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The Drowning House: A Novel
Elizabeth Black

BLACK
Returning to the insular Galveston home town of her youth in the wake of a family tragedy, photographer Clare Porterfield is drawn into a century-old mystery involving a woman who drowned during the Hurricane of 1900.


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Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics)
Charlotte Bronte

CLASSIC BRONTE
Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.


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The Meaning of Night: A Confession
Michael Cox

MYS COX
Convinced that he is destined for great wealth, power, and influence, Edward Glyver—booklover, scholar, and murderer—will to anything to reclaim a prize that is rightfully his, following a trail from the underworld depths of Victorian London, to the posh estate of Evenwood and an all-consuming love for the enigmatic Emily Carteret, to an ultimate showdown with his rival, poet-criminal Phoebus Rainsford Daunt.


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Rebecca
Daphne du Maurier

CLASSIC DU MAURIER
The new mistress of Manderley’s Cornwall estate must constantly compete with the memory of Maxim de Winter’s first wife, Rebecca.


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The Historian
Elizabeth Kostova

KOSTOVA
Discovering a medieval book and a cache of letters, a motherless American girl becomes the latest in a series of historians, including her late father, who investigate the possible surviving legacy of Vlad the Impaler.


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The Lantern: A Novel
Deborah Lawrenson

LAWRENSON
Embarking on a torrid affair with Dom, a wealthy older man she barely knows, which brings about a new life and a new home in Provence, bookish Eve, as autumn approaches, becomes obsessed with finding out why Dom won’t talk about his previous marriage—and what happened to his beautiful ex-wife.


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The Forgotten Garden: A Novel
Kate Morton

MORTON
Abandoned on a 1913 voyage to Australia, Nell is raised by a dock master and his wife who do not tell her until she grows up that she is not their child, a situation that causes her to return to England and eventually hand down her quest for answers to her granddaughter.


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The Shadow of the Wind
Carlos Ruiz Zafon

RUIZ ZAFON
A boy named Daniel selects a novel from a library of rare books, enjoying it so much that he searches for the rest of the author’s works, only to discover that someone is destroying every book the author has ever written.


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Green Darkness
Anya Seton

SETON
The young wife of Richard Marsdon takes a mystical voyage back in time to Tudor England where she uncovers a mysterious event in the Marsdon family history.


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Frankenstein (Barnes & Noble Classics)
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

CLASSIC SHELLEY
Presents the story of Dr. Frankenstein and his obsessive experiment that leads to the creation of a monstrous and deadly creature.


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The Thirteenth Tale
Diane Setterfield

SETTERFIELD
Having spent sixty years creating a series of alternate identities for herself, enigmatic Vida Winter pens a painful letter to young Margaret Lea when the latter begs her to disclose the truth about her secretive birth.


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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Patrick Suskind

SUSKIND
Survivor, genius, perfumer, and killer: this is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. He is abandoned on the filthy streets as a child, but grows up to discover he has an extraordinary gift: a sense of smell more powerful than any other human’s. Soon, he is creating the most sublime fragrances in Paris. Yet there is one odor he cannot capture.


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Trespass: A Novel
Rose Tremain

TREMAIN
A London antique dealer sets his sights on an ancient stone farmhouse in southern France owned by a man haunted by his violent past and his revenge-seeking sister.


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Bleak House (Special Edition)
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Three young orphans Esther, Richard and Ada are sent to live at Bleak House, where they receive a friendly welcome from their rich guardian John Jarndyce. But all is not as it seems at Bleak house as nothing but bad luck follows those whom live there.


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Masterpiece Theatre: Northanger Abbey
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DVD N
In Jane Austen’s gentle parody of gothic fiction, romance novel addict Catherine Morland is invited to a medieval country house that appeals to her most lurid fantasies. She forms a close friendship with the younger son on the estate, Henry Tilney, but their budding romance is mysteriously cut short.


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Wuthering Heights
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An epic love story that spans childhood into adulthood, the film follows Heathcliff, an outsider taken in and given a home by a benevolent Yorkshire farmer, Earnshaw. Heathcliff develops a passionate relationship with the farmer’s teenage daughter, Catherine, inspiring the envy and mistrust of his rough-hewn son, Hindley. Years later, when Earnshaw dies, the young adults must finally confront the intense feelings and destructive rivalries that have developed between them.


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