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August 18, 2015
DEVIL’S BRIDGE BY LINDA FAIRSTEIN. The Manhattan waterfront is one of New York City’s most magnificent vistas, boasting both the majestic Statue of Liberty and the George Washington Bridge, the world’s busiest span for motor vehicles. But, Detective Mike Chapman will discover the peril that lurks along this seemingly benign expanse as he takes on his most personal case yet: the disappearance of Alex Cooper. Coop’s sudden disappearance is fraught with terrifying complications: the scores of enemies she has made after a decade of putting criminals behind bars; a recent security breach with dangerous repercussions; and a new intimacy in her relationship with Mike, causing the police commissioner himself to be wary of the methods Mike will use to get Coop back…if he can.
THE MARRIAGE OF OPPOSITES BY ALICE HOFFMAN. Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel’s mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the European Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. Rachel’s salvation is their maid Adelle’s belief in her strengths, and her deep, lifelong friendship with Jestine, Adelle’s daughter. But Rachel’s life is not her own. To save her father’s business, she is married off to a widower with three children. When her husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Frederic, arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects her entire family, including her favorite son, Camille, who will become one of the greatest artists of France.
HIPPIE HOMESTEADERS: ARTS, CRAFTS, MUSIC, AND LIVING ON THE LAND IN WEST VIRGINIA BY CARTER TAYLOR SEATON. It’s the 1960s. The Vietnam War is raging and protests are erupting across the United States. In many areas, young people are dropping out of society, leaving their urban homes behind in an attempt to find a safe place to live on their own terms, to grow their own food, and to avoid a war they passionately decry. During this time, West Virginia becomes a haven for thousands of these homesteaders—or back-to-the-landers, as they are termed by some. Others call them hippies. But when the going got rough, many of them left. But a significant number remain to this day. Some were artisans when they arrived, while others adopted a craft that provided them with the cash necessary to survive. This book tells the story of this movement from the viewpoint of forty artisans and musicians who came to the state, lived on the land, and created successful careers with their craft.
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August 10, 2015
SILVER LININGS BY DEBBIE MACOMBER. Since opening the Rose Harbor Inn in Cedar Cove, Jo Marie Rose has grown close to her handyman, Mark Taylor. They are becoming more than just good friends, yet he still won’t reveal anything about his past. When Mark tells her that he’s moving out of town, Jo Marie is baffled. And just as she discovers the secret behind Mark’s decision to leave, she welcomes two visitors to the Inn who are also seeking their own answers. Best friends Kellie Crenshaw and Katie Gilroy have returned to Cedar Cove for their ten-year high school reunion, looking to face down old hurts and find a sense of closure. Kellie, known as Coco, wants to finally confront the boy who callously broke her heart. Katie, however, wishes to reconnect with her old boyfriend—the man she still loves and the one who got away. As Katie hopes for a second chance, Coco discovers that people can change—and both look to the exciting possibilities ahead.
ALERT BY JAMES PATTERSON. New Yorkers aren’t easily intimidated, but someone is doing their best to scare them, badly. Why? After two crippling high-tech attacks, the entire city is on edge. Detective Michael Bennett, along with his old pal, the FBI’s Emily Parker, have to catch the shadowy criminals who claim responsibility—but they’re as good at concealing their identities as they are at wreaking havoc. When a shocking murder in broad daylight points to killers both skilled and cold-blooded, Bennett begins to suspect that these mysterious events are just the prelude to the biggest threat of all. Soon he’s racing against the clock, and against the most destructive enemy he’s ever faced, to save his beloved New York—before it’s lights-out for the city that never sleeps.
WHO DO YOU LOVE BY JENNIFER WEINER. Rachel Blum and Andy Landis are just eight-years-old when they meet one night in an ER waiting room. Born with a congenital heart defect, Rachel is a veteran of hospitals, and she’s intrigued by the boy who shows up alone with a broken arm. He tells her his name. She tells him a story. After Andy’s taken back to a doctor and Rachel’s sent back to her bed, they think they’ll never see each other again. Rachel grows up in an affluent Florida suburb, the popular and protected daughter of two doting parents. Andy grows up poor in Philadelphia with a single mom and a rare talent for running. Yet, over the next three decades, Andy and Rachel will meet again and again—linked by chance, history, and the memory of the first time they met, a night that changed the course of both of their lives.
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July 20, 2015
AFTER THE STORM by Linda Castillo. When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder finds herself tasked with the responsibility of identifying the bones—and notifying the family. Evidence quickly emerges that the death was no accident and Kate finds herself plunged into a thirty-year-old case that takes her deep into the Amish community to which she once belonged. Meanwhile, turmoil of an emotional and personal nature strikes at the very heart of Kate’s budding relationship with State Agent John Tomasetti, a reality that strains their fragile new love to the breaking point. Under siege from an unknown assailant—and her own personal demons—Kate digs deep into the case only to discover proof of an unimaginable atrocity, years of family secrets, and the lengths to which people will go to protect their own.
ONE WAY OR ANOTHER by Elizabeth Adler. One moment Angie Morse is standing on the deck of a large luxury yacht and the next she feels a stinging blow to her head from a champagne bottle wielded by a beautiful woman. And then a push. She is in the water. She can see people on the yacht, but they don’t seem to notice that she is gone, and all seem to have deliberately turned their backs as the yacht begins to slowly pull away from her. These are her friends, and one is her love. Two had a reason for getting rid of her, though she would never have thought it would come to this. Until now. Revenge burns so deeply inside her that she knows she will survive somehow. She will get them. One way or another.
THE NAKED EYE by Iris & Roy Johansen. Kendra Michaels was instrumental in bringing serial killer Eric Colby to justice, but despite his apparent execution at San Quentin, Kendra is convinced that Colby is still alive. The problem is that she can’t prove it. Even her razor-sharp powers of observation—developed to an amazing capacity during the twenty years she spent blind—have gotten her nowhere. But then a reporter who very publicly humiliated Kendra is murdered. When vital evidence is found at the crime scene linking Kendra to the crime, Colby’s master plan finally becomes clear: he is framing her for murder. Kendra is suddenly thrust into a deadly pursuit to clear her name and catch the killer no one believes exists anymore. A killer whose trail of destruction is invisible to the naked eye, despite the carnage he leaves in his wake. It will take everything Kendra has to find Colby and stop him—and save her own life one more time.
THE ROAD TO CHARACTER by David Brooks. With the wisdom, humor, curiosity, and sharp insights that have brought millions of readers to his New York Times column, Brooks has consistently brightened our daily lives in surprising and original ways. Here, he focuses on the deep values that should inform our lives. Responding to what he calls the culture of the Big Me, which emphasizes external success, Brooks challenges us, and himself, to rebalance the scales between our “resume virtues”—achieving wealth, fame, and status—and our “eulogy virtues,” those that exist at the core of our being: kindness, bravery, honesty, or faithfulness, focusing on what kind of relationships we have formed. He provides and opportunity for us to rethink our priorities, and helps us strive to build rich inner lives marked by humility and moral depth.
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July 13, 2015
WICKED CHARMS by Janet Evanovich. Murdered and mummified nearly a century ago, notorious bootlegger Collier “Peg Leg” Dazzle discovered and re-hid a famous pirate’s treasure somewhere along the coast of New England. A vast collection of gold and silver coins and precious gems, the bounty also contains the Stone of Avarice—the very item reluctant treasure seeker Lizzy Tucker and her partner, Diesel, have been enlisted to find. While Lizzy would just like to live a quiet, semi-normal life, Diesel is all about the hunt. And this hunt is going to require a genuine treasure map and a ship worthy of sailing the seven seas…or at least getting them from Salem Harbor to Maine. Greed is eternal and insatiable, and Lizzy and Diesel aren’t the only ones searching for the lost pirate’s chest. People who have dedicated their entire lives to finding it are willing to commit murder or make a deal with the devil just to hold the fortune in their hands. One of those people may even be Wulf, Diesel’s deceptively charming and enigmatic cousin. Wulf desires the Stone of Avarice. He also desires Lizzy. It’s hard to say how far he’s willing to go to gain either one.
TRUTH OR DIE by James Patterson. After a serious professional stumble, attorney Trevor Mann may have finally hit his stride. He’s found happiness with his girlfriend Claire Parker, a beautiful, ambitious journalist always on the hunt for a scoop. But when Claire’s newest story leads to a violent confrontation, Trevor’s newly found peaceful life is shattered as he tries to find out why. Chasing Claire’s leads, Trevor unearths evidence of a shocking secret that—if it actually exists—every government and terrorist organization around the world would to anything to possess. Suddenly it’s up to Trevor, along with a teenage genius who gives new meaning to the phrase “too smart for his own good,” to make sure that secret doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. But Trevor is about to discover that good and evil can look a lot alike, and nothing is ever black and white: not even the truth.
EVER AFTER by Jude Deveraux. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly, who has done nothing in return but cause trouble for Hallie. Desperate to put her troubles behind her, Hallie impulsively goes to Nantucket—where a mysterious relative has left her a house on the island. New trouble, however, has already settled into Hallie’s guest room in the form of her newest client. Hallie is told that wealthy, young James Taggert has injured his leg in a skiing accident. Throughout his recovery, Jamie’s attentions begin to draw Hallie out of her shell—but he has a dark secret, and is tormented by nightmares that only her presence can keep at bay. She suspects there’s more to his injury than he’s letting on. As Jamie’s relatives arrive for a wedding gala, something wonderfully unusual is in the air. There’s an aura of romance—enhanced by a colorful island legend. In their own little corner of the world, Jamie and Hallie unravel the timeless secrets of their own hearts, and a very special story of true love destined to last forever after.