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From suspenseful fiction to self-help guides, these six new books will take you down interesting new roads, both familiar and previously untraveled.

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The Other Mother

Carol Goodman

William Morrow, 2018, $15.99

Struck by intense fear and self-doubt, new mother Daphne Marist joins a motherhood support group. When she befriends another new mom, a disturbing secret slowly unravels, and she navigates post-partum mood disorder, an unstable marriage, and identity. This psychological thriller is New York Times bestseller Carol Goodman's 20th novel. Goodman lives in the Hudson Valley and teaches creative writing at SUNY New Paltz.

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Back from the Brink: Saving Animals from Extinction

Nancy F. Castaldo

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018, $17.99

Alligators, whooping cranes, American bison, Galapagos tortoises, California condor, and bald eagles have all been on and off the endangered species list for years. Hudson Valley nonfiction children's author Nancy F. Castaldo takes a hopeful approach to educating young readers about how to keep these animals thriving for years to come. The full-color book for ages 10 to 12 is accompanied by breathtaking photos and helpful resources on saving endangered species.



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Learning to Fly

Gene Krackehl

Independent, 2017, $15.95

Explore the topics of meditation, reincarnation, lucid dreaming, gratitude, and practicing forgiveness in Learning to Fly, Gene Krackehl's latest self-help book. Krackehl has been practicing alternative healing methods for over 20 years—first at Northern Westchester Hospital's Center for Health & Healing, and now in his own private practice in Katonah.

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A New Global Agenda: Priorities, Practices, and Pathways of the International Community

Edited by Diana Ayton-Shenker, Foreword by Andrew Zolli

Rowman & Littlefield, 2018, $44.40

Edited by Rhinebeck resident and founder of Global Momenta Diana Ayton-Shenker, A New Global Agenda rallies against national resentment of foreign nations and argues for better methods of interacting with our global neighbors. The book contains compelling, well-researched essays from 26 contributors, including CEO of Women for Women International Laurie Adams and international reporter for the Boston Globe Michael A. Cohen.

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How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays

Alexander Chee

Mariner Books, 2018, $15.99

In 16 essays, Ulster County author Alexander Chee explains how life and literature collide. The book teeters on the line between memoir and writing manual. Chee addresses issues of identity, national politics, and building a career—including his identity as a gay, Korean American; events like 9/11, the AIDS crisis, and Donald Trump; and the odd jobs he took to support his writing. All the while, he emphasizes the impact that reading and writing fiction has on life.

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Red Alert: An NYPD RED Mystery

James Patterson & Marshall Karp

Little, Brown and Company, 2018, $28

Hudson Valley author Marshall Karp has been cowriting the NYPD Red series with James Patterson since 2014. Red Alert is the fifth and newest addition to their collection of mystery novels. The story follows detectives Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald on a hunt to uncover scandalous corruption. The authors' research for the novel included interviewing Jerry Brainard of the Ulster County Sheriff's Department and several retired NYPD sheriffs.



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