Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor’s terrifying new order. But everything is shrouded in secrets. Where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then one day, the bombs begin to explode…
In 1982, a 21-year-old cocktail watiress was raped and murdered. The police suspected Ron Williamson and Dennis Fritz, but they had no physical evidence against the two men. Five years later in 1987, the two men were arrested and charged with murder. With the prosecuter’s case built on ineffecient evidence and false testimony, both men were found guilt. Dennis Fritz was given a life sentence, Ron Williamson was sent to death row. The Innocent Man explores America’s justice system and use of the death penalty, but unlike Grisham’s previous works, this one is a true story.
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Connor’s parents want to be rid of him because he’s a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev’s unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family’s strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance. If they can survive until their eighteenth birthday, they can’t be harmed — but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, are wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away.
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Eric Schlosser has visited the state of the art labs where scientists recreate the flavors and smells of everything from cooked chicken to fresh strawberries in the test tube and he has spoken to workers at meat packing plants with some of the worst safety records in the world. He explores the links between Hollywood and the fast food trade, and the tactics used to target ever younger consumers.
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If you enjoyed Fast Food Nation, you might be interested in watching: Food, Inc – An examination of corporate farming in the United States narrated by Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser Super Size Me – Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock embarks on a journey to find out if fast food is making Americans fat.
When a corpse is found in North Carolina–believed to be dead nearly 30 years–people speculate whether it’s the long-missing wife of a former governor. One woman knows the answer. After all, she held the pregnant woman’s hand as she struggled through childbirth so many years ago.
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Hired by the wealthy Chen family as a piano instructor, Claire Pendleton is seduced by the social life of Hong Kong’s expatriate community and begins an affair with Will Truesdale, an enigmatic Englishman with a devastating past.
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What is the difference between choking and panicking? Why are there dozens of varieties of mustard-but only one variety of ketchup? What do football players teach us about how to hire teachers? What does hair dye tell us about the history of the 20th century? In What the Dog Saw, Gladwell brings together the best of his writing from The New Yorker.
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These Is My Words uses the love of learning as a major plot element in a story inspired by the author’s great-grandmother, Sarah Prine. It is set during a time in Territorial Arizona when life was hard and tenuous. The story is a portrait of the courage and perseverance of one woman, and a love affair that will never be forgotten.
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A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won’t talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.
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