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Anna lives in a meticulously clean apartment, which she rarely ever leaves. She is full of fear, compulsions, and disdain for most people she meets. So when she gets a wedding invitation in the mail, it remains unopened until her nosy neighbor brings it to her attention.

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Paper Butterflies is a riveting book about a young girl named June and the abuse she suffers at the hands of her stepmother. June wishes she could speak up and tell someone, anyone, about her cruel stepmother, but how could she when her own father doesn't believe her? Everything changes, though, when June meets a young boy named Blister. June can escape her stepmother, if only for a few hours, when she spends time with Blister at their secret place. But one night everything is ruined. Can June tell Blister the truth about how bad things really are at home?

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Author Dorriah Rogers shares her life story cemented in a traumatic childhood in Twine: A Memoir. Jumping around from childhood to her college years to adulthood, Rogers shares the harshest and most heartbreaking details of her life.

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There are numerous fiction and nonfiction stories written about the battle between heaven and hell. Glyn Williams’ Nature vs. Nurture can be added to this list. This eight-chapter fictional book delves into the war against heaven and hell. Emily and Robert Kane’s life is forever changed when Emily encounters a man at her front door with a proposition: agree to have his child, and all of her and her husband’s financial and personal troubles will vanish.

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Fire. It’s always fire. He loves it. What happens, however, when his obsession with fire results in a possible murder? This is the impossible question facing Diego Rivera, a 15-year-old, who thinks he killed his abusive step-father in a fire he caused. Now, Diego decides to run and hitchhike across unknown areas of Texas in order to avoid his fate. Escaping guilt and responsibility, however, is not as easy as sticking out a fist and catching the next ride.

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Cycles of the Phoenix by C.A. Nicholas is an interconnected collection of fantasy stories (in three books) that are told through the eyes of characters who are facing very real mental, emotional, and physical struggles. 

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It's the 1840s, and Lara can't imagine any life except the one she has where she is surrounded by her big Irish family. That is, until one day, when tragedy strikes. Lara's world is turned upside down. Desperate, afraid, and alone, with no choice but indentured servitude, Lara does something that will haunt her the rest of her life. When it seems that all hope is lost, Lara is discovered by an American couple. Whisked away to a new world, Lara's world changes yet again, but her past won't go away. Will her past ever stop haunting her?

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