August 18, 2014

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ADULT FICTION

CHINA DOLLS by Lisa See. San Francisco, 1938: A world’s fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade. The stunning Ruby Tom challenges the boundaries of convention at every turn with her defiant attitude and no-holds-barred ambition. The girls become fast friends, relying on one another through unexpected challenges. When their dark secrets are exposed, they find the strength and resilience to reach for their dreams. But after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, paranoia and suspicion threaten to destroy their lives, and a shocking act of betrayal changes everything.

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.

ADULT NON-FICTION

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: THE TRUTH BEHIND THE SAVAGE MURDER OF SKYLAR NEESE by Daleen Berry and Geoffrey Fuller. On July 6, 2012, three beautiful 16-year-old girls went for a joyride. Only two came back. This journalist and this investigator expand upon their bestselling ebook The Savage Murder of Skylar Neese to give readers even more information behind one of the most horrific murders of our time. With more than 100 pages of new material, this volume shares the latest theories and answers the questions that have left many people baffled. After killer Shelia Eddy was sentenced to life in prison and Rachel Shoaf was sentenced to 30 years, family, friends, investigators, and other key sources reveal the facts readers would have learned if the case had gone to trial. Includes specific details drawn from Rachel’s confession, Rachel’s personal journal, Skylar’s diary, and court records. Berry and Fuller examine all the evidence and can finally answer Skylar’s final question: Why?

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August 11, 2014

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ADULT FICTION

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. In Grizzly Falls, Montana, Detectives Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli are struggling with a new commander. It’s the worst possible time for a homicide, but that’s exactly what they get. A body has been found, missing a finger. Alvarez believes the disfigurement means a murderer with a personal grudge, not a deranged madman with a brutal fetish. Pescoli can only hope she’s right. But then a second body turns up, bearing the same mark. As the clues begin pointing toward a suspect, Pescoli’s unease grows. Even with Alvarez barely holding it together and her own personal life in chaos, she senses there’s more to this case than others believe. A killer has made his way to Grizzly Falls, ready to fulfill a vengeance years in the making. And Pescoli must find the target of his wrath—or die trying.

ADULT NON-FICTION

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 Camp Pendleton. Hutton has been the force behind recognizing Reckless with a monument at the National Museum of the Marine Corps and at Camp Pendleton, and she has now put between hard covers the full story, the rousing—sometimes comic, sometimes tragic—life of this four-legged war hero who hauled ammunition to frontline Marines and inspired them with her relentless, and reckless, courage.

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 Alabama, and to hear them reflect on their upbringing, their corner of the Deep South, how To Kill a Mockingbird affected their lives, and the reasons Harper Lee chose never to write another novel.

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August 4, 2014

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ADULT FICTION

THE LATE SCHOLAR by Jill Paton Walsh. Lord Peter Wimsey and his detective novelist wife, Harriet Vane, are on their way to revisit their beloved Oxford, the place where a long and literate courtship finally culminated in their engagement and marriage. To his surprise, Lord Peter, as the Duke of Denver, has been asked to settle a dispute among the Fellows of St. Severin’s College, Oxford University. At first, the stalemate seems the result of a simple difference of opinion about a valuable manuscript. Some of the Fellows regard the book as nothing but an insurance liability that should be sold to finance a speculative purchase of land. The voting is evenly divided. The Warden would normally cast the deciding vote, but he has disappeared. And when several of the Fellows unexpectedly die as well, Lord Peter and Harriet set off on an investigation to uncover what is really going on at St. Severin’s.

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.

ADULT NON-FICTION

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 Savannah landmark has baked its way onto the national food scene. To celebrate the bakery’s tenth anniversary, this duo has written this cookbook, filled with customers’ favorite recipes and all the charm of their friendly Southern bakery. It’s packed full with Cheryl and Griff’s baking know-how and the irresistible full-color photos of food and in-process baking shots will transport readers straight to the bakery in Savannah. Celebrating family traditions, scratch baking, and quality ingredients, this cookbook is like a down-home bake sale in a book.

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 Jordan’s growth from a skinny rookie to the instantly recognizable global ambassador for basketball whose business savvy and success have millions of kids still wanting to be just like Mike. Yet Lazenby also witnessed the Michael Jordan whose drive and appetite are more fearsome and more insatiable than any of his fans could begin to know. In this book, both sides of Jordan’s personality are explored to reveal the fullest, most compelling story of the man who is Michael Jordan: the player, the icon, and the man.

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