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The Past Never Stays in the Past

An unspeakable event destroys Megan and Lauren's friendship. Years later, Megan publicly comes forward about what happened that night, revealing a horrible truth and threatening to expose long-buried secrets.

“What you see here, what you hear here, what you do here, let it stay here.”

THE ATOMIC CITY GIRLS is a riveting novel of the everyday people who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II.

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Special Contest: Enter to Win the Audiobook Edition of Kristin Hannah's THE GREAT ALONE and Share Your Comments on It

ReadingGroupGuides.com is proud to host a very special audiobook contest for Kristin Hannah's latest novel, THE GREAT ALONE. Ten book groups will win up to six digital or physical copies of the audiobook. In order to qualify as a winning group, your group must be able to commit to listening to and discussing THE GREAT ALONE, and sharing your group's feedback with us, by Friday, May 18th. Additionally, we'll be giving 40 listeners a physical copy of the audiobook. The deadline for your entries is Thursday, March 8th at noon ET.

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Special Contest: Enter to Win 12 Copies of ISLAND OF SWEET PIES AND SOLDIERS by Sara Ackerman for Your Group

In ISLAND OF SWEET PIES AND SOLDIERS, the Pacific battles of World War II continue to threaten American soil, and on the home front, the bonds of friendship and the strength of love are tested. We are celebrating the release of Sara Ackerman's debut novel with a special contest that will give three readers the chance to win 12 copies of the book for their group. The deadline for your entries is Thursday, March 22nd at noon ET.

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Part courtroom suspense, part portrait of a marriage, ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL is a riveting portrayal of privilege, power and the perception of truth in a novel where everyone’s motives are suspect.

The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard - Historical Fiction

In the bestselling tradition of HIDDEN FIGURES and THE WIVES OF LOS ALAMOS comes this riveting novel of the everyday people who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II.

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A MAN CALLED OVE returns with BEARTOWN --- an instant New York Times bestseller --- about a forgotten town fractured by scandal, and the amateur hockey team that might just change everything.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah - Historical Fiction

THE GREAT ALONE is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.

HERE WE LIE is a riveting novel about how the past never stays in the past, from the critically acclaimed author of THE DROWNING GIRLS and THE MOURNING HOURS.

Hawaii, 1944. The Pacific battles of World War II continue to threaten American soil, and on the home front, the bonds of friendship and the strength of love are tested. With war on their doorstep, friendship will sustain them.

Look for Her by Emily Winslow - Psychological Thriller/Mystery

With piercing insight and shocking twists, Emily Winslow explores the dark side of sensationalized crime in this haunting psychological thriller.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the smash bestseller ORPHAN TRAIN comes a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting, Christina’s World.

A lifetime of secrets stands in the way of Mae Summers and her family’s happiness. Home may be where the heart is, but sometimes it takes equal parts love, forgiveness and will to mend that heart.