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Melissa has been chafing to get away to college where she will not be overshadowed by a brilliant mother and a father who is a U.S. senator. At college, she falls into a fiery love affair with Blake, a young man of mixed race and questionable parentage. Blake's adoptive parents are both lawyers who engage in death-row defense cases, and Blake knows something that could destroy Melissa. "The Third Child" is the newest novel by Marge Piercy.

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Ruth Gutterson had hoped for broad horizons in her life. But marriage and a family kept her from accompanying her husband on his Air Mail plane route. To fill in the time, she writes letters to Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The letters are discovered by their grown children when Ruth and Henry Gutterson, now elderly, disappear after a Thanksgiving dinner. "Dear Mrs. Lindbergh" is a first novel by Kathleen Hughes.

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Molly Murphy wants to make a name for herself as a lady detective in turn-of-the-century New York City. When two business opportunities arise together, Molly has her chance to make her business a success. Can she find a missing girl and solve a case of industrial espionage in the same time frame? "For the Love of Mike" was written by Rhys Bowen.

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Since 1967, the only available volume of Marianne Moore's poetry was a Complete Poems she edited herself. Grace Schulman has edited a new collection, "The Poems of Marianne Moore," that encompasses many of the poems excluded by Moore herself. The volume, arranged chronologically, celebrates the work of this major American poet.

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The crime scene does not add up for Det. Justin Westwood. Semi-retired to a small town on Long Island, where strenuous duty is nonexistent, Westwood is on hand when Susanna Morgan is found dead. Although it looks like a terrible accident, Westwood is sure this is a professional hit. Why would Susanna Morgan attract a professional hit? "Aphrodite" was written by Russell Andrews.

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Two more entries in the "Cities of the Imagination" series have arrived. "Venice" was written by Martin Garrett. He concentrates on the history, architecture and rich culture of this city of islands. "San Francisco" was written by Mick Sinclair. From its beginnings as a gold rush town through the Beat generation of the 1950s and the psychedelic 1960s, San Francisco has brought the world many great writers and artists.

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In his new novel, "The Way to Paradise," Mario Vargas Llosa examines the lives of painter Paul Gauguin and his grandmother, Flora Tristan. Flora was a famous socialist agitator who worked relentlessly to recruit members into the Worker's Union. Gauguin left his wife and family to travel to Tahiti. Both were ambitious, passionate and obstinate in their pursuits.

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During his years as an N.Y.P.D. detective, Eddie Dunne crossed into lawlessness so often, he is at a loss to tell which of his misdeeds has resulted in the kidnapping of his daughter. He does know he has 12 days to find her before the Russian mob extracts their price. "The Con Man's Daughter" was written by Ed Dee.

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Journalist Ron Suskind explores the inner workings of the Bush White House in "The Price of Loyalty." Suskind interviewed members of the administration, used transcripts of meetings and reviewed documents concerning foreign and domestic policy to support his portrayal of the inner man behind the curtain of public posture.

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"Red Stag," by Guy de la Valdene, is set in Normandy in the 1960s. Vincent, the son of a maid and an unknown father, returns from boarding school just as the privileged Nicole, daughter of a count, also returns. Vincent's uncle has just been found brutally murdered amidst preparations for the now ritual stag hunt for the royal red stag.

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