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Truthmaker

Fliss sat next to Minnie and the little one, letting the soft yet clear notes of song fall into her ears.

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Big Shot: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (16)

When I got to the gym for basketball tryouts tonight, I counted twenty-eight kids. That meant twenty kids would make one of the two teams, and everyone else would get cut. So I liked my odds.

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Daughter of the Deep

Here’s the thing about life-shattering days. They start just like any other.

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Pony

A country boy of ten living near Boneville was, recently, walking to his house in the vicinity of a large oak tree, when a violent storm arose.

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Taste

I grew up in an Italian family that, not unusually, put great import on food.

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Oh William!

I would like to say a few things about my first husband, William.

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Black Wolf

I am running through the desert, the red earth firm and unyielding beneath my trainers.

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The Jealousy Man

I ’m not afraid of flying. The chances of dying in a plane crash for the average frequent flyer are one in eleven million.

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The Lincoln Highway

JUNE 12, 1954— The drive from Salina to Morgen was three hours, and for much of it, Emmett hadn’t said a word.

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Double Helix

Jake lay on top of his board, feeling the swells move beneath him, like the air moving in and out of his lungs, like the blood surging through the four chambers of his stubbornly beating heart.

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How to Take a Breath

Breathing covers a spectrum of needs, and it is important to know the best way to breathe in order to meet our needs at any moment, and how best we can move through sleep, rest, activity, exercise, sport, play, work, stress, ill health and recovery.

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A Slow Fire Burning

Inside Laura's head, Deidre spoke. The trouble with you, Laura, she said, is that you make bad choices.

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Coastwatcher

They were still 400 yards from the strip of white beach and the crammed jungle behind it when the fighter planes came.

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Snow Country

From his height only a hundred feet above the trees, the pilot could see two people running over the ground below – one coming out of a wood, another through a gate in the lane, clinging on to his hat as he ran.

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Jailhouse Lawyer

I WASN’T PRESENT at the courthouse in Erva, Alabama, on that morning in June, when events unfolded that would suck me into the undertow of Douglas County.

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The Man Who Died Twice

Sylvia Finch wonders how much longer she can do this.

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Crazy Love

Billy said goodbye without any fuss.

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We Were Never Here

Kristen trotted to the patio’s edge and crouched, long arm outstretched.

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