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Week of August 5, 2013

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Week of August 5, 2013

Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted in one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East to track down a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative called The Panther. John and Kate don't know the entirety of their mission, but they know there is more to it than meets the eye, in Nelson DeMille's THE PANTHER.

BRAIN ON FIRE is the powerful account of Susannah Cahalan’s struggle to recapture her identity and to rediscover herself among the fragments left behind. Using all her considerable journalistic skills --- and building from hospital records and surveillance video, interviews with family and friends, and excerpts from the deeply moving journal her father kept during her illness --- she pieces together the story of a “lost month” of her life.

The Bartender's Tale by Ivan Doig - Historical Fiction

 

Tom Harry and his son, Rusty, make an odd kind of family, with Tom’s venerable bar their true home, but they manage just fine. That is, until the summer of 1960, when Rusty turns 12. Change arrives with gale force, in the person of Proxy, a taxi dancer Tom previously knew, and her beatnik daughter, Francine. Is Francine, as Proxy claims, the unsuspected legacy of her and Tom’s past?

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan - Memoir

 

BRAIN ON FIRE is the powerful account of Susannah Cahalan’s struggle to recapture her identity and to rediscover herself among the fragments left behind. Using all her considerable journalistic skills --- and building from hospital records and surveillance video, interviews with family and friends, and excerpts from the deeply moving journal her father kept during her illness --- she pieces together the story of a “lost month” of her life.

Bride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers - Historical Fiction

 

Laure Beausejour has been taken from her destitute family and raised in an infamous orphanage to be trained as a lace maker. Striking and willful, she dreams of becoming a seamstress and catching the eye of a nobleman. But after complaining about her living conditions, she is sent to Canada as a fille du roi, expected to marry a French farmer there.

Buried on Avenue B by Peter de Jonge - Mystery/Thriller

 

In hopes of finding the body of a lowlife who fell off the grid 17 years ago, the NYPD instead finds the skeleton of a 10-year-old boy, buried ceremoniously with a comic book, a CD, some pot and booze. NYPD Detective Darlene O’Hara is tasked with a case that takes her from New York’s Lower East Side to the more sordid corners of Sarasota, Florida, where she must solve the murder of this child.

The Butterfly Sister by Amy Gail Hansen - Fiction

 

Ten months after dropping out of all-girl Tarble College, Ruby Rousseau is still haunted by the memories of her senior year, a time marred by an affair with her English professor and a deep depression that caused her to question her sanity. When a mysterious suitcase arrives bearing Ruby's name and address, she tries to return it to its rightful owner, Beth—a dorm-mate at Tarble—only to learn that Beth disappeared two days earlier.

The Caller: An Inspector Sejer Mystery by Karin Fossum - Mystery

 

Inspector Sejer is called to the hospital to try to figure out who was responsible for carrying out a sinister prank on a young couple. Later that night, he hears a knock at the door and receives a note that has him worried about what is to come. The postcard in question bears a short message: Hell begins now.

A Death in the Small Hours by Charles Finch - Mystery

 

Charles Lenox is at the pinnacle of his political career and is a delighted new father. He plans a trip to his uncle's estate, Somerset, in the expectation of a few calm weeks to write an important speech. However, the quiet village of Plumley greets him with a series of strange vandalisms upon the local shops. Only when a far more serious crime is committed does he begin to understand the great stakes of those events, and the complex and sinister mind that is wreaking fear and suspicion in Plumley.

The Death Relic by Chris Kuzneski - Mystery

 

One of the few legacies left from the Mayan and Aztec civilizations is the legend of the Death Relic --- an artifact with incredible power shrouded in mystery. When archaeologist Maria Pelati's research team goes missing while working in the Yucatan Peninsula, she embarks on a dangerous journey with Jonathon Payne and David Jones to find the missing team. They soon realize Maria's research could be the key to solving the mystery of the Death Relic.

Goliath by Susan Woodring -

 

When Percy Harding, Goliath’s most important citizen, is found dead by the railroad tracks outside town one perfect autumn afternoon, no one can quite believe it’s really happened. Only Rosamond Rogers, Percy’s secretary, may have had a glimpse of how and why this great man has fallen.

Gone by Randy Wayne White - Mystery/Thriller

 

Hannah Smith makes her living as a fishing guide, but her friends, neighbors and clients also know her as an uncommonly resourceful woman with a keen sense of justice. Her methods can be unorthodox, though, and those on the receiving end of them often wind up very unhappy --- and sometimes very violent. When a girl goes missing, and Hannah is asked to find her, that is exactly what happens.

The History of Us by Leah Stewart - Fiction

 

Eloise Hempel’s life is turned upside down when she must raise her sister's three children after her sister's untimely death. Nearly two decades after returning to Cincinnati and moving back into her mother's house, she is ready to resume her own life. However, when her mother creates a competition for which of the now-grown kids gets the house, their makeshift family starts to fall apart.

Love and Lament by John Milliken Thompson -

 

Mary Bet, the youngest of nine children, was born the same year that the first railroad arrived in their county. As she matures, against the backdrop of Reconstruction and rapid industrialization, she must learn to deal with the deaths of her mother and siblings, a deaf and damaged older brother, and her father’s growing insanity and rejection of God.

The Morning Star by Andre Schwarz-Bart - Fiction

 

Acclaimed French novelist and Holocaust survivor Andre Schwarz-Bart’s last novel, discovered after his death, begins in the year 3000, in the aftermath of nuclear war. Combining fact, myth, folktale and fantasy, the plot spans several thousand years, weaving the heroic tale of the Jewish people from Abraham, to the Holocaust and its extermination camps, and into the future.

Necessary Errors by Caleb Crain - Fiction

 

It’s October 1990. Jacob Putnam is young and full of ideas. He’s arrived a year too late to witness Czechoslovakia’s revolution, but he still hopes to find its spirit, somehow. He discovers a country at a crossroads between communism and capitalism, and a picturesque city overflowing with a vibrant, searching sense of possibility.

The Panther by Nelson DeMille - Thriller

 

Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted in one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East to track down a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative called The Panther. John and Kate don't know the entirety of their mission, but they know there is more to it than meets the eye.

The Passion of the Purple Plumeria: A Pink Carnation Novel by Lauren Willig - Historical Romance/Adventure

 

Upon his return home from India, Colonel William Reid finds that one of his daughters has vanished, along with a classmate. Spy Gwendolyn Meadows also returns to England when the Pink Carnation’s little sister goes missing. Thrown together by circumstance, Gwen and William must cooperate to track down the young ladies before others with nefarious intent get their hands on them.

The St. Zita Society by Ruth Rendell - Mystery

 

Life for the residents and servants of Hexam Place appears placid and orderly on the outside: drivers take their employers to and from work, dogs are walked, flowers are planted in gardens, and Christmas candles lit uniformly in windows. But beneath this tranquil veneer, the upstairs-downstairs relationships are set to combust.

The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann - Historical Fiction

 

Emil Larsson is a self-satisfied bureaucrat, drinker, card-player, and bachelor in 1791 Stockholm. However his life is turned upside down with the arrival of Mrs. Sofia Sparrow, a fortune-teller and proprietor of an exclusive gaming parlor. She lays an Octavo for Emil, a spread of eight cards that augur the eight individuals who can help him realize the golden path that will lead to love and connection. All Emil has to do is find the individuals. But soon the game is no longer a matter of the heart; the eight become crucial to pulling Sweden back from the crumbling precipice of rebellion and chaos.

Summerset Abbey: Spring Awakening by T. J. Brown - Historical Romance

 

The laughter of summer lawn parties fades for the men and women of Summerset Abbey, as the rumble of cannon fire sweeps across Europe. Rowena Buxton meets a man from her past whose return throws her comfortable future with Sebastian into jeopardy. Victoria Buxton throws caution to the wind and joins the war effort as a volunteer nurse. And Prudence Tate goes to desperate lengths to protect her new husband after he enlists.

A Thousand Pardons by Jonathan Dee - Fiction

 

Once a privileged and loving couple, the Armsteads have now reached a breaking point --- and everything they have built together unravels, swiftly and spectacularly. As she is confronted with the biggest case of her career, the fallout from her marriage, and her daughter’s increasingly distant behavior, Helen must face the limits of accountability and her own capacity for forgiveness.

Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace by Michael Perry - Memoir

 

Readers are introduced to Tom Hartwig, an old-timer best known locally for building and firing homemade cannons. Tom works from scratch to make everything from gag shovel handles to parts for quarter-million-dollar farm equipment.

You Are the Love of My Life by Susan Richards Shreve - Fiction

 

It is 1973, and Lucy Painter is a children's book illustrator and a single mother of two. She leaves New York and the married father of her children to live in a tightly knit Washington neighborhood in the house where she grew up and where she discovered her father’s suicide. Lucy hopes for a fresh start, but her life is full of secrets. As the new neighbors enter their lives, her family’s safety and stability become threatened.