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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants - Gladwell

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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
by: Malcolm Gladwell

Drawing upon examples from around the world, the author looks at the complex and surprising ways in which the weak can defeat the strong, the small can fight the giant, and how our goals (often culturally determined) make a difference in our sense of success.

... try these stories about overcoming, underdogs, competition, success, and the disadvantaged.


Instructions for a Heatwave - O'Farrell

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Instructions for a Heatwave
by: Maggie O'Farrell

When a recently retired family patriarch clears out his bank account and disappears during a sweltering summer in 1976, his three children converge on their mother's home for the first time in years and track clues to an ancestral village in Ireland, uncovering family secrets along the way.

... try these stories about family secrets, dysfunctional families, missing people and british perspectives.



Beautiful Ruins - Walter

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Beautiful Ruins
by: Walter, Jess

The almost love affair between a young Italian innkeeper and a beautiful American starlet in 1962 is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.

... try these stories about lost love, missed opportunities, love and fame.


Me Before You - Moyes

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Me Before You
by: Moyes, Jojo

As an assistant to a wheelchair-bound, former extreme sports enthusiast, Louisa struggles with her employer’s acerbic moods, and learns of his shocking plans before demonstrating to him that life is still worth living.

... try these stories about caregivers, life-changing events, and sweetly tragic romances.


The Art of Hearing Heartbeats - Sendker

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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
by: Sendker, Jan-Phillip

A successful lawyer suddenly disappears leaving behind his wife and daughter. Neither have any idea where he might be until they discover an old love letter written years ago to a woman in Burma. Daughter Julia takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of her father's past as she uncovers a tale that will reaffirm her belief in the power of love.

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