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May 17, 2016
PURITY by Jonathan Franzen. Young Pip Tyler doesn’t know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she’s saddled with $130,000 in student loans, that she’s squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother—her only family—is hazardous. But she doesn’t have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she’ll ever have a normal life. Enter the Germans. A glancing encounter with a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with The Sunlight Project, an organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world—including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins. TSP is the brainchild of Andreas Wolf, a charismatic provocateur who rose to fame in the chaos following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now on the lam in Bolivia, Andreas is drawn to Pip for reasons she doesn’t understand, and the intensity of her response to him upends her conventional ideas of right and wrong.
WE NEVER ASKED FOR WINGS by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. For fourteen years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, fifteen, and Luna, just six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. Navigating this new terrain is challenging for her, especially as Luna desperately misses her grandparents and Alex, who is falling in love with a classmate, is unwilling to give his mother a chance. Letty comes up with a plan to help the family escape the dangerous neighborhood and heartbreaking injustice that have marked their lives, but one wrong move could jeopardize everything she’s worked for and her family’s fragile hopes for the future.
BETWEEN YOU & ME by Mary Norris. Mary has spent more than three decades in The New Yorker’s copy department, maintaining its celebrated high standards. Now she brings her vast experience, good cheer, and finely sharpened pencils to help the rest of us in a boisterous language book as full of life as it is of practical advice. Here you will find Norris’s laugh-out-loud descriptions of some of the most common and vexing problems in spelling, punctuation, and usage—comma faults, “who” vs. “whom,”, “that” vs. “which,”—and her clear explanations of how to handle them. Readers—and writers—will find in Norris neither a scold nor a softy but a wise and witty new friend in love with language and alive to the glories of its use in America, even in the age of autocorrect and spell-check. As Norris writes, “The dictionary is a wonderful thing, but you can’t let it push you around.”
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May 10, 2016
FAST AND LOOSE by Fern Michaels. With the women of the Sisterhood away on a covert assignment, their significant others could be expected to kick back and enjoy a little drama-free downtime. But that’s not the way Jack, Ted, Harry, Charles, and the rest of their comrades roll. An urgent call has come to the headquarters of their organization, BOLO Consultants. Bert Navarro, head of security for Countess Anna de Silva, suspects that Annie’s deluxe casino, Babylon, is being stealthily and expertly robbed. The scheme is so ingenious that Bert can’t be sure how it works—which is why the crew is soon bound for the bright lights of Vegas to investigate. Figuring out who’s hacking into Babylon’s security system proves more difficult than expected—and may have implications for one of BOLO’s own. The security expert working for them has unlocked one hard fact—that there are more than enough suspects to investigate. But the men of BOLO will do what it takes to prove that, even in Vegas, there’s no gambling with justice.
‘TIL DEATH DO US PART by Amanda Quick. Calista Langley operates an exclusive “introduction” agency in Victorian London, catering to respectable ladies and gentlemen who find themselves alone in the world. But now, a dangerously obsessed individual has begun sending her trinkets and gifts suitable only for those in deepest mourning—a tear-catcher, a jet-and-crystal ring, a coffin bell. Each is engraved with her initials. Desperate for help and fearing that the police will be of no assistance, Calista turns to Trent Hastings, a reclusive author of popular crime novels. Believing that Calista may be taking advantage of his lonely sister, who has become one of her clients, Trent doesn’t trust her. Scarred by his past, he’s learned to keep his emotions at bay, even as an instant attraction threatens his resolve. But as Trent and Calista comb through files of rejected clients in hopes of identifying her tormentor, it becomes clear that the danger may be coming from Calista’s own secret past—and that only her death will satisfy the stalker.
BOYS IN THE TREES by Carly Simon. Carly Simon’s life and career is one of the last great untold stories of popular music. Her lyrics—sung in that instantly recognizable husky, powerful voice—are deeply personal, and yet her songs resonate with millions, providing the sound track for generations. With this long-awaited memoir, Simon reveals the thoughts and experiences that made her a cultural icon. Intimate, candid, and told with a poet’s ear for language, Simon explores the universal themes and currents running through her life—unrequited love, family strife, longing joy, betrayal, heartache, resilience—that speak to us all. In this probing examination of the first three decades of her life, Simon wrestles with and captures the endless ambiguity of emotions and relationships, never sanding down the interesting edges.
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May 3, 2016
THE LAST MILE by David Baldacci. Convicted murderer Melvin Mars is counting down the last hours before his execution—for the violent killing of his parents twenty years earlier—when he’s granted an unexpected reprieve. Another man has confessed to the crime. FBI detective Amos Decker takes an interest in Mars’s case after discovering the striking similarities to his own life: Both men were talented football players with promising careers cut short by tragedy. Both men’s families were brutally murdered. And in both cases, another suspect came forward, years after the killing, to confess to the crime. A suspect who may or may not have been telling the truth. The confession has the potential to make Melvin Mars—guilty or not—a free man. Who wants Mars out of prison? And why now? But when a member of Decker’s team disappears, it become clear that something much larger—and more sinister—than just one convicted criminal’s life hangs in the balance. Decker will need all of his brainpower to stop an innocent man from being executed.
HIDE AWAY by Iris Johansen. Change is on the horizon for Eve Duncan and her beloved Joe Quinn, intensifying the danger that surrounds them and the young girl they’ve sworn to protect, Cara Delaney. With Cara’s enemies on the move, Eve can’t stay in the hospital, no matter what her doctor says. Her protective instincts in full gear, she decides that their best chance of survival is to get out of the country, and she turns to her daughter Jane MacGuire for a creative solution. For years Jane has been avoiding an inevitable quest—to find a treasure thought to be buried in Scotland—but she has finally succumbed to the pressure of John MacDuff to track it down. Eve and Cara join her in the remote mountains, but soon realize that nowhere is far enough away from the ruthless enemies who are in pursuit.
EXTREME PREY by John Sandford. After a recent—and dangerous—adventure with his daughter, Lucas Davenport finds himself in a very unusual situation—no longer employed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. His friend the governor has been cranking up a presidential campaign, though, and he has a job for Lucas. The governor’s been hearing strange things on the campaign trail in Iowa; nothing specific, just whispers that make him wonder if there are some crazies out there planning to do something. He’s passed it along to the appropriate people, but he’d feel much better if Lucas checked it out, too. Lucas agrees—but he has no idea what he’s just walked into. He’s seen crazies before in his career—all too many of them—but none quite like the ones he’s about to encounter now.
THE DOGS OF LITTLEFIELD by Suzanne Berne. Littlefield, Massachusetts, full of psychologists and college professors, is proud of its fine schools, its girls’ soccer teams, its leafy streets, and its charming village center. In fact, it’s just been named one of the Twenty Best Places to Live in America. Yet no sooner has sociologist Dr. Clarice Watkins arrived to study the elements of “good quality of life” than someone begins poisoning the town’s dogs. Are the poisonings in protest of an off-leash proposal for Baldwin Park—the subject of much town debate—or the sign of a far deeper disorder?
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April 26, 2016
RIVER ROAD by Carol Goodman. Nan Lewis—a creative writing professor at a college in upstate New York—is driving home from a faculty holiday party after finding out she’s been denied tenure. On her way, she hits a deer, but when she gets out of her car to look for it, the deer is nowhere to be found. Eager to get home and out of the oncoming snowstorm, Nan is forced to leave her car at the bottom of her snowy driveway to wait out the longest night of the year—and the lowest point of her life. The next morning, Nan is woken by a police officer at her door with terrible news—one of her students was killed in a hit-and-run on River Road the night before. And because of the damage to her car, Nan is a suspect. In the days to follow, Nan is shunned by the same community that rallied around her when her own daughter was killed in an eerily similar accident six years prior. When Nan begins finding tokens that recall the death of her daughter, she suspects that the two accidents are connected. As she digs further, she discovers that everyone around her is hiding secrets. But can she uncover them, clear her name, and figure out who really ran the girls down before her reputation is destroyed for good?
LIGHTNING LINGERS by Barbara Freethy. Katherine Barrett, a dedicated young doctor, receives a terrified phone call from her younger brother, TJ. He is running away to Mexico to save himself and their family from an unnamed killer. He warns her not to come after him and not to go to the police, as there is no one she can trust. But Katherine realizes there might be someone she can trust. She turns to her former high school sweetheart, pilot Jake Monroe—the man whose heart she broke a decade earlier. Katherine asks Jake to fly her into a remote and dangerous part of Mexico where no one else dares to go. They set off on an adventure that will take them into the past, unravel a decade of secrets, and lead them into the heart of a lightning storm that will change the way they look at their families, the world, and each other.
AS TIME GOES BY by Mary Higgins Clark. With her promotion to evening news anchor, television journalist Delaney Wright is on the brink of stardom and should be celebrating, but her increasingly urgent need to locate her birth mother consumes her every thought and action. Delaney is assigned to cover the murder trial of Betsy Grant, widow of a wealthy doctor, who claims she loved her husband and would never have harmed him—not even to put him out of the misery of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Betsy’s lawyer urges her to take a plea bargain, but Betsy refuses: she will go to trial to prove her innocence. Meanwhile, Betsy’s stepson, Alan Grant, nervously bides his time as the trial begins. Alan’s substantial inheritance hangs in the balance—his only viable means of making good on the payments to support his ex-wife and his children, not to speak of his increasingly angry creditors. When Delaney’s friends Alvirah Meehan and her husband Willy offer to look into the mystery surrounding her birth, they uncover a shocking secret they do not want to reveal. As the trial unfolds and the damning evidence against Betty piles up, the son of an Oscar-winning director overdoses and a burglar too smart for his own good is arrested, while Delaney’s relentless pursuit of the truth outside the courtroom puts her life in imminent danger.
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April 19, 2016
MOST WANTED by Lisa Scottoline. Christine Nilsson and her husband, Marcus, are desperate for a baby. Unable to conceive, they find themselves facing a difficult choice they had never considered. After many appointments with specialists, endless research, and countless conversations, they make the decision to use a donor. Two months pass, and Christine is happily pregnant. But one day, she is shocked to see a young blond man on the TV news being arrested for a series of brutal murders—and the blond man bears an undeniable resemblance to her donor. Delving deeper to discover the truth, Christine must confront a terrifying reality and face her worst fears. What would you do if the biological father of your unborn child was a killer?
FAMILY JEWELS by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington’s new client seems to be a magnet for trouble. A poised lady of considerable wealth, she’s looking for help discouraging the attentions of a tenacious gentleman. But no sooner does Stone fend off the party in question than his client becomes involved in two lethal crimes. With suspects aplenty, Stone must probe deep into his client’s life to find the truth, and he discovers that the heart of the mystery may be a famous missing piece of history, a stunningly beautiful vestige of a bygone era. It has a long and storied past and untold value…the kind of relic someone might kill to obtain. Among the upper crust nearly everyone has buried a skeleton or two, and it will take all of Stone’s investigative powers to determine whose secrets are harmless—and whose are deadly.
THE OBSESSION by Nora Roberts. Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes. Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the kindly residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton. Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But the sins of her father can become an obsession, and, as she’s learned time and time again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.
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April 12, 2016
THE SECRET OF PEMBROOKE PARK by Julie Klassen. Abigail Foster is the practical daughter. She fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry, and the one man she thought might marry her seems to have fallen for her younger, prettier sister. Facing financial ruin, Abigail and her father search for more affordable lodgings, until a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant manor house abandoned for eighteen years. The Fosters journey to imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left: tea cups encrusted with dry tea, moth-eaten clothes in wardrobes, a doll’s house left mid-play…The handsome local curate and his family welcome them, but warns them to beware trespassers drawn by rumors that Pembrooke Park contains a secret room filled with treasure. This catches Abigail’s attention and she is soon searching the manor. But eerie sounds at night and footprints in the dust reveal she isn’t the only one secretly searching the house. As old friends and new foes come calling at Pembrooke Park, secrets come to light. Will Abigail find the treasure and love she seeks…or very real danger?
IN THE SHADOW OF THE BANYAN by Vaddey Ratner. For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours, bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Soon the family’s world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus. Over the next four years, as the Khmer Rouge attempts to strip the population of every shred of individual identity, Raami clings to the only remaining vestige of her childhood—the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father. In a climate of systematic violence where memory is sickness and justification for execution, Raami fights for her improbable survival.
A TREASURE CONCEALED by Tracie Peterson. Emily Carver longs to have a home of her own, but instead she endures a transient existence in the gold mining camps of Montana Territory, where her father’s hopes for riches lie endlessly buried. Promises of wealth from this wild land have brought only hardship and disappointment, causing Emily to wonder if her own modest dreams will ever see the light of day. Caeden Thibault, a young geologist working for the government, is a man trying to escape the pain of his past, and the idyllic mountains of Montana serve his purposes well. In the course of his work, he has seen more than his share of starry-eyed gold seekers. So when Emily Carver catches his attention, he is intrigued by the fact that she isn’t pinning her hopes on striking it rich. Will an unexpected discovery come between them or draw them together?
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April 5, 2016
DENALI DREAMS by Ronie Kendig and Kimberley Woodhouse. Vast and beautiful, Denali National Park brings adventure and love into the lives of four courageous women. Karon beat cancer, but still everyone treats her like delicate china. Maybe climbing the tallest mountain in North America will be exactly what it takes to prove she’s tougher than she looks. But will High One get the best of her? Jolie is an heiress who’s convinced someone’s out to kill her. And now she’s stranded in the wilderness of Denali. Can she survive against the rugged terrain—and an assassin—with the help of a handsome young base camp ranger? Deline’s flight-seeing tour business is stalling out. So when a nature-savvy but people-clumsy ranger hires her for glacier tours, she jumps at the chance, unaware that it’s her heart Logan truly wants. But will a string of dangerous incidents destroy her business and her chance at love? Ever since a stalker took her sister’s life, Deanna has been hiding out—and her remote job as a ranger in Talkeetna, Alaska, provides the perfect refuge. Until the past catches up with her. With all that’s at stake, can love conquer all? Will Denali spell disaster—or dream-come-true romance?
THE UNINVITED GUESTS by Sadie Jones. One late spring evening in 1912, in the kitchens at Sterne, preparations begin for an elegant supper party in Honor of Emerald Torrington’s twentieth birthday. But only a few miles away, a dreadful accident propels a crowd of mysterious and not altogether savory survivors to seek shelter at the ramshackle manor—and the household is thrown into confusion and mischief. The cook toils over mock turtle soup and a chocolate cake covered with green sugar roses, which the hungry band of visitors is not invited to taste. But nothing it seems will go according to plan. As the passengers wearily search for rest, the house undergoes a strange transformation. One of the passengers (who is most definitely not a gentleman) makes it his business to join the birthday celebration. Evening turns to stormy night, and a most unpleasant parlor game threatens to blow respectability to smithereens: Smudge Torrington, the wayward youngest daughter of the house, decides that this is the perfect moment for her Great Undertaking.
NO SAFE SECRET by Fern Michaels. From her silver Mercedes to her designer kitchen, Molly’s life is gleaming and beautiful—at least on the surface. Married to Tanner, a top cosmetic dentist, she has a wonderful daughter finishing high school and twin stepsons from Tanner’s first marriage. No one in her exclusive neighborhood in Goldenhills, Massachusetts, knows what living with the demanding Tanner is really like. They know even less about the life she left behind in Florida almost two decades ago. Back then, Molly was Maddy Carmichael, living with her twin brother and neglectful mother in a run-down trailer park amid the orange groves of Florida. After the terrible events of her high school prom night—and the act of vengeance that followed—she fled north and reinvented herself. But the veneer of Molly’s polished existence is finally cracking. As secrets old and new are revealed, Molly must face painful truths and the choices she made in their wake—and find the strength to become the woman she once hoped to be.