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THE HIDDEN FORCE – Novel, by Louis Couperus

THE HIDDEN FORCE The Hidden Force is also much more than a book about the chasm between white Westerners and warm-blooded Orientals. This problem plays an important role-Van Oudyck’s beautiful wife gives in to adultery but later becomes covered with red betel juice which unknown assailants spit at her in a classic bathroom scene, as if she has transgressed into ...

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OUTLANDER – Romance, by Diana Gabaldon

OUTLANDER The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach, an “outlander”, in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border ...

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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE – Romance, by Jane Austen

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Jane Austen was able to investigate and tell the most varied nuances of the human soul to the point that her novel is engaging and well today in 203 years away. Her books can be viewed most simply as eerily good romance novels, more broadly as sharp critiques of nineteenth-century vanity, cruelty and folly, and–broadest of all–as ...

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BLUEPRINTS – Romance, by Barbara Delinsky

BLUEPRINTS Caroline and Jamie McAfee are close. Not only do they enjoy their relationship as mother and daughter, they’re in business together as the team that fronts the popular home renovation show Gut It! All is well with these two strong women, but when the network tells Caroline that Jamie is to replace her as host, Caroline feels betrayed by ...

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THE FIRST BAD MAN – Romance, by Miranda July

THE FIRST BAD MAN Cheryl, vulnerable woman who lives alone, with a perpetual lump in her throat. She is haunted by a baby boy she met when she was six, who sometimes recurs as other people’s babies. Cheryl is obsessed with Phillip, a philandering board member at the women’s self-defense non-profit where she works. She believes they’ve been making love ...

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REVIVAL – Romance, by Stephen King

REVIVAL This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along ...

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STATION ELEVEN – Romance, by Emily St. John Mandel

STATION ELEVEN An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, one snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named watches in horror as Jeevan performs, pumping Arthur’s chest ...

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THE HUSBAND’S SECRET – Romance, by Liane Moriarty

THE HUSBAND’S SECRET Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses, and, ultimately, ourselves. Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret, something with the potential to destroy not just the ...

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WHENEVER YOU WANT – Novel, by Armando Prieto Perez

WHENEVER YOU WANT Cuban blood and an almost carnal love for art. Luis, the protagonist of the story is the classic seducer, lover of women, tireless predator and believe that sex is the most important reason of life. He is an instinctive seducer, of those without inhibitions or rules: that’s why nobody knows resist. The case, however, to fall for ...

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THE NIGHTINGALE – Romance, by Kristin Hannah

THE NIGHTINGALE In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is ...

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