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Porch talk : stories of decency, common sense, and other endangered species book Porch talk : stories of decency, common sense, and other endangered species
Beloved American storyteller Philip Gulley evokes a time when life revolved around the front porch, where friends gathered, stories were told, and small moments took on large meaning. In today's hurry-up world, Gulley's observations are frank and funny, reminding us of the world we once shared, and can again. With poignancy and humor, Gulley writes about small-town life, things he thinks about while sitting in his Quaker meeting, and why Donald Trump should pay more taxes. Porch Talk is a tribute to common folk, including Charlie the hardware priest, the Bettys at the newspaper, and other paragons of decency not many people know, but should.

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Gulley, Philip.

The wordy shipmates book The wordy shipmates
From the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Assassination Vacation" comes an examination of the Puritans, their covenant communities, deep-rooted idealism, political and cultural relevance, and their myriad oddities.

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Vowell, Sarah, 1969-
974.0882 VOWELL

The light between oceans : a novel book The light between oceans : a novel
"A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore"--

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Stedman, M. L.

Blue remembered Earth book Blue remembered Earth
One-hundred-and-fifty years from now, the moon and Mars are settled, and colonies stretch all the way out to the edge of the solar system. But something has come to light on the Moon--secrets that could change everything--or tear this near utopia apart.

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Reynolds, Alastair, 1966-

Spies of the Balkans : a novel book Spies of the Balkans : a novel
As war approaches northern Greece, the spies begin to circle--from the Turkish legation to the German secret service. In the ancient port of Salonika, Costa Zannis, a senior police official, head of an office that handles special "political" cases, risks everything to secure an escape route for those hunted by the Gestapo.

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Furst, Alan.

The feng shui detective goes west book The feng shui detective goes west
Feng shui master C.F. Wong has never been to the West, but he knows he doesn't like it. It is unquestionably full of Westerners, with their large noses and their disgusting food and their habit-he has seen it many times in movies-of fighting with each other on top of speeding trains. And yet C.F. is going to England. The Family has been having a bad time. The Family needs a feng shui master. Only Wong can bring balance to Buckingham Palace.

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Vittachi, Nury, 1958-

The Interestings book The Interestings
Forging a powerful bond in the mid-1970s that lasts throughout subsequent decades, six individuals pursue challenges into their midlife years, including an aspiring actress who harbors jealousy toward friends who achieve successful creative careers.

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Wolitzer, Meg.

Sissinghurst : an unfinished history book Sissinghurst : an unfinished history
The grandson of Virginia Woolf's poet paramour Vita Sackville-West traces his passionate efforts to restore his family's celebrated garden, an effort that included a reinstatement of a working farm to grow food for more than 200,000 annual visitors.

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Nicolson, Adam, 1957-
630.9422 NICOLSO

Operation Mincemeat : how a dead man and a bizarre plan fooled the Nazis and assured an allied victory book Operation Mincemeat : how a dead man and a bizarre plan fooled the Nazis and assured an allied victory
From the acclaimed author of "Agent Zigzag" comes an extraordinary account of the most successful deception--and certainly the strangest--ever carried out in World War II, one that changed the prospects for an Allied victory. The purpose of the plan--code named Operation Mincemeat--was to deceive the Nazis into thinking that Allied forces were planning to attack southern Europe by way of Greece or Sardinia, rather than Sicily, as the Nazis had assumed, and the Allies ultimately chose.

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Macintyre, Ben, 1963-
940.5486 MACINTY

Dearie : the remarkable life of Julia Child book Dearie : the remarkable life of Julia Child
It is rare for someone to emerge in America who can change our attitudes, our beliefs, and our very culture. It is even rarer when that someone is a middle--aged, six-foot three-inch woman whose first exposure to an unsuspecting public is cooking an omelet on a hot plate on a local TV station. And yet, that is exactly what Julia Child did.

Spitz, Bob.
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