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January 29, 2019

ADULT FICTION

THE BRIGHTEST STARS by Anna Todd. Karina knows the harsh realities of military life and she knows the background noise that follows a soldier home from war.  But Karina also knows that she has to look after herself, that she can’t always fix what’s broken. But when her brother, Austin’s, behavior worsens and her father’s reactions grow more extreme, Karina feels her own edges beginning to fray. That’s when she meets him—a closed book she’s desperate to open. At just twenty, Kael is a handsome, brooding soldier struggling with the aftermath of two tours in Afghanistan.  He’s emotionally damaged and closed off. But as Karina gets used to his stable presence, she finds it hard to ignore the way he makes her feel. In their time together, she finds the stillness she has always wanted and never found. She lets down her guard. And she lets herself fill in the blanks about this mysterious man. But illusions quickly made are quickly shattered. That’s when Karina has to find her own courage—to untangle the truth from the lies, and decide what she’s going to do about it.

LIAR, LIAR by James Patterson and Candice Fox. Detective Harriet Blue is a very good cop gone very bad. In the space of a week, she has committed theft and fraud, resisted arrest, assaulted a police officer, and become a dangerous fugitive from the law. It’s all because of one man, Regan Banks. He viciously killed the only person in the world who mattered to Harriet—and he plans to kill her next. As she recklessly speeds toward the dark side—and finally crosses into it—Harriet won’t stop until Regan pays for the many lives he has taken.

THE BEST OF US by Robyn Carr. Dr. Leigh Culver loves practicing medicine in Timberlake, Colorado. It is a much-needed change of pace from her stressful life in Chicago. The only drawback is she misses her aunt Helen, the woman who raised her. But it’s time that Leigh has her independence, and she hopes the beauty of the Colorado wilderness will inspire her aunt to visit often. Helen Culver is an independent woman who lovingly raised her sister’s orphaned child. Now, with Leigh grown, it’s time for her to live life for herself. The retired teacher has become a successful mystery writer who loves to travel and intends to never experience winter again. When Helen visits Leigh, she is surprised to find her niece still needs her, especially when it comes to sorting out her love life. But the biggest surprise comes when Leigh takes Helen out to Sullivan’s Crossing and Helen finds herself falling for the place and one special person. Helen and Leigh will each need to decide if they can open themselves up to love neither expected to find and seize the opportunity to live their best lives.

ADULT NON-FICTION

IT’S EVEN WORSE THAN YOU THINK by David Cay Johnston. Bestselling author and longtime Trump observer Johnston shines a light on the political termites who have infested our government under the Trump administration, destroying it from within and compromising our jobs, safety, finances, and more. No journalist knows Donald Trump better than this author, who has been following him since 1988. Here, he goes inside the administration to show how the federal agencies that touch the lives of all Americans are being undermined. Here are just a few of the things covered: the wall, climate change, and stocking the swamp.

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January 22, 2019

ADULT FICTION

VERSES FOR THE DEAD by Preston & Child. After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI’s New York Field Office, A.X.L. Pendergast is abruptly forced to accept an unthinkable condition of continued employment: the famously rogue agent must now work with a partner. Pendergast and his new teammate, junior agent Coldmoon, are assigned to Miami Beach, where a rash of killings by a blood-thirsty psychopath is distinguished by a confounding M.O.: cutting out the hearts of his victims and leaving them—along with cryptic handwritten letters—at local gravestones, unconnected but for one bizarre detail: all belong to women who committed suicide. But the seeming lack of connection between the old suicides and the new murders are soon the least of Pendergast’s worries. As he digs deeper, he realizes the brutal new crimes may be just the tip of the iceberg: a conspiracy of death that reaches back decades.

OF BLOOD AND BONE—CHRONICLES OF THE ONE: BOOK 2 by Nora
Roberts.
It looks like an ordinary life, an everyday family: chores to be done, squabbling at the dinner table, a basketball game or a swim in the nearby stream. But beyond the edges of this peaceful farm, the world has changed. Fallon Swift has two loving parents, but her true father died long ago, in what was known as the New Hope Massacre. The distant city where her mother once dabbled casually in the craft has been in ruins for years, reclaimed by nature, desolate since the Doom descended and billions grew sick and died. Traveling anywhere now is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called “Purity Warriors” search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted—and as her thirteenth birthday looms, her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden. The time has come for Fallon to walk away from all she’s known and into a mysterious shelter where her training can begin. Under the guidance of Mallick, she will complete three quests: She will learn the old ways of healing, and find powers within herself that she never imagined. And when the time is right, she will take up the sword and fight.

ADULT NON-FICTION

HEALING THE SOUL OF A WOMAN by Joyce Meyer. Can a woman who has been deeply hurt by life’s circumstances be healed, heart and soul? If she has been wounded by a man she loved and trusted, can she love and trust again? As a woman who has endured years of abuse, abandonment, and betrayal by those closest to her, Meyer can answer with a resounding “yes”! Meyer’s positivity comes from living her own journey, and from seeing so many women who don’t believe they can fully overcome their pain—or even know where to begin—to find the guidance they need in the life-changing wisdom of the Bible. Each chapter guides you through whatever obstacles may be holding you back to find your true destiny as God’s beloved. God can heal all pain, and He wants to do this in you. Let this book be the first step toward the wonderful, joyful future God intends for you.

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January 8, 2019

ADULT FICTION

 

A DELICATE TOUCH by Stuart Woods. When an old acquaintance reaches out to Stone Barrington requesting assistance, the job seems easy enough. She needs an expert in an esoteric field, someone with both the knowledge and the careful dexterity to solve a puzzle. But the solution to one small problem blows the lid open on a bigger scandal going back decades, one involving numerous prominent New Yorkers who would prefer the past stay buried. With this explosive information in hand, Stone is caught between a rock and a hard place, his only options either to play it safe to the detriment of others, or to see justice done and risk fatal exposure. But when it comes to Stone Barrington, danger is usually just around the corner…so he may as well throw caution to the wind.

MANHATTAN BEACH by Jennifer Egan. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her family. She is mesmerized by the sea beyond the house and by some charged mystery between the two men. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that once belonged to the men, now soldiers abroad. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. One evening at a nightclub, she meets Dexter Styles again and begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life and the reasons he might have vanished.

SAVAGE COUNTRY by Robert Olmstead. The year was 1873 and onto this broken Western stage rides Michael Coughlin, a Civil War veteran with an enigmatic past, come to town to settle his dead brother’s debt. Together with his widowed sister-in-law, Elizabeth, bankrupted by her husband’s folly and death, they embark on a massive, and hugely dangerous, buffalo hunt. Elizabeth hopes to salvage something of her former life and the lives of the hired men and their families who now depend on her; the buffalo hunt that her husband had planned, and she now realizes, was his last hope for saving the land. Elizabeth and Michael plunge south across the aptly named “dead line” distinguishing Indian Territory from their home state of Kansas. Nothing could have prepared them for the dangers: rattlesnakes, rabies, wildfire, lightning strikes, flash floods—and human treachery. With the Comanche in winter quarters, Elizabeth and Michael are on borrowed time. And the cruel work of harvesting the buffalo is unraveling their souls.

THE GRAVE’S A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE by Alan Bradley. In the wake of an unthinkable family tragedy, twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is struggling to fill her empty days. For a needed escape, Dogger, the loyal family servant, suggests a boating trip for Flavia and her two older sisters. As their punt drifts past the church where a notorious vicar had recently dispatched three of his female parishioners by spiking their communion wine with cyanide, Flavia, an expert chemist with a passion for poisons, is ecstatic. Suddenly something grazes her fingers as she dangles them in the water. She clamps down on the object, imagining herself Ernest Hemingway battling a marlin, and pulls up what she expects to be a giant fish. But in Flavia’s grip is something far better: a human head, attached to a human body. If anything could take Flavia’s mind off sorrow, it is solving a murder—although one that may lead the young sleuth to an early grave.

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December 18, 2018

ADULT FICTION

THE NOEL STRANGER by Richard Paul Evans. Maggie Walther feels like her world is imploding. Publicly humiliated after her husband, a local councilman, is arrested for bigamy and her subsequent divorce, she decides to isolate herself from the world. When her only friend insists that Maggie climb out of her hole and embrace the season to emerge from her funk, she reluctantly decides to put up a Christmas tree and heads off to buy one. She is immediately taken by Andrew, the kind, handsome man who owns the Christmas tree lot and delivers her tree.  She soon learns that Andrew is single and new to the city, and is also, like her, starting his life afresh. As their friendship develops, Maggie slowly begins to trust again—something she never thought possible. Then, just when she thinks she’s finally found happiness, she discovers a dark secret from Andrew’s past. Is there more to this stranger than meets the eye?

SHE WAS THE QUIET ONE BY Michele Campbell. For Rose Enright, enrolling in a prestigious New England boarding school is the opportunity of a lifetime. But for Rose’s vulnerable twin sister, Bel, Odell Academy is a place of temptation and danger. When Bel falls in with a crowd of wild rich kids who pressure her into hazing Rose, the sisters’ relationship is shattered. Rose turns to her dorm mother, Sarah Donovan, for advice. But Bel turns to Sarah’s husband, Heath, a charismatic and ambitious teacher. Is Heath trying to help Bel or take advantage of her? And can Sarah trust the husband who seems to believe that the end justifies the means? In a world of privilege, seduction, and manipulation, only one sister will live to tell the truth.

WIND RIDER by P.C. Cast. A madman has driven Mari, Nik, and their Pack from the only home they have ever known. He will stop at nothing until they are obliterated from the earth. Mari knows their only chance of survival is to reach the plains of the Wind Riders, a legendary people known for their bond with their remarkable horses and their unmatched riding abilities. Driven by love and unshakable determination, Mari and her Companion, Nik, chart a perilous journey as they seek safety and sanctuary. For the God of Death is looming closer and if the Pack is cast from the plains by the Wind Riders, they will not survive.

YOU DON’T OWN ME by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke. When television producer Laurie Moran is approached by the parents of Dr. Martin Bell, a famously charming and talented physician who was shot dead as he pulled into the driveway of his Greenwich Village carriage house five years ago, she is intrigued.  The Bells are sure that Martin’s disgraced and erratic wife, Kendra, carried out the murder and plead with her to feature their son’s case on Under Suspicion, assuring her that Kendra is willing to cooperate. Kendra has lived under an umbrella of suspicion since Martin’s death. Laurie’s show is a chance for her to clear her name. But once Laurie dives into the case, she learns that Martin wasn’t the picture-perfect husband, father, and doctor he appeared to be and was carrying secrets of his own. And what does the web of lies ensnaring the Bell family have to do with a dangerous stranger, who gazes at Laurie from afar and thinks, She is actually quite a lovely girl, I’m sure she will be missed…?

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