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Closer Than You Think by Darren O’Sullivan


Ever since surviving The Black-Out Killer, Claire Moore has struggled with her new life. Fortunately, her family has served as her safety net— and her support group has certainly helped. She’s even slowly started a relationship with a new man. However, ten years on, her world comes crashing down when there’s another power cut and another victim. Whether it’s the killer or a copycat, Claire’s sure of only one thing … he’s coming for her.

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Conspiracies of Conspiracies by Thomas Milan Konda


Open any social media platform and you can slam into a conspiracy theory in a matter of clicks. These often asinine views have been stretched and further distorted in an attempt at legitimization— forum posts become memes become tweets become … well, information sharing goes on and on. However, though digital distribution is relatively new, there’s absolutely nothing new about the theories themselves, as Professor Thomas Milan Konda thoroughly explores.

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Buying Gay by David K. Johnson


During the 1950s and 60s, magazines focusing on the male form exploded across the United States, and yet their academic value has mostly been ignored. These magazines, created largely by and for gay men created a “gay market” which ultimately crafted the bones for the broader gay movement. Fortunately and finally, historian David K. Johnson has thrown back the curtain on this period which he has dubbed the Physique Era of gay American history.

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New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle by Liz Eeles


Callie Fulbright wants nothing more than to impress her new boss, Flora, at the bookshop, but she never expected to be given the task of opening an adjoining café. However, after it takes off, Callie finds herself juggling a ragtag group of regulars and a Gramps who’s suddenly … well, a bit extreme. And that’s before the biggest heartbreak from her past, Noah, comes rolling back into her tiny Cotswold town.

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When Brooklyn Was Queer by Hugh Ryan


Queer history is difficult to navigate. Often hidden and without personal identifying terms, LGBTQIA+ individuals from the 1960s and prior have maneuvered as afterthoughts in broader narratives. Yet, as author Hugh Ryan proves, meticulous research can bring these pre-Stonewall stories back into view.

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The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America by Matt Kracht


Birds are everywhere— totally unavoidable. In parks, in your backyard, even stray ones drift into stores. And their prominence has led to the development of a specific kind of person: the birdwatcher. Now there’s a guide for new or expert birders interested in perfecting the favorite pastime of … sitting and watching birds.

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Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop by Rebecca Raisin


For Rosie, scheduling ahead has always led to good things. She’s got a great job as a sous chef in a Michelin-Starred restaurant, a seemingly great husband, and even plans for children in January 2021. But then she arrives home one day to find her husband with one foot out the door as he admits to carrying on an affair. Rosie turns to several glasses of wine only to wake up the next day with a hangover and a pink campervan named Poppy parked outside her home. Throwing her carefully planned life behind her, Rosie sets off with the idea of a travelling tea shop brewing in her mind.

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