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Vivian Maier: Street Photographer by Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier, a nanny to North Shore Chicago families, took more than 100,000 photos and slides over 5 decades, the majority of which were never developed. After her death in 2009, her negatives were discovered at auction by two people who became enraptured by her photography and began printing her work. Vivian’s stunning photography documents Chicago neighborhoods and faces of the 1960s and 70s. Her photographs are stunning and each one captures the stuff of everyday life.

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley

This gritty and excellently written fantasy novel follows three siblings of the recently slain emperor of Annur. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. This is fantasy at its best, with great character development, plot, and world building. After the twist at the end of this book, I can't wait for the next one!

 

SF/F STAVELEY, B.  

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

The second book in the Grisha trilogy, Siege and Storm finds Alina and Mal on a ship and on the run from the Darkling. It’s hard to keep her identity secret as they attempt to hide in a foreign land, but it’s not long before the Darkling reappears with a frightening new power. With help from an untrustworthy pioneer, Alina decides to return to Ravka and fight for her country. She struggles to be true to who she is as her power grows. Will she be truly alone with her power or will she sacrifice everything to save her country and those she loves?

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean

Known as the Killer Duke, Temple was accused of murdering Mara Lowe, his father's bride-to-be, on the night before the wedding. Isolating himself from the life he knew, he has spent the last 12 years as a boxer in an exclusive gaming club. When Mara appears and offers to clear his name, Temple feels relief because he has no memory of what happened that night. Also wanting to enact revenge on Mara, he strikes a deal that will reveal more about Mara's past and the decisions of that fateful night. Humor, passion, and great character development make this a Regency Romance not be missed.

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