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The Neighbor's Secret

How well do you really know your neighbors? With its sprawling yards and excellent schools, Cottonwood Estates is the perfect place to raise children. The Cottonwood Book Club serves as the subdivision's eyes and ears, meeting once a month for discussion, gossip, and cocktails. If their selections trend toward twisty thrillers and salacious murder mysteries, it's only because the members feel secure that such evil has no place in their own cul-de-sacs. Or does it? What happened to Lena's family fifteen years ago was a tragic accident, and she will never admit otherwise.

The Neighbor's Secret

L. Alison Heller

How well do you really know your neighbors? With its sprawling yards and excellent schools, Cottonwood Estates is the perfect place to raise children. The Cottonwood Book Club serves as the subdivision's eyes and ears, meeting once a month for discussion, gossip, and cocktails. If their selections trend toward twisty thrillers and salacious murder mysteries, it's only because the members feel secure that such evil has no place in their own cul-de-sacs. Or does it? What happened to Lena's family fifteen years ago was a tragic accident, and she will never admit otherwise. Devoted wife and mother Annie refuses to acknowledge-even to herself-the weight of a past shame. And new resident Jen wants friends, but as always, worry about her troubled son gets in the way. When late-night acts of vandalism target the women of the book club in increasingly violent and personal ways, they will be forced to decide how far to go to keep their secrets.


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The Paris Library

Paris, 1939: Young and ambitious Odile Souchet has it all: her handsome police officer beau and a dream job at the American Library in Paris. When the Nazis march into Paris, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear, including her beloved library. Together with her fellow librarians, Odile joins the Resistance with the best weapons she has: books. But when the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal.

The Paris Library

Janet Skeslien Charles

Paris, 1939: Young and ambitious Odile Souchet has it all: her handsome police officer beau and a dream job at the American Library in Paris. When the Nazis march into Paris, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear, including her beloved library. Together with her fellow librarians, Odile joins the Resistance with the best weapons she has: books. But when the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal.



Montana, 1983: Lily is a lonely teenager looking for adventure in small-town Montana. Her interest is piqued by her solitary, elderly neighbor. As Lily uncovers more about her neighbor's mysterious past, she finds that they share a love of language, the same longings, and the same intense jealousy, never suspecting that a dark secret from the past connects them.



A powerful novel that explores the consequences of our choices and the relationships that make us who we are 'family, friends, and favorite authors' The Paris Library shows that extraordinary heroism can sometimes be found in the quietest of places.


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Useful Delusions: The Power and Pardox of the Self-Deceiving Brain

From the New York Times-bestselling author and host of NPR's Hidden Brain comes a counter- intuitive, thought-provoking exploration of deception's role in human success. Everyone agrees that lies and self-deception can do terrible harm to our lives, to our communities, and to the planet. But in Useful Delusions, Shankar Vedantam argues that, paradoxically, deceiving ourselves and others can also play a vital role in human success and well-being

Useful Delusions: The Power and Pardox of the Self-Deceiving Brain

Shankar Vedantam, Bill Mesler

From the New York Times-bestselling author and host of NPR's Hidden Brain comes a counter- intuitive, thought-provoking exploration of deception's role in human success. Everyone agrees that lies and self-deception can do terrible harm to our lives, to our communities, and to the planet. But in Useful Delusions, Shankar Vedantam argues that, paradoxically, deceiving ourselves and others can also play a vital role in human success and well-being


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An Accidental Sportswriter: A Memoir

Your next career could be a raspberry for that bully that always kept you out of the game. Robert Lipsyte writes about being outside of the arena when he wasn't cool and preferred books over game, but the sporting life still entertained him (from the stands) enough that he could bring others to any sport with his gift for writing on how people fight an adversary. This work may help you decide to stay in the job you have now so that you, like Lipsyte, can have your own out-of-the-park home run.  

An Accidental Sportswriter: A Memoir

Robert Lipsyte
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Your next career could be a raspberry for that bully that always kept you out of the game. Robert Lipsyte writes about being outside of the arena when he wasn't cool and preferred books over game, but the sporting life still entertained him (from the stands) enough that he could bring others to any sport with his gift for writing on how people fight an adversary. This work may help you decide to stay in the job you have now so that you, like Lipsyte, can have your own out-of-the-park home run.  


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Lifeboat: Navigating Unexpected Career Change and Disruption

Your next career change could be with friends. Using the true story of the lifeboats that survived after the sinking of the Titanic, the author poses a series of questions to help you determine if you are ready for a career pivot. Doing this workout may help you determine to stick with the industry you came from, although disturbed from the fall, or try something completely new but reminded you that you don't - and shouldn't - go it alone. 

Lifeboat: Navigating Unexpected Career Change and Disruption

Maggie Craddock
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Your next career change could be with friends. Using the true story of the lifeboats that survived after the sinking of the Titanic, the author poses a series of questions to help you determine if you are ready for a career pivot. Doing this workout may help you determine to stick with the industry you came from, although disturbed from the fall, or try something completely new but reminded you that you don't - and shouldn't - go it alone. 


An Accident or a Career?

Switchers: How Smart Professionals Change Careers and Seize Success

You could get a job before the post goes live. Leading career coach outlines how interesting job openings don't even make it to the job postings as networking is the best path for these sought-after gigs. She lays out plan for dealing with gaps in employment history, layoffs, lack of college degree and being overqualified.

Switchers: How Smart Professionals Change Careers and Seize Success

Dawn Graham
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You could get a job before the post goes live. Leading career coach outlines how interesting job openings don't even make it to the job postings as networking is the best path for these sought-after gigs. She lays out plan for dealing with gaps in employment history, layoffs, lack of college degree and being overqualified.


An Accident or a Career?

Coming Back: How to Win the Job You Want When You've Lost the Job You Need

Your next job could be better. Career upsets are more common than people think. This writer says experience in an industry or trade just doesn't drive success like it used to. If 47% if today's jobs will be gone due to automation or artificial intelligence, then worker's background has a half-life anyway. The author directs readers to be curious, bold, and up-skill and learn something new and then do that again, diversifying your resume to make career changes smooth because, odds are, you will do it again. That strategic pivoting might just be the thing that might get you hired.

Coming Back: How to Win the Job You Want When You've Lost the Job You Need

Fawn Germer
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Your next job could be better. Career upsets are more common than people think. This writer says experience in an industry or trade just doesn't drive success like it used to. If 47% if today's jobs will be gone due to automation or artificial intelligence, then worker's background has a half-life anyway. The author directs readers to be curious, bold, and up-skill and learn something new and then do that again, diversifying your resume to make career changes smooth because, odds are, you will do it again. That strategic pivoting might just be the thing that might get you hired.


An Accident or a Career?

The Career Manifesto: Discover Your Calling and Create an Extraordinary Life

In your next job search you could not get discouraged. Like just don't. Just to set the best tone from the start. The author shows his class by dedicating the book to the reader. He says, believably, that "the world needs you." Nice job setting up this timeless formula of selecting a way to make money that you can more than live with. He actually ends with the cliche of "Don't worry, be happy" but by the end of the read, your pulse is regular again and the urgency subsided so you are not stymied but level again to start the real work with optimism.

The Career Manifesto: Discover Your Calling and Create an Extraordinary Life

Mike Steib
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In your next job search you could not get discouraged. Like just don't. Just to set the best tone from the start. The author shows his class by dedicating the book to the reader. He says, believably, that "the world needs you." Nice job setting up this timeless formula of selecting a way to make money that you can more than live with. He actually ends with the cliche of "Don't worry, be happy" but by the end of the read, your pulse is regular again and the urgency subsided so you are not stymied but level again to start the real work with optimism.


An Accident or a Career?

The Accidental Farmers: Urban Couple, A Rural Calling, and a Dream of Farming in Harmony with Nature

In your next career you could leave the rat race. Read how a self-made businessman with little college education who developed a Fortune 500 company and jet-set across the globe only to one day quit the fast-paced life. He become a farmer, having no experience and jumping in just because the land was calling.


Tim Young
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In your next career you could leave the rat race. Read how a self-made businessman with little college education who developed a Fortune 500 company and jet-set across the globe only to one day quit the fast-paced life. He become a farmer, having no experience and jumping in just because the land was calling.


An Accident or a Career?

The Accidental Veterinarian: Tales from a Pet Practice

In your next career you talk to the animals. He wanted to be a geographer, a historian, a professor but for sure not a dentist, doctor ("sick people are gross") and only pursued Veterinarian because all the other career choices on the menu, displayed alphabetically, were nonstarters and this last option started with a "V". 

The Accidental Veterinarian: Tales from a Pet Practice

Philipp Schott
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In your next career you talk to the animals. He wanted to be a geographer, a historian, a professor but for sure not a dentist, doctor ("sick people are gross") and only pursued Veterinarian because all the other career choices on the menu, displayed alphabetically, were nonstarters and this last option started with a "V". 


An Accident or a Career?

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