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ACTION, CRIME SUSPENSE & THRILLERS

Action Thrillers

Adventure and Espionage

Blockbuster Fiction

Contract Killers

Crime and Capers

Crime Fiction

Legal Thrillers

Medical Thrillers

Read-alikes: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Read-alikes: Janet Evanovich

True Crime (Nonfiction)

Read-alikes: Mary Higgins Clark

Read-alikes: Michael Connelly

Read-alikes: John Grisham

Romantic Suspense

Sophisticated Thrillers

 

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BIOGRAPHIES AND MEMOIRS

Biographies

Memoirs

Read-alikes: The Glass Castle by Jennifer Walls

 

COZY READS

Amish & Mennonite "Bonnet" Fiction

Gentle Reads

Small Town Fiction

 

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FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIPS FICTION

Family Sagas

Genealogy in Fiction

Mum Lit

Read-alikes: The Glass Castle by Jennifer Walls

Relationship-driven Fiction

 

ALL THINGS HISTORICAL

American Historical Fiction

Historical Fiction (Authors)

Historical Fiction (Titles)

Historical Mysteries (Authors)

Historical Mysteries (Specific Places and Eras)

Historical Nonfiction that Reads Like a Novel

Medieval Historical Fiction

Read-alikes: Jean Auel

Read-alikes: the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear

Vietnam War Fiction

 

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HOBBIES IN FICTION

Genealogy in Fiction

Needlecraft Fiction

Needlecraft Mysteries

Quilting Fiction

 

MYSTERIES

Detective Mysteries

English Mystery

Female Detective Mysteries

Forensic Mysteries

Halloween Mysteries

Historical Mysteries (Authors)

Historical Mysteries (Specific Places and Eras)

Legal Mysteries

Mysteries with a Comic Twist

Mysteries Written by Women

Needlecraft Mysteries

Quilting Mysteries

Read-alikes: Janet Evanovich

Read-alikes: the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear

Read-alikes: Mary Higgins Clark

Read-alikes: Precious Ramatswe series by Alexander McCall Smith

Read-alikes: Sue Grafton

 

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NONFICTION

Animal Stories (Nonfiction)

Biographies

Historical Nonfiction that Reads Like a Novel

Life Abroad

Memoirs

Narrative Nonfiction

“Object”ive Nonfiction

Read-alikes: The Glass Castle by Jennifer Walls

Read-alike: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Real Disasters (Nonfiction)

 

ROMANCE AND RELATIONSHIPS

Chick Lit

Contemporary Romance

Read-alikes: Barbara Delinsky

Read-alikes: Danielle Steel

Read-alikes: Linda Howard

Relationship-driven Fiction

Romance

Romantic Suspense

Women’s Lives and Relationships Fiction

 

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SEASONAL READS

Halloween Mysteries

Summer Recommendations

Winter Fiction

Winter Nonfiction

 

SCIENCE AND MEDICINE IN FICTION

Forensic Mysteries

Genealogy in Fiction

 

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THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT

Fantasy

Gothic Fiction

Halloween Mysteries

Horror (Authors)

Horror (Titles)

Mash Ups

Paranormal Suspense

 

OLD FICTION

Classics

Gothic Fiction

Mash Ups

 

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Action Thrillers

Dale Brown

Lincoln Child

Tom Clancy

Stephen Coonts

Clive Cussler

Len Deighton

William Diehl

Paul Erdman

Frederick Forsyth

W.E.B. Griffin

Thomas Harris

Jack Higgins

Stephen Hunter

Dean Ing

Robert Ludlum

Eric Lustbader

David Poyer

Douglas Preston

Patrick Robinson

Craig Thomas

Stuart Woods

 

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Adventure and Espionage

Dale Brown

Tom Clancy

Stephen Coonts

Clive Cussler

Len Deighton

Frederick Forsyth

John Gardner

Jack Higgins

Greg Iles

John Le Carre

Robert Ludlum

Gerald Seymour

 

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American Historical Fiction

Howard Bahr

Madison Smartt Bell

Kathleen & W. Michael Gear

Thomas Fleming

Lana M. Harrigan

Robert Hicks

John Jakes

Gary Jennings

Douglas C. Jones

Thomas Mallon

Larry McMurtry

David Nevin

David Poyer

Barbara Riefe

James Reasoner

Lucia St. Clair Robson

Jeffrey & Michael Shaara

 

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Amish & Mennonite "Bonnet" Fiction

Richard Ammon

Carrie Bender

Sandra Birdsell

Annette Blair

Wanda Brunstetter

Linda Castillo

Mindy Starns Clark

Colleen Coble

W. Dale Cramer

Jerry S. Eicher

Kathleen Fuller

Paul L. Gaus

Shelley Shepard Gray

Karen Harper

B.J. Hoff

Beverly Lewis

Tamar Myers

Marta Perry

Kim Vogel Sawyer

Sarah Strohmeyer

Beth Wiseman

Cindy Woodsmall

 

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Animal Stories (Nonfiction)

A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog by Dean Koontz

Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or, How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat

by Gwen Cooper

Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat by Deavid Dosa, M.D.

Rescue Ink: How Ten Guys Saved Countless Dogs and Cats, Twelve Horses, Five Pigs, One Duck, and a

Few  Turtles by Rescue Ink with Denise Flaim

To the Rescue: Found Dogs with a Mission by Elise Lufkin

The Wolf in the Parlor: The Eternal Connection Between Humans and Dogs by Jon Franklin

 

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Biographies/Memoirs

Blue Nights by Joan Didion

Townie : a Memoir by Andre Dubus

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller

Making Piece: a Memoir of Love, Loss & Pie by Beth M. Howard

Then Again by Diane Keaton

Fifty Acres and a Poodle : a Story of Love, Livestock, and Finding myself on a farm by Jeanne Marie Laskas

Lots of Candle, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen

Hedy's folly : the life and breakthrough inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the most beautiful woman in the world by Richard Rhodes

My Dyslexia by Philip Schultz

Van Gogh : the Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith

Wild : From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

The Orchard: a Memoir by Theresa Weir

Nothing Daunted : the Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden

 

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Blockbuster Fiction

Jeffrey Archer

Gerald A. Browne

Michael Crichton

Nelson DeMille

William Diehl

Ken Follett

W.E.B. Griffin

John Grisham

Judith Krantz

Stephen Martini

Sidney Sheldon

Scott Turow

 

Book to Film Adaptations

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (Apocalypse Now)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick (Blade Runner)
Atonement by Ian McEwan
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean (Adaptation)
The Lovely Bonesby Alice Sebold

 

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Chick Lit

Melissa Bank

Mark Barrowcliff

Christina Bartolomeo

Elizabeth Berg

Jennifer Cruise

Barbara Delinksy

Delia Ephron

Katie Fforde

Helen Fielding

Suzanne Finnamore

Karen Joy Fowler

Mike Gayle

Rachel Gibson

Eileen Goudge

Jane Green

Kristin Hannah

Janice Harayda

Jane Heller

Wendy Holden

Nick Hornby

Shirley Lord

Marian Keyes

Sophie Kinsella

Jo-Ann Mapson

Sue Margolis

Kat Martin

Anna Maxtel

Carly Phillips

Francine Prose

Mary Jo Putney

Jennifer Weiner

Rebecca Wells

Michael Lee West

Laura Zigman

 

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Classics

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Odyssey by Homer

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

 

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Contemporary Romance

Candace Bushnell

Meg  Cabot

Jennifer Cruise

Rachel Gibson

Jane Green

Emily Griffin

Kristin Hannah

Jane Heller

Linda Howard

Lisa Kleypas

Kasey Michaels

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Jennifer Weiner

Lauren Weisberger

 

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Contract Killers

Bleeding Hearts by Ian Rankin

Dynamite Road by Andrew Klavan

Fear by Jeff Abbott

Garden of Beasts by Jeffrey Deaver

Good Guy by Dean Koontz

Judge & Jury by James Patterson

Pursuit by Thomas Perry

Rain Fall by Barry Eisler

Sleeping with Strangers by Eric Jerome Dickey

Three Days to Never by Tim Powers

 

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Crime and Capers

William Caunitz

Michael Connelly

James W. Hall

Carl Hiaasen

Elmore Leonard

David Lindsey

Thomas Perry

Lawrence Sanders

Laurence Shames

Joseph Wambaugh

Donald E. Westlake

Stuart Woods

 

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Crime Fiction

Peter Blauner

Lee Child

Michael Connelly

John Connolly

Jonathan Kellerman

William Lashner

Walter Mosley

Robert Parker

T. Jefferson Parker

James Patterson

George Pelecanos

Daniel Silva

Stuart Woods 

 

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Detective Mysteries

James Lee Burke

Raymond Chandler

Lee Child

Michael Connelly

John Connolly

Robert Crais

Jeffery Deaver

James Ellroy

Erle Stanley Gardner

Dashiell Hammett

George V. Higgins

William Lashner

Elmore Leonard

Ed McBain

Walter Mosely

Robert B. Parker

T. Jefferson Parker

James Patterson

George Pelecanos

Ian Rankin

Daniel Silva

Mickey Spillane 

 

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English Mystery

Margery Allingham

Anthony Berkeley

Christianna Brand

Leo Bruce

Sarah Caudwell

John Dickson Carr

Francis Iles

Michael Innes

Elizabeth Lemarchand

Ngaio Marsh

Patricia Moyes

Anne Morice

Josephine Tey

Patricia Wentworth

 

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Family Sagas 

Maeve Binchy

Jessica Blair

Barbara Taylor Bradford

J. California Copper

Anne Douglas

Fannie Flagg

Jennifer Haigh

Kent Haruf

Brenda Jackson

Leila Meacham

Roland Merullo

Elizabeth Palmer

Robin Pilcher

Belva Plain

Anne Taylor

Adriana Trigiani

Sarah Woodhouse

 

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Fantasy

Piers Anthony

Robert Lynn Asprin

Marion Zimmer Bradley

Terry Brooks

David Eddings

Raymond E. Feist

Terry Goodkind

Robert Jordan

Katherine Kurtz

Mercedes Lackey

Melanie Rawn

Margaret Weis

 

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Female Detective Mysteries

Linda Barnes

Nevada Barr

Edna Buchanan

Patricia Cornwell

Deborah Crombie

Janet Evanovich

Elizabeth George

Tess Gerritsen

Sue Grafton

Ellen Hart

Laurie R. King

Lynda La Plante

Laura Lippman

Margaret Maron

Alexander McCall Smith

Marcia Muller

Carol O’Connell

Sara Paretsky

Anne Perry

S.J. Rozan

Lisa Scottoline

Dana Stabenow

 

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Forensic Mysteries

Patricia Cornwell

Beverly Connor

Jeffrey Deaver

D.J. Donaldson

Aaron Elkins

Tess Gerritsen

Iris Johansen

Pricilla Masters

Kathy Reichs

Karin Slaughter

Keith McCarthy

Peter May

Sheila Lowe

Sharyn McCrumb

Jeffrey P.  Lindsay

 

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Genealogy in Fiction

At Death’s Door by Robert Barnard

The Devil in Tartan by Elisabeth Ogilvie

The Famous DAR Murder Mystery by Graham Landrum

The Ghost of Hannah Mendes by Naomi Ragen

The Horse You Came in On by Martha Grimes

The Mangan Inheritance by Brian Moore

Mother Love by Laurali Wright

Murder at Monicello by Rita Mae Brown

Murder Runs in the Family by Anne George

The Third Heiress by Brenda Joyce

Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers

 

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Gentle Reads

Carrie Bender

Maeve Binchy

Jennifer Chiaverini

Sandra Dallas

Richard Paul Evans

Fannie Flagg

Philip Gulley

Kristen Hannah

Jon Hassler

J. Lynne Hinton

Jan Karon

Garrison Keillor

Thomas Kincaide

Debbie Macomber

Joan A. Medlicott

Janette Oke

Delia Parr

Rosamunde Pilcher

Jeanne Ray

Luanne Rice

Ann B. Ross

Rebecca Shaw

Annette Gail Smith

Adriana Trigiani

Bailey White

Marcia Willett

 

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Gothic Fiction

The Evil in Pemberley House by Philip Jose Farmer and Win Scott Eckert

Sleep, Pale Sister by Joanne Harris

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Descent Into Dust by Jacqueline Lepore

The Tale of the Halcyon Crane: A Novel by Wendy Webb

 

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Halloween Mysteries

The Secret Life of Laszlo, Count Dracula by Roderick Anscombe

Suckers by Anne Billson

Wycliff and the Beatles by W.J. Burley

The Judas Glass by Michael Cadmun

Eye Killers by A.A. Carr

Halloween Party by Agatha Christie

Those Who Hunt the Night the Night by Barbara Hambly

Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg 

 

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Historical Fiction (Authors)

Joan Aiken

Jean M. Auel

Pamela Belle

Tracy Chevalier

 Bernard Cornwell

Catherine Coulter

Paul Doherty

Patricia Finney

Diana Gabaldon

Margaret George

Cecilia Holland

Rosalind Laker

Morgan Llywelyn

James A. Michener

Patrick O’Brian

Julienne Osborne—McKnight

Sharon Kay Penman

Belva Plain

Eugenia Price

Mary Jo Putney

Jennifer Roberson

Edward Rutherford

Judith Tarr

Anna Lee Waldo

 

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Historical Fiction (Titles)

Agaat by Marlene van Niekerk

Beautiful Maria of My Soul by Oscar Hijuelos

Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland

The Elephant’s Journey by Jose Saramago

The Matchmaker of Kenmare by Frank Delaney

Percival’s Plant by Michael Byers

Promises to Keep by Ann Tatlock

Revenants: A Dream of New England by Daniel Mills

Rodin’s Debutante by Ward Just

 

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Historical Mysteries (Authors)

Stephanie Barron

Simon Beaufort

James R. Benn

Rhys Bowen

Alys Clare

Fiona Buckley

Lindsay Davis

Anna Dean

P.C. Doherty

Joan Druett

Adriana Franklin

Margaret Fraser

Susanna Gregory

Barbara Hambly

David Liss

Charles O’Brien

Laura Joh Rowland

Charles Todd

Jeri Westerson

Lauren Willig

 

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Historical Mysteries (Specific Places and Eras)

Susan Wittig Albert – England 1800s

Carrie Bebris – England 1800s

Rhys Bowen – England eary 1900s

Stephanie Barron – England early 1800s

M.C. Beaton – England early 1900s

Alys Clare – England 1100s

Jill Churchill – New York 1929

Jeanne Dams – America 1920s

Carola Dunn – England 1920s

Christopher Fowler – England 1940s

Kerry Greenwood – Australia 1920s

Amy Patricia Meade – Connecticut 1930s

Kathryn Miller Haines – New York WWII

Amy Myers – England Victorian Era

Laurie R. King – England early 1900s

Anne Perry – England Victorian Era

Elizabeth Peters – England 1300s

Sharon Kay Penman – England 1300s

Elliot Roosevelt – Washington, D.C. 1940s

Victoria Thompson – New York early 1900s

Jacqueline Winespear – England early 1900s

 

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Historical Nonfiction that Reads like a Novel

London: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd

Endurance by Caroline Alexander

Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

Close to Shore: the Terrifying Shark Attack of 1916 by Mike Capuzzo

Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan

Worst Hard Time: the Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience & Redemption by Lauren Hillenbrand

Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz

War by Sebastian Junger

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

The Children’s Blizzard by David Laskin

Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man & a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis by Ben Macintyre

The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough

Never Cry Wolf: The Amazing True Story of Life Among Arctic Wolves by Farley Mowat

 

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Horror (Authors)

Clive Barker

Ramsey Campbell

Neil Gaiman

Laurell K. Hamilton

Joe Hill Robert

Ervin Howard

Shirley Jackson

Caitlin R. Kiernan

Stephen King

Dean Koontz

HP Lovecraft

Richard Matheson

Robert McCammon

Edgar Allan Poe

Ann Rice

Hideaki Sena

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

R. L. Stine

Peter Straub

Bram Stoker

Karl Edward Wagner

 

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Horror (Titles)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde & The Bodysnatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

The Phantom of The Opera by Gaston Leroux

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

Tales of Terror and Mystery by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Turn of the Screw by Henry James

 

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Irish Fiction

Sebastian Barry

Clare Boylan

Roddy Doyle

Katie Fforde

Mary Beth Keane

Cathy Kelly

Julia O’Faolain

Patrick Taylor

Colm Toibin

William Trevor

Niall Williams

 

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Legal Mysteries

 James Lee Burke

Parnall Hall

Joe L. Hensley

Jonnie Jacobs

William Lashners

Margaret Maron

Ralph McInerny

Barbara Parker

David Rosenfelt

William G. Tapply

Kate Wilhelm

 

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Legal Thrillers

William Bernhardt

Willliam Coughlin

Linda Fairstein

Joseph Finder

Tim Green

John Grisham

Jilliane Hollman

John Lescroart

Phillip Margolin

Margaret Maron

Steve Martini

Perri O’Shaughnessy

Barbara Parker

Richard North Patterson

Nancy Rosenberg

Lisa Scottoline

Scott Turow

Stuart Woods 

 

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Life Abroad

A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena de Blasi

All the Clean Ones are Married and Other every Day Calamities in Moscow by Lordi Cidylo

An Innocent, a Broad by Ann Leary

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
Me Talk Pretty One Day and When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

Cuba Diaries: An American Housewife in Havana by Isadora Tattlin

House in Corfu: A Family’s Sojourn in Greece by Emma Tennant

Almost French by Sarah Turnbull

 

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Literary Fiction

Kate Atkinson

Margaret Atwood

T. Coraghessan Boyle

Geraldine Brooks

Peter Carey

Michael Chabon

Don DeLillo

Annie Dillard

E.L. Doctorow

Louise Erdrich

Jeffrey Eugenides

Jonathan Safran Foer

Alice Hoffman

Nancy Horan

Jhumpa Ladiri

Ian McEwan

Joyce Carol Oates

Matthew Pearl

Jane Smiley

Zadie Smith

Anne Tyler

 

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Mash Ups

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Android Karenina by Ben H. Winters

Emma and the Vampires by Wayne Josephson

Jane Slayre by by Sherri Browning Erwin

Little Vampire Women by Lynn Messina

Little Women and Werewolves by Porter Grand

The Meowmorphosis by Coleridge Cook

Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion by Alan Goldsher

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith

Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A.E. Moorat

Romeo & Juliet & Vampires by Claudia Gabel

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Ben H. Winters

 

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Medical Thrillers

Jefferson Bass

Stephen J. Cannell          

John Case

Robin Cook

Patricia Cornwell

John Darnston

Jeffrey Deaver

Tess Gerritsen

Greg Iles

Daniel Kalla

John Nance

Michael Palmer

Richard  Preston

Kathy Reichs

John Saul

Stephen White

J. Paul Wilson

 

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Medieval Historical Fiction

Simon Beaufort

Alys Clare

P.C. Doherty

Margaret Frazer

Roberta Gellis

Alan Gordon

C.L. Grace

Susanna Gregory

Michael Jecks

Edward Marston

Sharon Kay Penman

Ellis Peters

Candace M. Robb

Caroline Roe

Kate Sedley

Peter Tremayne

Joan Wolf

 

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Memoirs

Flying Drunk: The True Story of a Northwest Airlines Flight, Three Drunk Pilots, and One Man’s Fight for

Redemption by Joseph Balzer

A Room for Learning by The Making of a School in Vermont by Tal Birdsey

Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir by Christopher Buckley

The Possibility of Everything by Hope Edelman

Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist by Michael J. Fox

A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin by Kathy Griffin

The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother’s Memoir by Katrina Kenison

The Compass: A Memoir by Edward M. Kennedy

Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer

Sister Salty, Sister Sweet: A Memoir of Sibling Rivalry by Shannon Kring Brio and Natalie Kring

Happy: A Memoir by Alex Lemon

Saving Sammy: Curing the Boy Who Caught OCD by Beth Alison Maloney

Going Rogue: An American Life by Sarah Palin

The Yankee Years by Joe Torre

 

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Mum Lit

A Married Man by Catherine Alliott

Hens Dancing by Raffaella Barker

Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman by Eliz. Buchan

Amanda Bright @home by Danielle Crittenden

Having It and Eating It by Sabine Durrant

Babyville by Jane Green

Watermelon by Marian Keyes

Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott

Nursery Crimes by Ayelet Waldman

 

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Mysteries with a Comic Twist

Stephanie Bond

Kate Collins

Janet Evanovich

Anne George

Sparkle Hayter

Joan Hess

Harley Jane Kozak

Rita Lakin

Liza Lutz

Nancy Martin

Tamar Myers

Sarah Strohmeyer

Heather Webber

 

 

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Mysteries Written by Women

Nevada Barr

Edna Buchanan

Sue Grafton

Linda Grant

Ellen Hart

Karen Kijewski

Laura Lippman

Sharyn McCrumb

Marcia Muller

Sara Paretsky

Nora Roberts

Lisa Scottoline

Kate White

 

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Native American Fiction

Sherman Alexie

Peter Abresch

Margaret Coel

Louise Erdrich

Kathleen and W. Michael Gear

Tony Hillerman

Linda Lay Shuler

Aimee and David Thurlo

 

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Narrative Nonfiction

The Wild Marsh: Four Seasons at Home in Montana by Rick Bass

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Wildwood: A Journey through Trees by Roger Deakin

Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America by Eric Jay Dolin Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant

The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester

 

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Needlecraft Fiction

Anne Bartlett

Teri DuLong

Kate Jacobs

Debbie Macomber

Gil McNeil

 

Needlecraft Mysteries

Barbara Bretton

Anne Canadoe

Monica Ferris

Sally Goldenbaum

Betty Hechtman

Maggie Sefton

 

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“Object”ive Nonfiction

The Dirt on Clean: an Unsanitized History by Katherine Ashenburg

The Beach: The History of Paradise on Earth by Lena Lencek and Gideon Bosker

The Smoke of the Gods: A Social History of Tobacco by Eric Burns

A Splintered History of Wood: Belt Sander Races, Blind Woodworkers, and Baseball Bats by Spike Carlsen

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

Tea: Addiction, Exploitation and Empire by Roy Moxham

 

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Paranormal Suspense

Cherry Adair

Jennifer Ashley

Nina Bangs

Allsion Chase

Chiristine Feehan

Susan Grant

Laurel K. Hamilton

Shererilyn Kenyon

Lynn Kirkland

Susan Krinard

Marjorie Liu

Kat Martin

Joy Nash

Maggie Shane

Gena Showalter

Christina Skye

J. R. Ward

 

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Quilting Fiction

Marie Boswick

Sandra Dallas

Irene Latham

Zakes Mda

Nancy Willard

 

Quilting Mysteries

Jennifer Chiaverini

Earlene Fowler

Sara Hoskinson Frommer

Clare O’Donohue

Emilie Richards

 

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Read-alikes: Barbara Delinsky

Jude Deveraux

Anita Diamant

Patricia Gaffney

Julie Garwood

Kristin Hannah

Fern Michaels

Belva Plain

Luanne Rice

LaVyrle Spencer

Danielle Steel

 

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Read-alikes: Danielle Steel

Elizabeth Berg  

Maeve Benchley

Jennifer Blake

Barbara Taylor Bradford

Barbara Delinsky

Jude Deveraux

Julie Ellis

Eileen Goudge

Elin Hilderebrand

Susan Isaacs

Judith McNaught

Fern Michaels

Luanne Rice

Anne Rivers Siddons

Lavryle Spencer

 

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Read-alikes: Edgar Allen Poe

The Chatham School Affair by Thomas H. Cook

Silent Words by Joan M. Drury

With Child by Laurie R. King

Hearts and Bones by Margaret Lawrence

Pentecost Alley by Anne Perry

A Test of Wills by Charles Todd

Walking Rain by Susan Wade

Mean Streak by Carolyn Wheat

Tribe by R.D. Zimmerman

 

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Read-alikes: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

 Kerstin Ekman

Karin Fossum

Tana French

Patricia Highsmith

Arnaldur Indridtason

Mari Jungstedt

Asa Larsson

Henning Mankell

Jo Nesbo

Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo

Helene Tursten

Barbara Vine

Minette Walters                                                         

 

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Read-alikes: The Glass Castle by Jennifer Walls

All Over but the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg

All Souls: A Family Story from Southie by Michael P. MacDonald

Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child by Elva Treviño Hart

Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found by Jennifer Lauck

Chanel Bonfire: A Memoir by Wendy Lawless

Cherry: A Memoir by Mary Karr

A Child Called “It” by David Pelzer

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller

The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by

James McBride

Daughter of the Queen of Sheba by Jacki Lyden

Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by  

Alexandra Fuller 

Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp

Driving with Dead People: A Memoir by Monica Holloway

Fat Girl: A True Story by Judith Moore

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kayson

Learning Joy from Dogs Without Collars by Lauralee Summer

The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr

Lit by Mary Karr

Lucky by Alice Sebold

Name All the Animals by Alison Smith

The Only Girl in the Car by Kathy Dobie

A Piece of Cake: A Memoir  by Cupcake Brown

Running With Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs

Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood by Julie

Gregory

Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zalickas

The Summer of Ordinary Ways by Nicole Lea Helget

The Tender Bar: A Memoir by J.R. Moehringer

They Cage the Animals at Night by Jennings Michael Burch

This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff

 

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Read-alikes: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Angels of Morgan Hill by Donna Van Liere 

Big Girls Don't Cry by Connie Briscoe 

Clover by Dorie Sanders 

The Color Purple by Alice Walker 

Four Spirits by Sena Jeter Naslund 

Freshwater Road by Denise Nicholas 

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan 

Persia Cafe by Melany Neilson 

Right as Rain by Bev Marshall 

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd 

Sula by Toni Morrison

The Sweet By and By by Todd Johnson  

The Sweet Potato Queen series by Jill Conner Browne 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Trouble the Water by Nicole Seitz 

 

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Read-alikes: Janet Evanovitch

Nancy Bartholomew

Sarah Strohmeyer

Anthony Bruno

 

Read-alikes: Jean Auel

Kathleen and Michael Gear

Morgan Llywelyn

Mary Mackey

James Alexander Thom

 

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Elizabeth Berg

Alice Hoffman

Caroline Leavitt

Sue Miller

Ann Packer

Elizabeth Robinson

Alice Sebold

Anne Tyler

 

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David Baldacci

Linda Fairstein

Joseph Finder

Stephen Frey

James Grippando

Colin Harrison

Douglas Kennedy

Andrew Klavan

William Lashner

John T. Lescroart

Phillip Margolin

Steve Martini

Brad Meltzer

Perri O’Shaughnessy

Barbara Parker

Richard North Patterson

Christopher Reich

Nancy Taylor Rosenberg

Robert Tannenbaum

Scott Turow

 

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Read-alikes: Kite Runner

House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus

The Warlord’s Son by Dan Fesperman

The Mulberry Empire by Philip Hensher

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Swallows of Kabul by Khadra Yasmina

 

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Read-alikes: Linda Howard

Elizabeth Adler

Suzanne Brockmann

Sandra Brown

Catherine Coulter

Julie Garwood

Kay Hooper

Iris Johansen

Elizabeth Lowerll

Nora Roberts

 

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Read-alikes: the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear

Suzanne Aruda

Sarah Caudwell

Barbara Cleverly

P.D. James

Alexander McCall Smith

 Anne Perry

Elizabeth Peters

 

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Read-alikes: Mary Higgins Clark

Carol Higgins Clark          

Joy Fielding

Lisa Gardner

Tami Hoag

Kay Hooper

Linda Howard

Lisa Jackson

Iris Johansen

Jonathan Kellerman

Jayne Ann Krentz

Phillip Margolin

Carla Neggers

Karen Robards

Kate White 

 

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Read-alikes: Michael Connelly

Keith Ablow

Richard Barre

Lawrence Block

James Lee Burke

Lee Child

Harlan Coben

John Connolly

Robert Crais

Jeffrey Deaver

Barry Eisler

James Ellroy

Leslie Glass

John Harvey

Jeremiah Healy

Dennis Lehane

Jeffrey Lindsay

Ross MacDonald

Carol O’Connell

T. Jefferson Parker

James Patterson

Ridley Pearson

George Pelecanos

Ian Rankin

 

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Read-alikes: Nora Roberts

Deborah Crombie

Jennifer Cruise

Patricia Gaffney

Dorothy Garlock

Jayne Ann Krentz

Debbie Macomber

Fern Michaels

Linda Lael Miller

 

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Read-alikes: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores The Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Simplexity by Jeffrey Kluger

American Nerd : The Story of My People by Benjamin Nugent

Microtrends : The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow’s Big Changes by

Mark Penn

The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson

A History of the World In Six Glasses by Tom Standag

 

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M.C. Beaton

Agatha Christie

Robert Can Gulik

Rony Hillerman

James McClure

R.K. Narayan

 

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Read-alikes: Sue Grafton

Nevada Barr

Raymond Chandler

Liza Cody

Marcia Muller

Sara Paretsky

 

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Real Disasters (Nonfiction)

The Great Influenza by John M. Barry

Triangle by Dave Von Drehle

Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson

The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger

Fire and Ashes by John N. Maclean

Manhattan Medics by Francis J. Rella

 

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Rosellen Brown

Julia Glass

Gail Godwin

Jane Hamilton

Alice McDermott

Sue Miller

Robin Pilcher

Anna Quindlen

Anne Rivers Siddons

Carol Shields

Jane Smiley

Lee Smith

Elizabeth Strout

Nancy Thayer

Joanna Trollope

Anne Tyler

Ayelet Waldman

 

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Romance

Elizabeth Adler

Sandra Brown

Marion Chesney

Catherine Coulter

Jennifer Cruise

Jude Deveraux

Julie Garwood

Jayne Anne Krentz aka Amanda Quick

Elizabeth Lowell

Judith McNaught

Delia Parr

Nora Roberts

LaVryle Spencer

Katherine Stone

Jennifer Weiner

 

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Romantic Suspense

Suzanne Brockmann

Catherine Coulter

Joy Fielding

Lisa Gardner

Heather Graham

Tami Hoag

Kay Hooper

Linda Howard

Lisa Jackson

Iris Johansen

Jayne Ann Krentz

Elizabeth Lowell

Barbara Michaels

Carla Neggers

Nora Roberts

J.D. Robb

Stephanie Tyler

 

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Douglass Adams

Piers Anthony

Isaac Asimov

Ray Bradbury

Orson Scott Card

Arthur C. Clarke

Harry Harrison

Anne McCaffrey

Larry Niven

William Shatner

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Fred Chappell

Philip Gulley

Susan Howach

Garrison Keillor

Lorna Landvik

Joan Medlicott

Barbara Pym

Ann Ross

Angela Thirkell

Bailey White

 

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Smart Comedy

Cleaning Nabokov’s House by Leslie Daniels

Bad Marie by Marcy Dermansky

The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass

The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman

New World Monkeys by Nancy Munro

Commuters by Emily Gray Tedrowe

The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer

 

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Sophisticated Thrillers

The Third Translation by Matt Bondurant

The Geographer’s Library by Jon Fashman

Improbable by Adam Fawer

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The Eight by K. Neville

Map of Bones by James Rollins

Shadow of the Wind by C. Ruiz Zafron

 

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Lynn Abercombie

Frankie Y. Bailey

Madison Smartt Bell

Wendall Berry

Larry Brown

Fred Chappell

Pat Conroy

Clyde Edgerton

John Ehle

Mary Anne Evans

Fannie Flagg

Charles Frazier

Ernest Gaines

Kaye Gibbons

Ellen Gilchrist

Anne George

Allan Gurganus

Barbara Hambly

Jill McCorkle

Michael Malone

Margaret Maron

Bobbie Anne Mason

Barbara Neely  

T.R. Pearson

Reynolds Price

Ferrol Sams

MaryLee Settle

Louise Shivers

Anne Rivers Siddons

Robert Skinner

Elizabeth Spencer

Anne Tyler

Eudora Welty

 

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Summer Recommendations

Summer in Tuscany by Elizabeth Adler

A Summer to Remember by Mary Balogh

Gone for Good by Harlan Coben

Faking It by Jennifer Cruise

The Survivors Club by Lisa Gardner

Distant Shores by Kristin Hannah

Always a Thief by Kay Hooper

The Fourth Hand by John Irving

The Beach House by James Patterson

Step-Ball-Change by Jeanne Ray

 

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Time Travel Fiction

A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux

Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine

Thursday Next in the Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde

Time After Time by Jack Finney

The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Patriot’s Dream by Barbara Michaels

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Bewitched by Constance O’Day Flannery

 

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True Crime (Nonfiction)

Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper, Case Close by Patricia Cornwall

A Rip in Heaven: A Memoir of Murder and Its Aftermath by Jeanine Cummins

Anyone You Want Me to Be: A True Story of Sex and Death on the Internet by John E. Douglas

Invisible Eden: A Story of Murder on Cape Cod by Maria Flook

A Death in Belmont  by Sebastian Junger

Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

Wiseguy: A Life in a Mafia Family by Nicholas Pileggi

Unholy Messenger: The Life and Crimes of the BTK Serial Killer by Stephen Singular

 

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Urban Fiction

Dwayne D. Birch

Wahida Clark

Shannon Holmes

Brenda Jackson

Pamela M. Johnson

Solomon Jones

K’Wan

Mary Monroe

Kimberla Lawson Roby

Sapphire

Sister Souljah

Nikki Turner

Omar Tyree

Carl Weber

Anthony Whyte

Kashamba Williams

Teri Woods

Zane

 

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Vietnam War Fiction

The Deep Green Sea by Robert Olen Butler

Up County by Nelson Demille

Betrayed by Brendan DuBois

Blue Deep by Layne Heath

A Dangerous Friend by Ward Just

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Lost Soldiers by James Webb

The Ambassador by Morris L. West

 

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Winter Fiction

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

The Ice House by Minette Walters

Wolf Winter by Clare Francis

Under the Snow by Kerstin Ekman

A Fine and Bitter Snow by Dana Stabenow

Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg

Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck

Winter of the Wolf Moon by Steve Hamilton

 

Winter Nonfiction

Crossing Antarctica by Will Steger and Jon Bowermaster

A first rate tragedy : Robert Falcon Scott and the Race to the South Pole by Diana Preston

Endurance : an Epic of Polar Adventure by F.A. Worsley

Ice bound : a Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole by Jerri Nielsen

Riddle of the Ice : a Scientific Adventure into the Arctic by Myron Arms

Terra Incognita : travels in Antarctica by Sara Wheeler

 

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Women’s Lives and Relationships Fiction

Julia Alvarez

Elizabeth Berg

Barbara Taylor Bradford

Diane Chamberlain

Barbara Delinsky

Fannie Flagg

Karen Joy Fowler

Olivia Goldsmith

Kristin Hannah

Susan Isaacs

Marian Keyes

Barbara Kingslover

Jill Marie Landis

Lorna Landvik

Elinor Lipman

Fern Michaels

Gloria Naylor

Luanne Rice

Barbara Samuel

Anita Shreve

Anne Rivers Siddons

Nancy Thayer

Joanna Trollope

Rebecca Wells

 

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World War II Fiction

The Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard

Run Silent, Run Deep by E.L. Beach

The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen

The Boat by L. Bucheim

The Perfect Gallows by Peter Dickenson

The Eye of the Needle and The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follett

The Night Sky by Clare Francis

The Tenth Man by Graham Greene

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

Shining Through by Susan Isaacs

The Thin Red Line by James Jones

This Shining Land by Rosalind Laker

The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacLean

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

 

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