July 21, 2014

AT THE LIBRARY

ADULT FICTION

COP TOWN by Karin Slaughter. Kate Murphy wonders if her first day on the job will also be her last. She’s determined to defy her privileged background by making her own way—wearing a badge and carrying a gun. It’s definitely the worst day possible to start given that a beloved cop has been gunned down, his brothers in blue are out for blood, and the city is on the edge of war. But Kate isn’t the only woman on the force. Maggie Lawson followed her uncle and brother into the ranks to prove her worth in their cynical eyes. When she and Kate, her new partner, are pushed out of the citywide search for a cop killer, their fury, pain, and pride finally reach the boiling point. With a killer poised to strike again, they will pursue their own line of investigation, risking everything as they venture into the city’s darkest heart.

ALL FALL DOWN by Jennifer Weiner. Allison Weiss got her happy ending—a handsome husband, an adorable little girl, a job she loves, and a big house in the suburbs. But when she’s in the pediatrician’s office with her daughter and a magazine flips open to a quiz about addiction, she starts to wonder whether her use of prescription pills is becoming a problem. Back in the car, after the appointment, with her daughter safely buckled in, Allison performs the familiar ritual, opening the Altoid tin in her purse and slipping a chalky white oval underneath her tongue. The pill soothes her as she frets about her looking-good life: that her husband’s becoming distant, that her daughter is acting out, that her father’s early Alzheimer’s is worsening and her mother is barely managing to cope. She tells herself that the pills let her make it through her days…but what if her ever-increasing drug use is turning into her biggest problem of all?

RED 1-2-3 by John Katzenbach. Three ordinary women with nothing in common. They are different ages, come from different backgrounds, and lead drastically different lives. The only thing that binds them together is their red hair—and that each of them has been targeted for murder. When these women receive chilling letters in the mail from a killer known only as the Big Bad Wolf, their lives are changed forever. The Reds spend every waking moment in fear as the Wolf stalks them, biding his time. Yet the one thing this devious killer didn’t count on was the Reds discovering each other. These three women, using clues left by the Wolf, manage to band together to protect one another from their deadly predator. And when law enforcement refuses to pay them any attention, the Reds’ only hope for survival is to turn the tables on the Wolf by tracking him down--before he silences them all forever—and beating him at his own game.

ADULT NON-FICTION

GOOD CALL: REFLECTIONS ON FAITH, FAMILY, AND FOWL by Jase Robertson. The closer we look at the Robertson family, the more we discover the substance and authenticity below the surface of these well-known TV characters. Here, Jase Robertson gives us a deep look behind his funnyman exterior. In addition to stories of life in the Robertson clan and epic tales of hunting of all kinds, readers will get an inside look at Jase’s personal faith in the Creator of the outdoors he so dearly loves. More than a behind-the-scenes look at this beloved character, readers will be inspired and encouraged to implement Jase’s “good call” reflections on faith, family, and fowl into their own lives.

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July 14, 2014

AT THE LIBRARY

ADULT FICTION

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.

ADULT NON-FICTION

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

AT THE LIBRARY

ADULT FICTION

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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