Goodness, Grace and Me by Julie Houston

Harriet Westmoreland is anxious. In the middle of a recession, her husband, Nick, casts aside a great job to invest in a new business. Making things more tense, one of his business associates is Amanda, a former classmate and enemy, who just might be trying to seduce Nick. All signs point to an impending disaster … And that’s before Harriet’s best friend, Grace, falls in love with Amanda’s son.Toss in recalcitrant teens, an unruly classroom, and a secret or two and— well, it’s just another day for Harriet.

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The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O’Meara

Milicent Patrick was one of the most remarkable women working in Hollywood. After being one of Disney’s earliest female animators, she moved her talents onscreen, working primarily as a background extra in many films. She should best be known as the designer of the titular monster in the movie Creature from the Black Lagoon. Yet her contributions have gone largely unknown, stripped from cinema history by a male colleague with an ego. Her life went so underreported that when filmmaker Mallory O’Meara set out to write a biography of Patrick, she wasn’t even sure that she was deceased.

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Dear Rosie Hughes by Melanie Hudson

Aggie’s friendship with Rosie Hughes was shattered fifteen years ago. However, after hearing that Rosie is stationed in Kuwait as a weather forecaster on the the eve of the Iraq War, Aggie buries the past and writes to her. What follows is their series of correspondences and the comforting words they provide as they navigate their different, unpredictable worlds.

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The Perfect Predator by Steffanie Strathdee & Thomas Patterson

When her husband Tom Patterson developed a stomach bug while in Egypt, epidemiologist Steffanie Strathdee wasn’t concerned. The pair had traveled the world and suffered far worse than vomiting. However, when Tom’s condition deteriorates further, he’s medavacked back to the United States. Soon, doctors pinpoint his sudden decline to an antibiotic-resistant bacteria— a superbug. As treatment options begin running low, Steffanie begins her own search for a next-to-impossible cure to save her husband.

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Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

In 1939, Maud Gage Baum met with Judy Garland on the set of the now classic The Wizard of Oz. The seventy-eight year old widow of the Oz author immediately felt drawn to the young star, particularly after hearing her rendition of the iconic “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. From that bit of music, their stories unfold as Maud recounts growing up as the daughter of a major suffragette and her eventual marriage to and life with the man behind the curtain all while Judy balances her blooming career on a tumultuous set. From Maud’s past struggling in the prairies of South Dakota to Judy’s present dealing with a predatory director, their stories weave around each other, all while Maud tries to protect Judy and, in turn, Dorothy.

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Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok

Nathalie Baudin writes the morgue column for Le Petit Journal, which is all the more impressive considering she’s a sixteen-year-old in 1887. Though she longs for a more challenging journalist position, she dutifully attends morgue viewings each day without incident. That is, until the body of a murder victim is displayed, and Nathalie has a vision of the killing in brutal detail. Soon, Paris is in a panic as more bodies are discovered and someone begins taking gleeful credit for their demise— the Dark Artist. Nathalie realizes, with the aid of her newfound visions, she might might be the only one able to find the killer’s identity and bring peace to city, even if she risks becoming a victim herself.

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The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth by Thomas Morris

Medicine is an ever-evolving profession, and its history can be downright weird. Medical historian Thomas Morris has combed through countless vintage medical journals and historical documents showcasing the progress medicine has made in a relatively short time. His work goes beyond bizarre anecdotes, and instead softens the wonky view of health, breaking into sections ranging from Horrifying Operations to Mysterious Illnesses. Collected here are stories not just of fatal mistakes, but also triumphs and impossible medical breakthroughs.

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