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Breaking Benjamin Dark Befor Dawn
New album
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2015-06-23
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Lifehouse Out of the Wasteland
New album
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2015-05-26
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The Mother and Child Project: Raising Our Voices for Health and Hope by Hope Through Healing Hands
Dozens of influential leaders have heard the pleas of mothers and children in developing countries. Raising their voices to inspire a movement to increase healthy pregnancies and lower death rates, Melinda Gates, Kay Warren, Bill Frist, Kimberly Williams Paisley, Michael W. Smith and more speak out about why people of faith must get involved in THE MOTHER AND CHILD PROJECT: RAISING OUR VOICES FOR HEALTH AND HOPE. Almost 287,000 women die each year because of pregnancy and birth complications. Many orphans are left behind in the wake of this tragedy, and without a mother, many of those children die as well. If only enough people knew. We have the resources to prevent this crisis, but we must take action. Fortunately, Hope Through Healing Hands, a nonprofit organization promoting awareness for healthy mothers and children worldwide, is already spreading the word. Not only can we save lives, reduce abortions, and decrease death rates, but also we can help build healthier, thriving families and bring stability and sustainability to families, communities and nations. The question is, will you join them?
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2015-03-31
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Life, Christian Life/Inspirational, Nonfiction Paperback: 224 pages Publisher: Zondervan ISBN-10: 0310341612 ISBN-13: 9780310341611
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Jesus Without Borders: What Planes, Trains, and Rickshws Taught Me About Jesus by Chad Gibbs
Chad Gibbs has lived his entire life in Alabama, the buckle of America’s Bible Belt, where Christianity is a person’s default setting. In JESUS WITHOUT BORDERS, Gibbs steps outside of his very comfortable existence, to learn what it’s like to be a Christian anywhere else in the world. Over the course of many months, Chad and his Alabama worldview spent time with believers from Beijing to Rio de Janeiro, worshiping with them and observing not only how their faith influences their daily lives but also how their daily lives influence their faith, in hopes of learning which parts of his faith have been compromised by the American Dream. Reflecting on conversations and experiences, Gibbs wrestles with a wide range of questions from his conservative Christian background, including politics and patriotism in the church and how living in Alabama has shaped his views on pacifism, alcohol, and Christ himself. An attempt to extract and examine the biases in the author’s own faith, JESUS WITHOUT BORDERS will have readers questioning if they believe certain things because they are a Christian, or because they are an American, as they meet believers from around the world with differing views on a variety of subjects. Told with Gibbs’ trademark humor, JESUS WITHOUT BORDERS enlightens and entertains, introducing readers to believers around the world in hopes of eliminating prejudices and misconceptions, clearing away the parts of our culture that keep us from seeing a clearer picture of Christ, and living connected to the family of faith around the globe.
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2015-03-31
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Life, Nonfiction Paperback: 240 pages Publisher: Zondervan ISBN-10: 0310325544 ISBN-13: 9780310325543
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Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero by Douglas Perry
The true story of Eliot Ness, the legendary lawman who led the Untouchables, took on Al Capone, and saved a city’s soul Eliot Ness is famous for leading the Untouchables against the notorious mobster Al Capone. But it turns out that the legendary Prohibition Bureau squad’s daring raids were only the beginning. Ness’s true legacy reaches far beyond Big Al and Chicago. ELIOT NESS follows the lawman through his days in Chicago and into his forgotten second act. As the public safety director of Cleveland, he achieved his greatest success: purging the city of corruption so deep that the mob and the police were often one and the same. And it was here, too, that he faced one of his greatest challenges: a brutal, serial killer known as the Torso Murderer, who terrorized the city for years. ELIOT NESS presents the first complete picture of the real Eliot Ness. Both fearless and shockingly shy, he inspired courage and loyalty in men twice his age, forged law-enforcement innovations that are still with us today, and earned acclaim and scandal from both his professional and personal lives. Through it all, he believed unwaveringly in the integrity of law and the basic goodness of his fellow Americans.
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2015-03-31
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placeGenres: Biography, Nonfiction Paperback: 368 pages Publisher: Penguin Books ISBN-10: 0143126288 ISBN-13: 9780143126287
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Billie by Anna Gavalda
A #1 bestseller in France and translated into over twenty-five languages, BILLIE is one of the most beloved French novels to be published in recent years. A brilliant evocation of Paris and a moving tale of friendship, Anna Gavalda’s new novel tells the story of two young people, Billie and Franck, who, as the story opens, are trapped in a gorge in the Cevennes Mountains. Billie begins to tell stories from their lives in order to calm herself and Franck as darkness encroaches. In alternating episodes, the novel moves between recollections of the two characters’ childhoods and their dire predicament. Franck’s life has been impacted by a childhood spent with a perennially unemployed father who toyed with Christian extremism and a mother anesthetized by antidepressants. A bright kid, Franck’s future was menaced at every turn by the bigotry surrounding him. Billie’s abiding wish as an adult is to avoid ever having to come into contact with her family again. To escape from her abusive and alcohol-addled family, she was willing to do anything and everything. The wounds have not entirely healed. At the heart of Gavalda’s tender story lies a generosity of spirit that will take readers’ breath away, and an unshakable belief in the power of art to lift the most fragile among us to new vistas from which they can see futures full of hope, love, and dignity. BILLIE is a beautifully crafted novel for readers of all ages and from all walks of life that conveys a positive message about overcoming life’s trials and tribulations.
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2015-03-31
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placeGenres: Fiction Paperback: 192 pages Publisher: Europa Editions ISBN-10: 1609452496 ISBN-13: 9781609452490
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The Undertaker's Wife: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Laughter in the Unlikeliest of Places by Dee Oliver and Jodie Berndt
Deona (“Dee”) Branch married into the funeral business when she wed Johnnie Oliver, a fourth-generation funeral director, in 1984. She knew that her husband did not belong just to her; this became clear as early as their first date, when Johnnie had to scoot out “for just a minute" --- and he came back with a corpse. After Johnnie died suddenly in 2007, Dee went back to school and earned her mortuary science degree so that she could carry on his work. Barred re-entry into the family business by a jealous brother-in-law, Dee found herself fully credentialed, armed with nearly 30 years of funeral experience --- and utterly jobless. None of the “white” funeral homes would have her, for fear of alienating the venerable H.D. Oliver funeral clan. Thus it was that --- despite having an iPhone full of well-connected business leaders, political luminaries, garden club mavens, and countless other very rich, very white, and very certain-to-perish friends --- Dee finally decided to cross the racial divide in perhaps, the most segregated industry in America. She accepted an internship at Riddick’s, a funeral home staffed entirely by, and for, black people. Part memoir, part how-to book, THE UNDERTAKER'S WIDOW might also be described as The Blind Side --- in reverse. Dee’s insights on the common ground of grief, survival, and the ever-present faithfulness of God (to all of us, regardless of our race, religious upbringing, or socio-economic background) will help readers prepare for one of life’s only certainties --- and do it with wisdom, grace, and a healthy dose of joy.
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2015-03-24
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Life, Memoir, Nonfiction Paperback: 224 pages Publisher: Zondervan ISBN-10: 0310340837 ISBN-13: 9780310340836
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Daughter of the Regiment by Stephanie Grace Whitson
From bestselling author Stephanie Grace Whitson comes the story of two women-Missouri neighbors drawn into the heart of the Civil War from opposite sides. As the mistress of her brother's Missouri plantation, Miss Elizabeth Blair has learned to play her part as the perfect hostess --- and to not ask questions about her brother Walker's business affairs. When Walker's political aspirations lead him to organize the Wildwood Guard in support of the Confederacy --- and to offer his plantation as the center of operations --- Libbie must gracefully manage a house with officers in residence and soldiers camped on the lawn. But she is truly put to the test as the war draws ever closer to her doorstep, and she must find a way to protect the people who depend on her. Libbie's closest neighbor, Irish immigrant Maggie Malone, wants no part of the war either. She's content to let "the Americans" settle their differences-until her brothers join Missouri's Irish Brigade, and one of their names shows up on a list of injured soldiers. Desperate for news, Maggie sets off for Boonville, where the Federal army is camped. There she quickly captures the attention of Sergeant John Coulter, who grows to admire her skill and dedication. When circumstances force Maggie to remain with the brigade, she discovers that there's a lot a good woman can do to help the men she has come to think of as "her boys." She doesn't see herself as the kind of woman a man would court, but John Coulter is determined to convince her otherwise.
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2015-03-24
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placeGenres: Christian Fiction, Fiction, Historical Fiction Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: FaithWords ISBN-10: 1455529036 ISBN-13: 9781455529032
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Whisper Hollow by Chris Cander
One morning in Verra, a town nestled into the hillsides of West Virginia, the young Myrthen Bergmann is playing tug-of-war with her twin, when her sister is killed. Unable to accept her own guilt, Myrthen excludes herself from all forms of friendship and affection and begins a twisted, haunted life dedicated to God. Meanwhile, her neighbor Alta Krol longs to be an artist even as her days are taken up caring for her widowed father and siblings. Everything changes when Myrthen marries the man Alta loves. Fourteen years later, we meet Lidia, a teenage girl in the same town, and her precocious son, Gabriel. When Gabriel starts telling eerily prescient stories that hint at Verra’s long-buried secrets, it’s not long before the townspeople begin to suspect that the boy harbors evil spirits --- an irresistible state of affairs for Myrthen and her obsession with salvation.
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2015-03-17
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placeGenres: Fiction Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: Other Press ISBN-10: 1590517113 ISBN-13: 9781590517116
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A Faith of Her Own by Kathleen Fuller
Jeremiah thought leaving Middlefield was the hardest thing he’d ever do. That was nothing compared to returning home. When Jeremiah left his Amish community to pursue his dream of becoming a veterinarian, he left more than just his faith behind --- he walked away from his family and his childhood friend, Anna Mae. Now that he’s returned to help out his mentor and work in a Yankee veterinarian practice, Jeremiah must face his past --- and the people he betrayed. Anna Mae had finally put the loss of Jeremiah and the broken vow between them behind her. Even though she supported her best friend’s pursuit of his dream, she never let on how his departure left her questioning her own place in the Amish world. With his return, new questions arise, along with feelings she’d never fully acknowledged before. As their rekindled friendship begins to turn into something more, Jeremiah and Anna Mae must examine their own faith and their relationship with each other and their families. With both of them torn between loyalty to their loved ones and being pulled in different directions, they must decide whether to heed God’s call, even if it means being apart forever.
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2015-03-17
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Romance Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson ISBN-10: 0529102781 ISBN-13: 9780529102782
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Undone: A Story of Making Peace With an Unexpected Life by Michele Cushatt
UNDONE is author Michele Cushatt’s quest to make peace with a complicated life. It is an honest confession of a diagnosis of cancer and the joys and disappointments of motherhood and marriage, ripe with regret over what is and, yet, still hopeful for what could be. With enough humor to ease the rawness of the story, UNDONE takes the reader on a roller coaster two-year journey through the unexpectedness of life. A look back makes Michele long for a do-over, the chance to make fewer mistakes and leave less of a mess to clean up. A look forward makes Michele wonder if all her attempts to control life have robbed her of the vibrancy of it. And, in the middle of this internal chaos, she finds her once-pristine house filled with the sights and sounds of three small, uncontainable children who just want to be loved. In the end, UNDONE turns complication into a beautiful canvas, angst into joy, and the unknown into an adventure, revealing that sometimes life’s most colorful and courageous stories are written right in the middle of the mess.
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2015-03-10
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Life/Inspirational, Memoir, Nonfiction Paperback: 256 pages Publisher: Zondervan ISBN-10: 0310339782 ISBN-13: 9780310339786
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Sacred Marriage: What If God Desigined Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy? by Gary Thomas
Happy is good. Holy is better. Your marriage is more than a sacred covenant with another person. It is a spiritual discipline designed to help you know God better, trust him more fully, and love him more deeply. What if God’s primary intent for your marriage isn’t to make you happy . . . but holy? SACRED MARRIAGE doesn't just offer techniques to make a marriage happier. It does contain practical tools, but what married Christians most need is help in becoming holier husbands and wives. Sacred Marriage offers that help with insights from Scripture, church history, time tested wisdom from Christian classics, and examples from today's marriages. SACRED MARRIAGE reveals how marriage trains us to love God and others well, how it exposes sin and makes us more aware of God's presence, how good marriages foster good prayer, how married sex feeds the spiritual life, and more. The revised edition of SACRED MARRIAGE takes into account the ways men's and women's roles have expanded since the book was first written. It has been streamlined to be a faster read without losing the depth that so many readers have valued. SACRED MARRIAGE uncovers the mystery of God’s overarching purpose. This book may very well alter profoundly the contours of your marriage. It will most certainly change you. Because whether it is delightful or difficult, your marriage can become a doorway to a closer walk with God, and to a spiritual integrity that, like salt, seasons the world around you with the savor of Christ.
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2015-03-10
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Life, Marriage Paperback: 288 pages Publisher: Zondervan ISBN-10: 0310337372 ISBN-13: 9780310337379
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One Last Thing by Nancy Rue and Rebecca St. James
A hope-filled soon-to-be bride makes a discovery about her fiance that rocks her world and provokes a maelstrom of decisions and self-discovery. Tara Faulkner has dreamed of her wedding and the life she and her fiance Seth will share in their hometown of Savannah . . . and by all accounts, it should be a charmed one. But when she discovers three weeks before the wedding that Seth is seriously addicted to pornography, Tara's dreams are shattered. She must decide whether she will stand by Seth, but she also must let go of the dream she shaped for herself and discover a real vision for her life --- and where it will come from. With all else falling apart, Tara encounters an unexpected --- and unlikely --- group of women mentors. They help her peel back the layers of shaming secrets and begin to clearly see the real issues of her generation. In the end, she's able to make a decision based on God's vision --- not her own.
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2015-03-10
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction Paperback: 368 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson ISBN-10: 1401689272 ISBN-13: 9781401689278
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The Bridal Chair by Gloria Goldreich
An exquisite, haunting exploration of the complex mind of artist Marc Chagall through the eyes of his daughter. As a child growing up in 1920s Paris, Ida Chagall copes with her father Marc Chagall's brilliant artistic mind, overbearing ego, and the tight leash he keeps on her. But as Ida blossoms into a young woman, she begins to glimpse freedom and opportunities for herself. When she falls in love for the first time, her father paints "The Bridal Chair" as her wedding present, a symbol of his anger that pierces Ida to the heart. Against a backdrop of the Nazi invasion of France, Ida fights for her own survival as an independent young woman while nurturing the dark creative genius of her parents.
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2015-03-03
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placeGenres: Fiction, Historical Fiction Paperback: 496 pages Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark ISBN-10: 1492603260 ISBN-13: 9781492603269
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Teen Mom: You're Stronger Than You Think by Tricia Goyer
Everything changes the day you discover you're going to be a mom. It's not just yourself that you think about --- you have a child to care for, too. While you wouldn't trade your child for the world, some days are just hard. Baby-daddy drama, dealing with your parents, and worries about school, work, and your future slam you. Your friends can't relate to your little family, and you wonder if God has turned His back on you, too. Tricia Goyer understands. A mom at age 17, Tricia remembers what it felt like to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. She's also been the coordinator of a teen mom support group for over twelve years, and she's cheered on many young moms --- from all walks of life --- through their journey. In TEEN MOM, Tricia pours out her heart and shares advice for the hard things you face. She also longs to provide encouragement, reminding you that you can be the mom your child deserves --- not in your own strength, but in the strength God provides.
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2015-03-03
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Life, Christian Life/Inspirational Paperback: 224 pages Publisher: Zondervan ISBN-10: 0310338875 ISBN-13: 9780310338871
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A Heart's Disguise by Colleen Coble
In the aftermath of the Civil War, a young woman searches for her lost love at the edge of the West. The Civil War has destroyed Sarah Montgomery’s marriage before it’s even begun. After Sarah receives word that her fiancé, Rand Campbell, has been killed fighting for the Union, her brothers and ailing father persuade her to pledge herself to Ben Croftner --- despite her strong misgivings. But when Sarah finds out that Rand is in fact alive --- and that Ben Croftner knew it --- she indignantly breaks off the engagement and goes in search of Rand. But Ben Croftner does not take rejection lightly --- and a single woman with a sick father makes an easy target. When Sarah is abducted by her treacherous fiancé, Rand finally comes to her aid . . . only to reveal that he has been posted at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, and intends to take her there as his wife. But could Sarah leave her dying father’s side for the love of her life? And what plans are forming in the jealous heart of Ben Croftner?
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2015-03-03
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Historical Fiction Paperback: 128 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson ISBN-10: 0529103419 ISBN-13: 9780529103413
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The Year My Mother Came Back: A Novel by Alice Eve Cohen
Thirty years after her death, Alice’s mother appears to her, seemingly in the flesh, and continues to do so during the hardest year of parenting Alice has had to face. As it turns out, it’s entirely possible for the people we’ve lost to come back to us when we need them the most. Although letting her mother back into her life is not an easy thing, Alice navigates it with humor, intelligence, and honesty. What she learns is that she must revisit her childhood and allow herself to be a daughter once more in order to take care of her own girls. Eventually, understanding and then forgiving her mother’s parenting transgressions leads her to accept herself and to realize that she doesn’t have to be perfect to be a good mother.
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2015-03-31
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placeGenres: Memoir, Nonfiction Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Algonquin Books ISBN-10: 1616203196 ISBN-13: 9781616203191
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The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry
The 16th Amendment to the Constitution legalized federal income tax, but what if there were problems with the 1913 ratification of that amendment? Problems that call into question decades of tax collecting, and could even bring down the US economy. There is a surprising truth to this possibility --- a truth wholly entertained by Steve Berry, a top-ten New York Times bestselling writer, in his thriller, THE PATRIOT THREAT. His protagonist, Cotton Malone, once a member of an elite intelligence division within the Justice Department known as the Magellan Billet, is now retired. But when his former boss, Stephanie Nelle, asks him to track a rogue North Korean who may have acquired some top secret Treasury Department files --- the kind that could bring the United States to its knees --- Malone is vaulted into a harrowing twenty-four-hour chase that begins on the water in Venice and ends in the remote highlands of Croatia. With appearances by Franklin Roosevelt, Andrew Mellon, and a curious painting that still hangs in the National Gallery of Art, Steve Berry’s trademark mix of history and suspense is 90% fact and 10% exciting speculation, a provocative thriller that poses a dangerous question: What if the federal income tax is illegal?
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2015-03-31
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placeGenres: Fiction, Thriller Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Minotaur Books ISBN-10: 1250056233 ISBN-13: 9781250056238
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The Harder They Come by T. C. Boyle
Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author T.C. Boyle makes his Ecco debut with a powerful, gripping novel that explores the roots of violence and anti-authoritarianism inherent in the American character. Set in contemporary Northern California, THE HARDER THEY COME explores the volatile connections between three damaged people --- an aging ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son and the son's paranoid, much older lover --- as they careen towards an explosive confrontation. On a vacation cruise to Central America with his wife, seventy-year-old Sten Stensen unflinchingly kills a gun-wielding robber menacing a busload of senior tourists. The reluctant hero is relieved to return home to Fort Bragg, California, after the ordeal --- only to find that his delusional son, Adam, has spiraled out of control. Adam has become involved with Sara Hovarty Jennings, a hardened member of the Sovereign Citizens’ Movement, right-wing anarchists who refuse to acknowledge the laws and regulations of the state, considering them to be false and non-applicable. Adam’s senior by some fifteen years, Sara becomes his protector and inamorata. As Adam's mental state fractures, he becomes increasingly schizophrenic --- a breakdown that leads him to shoot two people in separate instances. On the run, he takes to the woods, spurring the biggest manhunt in California history. As he explores a father’s legacy of violence and his powerlessness in relating to his equally violent son, T. C. Boyle offers unparalleled psychological insights into the American psyche. Inspired by a true story, THE HARDER THEY COME is a devastating and indelible novel from a modern master.
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2015-03-31
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placeGenres: Fiction, Psychological Suspense Hardcover: 400 pages Publisher: Ecco ISBN-10: 0062349376 ISBN-13: 9780062349378
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Devotions from the Garden: Finding Peace and Rest in Your Busy Life by Miriam Drennan
Come to the garden alone, and fill your soul with His presence. There’s nothing on earth like the peace and loveliness of a magnificent garden. It’s the place where Adam and Eve first fellowshipped with God, and where you, too, can escape from this chaotic world into His loving arms of beauty and serenity. DEVOTIONS FROM THE GARDEN takes you to that place where senses are restored as dewdrops settle and butterflies gather to witness the miracles of God’s creation bloom and grow. These ninety devotions explore the parallels of life with the elements of the garden to help you see God, to sense His presence, to soothe your soul, and to rest in knowing He is with you throughout each day. Included are striking photographs with a fresh, contemporary design for timeless appeal.
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2015-03-31
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Life, Garden, Nonfiction Hardcover: 224 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson ISBN-10: 0718030508 ISBN-13: 9780718030506
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The Wisdom of Perversity by Rafael Yglesias
Brian and Jeff were best friends when they were young, leading lives of promise in New York City in the late 1960s, until something happened that brought an end to both their childhood and their friendship. Forty years later, when their secret surfaces in a terrible new context, they are forced to reunite by Jeff’s cousin, Julie, who was also a victim of their childhood trauma. Together they must decide whether to tell al --- unbalancing their lives and threatening their future --- or continue to hide the truth and allow others to be victimized. Rafael Yglesias, a bestselling novelist and screenwriter, has crafted a novel that tells the stories of these three childhood friends who join together as adults to acknowledge the ways in which their lives were altered by the actions of a predator who sexually abused them, and who now, many years later, has been exposed by more recent victims but, thanks to his wealth and influence, is on the verge of escaping punishment. THE WISDOM OF PERVERSITY unmasks the headlines, giving voice to what has been left unsaid and light to what has been hidden. Yglesias has created a story of surviving an insidious evil and of a triumphant struggle to heal its wounds.
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2015-03-24
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: Algonquin Books ISBN-10: 1616203846 ISBN-13: 9781616203849
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The Book of Wanderings: A Mother-Daughter Pilgrimage by Kimberly Meyer
Seeking to heal old wounds, a mother and daughter set out on the exotic adventure of a lifetime. When Kimberly Meyer gave birth to her first daughter, Ellie, during her senior year of college, the bohemian life of exploration she had once imagined for herself was lost in the responsibilities of single motherhood. For years, both mother and daughter are haunted by how Ellie came into being --- Kimberly through a restless ache for the world beyond, Ellie through a fear of abandonment. Longing to reconnect with Ellie before she departs for college and longing, too, to rediscover herself, Kimberly sets off with her daughter on a quest for meaning across the globe. As they leave behind the rhythms of ordinary life and retrace the footsteps of a medieval pilgrim, they visit Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and Egypt. In these exotic places --- mysterious, spiritual, and infused with rich history --- mother and daughter forge a new and lasting bond, and come closer to accepting the separate lives they must now lead.
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2015-03-24
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placeGenres: Family, Memoir, Nonfiction, Travel Hardcover: 368 pages Publisher: Little, Brown and Company ISBN-10: 0316251216 ISBN-13: 9780316251211
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A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell
Three wickedly funny sisters. One family’s extraordinary legacy. A single suicide note that spans a century... Meet the Alter sisters --- Lady, Vee and Delph --- three delightfully witty, complicated women who live together in their family’s apartment on the Upper West Side. Though they love each other fiercely, being an Alter isn’t easy. Bad luck is in their genes, passed down through the generations. But no matter what curves life throws at these siblings, they always have a wisecrack --- and each other. Now, in the waning days of 1999, as the century comes to an end, Lady, Vee and Delph decide that their time is up, too. First, they must write a note: a mesmerizing accounting of their lives that stretches back decades, to the brilliant scientist --- their great grandfather --- whose sinister legacy has defined them. Smart, heartbreaking and completely original, A REUNION OF GHOSTS is an epic story of three unforgettable women, one exceptional family and a magnificent saga of the twentieth century itself.
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2015-03-24
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placeGenres: Fiction, Literary Fiction Hardcover: 400 pages Publisher: Harper ISBN-10: 0062355880 ISBN-13: 9780062355881
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The Animals by Christian Kiefer
For fans of Denis Johnson and Peter Matthiessen, a literary thriller from one of the most exciting new voices in American fiction. Bill Reed manages a wildlife sanctuary in rural Idaho, caring for injured animals—raptors, a wolf, and his beloved bear, Majer, among them—that are unable to survive in the wild. Seemingly rid of his troubled past, Bill hopes to marry the local veterinarian and live a quiet life together, the promise of which is threatened when a childhood friend is released from prison. Suddenly forced to confront the secrets of his criminal youth, Bill battles fiercely to preserve the shelter that protects these wounded animals and to keep hidden his turbulent, even dangerous, history. Alternating between past and present, Christian Kiefer contrasts the wreckage of Bill’s crime-ridden years in Reno, Nevada, with the elusive promise of a peaceful future. In finely sculpted prose imaginatively at odds with the harsh, volatile world Kiefer evokes, The Animals builds powerfully toward the revelation of Bill’s defining betrayal—and the drastic lengths Bill goes to in order to escape the consequences.
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2015-03-23
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placeGenres: Crime Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Liveright ISBN-10: 087140883X ISBN-13: 9780871408839
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Night at the Fiestas: Stories by Kirstin Valdez Quade
Set in northern New Mexico, NIGHT AT THE FIESTAS is a debut about living in a landscape shaped by love, loss, and violence. With intensity, dark humor, and emotional precision, Kirstin Valdez Quade’s stories plunge us into the fierce, troubled hearts of characters torn between their desires to escape the past and to plumb its depths. The deadbeat father of a pregnant teenager tries to transform his life by playing the role of Jesus in a bloody penitential Passion. A young man discovers that his estranged father and a boa constrictor have been squatting in his grandmother’s empty house. A young woman finds herself at an impasse when she is asked to hear her priest's confession. These stories chart the passions and obligations of family life, exploring themes of race, class, and coming-of-age, as Quade's characters protect, betray, wound, undermine, bolster, define, and, ultimately, save one another.
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2015-03-23
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company ISBN-10: 0393242986 ISBN-13: 9780393242980
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Werewolf Cop by Andrew Klavan
From Edgar Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Andrew Klavan, a supernatural thriller about a good cop in the grips of an evil curse. In the tradition of Dexter and The Shield, the first in a riveting trilogy about a crime-fighter on a quest to control the beast within. Zach Adams is one of the best detectives in the country. Nicknamed Cowboy, he’s a soft-spoken homicide detective from Houston known for his integrity and courage under fire. He serves on a federal task force that has a single mission: to hunt down Dominic Abend, a European gangster who has taken over the American underworld. After a brutal murder gives them a lead, Zach and his tough guy NYPD partner Martin Goulart feel like they’re finally on Abend’s trail. But things get complicated --- and very, very weird. Goulart’s on-the-job enemies are accusing him of corruption. And Zach is beginning to suspect that Abend’s evil goes beyond crime --- perhaps to the edge of the supernatural. As his investigation continues in Germany, Zach finds himself lured into the impossible. In a centuries-old forest under a full moon, a beast assaults him, cursing him forever. In the aftermath, Zach is transformed into something horrible --- something deadly. Now, the good cop has innocent blood on his hands. He has killed --- and he will kill again --- in the form of a beast who can’t be controlled or stopped. Before he can free himself, he’s going to have to solve the greatest mystery of all: How can you defeat evil when the evil is inside you?
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2015-03-15
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placeGenres: Fiction, Supernatural Thriller Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Pegasus ISBN-10: 1605986984 ISBN-13: 9781605986982
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The Listener by Rachel Basch
A wise and witty novel about the challenges to identity that arise in both adolescence and middle age --- and of the college freshman and school psychologist who just may have the power to save each other. Malcolm Dowd is almost positive he recognizes the young woman who shows up for a session at his office in Baxter College’s Center for Behavioral Health --- he just can’t place her. When suddenly she stands, takes off her wig, and reveals herself as Noah, the young man Malcolm had been treating months earlier, it marks the start of a relationship that will change them both forever. Since his wife’s death years earlier in a car accident, Malcolm had dedicated himself to giving his two daughters the stable, predictable childhood he did not have. But nothing is predictable --- not his daughters, not himself, and certainly not Noah. As Noah attempts to juggle homework and the campus production of LES MISERABLES with his search to define himself, his life becomes inextricably entwined with Malcolm’s. Told alternately from Malcolm’s and Noah’s perspectives, THE LISTENER charts the challenges to identity that arise in both adolescence and middle age. Characters are peeled back and made to put themselves back together, with few easy answers to be found for anyone. THE LISTENER is, ultimately, about human connection and the many shapes that love can take.
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2015-03-15
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placeGenres: Fiction, Psychology Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Pegasus ISBN-10: 1605986887 ISBN-13: 9781605986883
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A Love Like Blood by Marcus Sedgwick
The first novel for adults by hugely acclaimed YA writer Marcus Sedgwick: a gripping saga of love, revenge, and obsession --- and vampires. In 1944, just days after the liberation of Paris, Charles Jackson sees something horrific: a man in a dark tunnel, apparently drinking the blood of a murdered woman. Terrified, he does nothing, telling himself afterward that worse tragedies happen during war. Seven years later he returns to the city --- and sees the same man dining in the company of a fascinating, beautiful young woman. When they leave the restaurant, Charles decides to follow. A LOVE LIKE BLOODis a dark, compelling thriller about how a man's life can change in a moment and about where the desire for truth --- and revenge --- can lead.
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2015-03-15
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placeGenres: Fiction, Thriller Hardcover: 324 pages Publisher: Pegasus ISBN-10: 1605986836 ISBN-13: 9781605986838
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A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain by Marc Morris
This is the first major biography for a generation of a truly formidable king – a man born to rule England, who believed that it was his right to rule all of Britain. His reign was one of the most dramatic and important of the entire Middle Ages, leading to war and conquest on an unprecedented scale, and leaving a legacy of division between the peoples of Britain that has lasted from his day to our own. Edward I is familiar to millions as ‘Longshanks’, conqueror of Scotland and nemesis of Sir William Wallace (‘Braveheart’). Yet this story forms only the final chapter of the king’s astonishingly action-packed life. Earlier Edward had defeated and killed the famous Simon de Montfort in battle; travelled across Europe to the Holy Land on crusade; conquered Wales, extinguishing forever its native rulers, and constructing --- at Conwy, Harlech, Beaumaris and Caernarfon --- the most magnificent chain of castles ever created. He raised the greatest armies of the English Middle Ages, and summoned the largest parliaments; notoriously, he expelled all the Jews from his kingdom. The longest-lived of all England’s medieval kings, he fathered no fewer than fifteen children with his first wife, Eleanor of Castile, and after her death he erected the Eleanor Crosses --- the grandest funeral monuments ever fashioned for an English monarch. In this book, Marc Morris examines afresh the forces that drove Edward throughout his relentless career: his character, his Christian faith, and his sense of England’s destiny – a sense shaped in particular by the tales of the legendary King Arthur. He also explores the competing reasons that led Edward’s opponents (including Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and Robert Bruce) to resist him, and the very different societies that then existed in Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The result is a sweeping story, immaculately researched yet compellingly told, and a vivid picture of medieval Britain at the moment when its future was decided.
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2015-03-15
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placeGenres: Biography, History, Nonfiction Hardcover: 480 pages Publisher: Pegasus ISBN-10: 1605986844 ISBN-13: 9781605986845
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Goldeneye: Where Bond was Born --- Ian Fleming's Jamaica by Matthew Parker
From 1946 until the end of his life, Ian Fleming lived for two months of every year at Goldeneye --- the house he built on a point of high land overlooking a small white sand beach on Jamaica’s north coast. All the James Bond novels and stories were written here. Fleming adored the Jamaica he had discovered, at the time an imperial backwater that seemed unchanged from the glory days of the empire. Amid its stunning natural beauty, the austerity and decline of post-war Britain could be forgotten. For Fleming, Jamaica offered the perfect mixture of British old-fashioned conservatism and imperial values, alongside the dangerous and sensual: the same curious combination that made his novels so appealing, and successful. The spirit of the island --- its exotic beauty, its unpredictability, its melancholy, its love of exaggeration and gothic melodrama --- infuses his writing. Fleming threw himself into the island’s hedonistic Jet Set party scene: Hollywood giants, and the cream of British aristocracy, the theatre, literary society and the secret services spent their time here drinking and bed-hopping. But while the whites partied, Jamaican blacks were rising up to demand respect and self-government. And as the imperial hero James Bond --- projecting British power across the world --- became ever more anachronistic and fantastical, so his popularity soared. Drawing on extensive interviews with Ian’s family, his Jamaican lover Blanche Blackwell and many other islanders, GOLDENEYE is a beautifully written, revealing and original exploration of a crucially important part of Ian Fleming’s life and work.
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2015-03-11
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placeGenres: Biography, Nonfiction Hardcover: 264 pages Publisher: Pegasus ISBN-10: 1605986860 ISBN-13: 9781605986869
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The Hope of Heaven: God's Eight Messages of Assurances to a Grieving Father by Alan M. Hallene Jr and Erin Kelley Marshall
Sometimes, when the worst becomes reality, God turns theoretical musing into heavenly experience. Al Hallene discovered his college-student son’s body after Alex hanged himself. While Al waited for the authorities to arrive, he had ten minutes alone with his son. During that wrenching time, God gave Al eight visions of heaven, where the father and son would someday reunite. As Al recounts those heartening and healing moments, readers are reminded of the affirming hope that Christians share even while asking the real questions tragedy raises: Will we see our lost loved ones again? Does God care about our pain? What does this mean for us now? THE HOPE OF HEAVEN is a very different kind of heaven book: rather than an argument for the existence of heaven or an account of an out-of-body experience, Alan Hallene gives readers a glimpse of life beyond the tragedies we endure.
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2015-03-10
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placeGenres: Christian, Church Life, Nonfiction Hardcover: 176 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson ISBN-10: 071802205X ISBN-13: 9780718022051
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Life or Death by Michael Robotham
Why would a man serving a long prison sentence escape the day before he’s due to be released? Audie was sentenced to ten years for a Texas robbery in which four people died, including members of his own gang. Seven million dollars has never been recovered from the robbery, and everybody believes Audie knows where the money is. For a decade Audie has been beaten, stabbed, and threatened by inmates and guards, all desperate to know the secret. The day before he is due to be released, Audie suddenly vanishes. The hunt for Audie, and the money, is on. But Audie’s not running to save his own life --- instead, he’s trying to save someone else. In what promises to be his most popular thriller yet, Michael Robotham has created the ultimate underdog hero, an honorable criminal shrouded in mystery and ready to lead readers on a remarkable chase.
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2015-03-10
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placeGenres: Crime, Fiction, Thriller Hardcover: 432 pages Publisher: Mulholland Books ISBN-10: 0316252050 ISBN-13: 9780316252058
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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era's great transatlantic "Greyhounds" and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. He knew, moreover, that his ship --- the fastest then in service --- could outrun any threat. Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger's U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small --- hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret and more --- all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history. It is a story that many of us think we know but don't, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour, mystery, and real-life suspense, DEAD WAKE brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope Riddle to President Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love. Gripping and important, DEAD WAKE captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster that helped place America on the road to war.
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2015-03-10
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placeGenres: History, Nonfiction Hardcover: 448 pages Publisher: Crown ISBN-10: 0307408868 ISBN-13: 9780307408860
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Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis
Maren Yearly is a young woman who wants the same things we all do. She wants to be someone people admire and respect. She wants to be loved. But her secret, shameful needs have forced her into exile. She hates herself for the bad thing she does, for what it’s done to her family and her sense of identity; for how it dictates her place in the world and how people see her --- how they judge her. She didn’t choose to be this way. Because Maren Yearly doesn’t just break hearts, she devours them. Ever since her mother found Penny Wilson’s eardrum in her mouth when Maren was just two years old, she knew life would never be normal for either of them. Love may come in many shapes and sizes, but for Maren, it always ends the same --- with her hiding the evidence and her mother packing up the car. But when her mother abandons her the day after her 16th birthday, Maren goes looking for the father she has never known, and finds much more than she bargained for along the way. Faced with a world of fellow eaters, potential enemies and the prospect of love, Maren realizes she isn’t only looking for her father, she’s looking for herself. Camille DeAngelis has written an astonishingly original coming-of-age tale that is at once a gorgeously written horror story as well as a mesmerizing meditation on female power and sexuality.
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2015-03-10
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: St. Martin's Press ISBN-10: 1250046505 ISBN-13: 9781250046505
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All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer
Nine years ago, terrorists hijacked a plane in Vienna. Somehow, a rescue attempt staged from the inside went terribly wrong and everyone on board was killed. Members of the CIA stationed in Vienna during that time were witness to this terrible tragedy, gathering intel from their sources during those tense hours, assimilating facts from the ground with a series of texts coming from one of their agents inside the plane. So when it all went wrong, the question had to be asked: Had their agent been compromised, and how? Two of those agents, Henry Pelham and Celia Harrison, were lovers at the time, and in fact that was the last night they spent together. Until now. That night Celia decided she’d had enough; she left the agency, married and had children, and is living an ordinary life in the suburbs. Henry is still an analyst, and has traveled to California to see her one more time, to relive the past, maybe, or to put it behind him once and for all. But neither of them can forget that long-ago question: Had their agent been compromised, and how? And each of them also wonders what role tonight’s dinner companion might have played in the way things unfolded.
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2015-03-10
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placeGenres: Fiction, Thriller Hardcover: 224 pages Publisher: Minotaur Books ISBN-10: 1250045428 ISBN-13: 9781250045423
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Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy
In the country-noir tradition of WINTER'S BONE meets "Breaking Bad," a savage and beautiful story of a young man seeking redemption. The area surrounding Cashiers, North Carolina, is home to people of all kinds, but the world that Jacob McNeely lives in is crueler than most. His father runs a methodically organized meth ring, with local authorities on the dime to turn a blind eye to his dealings. Having dropped out of high school and cut himself off from his peers, Jacob has been working for this father for years, all on the promise that his payday will come eventually. The only joy he finds comes from reuniting with Maggie, his first love, and a girl clearly bound for bigger and better things than their hardscrabble town. Jacob has always been resigned to play the cards that were dealt him, but when a fatal mistake changes everything, he’s faced with a choice: stay and appease his father, or leave the mountains with the girl he loves. In a place where blood is thicker than water and hope takes a back seat to fate, Jacob wonders if he can muster the strength to rise above the only life he’s ever known.
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2015-03-03
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 272 pages Publisher: Putnam Adult ISBN-10: 0399172777 ISBN-13: 9780399172779
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The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
"You've long set your heart against it, Axl, I know. But it's time now to think on it anew. There's a journey we must go on, and no more delay..." THE BURIED GIANT begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in nearly a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war.
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2015-03-03
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Knopf ISBN-10: 030727103X ISBN-13: 9780307271037
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The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
Denver, 1962: Kitty Miller has come to terms with her unconventional single life. She loves the bookshop she runs with her best friend, Frieda, and enjoys complete control over her day-to-day existence. She can come and go as she pleases, answering to no one. There was a man once, a doctor named Kevin, but it didn’t quite work out the way Kitty had hoped. Then the dreams begin. Denver, 1963: Katharyn Andersson is married to Lars, the love of her life. They have beautiful children, an elegant home, and good friends. It’s everything Kitty Miller once believed she wanted --- but it only exists when she sleeps. Convinced that these dreams are simply due to her overactive imagination, Kitty enjoys her nighttime forays into this alternate world. But with each visit, the more irresistibly real Katharyn’s life becomes. Can she choose which life she wants? If so, what is the cost of staying Kitty, or becoming Katharyn? As the lines between her worlds begin to blur, Kitty must figure out what is real and what is imagined. And how do we know where that boundary lies in our own lives?
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2015-03-03
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Harper ISBN-10: 0062333003 ISBN-13: 9780062333001
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Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule by Jennifer Chiaverini
In 1844, Missouri belle Julia Dent met dazzling horseman Lieutenant Ulysses S Grant. Four years passed before their parents permitted them to wed, and the groom’s abolitionist family refused to attend the ceremony. Since childhood, Julia owned as a slave another Julia, known as Jule. Jule guarded her mistress’s closely held twin secrets: She had perilously poor vision but was gifted with prophetic sight. So it was that Jule became Julia’s eyes to the world. And what a world it was, marked by gathering clouds of war. The Grants vowed never to be separated, but as Ulysses rose through the ranks --- becoming general in chief of the Union Army --- so did the stakes of their pact. During the war, Julia would travel, often in the company of Jule and the four Grant children, facing unreliable transportation and certain danger to be at her husband’s side. Yet Julia and Jule saw two different wars. While Julia spoke out for women --- Union and Confederate --- she continued to hold Jule as a slave behind Union lines. Upon the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Jule claimed her freedom and rose to prominence as a businesswoman in her own right, taking the honorary title Madame. The two women’s paths continued to cross throughout the Grants’ White House years in Washington, DC, and later in New York City, the site of Grant’s Tomb.
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2015-03-03
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placeGenres: Fiction, Historical Fiction Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Dutton Adult ISBN-10: 0525954295 ISBN-13: 9780525954293
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Liberty's First Crisis: Adams, Jefferson, and the Misfits Who Saved Free Speech by Charles Slack
When the United States government passed the Bill of Rights in 1791, its uncompromising protection of speech and of the press were unlike anything the world had ever seen before. But by 1798, the once-dazzling young republic of the United States was on the verge of collapse: Partisanship gripped the weak federal government, British seizures threatened American goods and men on the high seas, and war with France seemed imminent as its own democratic revolution deteriorated into terror. Suddenly, the First Amendment, which protected harsh commentary of the weak government, no longer seemed as practical. So that July, President John Adams and the Federalists in control of Congress passed an extreme piece of legislation that made criticism of the government and its leaders a crime punishable by heavy fines and jail time. In LIBERTY’S FIRST CRISIS, writer Charles Slack tells the story of the 1798 Sedition Act, the crucial moment when high ideals met real-world politics and the country’s future hung in the balance. From a loudmouth in a bar to a firebrand politician to Benjamin Franklin’s own grandson, those victimized by the Sedition Act were as varied as the country’s citizenry. But Americans refused to let their freedoms be so easily dismissed: They penned fiery editorials, signed petitions, and raised “liberty poles,” while Vice President Thomas Jefferson and James Madison drew up the infamous Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, arguing that the Federalist government had gone one step too far. LIBERTY’S FIRST CRISISvividly unfolds these pivotal events in the early life of the republic, as the Founding Fathers struggled to define America off the page and preserve the freedoms they had fought so hard to create.
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2015-03-03
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placeGenres: History, Nonfiction, Politics Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press ISBN-10: 0802123422 ISBN-13: 9780802123428
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Lethal Beauty by Lis Wiehl and April Henry
Mia Quinn discovers that a series of seemingly unrelated murders are linked. How far up are the strings being pulled --- and what happens when one of her own is at risk? The murder Mia is prosecuting seems like an open and shut case --- until the accused claims he was the real victim and that the dead girl attacked him first. The tabloids dub her a "lethal beauty." Still, a conviction seems imminent. Then a key witness goes missing. Just when it looks like the killer could walk free, the dead woman’s mother takes matters into her own hands. Meanwhile, Charlie Carlson, a Seattle homicide detective, is investigating the murder of a man whose body washed up on the beach of Puget Sound, but he's got little to go on. He has no dental work, fingerprints aren't on file, and he doesn't match any missing person reports. Then a church pianist is senselessly gunned down before horrified parishioners. All three cases seem unrelated --- but are they? Together, Mia and Charlie race to find the answer before another crime hits too close to home.
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2015-03-03
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Mystery Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson ISBN-10: 1595549056 ISBN-13: 9781595549051
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H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
When When Helen Macdonald’s father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer --- Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood --- she’d never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk’s fierce and feral anger mirrored her own. Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss, she adopted Mabel and turned to the guidance of THE SWORD AND THE STONEauthor T. H. White’s chronicle THE GOSHAWKto begin her journey into Mabel’s world. Projecting herself “in the hawk’s wild mind to tame her” tested the limits of Macdonald’s humanity. By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, this book is an unflinching account of bereavement, a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast, and the story of an eccentric falconer and legendary writer. Weaving together obsession, madness, memory, myth, and history, H IS FOR HAWKis a distinctive, surprising blend of nature writing and memoir from a very gifted writer. When Helen Macdonald’s father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer --- Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood --- she’d never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk’s fierce and feral anger mirrored her own. Her resulting purchase and training of the bird quickly becomes a story of obsession, madness, memory and myth that is at once heartbreaking and hilarious.
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2015-03-03
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placeGenres: Memoir, Nonfiction Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Grove Press ISBN-10: 0802123414 ISBN-13: 9780802123411
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Girl in the Dark: A Memoir by Anna Lyndsey
Anna was living a normal life. She was ambitious and worked hard; she had just bought an apartment; she was falling in love. But then she started to develop worrying symptoms: her face felt like it was burning whenever she was in front of the computer. Soon this progressed to an intolerance of fluorescent light, then of sunlight itself. The reaction soon spread to her entire body. Now, when her symptoms are at their worst, she must spend months on end in a blacked-out room, losing herself in audio books and elaborate word games in an attempt to ward off despair. During periods of relative remission she can venture cautiously out at dawn and dusk, into a world that, from the perspective of her normally cloistered existence, is filled with remarkable beauty. And throughout there is her relationship with Pete. In many ways he is Anna's savior, offering her shelter from the light in his home. But she cannot enjoy a normal life with him, cannot go out in the day, and even making love is uniquely awkward. Anna asks herself "By continuing to occupy this lovely man while giving him neither children nor a public companion nor a welcoming home --- do I do wrong?" With gorgeous, lyrical prose, Anna brings us into the dark with her, a place from which we emerge to see love, and the world, anew.
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2015-03-03
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placeGenres: Health, Memoir, Nonfiction Hardcover: 272 pages Publisher: Doubleday ISBN-10: 0385539606 ISBN-13: 9780385539609
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Aquarium by David Vann
David Vann’s dazzling debut LEGEND OF A SUICIDEsold over 250,000 copies in France alone, was reviewed in over 150 major global publications, won eleven prizes worldwide, was on forty Best Books of the Year lists, and established its author as a literary master. Since then, internationally bestselling Vann has delivered an exceptional body of work, receiving fifteen awards, including best foreign novel in France and Spain (France’s Prix Médicis Étranger, Spain’s Premi Llibreter), a California Book Award, and the Grace Paley Prize. AQUARIUM, his implosive new book and the first to be published by Grove, will take Vann to a wider audience than ever before. Twelve-year-old Caitlin lives alone with her mother --- a docker at the local container port --- in subsidized housing next to an airport in Seattle. Each day, while she waits to be picked up after school, Caitlin visits the local aquarium to study the fish. Gazing at the creatures within the watery depths, Caitlin accesses a shimmering universe beyond her own. When she befriends an old man at the tanks one day, who seems as enamored of the fish as she, Caitlin cracks open a dark family secret and propels her once-blissful relationship with her mother toward a precipice of terrifying consequence. In crystalline, chiseled, yet graceful prose, AQUARIUMtakes us into the heart of a brave young girl whose longing for love and capacity for forgiveness transforms the damaged people around her. Relentless and heartbreaking, primal and redemptive, AQUARIUMis a transporting story from one of the best American writers of our time.
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2015-03-03
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 272 pages Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press ISBN-10: 080212352X ISBN-13: 9780802123527
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Runaway Radical: A Young Man's Reckless Journey to Save the World by Amy Hollingsworth and Jonathan Hollingsworth
Travel the world, change lives, save souls. (Note: Results not typical.) A young idealist heeds the call to radical obedience, gives away all of his belongings and shaking off the fetters of a complacent life, travels halfway around the world. There he discovers, among the poor and the fatherless of West Africa, that he has only surrendered to a new kind of captivity. There is no doubt that young people today are fully invested in social and human rights issues. They start their own nonprofits, they run their own charities, they raise money for worthy causes. Books on saving the world abound, topping the bestsellers’ lists, fueling the drive to prove not only commitment to the world but devotion to God. Now there is a new crop of books starting to emerge, detailing the consequences of trying to save a world that is not ours to save. But none of these books tell the story that RUNAWAY RADICAL tells; this is the first book to highlight the painful personal consequences of the new radicalism, documenting in heartbreaking detail what happens when a young person becomes entrapped instead of liberated by its call. His radical resolve now shaken, he returns home to rebuild his life and his faith. RUNAWAY RADICAL serves as an important and cautionary tale for all who lead and participate in compassion activism, in the art of doing good --- both overseas and at home --- amidst this new culture of radical Christian service.
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2015-02-24
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placeGenres: Christian, Memoir, Nonfiction Paperback: 240 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson ISBN-10: 0718031237 ISBN-13: 9780718031237
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Redeployment by Phil Klay
There’s an instinct in most of us to respect the warrior, the soldier, who has been to battle and seen the worst of war. That natural instinct is triggered, then rebuffed, ridiculed and reignited in the stories found in REDEPLOYMENT, a collection by Phil Klay, a United States Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq. The tales are set in Ramadi, New York City and Fallujah, and show the psychological and physical anguish of war. The narrator in “Unless It’s A Sucking Chest Wound” comes home from a night of drinking with Joe-the-lawyer and Ed-the-banker and clicks on the link “DoD Identifies Marine Casualties.” After all the drunken stories and dirty jokes, he wants “to recover whatever it is that I am when I look at the names of the dead.” He sees the name James R. Vockler, whom he remembers as “the guy Deme died saving” in a firefight in Fallujah. These memories of Vockler intrude on his studies for law school, and he “snaps his night in half.” The story, though, is actually about Boylan, a captain in the USMC the narrator knew from service in Afghanistan who comes to New York to get blacked out. It’s also about NYU law school students who were “the insufferable public interest crowd, who hated the war” but paid lip service “to the idea that I deserved some sort of respect.” Additionally, it’s about a connection between Sisyphus-like termites in an existential crisis that roll dirt endlessly. What is the analogy? The USMC? Or maybe corporate lawyers? The story ends with an unspoken tribute to cold hard courage, and we are left wondering who gets to be the hero. Klay layers his stories with the understanding of what cannot be understood from war. The only certainty is the honesty of the storytellers. Their voices come from moments before an IED killed a fellow Marine, to a brainless night on the PSP readying himself to go out on another mission, to the Marine stuck in an American Eagle Outfitters dressing room in Wilmington as he is realizing people have no idea where Fallujah is. Their voices are true even when they lie. "Each of Klay’s stories is spare and austere, with only the necessary identification of situations and faces." The narrator in “Bodies” collected remains in the Iraqi war, and his anger at what he had seen and done prompts him to exaggerate the horror. If people wanted to know what he had done in the war, he would lie. He would begin telling a story about a half corpse and how it had lain on the street in the sun and become swollen and gaseous. He thinks we’d be surprised at how many in the audience wanted him to keep going. In “Prayer in the Furnace,” the chaplain asks of the men, “Who here thinks that when you get back to the States no civilians will be able to understand what you’ve gone through?” Who believes, like the sergeant major, that death needed to be sensible? A reason for each casualty? The narrator is Chaps, a boxer turned priest who does his tour in Ramadi and watches and tries to prevent the atrocities from within and without the Marines. He begins with the death of Fujita, the 12th casualty for that company, and for his memorial he reads from Second Timothy: “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.” He watches the squad kneeling together, leaning into each other and forming a solid weeping block, and he knows that “[g]eared up, Marines are terrifying warriors. In grief, they look like children.” Chaps attempts to thwart the actions of the company commander after he learns that Fujita was doing naked jumping jacks on a rooftop to attract attention. Once he was fired upon, the Marines were justified in returning fire no matter who the victims were --- the enemy, an insurgent, a hajji, or a nine-year-old boy. But Chaps is reprimanded and knows there will continue to be harm, abuse and loss of grace. He has let down Rodriguez, a Marine coming to him for solace, and he will let him down again. His attempts at comfort --- “You can only control your own actions, not what happens” --- fall far short of what Rodriguez wants to hear. Their final meeting comes months later when Rodriguez makes clear that the cross and the chaplain and Christianity, 20 centuries of it, are not worth more than a spit in the grass. “OIF” is four short pages. The narrator assumes we understand the military acronyms and assures us that he did his 24 missions, even though he never wanted to be “the twitchiest guy in Iraq.” His jeep is hit by an IED, and because another Marine died and he tried to save him, he receives a NAM with a V. He names other Marines as KIA, which means they gave everything. The WIA means he did not. Each of Klay’s stories is spare and austere, with only the necessary identification of situations and faces. He understands the isolation and torment of soldiers, in the moment of war and in the years of solitude after, and through his words the idiocy and pain of war is realized. Reviewed by Jane Krebs on March 21, 2014
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2015-02-24
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placeGenres: Fiction, Military, Short Stories Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Penguin Books ISBN-10: 0143126822 ISBN-13: 9780143126829
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Murder in Pigalle: An Aimée Leduc Investigation Set in Paris by Cara Black
Pigalle is a rough-and-tumble adult entertainment district in Paris that also provides the majority of the scenic backdrop for the appropriately titled MURDER IN PIGALLE, the 14th in Cara Black’s series of quietly exotic Aimée Leduc mysteries. Aimée is a private investigator in Paris who runs her own firm with the assistance of her friend and business partner, René Friant. While the firm specializes in corporate security and computer investigation, its work frequently strays into other areas, as it does in this installment. MURDER IN PIGALLE includes a very personal look at Aimée, whose life is almost as interesting as her cases. Her mother left the family when she was young, and her father, an investigator himself, was the victim of a murder that remains unsolved. Both events understandably continue to weigh heavily on Aimée, who is in the middle of a pregnancy, carrying the baby of a man who does not know that he is the father. Aimée is hardly in a condition to be chasing down hardened criminals. So when a serial rapist begins following young girls home from school and attacking them in their homes, she does not feel the need to become involved. "Black takes her intimate knowledge of the nooks and crannies of Paris and flawlessly weaves them into the tapestry of the story while giving the reader history and culture lessons that go down quickly and smoothly as the plot intrigue plays out." Things take a different turn, though, when the daughter of the proprietor of a local cafe asks for her help. Zazie, on the cusp of adolescence, has had friends who were attacked and seeks to emulate Aimée, a frequent patron of her parents’ establishment, by conducting her own investigation. Aimée’s assistance is limited to advice; when Zazie disappears, however, her frantic parents request Aimée’s assistance. She can do no less than immediately begin her own investigation, especially when the Parisian police treat the matter as if Zazie was a runaway who will more likely than not return home sooner or later. The attacks on Zazie’s friends and her subsequent disappearance are easy enough for Aimée to connect, but as she begins to sift through what scant evidence there is --- including the bits and pieces that Zazie uncovered in her own investigation into the proceedings --- it slowly becomes clear to her that Zazie may have stumbled into something else that has no relation to the fiend who is terrorizing the colorful neighborhood where she lived with her parents. René, of course, is there to help, loyal to a fault and quietly wishing for more in his relationship with Aimée while doing everything he can to assist her during her pregnancy. Aimée does not let her condition slow her down, balancing her activity for concern for her baby while following a trail of hard-won clues from a number of surprisingly uncooperative and stubborn individuals. It is only when Aimée obtains a lead from an unexpected source that she is ultimately able to discover what happened to Zazie and put an end to the attacks upon the schoolgirls of Paris. Aimée Leduc is as complex as the city of Paris itself. Her long-vanished mother manifests herself indirectly in MURDER IN PIGALLE, and a small but tantalizing clue regarding the death of her father is revealed as well. The subtle star of the series, however, is its setting. Black takes her intimate knowledge of the nooks and crannies of Paris and flawlessly weaves them into the tapestry of the story while giving the reader history and culture lessons that go down quickly and smoothly as the plot intrigue plays out. The series is addictive, and while it has been a long-running one, each installment stands well on its own, thanks to the author’s canny ability to bring new readers up to date with respect to what has gone before. Chalk up another winner for Cara Black --- and for the complex Aimée Leduc. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on March 7, 2014
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2015-02-24
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placeGenres: Fiction, Mystery Paperback: pages Publisher: Soho Crime ISBN-10: 1616954884 ISBN-13: 9781616954888
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Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater by Carey Perloff
As San Francisco's legendary American Conservatory Theater prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary, Artistic Director Carey Perloff pens a lively and revealing memoir of her twenty-plus years at the helm, and delivers a provocative and impassioned manifesto for the role of live theater in today's technology-infused world. Perloff's personal and professional journey --- her life as a woman in a male-dominated profession, as a wife and mother, a playwright, director, producer, arts advocate, and citizen in a city erupting with enormous change --- is a compelling, entertaining story for anyone interested in how theater gets made. She offers a behind-the-scenes perspective, including her intimate working experiences with well-known actors, directors, and writers including Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, Robert Wilson, David Strathairn, and Olympia Dukakis. Whether reminiscing about her turbulent first years as a young woman taking over an insolvent theater in crisis and transforming it into a thriving, world-class performance space, or ruminating on the potential for its future, Perloff takes on critical questions about arts education, cultural literacy, gender disparity, leadership and power.
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2015-02-10
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placeGenres: Arts, Autobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Performing Arts Paperback: 232 pages Publisher: City Lights Foundation Books ISBN-10: 1931404143 ISBN-13: 9781931404143
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An Amish Cradle by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, and Vannetta Chapman
"In His Father's Arms" by Beth Wiseman Ruth Anne Zook is excited that she and her best friend are due with their children the same week. But when Ruth Anne’s baby is born with Down Syndrome, she and her husband struggle to understand God’s plan. "A Son for Always" by Amy Clipston Carolyn and her husband Joshua are thrilled to be pregnant with their first child. A teenager when she had her son Benjamin, Carolyn still feels obligated to work to secure Ben’s future, even though Josh adopted Ben. She struggles to realize that Josh will love and protect both of their children equally. "A Heart Full of Love" by Kathleen Fuller Ellie’s mother loves to meddle in her personal life—especially now that Ellie’s pregnant. Since Ellie is blind, her mother worries that she won’t be able to handle the baby. When Ellie gives birth to twins, her mother insists on moving in. Just as everyone reaches the breaking point, a miracle draws them closer to each other and to God. "An Unexpected Blessing" by Vannetta Chapman At 42, Etta thought her time of having children was over, but she's pregnant again. She goes into labor during a blizzard, and complications with the delivery raise fear. Etta struggles to accept Gotte’s wille for the baby and her son, David, who moved away two years earlier in search of what he would do with his life.
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2015-02-10
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Short Stories Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson ISBN-10: 052911867X ISBN-13: 9780529118677
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Soul Friends: What Every Woman Needs to Grow in Her Faith by Leslie Parrott
Are you missing out on one of the most transforming means to a deeper and more vibrant faith? In SOUL FRIENDS, Dr. Leslie Parrott explores the intimate stages of a woman's spiritual journey while showing you how soul friendships can deepen and enlarge your faith. God brings us soul-friends to help in our spiritual journey, sometimes in predictable places: small groups, friendships, and mentors. But they’re sometimes found in places we don’t expect --- these “hidden guides” are people, past or present, whose role in our life may even be hidden from them, but nevertheless, have a deep impact on our growth and vitality. Whether it’s a hidden guide, a member of a small group, or a friend we’ve had for years, these soul-friends all hold the potential to embody grace that enables us to take a next step in the unfolding journey of our faith. Leslie reveals how every woman traverses four stages of spiritual growth --- quest, calling, crisis, and communion --- again and again. And whatever stage you find yourself traveling right now, you need soul friends to help you move forward When we seize the initiative to connect, together we will form a part of the deep communion that is the sisterhood of the traveling saints, journeying together in our desire to know God, serve him, and love him more deeply. Through story, poem, and reflection, Leslie Parrott reminds each of us of the incredibly intimate, intricate, faith-forming work God does in us through the gift of the women he places in our lives.
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2015-02-03
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Life, Nonfiction, Women's Interest Paperback: 208 pages Publisher: Zondervan ISBN-10: 0310273307 ISBN-13: 9780310273301
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Remember the Lilies by Liz Tolsma
Irene and Rand come from very different walks of life. Will they find common ground in their fight to survive? Irene has grown up in the jungle as a missionary with her Aunt Anita, but now she and countless others are imprisoned by Japanese soldiers at the Santo Tomas Internment Camp in the Philippines. Irene and her aunt are safe there, and she keeps busy with her duty of delivering censored messages to the camp’s prisoners, but like everyone else, she prays for the war to end and for her freedom. Rand is a wealthy, womanizing American, whose attempted escape from the internment camp has put himself and others in danger. When Rand and Irene’s Aunt Anita meet one another in the hospital, Irene learns more of his story and her heart is determined to save his family. But the danger outside the walls of the hospital worsens every day, and life in this exotic place is anything but luxurious. Can Irene find Rand’s family before they disappear forever? And can a humble missionary woman and an arrogant man find common ground in the face of their biggest fears?
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2015-02-03
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Romance Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson ISBN-10: 1401689140 ISBN-13: 9781401689148
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I Regret Everything: A Love Story by Seth Greenland
Life is an often-confusing mixture of heartache and hilarity, or so prove Seth Greenland’s appealing characters in this tenderly comedic story of modern love. Imbued with Greenland’s signature wit, I REGRET EVERYTHING confronts the oceanic uncertainty of what it means to be young and alive. Jeremy Best, a Manhattan-based trusts and estates lawyer, has a second life as the poet Jinx Bell. To his boss’s daughter, Spaulding, Jeremy, at 33, is at first, already halfway to dead. When Spaulding, an aspiring 19-year-old writer, discovers Mr. Best’s alter writerly ego, the two become bound by a devotion to poetry. Their budding relationship offers them the possibility of enduring love, or the threat of tragic loss. A skilled wordsmith with a talent for telling humor, Greenland creates fully realized characters, people that come to understand themselves as complex renderings of the human condition --- at its often best, and sometimes worst. I REGRET EVERYTHING explores happiness and heartache with a healthy dose of skepticism, and an understanding that the reality of love encompasses life, death, iambic pentameter, regret, trusts and estates.
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2015-02-03
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placeGenres: Fiction Paperback: 256 pages Publisher: Europa Editions ISBN-10: 160945247X ISBN-13: 9781609452476
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A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London's Flower Sellers by Hazel Gaynor
The author of the USA Today and New York Times bestselling novel THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME has once again created an unforgettable historical novel. Step into the world of Victorian London, where the wealth and poverty exist side by side. This is the story of two long-lost sisters, whose lives take different paths, and the young woman who will be transformed by their experiences. In 1912, 20-year-old Tilly Harper leaves the peace and beauty of her native Lake District for London, to become assistant housemother at Mr. Shaw’s Home for Watercress and Flower Girls. For years, the home has cared for London’s flower girls --- orphaned and crippled children living on the grimy streets and selling posies of violets and watercress to survive. Soon after she arrives, Tilly discovers a diary written by an orphan named Florrie --- a young Irish flower girl who died of a broken heart after she and her sister, Rosie, were separated. Moved by Florrie’s pain and all she endured in her brief life, Tilly sets out to discover what happened to Rosie. But the search will not be easy. Full of twists and surprises, it leads the caring and determined young woman into unexpected places, including the depths of her own heart.
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2015-02-03
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placeGenres: Fiction, Historical , Historical Fiction Paperback: 432 pages Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks ISBN-10: 0062316893 ISBN-13: 9780062316899
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Touch by Claire North
Kepler had never meant to die this way --- viciously beaten to death by a stinking vagrant in a dark back alley. But when reaching out to the murderer for salvation in those last dying moments, a sudden switch takes place. Now Kepler is looking out through the eyes of the killer himself, staring down at a broken and ruined body lying in the dirt of the alley. Instead of dying, Kepler has gained the ability to roam from one body to another, to jump into another person's skin and see through their eyes, live their life --- be it for a few minutes, a few months or a lifetime. Kepler means these host bodies no harm --- and even comes to cherish them intimately like lovers. But when one host, Josephine Cebula, is brutally assassinated, Kepler embarks on a mission to seek the truth --- and avenge Josephine's death.
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2015-02-24
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placeGenres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Suspense/Thriller Hardcover: 432 pages Publisher: Redhook ISBN-10: 0316335924 ISBN-13: 9780316335928
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The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth
Six years ago, Melody Pieterson was attacked and left for dead. Only a chance encounter with a dog walker saved her life. Melody's neighbor and close friend David Alden was found guilty of the crime and imprisoned, and the attack and David's betrayal of her friendship left Melody a different person. She no longer trusts her own judgment, she no longer trusts her friends. In fact, she no longer really has any friends. She’s built a life behind walls and gates and security codes; she’s cloistered herself away from the world almost entirely. And then, soon after David is released from prison, Eve Elliot is murdered in an attack almost identical to Melody’s. With the start of a new police investigation, Melody is suddenly pulled from her ordered, secluded life and back into the messy world around her. But as she learns more about Eve's murder, Melody starts to wonder if perhaps David hadn’t betrayed her after all...if perhaps the killer is someone else entirely, someone who’s still out there, preparing to strike again. Narrated alternately by Melody and by Eve’s lingering ghost, THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND is a taut thriller and an intimate look at two young women bound together in ways neither of them could ever have predicted.
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2015-02-24
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placeGenres: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Minotaur Books ISBN-10: 125004121X ISBN-13: 9781250041210
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The Fellowship of Differents: Showing the World God's Design for Life Together by Scot McKnight
In this compelling book, Scot McKnight shares his personal experience in the church as well as his study of the Apostle Paul to answer this significant question: What is the church supposed to be? For most of us the church is a place we go to on Sunday to hear a sermon or to participate in worship or to partake in communion or to fellowship with other Christians. Church is all contained within one or two hours on Sunday morning. The church the Apostle Paul talks about is designed by God to be a fellowship of difference --- how people differ socially --- and differents --- how people differ culturally. God did not design the church to be a two-hour experience on Sunday but a mixture of people from all across the map and spectrum: men and women, rich and poor, Caucasians or African Americans, and Mexican Americans, Latin Americans, Asian Americans, and Indian Americans, and a mixture of people with varying personalities and tastes. The church McKnight grew up in was a fellowship of sames and likes. There was almost no variety in his church. White folks, same beliefs about everything, same tastes in music and worship and sermons and lifestyle. Because of his experience, he writes incisively and compellingly. The church is God’s world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the table to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens we show to the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God’s show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as a family.
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2015-02-24
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Life, Christian Life/Inspirational, Nonfiction Hardcover: 240 pages Publisher: Zondervan ISBN-10: 0310277671 ISBN-13: 9780310277675
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The Alphabet House by Jussi Adler-Olsen
British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo-reconnaissance mission near Dresden, Germany. Intelligence believes the Nazis are building new factories that could turn the tide of the war. When their plane is shot down, James and Bryan know they will be executed if captured. With an enemy patrol in pursuit, they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front. In a moment of desperation, they throw two patients off the train and take their places, hoping they can escape later. But their act is too convincing and they end up in the Alphabet House, a mental hospital located far behind enemy lines, where German doctors subject their patients to daily rounds of shock treatments and experimental drugs. The pilots’ only hope of survival is to fake insanity until the war ends, but their friendship and courage are put to the ultimate test when James and Bryan realize they aren’t the only ones in the Alphabet House feigning madness.
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2015-02-24
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placeGenres: Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Thriller Hardcover: 480 pages Publisher: Dutton Adult ISBN-10: 0525954899 ISBN-13: 9780525954897
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Hush Hush: A Tess Monaghan Novel by Laura Lippman
On a searing August day, Melisandre Harris Dawes committed the unthinkable: she left her two-month-old daughter locked in a car while she sat nearby on the shores of the Patapsco River. Melisandre was found not guilty by reason of criminal insanity, although there was much skepticism about her mental state. Freed, she left the country, her husband and her two surviving children, determined to start over. But now Melisandre has returned Baltimore to meet with her estranged teenage daughters and wants to film the reunion for a documentary. The problem is, she relinquished custody and her ex, now remarried, isn’t sure he approves. Now that’s she’s a mother herself --- short on time and patience --- Tess Monaghan wants nothing to do with a woman crazy enough to have killed her own child. But her mentor and close friend Tyner Gray, Melisandre’s lawyer, has asked Tess and her new partner, retired Baltimore P.D. homicide detective Sandy Sanchez, to assess Melisandre’s security needs. As a former reporter and private investigator, Tess tries to understand why other people break the rules and the law. Yet the imperious Melisandre is something far different from anyone she’s encountered. A decade ago, a judge ruled that Melisandre was beyond rational thought. But was she? Tess tries to ignore the discomfort she feels around the confident, manipulative Melisandre. But that gets tricky after Melisandre becomes a prime suspect in a murder. Yet as her suspicions deepen, Tess realizes that just as she’s been scrutinizing Melisandre, a judgmental stalker has been watching her every move as well...
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2015-02-24
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placeGenres: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: William Morrow ISBN-10: 0062083422 ISBN-13: 9780062083425
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A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders
Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see. No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she causes. But it's not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vayda and her family at risk. Until someone quiets the chaos inside her. Unwanted. That's all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind. Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can't explain the hold she has on him --- inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily, except he doesn't know what her powers can do. Yet. Just as Vadya and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn't so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has murder in mind.
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2015-02-24
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placeGenres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Minotaur Books ISBN-10: 1250056454 ISBN-13: 9781250056450
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A Brief Stop On The Road From Auschwitz by Göran Rosenberg
A BRIEF STOP ON THE ROAD FROM AUSCHWITZ is by a journalist about his father’s attempt to survive the aftermath of Auschwitz in a small industrial town in Sweden. On August 2, 1947 a young man gets off a train in a small Swedish town to begin his life anew. Having endured the ghetto of Lodz, the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the slave camps and transports during the final months of Nazi Germany, his final challenge is to survive the survival. Göran Rosenberg returns to his own childhood to tell the story of his father: walking at his side, holding his hand, trying to get close to him. It is also the story of the chasm between the world of the child, permeated by the optimism, progress, and collective oblivion of postwar Sweden, and the world of the father, darkened by the long shadows of the past.
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2015-02-24
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placeGenres: Memoir, Nonfiction Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Other Press ISBN-10: 1590516079 ISBN-13: 9781590516072
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The American Lover by Rose Tremain
A seductive new collection from the author of “varied, engrossing, and . . . astonishing” fiction (Richard Eder, Boston Globe). Trapped in a London apartment, Beth remembers a transgressive love affair in 1960s Paris. The most famous writer in Russia takes his last breath in a stationmaster’s cottage, miles from Moscow. A modern-day "Juliet" is forced to choose between sexual passion and obscene riches. A father, finally free of his daughter’s demands, embarks on a long swim from his Canadian lakeside retreat. A Christmas storm brings sudden hope to the life of a middle-aged woman. And in the grandest house of all, Danni the Polish housekeeper catches the eye of an enigmatic visitor, Daphne du Maurier. Rose Tremain lays bare the soul of her characters—the admirable, the embarrassing, the unfulfilled, the sexy, and the adorable —to uncover a dazzling range of human emotions and desires.
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2015-02-23
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placeGenres: Family Relationships, Fiction, Relationships, Short Stories Hardcover: 256 pages Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company ISBN-10: 039324671X ISBN-13: 9780393246711
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The Whites by Harry Brandt
Back in the run-and-gun days of the mid-90s, when Billy Graves worked in the South Bronx as part of an anti-crime unit known as the Wild Geese, he made headlines by accidentally shooting a 10-year-old boy while stopping an angel-dusted berserker in the street. Branded as a cowboy by his higher-ups, for the next eighteen years Billy endured one dead-end posting after another. Now in his early forties, he has somehow survived and become a sergeant in Manhattan Night Watch, a small team of detectives charged with responding to all night-time felonies from Wall Street to Harlem. Night Watch usually acts a set-up crew for the day shift, but when Billy is called to a 4:00 a.m. fatal slashing of a man in Penn Station, his investigation of the crime moves beyond the usual handoff. And when he discovers that the victim was once a suspect in the unsolved murder of a 12-year-old boy --- a brutal case with connections to the former members of the Wild Geese --- the bad old days are back in Billy's life with a vengeance, tearing apart enduring friendships forged in the urban trenches and even threatening the safety of his family.
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2015-02-17
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placeGenres: Crime, Fiction Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. ISBN-10: 0805093990 ISBN-13: 9780805093995
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Missing You - Audiobook written by Harlan Coben, read by January LaVoy
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben, a heart-pounding thriller about the ties we have to our past...and the lies that bind us together. It's a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she’s ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé Jeff, the man who shattered her heart --- and who she hasn’t seen in 18 years. Kat feels a spark, wondering if this might be the moment when past tragedies recede and a new world opens up to her. But when she reaches out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light, in which monsters prey upon the most vulnerable. As the body count mounts and Kat's hope for a second chance with Jeff grows more and more elusive, she is consumed by an investigation that challenges her feelings about everyone she ever loved --- her former fiancé, her mother, and even her father, whose cruel murder so long ago has never been fully explained. With lives on the line, including her own, Kat must venture deeper into the darkness than she ever has before, and discover if she has the strength to survive what she finds there.
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2015-02-10
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placeGenres: Audio CD, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller Audio: pages Publisher: Brilliance Audio ISBN-10: 1455856045 ISBN-13: 9781455856046
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Nobody Walks by Mick Herron
The long-awaited new novel by British espionage fiction master Mick Herron, author of the 2013 Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger-winning DEAD LIONS. Tom Bettany is working at a meat processing plant in France when he gets a voicemail from an Englishwoman he doesn’t know telling him that his estranged 26-year-old son is dead—Liam Bettany fell from his London balcony, where he was smoking dope. Now for the first time since he cut all ties years ago, Bettany returns home to London to find out the truth about his son’s death. Maybe it’s the guilt he feels about losing touch with his son that’s gnawing at him, or maybe he’s actually put his finger on a labyrinthine plot, but either way he’ll get to the bottom of the tragedy, no matter whose feathers he has to ruffle. But more than a few people are interested to hear Bettany is back in town, from incarcerated mob bosses to those in the highest echelons of MI5. He might have thought he’d left it all behind when he first skipped town, but nobody really just walks away.
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2015-02-17
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placeGenres: Espionage, Fiction, Thriller Hardcover: pages Publisher: Soho Crime ISBN-10: 1616954868 ISBN-13: 9781616954864
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Blue Stars by Emily Gray Tedrowe
Emily Gray Tedrowe has written a novel about ordinary people, a graceful and gritty portrayal of what it’s like for the women whose husbands and sons are deployed in Iraq. BLUE STARS brings to life the realities of the modern day home front: how to get through the daily challenges of motherhood and holding down a job while bearing the stress and uncertainty of war, when everything can change in an instant. It tells the story of Ellen, a Midwestern literature professor, who is drawn into the war when her legal ward Michael enlists as a Marine; and of Lacey, a proud Army wife who struggles to pay the bills and keep things going for her son while her husband is deployed. Ellen and Lacey cope with the fear and stress of a loved one at war while trying to get by in a society that often ignores or misunderstands what war means to women today. When Michael and Eddie are injured in Iraq, Ellen and Lacey’s lives become intertwined in Walter Reed Army Hospital, where each woman must live while caring for her wounded soldier. They form an alliance, and an unlikely friendship, while helping each other survive the dislocated world of the army hospital. Whether that means fighting for proper care for their men, sharing a six-pack, or coping with irrevocable loss, Ellen and Lacey pool their strengths to make it through. In the end, both women are changed, not only by the war and its fallout, but by each other.
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2015-02-17
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placeGenres: Military Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: St. Martin's Press ISBN-10: 1250052483 ISBN-13: 9781250052483
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The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty by Amanda Filipacchi
A magical and comedic take on modern love, the power of friendship, and the allure of disguise. Meet the Knights of Creation, a group of artistic friends struggling with society's standards of beauty. Barb, a stunningly beautiful costume designer, chooses to don a fat suit in hopes that it will help her meet the man of her dreams--a man who can see beyond her looks. Lily, Barb's brilliantly talented, unfortunate-looking musician friend, goes to fantastic lengths to attract the shallow man she loves. Penelope, neither beautiful nor talented, makes her living by selling hideous clay pots after convincing customers they've broken them. To complicate matters, the friends discover they may have a murderer in their midst, that Barb's calm disposition is more dangerously provocative than her beauty ever was, and that Lily's musical talents are more powerful than anyone could have imagined. Imbued with Amanda Filipacchi's characteristic twisted charm and absurdist, satiric wit, The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty is touching, whimsical, and gorgeously strange. ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THIS NOVEL: "Amanda Filipacchi is one of the most original storytelling minds I know. Here, she has written a seductively powerful fable about the ugly powers of beauty, the redemptive powers of creativity, and the nature of true love. Every page abounds in mystery, delight and surprise."--Sheila Heti "Amanda Filipacchi writes with a deceptive ease, creating magic out of thin air. She makes the ordinary come alive with possibility and stuffs her pages full of laughter, sadness and characters that are unforgettable... Filipacchi is one of our best satirists."--Neil LaBute "The best comic novelist writing today." --Ed Park "An ingeniously crafted fictional meditation on power and freedom, essence and appearance that takes the form of a philosophical farce. A delight for the mind that penetrates the heart."--Walter Kirn "Amanda Filipacchi has crafted a delightful gem, an unusual mixture of laughter and suspense. One never knows what's going to happen next in this odd and charming universe. This is a wonderfully absurd and comedic novel that also reads like a page-turning whodunit." --Jonathan Ames
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2015-02-16
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placeGenres: Chick Lit, Fiction, Humor, Mystery Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company ISBN-10: 0393243877 ISBN-13: 9780393243871
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My Avant-Garde Education by Bernard Cooper
A personal chronicle of the era of conceptual art, from a writer “of uncommon subtlety and nuance” (David Ulin, Los Angeles Times). Growing up in the suburbs—confused about his sexuality, his consumer-oriented world, and the death of his older brother—Bernard Cooper fell in love with Pop art and set off for the California Institute of the Arts, the epicenter of the burgeoning field of conceptual art. The most famous, and infamous, artists of the time drifted through the place, including Allan Kaprow and John Baldessari, not to mention the guest speaker who lived in the gallery for a month, and the student who phoned the Identi-Kit division of the LA Police Department and had them make a composite drawing of the Mona Lisa. My Avant-Garde Education evokes the wonders and absurdities of a certain era in art history, always aware that awakening to art is, for a young person, inseparable from awakening to the ever-shifting nature of the self.
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2015-02-16
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placeGenres: Autobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction Hardcover: 256 pages Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company ISBN-10: 0393240711 ISBN-13: 9780393240719
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The Killing Season by Mason Cross
The first thing you should know about me is that my name is not Carter Blake. That name no more belongs to me than the hotel room I was occupying when the call came in. When Caleb Wardell, the infamous 'Chicago Sniper', escapes from death row two weeks before his execution, the FBI calls on the services of Carter Blake, a man with certain specialised talents whose skills lie in finding those who don't want to be found. A man to whom Wardell is no stranger. Along with Elaine Banner, an ambitious special agent juggling life as a single mother with her increasingly high-flying career, Blake must track Wardell down as he cuts a swathe across America, apparently killing at random. But Blake and Banner soon find themselves sidelined from the case. And as they try desperately to second guess a man who kills purely for the thrill of it, they uncover a hornets' nest of lies and corruption. Now Blake must break the rules and go head to head with the FBI if he is to stop Wardell and expose a deadly conspiracy that will rock the country. Slick, fast-paced and assured, THE KILLING SEASON is the first novel in the gripping new Carter Blake series.
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2015-02-15
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placeGenres: Fiction, Thriller Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: Pegasus ISBN-10: 1605986909 ISBN-13: 9781605986906
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Plague Land by Sarah Sykes
In this chilling historical mystery, young girls go missing from a medieval English village and Lord Oswald de Lacy must find the killer before tragedy strikes again. Oswald de Lacy was never meant to be the Lord of Somerhill Manor. Dispatched to a monastery at the age of seven, sent back at seventeen when his father and two older brothers are killed by the Plague, Oswald has no experience of running an estate. He finds the years of pestilence and neglect have changed the old place dramatically, not to mention the attitude of the surviving peasants. Yet some things never change. Oswald's mother remains the powerful matriarch of the family, and his sister Clemence simmers in the background, dangerous and unmarried. Before he can do anything, Oswald is confronted by the shocking death of a young woman, Alison Starvecrow. The ambitious village priest claims that Alison was killed by a band of demonic dog-headed men. Oswald is certain this is nonsense, but proving it --- by finding the real murderer --- is quite a different matter. Every step he takes seems to lead Oswald deeper into a dark maze of political intrigue, family secrets and violent strife. And then the body of another girl is found. Sarah Sykes brilliantly evokes the landscape and people of medieval Kent in this thrillingly suspenseful debut.
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2015-02-15
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placeGenres: Ficton , Historical Mystery Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Pegasus ISBN-10: 1605986739 ISBN-13: 9781605986739
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The Swimmer by Joakim Zander
In the end, you cannot hide who you are. Klara Walldéen was raised by her grandparents on a remote archipelago in the Baltic Sea, learning to fish and hunt and sail a boat through a storm. Now, as an EU Parliament aide in Brussels, she is learning how to navigate the treacherous currents of international politics: the lines between friend and enemy, truth and lies. But Klara has accidentally seen something she shouldn’t have: a laptop containing information so sensitive that someone will kill to keep hidden. Suddenly, she is thrown into a terrifying chase across Europe, with no idea who is hunting her or why. Meanwhile, in Virginia, an old spy hides from his past. Once, he was a man of action, an operative so dedicated that he abandoned his infant daughter to keep his cover. Now, he is the only man who can save Klara...and she is the only woman who can allow him to lay old ghosts to rest.
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2015-02-10
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placeGenres: Fiction, Thriller Hardcover: 432 pages Publisher: Harper ISBN-10: 0062337246 ISBN-13: 9780062337245
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The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth
THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES tells the story of three generations of women devoted to delivering new life into the world --- and the secrets they keep that threaten to change their own lives forever. Neva Bradley, a third-generation midwife, is determined to keep the details surrounding her own pregnancy --- including the identity of the baby’s father --- hidden from her family and co-workers for as long as possible. Her mother, Grace, finds it impossible to let this secret rest. For Floss, Neva’s grandmother and a retired midwife, Neva’s situation thrusts her back 60 years in time to a secret that eerily mirrors her granddaughter’s --- a secret which, if revealed, will have life-changing consequences for them all. Will these women reveal their secrets and deal with the inevitable consequences? Or are some secrets best kept hidden?
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2015-02-10
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placeGenres: Family, Family & Relationships, Family Life, Fiction, Women's Fiction Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: St. Martin's Press ISBN-10: 1250051894 ISBN-13: 9781250051899
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My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh
MY SUNSHINE AWAY unfolds in a Baton Rouge neighborhood best known for cookouts on sweltering summer afternoons, cauldrons of spicy crawfish, and passionate football fandom. But in the summer of 1989, when 15-year-old Lindy Simpson --- free spirit, track star and belle of the block --- experiences a horrible crime late one evening near her home, it becomes apparent that this idyllic stretch of Southern suburbia has a dark side, too. In MY SUNSHINE AWAY, M.O. Walsh brilliantly juxtaposes the enchantment of a charmed childhood with the gripping story of a violent crime, unraveling families and consuming adolescent love. Acutely wise and deeply honest, it is an astonishing and page-turning debut about the meaning of family, the power of memory and our ability to forgive.
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2015-02-10
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placeGenres: Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Putnam Adult ISBN-10: 0399169520 ISBN-13: 9780399169526
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Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Max Lucado
What if you could ask God anything? What would you ask? And how would he answer? Chelsea Chambers is on her own. After a public split from her NFL superstar husband, Chelsea takes a bold step out of the limelight and behind the counter of the Higher Grounds Café, an old-fashioned coffee shop in dire need of reinvention. But when her courage, expert planning, and out-of-this-world cupcakes fail to pay the bills, this newly single mom finds herself desperate for help. Better yet, a miracle. Then a curious stranger lands at Chelsea's door, and with him, an even curiouser string of events. Soon, customers are flocking to the Higher Grounds Café, and not just for the cupcakes and cappuccino. They've come for the internet connection to the divine. Now the café has become the go-to place for people in search of answers to life's biggest questions. When a catastrophe strikes and her ex comes calling, Chelsea begins to wonder if the whole universe is conspiring against her quest to make it on her own. After a shocking discovery opens her eyes to the unseen world around her, Chelsea finds the courage to ask, and heaven answers in a most unexpected way.
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2015-02-10
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction Hardcover: 176 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson ISBN-10: 0718000889 ISBN-13: 9780718000882
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Get in Trouble: Stories by Kelly Link
She has been hailed by Michael Chabon as “the most darkly playful voice in American fiction”; by Neil Gaiman as “a national treasure”; and by Karen Russell as “Franz Kafka with a better understanding of ladies’ footwear and bad first dates.” Now Kelly Link’s eagerly awaited new collection --- her first for adult readers in a decade --- proves indelibly that this bewitchingly original writer is among the finest we have. Link has won an ardent following for her ability, with each new short story, to take readers deeply into an unforgettable, brilliantly constructed fictional universe. The nine exquisite examples in this collection show her in full command of her formidable powers. In “The Summer People,” a young girl in rural North Carolina serves as uneasy caretaker to the mysterious, never-quite-glimpsed visitors who inhabit the cottage behind her house. In “I Can See Right Through You,” a middle-aged movie star takes a disturbing trip to the Florida swamp where his former on- and off-screen love interest is shooting a ghost-hunting reality show. In “The New Boyfriend,” a suburban slumber party takes an unusual turn, and a teenage friendship is tested, when the spoiled birthday girl opens her big present: a life-size animated doll. Hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the Pyramids... These are just some of the talismans of an imagination as capacious and as full of wonder as that of any writer today. But as fantastical as these stories can be, they are always grounded by sly humor and an innate generosity of feeling for the frailty --- and the hidden strengths --- of human beings. In GET IN TROUBLE, this one-of-a-kind talent expands the boundaries of what short fiction can do.
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2015-02-10
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placeGenres: Fiction, Short Stories Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Random House ISBN-10: 0804179689 ISBN-13: 9780804179683
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Crazy Love You by Lisa Unger
Falling in love can feel like a dream...or a living nightmare. Darkness has a way of creeping up when Ian is with Priss. Even when they were kids, playing in the woods of their small Upstate New York town, he could feel it. Still, Priss was his best friend, his salvation from the bullies who called him "loser" and "fatboy"...and from his family's deadly secrets. Now that they've both escaped to New York City, Ian no longer inhabits the tortured shell of his childhood. He is a talented and successful graphic novelist, and Priss...Priss is still trouble. The booze, the drugs, the sex --- Ian is growing tired of late nights together trying to keep the past at bay. Especially now that he's met sweet, beautiful Megan, whose love makes him want to change for the better. But Priss doesn't like change. Change makes her angry. And when Priss is angry, terrible things begin to happen...
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2015-02-10
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placeGenres: Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Touchstone ISBN-10: 1451691203 ISBN-13: 9781451691207
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A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
"It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon." This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The whole family --- their two daughters and two sons, their grandchildren, even their faithful old dog --- is on the porch, listening contentedly as Abby tells the tale they have heard so many times before. And yet this gathering is different too: Abby and Red are growing older, and decisions must be made about how best to look after them, and the fate of the house so lovingly built by Red's father. Brimming with the luminous insight, humor and compassion that are Anne Tyler's hallmarks, this capacious novel takes us across three generations of the Whitshanks, their shared stories and long-held secrets, all the unguarded and richly lived moments that combine to define who and what they are as a family.
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2015-02-10
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 368 pages Publisher: Knopf ISBN-10: 1101874279 ISBN-13: 9781101874271
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The Tutor by Andrea Chapin
The year is 1590, and Queen Elizabeth’s Spanish Armada victory has done nothing to quell her brutal persecution of the English Catholics. Katharine de L’Isle is living at Lufanwal Hall, the manor of her uncle, Sir Edward. Taught by her cherished uncle to read when a child, Katharine is now a thirty-one-year-old widow. She has resigned herself to a life of reading and keeping company with her cousins and their children. But all that changes whencherished unclc the family’s priest, who had been performing Catholic services in secret, is found murdered. Faced with threats of imprisonment and death, Sir Edward is forced to flee the country, leaving Katharine adrift in a household rife with turmoil. At this time of unrest, a new schoolmaster arrives from Stratford, a man named William Shakespeare. Coarse, quick-witted, and brazenly flirtatious, Shakespeare swiftly disrupts what fragile peace there is left at Lufanwal. Katharine is at first appalled by the boldness of this new tutor, but when she learns he is a poet, and one of talent, things between them begin to shift, and Katharine soon finds herself drawn into Shakespeare’s verse, and his life, in ways that will change her forever.
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2015-02-05
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placeGenres: Fiction, Historical Fiction Hardcover: 368 pages Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover ISBN-10: 1594632545 ISBN-13: 9781594632549
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It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario
Lynsey Addario was just finding her way as a young photographer when September 11 changed the world. One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, she gets the call to return and cover the American invasion. She makes a decision she would often find herself making --- not to stay home, not to lead a quiet or predictable life, but to set out across the world, face the chaos of crisis and make a name for herself. Addario finds in photography a way to travel with a purpose, and IT'S WHAT I DO is the story of that singular calling --- how it shapes and drives her life and how it changes the lives of others. She captures virtually every major theater of war of the twenty-first century and from it creates a historical document of truth on the international conflicts that have made, and remade, our world. She photographs the Afghan people before and after Taliban reign, the civilian casualties and misunderstood insurgents of the Iraq War, as well as the burned villages and the countless dead in Darfur. She exposes a culture of violence against women in the Congo and tells the riveting inside story of her headline-making kidnapping by pro-Qaddafi forces in the Libyan civil war. As a woman photojournalist determined to be taken as seriously as her male peers, Addario fights her way into a boys’ club of a profession. Rather than choose between her personal life and profession, Addario learns to strike a necessary balance. In the man who will become her husband, she finds at last a real love to complement her work, not take away from it, and as a new mother, she gains an all the more intensely personal understanding of the fragility of life. Watching uprisings unfold and people fight to the death for their freedom, Addario understands she is documenting not only news but also the fate of society. IT'S WHAT I DO is more than just a snapshot of life on the front lines; it is witness to the human cost of war.
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2015-02-05
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placeGenres: Memoir, Nonfiction, Photography Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The ISBN-10: 159420537X ISBN-13: 9781594205378
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We Are Pirates by Daniel Handler
A boat has gone missing. Goods have been stolen. There is blood in the water. It is the twenty-first century and a crew of pirates is terrorizing the San Francisco Bay. Phil is a husband, a father, a struggling radio producer, and the owner of a large condo with a view of the water. But he'd like to be a rebel and a fortune hunter. Gwen is his daughter. She's fourteen. She's a student, a swimmer, and a best friend. But she'd like to be an adventurer and an outlaw. Phil teams up with his young, attractive assistant. They head for the open road, attending a conference to seal a deal. Gwen teams up with a new, fierce friend and some restless souls. They head for the open sea, stealing a boat to hunt for treasure. Author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) gives us his long-awaited new novel for adult readers. WE ARE PIRATES is a novel about our desperate searches for happiness and freedom, about our wild journeys beyond the boundaries of our ordinary lives. Also, it's about a teenage girl who pulls together a ragtag crew to commit mayhem in the San Francisco Bay, while her hapless father tries to get her home.
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2015-02-03
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placeGenres: Fiction, Humor Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Bloomsbury USA ISBN-10: 1608196887 ISBN-13: 9781608196883
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The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that’s going stale and his wife Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start --- he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit --- a contrast that once inflamed their passion, but has now become a cliché. But their game turns a little darker when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she’s done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, “I’d like to help.” After all, some people are the kind worth killing, like a lying, stinking, cheating spouse... Back in Boston, Ted and Lily’s twisted bond grows stronger as they begin to plot Miranda's demise. But there are a few things about Lily’s past that she hasn’t shared with Ted, namely her experience in the art and craft of murder, a journey that began in her very precocious youth. Suddenly these co-conspirators are embroiled in a chilling game of cat-and-mouse, one they both cannot survive...with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.
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2015-02-03
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placeGenres: Ficton , Psychological Suspense, Suspense Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: William Morrow ISBN-10: 0062267523 ISBN-13: 9780062267528
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The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel
In a forest in Denmark, a ranger discovers the fresh corpse of an unidentified woman. A large scar on one side of her face should make the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missi to the media, an older woman phones to say that she recognizes the woman as Lisemette, a child she once cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. Lisemette, like the other children in the institution, was abandoned by her family and branded a "forgotten girl." But Louise soon discovers something. After four days, Louise Rick --- the new commander of the Missing Persons Department --- is still without answers. But when she releases a photomore disturbing: Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates over 30 years ago. As the investigation brings Louise closer to her childhood home, she uncovers more crimes that were committed --- and hidden --- in the forest, and finds a terrible link to her own past that has been carefully concealed.
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2015-02-03
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placeGenres: Fiction, Mystery, Supernatural Thriller Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Grand Central Publishing ISBN-10: 1455581526 ISBN-13: 9781455581528
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The Autumn Balloon by Kenny Porpora
Every autumn, Kenny Porpora would watch his heartbroken mother scribble messages on balloons and release them into the sky above Long Island, one for each family member they'd lost to addiction. As the number of balloons grew, his mother fell deeper into alcoholism, drinking away her sorrows every night in front of the television, where her love of Regis Philbin provided a respite from the sadness around her. When their house was foreclosed upon, Kenny's mother absconded with him and his beloved dog and fled for the Arizona desert, joining her heroin-addicted brother on a quixotic search for a better life. What followed was an outlaw adolescence spent in constant upheaval surrounded by bizarre characters and drug-addicted souls. In the wake of unspeakable loss, Kenny convinced a college to take a chance on him, and turned to the mentors, writers, and poets he found to rebuild the family he lost, and eventually graduated from the Ivy League with a new life. Porpora's memoir is the story of a deeply dysfunctional but loving family, and follows his life from the chaos of his youth to his triumphs in the Ivy League. At times darkly comic, at times elegiac, THE AUTUMN BALLOON is a beautifully written testament to the irreplaceable bonds of family, even under the most trying circumstances, and one that marks the debut of an exciting new writer.
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2015-02-03
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placeGenres: Family, Memoir, Nonfiction Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: Grand Central Publishing ISBN-10: 1455545163 ISBN-13: 9781455545162
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Bon Appetempt: A Coming-of-Age Story (with Recipes!) by Amelia Morris
When Amelia Morris saw a towering, beautiful chocolate cake in Bon Appétit and took the recipe home to recreate it for a Christmas day brunch she was hosting, it resulted in a terrible (but tasty) mess that had to be served in an oversize bowl. It was also a revelation. Both delicious and damaged, it seemed a physical metaphor for the many curious and unexpected situations she's found herself in throughout her life, from her brief career as a six-year-old wrestler to her Brady Bunch-style family (minus the housekeeper and the familial harmony) to her ill-fated twenty-something job at the School of Rock in Los Angeles. As a way to bring order to chaos and in search of a more meaningful lifestyle, she finds herself more and more at home in the kitchen, where she begins to learn that even if the results of her culinary efforts fall well short of the standard set by glossy food magazines, they can still bring satisfaction (and sustenance) to her and her family and friends. Full of hilarious observations about food, family, unemployment, romance, and the extremes of modern L.A., and featuring recipes as basic as Toasted Cheerios and as advanced as gâteau de crêpes, BON APPÉTEMPT is sure to resonate with anyone who has tried and failed, and been all the better for it.
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2015-02-03
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placeGenres: Cooking, Food, Memoir, Nonfiction : pages Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks ISBN-10: 1478958375 ISBN-13: 9781478958376
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Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
Set in 1960's London, FUNNY GIRL is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingénue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters. Insightful and humorous, Nick Hornby's latest does what he does best: endears us to a cast of characters who are funny if flawed, and forces us to examine ourselves in the process.
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2015-02-03
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 464 pages Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover ISBN-10: 1594205418 ISBN-13: 9781594205415
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Bella's Gift: How One Little Girl Transformed Our Family and Inspired a Nation by Rick Santorum, Karen Santorum, and Elizabeth Santorum
Rick and Karen Santorum share the inspiring story of life with their special-needs youngest child. On May 13, 2008, the Santorum family welcomed their seventh child into the world. Isabella Maria was born with a rare genetic condition called Trisomy 18, or Edward’s Syndrome. Only 10 percent of children with Trisomy 18 are born alive, and 90 percent of those children do not make it to their first birthday. Faced with these bleak statistics, doctors told the family to prepare for Bella’s death. Instead, they chose to celebrate her life. Over the next five miraculous years, the Santorum family adjusted to life with a special needs girl --- and watched her transform the lives of everyone around her. In many days of sickness and joy, she became an inspiration to her community and, ultimately, to the nation. BELLA'S GIFT details the peaks and valleys, the joys and sufferings, and the incredible value of life with a special needs child. In a world that often measures worth according to usefulness, Bella’s story is a reminder that our real value lies in our capacity to love.
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2015-02-10
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Living, Memoir, Nonfiction Hardcover: 272 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson ISBN-10: 0718021959 ISBN-13: 9780718021955
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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
An epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II, THE NIGHTINGALE is a profound and compelling portrait of two ordinary French women living in a city under siege and in a country at war, where surviving sometimes means doing the unthinkable.
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2015-02-03
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placeGenres: Fiction, Historical Fiction Hardcover: 448 pages Publisher: St. Martin's Press ISBN-10: 0312577222 ISBN-13: 9780312577223
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The Devil is Here in These Hills: West Virginia's Coal Miners and Their Battle for Freedom by James Green
From before the dawn of the 20th century until the arrival of the New Deal, one of the most protracted and deadly labor struggles in American history was waged in West Virginia. On one side were powerful corporations whose millions bought armed guards and political influence. On the other side were 50,000 mine workers, the nation’s largest labor union, and the legendary “miners’ angel,” Mother Jones. The fight for unionization and civil rights sparked a political crisis verging on civil war that stretched from the creeks and hollows to the courts and the US Senate. In THE DEVIL IS HERE IN THESE HILLS, celebrated labor historian James Green tells the story of West Virginia and coal like never before. The value of West Virginia’s coalfields had been known for decades, and after rail arrived in the 1870s, industrialists pushed fast into the wilderness, digging mines and building company towns where they wielded nearly complete control over everyday life. The state’s high-quality coal drove American expansion and industrialization, but for tens of thousands of laborers, including boys as young as ten, mining life showed the bitter irony of the state motto, “Mountaineers are Always Free.” Attempts to unionize were met with stiff resistance. Fundamental rights were bent, then broken, and the violence evolved from bloody skirmishes to open armed conflict, as an army of miners marched to an explosive showdown. Extensively researched and told in vibrant detail, THE DEVIL IS HERE IN THESE HILLS is the definitive book on an essential chapter in the history of American freedom.
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2015-02-03
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placeGenres: History, Nonfiction Hardcover: 448 pages Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press ISBN-10: 0802123317 ISBN-13: 9780802123312
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The Big Seven by Jim Harrison
Jim Harrison is one of our most renowned and popular authors, and his last novel, THE GREAT LEADER, was one of the most successful in a decorated career: it appeared on the New York Times extended bestseller list, and was a national bestseller with rapturous reviews. His darkly comic follow-up, THE BIG SEVEN, sends Detective Sunderson to confront his new neighbors, a gun-nut family who live outside the law in rural Michigan. Detective Sunderson has fled troubles on the home front and bought himself a hunting cabin in a remote area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. No sooner has he settled in than he realizes his new neighbors are creating even more havoc than the Great Leader did. A family of outlaws, armed to the teeth, the Ameses have local law enforcement too intimidated to take them on. Then Sunderson’s cleaning lady, a comely young Ames woman, is murdered, and black sheep brother Lemuel Ames seeks Sunderson’s advice on a crime novel he’s writing which may not be fiction. Sunderson must struggle with the evil within himself and the far greater, more expansive evil of his neighbor. In a story shot through with wit, bedlam, and Sunderson’s attempts to enumerate and master the seven deadly sins, THE BIG SEVEN is a superb reminder of why Jim Harrison is one of America’s most irrepressible writers.
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2015-02-03
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Grove Press ISBN-10: 0802123333 ISBN-13: 9780802123336
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The Beige Man by Helene Tursten
Göteborg, Sweden: A high-speed chase of a stolen BMW takes a chilling turn when the two police officers involved witness a gruesome hit-and-run. When they finally recover the abandoned vehicle, search dogs are unable to trace the thieves, but they do uncover an entirely different horror: the half-naked corpse of a young girl in a nearby root cellar. As Detective Inspector Irene Huss and her colleagues struggle to put the pieces together, they discover a disturbing connection. The man whose car was stolen—a retired officer from the force—is none other than the victim in the hit-and-run. Could it be a strange coincidence? Or is something larger at play? Meanwhile, the hunt for the girl's killer leads Irene into the dark world of sex trafficking. An international criminal has arrived in Göteborg, and he'll stop at nothing to expand his sinister operation.
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2015-02-03
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placeGenres: Crime Fiction, Fiction, Mystery Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Soho Crime ISBN-10: 1616954000 ISBN-13: 9781616954000
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Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Acquiring a Taste for True Intimacy by Donald Miller
New York Times bestselling memoirist Donald Miller takes readers on his yearlong journey to learn to abandon performance-based relationships and find real intimacy. When fling after fling led to a rich fantasy life, lots of drama, and a long series of heartaches, Donald Miller decided he’d had enough. There must be a better way to soothe loneliness without jumping on a roller coaster, to feel affirmation without putting on a show, to find true love. It wasn’t just about finding the right girl, though that helped. Once he found her, he had to know what to do --- or who to be. A manipulative control freak? A successful workaholic? His usual methods had drawbacks. But the alternatives were not just hard to do; they were hard to imagine. From the author of BLUE LIKE JAZZ comes a story about finding the keys to a healthy relationship and discovering they are also the keys to a healthy family, a healthy career, and a healthy mind. And it all feels like a conversation with the best kind of friend: smart, funny, true, important. SCARY CLOSE is Donald Miller at his best.
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2015-02-03
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Life, Memoir, Religion Hardcover: 256 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson ISBN-10: 078521318X ISBN-13: 9780785213185
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Jam! On the Vine by LaShonda Barnett
Ivoe Williams, the precocious daughter of a Muslim cook and a metalsmith from central-east Texas, first ignites her lifelong obsession with journalism when she steals a newspaper from her mother’s white employer. Living in the poor, segregated quarter of Little Tunis, Ivoe immerses herself in printed matter as an escape from her dour surroundings. She earns a scholarship to the prestigious Willetson College in Austin, only to return over-qualified to the menial labor offered by her hometown’s racially-biased employers. Ivoe eventually flees the Jim Crow South with her family and settles in Kansas City, where she and her former teacher and lover, Ona, found the first female-run African American newspaper, JAM! ON THE VINE. In the throes of the Red Summer --- the 1919 outbreak of lynchings and race riots across the Midwest --- Ivoe risks her freedom, and her life, to call attention to the atrocities of segregation in the American prison system. Skillfully interweaving Ivoe’s story with those of her family members, LaShonda Katrice Barnett’sJAM! ON THE VINE is both an epic vision of the hardships and injustices that defined an era and a moving and compelling story of a complicated history we only thought we knew.
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2015-02-03
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placeGenres: Historical Fiction Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Grove Press ISBN-10: 0802123341 ISBN-13: 9780802123343
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Before He Finds Her by Michael Kardos
Everyone in the quiet Jersey Shore town of Silver Bay knows the story: on a Sunday evening in September 1991, Ramsey Miller threw a blowout block party, then murdered his beautiful wife and three-year-old daughter. But everyone is wrong. The daughter got away. Now she is nearly eighteen and tired of living in secrecy. Under the name Melanie Denison, she has spent the last fifteen years in small-town West Virginia as part of the Witness Protection Program. She has never been allowed to travel, go to a school dance, or even have internet at home. Precautions must be taken at every turn, because Ramsey Miller was never caught and might still be looking for his daughter. Yet despite strict house rules, Melanie has entered into a relationship with a young teacher at the local high school and is now ten weeks pregnant. She doesn’t want her child to live in hiding as she has had to. Defying her guardians and taking matters into her own hands, Melanie returns to Silver Bay in hopes of doing what the authorities have failed to do: find her father before he finds her. Weaving in Ramsey’s story in the three days leading up to the brutal crime, BEFORE HE FINDS HER is a stirring novel about love and faith and fear --- and how the most important things can become terribly distorted when we cling to them too fiercely.
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2015-02-03
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: Mysterious Press ISBN-10: 0802123198 ISBN-13: 9780802123190
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The Three Sisters: A Whispers Story by Lisa Unger
The final e-novella in a thrilling mini-series about a psychic medium, from award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger. When Eloise’s granddaughter, 20-year-old Finley, comes to live with her, Eloise’s abilities start to change --- things seem to be getting easier. Her load is lighter, and rather than chasing down people she needs, they are coming to her. She teams up with detective Jones Cooper to help a desperate father bring his daughter’s killer to justice. Meanwhile, Finley, who is developing gifts of her own, has bigger problems than she’s willing to admit. Will Eloise help Finley and others see the difference between justice and revenge, or will things spiral out of control first? Returning to the psychological suspense that earned Lisa Unger such critical acclaim for BEAUTIFUL LIES and IN THE BLOOD, THE THREE SISTERS is the third and final part in a gripping series from “an accomplished pro” (Kirkus Reviews).
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2015-01-05
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placeGenres: Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller Ebook: 60 pages Publisher: Pocket Star ISBN-10: 1476797803 ISBN-13: 9781476797809
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Warriors: An Alex Hawke Novel by Ted Bell
If you are a fan of action/adventure novels, you simply must have Ted Bell’s books on your first-read list. Bell’s Alex Hawke has been called the heir to Ian Fleming’s James Bond. It is an appropriate observation, though Hawke is a bit more genteel and reserved than his iconic ancestor, so to speak. Hawke’s quiet confidence (it’s not bragging if it’s true), capable demeanor and access to gadgetry, 21st-century-style, make such comparisons doubly apt, and perhaps nowhere more so than in WARRIORS, the latest installment in the series and one of the best to date. Bell doesn’t do anything by halves. The reader isn’t a quarter of the way through WARRIORS before the world balance of power is quietly and secretly turned upside down; a leading world figure is the target of two assassination attempts; Hawke escapes from imprisonment at sea in an extremely dramatic fashion; and a commemorative ceremony in Washington, D.C. is interrupted in a way that is unforgettable. The individual directly or indirectly behind all of these events is General Sun-Yat Moon. The General and Hawke are mutually mortal enemies, and the General has a plan that, if successful, will enable him to take over the seat of government in China and from there transform his native country into the world’s sole superpower. "Bell’s pacing is exquisitely on the mark, so the pages simply fly by without sacrificing narrative force." Moon’s first step is to kidnap Bill Chase, a world-famous weapons scientist, a
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2015-01-27
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placeGenres: Adventure, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller Mass Market Paperback: 592 pages Publisher: Harper ISBN-10: 0062279394 ISBN-13: 9780062279392
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The Long Mars by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
While still exploring the infinite boundaries of Planet Earth by stepping through time, steppers Joshua Valiente, Sally Linsay and Lobsang are immersed in the overwhelming cleanup from the eruption of the Yellowstone Volcano five years earlier. It is now 2045, and Earth is rapidly deteriorating from the cataclysmic explosion that has devastated the western United States. The effect of the spreading volcanic ash cloud has decimated human life, crops, livestock, and any hope of restoring civilization to a significant portion of North America for decades or even centuries to come. Now there is evidence that the spreading destruction is beginning to affect the entire Northern Hemisphere, including Russia and Asia. Joshua and Sally join a search and rescue mission to find the last survivors as plans are made to abandon Datum America. Arrangements are being made to transport survivors to stepward colonies that date back to prehistoric times discovered after Willis Linsay invented the original Stepper device in THE LONG EARTH (2012), followed by THE LONG WAR (2013). This simple plaything forever changed the world 20 years earlier. "THE LONG MARS is a collaboration blending Pratchett’s whimsical, sentient beings made famous by his Discworld series and Baxter’s scientifically based sci-fi thrillers filled with technical details and the probabilities and possibilities of deep space exploration. " Sally reluctantly joins Linsay, her estranged father who not only claims to h
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2015-01-27
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placeGenres: Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages Publisher: Harper ISBN-10: 0062297309 ISBN-13: 9780062297303
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Power Play by Danielle Steel
In Northern California two successful CEOs are both indispensable to their growing companies’ futures. Both are brilliant at the power game. But the difference between them is huge. One is a man, the other a woman. In this riveting novel, Danielle Steel explores what that means as she takes readers into the rarefied world of those at the pinnacle of international business and reveals the irrevocable choices they make, what drives them, and how others perceive them. The heady drug of power impacts everything they do. Even though Harvard-educated Fiona Carson has proven herself under fire as CEO of National Technology Advancement, a multibillion-dollar high-tech company based in Palo Alto, California, she still has to meet the challenges of her world every day. Devoted single mother, world-class strategist, and tough negotiator, Fiona weighs every move she makes, and reserves any personal time for her children. Isolation and constant pressure are givens for her as a woman in a man’s world. Miles away in Marin County, Marshall Weston basks in the fruits of his achievements. At his side is his wife, Liz, the perfect corporate spouse, who has gladly sacrificed her own law career to raise their three children and support Marshall at every step. Smooth, shrewd, and irreproachable, Marshall is a model chief executive, and the power he wields only enhances his charisma and is his drug of choice. And to maintain his position, he harbors secrets that could destroy his life at an
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2015-01-27
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placeGenres: Fiction Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages Publisher: Dell ISBN-10: 0345530926 ISBN-13: 9780345530929
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Inside Man by Jeff Abbott
Whenever I settle down to read a Jeff Abbott thriller featuring ex-CIA agent Sam Capra, I prepare by fastening my seat belt and readying myself for an extremely fast-paced and exhilarating experience. I'm pleased to report that INSIDE MAN does not disappoint in that area. However, either due to Abbott's maturation as a thriller writer or Sam’s growing complexity as a character, I found INSIDE MAN to be the most layered and personal of any installment in the series. Sam works for an organization that plays under the radar of the U.S. and international governments known as the Round Table. They seek to do good around the world via the support of a wealthy few who remain anonymous.Sam works in the guise of a bar owner and often bounces among various bars located around the U.S. At his bar in Miami known as Stormy's, he maintains a close relationship with all the regulars and has made the establishment a welcome bastion of serenity for those who choose to come and spend a few hours there. "[E]ither due to Abbott's maturation as a thriller writer or Sam’s growing complexity as a character, I found INSIDE MAN to be the most layered and personal of any installment in the series. " During one day at Stormy's, a close friend of Sam's named Steve Robles pays him a visit. In addition to wanting to catch up with him, Steve brings an offer of employment. He works in private security and has an assignment that could use an inside man, which equates to someone entering a dange
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2015-01-27
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placeGenres: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages Publisher: Grand Central Publishing ISBN-10: 1455528447 ISBN-13: 9781455528448
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Death of a Policeman: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery by M. C. Beaton
M. C. Beaton has entertained readers for decades with her legendary sleuths. Agatha Raisin, the acerbic English amateur detective who does not suffer fools gladly, is perhaps her more well-known protagonist. However, my favorite is Highlander Police Constable Hamish Macbeth, whose flaming red hair and temperament to match once again has him short-listed for dismissal by his nemesis, Detective Inspector Blair. Especially now when budget cuts call for closing several outpost police stations. Hamish leads an enviable lifestyle. He lives in a croft house (a Scottish sheepherder’s cabin) in Lochdubh on the shores of the lake the town is named after, only a brisk walk from the sea. He would prefer to spend his days fishing and strolling through the heather with his dog Lugs and cat Sonsie (a wild cat he rescued as a kitten) rather than performing his law enforcement duties, but when called upon, he inevitably shows up his superiors. This has not pleased his corruptible higher-ups, a fact that puts him and his district at the top of the list for closure. "The joy of reading Beaton’s detective novels is that she cuts right to the chase. She doesn’t dawdle over long descriptive narratives to set the mood or overly describe the characters and their wardrobes. She has honed her descriptive skills to a brisk, fine point every bit as pithy as her characters." Inspector Blair has sent an undercover officer to Lochdubh to spy on Hamish and his assistant, the dutiful but lazy Di
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placeGenres: Fiction, Mystery Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Grand Central Publishing ISBN-10: 1455504742 ISBN-13: 9781455504749
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Day Zero by Marc Cameron
Special agent Jericho Quinn is a wanted man. Suspected of murder and marked for death by a network of conspirators embedded in the White House, Quinn knows he has to get out of the country --- fast --- before a team of contract killers find him and his daughter. To set things right at home, he'll have to take a nonstop flight from Anchorage, Alaska, to Vladivostok, Russia, aboard a massive Airbus A380. But soon after takeoff, it becomes apparent that Quinn and his daughter picked the wrong plane. First, a passenger is brutally murdered. Then, Quinn is mistaken as a terrorist by an off-duty Air Marshal. As panic spreads through the plane and pressure builds to the screaming point, the unthinkable happens. Someone triggers a bomb...
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2015-01-27
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placeGenres: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages Publisher: Pinnacle ISBN-10: 0786035277 ISBN-13: 9780786035274
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The Polaris Protocol: A Pike Logan Thriller by Brad Taylor
The Pike Logan novels have taken readers to a dizzying array of exotic and faraway locales throughout the course of the first four books in the series. THE POLARIS PROTOCOL, the fifth and latest installment, deviates from that formula just a bit. The majority of the action unfolds in North America, with the climax and denouement taking place in the United States. Author Brad Taylor does not eschew the exotic location element of the story, setting much of it within the dangerous confines of Ciudad Juarez, giving his readers a boots-on-the-ground view of the lawless streets of that particular city through the eyes of Logan and the off-the-books Grolier Recovery Services team. As fans have come to expect, the author tops himself yet again. "Taylor’s trademark action scenes and spycraft descriptions move the narrative along at breakneck speed, resulting in a rapidly moving page-turner of a book that no doubt will bring Taylor and his creations new fans while solidifying his reputation among those who have been along on this wild ride since the beginning." Taylor gets things rolling along twin tracks in very short order. After an introduction that hints at the terror to come, he puts the reader with the team in the middle of a mission in Turkmenistan, where the rules, such as they are, change on a whim. Grolier, ostensibly assisting a team examining a potential site for an archaeological dig, is involved in an opening gambit to track a wealthy Saudi, suspected of funding
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2015-01-06
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placeGenres: Adventure, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages Publisher: Signet Select ISBN-10: 0451467671 ISBN-13: 9780451467676
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River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz
A quintessential Jayne Ann Krentz romance --- the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of DREAM EYES and COPPER BEACH. Thirteen years ago, Lucy Sheridan was dragged out of a wild party by the older guy she had a crush on. Now, returning to Summer River in California’s wine country after her aunt’s fatal car accident, Lucy is learning there was more to the story than she realized. Mason Fletcher saved her from a very nasty crime that night --- and soon afterward, Tristan, the cold-blooded rich kid who’d targeted her, mysteriously disappeared… A lot has changed since that long-ago summer. Lucy is now a forensic genealogist, while Mason runs a successful security firm with his brother. And when he and Lucy make a shocking discovery inside her aunt’s house, and some of Tristan’s old friends start acting suspicious, Mason’s quietly fierce instincts kick into gear. He saved Lucy once, and he’ll save her again. But this time, she insists on playing a role in her own rescue.
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2015-01-06
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placeGenres: Fiction, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Thriller Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages Publisher: Jove ISBN-10: 0515155020 ISBN-13: 9780515155020
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Waiting for Wednesday: A Frieda Klein Mystery by Nicci French
Let me say at the outset that I will have some trouble articulating how impressive Nicci French becomes with each succeeding novel. “Nicci French,” the collective title of operation for the husband and wife author team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, demonstrated a canny talent from her literary start with a series of stand-alone works, but has taken things to an entirely new level with her Frieda Klein series, of which the newly published WAITING FOR WEDNESDAY is the third. Make no mistake: Klein is deeply disturbed, in no small part because of the physical and emotional trauma she has experienced over the course of the series. In fact, no one in her universe is quite right, from her friends --- particularly the bordering-on-irritating Josef --- to her enemies, both professional and personal. Dr. Hal Bradshaw could be the worst of them, perhaps in part because he and Klein are ostensibly on the same side, both being psychotherapists who are often brought in by law enforcement to consult in particularly difficult or heinous crimes. Bradshaw’s existence seems consumed by his desire to bring Klein down, and, as demonstrated early on, he seemingly will go to any means to do so. "French’s unflinching portrait of Klein is painful at times but very, very real, providing an interesting counterbalance to the Lennox murder mystery at the heart of the novel while delving into the secret lives that many keep hidden and occasionally come back to haunt, or worse." However,
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2015-01-27
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placeGenres: Fiction, Mystery, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Penguin Books ISBN-10: 0143127179 ISBN-13: 9780143127178
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The Son by Jo Nesbø
I will confess to erroneously setting myself up for some (mild to minimal) disappointment from Jo Nesbø’s new novel. I have been a rabid fan of his Harry Hole series since its initial out-of-sequence publication in the United States, and THE SON is a stand-alone work somewhat outside of the Hole universe. Well, I should have known better. Nesbø doesn’t just exceed the expectations that he always creates with the publication of his books; in the words of the immortal George Clinton, he tears the roof off the sucker. Once you read THE SON, you’ll never get it out of your head. "THE SON doesn’t just contain elements of such timeless classics as A TALE OF TWO CITIES and LES MISERABLES; it is, dare I say, worthy of standing with those books." The title character is Sonny Lofthus, who is possessed of a quiet charisma that is immediately evident to almost all he encounters. He is the son of a once highly respected Oslo law enforcement officer who committed suicide on the eve of the revelation of his corruption. The remaining family, consisting of Lofthus and his mother, fell apart, with the mother dying in a haze of alcohol and pills, and Lofthus easing his emotional turmoil with heroin. The focal point of a somewhat unique commerce, Lofthus is in prison after admitting to crimes he has not committed --- a practice he continues, even from his cell --- and, in return, is supplied with a never-ending flow of his drug of choice. He simultaneously functions as a father-confess
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2015-01-27
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placeGenres: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller Paperback: 512 pages Publisher: Vintage ISBN-10: 0345807243 ISBN-13: 9780345807243
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The Promise of Palm Grove: Amish Brides of Pinecraft, Book One by Shelley Shepard Gray
A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she’s pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty and choice in the face of love --- the first volume in the beloved New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series. Amish bride-to-be Leona is thrilled to be in Florida, on a mini-vacation in the pretty town of Pinecraft. Her girlfriends think she’s happy because she’s away from the stress of wedding planning. They have no idea that Leona’s real joy is in being away from her fiancé. Edmund is a good man, and will make a decent husband...just not for Leona. The more time she spends with him and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. Her cousins are sure Edmund is the right man for her --- and their certainty makes Leona begin to doubt herself. But when a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kauffman, Leona’s faced with two vastly different futures. Leona must decide: Does she follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?
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2015-01-27
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Romance Paperback: 288 pages Publisher: Avon Inspire ISBN-10: 006233770X ISBN-13: 9780062337702
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The Orphan Choir by Sophie Hannah
Sophie Hannah has established quite a reputation over the past several years as Britain's new queen of the psychological thriller. Blurbs by fellow authors like Tana French have endorsed this claim. Now, with the release of her first supernatural thriller, THE ORPHAN CHOIR, she is ready to take the United States by storm. Louise Beeston is haunted by music that only she can hear, sung by a choir only she can see. How this situation came about involves a slow-burning account so suspenseful and eerie that readers will feel that the story stepped right out of “The Twilight Zone.” Louise and her husband, Stuart, live in a modest neighborhood in the London suburbs. Their street is made up of mostly respectful neighbors who keep to themselves. Privately grieving over the fact that her only child, Joseph, is living away at a prep school causes Louise to have too much alone time, which leads to her mind wandering into dangerous areas. "THE ORPHAN CHOIR is never predictable and makes for some chilling late-night reading." She focuses her anguish on her neighbor --- a wild young man she has nicknamed Mr. Fahrenheit --- an allusion to the Queen song “Don't Stop Me Now” whereby Freddie Mercury refers to himself by that name. Mr. Fahrenheit enjoys the occasional house party and tends to turn his music up way too loud for Louise's liking. He even does this beyond the respectful time of 11pm, which has caused a feud between the two. Louise has reported her neighbor to the
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placeGenres: Fiction, Horror, Supernatural Thriller, Suspense, Thriller Paperback: 288 pages Publisher: Picador ISBN-10: 1250063752 ISBN-13: 9781250063755
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The Guts by Roddy Doyle
The Commitments are back, and they’re not doing so grand this time. Jimmy Rabbitte, the soul aficionado and spirited entrepreneur from Dublin’s Barrytown district that Roddy Doyle first introduced in THE COMMITMENTS in 1987, is 47 now. He has a wife, Aoife, and four kids; they’ve moved from Barrytown, settled in a lovely little neighborhood, and invested in a music promotion business together. Jimmy’s father, Jimmy Sr., puts the situation in perspective: “I noticed yeh grunted there when you were sittin’ down. An’ there’s a lot more of your forehead on view than there used to be. Happens to us all. It’s desperate. Men are hit particularly bad. So, but. It isn’t all bad, is what I’m tryin’ to say.” It’s not, except that Jimmy has bowel cancer, which, despite knowing better, he desperately fears is killing him, and he doesn’t know how to handle it. He doesn’t know who to tell, or how --- his father first, or his wife? He doesn’t know what having 80 percent of his intestinal tract removed will do to him. He doesn’t know what will happen to his family. And Jimmy is not alone --- Outspan, his Commitment compatriot, has cancer, too, and his is almost certainly terminal. "For Doyle, the slums of Dublin have long been a rich vein to mine, but it’s family and friendship, human tenderness and the power of music that are the truest trademark of his work. In THE GUTS, readers will find them all --- and just enough raucous rock and roll to ensure they’ll enjoy the show." Y
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placeGenres: Fiction, Humor Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Penguin Books ISBN-10: 0143126091 ISBN-13: 9780143126096
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The Grown Ups by Robin Antalek
From the author of THE SUMMER WE FELL APART, an evocative and emotionally resonant coming-of-age novel involving three friends that explores what it means to be happy, what it means to grow up, and how difficult it is to do both together. The summer he’s 15, Sam enjoys, for a few secret months, the unexpected attention of Suzie Epstein. For reasons Sam doesn’t entirely understand, he and Suzie keep their budding relationship hidden from their close knit group of friends. But as the summer ends, Sam’s world unexpectedly shatters twice: Suzie’s parents are moving to a new city to save their marriage, and his own mother has suddenly left the house, leaving Sam’s father alone to raise two sons. Watching as her parents’ marital troubles escalate, Suzie takes on the responsibility of raising her two younger brothers and plans an early escape to college and independence. Though she thinks of Sam, she deeply misses her closest friend Bella, but makes no attempt to reconnect, embarrassed by the destructive wake of her parents as they left the only place Suzie called home. Years later, a chance meeting with Sam’s older brother will reunite her with both Sam and Bella --- and force her to confront her past and her friends. After losing Suzie, Bella finds her first real love in Sam. But Sam’s inability to commit to her or even his own future eventually drives them apart. In contrast, Bella’s old friend Suzie --- and Sam’s older brother, Michael --- seem to have worked it all out
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placeGenres: Fiction Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks ISBN-10: 0062302477 ISBN-13: 9780062302472
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The Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer
Olen Steinhauer writes espionage novels that cause readers to fall in love with the genre all over again. He gives us extremely smart books, often based on recent real-world events, which are almost impossible to read without picturing the author winking and pulling back a curtain while saying, “Now...here is what really happened. For THE CAIRO AFFAIR, Steinhauer’s subject matter is the overthrow of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi and what occurred in the immediate aftermath of that event, along with the consequences --- intended and otherwise --- of ill-considered actions. THE CAIRO AFFAIR is both the title of Steinhauer’s latest work, a stand-alone novel, and a double entendre for much of what occurs within. One most immediately associates it with the revelations presented in Part I of the book, “A Disloyal Wife.” The spouse of the piece is Sophie Kohl, (disloyal) wife of Emmett, who is a mid-level diplomat at the American embassy in Hungary. The couple is having dinner in a favorite restaurant when Emmett confronts Sophie with the accusation that she had a tryst the year previously with Stan Bertolli, a second-generation CIA agent who is stationed in Cairo. Sophie admits the affair; a few minutes later, Emmett is assassinated in the middle of dinner. Bertolli is stunned yet pleased when Sophie flees Hungary to join him in Cairo, though her agenda is to determine why her husband was killed. "A CAIRO AFFAIR is dark, brilliant material from an author who, within a
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placeGenres: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller Paperback: 448 pages Publisher: Picador ISBN-10: 1250036151 ISBN-13: 9781250036155
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The Book of Jonah by Joshua Max Feldman
Reading Joshua Max Feldman’s enjoyable debut novel, THE BOOK OF JONAH, I must admit that I was somewhat flummoxed. The book is based on the biblical tale of Jonah, recognized by most as the story of a man who sought to flee from God and for that effort spent three days in the belly of a whale. On Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, the story of Jonah is read by the congregation. I know it well, perhaps too well. And I know Jonah’s sad fable for other reasons. Misadventures at sea are still blamed on a crew member who is labeled a “Jonah.” Debates over whether or not the Bible is to be read literally often ask if a fish could swallow a human and then spit that person out days later. When asked that question at the Scopes monkey trial, William Jennings Bryan replied, “I believe it, and I believe in a God who can make a whale and can make a man, and can make both do what He pleases.” "Joshua Max Feldman combines humor, tragedy and mystery in his entertaining and provocative view of post-9/11 America." I confess that I kept looking for the literal events recounted in the biblical version of the story to be presented in Feldman’s work. Certainly his main character, Jonah Daniel Jacobstein, appears to be the Jonah of biblical fame. But beyond that obvious “no-brainer,” I struggled to equate the balance of the biblical Jonah’s experience with that of Feldman’s Jonah, an up-and-coming New York corporate attorney. I hope that readers will understand that my i
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placeGenres: Fiction Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: Picador ISBN-10: 125006211X ISBN-13: 9781250062116
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Still Life by Christa Parrish
Ada escaped her family’s self-enclosed world to elope with a mysterious stranger. Five months later, she’s a widow in a strange new world. Ada was born into a fringe religious sect named for her father, The Prophet. But her lifelong habit of absolute obedience was shattered when she fled the family compound to elope with photographer Julian Goetz. Katherine Walker’s marriage was a sham. She and Will rarely spoke without yelling --- and never touched. Her affair brings her both escape and guilt. When a tragic plane crash takes Julian from Ada and exacerbates Katherine’s sense of shame, both women become desperately unsure of where they belong in the world --- until the devotion of an artistic young boy conspires to bring them together. From award-winning novelist Christa Parrish, STILL LIFE is a cunningly complex work that captures themes of abusive religion, supernatural love, and merciful escape. It will resonate with anyone who has ever felt called to a drastic change --- or tried to hear the small whisper of God’s voice.
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson ISBN-10: 1401689035 ISBN-13: 9781401689032
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Romance Is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last by Patience Bloom
Like most people, I very much enjoy having my narrow view of life confirmed in writing by persons older and more successful than myself. Thus it was a delight to read Patience Bloom’s recent book, ROMANCE IS MY DAY JOB. Mrs. Bloom has been a fiction editor at the esteemed publishing house Harlequin for many years, and has used the experience gathered in that time to write an extended meditation on romance and reading. Her general conclusion is that romantic love as represented in popular fiction and romantic love as experienced in real life are two quite different things --- the former being glittering, passionate and highly sexed; the latter being tedious, painful and, all things considered, a great waste of everyone’s time. Thank heavens that someone has finally worked this out and committed such revelatory ideas to print. "Ultimately, Patience’s heroism lies in her extraordinary optimism about the male sex despite the abundance of evidence she encounters to the contrary." Sorry, did I type Mrs. Bloom a moment ago? It seems I’ve given the game away; yes, even Patience gets hitched in the end. I’d amend my earlier “spoiler,” but then the attentive reader will notice from the book’s subtitle, as well as from the fact that the narrator’s last name in her memories of early life, “Smith,” is suspiciously different from the name under which she publishes, that matrimony is very much where this particular story is headed. So what happened to love in real life being a
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placeGenres: Memoir, Nonfiction Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Plume ISBN-10: 0142181390 ISBN-13: 9780142181393
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Ripper by Isabel Allende
As Isabel Allende explains in a letter included in the advance readers' copy of RIPPER, the novel started as sort of a dare. When, after Allende announced that she was retiring from writing literary and historical fiction, her agent challenged her to co-write a crime novel with her husband, William C. Gordon (the author of a series of noir mysteries featuring a San Francisco newspaper reporter). When it quickly became clear that the couple "would end up killing each other" during such a joint writing project, Allende decided to pursue the concept of a murder mystery on her own. The result is somewhat of a departure for the writer best known for multigenerational sagas like THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS and historical dramas like INES OF MY SOUL, but continues to employ Allende's broad scope and fearless exploration of passion in many forms. "Capably translated from the Spanish by Ollie Brock and Frank Wynne, RIPPER is simultaneously a suspenseful murder mystery and a loving study of an eccentric cast of San Francisco characters and the city they call home." At the center of RIPPER is Indiana Jackson, a vivacious, voluptuous massage therapist and Reiki practitioner, living in San Francisco. Indiana is romantically involved with Alan Keller, a member of one of San Francisco's elite families. He showers Indiana with luxuries and exotic trips (not to mention plenty of attention in the bedroom), but secretly he's in a financial tailspin. Waiting in the wings is Indiana's good
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placeGenres: Fiction, Mystery Paperback: 512 pages Publisher: Harper Perennial ISBN-10: 0062291424 ISBN-13: 9780062291424
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Queen of the Dark Things by C. Robert Cargill
DREAMS AND SHADOWS was a great mix of magic, fairies and monsters. Everywhere I looked, its sequel, QUEEN OF THE DARK THINGS, was listed as a book to watch for. I was already there; I was waiting for this one and wasn’t disappointed at all. There are still monsters, fairies and fallen angels to get excited about, but more importantly, there’s more about this strange magical world that exists in Austin, Texas. Colby Stevens has put six months of distance between himself and the night he lost his best friend, Ewan. He may have banished creatures of a magical realm known as the Limestone Kingdom and banned others from entering Austin ever again, but he hasn’t helped himself at all. Nothing he does makes him feel any better about the actions he took that night. So when a woman approaches him asking for his help in getting rid of a spirit that is trying to take her kids, he hesitates. Colby, not wanting to get involved, yet not willing to let children die either, goes after the spirit, vanquishing her. While he hopes to keep it quiet, he knows it won’t stay that way. "QUEEN OF THE DARK THINGS is a great follow-up to DREAMS AND SHADOWS. I was eagerly awaiting more of this world, and C. Robert Cargill doesn’t disappoint at all. Austin is still a weird place, and now it’s an even darker one. It’s gritty and full of despair but great for dark fantasy." One thing Colby had going for him before was that no one in the magical realm truly knew who he was. However, after takin
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placeGenres: Fantasy, Fiction Paperback: 448 pages Publisher: Harper Voyager ISBN-10: 0062190466 ISBN-13: 9780062190468
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My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead
In his 2007 book, THE TOP TEN, critic J. Peder Zane collected lists of the favorite books of 125 contemporary writers. The 10th most popular choice was George Eliot’s MIDDLEMARCH, ranking only behind HAMLET in the category of British works. New Yorker writer Rebecca Mead wasn’t a contributor to Zane’s compilation, but based on her consistently engaging MY LIFE IN MIDDLEMARCH, a multifaceted tour of this magisterial work, there’s little doubt what novel would top her list. Mead’s book is kin to recent works like William Deresiewicz’s A JANE AUSTEN EDUCATION and Laura Miller’s THE MAGICIAN’S BOOK, an appreciation of C.S. Lewis’s CHRONICLES OF NARNIA. Like a skilled chef preparing a sumptuous stew, Mead has hit upon just the right mix of ingredients --- biography, literary criticism and memoir --- to give the resulting product wide appeal. With Deresiewicz and Miller, she shares a talent for unaffected prose that’s never about displaying her erudition, while communicating an informed passion for her subject. Early in the book, Mead makes a statement that sets the tone for all that follows: “There are books that seem to comprehend us just as much as we understand them, or even more. There are books that grow with the reader as the reader grows, like a graft to a tree.” Encountering MIDDLEMARCH for the first time as an intellectually restless 17-year-old in a nondescript coastal town in southwest England, she “couldn’t believe how relevant and urgent it felt.” "So luc
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placeGenres: Memoir, Nonfiction Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Broadway Books ISBN-10: 030798477X ISBN-13: 9780307984777
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Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker
In the tiny town of Titan Falls, New Hampshire, the paper mill dictates a quiet, steady rhythm of life. But one day a tragic bus accident sets two families on a course toward destruction, irrevocably altering the lives of everyone in their wake. June McAllister is the wife of the local mill owner and undisputed first lady in town. But the Snow family, a group of itinerant ne'er-do-wells who live on a decrepit and cursed property, have brought her --- and the town --- nothing but grief. June will do anything to cover up a dark secret she discovers after the crash, one that threatens to upend her picture-perfect life, even if it means driving the Snow family out of town. But she has never gone up against a force as fierce as the young Mercy Snow. Mercy is determined to protect her rebellious brother, whom the town blames for the accident, despite his innocence. And she has a secret of her own. When an old skeleton is discovered not far from the crash, it beckons Mercy to solve a mystery buried deep within the town's past.
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placeGenres: Fiction Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: Grand Central Publishing ISBN-10: 1455512753 ISBN-13: 9781455512751
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March: Book Two Written by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin and Drawn by Nate Powell
The award-winning, best-selling series returns, as John Lewis' story continues through Freedom Rides and the legendary 1963 March on Washington!
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placeGenres: Comic Book, Graphic Novel, Historical , Nonfiction Paperback: 160 pages Publisher: Top Shelf Productions ISBN-10: 1603094008 ISBN-13: 9781603094009
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Lydia's Party by Margaret Hawkins
It's the day of Lydia's big winter party for her closest female friends. The tradition was started 19 years ago, and it's usually a highlight for Lydia --- a warm spot in frigid January, filled with feasting and confessing. This year, however, Lydia is having a challenging time even preparing for the gathering. She has missed giving the party a few times over the years, and now cannot help reflecting that this is her 13th Bleak Midwinter Bash. It feels like an unlucky number. As Lydia stands before the mirror, trying to decide what she should wear, she meditates on aging. The years have caught up to her, sharply accelerated recently. These physical changes have caught her by surprise since somehow she had once believed she was immune to "this precipitous downward slide." Lydia is also remembering that, not so long ago, she had been contemplating how she should spend the final third of her life. She had been saving money for the goal of a comfortable old age. Now, however, thanks to the news that she has end-stage pancreatic cancer, she's been spending her money like crazy. "Plot is one of the great strengths of the book, beyond the expert characterization of these women. The story takes several entirely unpredictable and yet satisfying turns." She has yet to tell her friends about her diagnosis but plans to make an announcement at the party. Figuring out how to go about telling them is emotionally draining, on top of her pervasive physical weakness. She also w
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placeGenres: Fiction Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Penguin Books ISBN-10: 0143126113 ISBN-13: 9780143126119
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Loved Back to Life: How I Found the Courage to Live Free by Sheila Walsh
Join Sheila Walsh on her journey from despair to joy Beautiful and talented, Sheila Walsh was at the pinnacle of her career, appearing daily on television as co-host of "The 700 Club." One day she found herself walking away from it all and checking in to a psychiatric hospital, where she stayed for a month. From the outside everything seemed fine, but on the inside Sheila was in trouble. In her journal she wrote, “Lord, please hold me. I’m falling into a dark well. I feel as if I am disappearing a little more every day. I am so angry inside that I am afraid of myself. I feel so alone.” How did this happen? What brought her to her knees? LOVED BACK TO LIFE takes readers on Sheila’s journey of the soul from hopelessness to joy as she finds that although the road was scary, at every turn God beckoned her to follow and trust Him. And He did not let her down.
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placeGenres: Christian, Memoir, Nonfiction Paperback: 240 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson ISBN-10: 0718021878 ISBN-13: 9780718021870
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Glorious War: The Civil War Adventures of George Armstrong Custer by Thom Hatch
The Battle of the Little Bighorn, otherwise known as Custer’s Last Stand, was the 19th-century equivalent of September 11, 2001. While news traveled at a far slower pace in 1876, details of the defeat of General George Armstrong Custer and the death of more than 200 troopers of his 7th Calvary after the June 25th battle shocked the nation. America celebrated its centennial on July 4, 1876, and the news of Custer’s death brought cries for retribution against the Indian nations responsible for the defeat. Custer became a hero, mourned by a country unaccustomed to such a staggering debacle. Fueled by the efforts of his widow, Custer became a revered and beloved figure in American history. Errol Flynn portrayed him as a dashing and honorable soldier in They Died With Their Boots On, a movie notable for its historical inaccuracies. More recently, Custer has been portrayed in movies and books as a reckless, glory-seeking, stubborn man who disobeyed numerous orders and fell victim to his own ego. "Thom Hatch fairly recounts the military success of the young Custer who turned the tide at the Battle of Gettysburg and greatly influenced the outcome of the Civil War, and offers new and important insights into Custer’s military accomplishments." The real Custer probably falls somewhere between fool and brilliant tactician. His military career, while ending in ignominious defeat, began in the Civil War where the youngest general in the Union Army established himself as an ext
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placeGenres: Biography, History, Nonfiction Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin ISBN-10: 1250061547 ISBN-13: 9781250061546
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Cop Town by Karin Slaughter
When one sees the name “Karin Slaughter” on the spine of a book, one expects a story and characters with an unvarnished worldview. This expectation is built upon 14 years worth of police procedurals set in Slaughter’s Georgia and presented in the Grant County and Will Trent/Atlanta novels, which have converged over time and resulted in an enviable and compelling canon that exceeds its own standards with each new installment. However, Slaughter enters new and even darker territory with COP TOWN, her most memorable work to date. COP TOWN is a first for Slaughter in the sense that it is a historical thriller, by the generally accepted definition of that term, and is also her first stand-alone work. The title refers to Atlanta in the mid-1970s, as referenced early on in the story by a character in the book. Atlanta is roiling with racial tension, still coming to extremely rough terms with the civil unrest of the previous decade, and this is reflected especially in its police department, which is under attack from within and without. An extremely uneasy de facto segregation exists within the department, the presence of a black police chief notwithstanding, and his policies, coming from a background outside of law enforcement, only make an intolerable situation worse. The department is further torn asunder by the presence of its female officers, who are treated as separate and much less than equal by their male counterparts and whose second-class status is aggravated by division
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placeGenres: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller Paperback: 464 pages Publisher: Dell ISBN-10: 0345547500 ISBN-13: 9780345547507
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Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell
Baz Luhrmann’s THE GREAT GATSBY adaptation was a movie filled with extremes, musically and visually speaking, but it showed one important thing --- that F. Scott Fitzgerald’s fable of excess and its “That’s what you get” endgame is just the kind of story that the 99 percent need to revel in these days. And now, to look at where this tale and all its relevant elements gestate, Sarah Churchwell has written CARELESS PEOPLE: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby. Taking the book and the life it explores as the starting point, we get a multi-tasking historical tome, looking at the Fitzgeralds and the specifics of their timeline, their surrounding social scene, the temperament of the world’s powers, and a scandalous murder committed in New Brunswick, NJ, that gave Fitzgerald his jumping-off point for the story. As the murder investigation gripped the nation, literary fervor reached Fitzgerald, in a haze of booze and the upside-down world he and Zelda inhabited. This event, happening close to his alma mater Princeton, gave him the right shape for his story of American excess and the tale of the Flapper Age. "CARELESS PEOPLE is a highly recommended read for all. A thriller that combines history and fantasy is a rare and beautiful thing, and this book is just that." Of course, Churchwell is a professor of literature at the University of East Anglia and approaches her research from the point of view of a literary historian. She undoes a lot of the popular m
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placeGenres: History, Literature, Nonfiction Paperback: 432 pages Publisher: Penguin Books ISBN-10: 0143126253 ISBN-13: 9780143126256
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Call Me Burroughs: A Life by Barry Miles
I met William Burroughs. I was working on Laurie Anderson’s concert film, Home of the Brave --- and someone had to drive the venerable Beat genius home after he completed his short stint as a performer in the movie. The segment was “Language is a Virus,” a song Anderson wrote specifically for Burroughs using his own words to express her strange and compelling thoughts about communication. So I drove a quiet, old and stoned William Burroughs back into the city from our set in Union City, New Jersey. I can say, without further ado, that there was a certain gravity in the atmosphere surrounding the writer. But if you hadn’t known who he was before you met him, you never would’ve believed that the life recounted in CALL ME BURROUGHS by Barry Miles had been lived by this unassuming old man in the immeasurably old-fashioned suit, carrying a cane to steady his aging self. He earned that unsteadiness in adventures beyond those most of us will ever experience in our lifetimes. And Miles catches it all for you in his big, beautiful black and white tome. "...a fully-realized history of a great American literary figure, one for whom scandal was a comfortable bedfellow and to whom words were the greatest balm ever created." There’s NAKED LUNCH. There’s the Beat poets. There’s Africa and Mexico and the time at Harvard. The end years in Lawrence, Kansas. The Cronenberg movie made from his most famous novel. There are the cut-ups and Joan and the arrow and relationships with Luc
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placeGenres: Biography, Nonfiction Paperback: 736 pages Publisher: Twelve ISBN-10: 1455511935 ISBN-13: 9781455511938
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A Man of His Own by Susan Wilson
Rick Stanton was a promising professional baseball player with dreams of playing in the major leagues and starting a family with his young wife, Francesca, when World War II changed everything. Rick returns from the war with his body broken and his dreams shattered. But it was not just body and spirit he sacrificed for the war. He and Francesca volunteered their beloved dog, Pax, for the Army’s K-9 Corp, not knowing if they’d ever see him again. Keller Nicholson is the soldier who fought the war with Pax by his side, and the two have the kind of profound bond that can only be forged in war. Pax is the closest Keller has to a sense of family, and he can’t bear the thought of returning him to the Stantons. But Rick and Francesca refuse to give him up. Instead, an arrangement is made: Keller will work as Rick’s live-in aide. And thus an unlikely family is formed, with steadfast Pax at the center. As they try to build a new life out of the ashes, Keller and Francesca struggle to ignore their growing attraction to each other, and Rick, believing that he can no longer give Francesca what she needs and wants, quietly plans a way out. All three of them need healing. All three of them are lost. And in Susan Wilson's A MAN OF HIS OWN, Pax, with his unconditional love and unwavering loyalty, may be the only one who can guide them home.
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placeGenres: Fiction Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin ISBN-10: 1250054486 ISBN-13: 9781250054487
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A Deadly Business: A Mia Quinn Mystery by Lis Wiehl with April Henry
Mia Quinn is back --- and better than ever --- in her second mystery, A DEADLY BUSINESS, by Lis Wiehl and April Henry. In the first book, A MATTER OF TRUST, readers were introduced to Mia Quinn, whose husband died in a car accident seven months earlier, leaving her to raise their two children on her own. His death also left her a huge mound of debt she knew nothing about that she now has to repay, causing her to return to the workforce as a Seattle prosecutor of violent crimes. A DEADLY BUSINESS begins with an intense courtroom scene where Mia is attacked by a criminal she is prosecuting, leaving her shocked and shaken. This scene has nothing to do with the plot, but gives readers an immediate foretaste of the excitement to come. "Fast-paced and riveting, A DEADLY BUSINESS contains everything you’d expect from a legal thriller. Wiehl is a master storyteller, and her expertise as a trial lawyer and legal analyst only adds to the overall excellence of the novel." The actual story centers on two separate cases. The first has to do with three teenage boys who drop a shopping cart off a bridge that ends up putting a woman in a coma. Mia is faced with the daunting task of deciding if the boys should be charged as adults. There is a good argument for both sides, and her decision could affect the reelection of her boss and friend, Frank D’Amato, as District Attorney, which ultimately could cost Mia her job. But she is determined not to let that sway her, and sets out
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Mystery Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson ISBN-10: 1595549072 ISBN-13: 9781595549075
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The Chimp and the River by David Quammen
The true origin of HIV/AIDS, from the New York Times best-selling science writer David Quammen. The real story of AIDS—how it originated with a virus in a chimpanzee, jumped to one human, and then infected more than 60 million people—is very different from what most of us think we know. Recent research has revealed dark surprises and yielded a radically new scenario of how AIDS began and spread. First recounted in Spillover, which Walter Isaacson called “a frightening and fascinating masterpiece,” The Chimp and the River is the true account of how an unnoticed chimpanzee infection became a human plague. With a new introduction by the author, David Quammen’s hair-raising report tracks the virus from chimp populations in the jungles of southeastern Cameroon to laboratories across the globe, as he unravels the mysteries of when, where, and under what circumstances such a consequential “spillover” can happen. An audacious search for answers amid more than a century of data, The Chimp and the River tells the haunting tale of one of the most devastating pandemics of our time.
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placeGenres: History, Human Rights, Medicine, Nonfiction, Science Paperback: 144 pages Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company ISBN-10: 0393350843 ISBN-13: 9780393350845
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The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland
Lena sits all day with a headset on, transcribing tapes and phoned-in news from reporters calling into New York’s premier newspaper, the Record. After years at this job, Lena’s body has begun to involuntarily shun the equipment, starting an inevitable rejection of the constant infusion of thoughts and words fed to her by a steady stream of stories flowing into the Recording Room, where she alone sits with the Dictaphone and the foot pedal. "THE TRANSCRIPTIONIST is an insightful novel that reads like a true account, leaving one with the disturbing notion of having been a fly on the wall in a secret room." One day during her commute, Lena meets Arlene, a blind court reporter --- another woman with a job of recording the words of others. They have a brief encounter, speak a few sentences and continue on their own paths. But those paths have now crossed. Shortly thereafter, Lena sees the story of a blind woman mauled to death by lions after apparently climbing into their enclosure at the city zoo. From the picture accompanying the story, she recognizes the victim as the woman she had spoken with on the bus. Against her conscious will, she becomes obsessed with Arlene. She can’t stop thinking about her and realizes she must find out who she was. Not just her name, but the person behind the name, the things she cared about, the reasons behind her actions --- what made her tick, so to speak. As Lena embarks on her quest to learn everything she can about the dead woman,
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placeGenres: Fiction Paperback: 272 pages Publisher: Algonquin Books ISBN-10: 1616204508 ISBN-13: 9781616204501
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The Pleasure of His Company: A Journey to Intimate Friendship With God by Dutch Sheets
Experience God's Presence in a Whole New Way There's just something about people who are close to God. Through the ups and downs of life, they remain secure, hopeful. If you want a more rewarding spiritual life, if you want the pleasure of knowing your Creator's heart, this soul-lifting book is for you. Learn from Dutch Sheets as he shares his life lessons for cultivating an intimate relationship with God. Each of the 30 short chapters reveals a simple practice or biblical mindset that will help draw you away from the noise of life and into the Lord's peaceful presence. With profound insights from the Bible and stories you won't soon forget, THE PLEASURE OF HIS COMPANY is like a spiritual mentor, showing you simple ways to enjoy God more. This powerful book can also be enjoyed as a daily devotional.
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Life, Nonfiction, Spiritual Growth Paperback: 272 pages Publisher: Bethany House Publishers ISBN-10: 0764213334 ISBN-13: 9780764213335
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The Land of Steady Habits by Ted Thompson
Anders Hill, entering his early 60s and seemingly ensconced in the "land of steady habits" --- a nickname for the affluent, morally strict hamlets of Connecticut that dot his commuter rail line --- abandons his career and family for a new condo and a new life. Stripped of the comforts of his previous identity, Anders turns up at a holiday party full of his ex-wife's friends and is surprised to find that the very world he rejected may be one he needs. Thus Anders embarks on a clumsy, hilarious and heartbreaking journey to reconcile his past with his present. Like the early work of John Updike, Ted Thompson's first novel finely observes a man in deep conflict with his community. With compassion for its characters and fresh insight into the American tradition of the "suburban narrative," THE LAND OF STEADY HABITS introduces an auspicious talent.
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placeGenres: Fiction Paperback: 288 pages Publisher: Back Bay Books ISBN-10: 0316186570 ISBN-13: 9780316186575
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The Days of Anna Madrigal by Armistead Maupin
Suspenseful, comic and profoundly moving, the latest novel in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series follows one of modern literature's most beloved and indelible characters --- Anna Madrigal, the transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane --- as she embarks on a road trip that will take her deep into her complicated past. Now 92, and committed to the notion of "leaving like a lady," Mrs. Madrigal has seemingly found peace with her "logical family" in San Francisco: her devoted young caretaker, Jake Greenleaf; her former tenant Brian Hawkins and his daughter, Shawna; and Michael Tolliver and Mary Ann Singleton, who have known and loved Anna for nearly four decades. Some members of Anna's family are bound for the otherworldly landscape of Burning Man, the art community in Nevada's Black Rock Desert where sixty thousand revelers gather to construct a city designed to last only one week. Anna herself has another Nevada destination in mind: a lonely stretch of road outside of Winnemucca where the 16-year-old boy she once was ran away from the whorehouse he called home. With Brian and his beat-up RV, she journeys into the dusty, troubled heart of her Depression-era childhood to unearth a lifetime of secrets and dreams, and to attend to unfinished business she has long avoided. The ninth and final novel in Armistead Maupin's classic Tales of the City series, THE DAYS OF ANNA MADRIGAL is the triumphant resolution to a saga of urban family life that has enchanted and enlig
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placeGenres: Fiction Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Harper Perennial ISBN-10: 0062196278 ISBN-13: 9780062196279
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That Old Black Magic: A Piper Donovan Mystery by Mary Jane Clark
After her last adventure in Sarasota, FL, where she was poisoned and temporarily paralyzed, baker and actress Piper Donovan is looking forward to a working vacation in the city of New Orleans. This latest episode finds her in the Big Easy shortly before the start of the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a colorful and festive affair. She is scheduled to work with the great Bertrand Olivier, co-owner and chef baker of the renowned Boulangerie Bertrand, a grand and well-known bakery in the French Quarter. She is looking forward to learning from him, as well as sharing her ideas for a couple’s wedding cake. "If you’re a fan of the series, you should definitely read this latest entry. If you’re not, you would probably still enjoy the book as a stand-alone, but it would be more enjoyable if you read at least one or two of the previous installments before digging into this tasty treat." But Piper’s supposedly restful week in the Big Easy turns into a nerve-wracking time shortly after her arrival. Even though she came to New Orleans to work in the bakery, while there she gets an opportunity to audition for, and be in, an upcoming feature film. Then, as if that’s not exciting enough, a killer starts a murder spree. The first victim is the owner of a deli just down the street from the bakery. The next victim is Bertrand himself. The MO for the murders are completely different, but both crime scenes are marked with magical symbols (a whip for the first murder and
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placeGenres: Fiction, Mystery Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks ISBN-10: 0062135481 ISBN-13: 9780062135483
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She's Leaving Home by William Shaw
The generally accepted definition of “historical fiction” of any genre includes the provision that the work is set in a time period at least 25 years prior to the novel’s publication. It is difficult for those of a certain age who remember specific events in the remote past to classify them as “historical.” So it is with SHE’S LEAVING HOME, a remarkable debut mystery by William Shaw set in 1968 London, which at the time was an influential hotbed of cultural change. The Beatles were the major reason for this; as one might expect from the title of this exquisitely layered mystery, the band exerts a subtle role in the proceedings without making a direct appearance in them (other than for one very brief moment). The primary mover in SHE’S LEAVING HOME is Detective Sergeant Cathal “Paddy” Breen, who is off of his feed for a number of reasons. Still reeling from the death of his invalid father, who had raised him from his early childhood, Breen finds himself newly and overly sensitive to some of the less appetizing aspects of criminal investigation. He is not particularly well liked by his colleagues to begin with; his latest offense --- deserting a fellow officer who came under attack in the midst of a shop burglary --- makes things even worse. "Shaw is highly respected as a commentator on popular culture, but one hopes from the depth of SHE’S LEAVING HOME that his foray into the mystery genre is not a solitary one. Breen is a complicated character, and further explorati
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placeGenres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller, Suspense, Thriller Paperback: 448 pages Publisher: Mulholland Books ISBN-10: 0316246859 ISBN-13: 9780316246859
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Roosevelt's Beast by Louis Bayard
With his booming voice, larger-than-life personality, famous spectacles and toothy grin, Theodore Roosevelt is a well-known and easily identifiable iconic figure. Born and raised in New York to a family of wealth and means, the extremely outgoing and popular “Teddy” Roosevelt is most famous for his time as the 26th President of the United States. Roosevelt also served as Vice President, Governor of New York State, and NYC Police Commissioner --- a role that was fictionally depicted in Caleb Carr's THE ALIENIST. His popularity has led to numerous fictional recreations, including a character from the beloved play Arsenic and Old Lace who is convinced he is Teddy Roosevelt. Born with severe asthma, Roosevelt decided at an early age to lead an exuberant life of adventure to overcome his physical and medical issues. To see a picture of him immediately calls to mind his famous harkening call of “Bully!” Author Louis Bayard knows a little something about iconic characters. Among his prior novels are fictional tales involving Charles Dickens's beloved character of Tiny Tim Cratchit as well as the famous writer/poet Edgar Allan Poe. In his latest novel, ROOSEVELT'S BEAST, he takes on a fictional retelling of the Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition that sought to map out Brazil via the Rio da Dúvida, or the River of Doubt. "Bayard keeps the pace brisk and never lets the overwhelming visage of Teddy Roosevelt get in the way of the story. This terrific historical thriller
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2015-01-20
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placeGenres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller, Suspense, Thriller Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin ISBN-10: 1250053110 ISBN-13: 9781250053114
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Romancing Your Better Half: Keeping Intimacy Alive in Your Marriage by Rick Johnson
Expert advice to keep the fire burning in your marriage If you've been married more than a few years, you probably know how it goes. You start out in the throes of passionate romance only to have the fire cool over the years --- especially when kids come along or life gets too busy. But keeping the romance alive is easier than most people think. Now the author of BECOMING YOUR SPOUSE'S BETTER HALF shares the secrets of pursuing romance that won't quit. With wit and wisdom, Rick Johnson shows you how to communicate effectively with your spouse, recapture the feeling of young love, incorporate romance and intimacy into everyday life, understand each other's unique sexual needs, and more. The useful insights and solid advice in this practical book will strengthen your marriage now and into the future.
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2015-01-20
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placeGenres: Christian, Love & Marriage, Nonfiction Paperback: 208 pages Publisher: Revell ISBN-10: 0800722345 ISBN-13: 9780800722340
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Perdita by Hilary Scharper
Marged Brice is 134 years old. She'd be ready to go, if it wasn't for Perdita . . . The Georgian Bay lighthouse's single eye keeps watch over storm and calm, and Marged grew up in its shadow, learning the language of the wind and the trees. There's blustery beauty there, where sea and sky incite each other to mischief... or worse... Garth Hellyer of the Longevity Project doesn't believe Marged was a girl coming of age in the 1890s, but reading her diaries in the same wild and unpredictable location where she wrote them might be enough to cast doubt on his common sense. Everyone knows about death. It's life that's much more mysterious…
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2015-01-20
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placeGenres: Fiction Paperback: 448 pages Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark ISBN-10: 1492602442 ISBN-13: 9781492602446
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Out of the Woods: A Memoir of Wayfinding by Lynn Darling
In this honest and moving memoir, long-widowed Lynn Darling confides the drastic move she took to reinvent herself once Zoe, her daughter, moved away to college. Suddenly feeling completely at a loss and directionless, she found herself wondering: Who was she, if not a mother? Where should she go from this point? Lynn (I feel like I know her well enough to be on a first-name basis with her now) decides she needs a whole new life. She leaves her comfortable apartment in the middle of bustling New York City to move to her summer home deep in the woods of Vermont. The house is, to put it kindly, "quirky." Previous owners renovated some of it, but it still has stairs and doorways leading nowhere. A rat's nest of electrical wire hooked to ancient solar panels feels like an insurmountable problem. Lynn doesn't understand how the solar gadgets work; when local workmen explain the maintenance and the limitations of the system ("Don't use the clothes dryer, let the sun do that job. Don't run any appliances late in the afternoon…"), she is overwhelmed. The house presents other challenges as well, such as how to warm it as winter comes on, how to keep the mice out of the living space, and on and on. "OUT OF THE WOODS is a fantastic and uplifting read --- so thoroughly satisfying that I can see hanging on to this book and reading it again every few years." However, the biggest challenge, at least at first, is isolation. Lynn both longs for the solitude in which she hopes to
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2015-01-20
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placeGenres: Memoir, Nonfiction Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Harper Perennial ISBN-10: 0061710237 ISBN-13: 9780061710230
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Kinder Than Solitude by Yiyun Li
I like to think that my friends and acquaintances are incapable of extreme acts of violence or aggression, but who can say whether extraordinary circumstances could push an otherwise gentle person to unconscionable behavior? Many in the West have the luxury of maintaining only a peripheral attachment to politics. We may have strongly held beliefs, but we’re not threatened with acts of reprisal equal to those endured by citizens who live under totalitarian regimes. We don’t know how we would react in that environment, or how life in a constant state of repression would affect our psyches. One of the most significant events of 1989, a watershed year in world politics, was the Tiananmen Square massacre, in which the Chinese military killed thousands of protesters. This slaughter forms the backdrop of KINDER THAN SOLITUDE, Yiyun Li’s bleak but fascinating new novel. Some of the atrocities depicted here had worldwide ramifications, others affect only a group of neighbors who live together in a Beijing quadrangle, but all of these events are the more devastating for having been presented in a quiet, meditative novel. "KINDER THAN SOLITUDE is a grim novel, but it’s a mesmerizing experience for fans of elegant writing." The book jumps back and forth in time between 1989, when the three protagonists were teenagers, and modern-day scenes in China and America, in which the main characters, still scarred from childhood experiences, are struggling to manage their troubled liv
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2015-01-20
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placeGenres: Fiction Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks ISBN-10: 0812980166 ISBN-13: 9780812980165
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Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn by Hugo Pratt
Corto Maltese set the standard for all adult adventure comics in Europe. By the mid-1970s, Corto was the continent's most popular series and Hugo Pratt the world's leading graphic novelist. Hugo Pratt's peripatetic sailor was featured in a series of twenty-nine stories. The adventures of this modern Ulysses are set during the first thirty years of the 20th Century in such exotic locales as Pratt's native Venice, the steppes of Manchuria, the Caribbean islands, the Danakil deserts, the Amazon forests, and the waves of the Pacific. EuroComics is working closely with Patrizia Zanotti, Pratt's long-time collaborator, to present the complete Corto Maltese in a series of twelve quality trade paperbacks in Pratt's original oversized B&W format.
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2015-01-20
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placeGenres: Comic Book, Graphic Novel Paperback: 140 pages Publisher: IDW Publishing ISBN-10: 1631400657 ISBN-13: 9781631400650
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City of Darkness and Light: A Molly Murphy Mystery by Rhys Bowen
Even though Molly Sullivan, formerly Molly Murphy, isn't solving the mysteries she so loves to untangle, she's happy and content. After all, marriage to Daniel Sullivan, a New York City police captain, and caring for their baby, Liam, keep her busy these days. Still, a girl can't help wishing for a little excitement now and again. Unfortunately, that excitement comes in the form of an explosion that destroys the Sullivan homestead and endangers the lives of Daniel, Molly and Liam. Discovered to be a retaliatory strike made by the Cosa Nostra, the Italian mafia, against Daniel for a recent arrest, the explosion has devastating consequences. Realizing that it could be the first of many attempts from the mafia to get even with the police, Daniel makes the decision to send Molly and Liam far from home to protect those he holds most dear. "In spite of the severity of Molly's situation, it's a fun romp that allows her to cross paths with several famous names from the art world during that period of time." Fortunately for Molly, she's been invited to join her dear friends Sid and Gus in Paris where they've temporarily relocated to further Gus's fledgling art career. However, when she arrives in Paris after a long, arduous journey on the high seas, Sid and Gus are nowhere to be found. At first, Molly is only mildly concerned, but as the days pass, she becomes alarmed, knowing that Sid and Gus wouldn't have abandoned her and Liam in a city with which she's unfamiliar. Whe
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2015-01-20
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placeGenres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Minotaur Books ISBN-10: 1250051606 ISBN-13: 9781250051608
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Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun
Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows. Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy mind before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world. Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her. He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness. Chase and his buddy Jordan are devising a scheme to live off their drug-store lootings; Lila is a high school student wandering the streets in an owl mask, no longer safe with her insomniac parents; Felicia abandons the sanctuary of a sleep research center to try to protect her family and perhaps reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend. All around, sleep has become an infinitely precious commodity. Money can’t buy it, no drug can touch it, and there are those who would kill to have it. However, Biggs persists in his quest for Carolyn, finding a resolve and inner strength that he never knew he had. Kenneth Calhoun has written a brilliantly realized and utterly riveting depiction of a world gripped by madness, one that is vivid, strange and profoundly moving.
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2015-01-20
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placeGenres: Dystopian, Fiction Paperback: 288 pages Publisher: Hogarth ISBN-10: 0804137161 ISBN-13: 9780804137164
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All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood by Jennifer Senior
Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. But almost none have thought to ask: What are the effects of children on their parents? In ALL JOY AND NO FUN, award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior analyzes the many ways children reshape their parents' lives, whether it's their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self. She argues that changes in the last half century have radically altered the roles of today's mothers and fathers, making their mandates at once more complex and far less clear. Recruiting from a wide variety of sources --- in history, sociology, economics, psychology, philosophy, and anthropology --- she dissects both the timeless strains of parenting and the ones that are brand new, and then brings her research to life in the homes of ordinary parents around the country. The result is an unforgettable series of family portraits, starting with parents of young children and progressing in later chapters to parents of teens. Through lively and accessible storytelling, Senior follows these mothers and fathers as they wrestle with some of parenthood's deepest vexations --- and luxuriate in some of its finest rewards. Meticulously researched yet imbued with emotional intelligence, ALL JOY AND NO FUN makes us reconsider some of our culture's most basic beliefs about parenthood, all while illuminating the profound ways children deepen and add purpose to our lives. By f
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2015-01-20
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placeGenres: Nonfiction, Parenting, Sociology Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Ecco ISBN-10: 0062072242 ISBN-13: 9780062072245
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All In: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life by Mark Batterson
The Gospel costs nothing. You can’t earn it or buy it. It can only be received as a free gift which is compliments of God’s grace. It doesn’t cost anything, but it demands everything. It demands that we go “all in,” putting all that we have into God’s hands. And that’s where we get stuck --- in spiritual no man's land. We’re afraid that if we go all in that we might miss out on what this life has to offer. It’s not true. The only thing you’ll miss out on is everything God has to offer. And the good news is this: if you don't hold out on God, God won't hold out on you. Readers will find Mark Batterson’s writing filled with his customary vivid, contemporary illustrations as well as biblical characters like Shamgar and Elisha and Jonathan and...Judas. No one has ever sacrificed anything for God. If you always get back more than you gave up, have you sacrificed anything at all? The eternal reward always outweighs the temporal sacrifice. At the end of the day, our greatest regret will be whatever we didn’t give back to God. What we didn’t push back across the table to Him. Eternity will reveal that holding out is losing out. The message of ALL IN is simple: If Jesus is not Lord of all, then Jesus is not Lord at all. It’s all or nothing. It’s now or never. Kneeling at the foot of the cross of Christ and surrendering to His Lordship is a radical act of dethroning yourself and enthroning Christ as King. It’s also an act of disowning yourself. Nothing belongs to you. Not eve
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2015-01-20
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Living, Nonfiction, Spiritual Growth Paperback: 192 pages Publisher: Zondervan ISBN-10: 0310341825 ISBN-13: 9780310341826
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Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books by Wendy Lesser
“Wendy Lesser’s extraordinary alertness, intelligence, and curiosity have made her one of America’s most significant cultural critics,” writes Stephen Greenblatt. In WHY I READ, she draws on a lifetime of pleasure reading and decades of editing to describe a life lived in and through literature. As Lesser examines work from such perspectives as “Character and Plot,” “Novelty,” “Grandeur and Intimacy” and “Authority,” the reader will discover a definition of literature that is as broad as it is broad-minded. In addition to novels and stories, Lesser explores plays, poems and essays, along with mysteries, science fiction and memoirs. Her passion for reading is infectious --- and it resonates on every page. Iconoclastic, conversational and full of insight, WHY I READ will delight avid readers as well as neophytes in search of sheer literary fun.
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2015-01-13
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placeGenres: Literary Criticism, Nonfiction Paperback: 240 pages Publisher: Picador ISBN-10: 1250062098 ISBN-13: 9781250062093
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Where Monsters Dwell by Jørgen Brekke
Everything about WHERE MONSTERS DWELL is terrific except for the title. Don’t let that turn you off. I initially thought that this outstanding debut by Norwegian author Jørgen Brekke was a study of the monster comic books of the late 1950s, many of which bore names similar to that of his frequently awarded work. Well, contraire, mon frere; this is a fine murder mystery that spans two continents and 500 years without breaking a sweat. Books and matters literary are at the heart of WHERE MONSTERS DWELL, though one does not have to be a bibliophile to enjoy or appreciate this work, which seamlessly incorporates the modern and the ancient. The primary focus is on the present. Two very similar murders occur within a month of each other. One is in Richmond, Virginia, at the Edgar Allan Poe Museum; the other takes place in Trondheim, Norway, in a library archive room filled with rare books. Naturally, police investigating the crimes in the separate jurisdictions are each unaware of the other murder. "...a fine murder mystery that spans two continents and 500 years without breaking a sweat." In Norway, the investigation is being handled by Odd Singsaker, who is just back on the job after having a brain tumor removed. Singsaker is experiencing mild postoperative memory problems, and is somewhat fragile emotionally as the result of his wife leaving him in the middle of his medical emergency. Felicia Stone is the police officer tasked with investigating the Richmond side of
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2015-01-13
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placeGenres: Fiction, Mystery Paperback: 368 pages Publisher: Minotaur Books ISBN-10: 125006080X ISBN-13: 9781250060808
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Unremarried Widow: A Memoir by Artis Henderson
“As long as I could remember, I wanted to be a writer.” Artis Henderson has found her voice. Her story will speak to all widows, interweaving her own experience with that of all women who lose their men, most especially those whose loss occurs in the youthful stage of life and love. Henderson was a bit of a feminist and a freewheeler who took a junket to Paris while in college, trying to find her link to the Lost Generation and all that implied. But when she found a man, he was cut from different cloth. Kind, caring --- but conservative --- and a soldier, Miles was the man she didn’t know she needed, and began following him from camp to camp as a girlfriend and then a wife. It wasn’t always an easy existence; the pay was low and the conditions restrictive, but they were young and in love. When Miles was deployed to Iraq, she had no way of knowing that he would not come back, the only clue being a prescient dream he had had, that his helicopter would go down and he would float above it, watching it burn. It was a freak accident in which Miles and his fellow pilot were lost. "Henderson makes no attempt to ennoble herself in her grief, but her account is honest and modest, offering no magic panacea for her ailment. Because of that, UNREMARRIED WIDOW is heroic in its own quiet way." In military terminology, Henderson became “an unremarried widow” in her mid-20s. The bulk of her memoir tells of coping with the “stunned sorrow” that hit her when she learned of Mile
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2015-01-13
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placeGenres: Memoir, Nonfiction Paperback: 272 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster ISBN-10: 1451649290 ISBN-13: 9781451649291
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Unlucky 13 by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
If you’ve been reading the Women’s Murder Club series, you already are aware that authors James Patterson and Maxine Paetro jam enough action and plots into each volume to fill two books. UNLUCKY 13, the latest installment in the series, is slightly different; there is enough going on here to fill three novels, with maybe a bit left over. The book begins with mixed blessings. Detective Lindsay Boxer is happy with her personal life, which includes her husband and infant daughter, but her professional life features a grisly murder case that has just been handed to her. A killer is sabotaging the main offering of a popular Bay Area hamburger chain. His first two victims are crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, happily eating their lunch, when the hamburgers they have just eaten explode. Chaos ensues, as one can well imagine. Boxer’s friend, Dr. Claire Washburn, San Francisco’s medical examiner, puts Boxer and partner Richie Conklin on the right track as to the cause of the explosion, while good old-fashioned police work traces the food back to the retail source. That is only part of the equation, however. Boxer needs to discover who is doing it and how. The killer begins making multiple demands for ransom, effectively holding the entire city --- or at least the portion that eats hamburgers --- hostage. "UNLUCKY 13 moves the reader right along, with Patterson and Paetro keeping the proceedings engrossed and enthralled with situations that more often than are not ripped from
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placeGenres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller Paperback: 416 pages Publisher: Grand Central Publishing ISBN-10: 1455516007 ISBN-13: 9781455516001
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The Housemaid's Daughter by Barbara Mutch
The recent passing of Nelson Mandela has gotten a lot of people thinking and talking about South Africa and its history of racial apartheid, which Mandela did so much to help eradicate. Few of us, though, really know or understand the personal history of South Africans who lived under this horrifically damaging set of policies. Barbara Mutch's THE HOUSEMAID'S DAUGHTER changes all that, as she illustrates the conflicts and contradictions of apartheid through the story of one particular family. The novel opens near the beginning of World War II, as young Ada and her mother, who are black, are employed in the household of a white couple known only to Ada as Master and Madam. Master and Madam have two children: Rosemary, a willful and spoiled girl who largely ignores Ada, and Phil, who becomes Ada's special friend despite negative pressures both within and outside the family, particularly after he returns home from fighting in the war. Shell-shocked and withdrawn, Phil responds only to Ada's care for him, but in the end, Ada's friendship may not be enough to save Phil. "Mutch's novel is a brisk reminder of just how far South Africa has come --- and how fast things deteriorated there in the years before Mandela came to prominence." Ada also has a special relationship with Madam. Madam (whose given name is Cathleen) emigrated from Ireland to South Africa as a young woman in order to marry her husband, Edward. Ada comes to know something of Madam's inner life by reading
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2015-01-13
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placeGenres: Fiction, Historical Fiction Paperback: 416 pages Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin ISBN-10: 125005446X ISBN-13: 9781250054463
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The Exiles Return by Elisabeth de Waal
One of the best memoirs I’ve read in recent years is THE HARE WITH AMBER EYES, Edmund de Waal’s masterly account of his forebears, the Ephrussis, a prosperous Jewish banking family that settled in Vienna in the mid-19th century. This novel, THE EXILES RETURN, is by his grandmother Elisabeth; he found the typescript among her papers in 2005. She had tried and failed to get it published and died in 1991 believing, as Edmund reports in his Foreword, that it was “a book that no one will read.” I trust that Elisabeth is smiling in her grave. It was published in the UK in 2013, the 75th anniversary of the Anschluss (Hitler’s 1938 takeover of Austria). I want to give a shout-out to its British publishers, a marvelous small press called Persephone that, in their words, “reprints neglected fiction and non-fiction by mid-twentieth-century (mostly women) writers.” In this case they celebrated not a reprise but a debut. Edmund de Waal calls the novel “profoundly autobiographical. Born into a privileged family, Elisabeth achieved intellectual stature in her own right, studying philosophy, law and economics at the university and writing poetry (she corresponded with Rilke, no less). After the Anschluss, though she had already left Vienna, she returned to save her parents; she went back again after the war to try to get restitution for their shattered lives and looted property. She knew intimately what it was like to confront a ravaged homeland. The first half of THE EXILES RETURN
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2015-01-13
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placeGenres: Fiction, Historical Fiction Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Picador ISBN-10: 1250063744 ISBN-13: 9781250063748
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The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World by Greg Grandin
From the acclaimed author of FORDLANDIA, the story of a remarkable slave rebellion that illuminates America’s struggle with slavery and freedom during the Age of Revolution and beyond. One morning in 1805, off a remote island in the South Pacific, Captain Amasa Delano, a New England seal hunter, climbed aboard a distressed Spanish ship carrying scores of West Africans he thought were slaves. They weren’t. Having earlier seized control of the vessel and slaughtered most of the crew, they were staging an elaborate ruse, acting as if they were humble servants. When Delano, an idealistic, anti-slavery republican, finally realized the deception, he responded with explosive violence. Drawing on research on four continents, THE EMPIRE OF NECESSITY explores the multiple forces that culminated in this extraordinary event --- an event that already inspired Herman Melville’s masterpiece Benito Cereno. Now historian Greg Grandin, with the gripping storytelling that was praised in Fordlandia, uses the dramatic happenings of that day to map a new transnational history of slavery in the Americas, capturing the clash of peoples, economies, and faiths that was the New World in the early 1800s.
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2015-01-13
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placeGenres: History, Nonfiction Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: Picador ISBN-10: 1250062101 ISBN-13: 9781250062109
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Red 1-2-3 by John Katzenbach
I will read anything that John Katzenbach writes. His novels are reliably smart and intriguing, featuring characters who are off-kilter in various ways --- some in a subtle manner, others not so much --- presented in a cinematic narrative that yanks the reader in from the first page. Katzenbach’s latest offering may be his most irresistible to date. RED 1-2-3 presents a somewhat unique antagonist, an everyman of sorts who is nondescript in every way except for two: he is, or was, a thriller novelist of somewhat modest renown, and he is a killer. He has neither written a book nor murdered anyone for several years, but is about to make up for lost time in the small New England town where he has been quietly residing with his unsuspecting wife as they both make the transition from late middle age to seasoned citizen. Calling himself the “Big Bad Wolf,” or “BBW,” the author has sent anonymous letters to three women advising each of them that he is about to kill them. The only thing that the ladies have in common, other than the untoward attention of the BBW, is the red color of their hair. They are otherwise quite different from one another. "This is indeed an edge-of-your-seat thriller, in many ways one of Katzenbach’s best works to date. You will want to clear the deck in order to read it in one sitting." The first is a physician, divorced and comfortably single in her 50s. The second is widowed and in her mid-30s, a former teacher whose life was devastated by a su
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2015-01-13
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placeGenres: Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Mysterious Press ISBN-10: 0802122981 ISBN-13: 9780802122988
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From the Dead: A Tom Thorne Novel by Mark Billingham
If you’re expecting FROM THE DEAD to be the sequel to 2013’s THE DYING HOURS, please be advised that it isn’t. Originally published in 2010 in the UK, FROM THE DEAD is only now officially seeing the light of day in the US. We’ll find out what happens with Tom Thorne in June 2014 when THE BONES BENEATH is published. In the meantime, this ninth installment of the series chronicles the approach of yet another set of professional and personal crossroads in Thorne’s life. The majority of the book concerns a puzzling case with ties to Thorne’s past and present. Thorne, who is still a detective inspector with London’s Metro Police, is contacted by Anna Carpenter, a rookie private investigator. Carpenter, who is in the employ of an extremely dodgy agency (think Saul Goodman’s law offices, without the charm, ethics and professional skills), has secretly taken on a client of her own, Donna Langford, who is no stranger to Thorne. Approximately 10 years before, Donna was tried and convicted of the murder-for-hire of Alan, her gangster husband. Thorne was the investigating officer in charge of the case from the beginning, when the body’s charred remains were discovered in a burned-out car, to the point that Donna was frog-marched out of court and into jail, based on her own admission. "Taken as a whole, this better-late-than-never publication of FROM THE DEAD not only acts as a historical document in all things Thorne, but also shortens the wait for the next current installment
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2015-01-13
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placeGenres: Fiction, Mystery Paperback: 416 pages Publisher: Grove Press ISBN-10: 0802122914 ISBN-13: 9780802122919
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Divine Applause: Secrets and Rewards of Walking with an Invisible God by Jeff Anderson
How do we have a relationship with a God we can’t see? There must be more to the Christian life than silence, and more to God than a vacant stare. DIVINE APPLAUSE weaves together biblical insights and personal stories that illustrate the surprising ways God connects with us. Let Jeff Anderson show you how to use your spiritual senses to experience God. Sense God’s personal attention in unmistakable ways. Cultivate a constant awareness of God’s presence. Enjoy the reward of secrets between you and God. Take risks to break out of a status-quo life and connect more directly with God. Discover the intensity of God’s interest in you. You don’t have to settle for a distant walk with God. He wants you to know that He notices --- and that He delights in you.
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Life, Nonfiction, Spiritual Growth Paperback: 224 pages Publisher: Multnomah Books ISBN-10: 1601425309 ISBN-13: 9781601425300
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Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty
Yvonne Carmichael, a renowned geneticist, public authority, and happily married mother of two, sits in the witness box. The charge is murder. Across the courtroom, not meeting her eye, sits her alleged accomplice. He wears the beautiful pin-striped suit he wore on their first meeting in the Houses of Parliament, when he put his hand on her elbow and guided her to a deserted chapel, where she began to undress. As the barrister’s voice grows low and sinuous, Yvonne realizes she’s lost herself and the life she’d built so carefully to a man who never existed at all. After their first liaison, Yvonne’s lover tells her very little about himself, but she comes to suspect his secrecy has an explanation connected with the British government. So thrilled and absorbed is she in her newfound sexual power that she fails to notice the real danger about to blindside her from a seemingly innocuous angle. Then, reeling from an act of violence, Yvonne discovers that her desire for justice and revenge has already been compromised. Everything hinges on one night in a dark little alley called Apple Tree Yard. Suspenseful, erotically charged and masterfully paced, Louise Doughty’s APPLE TREE YARD is an intelligent psychological thriller about desire and its consequences by a writer of phenomenal gifts.
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2015-01-13
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placeGenres: Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Picador ISBN-10: 1250062039 ISBN-13: 9781250062031
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A Thing of Beauty by Lisa Samson
It’s a wonder to behold what happens when love moves in... Former child star Fiona Hume deserted the movie biz a decade ago --- right after she left rehab. She landed in Baltimore, bought a dilapidated old mansion downtown, and hatched dreams of restoring it into a masterpiece, complete with a studio for herself. She would disappear from public view and live an artist’s life. That was the plan. Ten years later, Fiona’s huge house is filled with junk purchased at thrift stores, haggled over at yard sales, or picked up from the side of the road. Each piece was destined for an art project...but all she’s got so far is a piece of twine with some antique buttons threaded down its length. She’s 32 years old and still recognizable, but Fiona’s money has finally run out. She’s gotten pretty desperate, too, and in her desperation she’s willing to do almost anything for money. Almost. So it is that she comes to rent out the maid’s quarters to a local blacksmith named Josia Yeu. Josia is everything Fiona isn’t: gregarious, peaceful, in control without controlling...in short, happy. As the light from the maid’s quarters begins to permeate the dank rooms of Fiona’s world, something else begins to transform as well --- something inside Fiona. Something even she can see is beautiful.
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2015-01-13
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Romance Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson ISBN-10: 1595545476 ISBN-13: 9781595545473
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Wrongful Death by Lynda La Plante
London’s Detective Chief Inspector Anna Travis must decide where her loyalties lie, duty to the job or personal ambition, in this masterful tale of suspense from the award-winning, international bestselling author of the Prime Suspect series --- one of today’s finest crime writers, alongside such talents as Sophie Hannah, Ruth Rendell, Kate Atkinson and Ian Rankin. Six months ago, London nightclub owner Josh Reynolds was found dead. Ruled a suicide, the police investigation was closed. Then a young man, awaiting trial for armed robbery, tells his guards that Reynolds was murdered, and that he has information to share. DCI Anna Travis is scheduled to leave for training at Quantico, as part of an exchange between the Met and the FBI. But before she can leave, she’s got to review the case thanks to her boss, DCS James Langton. Joining her team is senior FBI agent and crime scene expert Jessie Dewar. The American’s brash manner quickly ruffles feathers throughout the Met, and what should have been a simple matter of tying up loose ends becomes a political powder keg when the competence of the original investigation team is challenged. Suddenly, Anna is faced with a dangerous choice. Will she close ranks to protect her people, or push to find the truth no matter what the consequences?
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2015-01-06
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placeGenres: Fiction, Mystery Paperback: 512 pages Publisher: Bourbon Street Books ISBN-10: 0062355937 ISBN-13: 9780062355935
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The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh
"That Cheri Stoddard was found at all was the thing that set people on edge, even more so than the condition of her body." Seventeen-year-old Lucy Dane lives with her father in the tiny Ozark Mountain town of Henbane, where her friend, Cheri, has been murdered and dismembered. When Cheri's body parts are found stuffed into the hollow of a tree across from Lucy's uncle's general store, it’s the first domino falling in a sequence of events linking the present to the past with a chain composed of the blackest secrets and lies. Cheri's memory haunts Lucy. Although the two drifted apart when they entered high school, Cheri had once spent considerable amounts of time at Lucy's house. People described her as "slow," but Lucy hadn't noticed any difference until she ended up in special education classes around fourth grade. Even as a child, Lucy was appalled that Cheri's mother neglected her, not even checking up on her when Lucy hid her in the closet in order to let her stay overnight. A year before this story begins, Lucy noticed that Cheri quit showing up for the school bus. When she walked through the woods to Cheri's trailer to ask about her, no one answered the door. When the county officials checked, Cheri's mother said her daughter ran away. Even as people searched for Cheri, Lucy didn't believe she had voluntarily taken off, but no one listened to her fears. "It's difficult not to glory in author Laura McHugh's lyrical phrasing...while almost simultaneously shudd
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placeGenres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Spiegel & Grau ISBN-10: 0812985338 ISBN-13: 9780812985337
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The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones
From 19th-century Hungary to present-day Wales, a malevolent and mysterious creature has stalked one family, torturing and murdering them to appease its cruel whims and twisted desires. In THE STRING DIARIES by Stephen Lloyd Jones, Hannah Wilde decides to end generations of fear and loss by finally confronting the force that has cost her and her family so much, hoping to save her young daughter from suffering the same fate. "A supernatural thriller whose antagonist shares characteristics with literary vampires, shape-shifters and love-mad killers, THE STRING DIARIES is a strange and compelling story with a haunting premise and an increasingly frantic pace." In 1893 Hungary, a boy named Lukács is coming of age in the way of his people, the legendary hosszú élet. They are a culture whose long lives and strange powers of healing and transformation defy explanation and make ordinary humans nervous. But Lukács does not have all the powers that are expected of him, and he is coldly rejected by a young woman at the first ball where he is meant to secure a future mate. Instead of trying again, Lukács rejects the customs of the hosszú élet and finds companionship with two opium addicts, one of whom, Krisztina, he develops feelings for. Later, Lukács transforms himself into the image of another man and rapes Krisztina, leaving the man whose shape he assumed to hang for the crime. Lukács brings shame to his family and to his people. After his father fails to bring him in to ta
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placeGenres: Fiction, Horror, Suspense, Thriller Paperback: 448 pages Publisher: Mulholland Books ISBN-10: 0316254452 ISBN-13: 9780316254458
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The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson
As our nation marks the bicentennial of the passage of the Civil Rights Act, it is still difficult for Americans to come to grips with our continuing deep division across racial lines. Even the election of our first African-American President has not brought the races together. Indeed, many rightly believe that Barack Obama’s tenure has only served to polarize race relations to a greater degree than when he took the oath of office. Deborah Johnson’s THE SECRET OF MAGIC, a novel set in the Jim Crow South in the days after World War II, reminds readers of the struggle for racial equality and the frustrations that many Americans felt in seeking to understand the mindset of the old confederacy battling against the modern movement for racial equality. "THE SECRET OF MAGIC is an absorbing and often moving story. At first blush, many of the characters seem stereotypical, but there remains something haunting and provocative about Johnson’s novel." In the days immediately following the conclusion of World War II, Joe Howard Wilson, a decorated hero of the European theater, is returning home to his family in Revere, Mississippi. As the segregated bus in which he is traveling home passes through Alabama, Howard has the audacity to refuse to surrender his seat to a Nazi POW. As the bus nears the Mississippi border, a group of hooded men remove Wilson from the vehicle. Two weeks later, the war hero’s body is found floating in a river. The coroner rules the death an accident.
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placeGenres: Fiction, Historical Fiction Paperback: 416 pages Publisher: Berkley Trade ISBN-10: 0425272788 ISBN-13: 9780425272787
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The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe by David I. Kertzer
From National Book Award finalist David I. Kertzer comes the gripping story of Pope Pius XI’s secret relations with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. This groundbreaking work, based on seven years of research in the Vatican and Fascist archives, including reports from Mussolini’s spies inside the highest levels of the Church, will forever change our understanding of the Vatican’s role in the rise of Fascism in Europe. THE POPE AND MUSSOLINI tells the story of two men who came to power in 1922, and together changed the course of 20th-century history. In most respects, they could not have been more different. One was scholarly and devout, the other thuggish and profane. Yet Pius XI and “Il Duce” had many things in common. They shared a distrust of democracy and a visceral hatred of Communism. Both were prone to sudden fits of temper and were fiercely protective of the prerogatives of their office. (“We have many interests to protect,” the Pope declared, soon after Mussolini seized control of the government in 1922.) Each relied on the other to consolidate his power and achieve his political goals. In a challenge to the conventional history of this period, in which a heroic Church does battle with the Fascist regime, Kertzer shows how Pius XI played a crucial role in making Mussolini’s dictatorship possible and keeping him in power. In exchange for Vatican support, Mussolini restored many of the privileges the Church had lost and gave in to the pope’s demands that the p
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placeGenres: History, Nonfiction Paperback: 592 pages Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks ISBN-10: 081298367X ISBN-13: 9780812983678
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The Pearl that Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi
Nadia Hashimi has a unique investment in THE PEARL THAT BROKE ITS SHELL, more than an author normally would when writing a first novel. Though she was born and raised in the United States --- living most of her childhood and early adulthood in New York and New Jersey --- her parents are first-generation immigrants, having left their home in Afghanistan to come to America in the 1970s. The narrative of Hashimi’s book --- the struggles of two generations of women coming of age in Afghanistan --- mirrors the experiences of those who share her heritage. In addition to acquiring a degree in Biology and later becoming a doctor, Hashimi also majored in Middle Eastern Studies. In 2002, just after the September 11th attacks, she traveled to her parents’ homeland for the first time, uniting with relatives and witnessing firsthand the deep cultural history and political changes she had been reading about during her studies at Brandeis University. The experience also inspired her book. Jumping back and forth in time over the course of a century, THE PEARL THAT BROKE ITS SHELL interlaces the stories of two women who share comparable fates. The first, set in modern-day Kabul, follows nine-year-old Rahima --- the third youngest child in a family of daughters. The second, set in the early 1900s during King Habibullah’s reign, concerns Rahima’s great-great-grandmother, Shekiba. Despite the differences in Afghanistan’s political climate, the characters’ stories are remarkably similar.
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placeGenres: Fiction Paperback: 480 pages Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks ISBN-10: 0062244760 ISBN-13: 9780062244765
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The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell
For some time, Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Tales has been building up to one climactic moment, what the people at the TV Tropes website call a “Crowning Moment of Awesome.” Early on in the series, the hero, Uhtred, is robbed of his birthright, which in his case is a large, isolated castle in the Northeast of England called Bebbanburg. Much is made during the series of two key points: Uhtred is determined to get his castle back, and the castle itself is well-nigh impregnable. In order to capture the castle, Uhtred has to raise --- and lead and feed and pay --- a very large, well-equipped army, most of whom will die in the attempt. Throughout the books, Uhtred has never been able to accomplish it, despite his great prowess as a warrior and his many victories. Thus far, it has not been his destiny to do so. Uhtred’s fate changes significantly in THE PAGAN LORD, the latest in the Saxon Tales series. This time, his fate does lead him to Bebbanburg, but not at the head of an unstoppable army. What happens in that assault I will not reveal, except to say that some things, even Crowning Moments of Awesome, never turn out the way you think they will. "Cornwell does a masterful job of showing not only how Uhtred fights, but also in how he uses his wits to backstab, threaten, bluff, and maneuver his way into a position where he’s able to fight with the best possible odds." Each of the Saxon Tales ends with a battle and is followed by a historical note about the real battle tha
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placeGenres: Adventure, Fiction, Historical Fiction Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Harper Paperbacks ISBN-10: 0061969729 ISBN-13: 9780061969720
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The Kept by James Scott
The last couple of years have brought us some remarkable debuts in the genres of literary rural gothic/noir. These most notably have been Peter Farris (LAST CALL FOR THE LIVING) in 2012, and Wiley Cash (A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME) and Paul Lynch (RED SKY IN MORNING) in 2013. 2014 has barely started, yet we have a debut author and a work that certainly demonstrates the impressive chops to make readers of all literary genres sit up and take notice. That would be James Scott and THE KEPT; the prose, characters and plot will echo in your mind from first page to last, and beyond. "Scott’s darkly poetic prose chills and compels, propelling the reader into a maelstrom that has the ring of truth filtered through a fever dream as Elspeth follows a course of revenge with Caleb eagerly in her wake, even as he learns that everything he has known and believed about himself has been wrong." We meet Elspeth Howell in the winter of 1897 as she traverses cold and snowy miles across upstate New York. Her goal is an isolated, all-but-hidden farmhouse where she and her husband, Jorah, live with their five children. What she discovers at journey’s end is a house of horror, with all but one member of her family slaughtered. This unrelentingly grim vignette sets the tone of the book. Scott keeps the reader focused on Elspeth’s loss. She, at times, is permitted to look away as she walks among the bodies of those she loves; the reader is afforded no such luxury. The sole survivor of the mas
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placeGenres: Fiction, Historical Fiction Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Harper Perennial ISBN-10: 0062236652 ISBN-13: 9780062236654
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The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson
THE GIRL WITH A CLOCK FOR A HEART is a debut novel, but author Peter Swanson demonstrates from the first paragraph of this intriguing thriller that he has the goods. His protagonist is a somewhat nondescript and unimpressive gentleman named George Foss, who is comfortably ensconced as a longtime editor with a highly respected but fading literary magazine. These credentials are of little use to him as he is thrust into a life-or-death situation that quickly becomes all-consuming. Liana Dector is “the girl with a clock for a heart”; it’s an enigmatic but accurate title for the book, in which the narrative bounces back and forth in time as each revelation raises another question. It begins with Foss having cocktails at his regular bar with his long-term on-again, off-again lover with privileges. Suddenly, he spots a woman across the room whom he believes to be Dector. While in college, two decades before, she had introduced herself as “Audrey Beck” when they commenced a short but torrid love affair during their freshman year at a New England college. When they parted for Christmas break, with “Audrey” leaving for her home in Florida, Foss assumed that they would pick up where they left off when school re-commenced in January. “Audrey” never returned; the college was informed that she had committed suicide over the holiday. A devastated Foss travelled down to Florida to meet her family and to wrap his head around her sudden end. He soon discovered that the truth of her pass
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placeGenres: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks ISBN-10: 0062267507 ISBN-13: 9780062267504
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The Accident by Chris Pavone
That I should have problems like this all the time, in all areas of my life. The “problem,” in the case of reviewing THE ACCIDENT, is how to tell you about it, give you reason(s) to buy, and, more importantly, read Chris Pavone’s sophomore effort without giving away the whole game. The book is built on a complex plot with a number of characters in different places on the board --- Copenhagen, Los Angeles, Zurich and New York --- who don’t sit still for any length of time for a number of reasons. Add to the mix that the tale takes place over the course of a very long and breathless day (with some occasional flashbacks from a decade or two), and you have a story that demands to be read in one sitting. "Even without the explosions, deaths, and yes, sex that occur here, Pavone makes the give and take and subterfuge of the business of books interesting, fascinating and suspenseful." This is anything but a coincidence, because the erstwhile MacGuffin happens to be a manuscript entitled The Accident, which some very important people do not want published. And right here we best distinguish THE ACCIDENT, Chris Pavone’s riveting second thriller, from The Accident, the manuscript by an anonymous author that may never see the light of day. Let’s refer to the latter as the “manuscript,” and the former by its title (or as “the novel,” “the story” or “the book”) and proceed. THE ACCIDENT begins with a manuscript landing on the desk of Isabel Reed. Reed is a once “A” list li
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placeGenres: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller Paperback: 416 pages Publisher: Broadway Books ISBN-10: 0385348479 ISBN-13: 9780385348478
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Tesla: A Portrait with Masks by Vladimir Pistalo
An electric novel of the extraordinary life of one of the 20th century’s most prodigious and colorful inventors Nikola Tesla was a man forever misunderstood. From his boyhood in what is present-day Croatia, where his father, a Serbian Orthodox priest, dismissed his talents, to his tumultuous years in New York City, where his heated rivalry with Thomas Edison yielded triumphs and failures, Tesla was both demonized and lionized. Tesla captures the whirlwind years of the dawn of the electrical age, when his flair for showmanship kept him in the public eye. For every successful invention—the alternating current electrical system and wireless communication among them—there were hundreds of others. But what of the man behind the image? Vladimir Pistalo reveals the inner life of a man haunted by the loss of his older brother, a man who struggled with flashes of madness and brilliance whose mistrust of institutional support led him to financial ruin. TESLA: A PORTRAIT WITH MASKS is an impassioned account of a visionary whose influence is still felt today.
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placeGenres: Fiction, Historical Fiction Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Graywolf Press ISBN-10: 1555976972 ISBN-13: 9781555976972
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Steadfast Heart: Brides of Seattle, Book One by Tracie Peterson
Despite her spoiled upbringing, 20-year-old Lenore Fulcher isn't pretentious. She simply believes a marriage should be built on true love. Her father, however, thinks she's wasted enough time searching for the perfect husband. He wants to marry her off to one of his business partners --- who is 17 years her senior --- an idea that is out of the question for Lenore. Kolbein Booth, a young lawyer from Chicago, arrives in Seattle looking for his headstrong sister, who he believes may have answered an advertisement for mail-order brides. Sick with worry, he storms into the Madison Bridal School, demanding to see his sister, only to learn she isn't there. But Lenore Fulcher is, and something about her captures his attention. Is this the man Lenore has been searching for? She may not have long to find out...
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Romance Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Bethany House Publishers ISBN-10: 0764210610 ISBN-13: 9780764210617
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Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah
RADIANCE OF TOMORROW promises hopefulness and anticipation for better things, and Ishmael Beah delivers on this pledge in his first novel. However, be prepared for stories of the mutilation and destruction of families, their homes and culture. Always lurking in the background is the threat of another horrific piece of information about the civil war in Sierra Leone. Along with other survivors of the massacres during the war, two teachers, Bockarie and Benjamin, return to Imperi. They come back with their families because it is their home and they want to reestablish connections to the land, the other villagers, and the school. The tattered remains of the village slowly rebuild; their perseverance in paying tuition and walking miles to the building where the school is held shows their belief in the importance of education. Beah explains why storytelling is vital, especially to a culture that has lost almost everything. Whatever godliness within each person departs temporarily during the war they endured, they are now “empty vessels” that can be filled with anything. The stories and the old ways will fill them again, and they will come into contact with life and godliness. Other things also come, but the practical ones must come first: food, water, shelter. "RADIANCE OF TOMORROW promises hopefulness and anticipation for better things, and Ishmael Beah delivers on this pledge in his first novel. However, be prepared for stories of the mutilation and destruction of f
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placeGenres: Fiction Paperback: 272 pages Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books ISBN-10: 0374535035 ISBN-13: 9780374535032
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Quarry's Choice by Max Allan Collins
Quarry is a pro in the murder business. When the man he works for becomes a target himself, Quarry is sent South to remove a traitor in the ranks. But in this wide-open city --- with sin everywhere, and betrayal around every corner --- Quarry must make the most dangerous choice of his deadly career: Who to kill?
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placeGenres: Crime Fiction, Fiction, Hard-boiled Crime Fiction Paperback: 224 pages Publisher: Hard Case Crime ISBN-10: 1783290846 ISBN-13: 9781783290840
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Priscilla: The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France by Nicholas Shakespeare
PRISCILLA: The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France, by Nicholas Shakespeare, is a transcendent work of narrative nonfiction in the vein of THE HARE WITH THE AMBER EYES. When Nicholas Shakespeare stumbled across a trunk full of his late aunt’s personal belongings, he was unaware of where this discovery would take him and what he would learn about her hidden past. The glamorous, mysterious figure he remembered from his childhood was very different from the morally ambiguous young woman who emerged from the trove of love letters, journals and photographs, surrounded by suitors and living the precarious existence of a British citizen in a country controlled by the enemy during World War II. As a young boy, Shakespeare had always believed that his aunt was a member of the Resistance and had been tortured by the Germans. The truth turned out to be far more complicated. Piecing together fragments of his aunt’s remarkable and tragic story, PRISCILLA is at once a stunning story of detection, a loving portrait of a flawed woman trying to survive in terrible times, and a spellbinding slice of history.
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placeGenres: Biography, Nonfiction Paperback: 464 pages Publisher: Harper Perennial ISBN-10: 006229704X ISBN-13: 9780062297044
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Precious Thing by Colette McBeth
Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last forever. They met in high school when Rachel was the shy, awkward new girl and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Instantly, they fell under one another’s spell and nothing would be the same again. Now in their late 20s, Rachel has the television career, the apartment and the boyfriend, while Clara’s life is spiraling further out of control. Yet despite everything, they remain inextricably bound. Then Rachel’s news editor assigns her to cover a police press conference, and she is shocked when she arrives to learn that the subject is Clara, reported missing. Is it abduction, suicide or something else altogether? Imagine discovering something about your oldest friend that forces you to question everything you’ve shared together. The truth is always there. But only if you choose to see it.
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placeGenres: Fiction, Mystery Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Minotaur Books ISBN-10: 1250041201 ISBN-13: 9781250041203
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Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Stephen King shows no signs of slowing down. Less than 12 months after the publication of the chilling DOCTOR SLEEP, he returns with MR. MERCEDES, which is very different from its immediate predecessor in subject and tone but stuffed to the brim with his trademark elements of high-octane suspense and unforgettable characters. It may not be King’s best book, but it contains some of his best writing to date. Here, he swerves away from supernatural elements with a story that literally could be ripped from last weekend’s headlines. We meet Mr. Mercedes almost immediately. He is Brady Hartsfield, a 30-something who lives in his mother’s basement, at least when he isn’t curled up in her bed. On that subject, it would be inaccurate to say that Brady has never been kissed; he has, but even in the current wild west mentality that holds sway, little Brady might be regarded as strange. We meet him during an opening flashback while he is in the midst of performing what he regards as his greatest accomplishment. This involves running a stolen car through a group of optimistic souls lined up for a job fair in a medium-sized city that may or may not be Canton or Toledo, Ohio. He is able to escape following the ensuing carnage thanks to some stellar planning, a circumstance that frosts and later haunts Bill Hodges, the detective tasked with the investigation of the crime. "Whether you have stuck with King since he was writing about outcast teenage girls, or haven’t picked up on wha
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placeGenres: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller Paperback: 448 pages Publisher: Gallery Books ISBN-10: 1476754470 ISBN-13: 9781476754475
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Love Gently Falling by Melody Carlson
Rita Jansen is living her dream as a hairstylist in Hollywood when her father calls with news that her mother has suffered a stroke. When she gets home to Chicago, Rita finds her mother is healing but facing a long recovery. Worse, without being able to run their family-owned salon, her mother could lose the business. Rita decides to help, but she only has until Valentine's Day to come up with a plan. As Rita takes her mother's place at work, the nearby skating rink she loved as a child brings back fond memories. Rita also finds herself renewing friendships with her childhood best friend, Marley, as well as her classmate Johnny. Although they now lead such seemingly different lives, Rita is surprised by how well she and Johnny connect and how far he will go to help her. Though Rita believes Johnny is only being kind, with romance kindling in the air and on the ice, their friendship may just fall into something more.
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Romance Paperback: 192 pages Publisher: Center Street ISBN-10: 1455528102 ISBN-13: 9781455528103
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Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
With the weather here so dark, cold, rainy and gray, nothing could be cheerier than the postman arriving with a new book: LOST LAKE by Sarah Addison Allen. Allen is known for spinning tales that readers can slip right into and feel intimately connected with the characters and settings. This is a perfect story to begin the year! Kate, who comes from a long line of women who retreat from life when they experience loss, is no exception. It has been a year since her husband died, leaving her, their daughter, and his mother behind. It’s too much for Kate, who finds it easier to let her well-meaning but overbearing mother-in-law take charge of everything --- from selling the home Kate and her husband shared to giving her a new job. But as Kate and her daughter prepare to move out of their house, an unexpected discovery sends Kate in an entirely new direction. "Sarah Addison Allen’s writing blends a magical depth of story with place and time. She charms her readers with her characters, plot and lyrical descriptions. The moments that her characters speak regarding their views on life left this reviewer feeling a wonderful sense of connection." In a dusty old trunk that once belonged to Kate’s grandmother, Kate comes across an old picture postcard of Lost Lake, addressed to Kate from her great aunt Eby. Though Kate recalls a summer vacation to her aunt's secluded home on the lake, she never knew the postcard existed. The note on the back is an open invitation to visit, an
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placeGenres: Fiction Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin ISBN-10: 1250019826 ISBN-13: 9781250019820
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Like a Flower in Bloom by Siri Mitchell
It's all her uncle's fault. For years Charlotte Withersby has been free to pursue her love of plants and flowers by assisting her botanist father. But now that she's reached the old age of 22, an intrusive uncle has convinced her father that Charlotte's future --- the only proper future for a woman --- is to be a wife and mother, not a scholar. Her father is so dependent on her assistance that Charlotte believes he'll soon change his mind...and then Edward Trimble shows up. A long-time botany correspondent in the South Pacific, Trimble arrives ready to step in as assistant so that Charlotte can step out into proper society --- a world that baffles her with its unwritten rules, inexplicable expectations and confounding fashion. Things aren't perfectly smooth between Trimble and her father, so Charlotte hatches a last gasp plan. She'll pretend such an interest in marriage that the thought of losing her will make her father welcome her back. Only things go quickly awry, and she realizes that the one man who recognizes her intelligence is also the person she's most angry with: Edward Trimble, her supposed rival. Suddenly juggling more suitors than she knows what to do with, Charlotte is caught in a trap of her own making. Will she have no choice but to leave her beloved flowers behind?
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Romance Paperback: 368 pages Publisher: Bethany House Publishers ISBN-10: 0764210378 ISBN-13: 9780764210372
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JFK in the Senate: Pathway to the Presidency by John T. Shaw
Before John F. Kennedy became a legendary young president, he was the junior senator from Massachusetts. The Senate was where JFK's presidential ambitions were born and first realized. In the first book to deal exclusively with JFK's Senate years, author John T. Shaw looks at how the young Senator was able to catapult himself on the national stage. Tip O’Neill once quipped that Kennedy received more publicity for less accomplishment than anyone in Congress. But O’Neill didn’t understand that Kennedy saw a different path to congressional influence and ultimately the presidency. Unlike Lyndon Johnson, the Democratic leader in the Senate, JFK never aspired to be "The Master of the Senate" who made deals and kept the institution under his control. Instead, he envisioned himself as a "Historian-Scholar-Statesman" in the mold of his hero Winston Churchill which he realized with the 1957 publication of PROFILES IN COURAGE that earned JFK a Pulitzer Prize and public limelight. Smart, dashing, irreverent and literary, the press could not get enough of him. Yet, largely overlooked has been Kennedy's tenure on a special Senate committee to identify the five greatest senators in American history --- JFK’s work on this special panel coalesced his relationships in Congress, and helped catapult him toward the presidency. Based on primary documents from JFK’s Senate years as well as memoirs, oral histories, and interviews with his top aides, JFK IN THE SENATE provides new insight into
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placeGenres: History, Nonfiction, Politics Paperback: 256 pages Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade ISBN-10: 1137279494 ISBN-13: 9781137279491
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In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now by Benjamin Hedin
A definitive account of the legacy of the civil rights movement, and the work that continues to be done today In 1963, John Perdew was arrested in Georgia for demonstrating against segregation and was convicted of sedition, a capital crime. Fifty years ago Perdew and others of his generation worked to overthrow Jim Crow and open the polling booths for all Americans. Recently, the front page of the New York Times ran these headlines: "Desegregation Deal Completed," "Federal Scrutiny of Voting." In the last fifty years, has America progressed on matters of race, or are we stalled—or even moving backward? With these questions in mind, Benjamin Hedin set out to visit the places and people who shaped the civil rights movement. "I wanted to find the movement in its contemporary guise," he writes, "which also meant answering the critical question of what happened to it after the 1960s." He profiles some legendary figures, like John Lewis, Robert Moses, and Julian Bond, and meets with many whose story has never been told, and who are continuing the fight today. In these pages the movement is portrayed as never before, as a vibrant tradition of activism that remains in our midst. Combining history with journalism and travelogue, IN SEARCH OF THE MOVEMENT is a fascinating meditation on patterns of history, as well as an indelible look at the meaning and limits of American freedom.
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placeGenres: African American Interest, American, Current Events, History, Nonfiction Paperback: 250 pages Publisher: City Lights Publishers ISBN-10: 0872866475 ISBN-13: 9780872866478
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Gideon by Alex Gordon
When Lauren’s father dies, she makes a shocking discovery. The man she knew as John Reardon was once a completely different person, with a different name. Now, she’s determined to find out who he really was, even though her only clues are an old photograph, some letters and the name of a town --- Gideon. But someone --- or something --- doesn’t want her to discover the truth. A strange man is stalking her, appearing everywhere she turns, and those who try to help her end up dead. Neither a shadowy enemy nor her own fear are going to prevent her from solving the mystery of her father --- and unlocking the secrets of her own life. Making her way to Gideon, Lauren finds herself more confused than ever. Nothing in this small Midwestern town is what it seems, including time itself. Residents start going missing, and Lauren is threatened by almost every townsperson she encounters. Two hundred years ago, a witch was burned at the stake, but in Gideon, the past feels all too chillingly present...
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placeGenres: Fiction, Supernatural Thriller, Suspense, Thriller Paperback: 432 pages Publisher: Harper Voyager ISBN-10: 0061687375 ISBN-13: 9780061687372
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Esther: Royal Beauty: A Dangerous Beauty Novel by Angela Hunt
When an ambitious tyrant threatens genocide against the Jews, an inexperienced young queen must take a stand for her people. When Xerxes, king of Persia, issues a call for beautiful young women, Hadassah, a Jewish orphan living in Susa, is forcibly taken to the palace of the pagan ruler. After months of preparation, the girl known to the Persians as Esther wins the king's heart and a queen's crown. But because her situation is uncertain, she keeps her ethnic identity a secret until she learns that an evil and ambitious man has won the king's permission to exterminate all Jews --- young and old, powerful and helpless. Purposely violating an ancient Persian law, she risks her life in order to save her people...and bind her husband's heart.
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Historical Fiction Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: Bethany House Publishers ISBN-10: 0764216953 ISBN-13: 9780764216954
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Death of a Nightingale: A Nina Borg Novel written by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis, translated from the Danish by Elisabeth Dyssegaard
It is difficult enough to write a book by yourself, and it would seem doubly so with two in the mix. Think about it for a moment, and you will understand what I mean. That is but one element that makes the novels in the Nina Borg series so remarkable. Nina Borg is the creation of authors Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis, and the books that form their canon --- THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE, INVISIBLE MURDER, and now DEATH OF A NIGHTINGALE, newly published in the United States --- are smooth and seamless collaborations from which a complex and prickly character has emerged. Nina is a Danish Red Cross nurse employed at a clinic at a Danish camp set up to administer to the needs of refugees and illegal immigrants. She is not entirely likable, given to impulsive acts and a single-mindedness that has cost her to lose her marriage and family. All the books thus far provide an unflinching, thousand-yard stare at humanity’s inhumanity, using the mystery genre as a backdrop. And mysteries there are a-plenty in the series, particularly in DEATH OF A NIGHTINGALE. "All the books thus far provide an unflinching, thousand-yard stare at humanity’s inhumanity, using the mystery genre as a backdrop. And mysteries there are a-plenty in the series, particularly in DEATH OF A NIGHTINGALE." The primary plot involves a Ukrainian refugee named Natasha Doroshenko and her young daughter, Katerina. While waiting for a determination on her immigration status, Natasha became engaged to Michael, a
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placeGenres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Soho Crime ISBN-10: 1616954515 ISBN-13: 9781616954512
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Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden
Anna O'Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across the baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. Thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, her determination outweighs her shyness and she turns to a dashing congressman for help. Luke Callahan was one of the nation's most powerful congressmen before his promising career was shadowed in scandal. Eager to share in a new cause and intrigued by the winsome librarian, he joins forces with Anna to solve the mystery of the lost ship. Opposites in every way, Anna and Luke are unexpectedly drawn to each other despite the strict rules forbidding Anna from any romantic entanglements with members of Congress. From the gilded halls of the Capitol where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation's finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they've ever dreamed for their futures?
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Romance Paperback: 368 pages Publisher: Bethany House Publishers ISBN-10: 0764211757 ISBN-13: 9780764211751
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At Home in Last Chance: A Place to Call Home, Book 3 by Cathleen Armstrong
What happens when the life you're running from won't let go of your heart? Kaitlyn Reed and Steven Braden have always had a similar philosophy of life: when the going gets tough, they get going --- out of town and away from the problem. Now they are both back in Last Chance, New Mexico, and trying to start over. Kaitlyn is working to reestablish a relationship with the seven-year-old daughter she left behind six months earlier. Steven is trying to prove to his family that he is not the irresponsible charmer they have always known him to be. As Kaitlyn and Steven find themselves drawn to one another, one big question keeps getting in the way: How will they learn to trust each other when they don't even trust themselves? With emotional depth and characters who leap off the page and into your heart, Cathleen Armstrong invites you to return once more to the dusty and delightful town of Last Chance.
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2015-01-06
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Romance Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Revell ISBN-10: 0800722485 ISBN-13: 9780800722487
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Arrows of Rain by Okey Ndibe
A young woman runs into the sea and drowns. The last man who spoke to her, the curious individual known as Bukuru, is asked to account for the suicide. His shocking revelations land him in court. Alone and undefended, Bukuru has to calculate the cost of silence in the face of stories which must be told. Both humorous and poignant, ARROWS OF RAIN dramatises the relationship between an individual and the modern African state. Okey Ndibe examines the erosion of moral insight in both public and private life, drawing out the complex factors behind the near-collapse of a nation.
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placeGenres: Fiction, Literary Fiction Paperback: pages Publisher: Soho Press ISBN-10: 1616954574 ISBN-13: 9781616954574
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After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson
After four years as a military nurse, Charlotte Brown is ready to leave behind the devastation of the Great War. The daughter of a vicar, she has always been determined to dedicate her life to helping others. Moving to busy Liverpool, she throws herself into her work with those most in need, only tearing herself away for the lively dinners she enjoys with the women at her boarding house. Just as Charlotte begins to settle into her new circumstances, two messages arrive that will change her life. One, from a radical young newspaper editor, offers her a chance to speak out for those who cannot. The other pulls her back to her past, and to a man she has tried, and failed, to forget. Edward Neville-Ashford, her former employer and the brother of Charlotte’s dearest friend, is now the new Earl of Cumberland --- and a shadow of the man he once was. Yet under his battle wounds and haunted eyes Charlotte sees glimpses of the charming boy who long ago claimed her foolish heart. She wants to help him, but dare she risk her future for a man who can never be hers? As Britain seethes with unrest and post-war euphoria flattens into bitter disappointment, Charlotte must confront long-held insecurities to find her true voice . . . and the courage to decide if the life she has created is the one she truly wants.
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2015-01-06
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placeGenres: Fiction, Historical Fiction Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks ISBN-10: 0062334638 ISBN-13: 9780062334633
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A Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante
Alice LaPlante's first novel, TURN OF MIND, was one of my favorite books of 2011. Written from the point of view of a woman struggling with dementia, it was one of the more creatively narrated and plotted mysteries I've come across. Now LaPlante follows up the success of her debut with A CIRCLE OF WIVES, another excellent literary mystery that is as much about characters as it is about whodunit. The book opens with the death of renowned plastic surgeon John Taylor, whose body is found in a Palo Alto hotel room following an apparent heart attack. The bruises on his body, as well as some other inconsistencies at the scene, prompt young Palo Alto police detective Samantha (Sam) Adams to investigate the death further. Sure enough, the autopsy reports suggest that foul play may have been involved. But who would have a motive for killing this successful and philanthropic doctor, father and husband? "...another excellent literary mystery that is as much about characters as it is about whodunit." Plenty of people, as it turns out. For one thing, Taylor wasn't just one woman's husband --- he apparently was married to three women at the same time, as all three discover following his death. His first wife, Deborah, is the mother of his three children and a pillar of the community, serving on countless boards and committees. MJ, to whom he's been married for six years, might as well be Deborah's polar opposite --- she's unpolished, down-to-earth, the kind of woman who spends
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2015-01-06
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placeGenres: Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller Paperback: 328 pages Publisher: Grove Press ISBN-10: 0802122922 ISBN-13: 9780802122926
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The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward
From the acclaimed author of HOW TO BE LOST and CLOSE YOUR EYES comes a beautiful and heartrending novel about motherhood, resilience and faith --- a ripped-from-the-headlines story of two families on both sides of the American border. Alice and her husband, Jake, own a barbecue restaurant in Austin, Texas. Hardworking and popular in their community, they have a loving marriage and thriving business, but Alice still feels that something is missing, lying just beyond reach. Carla is a strong-willed young girl who’s had to grow up fast, acting as caretaker to her six-year-old brother Junior. Years ago, her mother left the family behind in Honduras to make the arduous, illegal journey to Texas. But when Carla’s grandmother dies and violence in the city escalates, Carla takes fate into her own hands --- and with Junior, she joins the thousands of children making their way across Mexico to America, risking great peril for the chance at a better life. In this elegant novel, the lives of Alice and Carla will intersect in a profound and surprising way. Poignant and arresting, THE SAME SKY is about finding courage through struggle, hope amid heartache, and summoning the strength --- no matter what dangers await --- to find the place where you belong.
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Ballantine Books ISBN-10: 0553390503 ISBN-13: 9780553390506
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The Sacrifice by Joyce Carol Oates
New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates returns with an novel that illuminates the tragic impact of sexual violence, racism, brutality, and power on innocent lives and probes the persistence of stereotypes, the nature of revenge, the complexities of truth, and our insatiable hunger for sensationalism. When a fourteen-year-old girl is the alleged victim of a terrible act of racial violence, the incident shocks and galvanizes her community, exacerbating the racial tension that has been simmering in this New Jersey town for decades. In this magisterial work of fiction, Joyce Carol Oates explores the uneasy fault lines in a racially troubled society. In such a tense, charged atmosphere, Oates reveals that there must always be a sacrifice --- of innocence, truth, trust, and, ultimately, of lives. Unfolding in a succession of multiracial voices, in a community transfixed by this alleged crime and the spectacle unfolding around it, this profound novel exposes what --- and who --- the “sacrifice” actually is, and what consequences these kind of events hold for us all. Working at the height of her powers, Oates offers a sympathetic portrait of the young girl and her mother, and challenges our expectations and beliefs about our society, our biases, and ourselves. As the chorus of its voices --- from the police to the media to the victim and her family --- reaches a crescendo, THE SACRIFICE offers a shocking new understanding of power and oppression, innocence and g
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placeGenres: Racism, Fiction Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Ecco ISBN-10: 006233297X ISBN-13: 9780062332974
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The Mime Order (The Bone Season) by Samantha Shannon
Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London. As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.
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placeGenres: Fantasy, Fiction Hardcover: 528 pages Publisher: Bloomsbury USA ISBN-10: 1620408937 ISBN-13: 9781620408933
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The Kings of London by William Shaw
In the Sixties, a battle for the soul of the city is fought between cops and criminals, the corrupt and the corruptible. November 1968. Judy Garland is performing drunk at the Palladium and the city of London is about to catch fire --- literally. Called to a gas explosion, Detective Sargeant Cathal Breen unearths a shocking discovery beneath the rubble: mind-bending paintings by Bridget Riley and Peter Blake --- and the garrotted body of one Jacob Pugh, a playboy god in the art world. With Detective Helen Tozer, Breen must infiltrate the artistic demimonde of a volatile and increasingly murderous city. Seen through the eyes of an irresistible pair of detectives, the real London comes into view in THE KINGS OF LONDON: a gritty metropolis thrives in the shadows beyond the spotlights, and all manner of vice is committed in the name of liberation.
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placeGenres: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller Hardcover: 400 pages Publisher: Mulholland Books ISBN-10: 0316246875 ISBN-13: 9780316246873
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The Jaguar's Children by John Vaillant
Héctor is trapped. The water truck, sealed to hide its human cargo, has broken down. The coyotes have taken all the passengers’ money for a mechanic and have not returned. Those left behind have no choice but to wait. Héctor finds a name in his friend César’s phone. AnniMac. A name with an American number. He must reach her, both for rescue and to pass along the message César has come so far to deliver. But are his messages going through? Over four days, as water and food run low, Héctor tells how he came to this desperate place. His story takes us from Oaxaca --- its rich culture, its rapid change --- to the dangers of the border. It exposes the tangled ties between Mexico and El Norte --- land of promise and opportunity, homewrecker and unreliable friend. And it reminds us of the power of storytelling and the power of hope, as Héctor fights to ensure his message makes it out of the truck and into the world.
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ISBN-10: 0544315499 ISBN-13: 9780544315495
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The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly
It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for forty years. They have found a species of animal no one believed even existed. It will amaze the world. Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing discovery within the greatest zoo ever constructed. A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see its fabulous creatures for the first time. Among them is Dr. Cassandra Jane “CJ” Cameron, a writer for National Geographic and an expert on reptiles. The visitors are assured by their Chinese hosts that they will be struck with wonder at these beasts, that they are perfectly safe and that nothing can go wrong. Of course it can’t…
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2015-01-27
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placeGenres: Adventure, Fiction, Thriller Hardcover: 416 pages Publisher: Gallery Books ISBN-10: 1476749558 ISBN-13: 9781476749556
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The Grand Paradox: The Messiness of Life, the Mystery of God and the Necessity of Faith by Ken Wytsma
If we were made for relationship with God, why do we often feel lost and distant from Him? The life of Christian faith is and always has been a beautifully awkward reality. Following Jesus is done --- can only be done --- in the messiness of this world into which we were all born. Yet many Christians expect the walk of faith to be easier, neater and relatively devoid of hassles. So perhaps it’s time for a frank conversation about the true nature of Christian faith. Maybe there are many desperately in need of a clear dialogue about how --- despite living in a turbulent, chaotic world --- our greatest joy is found in our pursuit of God. In THE GRAND PARADOX, Ken Wytsma seeks to help readers understand that although God can be mysterious, He is in no way absent. God’s ways are contradictory and counter to the way the world tells us to pursue happiness. Doubt is okay, it will accompany in the life of faith. What looks like struggle can actually be the most important and meaningful season of our lives. This book is an exploration of the art of living by faith. It is a book for all those wrestling with the paradoxes that confront those who seek to walk with Christ. It’s an honest look at how faith works, here and now, in our culture, our time --- and how to put down real roots and flourish in the midst of our messy lives.
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placeGenres: Christian, Christian Life, Nonfiction, Spiritual Growth Hardcover: 240 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson ISBN-10: 0849964679 ISBN-13: 9780849964671
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Shark Skin Suite: A Novel (Serge Storms) by Tim Dorsey
Bottom feeders beware: the Sunshine State’s favorite psychotic killer and lovable Floridaphile Serge Storms has found a new calling, legal eagle, and he’s going to make a killing as a crusading attorney --- and star as a dashing lawyer on the big screen --- in this madcap escapade from the New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey. When it comes to swimming with the sharks, there is no bigger kahuna than Serge Storms. Binging on a marathon of legal movies set in Florida, Serge finds his calling: the law. Never mind law school or that degree, Serge becomes a freelance fixer --- wildcat paralegal and pilgrim to the hallowed places where legal classics of the big screen such as Body Heat, Cool Hand Luke, and Absence of Malice were filmed practically in his own backyard. One of Serge’s old flames, young lawyer Brook Campanella, is also a rising star thanks to her expertise in the field of foreclosure law. Ruthless at taking down the greedy banksters kicking people out of their homes, she lands a major class-action lawsuit, and wins big. The opposition is determined to shut her down and they’ll go to extreme lengths to do it. Luckily for her, Serge has been hired to do some investigative legwork on the case. There's nothing he likes better than saving a damsel in distress, especially when it means kicking a bunch of shyster butt. The mayhem comes to a hilarious head at the Key West courthouse, at the height of the island’s raucous Fantasy Fest street carnival, and n
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: William Morrow ISBN-10: 0062240013 ISBN-13: 9780062240019
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One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis
No one has ever guessed Emily’s secret. Will you? A happy marriage. A beautiful family. A lovely home. So what makes Emily Coleman get up one morning and walk right out of her life --- to start again as someone new? Now, Emily has become Cat, working at a hip advertising agency in London and living on the edge with her inseparable new friend, Angel. Cat’s buried any trace of her old self so well, no one knows how to find her. But she can't bury the past --- or her own memories. And soon, she’ll have to face the truth of what she's done --- a shocking revelation that may push her one step too far...
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placeGenres: Fiction, Suspense Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: William Morrow ISBN-10: 0062340077 ISBN-13: 9780062340078
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Munich Airport by Greg Baxter
An American expat in London, about to enter a meeting, takes a phone call. The caller is a German policewoman. The news she has to convey is almost incomprehensible: the man's sister, Miriam, has been found dead in her Berlin flat, of starvation. Three weeks later, the man, his elderly father, and an American consular official find themselves in an almost unbearably strange place: a fogbound Munich Airport, where Miriam's coffin is to be loaded onto a commercial jet. Greg Baxter's extraordinary novel tells the story of these three people over those three weeks of waiting for Miriam's body to be released, sifting through her possessions, and trying to work out what could have led her to her awful death. MUNICH AIRPORT is a novel about the meaning of home, and about the families we improvise when our real families fall apart. It is a gripping, daring and mesmeric read from one of the most gifted young novelists currently at work.
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placeGenres: Contemporary Fiction, Family, Ficton Hardcover: 256 pages Publisher: Twelve ISBN-10: 1455557951 ISBN-13: 9781455557950
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Love, Again: The Wisdom of Unexpected Romance by Eve Pell
Eve Pell was 68 when she convinced a friend to set her up with Sam Hirabayashi. Ten years her senior, Sam, a fellow runner, was handsome and sweet. Soon Eve and Sam were plunged into a giddy romance that began with a movie date. “It was crazy,” Pell writes. “It was wonderful.” Pell wrote about their romance in a New York Times Modern Love column and received a wave of responses from people who recognized their own stories in hers. This thing, this late-in-life love: It’s growing, it’s everywhere, and it’s transformative. In staggering numbers, old people are meeting and falling in love --- in senior living facilities, in retirement homes, in bars, in grocery stores, on cruise ships, on the Internet --- brazenly, quietly, unexpectedly. People once written off as too old for intimacy are having romances, beginning intense affairs once thought to be for the young. Speaking with poets and artists, a retired nurse and a retired coach, environmentalists, philanthropists, and teachers --- couples whose partners’ ages range from 61 to 96 --- Pell reports on their relationships, from saying hello to knowing they’d found the one, from blending routines and traditions to overcoming judgments and challenges. These widows, widowers, divorcés, and never-marrieds open up about old love versus young, the thrill of sex, and the looming shadow of mortality.
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placeGenres: Memoir, Nonfiction Hardcover: 224 pages Publisher: Ballantine Books ISBN-10: 0804176469 ISBN-13: 9780804176460
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Inside A Silver Box by Walter Mosley
INSIDE A SILVER BOX continues to explore the cosmic questions discussed in Walter Mosley’s CROSSTOWN TO OBLIVION. From life’s meaning to the nature of good and evil, Mosley takes readers on a speculative journey beyond reality. In INSIDE A SILVER BOX, two people brought together by a horrific act are united in a common cause by the powers of the Silver Box. The two join to protect humanity from destruction by an alien race, the Laz, hell-bent on regaining control over the Silver Box, the most destructive and powerful tool in the universe. The Silver Box will stop at nothing to prevent its former master from returning to being, even if it means finishing the earth itself.
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placeGenres: Fantasy, Ficton Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: Tor Books ISBN-10: 0765375214 ISBN-13: 9780765375216
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Happy are the Happy by Yasmina Reza
"Happy are the loved ones and the lovers and those who can do without love. Happy are the happy." --Jorge Luis Borges This citation of Borges resonates with every character in Yasmina Reza's novel, except that they are never so lucky. In fact, what happens to them is the exact opposite of what they crave. The twenty short chapters that make up this unusual book deal with both marital and extramarital vicissitudes, the elusiveness of intimacy, the fear of loneliness and the desire to be loved or at least understood just once in our lives. The mixing of tones--cruelty and despair competing with humor and fantasy--and the quality of the monologues--taut and highly original--adds to the novel's virtuosity.
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 160 pages Publisher: Other Press ISBN-10: 1590516923 ISBN-13: 9781590516928
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Gotti's Rules: The Story of John Alite, Junior Gotti, and the Demise of the American Mafia by George Anastasia
From the New York Times bestselling author of BLOOD AND HONOR and THE LAST GANGSTER --- “one of the most respected crime reporters in the country” (60 Minutes) --- comes the sure to be headline-making inside story of the Gotti and Gambino families, told from the unique viewpoint of notorious mob hit-man John Alite, a close associate of Junior Gotti who later testified against him. In GOTTI'S RULES, George Anastasia, a prize-winning reporter who spent over thirty years covering crime, offers a shocking and very rare glimpse into the Gotti family, witnessed up-close from former family insider John Alite, John Gotti Jr.’s longtime friend and protector. Until now, no one has given up the kind of personal details about the Gottis --- including the legendary “Gotti Rules” of leadership --- that Anastasia exposes here. Drawing on extensive FBI files and other documentation, his own knowledge, and exclusive interviews with insiders and experts, including mob-enforcer-turned-government-witness Alite, Anastasia pokes holes in the Gotti legend, demystifying this notorious family and its lucrative and often deadly machinations. Anastasia offers never-before-heard information about the murders, drug dealing and extortion that propelled John J. Gotti to the top of the Gambino crime family and the treachery and deceit that allowed John A. “Junior” Gotti to follow in his father’s footsteps. Told from street level and through the eyes of a wiseguy who saw it all firsthand, the result is
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placeGenres: History, Nonfiction, True Crime Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Dey Street Books ISBN-10: 0062346873 ISBN-13: 9780062346872
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Breaking Creed by Alex Kava
Ryder Creed and his dogs have been making national headlines. They’ve intercepted several major drug stashes being smuggled through Atlanta’s airport. But their newfound celebrity has also garnered some unwanted attention. When Creed and one of his dogs are called in to search a commercial fishing vessel, they discover a secret compartment. But the Colombian cartels’ latest shipment isn’t drugs. This time, its cargo is human. To make matters worse, Creed helps one of the cartel’s drug mules escape ---- a fourteen-year-old girl who reminds him of his younger sister who disappeared fifteen years ago. Meanwhile, FBI agent Maggie O’Dell is investigating a series of murders --- the victims tortured, killed, and dumped in the Potomac River. She suspects it’s the work of a cunning and brutal assassin, but her politically motivated boss has been putting up roadblocks. By the time she uncovers a hit list with Creed’s name on it, it might be too late. The cartel has already sent someone to destroy Creed and everyone close to him. But Creed and his dogs have a few surprises in store on their compound in Florida. Will it be enough to stop a ruthless cartel determined to remove the thorn in its side once and for all?
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placeGenres: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Putnam Adult ISBN-10: 0399170766 ISBN-13: 9780399170768
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A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison
A SMALL INDISCRETION fixes an unflinching eye on the power of desire and the danger of obsession as it unfolds the story of one woman’s reckoning with a youthful mistake. At nineteen, Annie Black trades a bleak future in her washed-out hometown for a London winter of drinking to oblivion and yearning for deliverance. Some two decades later, she is married to a good man and settled in San Francisco, with a son and two daughters and a successful career designing artistic interior lights. One June morning, a photograph arrives in her mailbox, igniting an old longing and setting off a chain of events that rock the foundations of her marriage and threaten to overturn her family’s hard-won happiness. The novel moves back and forth across time between San Francisco in the present and that distant winter in Europe. The two worlds converge and explode when the adult Annie returns to London seeking answers, her indiscretions come to light, and the phone rings with shocking news about her son. Now Annie must fight to save her family by piecing together the mystery of her past --- the fateful collision of liberation and abandon and sexual desire that drew an invisible map of her future.
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placeGenres: Fiction, Mystery Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Random House ISBN-10: 0812995449 ISBN-13: 9780812995442
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Private Vegas by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Las Vegas is a city of contradictions: seedy and glamorous, secretive and wild, Vegas attracts people of all kinds --- especially those with a secret to hide, or a life to leave behind. It's the perfect location for Lester Olsen's lucrative business. He gets to treat gorgeous, young women to five-star restaurants, splashy shows, and limo rides --- and then he teaches them how to kill. Private Jack Morgan spends most of his time in Los Angeles, where his top investigation firm has its headquarters. But a hunt for two criminals leads him to the city of sin --- and to a murder ring that is more seductively threatening than anything he's witnessed before.
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placeGenres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller Hardcover: 496 pages Publisher: Little, Brown and Company ISBN-10: 0316211133 ISBN-13: 9780316211130
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Marching Home: Union Veterans and their Unending Civil War by Brian Matthew Jordan
A groundbreaking investigation examining the fate of Union veterans who won the war but couldn’t bear the peace. For well over a century, traditional Civil War histories have concluded in 1865, with a bitterly won peace and Union soldiers returning triumphantly home. In a landmark work that challenges sterilized portraits accepted for generations, Civil War historian Brian Matthew Jordan creates an entirely new narrative. These veterans --- tending rotting wounds, battling alcoholism, campaigning for paltry pensions --- tragically realized that they stood as unwelcome reminders to a new America eager to heal, forget, and embrace the freewheeling bounty of the Gilded Age. Mining previously untapped archives, Jordan uncovers anguished letters and diaries, essays by amputees and gruesome medical reports, all deeply revealing of the American psyche. In the model of twenty-first-century histories like Drew Gilpin Faust’s THIS REPUBLIC OF SUFFERING or Maya Jasanoff ’s LIBERTY'S EXILES that illuminate the plight of the common man, MARCHING HOME makes almost unbearably personal the rage and regret of Union veterans. Their untold stories are critically relevant today.
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placeGenres: American, History, Human Rights, Military Hardcover: 416 pages Publisher: ISBN-10: 0871407817 ISBN-13: 9780871407818
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Watch Me Go by Mark Wisniewski
Douglas “Deesh” Sharp has managed to stay out of trouble living in the Bronx, paying his rent by hauling junk for cash. But on the morning Deesh and two pals head upstate to dispose of a sealed oil drum whose contents smell and weigh enough to contain a human corpse, he becomes mixed up in a serious crime. When his plans for escape spiral terribly out of control, Deesh quickly finds himself a victim of betrayal --- and the prime suspect in the murders of three white men. When Jan, a young jockey from the gritty underworld of the Finger Lakes racetrack breaks her silence about gambling and organized crime, Deesh learns how the story of her past might, against all odds, free him from a life behind bars. Interweaving Deesh’s and Jan’s gripping narratives, WATCH ME GO is a wonderfully insightful work that examines how we love, leave, lose, redeem, and strive for justice.
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2015-01-22
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placeGenres: Fiction, Noir, Thriller Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Putnam Adult ISBN-10: 0399172122 ISBN-13: 9780399172120
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Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm
On the grubby outskirts of Paris, Grace restores bric-a-brac, mends teapots, re-sets gems. She calls herself Julie, says she’s from California, and slips back to a rented room at night. Regularly, furtively, she checks the hometown paper on the Internet. Home is Garland, Tennessee, and there, two young men have just been paroled. One, she married; the other, she’s in love with. Both were jailed for a crime that Grace herself planned in exacting detail. The heist went bad --- but not before she was on a plane to Prague with a stolen canvas rolled in her bag. And so, in Paris, begins a cat-and-mouse waiting game as Grace’s web of deception and lies unravels --- and she becomes another young woman entirely. UNBECOMING is an intricately plotted and psychologically nuanced heist novel that turns on suspense and slippery identity. With echoes of Alfred Hitchcock and Patricia Highsmith, Rebecca Scherm’s mesmerizing debut is sure to entrance fans of Gillian Flynn, Marisha Pessl, and Donna Tartt.
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2015-01-22
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placeGenres: Fiction, Psychological Thriller Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Viking Adult ISBN-10: 0525427503 ISBN-13: 9780525427506
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Lost & Found by Brooke Davis
Millie Bird, seven years old and ever hopeful, always wears red gumboots to match her curly hair. Her struggling mother, grieving the death of Millie’s father, leaves her in the big ladies’ underwear department of a local store and never returns. Agatha Pantha, eighty-two, has not left her house --- or spoken to another human being --- since she was widowed seven years ago. She fills the silence by yelling at passersby, watching loud static on TV, and maintaining a strict daily schedule. Karl the Touch Typist, eighty-seven, once used his fingers to type out love notes on his wife’s skin. Now that she’s gone, he types his words out into the air as he speaks. Karl’s been committed to a nursing home, but in a moment of clarity and joy, he escapes. Now he’s on the lam. Brought together at a fateful moment, the three embark upon a road trip across Western Australia to find Millie’s mother. Along the way, Karl wants to find out how to be a man again; Agatha just wants everything to go back to how it was. Together they will discover that old age is not the same as death, that the young can be wise, and that letting yourself feel sad once in a while just might be the key to a happy life.
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2015-01-22
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Dutton Adult ISBN-10: 0525954686 ISBN-13: 9780525954682
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Frog by Mo Yan
In 2012, the Nobel committee confirmed Mo Yan’s position as one of the greatest and most important writers of our time. In his much-anticipated new novel, Mo Yan chronicles the sweeping history of modern China through the lens of the nation’s controversial one-child policy. FROG opens with a playwright nicknamed Tadpole who plans to write about his aunt. In her youth, Gugu --- the beautiful daughter of a famous doctor and staunch Communist --- is revered for her skill as a midwife. But when her lover defects, Gugu’s own loyalty to the Party is questioned. She decides to prove her allegiance by strictly enforcing the one-child policy, keeping tabs on the number of children in the village and performing abortions on women as many as eight months pregnant. In sharply personal prose, Mo Yan depicts a world of desperate families, illegal surrogates, forced abortions and the guilt of those who must enforce the policy. At once illuminating and devastating, it shines a light into the heart of communist China.
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2015-01-22
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placeGenres: Culture, Fiction, Politics Hardcover: 480 pages Publisher: Viking Adult ISBN-10: 0525427988 ISBN-13: 9780525427988
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Ella by Mallory Kasdan
This is ELLA. She is six years old. She lives at the Local Hotel. She has a nanny called Manny. He has tattoos for sleeves and he might go in with some guys to buy a grilled cheese truck. Sometimes Ella weaves purses out of Ziploc bags and reclaimed twine. (She is artsy of course.) She has a dog named Stacie and a fish named Rasta and a scooter which is important for getting everywhere she needs to be. Altogether she has been to 62 events including that Hillary Clinton fundraiser. She is NEVER bored. If Ella and Kay Thompson’s Eloise got together for a play date, they would have a very good time indeed.
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2015-01-22
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placeGenres: Children's, Fiction Hardcover: 56 pages Publisher: Viking Juvenile ISBN-10: 0670016756 ISBN-13: 9780670016754
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Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully by Allen Kurzweil
Equal parts childhood memoir and literary thriller, WHIPPING BOY chronicles prize-winning author Allen Kurzweil’s search for his twelve-year-old nemesis, a bully named Cesar Augustus. The obsessive inquiry, which spans some forty years, takes Kurzweil all over the world, from a Swiss boarding school (where he endures horrifying cruelty) to the slums of Manila, from the Park Avenue boardroom of the world’s largest law firm to a federal prison camp in Southern California. While hunting down his tormentor, Kurzweil encounters an improbable cast of characters that includes an elocution teacher with ill-fitting dentures, a gang of faux royal swindlers, a crime investigator “with paper in his blood,” and an onocled grand master of the Knights of Malta. Yet for all its global exoticism and comic exuberance, Kurzweil’s riveting account is, at its core, a heartfelt and suspenseful narrative about the “parallel lives” of a victim and his abuser. A scrupulously researched work of nonfiction that renders a childhood menace into an unlikely muse, WHIPPING BOY is much more than a tale of karmic retribution; it is a poignant meditation on loss, memory, and mourning, a surreal odyssey born out of suffering, nourished by rancor, tempered by wit, and resolved, unexpectedly, in an act of personal courage.
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2015-01-20
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placeGenres: Literary, Memoir, Nonfiction, Thriller Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: Harper ISBN-10: 0062269488 ISBN-13: 9780062269485
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The Sweetheart by Angelina Mirabella
It’s 1953 and seventeen-year-old Leonie Putzkammer is cartoonishly tall and curvaceous, destined to spend the rest of her life waiting tables and living with her widowed father, Franz, in their Philadelphia row house. Until the day legendary wrestling promoter Salvatore Costantini walks into the local diner and offers her the chance of a lifetime. Leonie sets off for Florida to train at Joe Pospisil’s School for Lady Grappling. There, she transforms into Gorgeous Gwen Davies, tag-team partner of legendary Screaming Mimi Hollander, and begins a romance with the soon-to-be Junior Heavyweight Champion Spider McGee. But when life as Gorgeous Gwen leaves her wanting, she orchestrates a move that will catapult her from heel to hero: she becomes The Sweetheart, a choice that attracts the fans she desires but complicates all of her relationships --- with Franz, Joe, Spider, Mimi (who becomes her fiercest competitor), and even with herself. Angelina Mirabella’s surprising, affecting, and morally complex novel describes how a single decision can ripple through the lives of everyone around us. How Leonie sizes up the competition, how she triumphs, how she fails, and how she manages, somehow, to endure holds promise: if she can, maybe we can, too.
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2015-01-20
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placeGenres: Fiction, Women's Fiction Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster ISBN-10: 1476733872 ISBN-13: 9781476733876
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The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work by Christine Carter, Ph.D.
Feel like you’re on a treadmill that won’t stop? Learn to step off and hit your stride. Not long ago Christine Carter, happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, speaker, writer, and mother, found herself caught up in the busyness of modern life: too many conflicting obligations and not enough time, energy, or patience to get everything done. She tried all the standard techniques --- prioritizing, multitasking, delegating --- but found that she needed a new approach, one that would allow her to live more in that zone we’ve all glimpsed but can never seem to hold on to: the sweet spot of expertise, efficiency, and ease. Drawing on her vast knowledge of the latest psychological, neurological, and biological science related to happiness, productivity, and elite performance, Carter put herself through the practical paces. Her goal was not to live a stress-free life, but rather to build stress resilience and find a quicker path to calm and confidence. Her trials and errors are our reward. In THE SWEET SPOT, Carter shares what she calls “the sweet spot equation,” a combination of strategies and practices for attaining happiness without giving up success, and for achieving success without compromising happiness. Using a simple formula, THE SWEET SPOT shows us how to: take a brief recess, an inoculation against “The Overwhelm” and the key to converting stress into productive and creative energy institute daily micro-habits that free you up to f
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2015-01-20
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placeGenres: Nonfiction, Self-Help, Sociology Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Ballantine Books ISBN-10: 0553392042 ISBN-13: 9780553392043
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The Man Who Couldn't Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought by David Adam
An intimate look at the power of intrusive thoughts, how our brains can turn against us, and living with obsessive compulsive disorder Have you ever had a strange urge to jump from a tall building or steer your car into oncoming traffic? You are not alone. In this fusion of science, history, and personal memoir, David Adam explores the weird thoughts that exist within every mind, and how they drive millions of us toward obsession and compulsion. Adam, an editor at Nature and an accomplished science writer, has suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder for twenty years, and THE MAN WHO COULDN’T STOP is his unflinchingly honest attempt to understand the condition and his experiences. What might lead an Ethiopian schoolgirl to eat a wall of her house, piece by piece, or a pair of brothers to die beneath an avalanche of household junk that they had compulsively hoarded? At what point does a harmless idea, a snowflake in a clear summer sky, become a blinding blizzard of unwanted thoughts? Drawing on the latest research on the brain, as well as historical accounts of patients and their treatments, this is a book that will challenge the way you think about what is normal and what is mental illness. Told with fierce clarity, humor, and urgent lyricism, this book is both the haunting story of a personal nightmare and a fascinating doorway into the darkest corners of our minds.
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2015-01-20
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placeGenres: History, Memoir, Nonfiction, Science Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books ISBN-10: 0374223955 ISBN-13: 9780374223953
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The Book of Love: Improvisations on a Crazy Little Thing by Roger Rosenblatt
In THE BOOK OF LOVE, Roger Rosenblatt explores love in all its moods and variations --- romantic love, courtship, battle, mystery, marriage, heartbreak, fury, confusion, melancholy, delirium, ecstasy; love of family, of friends; love of home, of country, of work, of writing, of solitude, of art; love of nature; love of life itself. Rosenblatt is on a quest to illuminate this elusive and essential emotion, to define this thing called love. Cleverly using lines from love songs to create a flowing ballad --- as infectious and engaging as a jazz riff --- he intersperses fictional vignettes that capture lovers in different situations, ages and temperaments along with notes addressed to “you,” his wife of fifty years. “The story I have to tell is of you. Of others, too. Other people, other things. But mainly of you. It begins and ends with you. It always comes back to you.” Lively yet profound, poignant yet joyous, THE BOOK OF LOVE is a triumph of intellect and imagination: a personal discourse on love that is both novel and timeless.
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2015-01-20
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placeGenres: Memoir, Short Stories Hardcover: 192 pages Publisher: Ecco ISBN-10: 0062349422 ISBN-13: 9780062349422
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Serpents in the Cold by Thomas O'Malley and Douglas Graham Purdy
A serial killer stalks the streets of 1950s Boston --- and two friends take it upon themselves to take him down. Post-war Boston is down on its luck and looking for change. A year after the Brink’s Robbery --- the largest robbery in the history of the United States --- Boston is known more for its seedy underbelly than for its rich, historical past. The winter of 1951 is the worst in recent memory, and the Bruins are suffering another losing season. Like the city itself, lifelong residents Cal O’Brien and Dante Cooper are struggling to find their identities after World War II. Cal has built a mildly promising life for himself as an employee of a company providing private security, whether to an honorable businessman who needs a nightwatchman or to an Irish mafioso who needs to have someone’s legs broken. Dante is everything Cal is not. A heroin addict trying and failing to stay clean, Dante feels the call to do good after he discovers that his sister-in-law was the latest victim of a serial killer targeting disadvantaged women. Woefully unqualified, but determined to help, Cal and Dante take it upon themselves to track the killer --- but their daunting quest takes on dangerous consequences when the trail leads them to the highest ranks of city government. There are a few well-placed men who don’t want Cal and Dante to solve this case. An absorbing mixture of history and suspense, told with a meticulous eye for detail and character, SERPENTS IN THE COLDis a moving
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2015-01-20
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placeGenres: Fiction, Historical Thriller, Mystery, Thriller Hardcover: 400 pages Publisher: Mulholland Books ISBN-10: 0316323500 ISBN-13: 9780316323505
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See How Small: A Novel by Scott Blackwood
One late autumn evening in a Texas town, two strangers walk into an ice cream shop shortly before closing time. They bind up the three teenage girls who are working the counter, set fire to the shop, and disappear. SEE HOW SMALL tells the stories of the survivors --- family, witnesses, and suspects --- who must endure in the wake of atrocity. Justice remains elusive in their world, human connection tenuous. Hovering above the aftermath of their deaths are the three girls. They watch over the town and make occasional visitations, trying to connect with and prod to life those they left behind. "See how small a thing it is that keeps us apart," they say.
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2015-01-20
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 224 pages Publisher: Little, Brown and Company ISBN-10: 031637380X ISBN-13: 9780316373807
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My Father's Wives: A Novel by Mike Greenberg
Jonathan Sweetwater has been blessed with money, a fulfilling career, great kids and Claire, his smart, gorgeous, sophisticated wife. But there is one thing Jonathan never had: a relationship with his father. Percival Sweetwater III has been absent from his son’s life since Jonathan was nine years old. A five-term U.S. senator, now dead, Percy was beloved by presidents, his constituents, and women alike, especially the five women who married him after Jonathan’s mother. Jonathan hasn’t thought about Percy or the hole he left in his life for years. Dedicated to Claire and his family, he’s nothing like his serial monogamist father. But then Jonathan discovers evidence that everything in his marriage may not be as perfect as he thought. Hurt and uncertain what to do, he knows that the only way to move forward is to go back. On this quest for understanding --- about himself, about manhood, about marriage --- Jonathan decides to track down his father’s five ex-wives. His journey will take him from cosmopolitan cities to the mile-high mountains to a tropical island --- and ultimately back to confront the one thing Jonathan has that his father never did: home.
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2015-01-20
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: William Morrow ISBN-10: 0062325868 ISBN-13: 9780062325860
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Mort(e) by Robert Repino
The “war with no name” has begun, with human extinction as its goal. The instigator of this war is the Colony, a race of intelligent ants who, for thousands of years, have been silently building an army that would forever eradicate the destructive, oppressive humans. Under the Colony’s watchful eye, this utopia will be free of the humans’ penchant for violence, exploitation and religious superstition. The final step in the Colony’s war effort is transforming the surface animals into high-functioning two-legged beings who rise up to kill their masters. Former housecat turned war hero, Mort(e) is famous for taking on the most dangerous missions and fighting the dreaded human bio-weapon EMSAH. But the true motivation behind his recklessness is his ongoing search for a pre-transformation friend—a dog named Sheba. When he receives a mysterious message from the dwindling human resistance claiming Sheba is alive, he begins a journey that will take him from the remaining human strongholds to the heart of the Colony, where he will discover the source of EMSAH and the ultimate fate of all of earth’s creatures.
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2015-01-20
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placeGenres: Fiction, Science Fiction Hardcover: pages Publisher: Soho Press ISBN-10: 1616954272 ISBN-13: 9781616954277
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If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie
Will has never been outside, at least not since he can remember. And he has certainly never gotten to know anyone other than his mother, a fiercely loving yet wildly eccentric agoraphobe who drowns in panic at the thought of opening the front door. Their world is rich and loving, full of art, experiments, and music --- but confined to their small house. But Will’s thirst for adventure can’t be contained. Clad in a protective helmet and unsure of how to talk to other kids, he finally ventures outside. With the help of an artistic loner who introduces Will to the high-flying freedom of skateboarding, Will is pulled far from the confines of his closed-off world and thrust headfirst into the throes of early adulthood and the dangers that everyday life offers.
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2015-01-20
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Hogarth ISBN-10: 0804140804 ISBN-13: 9780804140805
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Guantánamo Diary Written by Mohamedou Slahi and edited by Larry Siems
Since 2002, Mohamedou Slahi has been imprisoned at the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. In all these years, the United States has never charged him with a crime. A federal judge ordered his release in March 2010, but the U.S. government fought that decision, and there is no sign that the United States plans to let him go. Three years into his captivity Slahi began a diary, recounting his life before he disappeared into U.S. custody, "his endless world tour" of imprisonment and interrogation and his daily life as a Guantánamo prisoner. His diary is not merely a vivid record of a miscarriage of justice, but a deeply personal memoir --- terrifying, darkly humorous and surprisingly gracious. Published now for the first time, GUANTÁNAMO DIARY is a document of immense historical importance and a riveting and profoundly revealing read.
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2015-01-20
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placeGenres: Human Rights, Memoir, Nonfiction Hardcover: 432 pages Publisher: Little, Brown and Company ISBN-10: 0316328685 ISBN-13: 9780316328685
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First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
From the New York Times bestselling author of GARDEN SPELLS comes a story of the Waverley family, in a novel as sparkling as the first dusting of frost on new-fallen leaves... It's October in Bascom, North Carolina, and autumn will not go quietly. As temperatures drop and leaves begin to turn, the Waverley women are made restless by the whims of their mischievous apple tree...and all the magic that swirls around it. But this year, first frost has much more in store. Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley’s Candies. Though her handcrafted confections --- rose to recall lost love, lavender to promote happiness and lemon verbena to soothe throats and minds --- are singularly effective, the business of selling them is costing her the everyday joys of her family, and her belief in her own precious gifts. Sydney Waverley, too, is losing her balance. With each passing day she longs more for a baby --- a namesake for her wonderful Henry. Yet the longer she tries, the more her desire becomes an unquenchable thirst, stealing the pleasure out of the life she already has. Sydney’s daughter, Bay, has lost her heart to the boy she knows it belongs to…if only he could see it, too. But how can he, when he is so far outside her grasp that he appears to her as little more than a puff of smoke? When a mysterious stranger shows up and challenges the very heart of their family, each of them must make choices they have never confronted before. And through it
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2015-01-20
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placeGenres: Fiction, Women's Fiction Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: St. Martin's Press ISBN-10: 1250019834 ISBN-13: 9781250019837
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Fear the Darkness: A Thriller by Becky Masterman
Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn knows how difficult it can be to overcome one's past. But she is nothing if not a fighter. Even when the return of a serial killer from her past threatened to derail her new marriage, she managed to hold on to the life she's been trying to build in Tucson with her husband, Carlo. At first, the new challenges in her life seem pretty mundane compared to a serial killer. After her sister-in-law dies, Brigid's nineteen-year-old niece Gemma Kate comes to live with her and Carlo, to establish Arizona residency before starting college. Brigid doesn't exactly love the idea, especially since there's always been something unsettling about Gemma Kate, but family is family. Meanwhile, Brigid agrees to help a local couple by investigating the death of their son --- until dangerous things start to happen. As the menace comes closer and closer to home, Brigid starts to wonder if she can trust anyone. After spending her career hunting sexual predators, Brigid has seen her share of evil. Nevertheless, the worst threats are not always easy to spot, even when they are right in front of you --- partly because few people manage to be pure evil. But Brigid knows it's what you don't see, what you never expected, that can be the most treacherous...
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2015-01-20
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placeGenres: Ficton , Thriller Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Minotaur Books ISBN-10: 0312622953 ISBN-13: 9780312622954
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Cane and Abe by James Grippando
Samantha died too soon. Abe Beckham’s new wife has helped him through the loss, but some say it was a step back to marry Angelina, a love from Abe’s past. Abe doesn’t want to hear it, and through the ups and downs, he’s even managed to remain a star prosecutor at the Miami State Attorney’s Office. Then everything goes wrong. A woman’s body is discovered dumped in the Everglades, and Abe is called upon to monitor the investigation. The FBI is tracking a killer in South Florida they call “Cutter” because his brutal methods harken back to Florida’s dark past, when machete-wielding men cut sugarcane by hand in the blazing sun. But when the feds discover that Abe had a brief encounter with the victim after Samantha’s death, and when Angelina goes missing, the respected attorney finds himself under fire. Suspicion surrounds him. His closest friends, family, professional colleagues and the media no longer trust his motives. Was Angelina right? Was their marriage not what they’d hoped for because he loved Samantha too much? Or was there another woman...and a husband with a dark side who simply wanted his new wife gone?
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2015-01-20
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placeGenres: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller Hardcover: 368 pages Publisher: Harper ISBN-10: 006229539X ISBN-13: 9780062295392
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Black River by S. M. Hulse
When Wes Carver returns to Black River, he carries two things in the cab of his truck: his wife’s ashes and a letter from the prison parole board. The convict who held him hostage during a riot, twenty years ago, is being considered for release. Wes has been away from Black River ever since the riot. He grew up in this small Montana town, encircled by mountains, and, like his father before him and most of the men there, he made his living as a Corrections Officer. A talented, natural fiddler, he found solace and joy in his music. But during that riot Bobby Williams changed everything for Wes --- undermining his faith and taking away his ability to play. How can a man who once embodied evil ever come to good? How can he pay for such crimes with anything but his life? As Wes considers his own choices and grieves for all he’s lost, he must decide what he believes and whether he can let Williams walk away.
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placeGenres: Fiction, Western Hardcover: 240 pages Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ISBN-10: 0544309871 ISBN-13: 9780544309876
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A Bad Character by Deepti Kapoor
She is twenty, restless in New Delhi. Her mother has died; her father has left for Singapore. He is a few years older, just back to India from New York. When they meet in a café one afternoon, she ---- lonely, hungry for experience, yearning to break free of tradition --- casts aside her fears and throws herself headlong into a love affair, one that takes her where she has never been before. Told in a voice at once gritty and lyrical, mournful and frank, A BAD CHARACTER marks the arrival of an astonishingly gifted new writer. It is an unforgettable hymn to a dangerous, exhilarating city, and a portrait of desire and its consequences as timeless as it is universa
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placeGenres: Fiction, Romance Hardcover: 256 pages Publisher: Knopf ISBN-10: 0385352743 ISBN-13: 9780385352741
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Sweetland by Michael Crummey
The epic tale of an endangered Newfoundland community and the struggles of one man determined to resist its extinction. The scarcely populated town of Sweetland rests on the shore of a remote Canadian island. Its slow decline finally reaches a head when the mainland government offers each islander a generous resettlement package—the sole stipulation being that everyone must leave. Fierce and enigmatic Moses Sweetland, whose ancestors founded the village, is the only one to refuse. As he watches his neighbors abandon the island, he recalls the town’s rugged history and its eccentric cast of characters. Evoking The Shipping News, Michael Crummey—one of Canada’s finest novelists—conjures up the mythical, sublime world of Sweetland’s past amid a stormbattered landscape haunted by local lore. As in his critically acclaimed novel Galore, Crummey masterfully weaves together past and present, creating in Sweetland a spectacular portrait of one man’s battle to survive as his environment vanishes around him.
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2015-01-19
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placeGenres: Fiction, Historical Fiction Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Liveright ISBN-10: 0871407906 ISBN-13: 9780871407900
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Gateway to Freedom by Eric Foner
The dramatic story of fugitive slaves and the antislavery activists who defied the law to help them reach freedom. They are little known to history: Sydney Howard Gay, an abolitionist newspaper editor; Louis Napoleon, a furniture polisher; Charles B. Ray, a black minister. At great risk they operated the underground railroad in New York, a city whose businesses, banks, and politics were deeply enmeshed in the slave economy. In secret coordination with black dockworkers who alerted them to the arrival of fugitives and with counterparts in Norfolk, Wilmington, Philadelphia, Albany, and Syracuse, underground-railroad operatives in New York helped more than 3,000 fugitive slaves reach freedom between 1830 and 1860. Their defiance of the notorious Fugitive Slave Law inflamed the South. White and black, educated and illiterate, they were heroic figures in the ongoing struggle between slavery and freedom. Making brilliant use of fresh evidence—including the meticulous record of slave rescues secretly kept by Gay—Eric Foner elevates the underground railroad from folklore to sweeping history.
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placeGenres: American, History, Human Rights, Nonfiction Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company ISBN-10: 0393244075 ISBN-13: 9780393244076
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Fatherland: A Family History by Nina Bunjevac
Standing alongside Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis and Joe Sacco's Palestine, Nina Bunjevac'sFatherland renders the searing history of the Balkans in the twentieth century through the experiences of the author and her family. In 1975, fearing her husband’s growing fanaticism, Nina Bunjevac's mother fled her marriage and adopted country of Canada, taking Nina—then only a toddler—and her older sister back to Yugoslavia to live with her parents.
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placeGenres: Comic Book, Graphic Novel, Nonfiction Hardcover: 160 pages Publisher: Liveright ISBN-10: 1631490311 ISBN-13: 9781631490316
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West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan
In 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a troubled, uncertain man whose literary success was long over. In poor health, with his wife consigned to a mental asylum and his finances in ruins, he struggled to make a new start as a screenwriter in Hollywood. By December 1940, he would be dead of a heart attack. Those last three years of Fitzgerald’s life, often obscured by the legend of his earlier Jazz Age glamour, are the focus of Stewart O’Nan’s gorgeously and gracefully written novel. With flashbacks to key moments from Fitzgerald’s past, the story follows him as he arrives on the MGM lot, falls in love with brassy gossip columnist Sheilah Graham, begins work on THE LAST TYCOON, and tries to maintain a semblance of family life with the absent Zelda and daughter, Scottie. Fitzgerald’s orbit of literary fame and the Golden Age of Hollywood is brought vividly to life through the novel’s romantic cast of characters, from Dorothy Parker and Ernest Hemingway to Humphrey Bogart. A sympathetic and deeply personal portrait of a flawed man who never gave up in the end, even as his every wish and hope seemed thwarted, WEST OF SUNSET confirms O’Nan as “possibly our best working novelist” (Salon).
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2015-01-13
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placeGenres: Fiction, Historical Fiction Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: Viking Adult ISBN-10: 0670785954 ISBN-13: 9780670785957
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The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Despite their many differences, Detective Rachel Getty trusts her boss, Esa Khattak, implicitly. But she’s still uneasy at Khattak’s tight-lipped secrecy when he asks her to look into Christopher Drayton’s death. Drayton’s apparently accidental fall from a cliff doesn’t seem to warrant a police investigation, particularly not from Rachel and Khattak’s team, which handles minority-sensitive cases. But when she learns that Drayton may have been living under an assumed name, Rachel begins to understand why Khattak is tip-toeing around this case. It soon comes to light that Drayton may have been a war criminal with ties to the Srebrenica massacre of 1995. If that’s true, any number of people might have had reason to help Drayton to his death, and a murder investigation could have far-reaching ripples throughout the community. But as Rachel and Khattak dig deeper into the life and death of Christopher Drayton, every question seems to lead only to more questions, with no easy answers. Had the specters of Srebrenica returned to haunt Drayton at the end, or had he been keeping secrets of an entirely different nature? Or, after all, did a man just fall to his death from the Bluffs? In her debut, Ausma Zehanat Khan has written a complex and provocative story of loss, redemption, and the cost of justice.
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2015-01-13
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placeGenres: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Minotaur Books ISBN-10: 1250055113 ISBN-13: 9781250055118
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The Undertaker's Daughter: A Memoir by Kate Mayfield
What if the place you called “home” happened to be a funeral home? Kate Mayfield explores what it meant to be the daughter of a small-town undertaker in this fascinating memoir evocative of SIX FEET UNDER and THE HELP, with a hint of Mary Roach’s STIFF. The first time I touched a dead person, I was too short to reach into the casket, so my father picked me up and I leaned in for that first, empty, cold touch. It was thrilling, because it was an unthinkable act. After Kate Mayfield was born, she was taken directly to a funeral home. Her father was an undertaker, and for thirteen years the family resided in a place nearly synonymous with death. A place where the living and the dead entered their house like a vapor. The place where Kate would spend the entirety of her childhood. In a memoir that reads like a Harper Lee novel, Mayfield draws the reader into a world of Southern mystique and ghosts. Kate’s father set up shop in a small town where he was one of two white morticians during the turbulent 1960s. Jubilee, Kentucky, was a segregated, god-fearing community where no one kept secrets --- except the ones they were buried with. By opening a funeral home, Kate’s father also opened the door to family feuds, fetishes, and victims of accidents, murder, and suicide. The family saw it all. They also saw the quiet ruin of Kate’s father, who hid alcoholism and infidelity behind a cool, charismatic exterior. As Mayfield grows from trusting child to rebellious teen, she begin
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placeGenres: Memoir, Nonfiction Hardcover: 368 pages Publisher: Gallery Books ISBN-10: 1476757283 ISBN-13: 9781476757285
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The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister
Will a magician ever reveal her secrets --- even when her life’s at stake? The Amazing Arden is the most notorious female illusionist of her day, renowned for sawing a man in half. One night, with policeman Virgil Holt in the audience, she swaps her saw for a fire ax. A new trick or an all-too-real murder? When a dead body is discovered, the answer seems clear. But under Holt's interrogation, what Arden’s story reveals is both unbelievable and spellbinding. Even handcuffed and alone, she is far from powerless. During one eerie night, Holt must decide whether to turn Arden in or set her free...and it will take all he has to see through the smoke and mirrors.
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placeGenres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery, Women's Fiction Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark ISBN-10: 1402298684 ISBN-13: 9781402298684
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The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith
In Reconstruction-era America, vampire Henry Sturges is searching for renewed purpose in the wake of his friend Abraham Lincoln's shocking death. It will be an expansive journey that will first send him to England for an unexpected encounter with Jack the Ripper, then to New York City for the birth of a new American century, the dawn of the electric era of Tesla and Edison, and the blazing disaster of the 1937 Hindenburg crash. Along the way, Henry goes on the road in a Kerouac-influenced trip as Seth Grahame-Smith weaves vampire history through Russia's October Revolution, the First and Second World Wars, and the JFK assassination.
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placeGenres: Fiction, Horror Hardcover: 416 pages Publisher: Grand Central Publishing ISBN-10: 145550212X ISBN-13: 9781455502127
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The Ice Queen by Nele Neuhaus
The body of 92-year-old Jossi Goldberg, Holocaust survivor and American citizen, is found shot to death execution style in his house near Frankfurt. A five-digit number is scrawled in blood at the murder scene. The autopsy reveals an old and unsuccessfully covered tattoo on the corpse's arm --- a blood type marker once used by Hitler's SS. Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver Bodenstein are faced with a riddle. Was the old man not Jewish after all? Who was he, really? Two more, similar murders happen --- one of a wheelchair-bound old lady in a nursing home, and one of a man with a cellar filled with Nazi paraphernalia --- and slowly the connections between the victims becomes evident: All of them were lifelong friends with Vera von Kaltensee, baroness, well-respected philanthropist, and head of an old, rich family that she rules with an iron fist. Pia and Oliver follow the trail, which leads them all the way back to the end of World War II and the area of Poland that then belonged to East Prussia. No one is who they claim to be, and things only begin to make sense when the two investigators realize what the bloody number stands for, and uncover an old diary and an eyewitness who is finally willing to come forward. THE ICE QUEEN is a character- and plot-driven mystery about revenge, power, and long-forgotten and covered-up secrets from a time in German history that still affects the present.
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placeGenres: Fiction, Mystery Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Minotaur Books ISBN-10: 0312604262 ISBN-13: 9780312604264
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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life --- as she sees it --- is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.
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placeGenres: Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover ISBN-10: 1594633665 ISBN-13: 9781594633669
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The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family by Roger Cohen
An intimate and profoundly moving Jewish family history --- a story of displacement, prejudice, hope, despair and love. In this luminous memoir, award-winning New York Times columnist Roger Cohen turns a compassionate yet discerning eye on the legacy of his own forebears. As he follows them across continents and decades, mapping individual lives that diverge and intertwine, vital patterns of struggle and resilience, valued heritage and evolving loyalties (religious, ethnic, national), converge into a resonant portrait of cultural identity in the modern age. Beginning in the 19th century and continuing through to the present day, Cohen tracks his family’s story of repeated upheaval, from Lithuania to South Africa, and then to England, the United States, and Israel. It is a tale of otherness marked by overt and latent anti-Semitism, but also otherness as a sense of inheritance. We see Cohen’s family members grow roots in each adopted homeland even as they struggle to overcome the loss of what is left behind and to adapt --- to the racism his parents witness in apartheid-era South Africa, to the familiar ostracism an uncle from Johannesburg faces after fighting against Hitler across Europe, to the ambivalence an Israeli cousin experiences when tasked with policing the occupied West Bank. At the heart of THE GIRL FROM HUMAN STREET is the powerful and touching relationship between Cohen and his mother, that “girl.” Tortured by the upheavals in her life yet stoic in her st
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placeGenres: Memoir, Nonfiction Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Knopf ISBN-10: 0307594661 ISBN-13: 9780307594662
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The First Bad Man by Miranda July
From the acclaimed filmmaker, artist and bestselling author of NO ONE BELONGS HERE MORE THAN YOU, a spectacular debut novel that is so heartbreaking, so dirty, so tender, so funny --- so Miranda July --- that readers will be blown away. Here is Cheryl, a tightly-wound, vulnerable woman who lives alone, with a perpetual lump in her throat. She is haunted by a baby boy she met when she was six, who sometimes recurs as other people’s babies. Cheryl is also obsessed with Phillip, a philandering board member at the women’s self-defense nonprofit where she works. She believes they’ve been making love for many lifetimes, though they have yet to consummate in this one. When Cheryl’s bosses ask if their 21-year-old daughter, Clee, can move into her house for a little while, Cheryl’s eccentrically ordered world explodes. And yet it is Clee --- the selfish, cruel blond bombshell --- who bullies Cheryl into reality and, unexpectedly, provides her the love of a lifetime. Tender, gripping, slyly hilarious, infused with raging sexual obsession and fierce maternal love, Miranda July’s first novel confirms her as a spectacularly original, iconic, and important voice today, and a writer for all time. THE FIRST BAD MAN is dazzling, disorienting and unforgettable.
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Scribner ISBN-10: 1439172560 ISBN-13: 9781439172568
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The Devil You Know by Elisabeth de Mariaffi
In the vein of Gillian Flynn’s SHARP OBJECTS and A.S.A. Harrison’s THE SILENT WIFE, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW is a thrilling debut about a rookie reporter, whose memories of the murder of her childhood best friend bring danger --- and a stalker --- right to her doorstep. The year is 1993. Rookie crime beat reporter Evie Jones is haunted by the unsolved murder of her best friend Lianne Gagnon who was killed in 1982, back when both girls were 11. The suspected killer, a repeat offender named Robert Cameron, was never arrested, leaving Lianne’s case cold. Now 21 and living alone for the first time, Evie is obsessively drawn to finding out what really happened to Lianne. She leans on another childhood friend, David Patton, for help --- but every clue they uncover seems to lead to an unimaginable conclusion. As she gets closer and closer to the truth, Evie becomes convinced that the killer is still at large --- and that he’s coming back for her. From critically acclaimed author Elisabeth de Mariaffi comes a spine-tingling debut about secrets long buried and obsession that cannot be controlled.
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placeGenres: Fiction, Literary Fiction, Suspense, Thriller Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Touchstone ISBN-10: 1476779082 ISBN-13: 9781476779089
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The Deep by Nick Cutter
A strange plague called the ’Gets is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget --- small things at first, like where they left their keys…then the not-so-small things like how to drive, or the letters of the alphabet. Then their bodies forget how to function involuntarily…and there is no cure. But now, far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, deep in the Marianas Trench, an heretofore unknown substance hailed as “ambrosia” has been discovered --- a universal healer, from initial reports. It may just be the key to a universal cure. In order to study this phenomenon, a special research lab, the Trieste, has been built eight miles under the sea’s surface. But now the station is incommunicado, and it’s up to a brave few to descend through the lightless fathoms in hopes of unraveling the mysteries lurking at those crushing depths…and perhaps to encounter an evil blacker than anything one could possibly imagine.
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2015-01-13
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placeGenres: Fiction, Horror Hardcover: 400 pages Publisher: Gallery Books ISBN-10: 1476717737 ISBN-13: 9781476717739
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Saint Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel by Dean Koontz
Odd Thomas is back where it all started...because the time has come to finish it. Since he left his simple life in the small town of Pico Mundo, California, his journey has taken him to places strange and wonderful, mysterious and terrifying. Across the land, in the company of mortals and spirits alike, he has known kindness and cruelty, felt love and loss, saved lives and taken them --- as he’s borne witness to humanity’s greatest good and darkest evil. Again and again, he has gone where he must and done what he had to do --- for better or worse --- with his courage and devotion sorely tested, and his soul forever changed. Every triumph has been hard won. Each sacrifice has taken its toll. Now, whatever destiny drives him has finally steered his steps home, where those he cares for most surround him, the memory of his tragically lost true love haunts him, and one last challenge --- vast and dreadful --- awaits him. For Odd Thomas, born to serve a purpose far greater than himself, the wandering is done. Only the reckoning remains.
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2015-01-13
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placeGenres: Fiction, Supernatural Thriller, Suspense, Thriller Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Bantam ISBN-10: 0345545877 ISBN-13: 9780345545879
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Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness by Jessie Close with Pete Earley
The Close sisters are descended from very prominent and wealthy ancestors. When the Close sisters were very young, their parents joined a cult called the MRA, or Moral Rearmament. The family was suddenly uprooted to a cult school in Switzerland and, ultimately, to the Belgian Congo where their father became a surgeon in the war ravaged republic, and ultimately the personal physician to President Mobutu. Shortly after the girls returned to the US for boarding school, Jessie first started to exhibit symptoms of severe bipolar disorder (she would later learn that this ran in the family, a well-kept secret). Jessie embarked on a series of destructive marriages as the condition worsened. Glenn was always by her side throughout. Jessie's mental illness was passed on to her son, Calen. It wasn't until Calen entered McLean's psychiatric hospital that Jessie herself was diagnosed. Fifteen years and 12 years of sobriety later, Jessie is a stable and productive member of society. Glenn continues to be the major support in Jessie's life. In RESILIENCE, the sisters share their story of triumphing over Jessie's illness. The book is written in Jessie's voice with running commentary and an epilogue written by Glenn.
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2015-01-13
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placeGenres: Memoir, Nonfiction Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Grand Central Publishing ISBN-10: 1455548820 ISBN-13: 9781455548828
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Publishing: A Writer's Memoir by Gail Godwin
PUBLISHING is a personal story of a writer's hunger to be published, the pursuit of that goal, and then the long haul --- for Gail Godwin, forty-five years of being a published writer and all that goes with it. A student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1958, Godwin met with Knopf scouts who came to campus every spring in search of new talent. Though her five pages of WINDY PEAKS were turned down and the novel never completed, she would go on to publish two story collections and fourteen novels, three of which were National Book Award finalists, five of which were New York Times bestsellers. PUBLISHING reflects on the influence of her mother's writing hopes and accomplishments, and recalls Godwin's experiences with teachers Kurt Vonnegut and Robert Coover at the Iowa Writers' Workshop; with John Hawkins, her literary agent for five decades; with John Irving and other luminaries; and with her editors and publishers. Recollecting her long and storied career, Godwin maps the publishing industry over the last fifty years, a time of great upheaval and ingenuity. Her memoir is illuminated by Frances Halsband's evocative black-and-white line drawings throughout. There have been memoirs about writing and memoirs about being an editor, but there is no other book quite like PUBLISHING for aspiring writers and book lovers everywhere.
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placeGenres: Memoir, Nonfiction Hardcover: 224 pages Publisher: Bloomsbury USA ISBN-10: 1620408244 ISBN-13: 9781620408247
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Outline by Rachel Cusk
A man and a woman are seated next to each other on a plane. They get to talking --- about their destination, their careers, their families. Grievances are aired, family tragedies discussed, marriages and divorces analyzed. An intimacy is established as two strangers contrast their own fictions about their lives. Rachel Cusk’s OUTLINE is a novel in 10 conversations. Spare and stark, it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing during one oppressively hot summer in Athens. She leads her students in storytelling exercises. She meets other visiting writers for dinner and discourse. She goes swimming in the Ionian Sea with her neighbor from the plane. The people she encounters speak volubly about themselves: their fantasies, anxieties, pet theories, regrets, and longings. And through these disclosures, a portrait of the narrator is drawn by contrast, a portrait of a woman learning to face a great loss. OUTLINE takes a hard look at the things that are hardest to speak about. It brilliantly captures conversations, investigates people’s motivations for storytelling, and questions their ability to ever do so honestly or unselfishly. In doing so it bares the deepest impulses behind the craft of fiction writing.
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 256 pages Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN-10: 0374228345 ISBN-13: 9780374228347
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Miracle on Voodoo Mountain: A Young Woman's Remarkable Story of Pushing Back the Darkness for the Children of Haiti by Megan Boudreaux
MIRACLE ON VOODOO MOUNTAIN is the inspirational memoir of an accomplished and driven 24-year-old who quit her job, sold everythingand moved to Haiti by herself --- all without a clear plan of action. Megan Boudreaux had visited Haiti on a few humanitarian trips but each trip multiplied the sense that someone needed to address the devastation --- especially with the children, many of whom were kept as household slaves on the poverty-stricken and earthquake-devastated Caribbean island. God guided her every step as she moved blindly to a foreign land without knowing the language, the people, or the future. From becoming the adoptive mother of former child slaves, to receiving the divine gift of the Haitian Creole language, to starting, building and running a school for more than 500 children, "the amazingness of what God did after I made the choice to be obedient is incredible," said Megan. Three years later, six acres on Bellevue Mountain in Gressier is the home of the nonprofit Respire Haiti at the former site of voodoo worship, and in the area that many still come to make animal sacrifices, Megan and her staff of nearly 200 are transforming this community as they educate, feed, and address the needs.
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2015-01-13
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placeGenres: Christian, Memoir, Nonfiction Hardcover: 224 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson ISBN-10: 0529110946 ISBN-13: 9780529110947
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Lillian on Life by Alison Jean Lester
This is the story of Lillian, a single woman reflecting on her choices and imagining her future. Born in the Midwest in the 1930s; Lillian lives, loves, and works in Europe in the fifties and early sixties; she settles in New York and pursues the great love of her life in the sixties and seventies. Now it’s the early nineties, and she’s taking stock. Throughout her life, walking the unpaved road between traditional and modern choices for women, Lillian grapples with parental disappointment and societal expectations, wins and loses in love, and develops her own brand of wisdom.
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2015-01-13
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 256 pages Publisher: Putnam Adult ISBN-10: 0399168893 ISBN-13: 9780399168895
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In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen
In December 1992, three groups of teenagers head to the theater to see the movie version of the famed Eons & Empires comic books. For Adam it's a last ditch effort to connect with something (actually, someone, the girl he's had a crush on for years) in his sleepy Florida town before he leaves for good. Passionate fan Sharon skips school in Cincinnati so she can fully appreciate the flick without interruption from her vapid almost-friends --- a seemingly silly indiscretion with shocking consequences. And in suburban Chicago, Phoebe and Ollie simply want to have a nice first date and maybe fool around in the dark, if everyone they know could just stop getting in the way. Over the next two decades, these unforgettable characters criss-cross the globe, becoming entwined by friendship, sex, ambition, fame and tragedy. IN SOME OTHER WORLD, MAYBE sheds light on what it means to grow up in modern America.
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2015-01-13
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: St. Martin's Press ISBN-10: 1250047994 ISBN-13: 9781250047991
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Done in One by Grant Jerkins and Jan Thomas
One bullet equals one kill. For SWAT sniper Jake Denton, the bullet casings he saves as grim reminders of his "kills" are beginning to add up. His wife, his department-ordered psychiatrist, and even Jake himself are all beginning to question just how these sanctioned kills are affecting his mental health. Nobody wants him to end up like Lee Staley, his mentor and ex-partner --- now out on permanent psych leave, drinking himself to death, and the prime suspect in a series of shootings that have paralyzed Northern California. Jake doesn't believe that Staley’s guilty, but when their job has taught them to kill, how easy would it be for his friend to cross over to the other side? How easy would it be for him? On every police force in the country, there's a SWAT sniper going about his daily life, acting like an average cop, until the moment when the call comes in. Then they become a hostage’s last hope and a criminal's worst nightmare. To some, they are silent heroes --- to others, silent killers. Grant Jerkins and Jan Thomas' DONE IN ONE pulls back the curtain on their world.
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2015-01-13
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placeGenres: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books ISBN-10: 1250054869 ISBN-13: 9781250054869
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Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag
Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she defeated her attacker, but Dana is still physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred by her ordeal, with aftereffects including PTSD and memory loss. In an attempt to put herself back together after surviving the unthinkable, Dana returns to her hometown. But it doesn’t provide the comfort she expects: She struggles to recognize family and childhood friends and begins experiencing dark flashbacks --- but she’s not sure if they’re truly memories or side effects of her brain injury. Dana decides to use her investigative skills to piece together her past and learns of the event that made her become a reporter in the first place: the disappearance of her best friend, Casey Grant, the summer after high school graduation. Looking at her past and the unsolved mystery through the dark filter of PTSD, old friends seem to be suspects, authority figures part of a cover-up. Dana begins to question everything she knows. What is real? What is imagined? Are we defined by what happens to us? And is the truth really something too terrible to be believed?
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2015-01-13
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placeGenres: Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller Hardcover: 368 pages Publisher: Dutton Adult ISBN-10: 0525954546 ISBN-13: 9780525954545
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Bonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda
Siem Sigerius is a beloved, brilliant professor of mathematics with a promising future in politics. His family --- including a loving wife, two gorgeous, intelligent stepdaughters and a successful future son-in-law ---- and carefully appointed home in the bucolic countryside complete the portrait of a comfortable, morally upright household. But there are elements of Siem's past that threaten to upend the peace and stability that he has achieved, and when he stumbles upon a deception that’s painfully close to home, things begin to fall apart. A cataclysmic explosion in a fireworks factory, the advent of internet pornography, and the reappearances of a discarded, dangerous son all play a terrible role in the spectacular fragmentation of the Sigerius clan. A riveting portrait of a family in crisis and the ways that even the smallest twists of fate can forever change our lives, BONITA AVENUE is an incendiary, unpredictable debut of relationships torn asunder by lies, and minds destroyed by madness.
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2015-01-13
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 544 pages Publisher: Hogarth ISBN-10: 0553417851 ISBN-13: 9780553417852
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An Appetite for Violets by Martine Bailey
Irrepressible Biddy Leigh, under-cook at forbidding Mawton Hall, only wants to marry her childhood sweetheart and set up her own tavern. But when her elderly master marries young Lady Carinna, Biddy is unwittingly swept up in a world of scheming, secrets and lies. Forced to accompany her new mistress to Italy, she documents her adventures and culinary discoveries in an old household book of recipes, The Cook’s Jewel. Biddy grows intrigued by her fellow travelers, but her secretive and unconventional mistress is the most intriguing of all. In London, Biddy finds herself attracted to her mistress’s younger brother. In France, she discovers her mistress’s dark secret. At last in Italy, Biddy becomes embroiled in a murderous conspiracy, knowing the secrets she holds could be a key to a better life...or her downfall. Inspired by eighteenth-century household books of recipes and set at the time of the invention of the first restaurants, AN APPETITE FOR VIOLETS is a literary feast for lovers of historical fiction. Martine Bailey's novel opens a window into the fascinating lives of servants, while also delivering a suspenseful tale of obsession and betrayal.
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placeGenres: Fiction, Historical Fiction Hardcover: 400 pages Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books ISBN-10: 1250056918 ISBN-13: 9781250056917
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Amnesia by Peter Carey
The two-time Booker Prize winner now gives us an exceedingly timely, exhilarating novel --- at once dark, suspenseful, and seriously funny ---- that journeys to the place where the cyber underworld collides with international power politics. When Gaby Baillieux releases the Angel Worm into Australia’s prison computer system, hundreds of asylum-seekers walk free. And because the Americans run the prisons (let’s be honest: as they do in so many parts of her country) the doors of some five thousand jails in the United States also open. Is this a mistake, or a declaration of cyber war? And does it have anything to do with the largely forgotten Battle of Brisbane between American and Australian forces in 1942? Or with the CIA-influenced coup in Australia in 1975? Felix Moore, known to himself as “our sole remaining left-wing journalist,” is determined to write Gaby’s biography in order to find the answers --- to save her, his own caree and, perhaps, his country. But how to get Gaby --- on the run, scared, confused and angry --- to cooperate? Bringing together the world of hackers and radicals with the “special relationship” between the United States and Australia, and Australia and the CIA, AMNESIA is a novel that speaks powerfully about the often hidden past --- but most urgently about the more and more hidden present.
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Knopf ISBN-10: 0385352778 ISBN-13: 9780385352772
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The Carrier: A Zailer and Waterhouse Mystery by Sophie Hannah
When Gaby’s plane is delayed, she’s forced to share a hotel room with a stranger: Lauren, who is terrified of her. But why is she scared of Gaby in particular? Lauren won’t explain. Instead, she blurts out something about an innocent man going to prison for murder. Gaby soon suspects that Lauren’s presence on her flight isn’t a coincidence, because the murder victim is Francine Breary, the wife of the only man Gaby has ever truly loved. Tim Breary has confessed. He’s even provided the police with evidence. The only thing he hasn’t given them is a motive. He claims to have no idea why he murdered his wife…
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2015-01-08
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placeGenres: Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller Hardcover: 480 pages Publisher: Putnam Adult ISBN-10: 0670785865 ISBN-13: 9780670785865
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Winter at the Door by Sarah Graves
Perfect for fans of Jenny Milchman, Linda Castillo and Lisa Gardner --- the first book in a suspenseful new crime thriller series featuring the tough but haunted police chief Lizzie Snow, a big-city cop with a mission, taking on a small town with a dark side. Moving from Boston to remote Bearkill, Maine, isn’t homicide cop Lizzie Snow’s idea of a step up. But breaking away from tragedy and personal betrayal is at least a step in the right direction. Her dead sister’s fate still torments her, as does her long-missing niece’s disappearance. Lizzie hopes to find the mysteriously vanished child here, amid the coming ice and snow. But in the Great North Woods, something darker and more dangerous than punishing winter is also bound for Bearkill. The town is a world apart in more than distance --- full of people who see everything, say little, and know more than they’ll share with an outsider. The only exceptions are the handsome state cop who once badly broke Lizzie’s heart and desperately wants another chance --- and Lizzie’s new boss, sheriff Cody Chevrier, who’s counting on her years of homicide experience to help him solve his most troubling case, before it’s too late. A rash of freak accidents and suicides has left a string of dead men --- all former local cops. Now the same cruel eyes that watched them die are on Lizzie --- and so is the pressure to find out what sort of monster has his hooks in this town, what his ruthless game is, and just how brutally he’ll play
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2015-01-06
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placeGenres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller Hardcover: 272 pages Publisher: Bantam ISBN-10: 0345535014 ISBN-13: 9780345535016
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Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova
In this darkly imaginative debut novel full of myth, magic, romance and mystery, a Princeton freshman is drawn into a love triangle with two brothers, and discovers terrifying secrets about her family and herself --- a bewitching blend of TWILIGHT, THE SECRET HISTORY, JANE EYRE and A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES. Arriving at Princeton for her freshman year, Thea Slavin finds herself alone, a stranger in a strange land. Away from her family and her Eastern European homeland for the first time, she struggles to adapt to unfamiliar American ways and the challenges of college life --- including an enigmatic young man whose brooding good looks and murky past intrigue her. Drawn to the elusive Rhys and his equally handsome and mysterious brother, Jake, she ventures into a sensual mythic underworld as irresistible as it is dangerous. In this shadow world that seems to mimic Greek mythology and the Bulgarian legends of the samodivi or "wildalones" --- forest witches who beguile and entrap men --- she will discover a family secret bound to transform her forever...if she can accept that dead doesn't always mean gone, and love doesn't always distinguish between the two. Mesmerizing and addictive, WILDALONE is a thrilling blend of the modern and the fantastic. Krassi Zourkova creates an atmospheric world filled with rich characters as compelling as those of Diana Gabaldon, Deborah Harkness and Stephenie Meyer.
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2015-01-06
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placeGenres: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Supernatural Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: William Morrow ISBN-10: 0062328026 ISBN-13: 9780062328021
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Uncle Janice by Matt Burgess
On any given day, Janice Itwaru might be found trolling the streets of Queens for drugs. Janice is an "uncle" --- an undercover narcotics officer --- trying to meet the impossibly high quota of drug busts needed to make detective, or be sent back down to uniformed patrol. So Janice is out there in her secondhand hoochie skirt, trying to get potential drug dealers --- criminals, addicts, dumb kids, whomever --- to commit a felony on her behalf. Other days are spent in the "Rumpus Room" at the precinct, trying to keep up with the bantering lies and inventively cruel pranks of her fellow uncles while coping with the insane demands of the big bosses. With an ailing mother at home, her cover nearly blown, four more buys to get her gold shield and rumors circulating that Internal Affairs has her unit under surveillance, Janice is running very short on luck as her quota deadline approaches. Now she has to decide which evil to confront: the faceless bureaucrats at One Police Plaza, or the violent drug dealers who may already be onto her identity. Bursting with the glorious chaos of the streets of New York, UNCLE JANICE is a funny portrait of how undercover cops really talk and act, and a story of their crazy, dangerous and often nonsensical lives.
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2015-01-06
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placeGenres: Fiction Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Doubleday ISBN-10: 0385536801 ISBN-13: 9780385536806
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