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Week of February 25, 2013

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Week of February 25, 2013

Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize winner BRING UP THE BODIES, the sequel to WOLF HALL, picks right up with the saga of King Henry VIII and the infamous Tudors as seen through the eyes of his advisor, Thomas Cromwell. This time, the focus is on Anne Boleyn and her supplanting by the young Jane Seymour of Wolf Hall.

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a crime shatters their New England town in William Landay's DEFENDING JACOB, Andy is shocked to learn that Jacob is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

11th Hour by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro - Thriller


Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last, but her work doesn't slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco's most untouchable criminals, and it was taken from her own department's evidence locker.

15 Seconds by Andrew Gross - Thriller


Henry Steadman didn't know what was about to hit him when he pulled up to a red light. A successful Florida plastic surgeon, he is in town to deliver a keynote address at a conference when suddenly his life becomes an unrelenting chase to stay alive.

Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson - Psychological Thriller


Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love --- all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine’s life

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel - Fiction


Anne Boleyn has failed to give Henry a son, and her sharp intelligence and audacity will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down.

Come Home by Lisa Scottoline - Mystery/Thriller


Jill Farrow is a typical suburban mom who has finally gotten her and her daughter's lives back on track after a divorce. But Jill’s life is turned upside down when her ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on her doorstep late one night and delivers shocking news: Jill’s ex-husband is dead.

Defending Jacob by William Landay - Psychological/Legal Thriller

Assistant District Attorney Andy Barber is happy with his wife and 14-year-old son, Jacob. But when a crime shatters their New England town, Andy is shocked to learn that Jacob is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison - Historical Fiction


After Rasputin’s body is pulled from the icy waters of the Neva River, his 18-year-old daughter, Masha, is sent to live at the imperial palace with Tsar Nikolay and his headstrong son Prince Alyosha, and Bolsheviks place the royal family under house arrest. As Russia descends into civil war, Masha and Alyosha find solace in each other’s company.

Garden of Stones by Sophie Littlefield - Fiction


Lucy Takeda is just 14 years old when the bombs rain down on Pearl Harbor. Within weeks, she and her mother, Miyako, are taken to the Manzanar prison camp, where they must endure its harsh living conditions. Corruption and abuse creep into every corner of Manzanar, eventually ensnaring Miyako. Ruined and unwilling to surrender her daughter to the same fate, Miyako soon breaks. Her final act of desperation will stay with Lucy forever...and spur her to sins of her own.

A Gift for My Sister by Ann Pearlman - Fiction


Tara and Sky share a mother, but aside from that, they seem to differ in almost every way. When a series of tragedies strikes, they must somehow come together in the face of heartbreak, dashed hopes, and demons of the past. The journey they embark on forces each woman to take a walk in the other’s shoes and examine what sisterhood really means to them.

The Last Storyteller: A Novel of Ireland by Frank Delaney - Historical Fiction


The national mood in Ireland is downtrodden, and although Ben wants no part of the insurrection along the northern border, he unknowingly falls in with an IRA sympathizer. Yet all he can think about is finding his former wife and true love, actress Venetia Kelly.

Lefty: An American Odyssey by Vernona Gomez and Lawrence Goldstone - Biography


Born to a small-town California ranching family, Vernon “Lefty” Gomez rode his powerful arm and jocular personality right across America to the dugout of the New York Yankees. Lefty baffled hitters with his blazing fastball, establishing himself as the team’s ace. Now his daughter and co-author Lawrence Goldstone vividly re-create the life and adventures of the irreverent southpaw.

My Cross to Bear by Gregg Allman - Autobiography, Music, History, Nonfiction


For almost fifty years, Greg Allman been creating some of the most recognizable songs in American rock, but never before has he paused to reflect on the long road he's traveled. Now, he tells the unflinching story of his life, laying bare the unvarnished truth about his wild ride that has spanned across the years.

Potboiler by Jesse Kellerman - Mystery


Arthur Pfefferkorn is a middle-aged college professor with long-dead literary aspirations. When his oldest friend, bestselling thriller writer William de Vallèe, is lost at sea, Pfefferkorn is torn between envy and grief, for de Vallèe not only outshone him professionally, but married the woman he also loved. Pfefferkorn's decision to reconnect with de Vallèe’s widow plunges him into a shadowy realm of double crosses and intrigue.

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski - Historical Fiction


Conceived in love and possibility, Bonaventure Arrow didn't make a peep when he was born, and the doctor nearly took him for dead. No one knows that Bonaventure's silence is filled with resonance --- a miraculous gift of rarified hearing that encompasses the Universe of Every Single Sound. With the help of a Creole housekeeper endowed with her own special gifts, Bonaventure will find the key to long-buried mysteries and soothe a chorus of family secrets clamoring to be healed.

The Taker by Alma Katsu - Fiction


A woman covered in blood with no obvious injuries is brought into the emergency room of a small hospital in Maine. Believing she may be in shock, the on-call doctor keeps her for observation. When she begins to tell the doctor about her life, it makes him wonder if what he’s hearing is true or an incredible tale woven by a potential murderer.

The Third Gate by Lincoln Child - Thriller/Adventure


An archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh in the Sudd, a nearly impassable swamp in northern Sudan. They find what is believed to be the god-king Narmer's tomb and hope to find within it his legendary crown, which supposedly possessed awesome powers. A series of inexplicable occurrences are causing people to fear a curse, and it is up to Professor Jeremy Logan to answer the questions being raised with the alarm.

Love is Murder edited by Sandra Brown - Romantic Suspense/Short Stories


Prepare for heart-racing suspense in this original collection by 30 of the hottest bestselling authors and new voices writing romantic suspense today. Bodyguards, vigilantes, stalkers, serial killers, women (and men!) in jeopardy, cops, thieves, P.I.s, killers --- these all-new stories will keep you thrilled and chilled late into the night.

An Unquenchable Thirst: A Memoir by Mary Johnson - Memoir


In this frank and upfront memoir, Mary Johnson details her two decades of life in Mother Theresa's Missionaries of Charity and why she ultimately had to leave.

Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara by Terry Brooks - Fantasy


The Four Lands hang in the balance between science and magic as subversive elements take up arms against the Druid Council. Humans and their allies have developed dangerous weapons using the forbidden secrets of science that long ago destroyed the world. Then a clue to four sets of precious Elfstones is discovered. Their magic has been missing for thousands of years. If it can be regained, the balance of power may shift once again....

Wild Thing by Josh Bazell - Thriller


It's hard to find work as a doctor when using your real name will get you killed. When a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. “Peter Brown” a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, he has no choice but to say yes.