October 20, 2014

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ADULT FICTION

SON OF NO ONE by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It’s not easy; being life’s own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with it. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group as a photographer and camera-woman. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted-out car running. But when something truly evil is released into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcements. Centuries ago, Cadegan was viciously betrayed by the only person he’d ever trusted and was cast into an immortal prison. All he wants is a way out. But for the damned there is only eternal suffering. Yet there is something about Josette that intrigues him, something he can’t seem to fight, and the last time he felt this way about a woman it cost him everything. He knows he has to stay away from her, but the unleashed demon is hell-bent on consuming her soul. If one more innocent is taken, he will be sent back to an unimaginable prison that makes his current hell look like paradise. But how can he keep her safe when his being with her is the greatest threat of all?

THE MATCHMAKER by Elin Hilderbrand. Forty-eight-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. Some call her ability mystical, while others call it meddlesome, but there’s no arguing with her results. She has never been wrong about romance. Never, that is, except for the case of herself and Clendenin Hughes, the green-eyed boy who took her heart with him long ago when he left the island to pursue his dream of becoming a journalist. Now, after spending twenty-seven years on the other side of the world, Clen is back on Nantucket, and Dabney has never felt so confused—or so alive. But when tragedy threatens her own second chance, Dabney must face the choices she’s made and share painful secrets with her family. Determined to make use of her gift before it’s too late, she sets out to find perfect matches for those she loves the most.

ADULT NON-FICTION

BUT ENOUGH ABOUT YOU by Christopher Buckley. Over the past two decades, when Buckley was not writing books, he has been a prolific essayist, a humorous storyteller, an adventurous traveler, and an irreverent historian. This wide-ranging collection features everything from “A Short History of the Bug Zapper” to “The Higgs boson Particle and You.” These are far-flung voyages, elegies to great writers and friends, and a fusillade of witty observations. Here is Buckley on working aboard a freighter, gardening, Peru, flying a Cessna through Alaskan mountains, dinner at the White House, Moby-Dick, and more. Reading these essays is like being in the company of a tremendously witty and enlightening companion. But enough about you…

BLOOD ACES by Doug J. Swanson. They say in Vegas you can’t understand the town unless you understand Benny Binion. Binion earned many labels in his lifetime—racketeer, entrepreneur, killer, philanthropist, family man—but for the first time Swanson lays bare the crucial role Binoin played in bringing everything associated with Vegas—glamour, violence, poker—to the city. This book draws you into Binoin’s colorful world, where deals could be struck with a handshake and disputes settled with a car bomb. Following his career up to his death, Blood Aces is the definitive account of a great American anti-hero, a man whose rise from thugdom to prominence, power, and adulation is unmatched in the history of American criminal justice.

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October 14, 2014

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ADULT FICTION

THE LOST ISLAND by Preston & Child. Gideon Crew—brilliant scientist, master thief—is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him a mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon’s task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security. Gideon’s mission is successful and he steals the parchment—only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks. As they ponder the strange map, they realize that the treasure it leads to is no ordinary fortune. It is something far more precious: an amazing discovery that could perhaps even save Gideon’s life. When he finally discovers the extraordinary treasure he is hunting, he finds it conceals an even greater shock—a revelation so profound that it may benefit the entire human race…if Gideon can survive.

SEAGRASS PIER by Colleen Coble. Elin Summerall was one of the lucky ones. Not only did she get a heart transplant, but the donor was a perfect fit. But when Elin begins having violent flashbacks—and vivid dreams of being strangled—she realizes that she has been the recipient of more than just a new heart…Elin is remembering her donor’s murder. Her affliction has attracted some unwanted attention: from the press, from the authorities…and from the killer himself. The police are dubious of her story, but one off-duty FBI agent agrees to help her: Agent Marc Everton. Now, in a remote cottage on Hope Island, they must probe the secrets buried in her borrowed heart. And there’s no time to waste. One man is desperate to silence her before she remembers too much.

SHIELD OF WINTER by Nalini Singh. Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life. For if the PSY race is to survive, the empaths must wake. Having rebuilt her life after a medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to suffocate her abilities, Ivy Jane should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. Now, she’ll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness.

WE ARE CALLED TO RISE by Laura McBride. In the predawn hours, a woman’s marriage crumbles with a single confession. Across town, an immigrant family struggles to get by in the land of opportunity. Three thousand miles away, a soldier wakes up in Walter Reed hospital with the vague feeling he’s done something awful. In a single moment, these disparate lives intersect. Faced with seemingly insurmountable loss, each person must decide whether to give in to despair, or to find the courage and resilience to rise. This is a story about a child’s fate. It is a story about families—the ones we have and the ones we make. It challenges us to think about our responsibilities to each other while reminding us that compassion and charity can rescue even our darkest moments. This is a book that will break your heart—and then put it back together again.

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October 7, 2014

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ADULT FICTION

WAR OF THE ROSES:  STORMBIRD by Conn Iggulden. The great Lion of England, King Henry V is long dead, and in 1437, after years of regency, his son, The Lancaster king Henry VI, ascends the throne. Henry’s poor health and frailty of mind render him a weakling king, and he depends on his closest men to run his kingdom. Yet there are those who believe England must be led by a strong king if she is to survive—and who will do anything to ensure that. With England’s territories in France under threat, fears grow that Henry and his advisors will see the country slide into ruin. And when he strikes a secret deal to marry a young French noblewoman, those fears become all too real. As storm clouds gather over England, King Henry and his supporters find themselves besieged abroad and at home. Who, or what, can save the kingdom before it is too late?

DESERVES TO DIE by Lisa Jackson. In Grizzly Falls, Montana, Detectives Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli are struggling with a new commander and a department in the midst of upheaval. It’s the worst possible time for a homicide. A body has been found, missing a finger. Alvarez believes the disfigurement means a murderer with a personal grudge, not a deranged madman with a brutal fetish. Pescoli can only hope she’s right. But then a second body turns up, bearing the same mark. As the clues begin pointing toward a suspect, Pescoli’s unease grows as she senses there’s more to this case than others believe. A killer has made his way to Grizzly Falls, ready to fulfill a vengeance years in the making. And Pescoli must find the target of his wrath—or die trying.

ADULT NON-FICTION

THE PUN ALSO RISES by John Pollack. Some people may dismiss puns as the lowest form of humor. But this attitude is a relatively recent development in the sweep of history. Pollack—a former presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton, and winner of the World Pun Championship—explains how punning revolutionized language and made possible the rise of modern civilization. He weaves a playful yet authoritative narrative, exploring how the brain processes humorous wordplay and suggests why—in evolutionary terms—punsters just might end up having the last laugh.

SMALLER FASTER LIGHTER DENSER CHEAPER by Robert Bryce. In the face of today’s environmental and economic challenges, doomsayers preach that the only way to stave off disaster is for humans to reverse course: to de-industrialize, re-localize and ban the use of modern energy sources. But in this provocative and optimistic rebuke to the catastrophists, Bryce shows how innovation and the inexorable human desire to make things smaller, faster, lighter, denser and cheaper is providing consumers with Cheaper and more abundant energy, Faster computing, Lighter vehicles, and myriad other goods. That same desire is fostering unprecedented prosperity, greater liberty, and yes, better environmental protection. The tools we need to save the planet aren’t to be found in the technologies or lifestyles of the past. The catastrophists have been wrong since day one. This is the time to embrace the innovators and businesses all over the world who are making things Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper.

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