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September 13, 2016

ADULT FICTION

DOWNFALL by J.A. Jance. With a baby on the way, sudden deaths in the family from which to recover, a re-election campaign looming, and a daughter heading off for college, Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady has her hands full when a puzzling new case hits her department, demanding every resource she has at her disposal. Two women have fallen to their deaths from a small nearby peak, referred to by Bisbee locals as Geronimo. What’s the connection between these two women? Is this a case of murder/suicide or is it a double homicide? And if someone else is responsible, is it possible that the perpetrator may, even now, be on the hunt for another victim?

REVENGE IN A COLD RIVER by Anne Perry. When Commander Monk of the Thames River Police is called to investigate the drowning of an escaped prisoner, he’s forced to contend with customs officer McNab, who clearly bears a bitter grudge against him. But the reason is a mystery in itself. Monk’s memory loss—a secret he guards closely—leaves him vulnerable to repercussions from his missing past, especially his exploits overseas in the tumultuous Gold Rush days of San Francisco. And now McNab, as icy and unfathomable as the steel-gray Thames itself, appears intent on using whatever damning facts he can find to his advantage to ruin Monk’s future as an officer of the law. As Monk explores the possibility of a conspiracy, McNab’s game of cat and mouse escalates, with veiled threats and cryptic insinuations. Snared in an unforeseen trap, a desperate Monk must turn to his wife, Hester, and friend and attorney Oliver Rathbone for help, as his life literally hangs in the balance.

THE WISH by Beverly Lewis. Leona Speicher got the “sister” she’d always dreamed of the day Gloria Gingerich and her family moved to Lancaster County Amish farmland. The Arkansas newcomers seem to be everything a devout Plain family should be, and Leona can’t help comparing Gloria’s engaging young parents to her own. Leona’s cousin shows a romantic interest in Gloria around the same time as Gloria’s older brother expresses his fondness for Leona—it seems likely the two young women will marry into each other’s families, remaining close friends for life. Thus, Leona is shocked when the Gingeriches suddenly pack up and disappear after being expelled from the church for reasons no one will discuss. Despite Leona’s pleas, Gloria goes with them, leaving more than one broken heart behind. When Gloria unexpectedly contacts Leona after a silence of several years, Leona makes up her mind to persuade her friend to return to Lancaster County and the Amish ways. Leona’s fiancé, the deacon’s son, is alarmed when Leona decides to go after Gloria. Will Leona’s dearest wish lead to her own undoing?

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August 30, 2016

ADULT FICTION

CHRISTMAS ON 4TH STREET by Susan Mallery. Noelle Perkins just got a second chance at life, and she intends to make the most of every minute. That’s why she ditched a frustrating legal career to open her own store in Fool’s Gold, California. The Christmas Attic celebrates everything that’s magical about her favorite season. Business is booming, and as a bonus, gorgeous army doctor Gabriel Boylan has offered to help out during the holiday rush. Gabriel’s memories of Christmas past contain more sour grapes than sugarplums, thanks to a drill sergeant father who ran his home like a boot camp. Spending the holidays with his family while he recuperates from an injury sounds as appetizing as last year’s eggnog. Still, there are some enjoyable distractions in town, including sunny, sexy Noelle…and the red-hot mistletoe kisses they can’t stop sharing. Gabriel didn’t think he was made for happily-ever-afters. But when fate hands you a love as sweet and surprising as this, only a fool would refuse.

ADULT NON-FICTION

IT’S NOT ABOUT ME by Max Lucado. To find our place in the world we need a clear path that helps move us away from a life that doesn’t make us happy to the one that genuinely does—the God-centered life. Lucado carefully designed this book to provide that step-by-step path toward a life of greater purpose and lasting happiness. This unique learning experience allows you to go deeper into the fourteen Life Priorities outlined by him. As you work through each Guidebook session using either the audio messages from Max or this book, you will better discover and daily apply these Life Priorities, so that you can experience the life of purpose you were meant to have. According to Lucado, “The God-centered life works. And it rescues us from a life that doesn’t.” Your “rescue” starts now.

A LUCKY CHILD: A MEMOIR OF SURVIVING AUSCHWITZ AS A YOUNG BOY by Thomas Buergenthal. This is the profoundly moving memoir of a young boy’s odyssey through the Holocaust. Buergenthal tells of his astonishing experiences as a young boy, beginning when he arrived at Auschwitz at age 10 after surviving two ghettos and one work camp. Separated from his mother and then his father, he managed by his wits and some remarkable strokes of luck to survive on his own. Almost two years after his liberation, Buergenthal was miraculously reunited with his mother and in 1951 arrived in the U.S. to start a new life. He has since been made aware of available new documents allowing him to finally learn the details of his mother’s search for him and the truth about his father.

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August 23, 2016

ADULT FICTION

DAMAGED by Lisa Scottoline. Ten-year-old Patrick O’Brien is a natural target at school. Shy, dyslexic, and small for his age, he tries to hide his first-grade reading level from everyone: from his classmates, from the grandfather who cares for him, and from the teachers who are supposed to help him. But the real trouble begins when Patrick is accused of attacking a school aide. The aide promptly quits and sues the boy, his family, and the school district. Patrick’s grandfather turns to the law firm of Rosato & DiNunzio for help, and Mary DiNunzio is on the case. Soon Mary becomes Patrick’s true champion and his only hope for security and justice. But there is more to the story than meets the eye, and Patrick might be more troubled than he seems. With twists at every turn and secrets about the family coming to light, Mary might have found the case that can make her a true protector, or break her heart.

SUMMER OF THE DEAD by Julia Keller. High summer in Acker’s Gap, West Virginia—but no one’s enjoying the rugged natural landscape. Not while a killer stalks the small town and its hard-luck inhabitants. County prosecutor Bell Elkins and Sheriff Nick Fogelsong are stymied by a murderer who seems to come and go like smoke on the mountain. At the same time, Bell must deal with the return from prison of her sister, Shirley—who, like Bell, carries the indelible scars of a savage past. Since returning to her Appalachian hometown, Bell has also come to know Lindy Crabtree—a coal miner’s daughter with dark secrets of her own, secrets that threaten to explode into even more violence. Welcome to Acker’s Gap, a place of loveliness and brutality, of isolation and fierce attachments—a place where the dead rub shoulders with the living, and demand their due.

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THE CALM TECHNIQUE: MEDITATION WITHOUT MAGIC OR MYSTICISM by Paul Wilson. This author offers you relief from the stress that upsets the ability to sleep, eat, work, make love, and enjoy life. All that’s required is your commitment to eliminating the tensions that tie you in knots. Without drugs or special equipment, without altering your spiritual beliefs, you can attain calm—simply by using the powers of your own mind and body. Wilson takes you through his method step-by-step, telling you what to expect at each turn—from the emotional impact of the technique to the subsequent physical results. By devoting only half an hour per day to the simple breathing and meditation exercises outlined in this book, you will enhance your life with a state of calm you may have thought impossible.

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August 16, 2016

ADULT FICTION

THE WEEKENDERS by Mary Kay Andrews. Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Others come only for the weekends, and the mix between the regulars and “the weekenders” can sometimes make the sparks fly. Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hand. And her husband is nowhere to be found. So she turns to her island friends for help and support, but it soon becomes clear that each of them has her own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens…in a murderous way. Now Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Isle, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything.

WORD GETS AROUND by Lisa Wingate. Lauren Eldridge thought she’d wiped the dust of Daily, Texas, off her boots forever. Screenwriter Nate Heath thought he was out of second chances. Life’s never that predictable, though. Cajoled by her father, Lauren is back in town helping train a skittish race horse set to star in a Hollywood film. But the handsome screenwriter gives her more trouble than the horse. And Nate is realizing there’s a spark of magic in the project—and in the eyes of the girl who is so good with horses. Daily, Texas, has a way of offering hope, healing, and a little romance just when folks need it most.

THE CONVENIENT GROOM by Denise Hunter. She wrote the book—literally—on finding the right mate. But does she really understand what love’s all about? Five hours before her Nantucket beach wedding—and on the eve of her big book launch—celebrity marriage counselor Kate Lawrence has everything in place. Everything, that is, but the groom. She might not have a career, either, when her nationwide audience finds out their marriage guru has been left at the altar. Enter Lucas Wright, who offers to stand in for the missing husband-to-be and marry her. Kate’s desperate enough to agree—though she’s sure this Mr. Wright is completely wrong for her. But can they pull it off? And why would Lucas marry her in the first place? Could it be that “Dr. Kate” doesn’t know the first thing about love?

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LETTING GO OF THE PERSON YOU USED TO BE by Lama Surya Das. The beloved American lama, a spiritual leader whose inimitable light and lively universal teaching style has awakened the spirituality of thousands, now shares an enlightened approach to change and loss, dealing with difficult emotions such as fear, grief, and anger, and the role of crisis in uncovering our authentic selves. Full of personal stories, anecdotes, practical exercises, and guided meditations and reflections, this book addresses life’s most universal difficulties in a way that is accessible to all. By using memorable concepts, Surya Das reminds readers that hiding from change and loss is futile. Learning to consciously accept and embrace change leads to a better understanding of ourselves and our own innate divine light. A voice of clarity in difficult times, Surya Das offers timeless wisdom in a timely message of hope helpful for us today and tomorrow.

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August 9, 2016

ADULT FICTION

WHENEVER YOU COME AROUND by Robin Lee Hatcher. Charity Anderson turned her back on Kings Meadow years ago, with good reason, and has avoided visits to her hometown whenever possible. But with her house in Boise damaged by floodwaters and a book deadline bearing down, staying in her parents’ empty home seems her only option. However, being back in Kings Meadow dredges up a painful secret, and old fears threaten to overwhelm her. Charity’s former high school classmate Buck Malone never left town, instead sacrificing his dreams to take care of his family. Now he enjoys an uncomplicated life as a wilderness guide and confirmed bachelor. The last thing on his mind is settling down. When Charity’s dog causes an accident that leaves Buck with a broken ankle and wrist at the start of prime tourist season, Charity has little choice but to render aid while he recuperates. Soon Buck becomes the inspiration for Charity’s hero, both on the page and off. Can he also help her face and overcome her fears so they might find their own happily ever after?

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THE BAFFLE BOOK by Lassiter Wren and Randle McKay. If you revel in the sport and spirit of armchair criminal investigation, this is just your cup of poisoned orange pekoe. Here are fifteen old-fashioned but wonderfully challenging “detective puzzles,” the unraveling of which requires you to develop your latent powers of observation and deduction. In words, charts, and diagrams, these authors put you at the crime scene and present you with the facts established by the police. What do you observe? Which are the telltale clues? And how will you answer the questions posed at the end of each problem: “Who stole the emerald?” “Where did the gang plan to meet?” “In what city had the amnesia victim once worked? Each question is scored to degree of difficulty, with a perfect score of ten points per puzzle. And if you find you are stumped, you can turn to the back of the book, where the answers are printed (but upside-down, to deter you from giving up too easily). Don’t cheat: you’ll only spoil the fun!

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HARRY POTTER AND CURSED CHILD by J.K. ROWLING. It was always difficult being Harry Potter, and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present collide, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: Sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

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August 2, 2016

ADULT FICTION

DEFENDER by Diana Palmer. When Paul Fiore disappeared from Isabel Grayling’s life, he told himself it was for all the right reasons. She was young and innocent, and he was her millionaire father’s lowly employee. Three years later, Paul is the FBI agent assigned to Isabel’s case. Too late, he realizes what life in her Texas mansion was really like back then—and how much damage he did when he left. Once love-struck and sheltered, Isabel has become an assistant district attorney committed to serving the law, no matter how risky it gets. But right now, the man she can’t forgive is the one thing standing between her and a deadly stalker. She knows Paul won’t hesitate to protect her life with his own. But if she can’t trust herself to resist him, how can she trust him not to break her heart all over again?

TOM CLANCY – DUTY AND HONOR by Grant Blackwood. Even though he’s on forced leave from the clandestine intelligence group known as The Campus, Jack Ryan, Jr., still finds himself caught in the crosshairs after an attempt on his life is thwarted when he turns the tables on his would-be dispatcher. Convinced that the attack is linked to his recent covert actions, Jack sets out to discover who wants him dead, and why. Using clues found on the now dead assassin, Jack pursues the investigation, following a growing trail of corpses to the European Union’s premier private security firm, Rostock Security Group, and its founder, Jurgen Rostock—a former general in the German Special Forces Command. Rostock is world-renowned as a philanthropist and human rights advocate. However, Jack soon learns the truth: The man is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And something in Jack’s past has put him squarely in Rostock’s lethal and relentless crosshairs.

SEARCHING FOR BEAUTIFUL by Jennifer Probst. Devoted surgeon Genevieve MacKenzie has planned every detail of her high-profile wedding—except for the runaway bride part…Moments before marrying the handsome hospital chief who appeared to be her perfect match, Gen sneaks out a church window. Also unplanned, landing in the arms of her tattooed bad-boy best friend, Wolfe, who whisks her away to a cozy cabin for some downtime while he handles damage control. But their comfortable bond is complicated by one explosive kiss that sets their desire on a slow burn. And when Gen makes a fresh start with a job at Kinnections, the hot matchmaking agency in Verily, New York, she and Wolfe need to discover something about their own connection: Will platonic perks outmatch the risks of getting burned—by playing with the fires of passion?

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ONE-POT CHOCOLATE DESSERTS by Andrew Schloss. Forget everything you ever learned about making and baking chocolate desserts. Using Schloss’s time-saving one-pot method, all you need are a pot, a spoon, and a pan to make these fifty delicious chocolate creations. Gone are the electric mixer, the arsenal of bowls and utensils, the sifting of dry ingredients, and the separating of eggs. Instead, mix all the ingredients in one pot and pour the batter into a pan. That’s it. Every layer cake, brownie, tart, and mousse is ready to pop into the oven in less than ten minutes.

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