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Three estranged sisters gather around their ailing grandmother. In their youth, they were part of a pop singing group. Can the sisters pull together and put their differences aside for their grandmother? "The Alphabet Sisters" is a new novel by Australian author Monica McInerney. In large print.

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Screenwriter Rex Pickett has published his debut novel, "Sideways." Also a major motion film, the story features two men, Miles and Jack, who have one week to celebrate before Jack marries. Miles is a wine connoisseur and writer, Jack is a handsome actor. Together, the two experience one last week of freedom. In large print.

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Semerket, Clerk of Investigations and Secrets, is engaged to solve the murder of a minor Theban priestess in "Year of the Hyenas" by Brad Geagley. But the investigation is not meant to be solved. As Semerket goes about finding the truth, he finds a conspiracy so great that the Pharaoh, Ramses III, is the target.

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Mary Todd Lincoln is the subject of Barbara Hambly's historical novel, "The Emancipator's Wife." Having grown up in privileged society, Mary must learn the realities of being a politician's wife. After Lincoln's assassination, she struggles with her private troubles and a public who seems to have forgotten her husband.

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Three Chinese tales have been depicted in a graphic novel, "Silk Tapestry and other Chinese Folk Tales: Songs of Our Ancestors, Volume II," by Patrick Atangan. An elderly woman sews a tapestry of hope, a young boy's talent attracts greed, and a wild but lonely spirit looks for companionship in these three tales.

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When the Dutch settled in the Cape of Good Hope, the indigenous residents experienced the beginning of the end of their culture. Dan Sleigh has written "Islands," a novel depicting the first 50 years of the settlement. The tale of the local people and the Dutch East India Company is told through a local woman who becomes involved with seven men.

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Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave, has found success as a businessman. He comes to own his own plantation and his own slaves. When Henry dies, his plantation and the world left to his grieving wife fall apart. "The Known World" is a new novel written by Edward P. Jones.

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Impressionist painters are the focus of "Impressionist Quartet: The Intimate Genius of Manet and Morisot, Degas and Cassatt" by Jeffrey Meyers. These two couples experienced personal and artistic conflict as they sought fulfillment as artists of genius and people living in a daily world.

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Novel was born in Gruel, S.C., and grew up to be a professional snake handler. His brother James and his sister Joyce also figure in the autobiography he is writing. As he learns more about his past, he finds himself a prominent figure in a town secret of epic proportions. "Novel" was written by George Singleton.

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On May 4, 1970, a mere 13 seconds changed the lives of many people. Student protestors at Kent State University faced National Guardsmen. A then-young Philip Caputo had been sent to the campus to cover the student protest. By the time he arrived, a barrage of bullets had killed four students and wounded nine others. "13 Seconds: A Look Back at the Kent State Shootings" was written by Caputo.

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