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November 8, 2016

ADULT FICTION

SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult. Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be reassigned to another patient a few minutes later. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene? Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by her counsel, Ruth tries to keep everything as normal as possible for her family as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

SEX, LIES & SERIOUS MONEY by Stuart Woods. Fresh off the runway at Teterboro, Stone Barrington arrives home to find an unexpected new client on his doorstop, anxiously soliciting Stone’s help. But everything is not as it seems, when the client reveals that true nature—and value—of his recent turn of fortune. From luxury New York high-rises to the sprawling New Mexico desert, his client is pursued from all angles…and Stone quickly learns that easy money isn’t always so easy. This new client may just give Stone Barrington a run for his money.

NIGHT WATCH by Iris and Roy Johansen. Born blind, Kendra Michaels spent the first twenty years of her life living in the darkness. Then, thanks to a revolutionary medical procedure developed by England’s Night Watch Project, she was given the gift of sight. A remarkable investigator, Kendra is sought after by law enforcement agencies all over the country. But her newest case becomes deeply personal as she uncovers the truth about the shadowy organization that has given her so much. Kendra is surprised when she is visited by Dr. Charles Waldridge, the researcher who gave her sight. All is not well with the brilliant surgeon; he’s troubled by something he can’t discuss with Kendra. When Waldridge disappears the very night he visits her, Kendra is on the case, recruiting government-agent-for-hire Adam Lynch to join her on a trail that leads to the snow-packed California mountains. There they make a gruesome discovery: the corpse of one of Dr. Waldridge’s associates. But it’s only the first casualty in a white-knuckle confrontation with a deadly enemy who will push Kendra to the limits of her abilities. Soon she must fight for her very survival as she tries to stop the killing…and unearth the shocking secret of Night Watch.

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November 1, 2016

ADULT FICTION

LAST RAGGED BREATH by Julia Keller. Royce Dillard doesn’t remember much about the day his parents—and one hundred and twenty-three other souls—died in the 1972 Buffalo Creek disaster. He was only two years old when he was ripped from his mother’s arms. But now, Dillard, who lives off the grid with only a passel of dogs for company, is fighting for his life one more time: He’s on trial for murder. Prosecutor Bell Elkins faces the toughest challenge yet in this haunting story of vengeance, greed, and the fierce struggle for social justice.

TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Debbie Macomber. Friendly and bubbly, Julia Padden likes nearly everyone, but her standoffish neighbor, Cain Maddox, presents a challenge. No matter how hard she tries to be nice, Cain rudely rebuffs her at every turn. But when Julia catches Cain stealing her newspaper, that’s the last straw. She’s going to break through Cain’s Scrooge-like exterior the only way she knows how: by killing him with kindness. To track her progress, Julia starts a blog called Twelve Days of Christmas. Her first attempts to humanize Cain are far from successful. Julia brings him homemade treats, and the disagreeable grinch won’t even accept them. Meanwhile, Julia’s blog becomes an online sensation. Julia continues to find ways to express kindness and, little by little, chips away at Cain’s gruff façade to reveal the caring man underneath. Unbelievably, Julia feels herself falling for Cain—and she suspects that he may be falling for her as well. But as the popularity of her blog grows, Julia must decide if telling Cain the truth about having chronicled their relationship to the rest of the world is worth risking their chance at love.

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MORGUE:  A LIFE IN DEATH by  Dr. Vincent Di Maio and Ron Franscell. In this clear-eyed, gritty, and enthralling narrative, Di Maio and Franscell take readers behind the morgue doors to tell a fascinating life story through the cases that have made Di Maio famous—from the exhumation of assassin Lee Harvey Oswald to the complex issues in the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Beginning with his street-smart Italian origins in Brooklyn, the book spans forty years of work, more than nine thousand autopsies, and Di Maio’s eventual rise into the pantheon of forensic scientists. One of the country’s most methodical and intuitive criminal pathologists dissects himself, maintaining a nearly continuous flow of suspenseful stories, revealing anecdotes, and enough macabre insider details to rivet the most fervent crime fans.

SAVED by Ben Hewitt. When Ben Hewitt met Erik Gillard, he was amazed. Here was a real-life rebel living happily and comfortably in small-town Vermont on less than $10,000.00 per year. Gillard is no bum. He has a job, a girlfriend, good friends, and strong ties to the community. But how he lives his life—and why—launches Hewitt on a quest to understand the true role of money and mindless consumerism in our lives. This book has no tedious writings on the evils of materialism and capitalism. Quite the opposite: Hewitt learned to embrace an even more intense form of materialism, buying things not to have, but to use—and admiring these things for their utility and craftsmanship. In this process, he experienced a crucial shift from the mindless consumerism we’re trained to embrace by our corporate economy to a conscious, thoughtful consumption that brought him more satisfaction and happiness than he ever expected.

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October 25, 2016

ADULT FICTION

ESCAPE CLAUSE by John Sandford. The first storm comes from, of all places, the Minnesota Zoo. Two large, and very rare, Amur tigers have disappeared from their cage, and authorities are worried sick that they’ve been stolen for their body parts. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes those parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get what they need. Some of them are a great deal more extreme than others—as Virgil Flowers is about to find out. Then there’s the homefront. Virgil’s relationship with his girlfriend, Frankie, has been getting kind of serious, but when Frankie’s sister, Sparkle, moves in for the summer, the situation gets a lot more complicated. For one thing, her research into migrant workers is about to bring her up against some very violent people who emphatically do not want to be researched. For another…she thinks Virgil’s kind of cute. Forget a storm—this one’s a tornado.

KILL OR BE KILLED by James Patterson. (BookShots) The trial An accused murderer called Kingfisher is on trial. And Detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women’s Murder Club are in for a courtroom shocker you’ll never see coming. Heist A band of ruthless thieves is about to pull off the perfect diamond heist—until a rival crew arrives at the exact same time. The women’s war Former Marine Corps colonel Amanda Collins and her lethal team of women warriors have vowed to avenge her family’s murder. And they have nothing left to lose…Little black dress Can a little black dress change everything? What begins as one woman’s fantasy is about to go too far.

THE DARK HOLLOWS OF WEST VIRGINIA by Mack Samples. Samples, a native West Virginia author, tells the story of a shocking double homicide in fictitious “Transparent County,” West Virginia. Sheriff Caleb McKee leads the investigation of those murders, exposing a group of the community’s most prominent men. All the guilty parties enjoy the admiration, respect and privilege of their community. But how far does that privilege extend, and what kind of men are they really? What secrets are harbored in the dark hollows where they live? As Sheriff McKee works the case, he shockingly learns that many of his old friends and peers lead lives of quiet desperation.

ADULT NON-FICTION

THE IMPERIAL CRUISE by James Bradley. In the summer of 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt dispatched the largest diplomatic mission in American history. Led by Secretary of War William Howard Taft, the group traveled thousands of miles across the Pacific, docking in Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea. Along for the ride was Teddy’s daughter Alice, a media darling known for her wild behavior. She was not there by accident: her father knew that Alice would be an effective distraction for the reporters covering the journey. And Roosevelt had very good reasons to keep his true motives concealed. During this trip, Taft, on Roosevelt’s behalf, would negotiate a series of secret—and wholly unconstitutional—agreements that would lay the groundwork for America’s Pacific engagement. These invisible treaties would lead to World War II in the Pacific, the triumph of communism in China, the Korean War, and, within decades, tens of millions dead. A century later, Bradley traveled in the wake of Roosevelt’s imperial cruise, finally rediscovering what had actually transpired. What he found will forever change the way you think about American history and the origins of war in Asia.

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October 18, 2016

ADULT FICTION

THE LIFE SHE WANTS by Robyn Carr. In the aftermath of her financier husband’s suicide, Emma Shay Compton’s dream life is shattered. Richard Compton stole his clients’ life savings to fund a lavish life in New York City and, although she was never involved in the business, Emma bears the burden of her husband’s crimes. She is left with nothing. Only one friend stands by her, a friend she’s known since high school, who encourages her to come home to Sonoma County. But starting over isn’t easy, and Sonoma is full of unhappy memories, too. And people she’d rather not face, especially Riley Kerrigan. Riley and Emma were like sisters—until Riley betrayed Emma, ending their friendship. Emma left town, planning to never look back. Now, trying to stand on her own two feet, Emma can’t escape Richard’s reputation and is forced to turn to the last person she thought she’d ever ask for help—her former best friend. It’s an uneasy reunion as both women face the mistakes they’ve made over the years. Only if they find a way to forgive each other—and themselves—can each of them find the life she wants.

APPRENTICE IN DEATH by J.D. Robb The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park’s ice-skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be. Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD but never one like this. A review of the security videos reveals that the victims were killed with a tactical laser rifle fired by a sniper who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the list of locations where the shooter could have set up seems endless, the number of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer. When Eve finally discovers the location of the sniper, she learns a shocking fact: There were two—one older, one younger. Someone is being trained by an expert in the art of killing, and they have an agenda. Central Park was just a warm-up. And as another sniper attack shakes the city to its core, Eve realizes that though we’re all shaped by the people around us, there are those who are just born evil.

STING by Sandra Brown. When Jordie Bennett and Shaw Kinnard lock eyes across a disreputable backwater bar, something definitely sparks. Shaw gives off a dangerous vibe that makes men wary and inspires women to sit up and take notice. No one feels that undercurrent more strongly than savvy businesswoman Jordie, who doesn’t belong in a seedy dive on the banks of a bayou. But here she is…and Shaw Kinnard is here to kill her. As Shaw and his partner take aim, Jordie is certain her time has come. But Shaw has other plans and abducts Jordie, hoping to get his hands on the $30 million her brother has stolen and, presumably, hidden. However, Shaw is not the only one looking for the fortune. Her brother’s ruthless boss and the FBI are after it as well. Now on the run from the feds and a notorious criminal, Jordie and Shaw must rely on their wits—and each other—to stay alive.

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October 11, 2016

ADULT FICTION

RASPUTIN’S SHADOW by Raymond Khoury. On a cold, bleak day in 1916, all hell breaks loose in a mining pit in the Ural Mountains. Overcome by a strange paranoia, the miners attack one another, savagely and ferociously. Minutes later, two men—a horrified scientist and Grigory Rasputin, trusted confidant of the tsar—hit a detonator, blowing up the mine to conceal all evidence of the carnage. In the present day, FBI agent Sean Reilly’s search for Reed Corrigan, the CIA mind-control spook who brainwashed Reilly’s son, takes a backseat to a new, disturbing case. A Russian embassy attaché seems to have committed suicide by jumping out of a fourth-floor window in Queens. The apartment’s owners, a retired physics teacher from Russia and his wife, have gone missing, and further investigation reveals that the former may not be who the FBI believes him to be. Reilly’s investigation of the old man’s identity will uncover a desperate search for a small, mysterious device, with consequences that reach back in time and which, in the wrong hands, could have a devastating impact on the modern world.

DENIM AND LACE by Diana Palmer. Bess Samson was raised in privilege, but always had a thing for Cade Hollister, the rough-and-tumble cowboy next door, even ignoring her controlling, class-conscious mother’s warning to stay away from him. But he turned her down—hard. Humiliated, she grew up and moved on, but never truly gave up hope. Cade has secretly always adored Bess—but is filled with disdain for the Samsons’ wealth. Once, the families were friends, until dark secrets and scandal caused a bitter rift, and now her family won’t let him forget his blue-collar roots. But when an accident nearly costs Bess her life, the proud rancher must finally fight for the love he’s never forgotten.

SECURITY by Gina Wohlsdorf. Safety. Luxury. Manderley. Manderley Resort is a gleaming, new twenty-story hotel on the California coast. It’s about to open its doors, and the world—at least those with the means to afford it—will be welcomed into a palace of opulence and unparalleled security. But someone is determined that Manderley will never open. The staff has no idea that their every move is being watched, and over the next twelve hours they will be killed off, one by one. The terrible truth about Manderley is that someone is always watching.

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A LITTLE THING CALLED LIFE by Linda Thompson. For the last forty years, award-winning songwriter Thompson has quietly led one of the most remarkable lives in show business. The longtime live-in love of Elvis Presley, Linda first emerged into the limelight during the 1970s when the former beauty queen caught the eye of the King. Their chance late-night encounter at a movie theater was the stuff of legend, and it marked the beginning of a whirlwind that would stretch across decades, leading to a marriage with Bruce Jenner, motherhood, and more drama than she ever could have imagined. Now, for the first time, Linda opens up about it all, telling the full story of her life, loves, and everything in between.

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October 4, 2016

ADULT FICTION

SNOW WHITE MUST DIE by Nele Neuhaus. On a rainy November day police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: A woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. A witness suggests that the woman was pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. Eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace. In a trial based only on circumstantial evidence, young Tobias Sartorius, Rita Cramer’s son, was sentenced to ten years in prison and is now living in his hometown. Is the attack on his mother somehow connected to his return? In the village, Pia and Oliver encounter a wall of silence. When another young girl goes missing, the events of the past seem to be repeating themselves in a disastrous manner. The investigation turns into a race against time, because for the villagers it is clear who the perpetrator is—and this time they are determined to take matters into their own hands.

BEFORE THE FALL by Noah Hawley. On a foggy summer night, eleven people—ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter—depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs—the painter—and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family. With stories weaving between the aftermath of the crash and the backstories of the passengers and crew—including a Wall Street titan and his wife, A Texan-born party boy just in from London, a young woman questioning her path in life, and a career pilot—the mystery surrounding the tragedy heightens. As the passengers’ intrigues unravel, odd coincidences point to a conspiracy. Was it merely by dumb chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something far more sinister at work? Events soon threaten to spiral out of control in an escalating storm of media outrage and accusations. And while Scott struggles to cope with fame that borders on notoriety, the authorities scramble to salvage the truth from the wreckage.

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BACON NATION—125 IRRESISTIBLE RECIPES by Peter Kaminsky & Marie Rama. Everything tastes better with bacon. Even just a little bit of bacon. It’s such a full-flavored, savory tasting ingredient, it can transform any dish, and this book reveals all of its secrets. In over 100 smoky, savory, crispy, meaty, salty, and sweetly sensuous recipes, it’s pure heaven for the bacon lover, and a new secret weapon for every home chef.

THE BARBECUE LOVER’S BIG BOOK OF BBQ SAUCES by Cheryl & Bill Jamison. From mops and sops to pastes and bastes, soulful rubs to shimmering sauces—everything you need for outstanding grilling or smoke-cooking can be found in these more than 225 recipes guaranteed to bring out the deepest flavors from meats and fish. Unlike other books about barbecue sauces, each recipe says whether it’s best for grilling, smoke cooking, or both. Plus, instead of chapters with names like “Rubs” or “Relishes,” the book is organized by the kind of seafood, meat, or produce you are cooking. Simply head to the chapter and find the sauce you want. The cookin’ is easy with this surefire companion for the adventuresome outdoor cook.

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