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Wild for Ampersands: 9 Fab Books Sporting the Stylish Symbol in the Title

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If I had to pick a favorite grammatical symbol, it would definitely be an ampersand. It’s all curves and swooping lines, and it’s just as fun to write as it is to say. Look at this little guy and tell me you’re not in love: & When an ampersand is added to a book title, it instantly lends a certain panache to any novel. The title suddenly flows, making those books using the word ‘and’ seem needlessly long. While it’s not quite as common to see ampersands in titles as of late, a few authors are still holding onto the trend (bless their hearts!). Plus, there are always the classics to refer back to again and again. Here are nine awesome books that…

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Hidden History: 3 Books That Crack Open Past Secrets

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We’ve all been thrilled by the hidden corners of history so deftly incorporated into the novels of suspense writers like Steve Berry and Dan Brown, but you don’t have to wait for your next thriller to discover them for yourself. Our history is a treasure trove of fascinating information, much of which remains hidden until we crack open a truly revealing book. If you’re looking to revel in the previously unknown, Copperfield’s Books has some terrific reads. Copperfield’s of California will celebrate its 35th year in 2016 and with bookstores in seven locations (and an eighth coming next year), they might be just around your corner. These picks were selected by Copperfield’s frontlist buyer Sheryl Cotleur: Ivory Vikings: The Mystery…

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Going Home: 3 Books About Discovering the Truth About Family

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Can you really go home again? This week Full Circle Bookstore in Oklahoma City recommends three books about protagonists who discover something unexpected about themselves and what family means to them. Full Circle was established in 1970 and is still going strong as the oldest and largest independent bookstore in Oklahoma. It also boasts the largest selection of books about Oklahoma in the state. Manager Dana Meister and bookseller Mary Robideaux recommend three books where the biggest surprises come from people they thought they already knew: The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo (Harper Paperbacks; September 8, 2015) “This is about a girl [Mattie] returning home to her mother, who she thinks is just an alcoholic and a deadbeat.…

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