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On February 1st, 2003 the crew of the space shuttle Columbia was lost when it broke up during reentry in the skies over Texas. This is the moving account of the search and recovery operations --the largest search in U.S. history-- launched to find the crewmembers and their ship. The goal was to ensure the astronauts were respectfully laid to rest and determine the cause of the accident. I am still in awe of the magnitude of dedication shown by people from across the country who found common cause in honoring these heroes. This is a story I will always carry with me.

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ISBN: 9781628728514
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Arcade - January 23rd, 2018

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As you’re reading this you are likely drinking a cup of coffee or have recently finished one. Despite its ubiquity I knew little about coffee until I came across The Monk of Mokha. Inside l found the enthralling account of Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a young Yemeni-American, who stumbled upon his dream. He would reclaim the ancient coffee heritage of Yemen and bring quality Yemeni coffee to the world. First, however, he needed to learn about the drink.  This an incredible tale of one person’s perseverance against discrimination, disbelief, and even war to achieve his vision.

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ISBN: 9781101947319
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf - January 30th, 2018

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In the Midst of Winter (Atria, $28), by master storyteller Isabel Allende, begins on a cold and snowy day in Brooklyn. After a traffic accident brings them together, Richard Bowmaster and Evelyn Ortega discover they’re connected by a dark secret. This also involves Lucia Maraz, Richard’s tenant and colleague, who he turns to for help after the incident. Owing to circumstances, our three protagonists, plus one dog, find themselves becoming closer while going to extraordinary lengths to hide their secret. As Allende narrates their various pasts, it becomes clear that each of them faces a personal winter, living a life frozen in place. Richard is a professor who believes the great passions of his life have come and gone. He maintains strict order to keep his regrets under control. Lucia, despite the struggles and disappointments she endured in her native Chile, still searches for happiness in the unlikeliest of places. Evelyn is a refugee from the violence in Guatemala, where she was robbed of family and future. Together this trio discovers, as Albert Camus wrote, an “invincible summer” within that slowly melts the frost enshrouding their lives and opens them to renewed hope and love. This is a beautiful story that will see you through all the seasons to come.

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ISBN: 9781501178139
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Atria Books - October 31st, 2017