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July 12, 2016
THE GAMES by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—home to beautiful white-sand beaches, gorgeous women, stunning natural beauty, and the world’s largest Carnival celebration—knows how to throw a party. So it’s a natural choice to host the biggest spectacles in sports—the World Cup and the Olympics. The organizers of the games turn to Jack Morgan, head of the firm Private, for the security at the events. Two years after the action nearly spilled from the field to the stands during soccer’s World Cup, Jack is back in Rio for the Olympics. But before the cauldron is even lit, the only thing more intense than the competition is the security risk. When prominent clients he’s supposed to be protecting disappear, and bodies mysteriously start to litter the streets, Jack is drawn deep into the heart of a ruthless underworld populated by disaffected residents trying to crash the world’s biggest party. As the opening ceremonies near, with the whole world watching in horror, Jack must sprint to the finish line to defuse a threat that could decimate Rio and turn the games from a joyous celebration into a deadly spectacle.
THE CHARMERS by Elizabeth Adler. When Mirabella Matthew’s Aunt Jolly dies unexpectedly and under mysterious circumstances, Mirabella suddenly finds herself the new owner of a villa in the South of France. But with the inheritance come unexpected mysteries…and dangers. On her way to the villa, Mirabella is run off the road by a motorcycle, and that’s just the beginning. It turns out that Aunt Jolly had a past, and as the various men who were a part of it show up, Mirabella must find out who can be trusted and who is using charm to mask the face of a murderer.
YOU TOO CAN HAVE A BODY LIKE MINE by Alexandra Kleeman. A woman known only as A lives in an unnamed American city with her roommate, B, and boyfriend, C, who wants her to join him on a reality dating show called That’s My Partner! A eats mostly popsicles and oranges, watches endless amounts of television, often just for the commercials—particularly the recurring cartoon escapades of Kandy Kat, the mascot for an entirely chemical dessert—and models herself on a standard of beauty that exists only in such advertising. She fixates on the fifteen minutes of fame a local celebrity named Michael has earned after buying up a Wally’s Supermarket’s entire, and increasingly ample, supply of veal. Meanwhile, B is attempting to make herself a twin of A, who in turn hungers for something to give meaning to her life. Maybe something like what’s gotten into her neighbors across the street, the family who’s begun “ghosting” themselves beneath white sheets and whose garage door features a strange scrawl of graffiti: HE WHO SITS NEXT TO ME, MAY WE EAT AS ONE.
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July 5, 2016
MISS EMILY by Nuala O’Connor. Eighteen-year-old Ada Concannon is the plucky new maid for the respected but eccentric Dickinson family of Amherst, Massachusetts. Despite their difference in age and the upstairs-downstairs divide, Ada, newly arrived from Ireland, strikes up a deep friendship with thirty-six-year-old Emily Dickinson, the gifted middle child. Miss Emily is of great support as Ada struggles to find her place in this new world, but Emily’s passion for words begins to dominate her life. She will wear only white and avoids the world outside the Dickinson homestead. When Ada’s safety and reputation are threatened, however, Emily must face down her own demons to help her friend, with shocking consequences.
44 SCOTLAND STREET by Alexander McCall Smith. 44 Scotland Street – home to some of Edinburgh’s most colorful characters. There’s Pat, a twenty-year-old who has recently moved into a flat with Bruce, an athletic young man with a keen awareness of his own appearance. Their neighbor, Domenica, is an eccentric and insightful widow. In the flat below are Irene and her appealing son Bertie, who is the victim of his mother’s desire for him to learn the saxophone and Italian—all at the tender age of five. Love triangles, a lost painting, intriguing new friends, and an encounter with a famous Scottish crime writer are just a few of the ingredients that add to this delightful and witty portrait of Edinburgh society.
SWITCH by Megan Hart. Don’t think, don’t question, just do. The anonymous note wasn’t for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in the habit of reading other people’s mail, but it was just a piece of paper with a few lines scrawled on it, clearly meant for the apartment upstairs. It looked so innocent, but decidedly—deliciously—it was not. Before replacing the note—and the ones that followed—in its rightful slot, I devoured its contents, suggestions, instructions, and commands. Each one was more daring, more intricate and more arousing than the last…and I followed them all to the letter. Before the notes, if a man had told me what to do, I’d have told him where to go. But submission is an art, and there’s something oddly freeing about doing someone’s bidding…especially when it feels so very, very good. But I find that the more I surrender, the more powerful I feel—so it’s time to switch up roles. We play by my rules now.
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June 28, 2016
MURDER SIMPLY BREWED by Vannetta Chapman. Spring has arrived in Middlebury, Indiana, and Amber Wright is optimistic about the growing profit from her collection of Amish shops—until she receives a call that Ethan Gray is dead. Hurrying over to A Simple Blend, she finds a solitary hole in the front window and the store manager lying next to the espresso machine, dead from an apparent heart attack. All the money is still in the register. When Amber hires a young Amish woman, Hannah Troyer, to take over the stop’s duties, the two women become fast friends—as well as amateur sleuths. The police believe Gray’s death is a by-product of vandalism, but Amber and Hannah aren’t convinced. Clues that don’t add up, a neighbor who is pulled into the midst of the investigation, a town with secrets to hide, and a blossoming romance—all will combine to push Amber and Hannah into unfamiliar roles in order to reveal answers to the mysteries around them.
HOW FEW REMAIN by Harry Turtledove. This is an epic of the second Civil War, a time of glory and success, of disaster and despair. A generation after the South won the Civil War, America writhed once more in the bloody throes of battle. Furious over the annexation of key Mexican territory, the United States declared total war against the Confederate States of America. And so, in 1881, the fragile peace was shattered. But this was a new kind of war, fought on a lawless frontier where the blue and gray battled not only each other, but the Apache, the outlaw, and even the redcoat. Along with France, England entered the fray on the side of the South, launching blockades and invasions from Canada. In the second War Between the States, the times, the stakes, and the battle lines had changed…and so would history.
200 BEST CANNED FISH & SEAFOOD RECIPES by Susan Sampson. Fresh seafood is dandy, but canned seafood is ready when you are. It’s a speedy alternative to fast food. It’s generally nutritious, economical and convenient. Enjoy fresh fish when you have it, along with the time to fuss with it and the money to pay for it. But feel free to use canned fish in situations that are less ideal—when you’re in a hurry, when you are penny-pinching or when you have to customize dinner for those picky kids. These inventive and delicious recipes elevate a simple can of seafood to something wonderful. The best part is you don’t need to look beyond your pantry for inspiration. There are new creations as well as innovative twists on old classics, and it’s easy to upscale or downscale recipes depending on the type of seafood you select. With these easy-to-follow recipes you can make the most of every meal, from brown-bag lunches to the most elegant occasion.
SOUTHERN LIVING: SOUPS, STEWS AND CHILIS—COMFORT FOOD IN A BOWL. Dig into a bowl of pure comfort tonight. Hearty, stick-to-your-ribs fare that warms the heart and soothes the soul. Here you will find more than 125 delicious recipes, including easy sides, offering meal solutions you’ll want to spoon into. Dozens of smart cooking tips offer extra guidance to help you in the kitchen while you learn the secrets to sensational soups. You can also get a headstart on weeknight meals with the whole chapter devoted on recipes that show you how to use your leftovers to get a jumpstart on dinner when you’re short on time.
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June 21, 2016
DISHONORABLE INTENTIONS by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington’s latest lady friend is full of surprises, both good and bad. She’s a sensual woman with unexpected desires, and Stone finds her revelations in the boudoir extremely agreeable. But on the other hand, she also has some unfinished business with a temperamental man who believes Stone is an intolerable obstacle in the way of his goals. In a cat-and-mouse game that spans from sun-drenched Bel-Air to a peaceful European estate and the wild New Mexican desert, Stone and his friend remain just one step ahead of their opponent. But their pursuer is not a man who can stand to be thwarted, and tensions are mounting…and may soon reach the boiling point.
END OF WATCH by Stephen King. (The finale to the trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers.) In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake, and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room. Meanwhile, retired police detective Bill Hodges now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney. When the two are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk, as well as those of Bill’s heroic young friend Jerome Robinson and his teenage sister, Barbara. Brady Hartsfield is back, and planning revenge, not just on Hodges and his friends, but on an entire city.
WINTER STROLL by Elin Hilderbrand. Another Christmas on Nantucket finds Winter Street Inn owner Kelley Quinn reflecting on the past year as he writes a holiday letter to friends and family. Though the year has had its share of misfortune and worry, the Quinns have much to celebrate. Kelley, now single, at least is on better terms with his first wife, Margaret. Their son, Kevin, has a beautiful new baby, Genevieve, with the inn’s French housekeeper, Isabelle; and their daughter, Ava, is finally dating a nice guy. Now the Quinns are looking forward to celebrating Genevieve’s baptism, welcoming Isabelle to the family, and enjoying the cheer of Nantucket’s traditional Christmas Stroll. But just when a peaceful family gathering seems within reach, Kelley’s estranged second wife, Mitzi, shows up on the island. Soon Kelley isn’t the only Quinn entertaining a surprise guest from Christmas past as lovers old and new gather beneath the mistletoe. With jealousy, passion, and eggnog consumption at an all-time high, it’s going to take a whole lot more that a Christmas miracle to get the Quinns—and the inn- through the holidays intact.
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June 14, 2016
THE GIRL FROM SUMMER HILL by Jude Deveraux. Chef Casey Reddick has had it up to here with men. When she arrives at the Tattwell plantation in the charming town of Summer Hill, Virginia, she’s looking for some peace and quiet to start fresh. But the tranquility is broken one misty morning when she sees a gorgeous naked man on the porch of her cottage. What Tate Landers, Hollywood heartthrob and owner of Tattwell, doesn’t need on a bittersweet trip to his ancestral home is a woman spying on him from his guest cottage. Thinking Casey is a reporter, Tate tries to run her out of the cottage. His anger, which looks so good on the screen, makes a very bad first impression on Casey. But sparks literally fly when Casey is recruited to play a part opposite Tate in a stage adaptation of a famous book. As they spar on and off stage, Casey begins to see Tate in a whole new light and she finds herself melting under his smoldering gaze. Until Tate’s handsome ex-brother-in-law tells Casey some horrifying stories about Tate. She is upset and confused as she tries to figure out who and what to believe. As she finds herself falling for Tate, Casey needs to know if the chemistry between them is real, or just a performance that ends when the curtain falls.
TALL TAIL by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown. At any moment a perfect summer day in Crozet, Virginia, might turn stormy and tempestuous, as Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen knows too well when a squall suddenly sweeps in. In a blink, Harry’s pickup nearly collides with a careening red car that then swerves into a ditch. Harry recognizes the dead driver slumped over the wheel: Barbara Leader was nurse and confidante to former Virginia governor Sam Holloway. Though Barbara’s death is ruled a heart attack, a baffling break-in at a local business leads Harry to suspect that a person with malevolent intent lurks just out of sight. Something evil is afoot. Barbara died in the shadow of the local cemetery’s statue of the Avenging Angel. Just below that imposing monument lie the remains of one Francisco Selisse, brutally murdered in 1784. Harry’s present-day sleuthing draws her back to Virginia’s slave-holding past and the hunt for Selisse’s killer. Now it’s up to Harry and her furry detectives—Mrs. Murphy, Pewter and Tee Tucker—to expose the bitter truth, even if it means staring into the unforgiving eyes of history and cornering a callous killer poised to pounce.
TROUBLEMAKER by Linda Howard. For Morgan Yancy, an operative and team leader in a paramilitary group, nothing comes before his job. But when he’s ambushed and almost killed, his supervisor is determined to find out who’s after the members of his elite squad—and why. Because of worries that this unknown enemy will strike again, Morgan is sent to a remote location and told to lay low and stay vigilant. But between a tempting housemate he’s determined to protect and a deadly threat waiting in the shadows, keeping under the radar is proving to be his most difficult mission yet. The part-time police chief of a small West Virginia town, Isabeau “Bo” Maran finally has her life in order. She’s got friends, a dog, and a little money in the bank. Then Morgan shows up at her doorstep. Bo doesn’t need a man in her life—especially a troublemaker as enticing and secretive as Morgan. As the days and weeks pass, the closer Bo and Morgan become, even though she knows he’s hiding from something. But discovering the truth could cost Bo more than she’s willing to give. And when Morgan’s cover is blown, it just might cost Bo her life.
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June 7, 2016
HOW TO START A FIRE by Lisa Lutz. When UC Santa Cruz roommates Anna and Kate find passed-out Georgianna Leoni on a lawn one night, they wheel her to their dorm in a shopping cart. Twenty years later, they gather around a campfire on the lawn of a New England mansion. What happens in between—the web of wild adventures, unspoken jealousies, and sudden tragedies that alter the course of their lives—is charted with sharp wit and aching sadness. Anna, the de facto leader, is fearless and restless—moving fast to stay one step ahead of her demons. Quirky, contemplative Kate is a natural sidekick but a terrible wingman. And then there’s George: the most desired woman in any room, and the one most likely to leave with the worst man.
KEEPING FAITH by Jodi Picoult. For the second time in her marriage, Mariah White catches her husband with another woman, and Faith, their seven-year-old daughter, witnesses every painful minute. In the aftermath of a sudden divorce, Mariah struggles with depression and Faith begins to confide in an imaginary friend. At first, Mariah dismisses these exchanges as a child’s imagination. But when Faith starts reciting passages from the Bible, develops stigmata, and begins to perform miraculous healings, Mariah wonders if her daughter—a girl with no religious background—might actually be seeing God. As word spreads and controversy flares, Mariah and Faith are besieged by believers and disbelievers alike, caught in a media circus that threatens what little stability they have left.
MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS by Jennine Capo Crucet. When Lizet, the daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from high school, secretly applies and is accepted to an ultra-elite college, her parents are furious at her decision to leave Miami. Just weeks before she’s set to start school, her parents divorce and her father sells her childhood home, leaving Lizet, her mother, and Leidy—Lizet’s older sister, a brand-new single mom—without a steady income and scrambling for a place to live. Amidst the turmoil, Lizet begins her first semester at Rawlings College distracted by both the exciting and difficult moments of freshman year. But the privileged world of the campus feels utterly foreign, as does her new awareness of herself as a minority. Struggling both socially and academically, she returns to Miami for a surprise Thanksgiving visit, only to be overshadowed by the arrival of Ariel Hernandez, a young boy whose mother died fleeing with him from Cuba on a raft. The ensuing immigration battle puts Miami in a glaring spotlight, captivating the nation and entangling Lizet’s entire family, especially her mother.