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Title: Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror
Author: Alten, Steve (1997)
ISBN: 0385489056
Notes: On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean's deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with terror. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor remains haunted years later by what he saw. Written off as a crackpot, he insists that the prehistoric shark known as Carcharodon megalodon still swims the deep underwater chasms. Only an urgent call for help from one of his oldest friends can persuade him to return to those deadly waters. Now Taylor will relive his darkest nightmare, only to find that what he saw before was only the beginning. For what lies deep beneath the waves is a horror that could turn the tides blood-red until the end of time.

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Title: Family Resemblance
Author: Barrientos, Tanya Maria (2003)
ISBN: 0451208722
Notes: When Nita DeLeon's mother died, she took with her a deep family secret. Now, almost twenty-five years later, Nita begins sifting through family history - and discovers a letter from her Aunt Pancha hidden in an address book, a letter that offers new insight into her parents' lives in Guatemala. As Nita uncovers the truth, she gains comfort in a man who helps her heal the wounds of the past - and finds hope for a more meaningful future.

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Title: Pride
Author: Cary, Lorene (1998)
ISBN: 0385481314
Notes: Pride weaves together the intriguing lives of four middle-class African-American women in their 30s. Throughout the dramas of life - illnesses, divorce, death and infidelities - the women struggle to keep the essence of their friendship alive.

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Title: Inamorata
Author: Gangemi, Joseph (2004)
ISBN: 0670032794
Notes: Inamorata follows Martin Finch, a twenty-three-year-old Harvard graduate student and member of Scientific American's investigative committee, on the case of a lifetime - an attempt to determine whether Mina Crawley, a beautiful Philadelphia socialite, is able to contact the spirit realm. In the tiny upstairs room of the Crawley's elegant Rittenhouse Square townhouse, Finch is prepared to debunk a fraud. But instead the man of science breaks the cardinal rule of psychic investigation: Never fall in love with the medium.

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Title: Fears the Shadow
Author: Lashner, William (2005)
ISBN: 0060721561
Notes: A beautiful young woman is dead, her husband convicted of the murder. In seeking a new trial for the husband, defense attorney Victor Carl must confront not only a determined prosecutor and a police detective who might have set up his client, but also a strange little busybody named Bob." "Bob has the aspiration, one could even say the compulsion, to help those around him. And it usually works out well for all concerned, except when it ends in blood. But Victor doesn't know that...yet." "Thanks to Bob, Victor is suddenly dressing better, dating a stunning woman, and his economic prospects and his teeth are both gleaming. It's all good, until Victor finds a troubling connection between Bob and the murdered wife. Is Bob a kind of saint or is this obsessive Good Samaritan in reality a murderer?"

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Title: Green Grass Grace
Author: McBride, Shawn (2003)
ISBN: 074322311X
Notes: Everyone up and down St. Patrick Street, Henry's claustrophobic Irish-Catholic block in Philadelphia - with its seventy-eight row homes, seventy-eight skinny mile-high lawns, seventy-eight statues of saints, and seventy-eight Mondale-Ferraro signs - knows that the Toohey family is falling apart. Henry's mailman father is having an affair with a neighbor lady right under his mother's nose. His big brother has been a drunken mess since his girlfriend died. And his little sister is counting on him to keep her laughing through it all. But Henry has a plan to pull the family back together.

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Title: Leaving Cecil Street
Author: McKinney-Whetstone, Diane (2004)
ISBN: 0688163858
Notes: It is 1969 and Cecil Street is "feeling some kind of way," so the residents decide to have two block parties this year. These energetic, sensual street celebrations serve as backdrop to the stories of the people on the block. Joe, a long-ago sax player, has turned his eye across the street to a newly arrived young southern beauty even as he is suddenly haunted by memories of this horn-playing nights and his affection for a shy, soft hooker from years ago. Joe's wife, Louise, a licensed practical nurse, is losing her teeth to gum disease and her joy to sensing that Joe's attention has wandered. Their teenage daughter, Shay, is consumed with helping her best friend and next-door neighbor Neet, who has gotten pregnant by a Corner Boy. Neet's mother, Alberta, is shunned by the block because of her immersion in a religion that has no name.

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Title: Good in Bed
Author: Weiner, Jennifer (2001)
ISBN: 0743418174
Notes: For twenty-eight years, things have been tripping along nicely for Cannie Shapiro. Sure, her mother has come charging out of the closet, and her father has long since dropped out of her world. But she loves her friends, her rat terrier, Nifkin, and her job as pop culture reporter for The Philadelphia Examiner. She's even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body. But the day she opens up a national women's magazine and sees the words "Loving a Larger Woman" above her ex-boyfriend's byline, Cannie is plunged into misery...and the most amazing year of her life. From Philadelphia to Hollywood and back home again, she charts a new course for herself: mourning her losses, facing her past, and figuring out who she is and who she can become.

Title: Aloha Love
Author: Wootson, Alice (2005)
ISBN: 1583145389
Notes: Hawaiian helicopter pilot Jeanine Stewart has more than her share of problems. After being told by her trusted mechanic that her helicopter is in good shape, it crashes. Fortunately, she is not hurt, and neither is her passenger, architect Chris Harris. In fact, Chris is more than all right: Jeanine begins to fall in love with him. But the latest replacement part in the helicopter, the one that caused the accident, is from a rejected government supply, and all of a sudden a mysterious federal agent (or so he says) keeps popping in and out of her life. Apparently there's more growing in Hawaii than plumeria and coffee, and only the enigmatic agent has all the answers.

Title: Layover
Author: Zeidner, Lisa (1999)
ISBN: 0375502866
Notes: Sometimes funny and sometimes tragic, Zeidner's novel probes the many-layered psyche of a woman stricken with grief over the death of her son and the infidelity of her husband. Claire is a salesperson for a medical supply company, a job that keeps her traveling for days at a time. As she sinks into depression, she finds herself more unwilling to return to her strained marriage, and one day she simply decides not to go back. Living in hotels, ignoring frantic calls from her husband and her therapist, she attempts to come to terms with the disaster that her life has become.