July 14, 2014

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NANTUCKET SISTERS by Nancy Thayer. When they meet as girls on a beach in Nantucket, Maggie McIntyre and Emily Porter become fast friends. The two lively, imaginative girls spend many golden summers together building castles in the sand, creating magical worlds of their own, and forging grand plans for their future. Then the unthinkable happens: a lifelong friendship is pushed to its breaking point with the appearance of the handsome, charismatic, charming, and incredibly sexy Wall Street trader Cameron Chadwick—upending both of the women’s lives. Struggling with the difficult choices they have made and the secrets they have kept, Maggie and Emily find the road to love and fulfillment is full of bumps and twists, as well as entirely unexpected and quite wonderful turns of the heart. They also learn that while true love may be rare, a true friendship is rarer still.

THE BEEKEEPER’S BALL by Susan Wiggs. Isabel Johansen, a celebrated chef who grew up in the sleepy Sonoma town of Archangel, is transforming her childhood home into a destination cooking school. Bella Vista’s rambling mission-style hacienda, with its working apple orchards, bountiful gardens and beehives, is the idyllic venue for Isabel’s project…and the perfect place for her to forget the past. But Isabel’s carefully ordered plans begin to go awry when swaggering, war-torn journalist Cormac O’Neill arrives to dig up old history. He’s always been good at exposing the lives of others, but the pleasures of small-town life coax him into revealing a few truths of his own. The dreamy sweetness of summer is the perfect time of year for a grand family wedding and the enchanting Beekeeper’s Ball, bringing emotions to a head in a story where the past and present collide to create an unexpected new future.

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JOHN QUINCY ADAMS: AMERICAN VISIONARY by Fred Kaplan. In this fresh and illuminating biography, Kaplan brings into focus the dramatic life of John Quincy Adams—the little-known and much-misunderstood sixth president of the United States and the first son of John and Abigail Adams—and reveals how Adams’ inspiring, progressive vision guided his life and helped shape the course of America. He examines Adams’ innumerable sides: the public and private man, the statesman and writer, the wise thinker and passionate advocate, the leading abolitionist and fervent federalist who believed strongly in both individual liberty and the government’s role as an engine of progress and prosperity. The literary analysis and historical data found here makes clear how Adams’ forward-thinking values and his vision for the nation’s future is as much about twenty-first-century America as it is about Adams’ own time.

THE NEW FOUR WINDS GUIDE TO AMERICAN INDIAN ARTIFACTS by Preston E. Miller. A wonderful array of authentic Indian made items of both old and new vintage is showcased in this engaging book. Nearly 800 color photos present clothing and accessories for men and women, basketry, pottery, musical instruments, toys and games, textiles, beadwork, and Improved Order of Red Men collectibles. An informative bead glossary also describes bead styles, colors, and sizes. All items are accompanied by detailed descriptions, dates, construction information, and current pricing that will be used many times over by sellers and collectors alike.

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July 7, 2014

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INVISIBLE by James Patterson. Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding a link between hundreds of unsolved cases—one of them the death of her own sister—Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that cover her bedroom walls, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire. Not even her boyfriend, field agent Harrison “Books” Bookman, believes her claim that these dozens of deaths across the country are connected. That is, until Emmy finds a piece of evidence he can’t ignore. More fatalities are reported by the day—and each one is inexplicable. No motives, no murder weapons, no suspects. Could one person really be responsible for these unthinkable crimes?

DANCING WITH FIREFLIES by Denise Hunter. Growing up in the Midwestern river town of Chapel Springs, Indiana, Jade McKinley felt like a weed in a rose garden. When she left, she thought she’d never look back. Now, pregnant, alone, and broke, she has no other choice but to return. The mayor of Chapel Springs, Daniel Dawson, has been an honorary member of the McKinley family for years. He’s loved Jade for as long as he can remember, but she’s always thought of him as a big brother. Now that she’s back, his feelings are stronger than ever. As Jade attempts to settle in, nothing feels right. God seems far away, she’s hiding secrets from her family, and she’s strangely attracted to the man who’s always called her “squirt.” Returning home may prove more difficult—and more wonderful—than she ever imagined.

A LONG TIME GONE by Karen White. When Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta, she swore never to go back. But in the spring, nine years to the day since she left, that’s exactly what happens—Vivien returns, fleeing from a broken marriage and her lost dreams for children. What she hopes to find in solace with her dear grandmother who raised her. But instead she finds that her grandmother has died and that her estranged mother is drifting further away from her memories. But for Vivien things change in ways she cannot imagine when a violent storm reveals the remains of a long-dead woman buried near the Walker home, not far from the cypress swamp that is soon to give up its ghosts. Vivien knows there is now only one way to rediscover herself—by uncovering the secrets of her family and breaking the cycle of loss that has haunted them for generations.

THE DIRECTOR by David Ignatius. Graham Weber has been the director of the CIA for less than a week when a Swiss kid in a dirty T-shirt walks into the American consulate in Hamburg and says the agency has been hacked, and he has a list of agents’ names to prove it. This is the moment a CIA director most dreads. Weber turns to a charismatic (and unstable) young man named James Morris who runs the Internet Operations Center. He’s the CIA’s in-house geek. Weber launches Morris on a mole hunt unlike any other—one that takes him to the hacker underground of Europe and America and ends up in a landscape of paranoia and betrayal. The CIA belatedly discovers that this is not your father’s Cold War, and Weber must play catch-up, against the clock and an unknown enemy, in a game he does not yet understand.

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June 23, 2014

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MR. MERCEDES by Stephen King. In the predawn hours, in a distressed American city, hundreds of unemployed men and women line up for the opening of a job fair. They are tired and cold and desperate. Emerging from the fog, invisible until it’s too late, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Months later, an ex-cop named Bill Hodges, still haunted by the unsolved crime, gets a crazed letter from “the perk,” claiming credit for the murders. Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of eccentric and mismatched allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

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CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: LIVING WITH ALZHEIMER’S & OTHER DEMENTIAS. Alzheimer’s disease was first discovered in 1906, and in more than 100 years, a lot has changed. For too long, those facing the disease struggled in silence. Consequently, the misconceptions, misdiagnoses, myths, and stigmas around Alzheimer’s grew and grew, partially due to our own inability to find the words to share our experiences. The stories inside this book reveal a new world for the Alzheimer’s community—a world where we’ve discovered the strength to speak up and work together to defeat Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  Anyone affected by Alzheimer’s or another dementia should feel a sense of ownership when they pick up this book.  RAISING CUBBY by John Elder Robison. Misfit, truant, delinquent. Robison was never a model child, and he wasn’t a model dad either. Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at the age of forty, he approached fatherhood as a series of logic puzzles and practical jokes. So, when school authorities labeled his son, Cubby, as dumb and stubborn, did that mean he had Asperger’s, too? The answer was unclear. One thing was clear though: By the time he turned seventeen, Cubby had become a brilliant chemist—smart enough to make military-grade explosives and bring state and federal agents calling. Although they saw Cubby as a harmless geek, a publicity-hungry prosecutor decided he was some kind of terrorist and charged Cubby with multiple felonies. Facing an expensive trial, and up to sixty years in prison, both father and son were forced to take stock of their lives, finally coming to terms with being “on the spectrum” as both a challenge and a unique gift.

SPECIAL HEART by Bret Baier. Bret Baier seemingly had it all—a rocketing career, a wicked golf swing, a wonderful life—then suddenly none of it mattered. His world of joy and contentment turned instantly into one of fear and anguish. This is the deeply touching true story of Baier’s rise to personal and professional fulfillment, then his nosedive overnight into the perilous world of pediatric heart disease. It’s the remarkable saga of his son’s, Paul, bravery and survival and his family’s poignant journey of faith. Bret and Amy Baier share what life has been like: the emotional stories of Paul’s three open-heart surgeries and seven angioplasties, and the everyday adventures of a happy child, charging full speed ahead through life. Bret and Amy emerge—just like their brave young son—scarred but infinitely stronger, and clearly understanding what matters most in life.

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June 16, 2014

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GARMENT OF SHADOWS by Laurie R. King. In a strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery: Who am I? She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldiers pounding on the door. Out in the streets, she discovers herself strangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks. She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits. Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north. Meanwhile, Mary’s husband, Sherlock Holmes, is pulled by two old friends and a distant relation into the growing war between France, Spain, and the Rif Revolt. The shadows of war are drawing over the city of Fez, and Holmes badly wants the wisdom and courage of his wife, who he’s learned, to his horror, has gone missing. As Holmes searches for her, and Russell searches for herself, each tries to crack deadly parallel puzzles before it’s too late for them, for Africa, and for the peace of Europe.

BONE APPETIT by Carolyn Haines. Sarah Booth has always had a lot on her plate, from her work as an investigator and her dream to be an actress, to her quest to find the right man. But when she receives some crushing news, her best friend, Tinkie, convinces her to come away for a luxurious week at a posh spa and cooking school to rest and heal. The much-needed pampering and exquisite food go a long way toward making her feel like her old self, but it’s the women who are in the midst of a beauty pageant/cook-off to be the next spokesperson for the spa’s parent company who really take her mind off her woes. Sarah finds the backbiting to be great fun—until the heated competition boils over, the top contender is poisoned, and the number-one suspect hires Sarah to clear her name.

THE COLLECTOR by Nora Roberts. As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down. She spends her life moving from one job to the next. But when she witnesses a possible murder-suicide from her current apartment-sitting job, life as Lila knows it takes a dramatic turn. Ashton Archer knows his charming, clever, and impulsive brother couldn’t have killed his girlfriend—or taken his own life. His hope of unraveling what happened lies with Lila, the only eyewitness. Chalking up their intense attraction to the heat of the moment, Lila agrees to help Ash in trying to find out who murdered his brother and why. Their investigation draws them into a rarefied circle where priceless antiques are bought, sold, and stolen, where what you possess is who you are, and where what you desire becomes a deadly obsession.

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AMERICA:  IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT HER by Dinesh D’Souza. Conceived in Liberty…or in oppression? Is America a source of pride, as Americans have long held, or shame, as progressives allege? D’Souza says these questions are no mere academic exercise. “America the Inexcusable” is the view taught in our schools, preached by Hollywood, and shaping the policies of the Obama administration. D’Souza, an Indian immigrant to this country and proud American citizen, fears for America’s future. He loves this country and fears that unless the progressives’ anti-American arguments are met forcibly and on their own terms, America will cease to be the beacon of freedom and hope that it always has been. He offers a passionate and reasoned defense of America, knocking down every important accusation made by progressives against our country.

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June 10, 2014

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YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN by Jean Hanff Korelitz. Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself, devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice. Grace is also the author of the upcoming You Should Have Known, a book in which she chastises women for not valuing their intuition and calls upon them to pay attention to their first impressions of men. But weeks before the book is published, a chasm opens in her own life:  a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.

 FIELD OF PREY by John Sandford. The night after the Fourth of July, Layton Burns, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky. He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend. The only problem was…something smelled bad, like, really bad. He mentioned it to c county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to fifteen bodies, and counting. The victims had been killed over a great many years, one every summer, regular as clockwork. How could this have happened without anybody noticing? Because one thing was for sure:  The killer had to live close by. He was probably even someone they saw every day.

AUNT DINITY & THE WISHING WELL by Nancy Atherton. When the very reclusive Hector Huggins dies, Lori Shepherd and the rest of the townspeople in the close-knit village of Finch dutifully turn out for his funeral. Their kindness is rewarded when Mr. Huggins’s long lost nephew, Jack, arrives to pay his last respects and to wrap up his late uncle’s affairs. When Lori volunteers to help Jack tame his uncle’s overgrown garden, they discover a long-forgotten wishing well buried beneath a tangle of vines. As a joke, Lori makes a wish—a wish that comes true! Word spreads and soon the well is besieged by villagers hoping to avail themselves of its mysterious powers. As more and more wishes come true, the village is thrown into chaos and Lori is forced to find out what’s going on before her beloved Finch falls apart. With Aunt Dimity’s otherworldly help, Lori sets out to prove that something other than magic is at work in old Mr. Huggins’s garden and discovers that the truth is even more astonishing than a magical wishing well.

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