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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
Alan Bradley

MYS BRADLEY

Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, must exonerate her father of murder. Armed with more than enough knowledge to tie two distant deaths together and examine new suspects, she begins a search that will lead her all the way to the King of England himself.


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One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, No. 1)
Janet Evanovich

MYS EVANOVICH

Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, home to wiseguys, average Joes, and Stephanie Plum, who sports a big attitude and even bigger money problems (since losing her job as a lingerie buyer for a department store). Stephanie needs cash—fast—but times are tough, and soon she’s forced to turn to the last resort of the truly desperate: family…


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The Eyre Affair
Jasper Fforde

MYS FFORDE

In Jasper Fforde’s Great Britain, circa 1985, time travel is routine, cloning is a reality, and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense.


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Star Island
Carl Hiaasen

HIAASEN

Meet Cherry Pye (née Cheryl Bunterman), a pop star attepting a comeback from her latest drug disaster. Now meet Cherry again: in the person of her “undercover stunt double,” Ann DeLusia. Ann portrays Cherry whenever the singer is too “indisposed” to go out in public. And it is Ann who is kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by obsessed paparazzo Bang Abbott.


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The Spellman Files: A Novel
Lisa Lutz

MYS LUTZ

In a family of private investigators, privacy is nonexistent. The Spellman parents spy on the kids just as much as the kids spy on the parents. But after 28 years of this, middle child Isabelle wants out of the family business. Her parents agree, but only if she solves the 10-year-old cold case of a missing teenage.


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The Sunday Philosophy Club : An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery
Alexander McCall Smith

MYS MCCALL SMITH

Isabel, an occasional detective, has been accused of getting involved in problems that are none of her business. In this first installment, Isabel is attending a concert in the Usher Hall when she witnesses a man fall from the upper balcony. Isabel can’t help wondering whether it was the result of mischance or mischief.


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Fool: A Novel
Christopher Moore

MOORE

Pocket, King Lear’s fool, sets out to straighten out the mess the mad king has made of the kingdom and the royal family, only to discover the truth about his own heritage.


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Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery (Chet and Bernie Mysteries)
Spencer Quinn

MYS QUINN

Chet might have flunked out of police school, but he’s a detective through and through. In this book, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.


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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir
Bill Bryson

BIOGRAPHY BRYSON

Bryson entered the world in 1951 as part of America’s postwar baby boom and spent his formative years in Des Moines, Iowa. Bryson wistfully recounts a childhood of innocence and optimism, a magical point in time when a distinct sense of regional and community identity briefly—but blissfully—coexisted with fledgling technology and modern convenience.


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The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee
Sarah Silverman

BIOGRAPHY SILVERMAN

Comedian Silverman’s memoir that mixes showbiz moments with the more serious subject of her teenage bout with depression as well as stories of her childhood and adolescence.


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Awkward Family Photos
Mike Bender, Doug Chernack

HUMOR BEN

This full color book features never-before-seen photos and hilarious personal stories covering everything from uncomfortable moments with relatives, teen angst, sibling rivalry, and family vacations from hell. Nothing says awkward better than an uncomfortable family photograph!


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Bossypants
Tina Fey

HUMOR FEY

From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon, comedian Tina Fey reveals all, and proves that you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.


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Sh*t My Dad Says
Justin Halpern

HUMOR HAL

This is a hilarious coming-of-age book about a son’s relationship with his foul-mouthed father by the 29-year-old comedy writer who created the massively popular Twitter feed of the same name.


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Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang
Chelsea Handler

HUMOR HAN

Chelsea delivers one laugh-out-loud moment after another as she sets her sights on the ridiculous side of childhood, adulthood, and daughterhood.


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When You Are Engulfed in Flames
David Sedaris

HUMOR SED

In essay after essay, Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life—having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger on a plane or armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds—to the most deeply resonant human truths.


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