Amulya Malladi examines a classic theme in her novel, "The Mango Season." Priya leaves India at the age of 20 to study in the United States. Seven years later, she has returned to tell her family that she is engaged to marry a foreigner. In her family, marriages are still arranged by parents and Priya faces a heart-twisting choice - her family or her fiance.

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In its first English translation, Jules Verne's "The Mighty Orinoco" contains all the elements of the adventure/science fiction genre Verne created. A young man searching for his father along an uncharted river, the Orinoco in Venezuela, encounters a host of unique and dangerous adventures. The original illustrations are from the French edition first published in 1898.

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Eckhart Tolle's second book, "Stillness Speaks," is written in 10 short sections designed to get us to move beyond the self and listen to our inner stillness, The entries in each chapter are thought-provoking and instructive.

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The weather was bitterly cold when the Star of the Sea set sail from Ireland in 1847, bound for the new world. On board were hundreds of refugees. Lord Merridith and his wife and children are bankrupt. A maid bears a terrifying secret. And a killer stalks the open decks in "Star of the Sea" by Joseph O'Connor. Reading groups can find a discussion guide at the publisher's Web site.

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Lance Armstrong follows up his first bestseller with "Every Second Counts." Writing with Sally Jenkins, Armstrong continues his theme of survival and triumph. Now celebrating five years of cancer survival and winning the major bicycle race in France five times, Armstrong talks about the birth of his twins, restoring a magnificent chapel, and candidly discusses allegations that his team was using dope. In large print.

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Dennis Etchison in the United States, Ramsey Campbell in Great Britain, and Jack Dann in Australia each solicited chilling, shocking, and traditional stories for their collection of horror tales, "Gathering the Bones." They wanted to show the scope and changing vitality of this particular genre and the 34 stories contained here prove their theory.

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Deepak Chopra offers readers advice on how to recognize and harness the pure potential in the coincidences of our lives in "The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire." Asserting that the realm of potential, the infinite possibilities of life, is at the heart of all creation, Chopra believes we can write our destinies by understanding and connecting to this realm.

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It's Christmas time in Valentine, Okla. Corrine likes her life just as it is, but the mother who abandoned her is determined to make amends. The aunt who adopted and raised Corrine worries that her beautiful sister will break Corrine's heart again and take her away. Can there be a miracle for these women this Christmas? "Recipes for Easy Living" was written by Curtiss Ann Matlock.

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Veteran and new readers of Terry Brooks will find a new series in the world of Shannara. Book one of the High Druid of Shannara series is "High Druid of Shannara, Jarka Ruus." Grianne Ohmsford has formed the Third Druid Council and dedicates herself to peace and harmony. But defense of the lands, and of her own power, prove necessary as well.

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