Worms are disgusting little creatures.

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Big worms are really disgusting creatures. Big worms eating your innards and crushing your vertebrae while you wallow with an insatiable hunger are totally disgusting. In short, The Troop by Nick Cutter is a pretty disgusting book.

A group of Canadian scouts are visiting a remote, uninhabited island off the coast when a very hungry, very sick man appears at their cabin door. Chaos ensues. This novel is filled with imagery that repulses and sickens but is somehow still pleasing. It's like a late 70's Italian zombie flick in that the images stay with you long after the story is over. Part Lord of the Flies and part The Thing (John Carpenter's 1982 film version), The Troop is an exercise in modern horror literature that left me "hungry" for more gore after each chapter. This is a scary book. I recommend avoiding eating undercooked meat or drinking unclean water while reading this story. Yuck.

Dan @ Washington Park

Conspiracy and rebellion...

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are central to Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau, the second book in The Testing trilogy. Cia has finally made it to university. Only the best and brightest will be groomed as future leaders -and the rest get "redirected". The pressure is greater than ever to succeed, and Cia will need all the help she can get -if she can figure out who to trust.

This dystopian series will be a hit with fans of The Hunger Games trilogy and Divergent trilogy.

Jennifer @ Forest Home

Chilling, yet fulfilling...

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Addison lives on the fringe of humanity. When people look at his face, they are sent into fits of violence. He is a loner, but his entire life changes when he meets Gwyneth, a young girl repulsed by anybody who touches her. In Innocence by Dean Koontz two broken individuals come together one fateful night and must survive the relentless pursuit of her would-be rapist; and, possibly the end of the world.

David @ Forest Home & Zablocki

Slinky gowns, gin fizzes & giddy love affairs.

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Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation by Judith Mackrell brings the 1920s to life through the stories of women emblematic of their time, among them Josephine Baker, Tallulah Bankhead, and Zelda Fitzgerald. In defiance of traditional cultural norms, these women led daring, glamorous, often scandalous lives.

Deliciously gossipy and fun, yet insightful and informative, this fast paced read is feminist history at its most entertaining.

Mary @ Forest Home

Welcome to Little Wing

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This small Wisconsin town is like so many others, you know the kind--not even a stoplight and everyone knows everyone and everyone's business. But, this town is also the home of four men all born and raised there, and all friends. Lifelong relationships have good times and bad times, and through four weddings and several years, their ties are tested by trials of distance and betrayal.

Lee, an indie rock singer, known to most as Corvus, tours the world, but always comes back to Little Wing. Henry (Hank), his wife Beth and their two children run a small dairy farm. Ronny is a former rodeo star and a recovering alcoholic. And Kip, who never feels like he fits in, had a successful time in Chicago, but has returned with a wife and is intent on proving he belongs by renovating an old mill tied to many high school memories. Throughout Nickolas Butler's Shotgun Lovesongs these friends share stories of heartbreak and hope as they are reminded of the true meaning of friendship and love.

Jacki @ Central


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Baseball fans remember Lenny "Nails" Dykstra as a much-loved player with the Mets and Phillies. Though never a megastar, Dykstra's intense, hard-nosed style of play had a cultish following. After leaving the game, he rose to prominence again for his supposed business acumen, having sold a chain of car washes he founded for a hefty profit and displaying a savant-like ability for picking winning stocks.

While all of that is true, the real story of Lenny Dykstra is of a loutish, crude egomaniac whose empire was built on sand. Nailed!: The Improbable Rise and Spectacular Fall of Lenny Dykstra is the story of financial writer Christopher Frankie's time working for Dykstra in that empire. Dykstra's behavior, as Frankie chronicles it in this book, is outrageous, shocking and even frightening. Dykstra is revealed as nothing less than a thug, using his celebrity to intimidate people into handing over their money or credit cards to him just so he can maintain the tycoon lifestyle he can no longer afford. Avoid Lenny Dykstra at all costs, but don't avoid this book.

Brett @ Central

Soups & roasts & desserts & more!

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The America's Test Kitchen team has done it again! A second useful (and useable) slow cooker recipe book! Slow Cooker Revolution has several uses. For one, it provides helpful tips for slow cooking (as did the first volume). Secondly, there are useful product ratings. And finally, there are the recipes. From chicken to cheesecake, there's a recipe for everyone.

David @ Forest Home & Zablocki

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