawn by chance into a very dark world and plunges into the workings of a large-scale terrorist operation in America. His FBI team must give him enough leash to get the job done, yet extract him before he becomes another victim.

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The Trouble with Miracles, Book 3“The Trouble with Miracles, Book 3”
by Stephen Steele  

The ancient secret of fusion energy is rediscovered in this breathless thriller and third book in the series, about the magic and mystery of the Easter Island statues.   Cyd and Alex return to Montana to settle down. Robert, a close friend working in Chile, turns up missing after recent earthquakes trigger strange lights coming from a volcano. Cyd and Alex go looking for him, and a harrowing adventure uncovers a civilization of ancient aliens who possess the secret to fusion energy, the same energy that powers the sun. An object is found in a lost city that explains the technology, but it is unreadable.  

Meanwhile, a journal from a sunken 18th-century Spanish galleon reveals something hidden on an island off Chile’s coast that can translate the alien object.

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BookTrib’s Bites: Gripping Memoirs, Romance and a Kid’s Tale

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White Flag“White Flag”
by Judy Mandel       

“I’m done with that life, I’ll never go back to it,” vows Cheryl, but at this point the words are meaningless. This is why, when her Aunt Judy finds Cheryl in jail after two years after presuming her dead, Judy prays this is a wakeup call for the eldest daughter of her dead sister.

Bestselling author Judy L. Mandel reveals that her niece Cheryl is just a symptom of the pervasive grip of trauma brought to light in her first book, “Replacement Child.” Judy grapples endlessly with the seeming futility of trying to help Cheryl, and in the process discovers that trauma and epigenetics may have been what started this avalanche of pain generations ago. She wonders why some people can recover from addiction, and others cannot. Why some can raise the white flag of surrender, while others fight, no matter what the cost.

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Where The Sun Rises“Where The Sun Rises”
by Anna Gomez and Kristoffer Polaha  

The “From Kona with Love” series depicts multicultural romance, love, loss, and redemption woven into a family saga, set in the beautiful islands of Hawaii. Book Two is a story about overcoming adversity, the promise of young love, and the valor in letting go.  

When Maele Moana is paired up with Adam Yates to walk down the aisle together at her friend Andie’s wedding, it isn’t exactly a perfect match. Maele is the daughter of a plantation worker, and Adam is the son of one of the richest men in Oahu. But they have one thing in common: big dreams. But with love comes sacrifice, and the goals they’ve worked so hard for may end up tearing them apart.

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The Rowdy Randy Wild West Show“The Rowdy Randy Wild West Show”
by Casey Rislov  

Rugged action. Daring stunts. Spectacular showmanship! Rowdy Randy is back, and this time instead of aggravating all the creatures in her path, she’s rounding them up to put in her very own Wild West show.  

Now critters from every rock, den and tree are lining up to audition. And what a show it is! From rope stunts to high jumps, and aerial tricks to climbing competitions, this cowgirl’s show has got it all. But there’s one unwanted character lurking in the shadows who is ready to take credit for it all. The latest in the Rowdy Randy series for children -- which will bring joy and enlighten the imagination -- from this award-winning author.

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When the Bough Breaks“When the Bough Breaks”
by Nancy Ferraro  

“When the Bough Breaks, True Stories of Hope and Encouragement of Mothers Who Have Had to Reinvent Their Relationships with Their Children,” seeks to shed light on that moment when Mom has to reach into the well of courage and ask for outside help.  

The author is an attorney and the mother of two boys, one of whom was adopted from Romania with severe disabilities. After almost a decade of advocacy and research, she placed her son George in a group home, where he is thriving, growing and participating in family life. She writes of her experience as the main caregiver in the family, as most American mothers are, and bearing the burden of guilt and responsibility when things go awry.

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BookTrib’s Bites: Diverse Slices of Life in These Four Books

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Squeeze Plays“Squeeze Plays”
by Jeffrey Marshall       

A modern tableau about money and power set in New York and London. Two powerful men, a bank chief executive and a New York tabloid publisher, are at odds over a loan that would keep the publisher afloat. Enter a ruthless Russian oligarch with an offer of a financial life raft to the publisher -- a gambit uncovered by a dogged financial reporter who senses a big story.  

The book whisks us into the paneled boardrooms and lavish penthouses of the New York elite and shows us their lifestyle, their desires and their foibles. The author carefully details the reporter’s story, which ties the central characters together in what becomes a stunning front-page expose. Along the way, the reader sees not just financial skullduggery but sexual blackmail, strong and principled female characters and a brisk and often satirical take on the corrupting influences of wealth and power.

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Laughing My Way Through the Third Stage“Laughing My Way Through the Third Stage”
by Susan Goldfein  

The author is highly qualified to tarnish the golden years and she does so with the usual wit and wisdom we’ve come to expect. Following her first two award-winning books, “How Old Am I in Dog Years and How to Complain When There’s Nothing to Complain About,” this collection of hilarious essays comments on her personal, but highly relatable, journey through the decades.  

With wit and candor, Goldfein discusses her left rotator cuff that no longer rotated, her horror at losing inches instead of pounds and the indignity of bathing suit shopping. Susan has become the hilarious new voice for “women of a certain age,” and she reminds us of how refreshing it is to step back and have a good laugh at our own expense.

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The Offering“The Offering”
by Salah El Moncef  

A Tunisian diasporic poet explores the nature of loss as his life tragically falls apart in this critically acclaimed novel.  

After countless professional disappointments, Tariq Abbassi flees Tunisia with his wife for a new life in France, where he plans to flourish as an experimental poet. But soon he is struggling just to keep his family together. His uncompromising ambition and untethered anger, however, ultimately lead to an emotional rupture, and Tariq soon finds himself completely alone when his wife takes the children and leaves.  

This abandonment is only the first in a string of unspeakable tragedies that befall him. Reeling from his devastating loss while attempting to cope with a traumatic brain injury, Tariq finds his already tenuous grasp on reality slipping away.

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The Power of Being Seen“The Power of Being Seen”
by Roger Saillant  

A poignant memoir about a person who was a product of the foster care system in the 1950s, showing how adults’ inability to really see and hear others can alter a life. Author Roger Saillant describes his journey, constantly doubting himself and wondering: ‘Why doesn’t anybody want me? Did I do something wrong?’ He lives life on a farm where all that matters is whether work gets done  --  with no regard to the typical experiences of a growing child.  

Saillant describes feelings of abandonment and hopelessness, but the good values instilled by many caring adults make this a story of optimism, courage and inspiration. “Roger understands the impact kind people have had on him. Those who saw him and assured him he matters will live in him forever,” says reviewer Kathleen Alfiero.

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Ruin: A Novel of Flyfishing in Bankruptcy“Ruin: A Novel of Flyfishing in Bankruptcy”
by  Leigh Seippel       

A thoroughly engrossing novel about a young couple’s struggle to come back from financial catastrophe. Having fled their urban life, they begin to build a new life together in a rural setting, only to have it fall apart all over again in ways that could never be predicted.  

Former hedge fund owner Frank Campbell has gone bankrupt and lost the entire inherited fortune of his artist wife. The couple takes refuge in an abandoned Hudson Valley farm shared with a resident herd of congenial goats.  

Frank tries to build a new business, but it is not the answer. Only when he turns to flyfishing, traveling the world in search of the ever more perfect and elusive trout (and one memorable carp), does he find his way forward.  

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KGB Banker“KGB Banker”
by William McCormick and John Christmas  

A pulse-pounding international thriller spanning the globe. A return trip to the land of his ancestors is about to turn deadly for one whistleblowing Chicago banker.  

When financial executive Bob Vanags takes a job at  the ominous Turaida Bank in Latvia, he hopes to learn of his heritage and to fight economic fraud in Eastern Europe. Instead, Bob finds himself pulled into a world of political intrigue, blackmail and murder.    

Aided by his son David, his beautiful colleague Agnese and a fearless Latvian journalist named Santa Ezeriņa, Bob begins to unravel his employer’s darkest secrets, discovering their sins and conspiracies beyond his wildest fears. Secrets that Turaida wants to keep hidden, even at the cost of Bob’s life.

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Double Exposure“Double Exposure”
by Jeanee Sacken  

It’s November 2015. Seasoned war photojournalist Annie Hawkins returns home after an assignment to find her life falling apart. She’s under investigation for an incident that happened six months earlier in Afghanistan. Her best friend’s daughter is still missing, apparently with her Taliban boyfriend. Her daughter and friends are fundraising to rebuild the Wad Qol Secondary School for Girls and expect Annie to deliver the money.  

When Annie returns to Afghanistan to cover peace talks between the government and the Taliban, she goes to Wad Qol, where she discovers that not everyone wants the new school. Sabotage delays construction, and when a worker ends up dead, it’s clear the militants are to blame. It’s also obvious that they know exactly where Annie is.

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by Kathleen George  

“You cannot fail to fall in love with Harrison Mirth.”  

“Mirth” chronicles the struggles of a writer, Harrison Mirth, a romantic man who writes about love and tries to find it through three marriages, in three cities, and always with renewable hope. Amanda is first -- New York City and youth. Maggie is second and spans the middle-age years -- Upstate New York. Liz, the third, from Pittsburgh and the senior years, sees him as a man sheltering a secret lake of sadness, but somehow always upbeat, cheerful, a willful optimist, forever innocent. To her, that is irresistible.  

Margot Livesey, author of “The Boy in The Field,” calls the book “a dazzling portrait of a man who lives up to his name, and of those who love him. A wonderful novel.”

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BookTrib’s Bites: Thrillers and Political Satire

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Revelation (The Saga of Venom and Flame)“Revelation (The Saga of Venom and Flame)”
by Victor Acquista       

An ancient conspiracy is about to be exposed ... .  

Since the dawn of civilization, a clandestine Brotherhood has been secretly organizing a hidden agenda. As the Illuminati orchestrate worldwide catastrophic events to establish a New World Order, only Serena Mendez and an ancient society with ties to Atlantis can save humanity from centuries of manipulation.   Serena is a warrior without a weapon. As she and her allies work to defeat the Illuminati, she must decipher seven mysterious messages that hold the key to survival in this thrilling race to unlock a secret that will change humankind. Rich in history and mythology, this book is a gripping battle between the masters of mind control and the warriors who oppose them.

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Make America Beautiful Again“Make America Beautiful Again”
by Bo Bancroft  

Kirkus calls it “a nimble political satire that should appeal to Americans of every stripe ... reminiscent of books by Christopher Buckley.”   Suspected terrorists attack with a pre-dawn bomb spree, baffling law enforcement as the only targets are towering billboards lining the interstates. The laundry list of culprits includes eco-terrorists, a notorious drug cartel and disgruntled outdoor advertising employees. With Georgians on edge, politicians quickly focus on how to manipulate the situation.   Caught in the crosshairs are the three adult Worthington siblings. Not only was their outdoor advertising business attacked, the youngest brother, a retired Army demolitions expert, has suspiciously disappeared. So the family enlists his Army buddy to track him down. The web she ultimately uncovers is far more nefarious than terrorists.

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Fields of Fire“Fields of Fire”
by Ryan Steck  

“Debut thriller of the year.” --Kyle Mills    

Unable to remember anything leading up to his team’s ambush, Marine Raider Matthew Redd can’t deny the possibility that he’s responsible for the leak that led to the massacre. Discharged from the corps, Redd heads home to Montana, where he discovers his adoptive father is dead and the explanation for his death is far from satisfying. Determined to dig up the truth, Redd uncovers a dark global conspiracy with no team at his back -- except one he might find among past friends, old enemies and new allies, if only he can figure out whom to trust.    

“Matty Redd has cemented himself as the go-to man in a bad situation.”  -- Brad Taylor.    

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Ask The Girl“Ask The Girl”
by DJ Key  

Murdered in 1925, Katy Watkins, an 18-year-old debutante, finds herself near a worn-down cabin. She doesn’t know where she is, so she heads home and discovers two strangely dressed girls in her bedroom window. When her memory returns, a demon hunts her -- this demon is her killer.  

She walks in the woods trying to get home, stuck in a loop until she meets Lila and Rose. It was hard for Lila to cope after her father’s suicide, which forced Lila, her mom, and her sister Rose to live with their aunt and uncle. They discover a ghost tied to an old murder mystery. Rose is possessed by Katy. In order to save Rose’s life, Lila and Rose help Katy uncover the truth about her murder.

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BookTrib’s Bites: Poetry, Life Lessons for Kids and Adolescents

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The Absolute: Collected Poems of Sri Chinmoy“The Absolute: Collected Poems of Sri Chinmoy”       

This book is a collection of Sri Chinmoy’s poems, selected from his entire body of poetic work that spans more than six decades. All of his early poems were written from within the poetic restraints of meter and rhyme. Only later in his poetic career did he write in free verse.  

Speaking of his poetry, Sri Chinmoy says, “Throughout my poetry-journey, my poetry-tree has cherished various branches: philosophy, prayer, religion, spirituality, my love of Nature’s beauty, my love of word-making, which the English language indulgently allows me to explore, and my abiding love, concern and hope for this world of ours.” Sri Chinmoy’s poetry offers hope, strength and salvation to many an earnest traveler in his or her journey through life.

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Mark Victor Hansen, Relentless“Mark Victor Hansen, Relentless”
by Mitzi Perdue  

Winner of the Literary Titan Award for Nonfiction. “The Chicken Man’s” wife writes about the “Chicken Soup” guy. Mitzi Perdue spoke to many of the important people who inspired “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” co-author Mark Victor Hansen along the way and to those with whom he made a true difference in their lives. Hansen conquered many mountains by never letting any obstacle get in his way and by inspiring others to make a difference. His story is exceptional, but it is his extraordinary perseverance and generosity that led to his long-term success.  

Perdue is a meticulous writer who captures the essence of Mark with true stories that are inspiring and amazing in showing the tenacity of one man who learned that in order to receive, first you must give.

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TARRA: Mission to Earth“TARRA: Mission to Earth”
by Inna Van Der Velden  

Anthony and his friends come to Earth to find the antidote for the fear dust pollution. The children on their native planet, Tarra, are in severe danger. If Anthony’s mission doesn’t succeed, life on Tarra will cease to exist.  

Readers experience a number of adventures and come to their own revelations, sensing with their heart and acting on their intuition. See Earth from an interstellar traveler’s perspective and learn how to live within its harmony.   TARRA: Mission to Earth, geared for ages nine to 12, has incredible magic hidden within. It opens every reader to a deeper understanding of our planet. “TARRA: Mission to Earth, The Family Companion” includes 34 tasks for children as well as an adult guide.

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Diamond Eyes Makes His Mark“Diamond Eyes Makes His Mark”
by DJ Key  

Mark Van Buren, nicknamed Diamond Eyes, is a 14-year-old misfit who can't do anything right. When his father and stepmom plan to ship him to Florida to live with his uncle DJ and aunt Rita, founders of a cover band, the Ambient Images, he worries he won't be accepted. But when he fills in to sing one night, it changes his life.  

Various adventures take him on an Alaskan cruise, the Las Vegas desert, an Amish farm, and a crocodile-infested swamp. The book is a testament to the trials and tribulations adolescents face in today's world, such as bullying, suicidal thoughts, loss of a loved one and sexual identity. Ultimately, it is a tale of faith, endurance and the power of unconditional love.

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Hall of Fame Game Inventor Tells Inside Story Of the Toy Industry

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 A Game Maker's LifeJeffrey Breslow’s new memoir, “A GAME MAKER’S LIFE: A Hall of Fame Inventor and Executive Tells the Inside Story of the Toy Industry,” is the gripping account of how the inventor held his company together after an employee opened fire in the Marvin Glass and Associates conference room in 1976. The gunman killed two of the Chicago firm’s partners and an employee and critically wounded two more employees before killing himself. Jeffrey Breslow, a partner, missed taking a bullet only because the gunman didn’t see him -- he had just stepped into an adjoining office to take a phone call. The gunman left behind a hit list of fourteen names. Breslow later learned that his name was second on the list.  

Before the shooting, Breslow was the youngest partner of toy industry giant Marvin Glass and Associates at age 33. After the shooting, and despite his youth, Breslow’s partners voted him in as managing partner. Thrust into leadership by default, he faced incredible challenges, including consoling the families of the victims, dealing with the staff’s PTSD and rebuilding a sense of safety and morale. He was also determined to keep the successful but reeling business alive. He needed a miracle -- and he got one. His partner Howard Morrison created a blockbuster, Simon, which Smithsonian Magazine says “ushered in the era of electronic games.” The firm was back in business.  

Jeffrey BreslowIn spite of the tragedy, Breslow still felt incredibly lucky. Marvin Glass had personally hired him in 1967, soon dubbed him a “boy genius” and made him a partner after 18 months on the job.  

From the first iconic toy Breslow developed, called “Bucket of Fun,” he gifted us with some of the most memorable toys of childhood, including: “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots,” “Ants in the Pants,” “Fashion Polly Pocket,” “Guesstures,” “Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash,” “California Roller Baby,” “The Animal” and “Masterpiece.”  

The secret to his success was creating games that each player thought they had a chance of winning. Clients of Marvin Glass and Associates included Milton Bradley, Parker Brothers, Ideal Toy, Fisher-Price, Playskool and many others.

Breslow rose to the challenge and learned to:     

  • Consistently do the unexpected.     
  • Never take “No” for an answer.     
  • Help employees maintain their well-being.     
  • Unlock the secrets of pleasing clients.     
  • Be persistent, especially if an idea was unusual or cutting-edge.     
  • Hire more women. Half of toy customers are female, and yet women were under-represented at his company.   
  • Find mentors -- they don’t just come to you.  

Breslow would go on to an unprecedented career. He is the only toy designer to win the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval twice and was inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame in 1998. It’s surprising that a man who played for a living had his leadership mettle forged in crisis, but “A GAME MAKER’S LIFE” is more than a memoir, it’s a guide to success under pressure, rebuilding a business and learning how to honor those who were lost -- by bringing joy to children and families around the world.

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Tuscan Son“Tuscan Son”
by Robert Berne       

Called “a tour de force adventure within the modern university that is both a great read and eerily familiar,” a university vice president finds himself thrust into a hellish Panamanian prison, at the mercy of unknown forces.  

When a university receives a bequest of a village in Tuscany to use as a study-abroad site, Bill, the vice president, has to negotiate terms with the donor’s angry son, who thinks the village belongs to him. Bill discovers something very wrong.  

As he suspects organized crime is involved, he is lured to Panama, supposedly to sign the transfer papers. Instead, he is thrown into prison and denied contact with the outside. He then realizes his cellmate’s drug-dealing family is his only hope for freedom, but at what price?

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Pressure Point“Pressure Point”
by Betty Briggs  

A letter from Stephanie’s sworn enemy, Jessica, regarding the young child, Zoey, who is half-sibling to Stephanie’s son, Ryan, throws her world into tailspin. Engaged to the man of her dreams, Stephanie must set wedding plans and her job as an attorney aside, and travel to Mexico with fiancé, Colton, to try to find Zoey.  

If that is not enough, Stephanie’s ward, Jill, is also in danger from her own mother and the madman she lives with, who want to reclaim the 16-year-old and drag her back into a life of abuse. Will Stephanie be able to safely bring her family together and have a happily-ever-after wedding to Colton on Christmas Day in Montana? And what about Stephanie’s horse, Kingston, and the special pony, who help Stephanie cope?

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A Sky of Infinite Blue“A Sky of Infinite Blue”
by Kyomi O’Connor  

From an early age in Japan, Kyomi’s life is filled with emotional difficulties. To escape the darkness, Kyomi moves to the U.S. to start a new life. Soon, she falls in love with her husband-to-be, Patrick, whose love and support help her begin to heal. Eventually, they dedicate themselves to a Buddhism practice that changes both their lives -- aiding them in their spiritual growth and in realizing their desire to help others.    

Then Patrick is diagnosed with cancer and loses the battle. Devastated, Kyomi spends a year lost in grief. But then she begins to write, uncovering truths about herself, her life history  and her relationship with Patrick. After years of struggle, Kyomi finds the light that had existed within her all along.

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The Golden Gladiator“The Golden Gladiator”
by Michael Lynch  

This is the true story of the oldest American football player’s return to the gridiron and glory between the ages of 64 to 68. Michael was a football hero in high school, college and the semi-pro leagues on Long Island in the 1960s and 1970s. After seeing his nephew play in an All-Star game in 2012, he decides to turn back the clock and play football again in one of the toughest semipro leagues in America, with and against players 30 to 40 years younger.  

“The Golden Gladiator” is a story of courage, redemption, tragedy and love as Lynch plays for four years in more than 50 games. He is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest American football player. The book has received two Five-Star reviews by Literary Titan and The Book Connection.

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BookTrib’s Bites: Intriguing Stories and A Better You

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Ice Islands“Ice Islands”
by Humphrey Hawksley       

This fourth Rake Ozenna thriller will leave readers breathless. Rake faces dangerous choices and deadly consequences in this rip-roaring political thriller that takes you from the ice islands of Finland to the bustling streets of Tokyo via Russia and the White House.  

Rake’s mission is to gain access to the Kato family -- Japan’s most dangerous crime empire -- through its daughter, Sara. But when the son of the Russian leader is murdered and Sara is implicated, a political crisis among Russia, Japan and the U.S. is set in motion. Rake needs to keep Sara alive while uncovering the true extent of the Kato family’s threat to America. Prepare for a page-turning, riveting ride.

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Think Healthy, Be Healthy“Think Healthy, Be Healthy”
by Beth Linder-Moss  

“Think Healthy, Be Healthy” is a complete guide to living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. It offers simple ways to restructure your life to create the healthiest version of yourself -- even with today’s crazy schedules -- by making easy-to-implement changes in all aspects of your daily life. These modifications will empower you to enhance your physical and mental well-being, as well as your confidence.  

With more than 30 years of experience as an Exercise Physiologist, Personal and Group Fitness Trainer and Health Coach, the author shares her insights by providing advice on fitness, positive thinking, nutrition and sleep habits. Positive thoughts and choices are the key to a balanced lifestyle.

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The Most Likely Club“The Most Likely Club”
by Elyssa Friedland  

At their milestone high school reunion, a group of friends make a pact to achieve their high school superlatives one way or another, in the lively new novel from the acclaimed author of “Last Summer at the Golden Hotel.”  

In Bellport, CT in 1997, four best friends and high school seniors are ready to light the world on fire. Fast forward 25 years and nothing has gone according to plan as the women regroup at their dreaded high school reunion. When a forgotten classmate has a surprising announcement, the friends wonder: Is it too late to make their dreams come true? Fueled by nostalgia and one too many drinks, they form a pact to push through their middle-aged angst to bring their teenage aspirations to fruition.

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A Bend of Light“A Bend of Light”
by Joy Jordan-Lake  

A quiet coastal village in post-World War II America is shaken when the secrets of the past and present collide in a riveting novel by the best-selling author of “Under a Gilded Moon.”  

Five years after the war, Amie Stilwell returns to her hometown in Maine, starting over in the same village where her life once went so wrong. Waiting for her is her surrogate mother, Shibby Travis. But the unexpected also awaits.  

An abandoned boy is found with a note pleading that he be watched over. Amie and Shibby take him in, but the mysteries multiply when a Boston socialite is found dead in Amie’s barn and an old friend suddenly reappears. Through the hazy filter of a town’s secrets, Amie must confront her own painful past.

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BookTrib’s Bites: Focus on Back-to-School Books

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“Math That Makes SenseMath That Makes Sense
by Dr. Carol Ameche       

This book, focusing on Algebra 1 for homeschool learning and instruction, is designed to break each mathematical concept into manageable parts. Every chapter is written in sections, and each section has problems to ensure one’s understanding of the concept.  

Having students rewrite and rework their incorrect problems trains their brain to answer future similar problems correctly. This works on several levels: first, the students are learning kinesthetically by writing the problem and answering step by step. Second, students are learning visually. Lastly, they are working in repeated patterns, which helps transfer the material from short-term memory to long-term memory. The author is an educator with almost 20 years of experience in mathematics education, including elementary, middle school, and high school.

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Things That Can Be Good, Better & Best“Things That Can Be Good, Better & Best”
by J.D. Sperry  

For ages 5 to 12. Philip Stanhope, the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, says, “Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.” In most instances, applying some foresight into not merely doing something well, but doing what it takes to do it better and even going further to try to do it best will produce a much more gratifying experience than initially imagined.  

A slightly larger vision with a little extra effort can quickly turn good things into better and best things. This book gives examples to young readers of things that are good, how they might be made better and what may be one of several ways to make them best.

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Augie Sweetwater and the Dolphin’s Tale“Augie Sweetwater and the Dolphin’s Tale”
by William J. Harrigan  

Augie Sweetwater has been compared to Harry Potter -- a modern-day wizard and new literary hero. This is a wonderous book for children about kids going on marine-biology-minded adventures, international conspiracies and the power of friendship. The story demonstrates just what kids are capable of when they’re given support and understanding.  

Augie Sweetwater is a brilliant 11-year-old with a gift for inventing amazing things that always get him in hot water. Coop Cooperlick is the new kid in school, a 14-year-old with a passion for rock climbing and a knack for thinking on his feet. Mika Deerwood is a lovely 13-year-old Native American with aspirations of Olympic gold in fencing. Together, they are going to make history.

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Sid Johnson and the Phantom Slave Stealer“Sid Johnson and the Phantom Slave Stealer”
by Frances Schoonmaker  

This middle-grade novel represents historical storytelling at its finest, bringing to life a fascinating time in American history with a tale of adventure, mystery and suspense.

Sid Johnson awakens to the sound of gunshots ringing out across his family’s farm. Although his Ma explains away everything as a hunting incident, Sid overhears his parents discussing politics and learns that his family’s home isn’t any ordinary farm; it’s a stop on the Underground Railroad. Sid’s Ma and Pa are under dangerous threat from bounty hunters chasing rewards for runaway slaves.

The book educates young readers on the fundamental issues surrounding slavery during the history of the Underground Railroad and helps them see how this history has shaped the state of American society today.

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