September 8, 2014
CASEBOOK by Mona Simpson. Young Miles Adler-Hart starts eavesdropping to find out what his mother has planned for his life. When he learns instead that his parents are separating, his investigation deepens, and he enlists his best friend, Hector, to help. While his mother, Irene, never suspects, they begin to rifle through her dresser drawers, bug her telephone lines, and strip-mine her computer, only to find that all clues lead them to her bedroom, and put them on the trail of a mysterious stranger from Washington, D.C. Their amateur detective work starts innocently but quickly takes them to the far reaches of adult privacy as they acquire knowledge that will affect the family’s well-being. Burdened with this powerful information, the boys struggle to deal with the existence of evil and concoct modes of revenge on their villains that are both hilarious and naïve. Eventually, haltingly, they learn to offer animal comfort to those harmed and to create an imaginative path to their own salvation.
THE HEIST by Daniel Silva. Legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon is in Venice repairing an altarpiece by Veronese when he receives an urgent summons from the Italian police. The eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood has stumbled upon a chilling murder scene in Lake Como, and is being held as a suspect. To save his friend, Gabriel must track down the real killers and then perform one simple task: find the most famous missing painting in the world, Caravaggio’s glorious Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence. Gabriel embarks on a daring search to recover the Caravaggio and learn the identity of the collector who bought the stolen artwork. His search will take him on a worldwide hunt which will end at a small private bank in Austria where a dangerous man stands guard over the ill-gotten wealth of a brutal dictator. At his side is a brave young woman who survived one of the worst massacres of the twentieth century. Now, with Gabriel’s help, she will be given a chance to strike a blow against a dynasty that destroyed her family.
SOLDIER GIRLS by Helen Thorpe. More women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan than in any other conflict in our nation’s history, and today they compose about 15 percent of the armed services. Thorpe follows the experiences of three women in the Indiana National Guard—one a young college student, one a single mother, and one a grandmother—who chose to enlist for different reasons, never expecting they would go to war. Though quite far apart in age and in their political views, the three women become close friends, and through their daily interaction we see how military service changes their relationships with their families, their lovers, and their children.
STRINGER by Anjan Sundaram. In August 2005, Sundaram abandoned his path to a Yale Ph.D. in mathematics to travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and refashion himself as a journalist. He describes the grueling reality of daily existence in the Congo, intimately chronicling his own struggle to make sense of life in a forbidding world. He puts his life in danger to interview a warlord whose militia is battling for control of valuable territory. As the city of Kinshasha descends into anarchy after a contested election, Sundaram takes shelter in a factory to file report after report even as other journalists flee. Oscillating between anger and loneliness and between melancholy and exhilaration, Stringer completely transports us not only to the Congo—but to the limits of sanity, reason, and experience.
September 2, 2014
BORN OF FURY by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Counted among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella, an organization that has declared war on the League. They rule the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrify it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk’s enemies are legion, but he fears nothing and no one. He will do whatever it takes to survive and protect his Sentella brethren. Sumi Antaxas is one of the best assassins the League has ever trained. In her world, failure is not an option and she has never met a target she couldn’t execute. So when she’s assigned Hauk, she believes it will be a quick and easy mission. But nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and Hauk is far better skilled than any she’s faced before.
REMAINS OF INNOCENCE by J.A. Jance. An old woman, both a hermit and a hoarder, is dying in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. While cleaning out her dilapidated house, her estranged daughter, Liza Machett, discovers a fortune in hundred-dollar bills hidden in the tall stacks of books and magazines that crowd every corner. After her father ran off with another woman, Liza was raised in this house, surviving poverty, squalor, and a mentally unstable mother. Now a waitress at a small local diner, this money seems like a blessing to Liza—until an elderly man she’s never met appears at her mother’s funeral, warning that she’s in danger. Suddenly, Liza’s quiet life is turned upside down. The house is torched, her apartment is broken into, and her elderly landlady is murdered. Someone very dangerous is looking for her and won’t stop until she’s found. Terrified, Liza sets off on a perilous cross-country journey that will lead her to Cochise County, Arizona, and Sheriff Joanna Brady. But when a shocking murder involving Liza and the money rocks the Arizona Sheriff’s department, Sheriff Brady must solve both of these disturbing cases fast, before more innocent blood can be shed.
THE QUICK by Lauren Owen. 1892: James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat. Through this new friendship, he is introduced to the drawing-rooms of high society and finds love in an unexpected quarter. Then, suddenly, he vanishes without a trace. Alarmed, his sister, Charlotte, sets out from their crumbling country estate determined to find him. Within the sinister, labyrinthine London that greets her, she uncovers a hidden, supernatural city populated by unforgettable characters: a female rope walker turned vigilante, a street urchin with a deadly secret, and the chilling “Doctor Knife.” But the answer to her brother’s disappearance ultimately lies within the doors of the exclusive, secretive Aegolius Club, whose predatory members include the most ambitious, and most bloodthirsty, men in England.
THE ZHIVAGO AFFAIR by Peter Finn and Petra Couvee. In May 1956, an Italian publishing scout took a train to a village just outside Moscow to visit Russia’s greatest living poet, Boris Pasternak. He left carrying the original manuscript of Pasternak’s first and only novel, entrusted to him with these words: “This is Doctor Zhivago. May it make its way around the world.” Pasternak believed his novel would never be published in the Soviet Union. But it was, and from there the life of this extraordinary book entered the realm of the spy novel—being widely published in translation throughout the world. Finn and Couvee bring us intimately close to this charming, passionate, and complex artist, as they give us a literary thriller that takes us back to a fascinating period of the Cold War—to a time when literature had the power to stir the world.
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August 26, 2014
TOP SECRET by W.E.B. Griffin. In the first weeks after World War II, a squeaky-clean new second lieutenant named James D. Cronley, Jr. is recruited for a new covert enterprise that will eventually be transformed into something called the CIA. One war may have ended, but another one has already begun, against the enemy that is bigger, smarter, and more vicious: the Soviet Union. The Soviets have hit the ground running, and Cronley’s job is to help frustrate them, harass them, and spy on them in any way he can. For his first top-secret assignment, he’s got seven days to extract a vital piece of information from a Soviet agent, but Cronley’s managed to rile up his superior officers (he seems to have a talent for it), and if he fails, it may be one of the shortest intelligence careers in history. There are enemies everywhere—and, as Cronley is about to find out, some of them even wear the same uniform he does.
THE BOOK OF LIFE by Deborah Harkness. Spellbound witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont fulfill their love and their mission when they travel back in time to Elizabethan London to make a dramatic return to the present—facing new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home, Sept~Tours, they reunite with the beloved cast of characters from their past—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. Harkness must deepen her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. Using ancient knowledge and modern science, the couple at last learns what the witches discovered so many centuries ago. (This is the trilogy’s final volume)
CALIFORNIA by Edan Lepucki. The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they’ve left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side by side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. But the tentative existence they’ve built for themselves in thrown into turmoil when Frida finds out she’s pregnant. Terrified of the unknown and unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this group poses dangers of its own. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust.
SOUL KEEPING by John Ortberg. Anxiety. Depression. Fear. Loneliness. These are all symptoms of a soul that has lost touch with its source of life. Like a flower snipped from the vine, the soul that is not turned toward God can only wither away. Ortberg sheds light on the most overlooked, underrated, and least-understood part of your being. With a workable and relevant approach, he shows how living the “with God” life isn’t just a good idea—it’s the only way to find lasting peace and satisfaction. A rested, well-cared-for soul has the capacity to emphasize and understand profoundly, to ask questions and not simply go through the motions of faith. It holds our connection to eternity and can help us see past the petty concerns of the present. It has the kind of peace, gratitude, freedom, and blessing that comes only from a heavenly well-being. Your soul is waiting. It longs to return to its true resting place—God. It’s time to go home.
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August 18, 2014
THE DEAD WILL TELL by Linda Castillo. Everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. Ghost stories abound, but no one knows what really happened on that terrible night thirty-five years ago when an Amish father and his four children perished—and his young wife disappeared without a trace. When Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of an apparent suicide—a man is found hanging from the rafters in his barn—evidence quickly points to murder, and she finds herself following an elusive trail that points back to the tragedy of that long-ago incident. When a second man turns up dead, Kate discovers a link that sends the investigation in a direction no one could imagine and uncovers a horrifying truth that reaches deep into the past and strikes at the very heart of Painters Mill. As Kate draws a bead on a stone-cold killer, a murderer vows to right old wrongs and kill anyone who stands in the way.
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: THE TRUTH BEHIND THE SAVAGE MURDER
OF SKYLAR NEESE by Daleen
August 11, 2014
THE WOLF by Lorenzo Carcaterra. My name is Vincent Marelli, though most people call me The Wolf. You’ve never met me, and if you’re lucky you never will. But in more ways than you could think of, I own you. I run the biggest criminal operation in the world. We’re invisible but we’re everywhere. You would think that with that kind of power I would be invincible. You would be wrong. I made a mistake, one that a guy like me can never afford to make. And, now, my wife and daughters are gone. Murdered by terrorists with a lethal ax to grind. That was my mistake. But it was also theirs. I wasn’t looking for a war with them. But they’ve left me with nothing but a desire for revenge—so a war is what they’ll get. We won’t get them all, but I will get my revenge, or I will die trying. They will know my name. They will feel my wrath. They will fear The Wolf.
DESERVES TO DIE by Lisa Jackson.
SGT. RECKLESS – AMERICA’S WAR HORSE by
Robin Hutton. She might not have been much to look at—a small
“Mongolian mare,” they called her—but she came from racing
stock, and had the blood of a champion. Much more than that, Reckless became a
war hero—in fact, she became a combat Marine, earning staff
sergeant’s stripes before her retirement to
THE MOCKINGBIRD NEXT DOOR – LIFE
WITH HARPER LEE by Marja Mills. To Kill
a Mockingbird is one of the best loved novels of the twentieth century. But
for the last fifty years, the novel’s celebrated author, Harper Lee, has
said almost nothing on the record. But in 2001, Harper, along with her sister,
Alice Finch Lee, opened their door to Chicago
Tribune journalist Marja Mills. It was the
beginning of a long conversation—and a wonderful friendship. Mills was
given a rare opportunity to be part of the Lees’ life in
August 4, 2014
THE LATE SCHOLAR by Jill Paton Walsh. Lord Peter Wimsey
and his detective novelist wife, Harriet Vane, are on their way to revisit
CUT AND THRUST by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington travels to Los Angeles for the biggest political convention of the year, and he finds the scene quite shaken up: a dazzling newcomer—and close friend of his—has given the delegates an unexpected choice; crucial alliances are made and broken behind closed doors; and it seems that more than one seat may be up for grabs. And amid the ambitious schemers and hangers-on are a few people who may use the chaotic events as cover for more sinister plans. In this environment of glad-handling and backroom deals, only the canniest player can come out on top…and it will take all of Stone’s discretion and powers of persuasion to arrange a desirable outcome.
THE BACK IN THE DAY BAKERY COOKBOOK
by Cheryl & Griffith Day. Nationally recognized and locally adored
for its homespun decadent desserts and delicious rustic breads, this
MICHAEL JORDAN: THE LIFE by Roland Lazenby. Basketball journalist Lazenby
spent almost thirty years covering Michael Jordan’s career in college and
the pros. He witnessed