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In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

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Judy’s Blume latest novel is set to be a huge hit with her fans. Based on experiences in her own life, Blume tells a generational family drama through the eyes of protagonist Miri Ammerman. It begins in 1987 when Miri returns to her hometown in New Jersey where thirty-five years earlier, the town had several plane crashes. In the Unlikely Event is vintage Judy Blume, with all the hallmarks of her unparalleled storytelling.

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Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Hannah Martin is twenty-nine and still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. After living in several cities and holding a number of meaningless jobs since college graduation, Hannah moves home to Los Angeles. One night, she goes out with some friends, including her high school boyfriend, Ethan. At the end of the night, Ethan and her best friend Gabby both offer Hannah a ride home. In Maybe in Another Life's concurrent story lines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly,these parallel universes develop into radically different stories with large-scale consequences for Hannah, as well as the people around her.

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China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

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Kevin Kwan, best-selling author of Crazy Rich Asians is back with China Rich Girlfriend, a hilarious new book about lovesick billionaires and scandal. Rachel Chu is on her way to marry the one of the richest heirs of Asia, but still mourns the fact that she never knew her birth father. Suddenly she finds herself entered into a world of Shanghai splendor beyond anything she has ever imagined.

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The Witch of Bourbon Street by Suzanne Palmieri

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Set in the deep south of Louisiana, The Witch of Bourbon Street tells the story of the once powerful magical family—The Sorrows. Now, their estate sits in ruins, and has since a series of murders in 1902 shocked the entire community. It seems the family can be restored when Frances Green Sorrow is born carrying the signs of the so-called chosen one, but Frances is no savior. Her personal life is a mess and she struggles to have a normal life until eventually it all shatters to pieces. The Witch of Bourbon Street is a story of family, redemption, and forgiveness.

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Mireille by Molly Cochran

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Near the end of World War II, Mireille's 17-year-old protagonist must escape alone to Paris, where she discovers she’s pregnant and lacking a way to provide for her child. So begins her new life as l’Ange—the Angel. After an unlikely meeting with a wealthy aristocrat in a Parisian hotel—and her acceptance of his solicitation—Mireille becomes the most celebrated courtesan in all of France, eliciting huge fees and invitations to exclusive parties. At one of these events, Mireille meets Oliver Jordan, an American womanizer and film producer, and soon launches a skyrocketing film career. As her star rises, Mireille is determined to bury her past. But her success isn’t as carefree and glittery as it seems, and when her daughter’s future is threatened, Mireille must make a deadly decision in a desperate attempt to finally choose her own path.

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Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

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In Eight Hundred Grapes, Georgia Ford learns there are secrets you share and secrets you hide. Growing up on her family’s vineyard in Sonoma, she knows the secret to her mother’s lasagna recipe and the number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine. But just a week before her wedding, she discovers her fiancé has been keeping a secret so explosive, it will change their lives forever. Georgia returns to the vineyard, expecting to find comfort in her family home, but instead she finds out her fiancé isn’t the only one with secrets.

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Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

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The author of The Good Girl returns with Pretty Baby, the story of Heidi Wood, whose life completely changes when she decides to take in a teenage girl named Willow and her four-month-old baby. Her husband and daughter protest it, but Heidi lets the mother and child take refuge in their home. Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on the right track but soon uncovers clues to Willow’s past. What starts as a kind act will spiral into a far more twisted situation than she imagined.

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Summer Secrets by Jane Green

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A whirlwind life of drinking and parties is the way twenty-something journalist Cat Coombs operated. This life suited her fine until she made an unforgivable mistake while visiting her family in America. With years separating the event and Cat now in her forties, struggling as a single mother, Summer Secrets follows as she decides to retrace her steps back to that poor decision and seek the forgiveness she isn’t sure she deserves.

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Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir by Wednesday Martin

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What happens when a Midwestern social researcher with a background in anthropology moves to Manhattan’s most prestigious ZIP code…and raises her children there? Primates of Park Avenue reads like a juicy piece of chick lit, but it's actually an anthropological memoir from Dr. Wednesday Martin, a Midwestern social researcher who moves to New York City and takes a deep dive into Manhattan motherhood. The book delves into the unique pressues and competition of the city's prestigious neighborhood, from self-care rituals to the pursuit of a Birkin bag. Hilarious and illuminating, it's impossible to put down.

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Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

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Aziz Ansari is no stranger to discussing modern romance in his stand-up comedy routines, but in Modern Romance, he puts thoughts to paper for a hilarious and surprisingly introspective take on society's current search for love—and how technology isn't the only thing to blame. He backs up his own personal opinions with behavioral data and survey info from a massive research project he undertook with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg. It's a science-based book, for sure, but it's anything but boring.

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Grey by E. L. James

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While the world anxiously awaits the second 50 Shades of Grey movie, author E. L. James is keeping fans entertained with Greya rewrite of the first book, this time told from Christian Grey's perspective. We all know the story, but what fan wouldn't want to get into the brooding, domineering millionaire's head as he falls in love with Anastasia Steele? Here's hoping his subconcious doesn't manifest as his Inner God...

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Love and Miss Communication by Elyssa Friedland

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Can you imagine life without your smartphone? In Love and Miss CommunicationEvie Rosen—after receiving one too many late night emails, one too many online dates, and another Facebook romance catastrophe—unplugs entirely. Unsurprisingly, her life changes completely, and she gets the fresh start she craves. But that doesn't mean she can leave everything in her past. 

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Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

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Luckiest Girl Alive already has a movie deal in the works (to be produced by Reese Witherspoon, no less!), so you know it's going to be a tough one to put down. In the Gone Girl-esque thriller, protagonist Ani FaNelli has created the "perfect life," complete with a job at a fashion magazine and a hot fiancé. But she's hiding a dark secret, one that she started hiding back as a freshman at an elite prep school, that threatens to resurface and ruin everything she's worked for—unless she can figure out how to accept what happened and move on. 

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Killing Monica by Candace Bushnell

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The latest from the author of Sex and the CityKilling Monica is pure Candace Bushnell. Her new protagonist, Pandy "PJ" Wallis, is a writer whose stories about a woman making it in Manhattan have become blockbuster films. But now, she wants to try her hand at a different genre: historical fiction. Everyone around her though, including her husband and publishers, seems to be driven by the money than support for Pandy. To follow her passion, she'll have to give up everything she knows.

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The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes

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Print magazines have had to adapt to the digital age, as have their editors. And in The Knockoff, one such editor, Imogen Tate, finds her position threatened by her former assistant, a Harvard Business School grad who navigates Facebook and the digital world with the kind of savvy Tate once used in the fashion world. As old staffers are replaced and tweeting replacing longform stories, Tate has to struggle to keep up—or she'll find herself knocked off her pedestal.

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