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A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

Viking Canada
A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write, to recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.

Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home and pored over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical equations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his biological family.

A Long Way Home is a moving, poignant, and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope.

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The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

Little, Brown and Company
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days--as he has done before--and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives--meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before...

A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant, Robin Ellacott.

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Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me by Lucinda Franks

Sarah Crichton Books
Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me by Lucinda Franks

To say that Robert Morgenthau and Lucinda Franks are opposites feels like an understatement. She’s a radical, self-styled hippie, and he is New York’s famous district attorney, a legal luminary of the establishment; she’s a prizewinning New York Times journalist who has chained herself to fences, bloodied draft files, and otherwise broken the law for her beliefs, and he is a secret iconoclast who could have put her in jail.

Timeless is the memoir of their triumph against the odds, their ongoing thirty-five-year marriage, a union between two people so deeply in love but so different—and with so many decades separating them—that their family and friends fought to keep them apart.

Franks offers a confidential tour of their marriage, as well as the never-revealed, behind-the-scenes details of Morgenthau’s famous cases. We see a red-faced Ronald Lauder storm into Morgenthau’s office after the DA seizes a priceless Egon Schiele painting from the walls of the Museum of Modern Art; we witness the CIA dismissing Morgenthau’s discovery of the growing terrorist cell in New York that would become al-Qaeda headquarters. This is an unusually close look at the privates lives of two well-known people who have always refused to reveal themselves to the public.

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Zeppelin Nights by Jerry White

Bodley Head
Zeppelin Nights by Jerry White

11 p.m., Tuesday August 4, 1914: For the next four years the people of London would find themselves at the hub of the ever-enlarging storm of World War One.

The many tangled threads of Britain’s war converged on the capital: the majority of munitions were manufactured there; soldiers in their hundreds of thousands passed through, on their way to active service or brought back bleeding from the front lines; refugees from war-torn territories sought respite and a new life there. And then there were the citizens themselves -- patriots and pacifists, clergymen and thieves, bluestockings and prostitutes -- all dependent on the shifting fortunes of war.

Jerry White shows us a city struggling, but also flourishing, economically and socially, leading us through factories and nightclubs alike. As war raged on many fronts across the globe, Londoners almost without exception were caught up body and soul in its thrall.

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