April 14, 2014

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ADULT FICTION

KEEP QUIET by Lisa Scottoline. Jake Buckman’s relationship with his sixteen-year-old son, Ryan, is not an easy one, so at the urging of his loving wife, Pam, Jakes goes alone to pick up Ryan at their suburban movie theater. On the way home, Ryan asks to drive on a deserted road, and Jake sees it as a chance to make a connection. However, what starts as a father-son bonding opportunity instantly turns into a nightmare. Tragedy strikes, and with Ryan’s entire future hanging in the balance, Jake is forced to make a split-second decision that plunges them both into a world of guilt and lies. Without ever meaning to, Jake and Ryan find themselves living under the crushing weight of their secret, which threatens to tear their family to shreds and ruin them all.

CARNAL CURIOSITY by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington seems to have a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When Manhattan’s elite are beset by a series of clever crimes—and Stone is a material witness—he and his former partner Dino Bacchetti find themselves drawn into the world of high-end security and fraud, where insider knowledge and access are limited to a privileged few, and the wealthy are made vulnerable by the very systems meant to keep them safe. As Stone and Dino delve deeper into their investigation, they learn that the mastermind behind the incidents may have some intimate ties to Stone…and that the biggest heist is yet to come.

ADULT NON-FICTION

THE BOHEMIANS by Ben Tarnoff. Mark Twain roars into San Francisco in 1863. Pretty soon he’s drunk on champagne, oysters, and the city’s intoxicating energy. Twenty-seven years old, fleeing the Civil War and seeking adventure, Twain finds a global seaport flush with new money and peopled by fortune seekers from five continents. The war that is ravaging the rest of the country has only made San Francisco richer and the bards of the moment are the Bohemians, a band of young eccentric writers seeking to create a new American voice at the country’s edge. There’s literary golden boy Bret Harte; struggling gay poet Charles Warren Stoddard; and beautiful, haunted Ina Coolbrith, poet and protector of the group. Twain joins their ranks, and the experiences that follow put him on the path to greatness.

A GOVERNMENT OF WOLVES by John W. Whitehead. Constitutional attorney Whitehead paints a chilling portrait of a nation in the final stages of transformation into a police state, complete with surveillance cameras, drug-sniffing dogs, SWAT team raids, roadside strip searches, blood draws at DUI checkpoints, mosquito drones, tasers, privatized prisons, GPS tracking devices, zero tolerance policies, overcriminalization, and free speech zones. Drawing on his vast knowledge of history, culture, and law, he charts the downward trajectory of this shift away from the rule of law, the U.S. Constitution, which historically shielded us from government abuses. He also compellingly argues that fiction has now become fact. Indeed, America has become that futuristic society of celluloid fantasies in which a passive, uninformed populace gives rise to an overbearing, out-of-control government. This is the future George Orwell warned against. This is the present that Whitehead cautions could become an endless nightmare from which there is no awakening unless we act now.

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April 7, 2014

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ADULT FICTION

DEATH OF A POLICEMAN by M.C. Beaton. Local police stations all over the Scottish Highlands are being threatened with closure—presenting a perfect opportunity for Detective Chief Inspector Blair, who would love nothing more than to get rid of Sergeant Hamish Macbeth. Blair insists that Macbeth does nothing most of the time, and he’s determined to prove it to everyone once and for all. The chief inspector commands Cyril Sessions, a keen young police officer, to visit the town of Lochdubh to monitor exactly what Macbeth does every day. Tipped off about Blair’s plan, Macbeth rallies help from friends all over his Sutherland beat to ensure Cyril returns to headquarters with a full report. But when Cyril is suddenly found murdered, Hamish is left with a bewildering array of suspects. And the next victim could very well be Macbeth himself.

THE GLASS CASKET by McCormick Templeman. Death hasn’t visited Rowan Rose since it took her mother when Rowan was just a little girl. But that changes one bleak morning, when five horses and five riders thunder into her village and through the forest, disappearing into the hills. Days later, the riders’ bodies are found, and though no one can say for certain what happened in their final hours, their remains prove that whatever it was must have been brutal. Rowan’s village was once a tranquil place, but things are different now. Something followed the path those riders made. It has come down from the hills, through the forest, and into the village. And beast or man, it has brought death to Rowan’s door once again. Only this time, its appetite is insatiable.

ADULT NON-FICTION

THE UNOFFICIAL DOWNTOWN ABBEY COOKBOOK by Emily Ansara Baines. Nibble on Sybil’s Ginger Nut Biscuits during tea. Treat yourself to Ethel’s Crepes Suzette. Feast on Mr. Bate’s Chicken and Mushroom Pie with a room full of guests. With this collection of delicacies inspired by the series Downtown Abbey, you’ll feel as sophisticated and poised as the men and women of Downtown when you prepare these upstairs and downstairs favorites. You will love indulging in the splendors of another era with the snacks, entrees, and desserts from this masterpiece of a cookbook.

H R C by Jonathan Allen. Hillary Clinton’s surprising defeat in the 2008 Democratic primary brought her to the lowest point of her political career, vanquished by a much younger opponent whose message of change and cutting-edge tech team ran circles around her stodgy campaign. And yet, six years later, she has reemerged as an even more powerful and influential figure, a formidable stateswoman and the presumed front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, marking one of the great political comebacks in history. The story of Hillary’s phoenixlike rise is at the heart of this book, a riveting political biography that journeys into the heart of “Hillaryland” to discover a brilliant strategist at work. This remarkable portrait of the most important female politician in American history is an essential inside look at the woman who may be our next president.

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March 31, 2014

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FICTION

THE GHOST RUNNER by Parker Bilal. It is 2002 and as tanks roll into the

West Bank and the reverberations of 9/11 echo across the globe, tensions are running high on Cairo’s streets. Private investigator Makana, in exile from his native Sudan and haunted by memories of his wife and daughter, is shaken to his core when a routine surveillance job leads him to the horrific murder of a teenage girl. Makana determines to track down the perpetrator, and finds unexpected assistance in Zahra, a woman who seems to share his hunger for justice. Seeking answers in the dead girl’s past, they travel to Siwa, where old grievances simmer just below the service. As violence follows them through the sandblown streets and an old enemy lurks in the shadows, Makana discovers that the truth can be as deadly and as changeable as the desert beneath his feet.

THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir. Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive. But Mark’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills, he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive. As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive. But Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.

NON-FICTION

THE PRICE OF JUSTICE by Laurence Leamer. Don Blankenship, the head of Massey Energy since the early 1990s, ran an industry that provided nearly half of America’s electric power. But wealth and influence weren’t enough for Blankenship and his company, as they set about destroying corporate and personal rivals, challenging the Constitution, purchasing the West Virginia judiciary, and willfully disregarding safety standards in the company’s mines—in which scores died unnecessarily. As Blankenship hobnobbed with a West Virginia Supreme Court justice in France, his company polluted the drinking water of hundreds of citizens while he himself fostered extravagant vendettas against anyone who dared challenge his control over coal country. Just about the only thing that stood in the way of Blankenship’s tyranny over a state and an industry was a pair of odd-couple attorneys, Dave Fawcett and Bruce Stanley, who undertook a legal quest to bring justice to this corner of America. From the backwoods courtrooms of West Virginia they pursued their case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and to a dramatic decision declaring that the wealthy and powerful are not entitled to purchase their own brand of law.

HOUNDED – THE LOWDOWN ON LIFE FROM THREE DACHSHUNDS by Matt Ziselman. Why not let three highly lovable, equally frustrating Dachshunds—Baxter, Maya, and Molly—show you what it really means to live life to the fullest? Ziselman has taken the everyday behaviors and comical quirks of his three Doxies and distilled them into a series of life lessons that have taught him to live a calmer, richer, more meaningful life. Lessons that we could all benefit from learning.

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March 17, 2014

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ADULT FICTION

HER KIND by Robin Throne. Rose Emma Parmlee reflects on her 90 years as she compiles a diary that she began in her youth. As she records the migration of a family from England, to the new England, to Iowa, Rose exposes a family’s deepest secrets, including her own unrecoverable relationship with her mother, cousins a bit too close by blood and water, and an entire lineage her siblings never knew. Through an elegantly accessible, minimalist style, like the silence and whispers of all dark secrets, Rose takes the reader into her confidences to join her journey through intricate relationships, complicated ancestries, and intertwining lives that shaped a watershed and every woman’s place within it.

THE COUNTERFEIT AGENT by Alex Berenson. In an Istanbul hotel, an Iranian agent warns a CIA operative that Iran intends to kill a station chief. Before long, the tip comes true. Which means that the next warning the source gives will be taken very seriously indeed. And it’s a big one. We’ve put a package on a ship from Dubai to the United States. A radioactive one. A bomb? Not yet. It’s a test run. As the government mobilizes, something still doesn’t smell right to Wells’s old CIA boss Ellis Shafer. He sends Wells on a private mission to find the truth. But Wells, Shafer, and ex-agency chief Vinny Duto—an old enemy of Wells, now a wary ally—are swimming against the tide. Wells is on the chase of his most cunning adversary, a former CIA operative who seems to have vanished from the earth. But as Wells and Shafer close in on the truth, they realize they may already be too late to pull the United States back from war.

THE UNDEAD POOL by Kim Harrison. Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic—earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic—and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something—or someone—is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike. The pressures build when the city is quarantined to contain the unreliable magic, and Rachel must stop the attacks before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war. The only way to do so is through the ancient elven magic, but that carries its own perils—for magic always has a price, and gods do not come lightly when called.

ADULT NON-FICTION

MOVING GRACEFULLY by Carol Miller Fradkin. This guide walks the reader through the entire moving process, from making the decision to move, through getting adjusted to new surroundings. Covers local and distant moves, moving with children and pets, and numerous helpful websites,

ORGANIZE PACK MOVE! by Nancy Giehl and Joan Hobbs. You’re busy, you’re moving, you don’t have time to read a book or spends hours online searching for answers. This book condenses the best money, energy and time saving tips about moving into simple, one-page-per-topic information sheets. Organized into 6 sections: Preparation & Initial Decisions; Organizing for your Move; Donating & Selling; Packing & Moving; Settling in; Checklists & Worksheets.

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March 10, 2014

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FICTION

KILLER by Jonathan Kellerman. The city of Angels has more than its share of psychopaths, and no one recognizes that more acutely than psychologist and police consultant Dr. Alex Delaware. Despite that, Constance Sykes, a sophisticated, successful physician, hardly seems like someone Alex needs to fear. Then, at the behest of the court, he becomes embroiled in a bizarre child custody dispute initiated by Connie against her sister and begins to realize that there is much about the siblings he has failed to comprehend. And when the court battle between the Sykes sisters erupts into cold, calculating murder and a rapidly growing number of victims, Alex knows he’s been snared in a toxic web of pathology.

THE PRAYER BOX by Lisa Wingate. When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in Iola’s rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola’s rambling Victorian house. Tandi never expects to find anything of real value inside the walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, spanning from Iola’s youth to her last days. Hidden in the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits of paper—the hopes and wishes, fears and thoughts of an unassuming but complex woman passing through the seasons of an extraordinary, unsung life filled with lessons in faith, observations on love, and one final lesson that could change everything.

NON-FICTION

ALL JOY AND NO FUN by Jennifer Senior. What are the effects of children on their parents? This award-winning journalist tries to tackle this question, isolating and analyzing the many ways in which children reshape their parents’ lives, whether it’s their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self. Recruiting from a wide variety of sources, she dissects both the timeless strains of parenting and the ones that are brand new, and then brings her research to life in the homes of ordinary parents around the country. Senior makes us reconsider some of our culture’s most basic beliefs about parenthood, all while illuminating the profound ways children deepen and add purpose to our lives.

THE FIRST FRONTIER by Scott Weidensaul. Frontier: The word carries the inevitable scent of the West. But before Custer or Lewis and Clark, before the first Conestoga wagons rumbled across the Plains, it was the East that marked the Frontier—the boundary between complex Native cultures and the first colonizing Europeans. Here is the older, wilder, darker history of a time when the land between the Atlantic and the Appalachians was contested ground—when radically different societies adopted and adapted the ways of the other, while struggling for control of what all considered to be their land. This author traces two and a half centuries of history through poignant, mostly unheralded personal stories and paints a sweeping picture of the eastern frontier, combining vivid storytelling with the latest research to bring to life modern America’s tumultuous, uncertain beginnings.

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March 4, 2014

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FICTION

THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY by Wiley Cash. When their mother dies unexpectedly, twelve-year-old Easter Quillby and her six-year-old sister, Ruby, are shuffled into the foster care system is Gastonia, North Carolina, a little town not far from the Appalachian Mountains. But just as they settle into their new life, their errant father, Wade, an ex-minor league baseball player whom they haven’t seen in years, suddenly reappears and steals them away in the middle of the night. Brady Weller, the girls’ court-appointed guardian, begins looking for Wade, and quickly turns up unsettling information linking him to a multimillion-dollar robbery. But Brady isn’t the only one hunting him, Also on the trail is Robert Pruitt, a mercurial man nursing a years-old vendetta, a man determined to find Wade and claim what he believes he is owed.

THE HOUSE OF VELVET AND GLASS by Katherine Howe. Still reeling from the deaths of her mother and sister on the Titanic, Sibyl Allston is living a life of quiet desperation with her father and scandal-plagued brother in an elegant town house in Boston’s Back Bay. Trapped in a world over which she has no control, Sibyl flees for solace to the parlor of a table-turning medium. But when her brother is suddenly kicked out of Harvard under mysterious circumstances and falls under the sway of a strange young woman, Sibyl turns for help to psychology professor Benton Derby, despite the unspoken tensions of their shared past. As Benton and Sibyl work together to solve a harrowing mystery, their long simmering spark flares to life, and they realize that there may be something even more magical between them than a medium’s crystal ball.

NON-FICTION

THUNDER DOG by Michael Hingson. Every moment in Hingson’s and his guide-dog-for-the-blind Roselle’s lives seemed to lead up to this day. When one of four hijacked planes flew into the World Trade Center’s north tower on September 11,2001, Hingson, a district sales manager for a data protection and network security systems company, was sitting down for a meeting. His guide dog, Roselle, was at his feet. Paired for twenty-one months, man and dog spent that time forging a bond of trust, much like police partners who trust their lives to each other. Michael couldn’t see a thing, but he could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and Roselle. However, Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle’s judgment and not to panic. They were a team, and, on September 11, 2001, Roselle saved Michael’s life. This is their story.

NOT A FAN by Kyle Idleman. The dictionary defines a fan as “an enthusiastic admirer.” Fans want to be close enough to Jesus to get all the benefits, but not so close that it requires sacrifice. Fans may be fine with repeating a prayer, attending church on the weekend, and slapping a Jesus fish on their bumpers. But is that really the extent of the relationship Jesus wants? Jesus was never interested in having admirers, It’s not fans he is looking for. Idleman challenges you to consider what it really means to call yourself a Christian. With direct frankness that you’re not likely to hear in Sunday school class, he invites you to take an honest look at your relationship with Jesus. His call to follow m ay seem radical to us, but Jesus desires it for every believer.

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