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Week of January 13, 2014

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Week of January 13, 2014

Releases for the week of January 13th include Kent Haruf's BENEDICTION, a story of life and death, and the ties that bind; VAMPIRES IN THE LEMON GROVE, Karen Russell's collection of stories that was named Best Book of the Year by O, The Oprah Magazine and Huffington Post, and was an NPR Great Read of 2013; and SOME GIRLS, SOME HATS AND HITLER: A True Love Story by Trudi Kanter, the astonishing memoir of a woman whose courage and resourcefulness kept her and her beloved safe after the Nazis invaded Austria.

Bear is Broken: A Leo Maxwell Mystery by Lachlan Smith - Mystery

January 14, 2014


Leo Maxwell’s older brother Teddy, a successful yet reviled criminal defense attorney, has been shot and lies in a coma. Leo quickly realizes that the list of possible suspects is much larger than he could have imagined. The deeper he digs into Teddy’s life, the more questions arise. Somewhere, the person who shot his brother is still on the loose, and there are many who would happily kill Leo in order to keep it that way.

Benediction by Kent Haruf - Fiction

February 26, 2013


When Dad Lewis is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he and his wife, Mary, must work together to make his final days as comfortable as possible. Their daughter, Lorraine, hastens back from Denver to help look after him. Her devotion softens the bitter absence of their estranged son, Frank, but this cannot be willed away and remains a palpable presence for all three of them.

Daddy Love by Joyce Carol Oates - Psychological Thriller/Horror

January 14, 2014


A kidnapper who calls himself "Daddy Love" has abducted, tortured and raped several young boys. His latest victim is Robbie Whitcomb, who must endure punishment beyond his wildest nightmares if he misbehaves. As Robbie grows older, he becomes aware of just how monstrous Daddy Love is. Somewhere within this tortured young boy lies a spark of rebellion, and he will soon discover just what lengths he'll go to to survive.

Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior by Rorke Denver and Ellis Henican - Memoir

January 14, 2014


Rorke Denver trains the men who become Navy SEALs. With his years of action-packed mission experience and a top training role, Lieutenant Commander Denver understands exactly how tomorrow's soldiers are recruited, sculpted, motivated and deployed. Now, Denver takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program he now oversees.

Gun Machine by Warren Ellis - Thriller

January 14, 2014


After a shootout claims the life of his partner, Detective John Tallow unwittingly stumbles across an apartment stacked high with guns. When examined, each weapon leads to a different, previously unsolved murder. Confronted with the sudden emergence of hundreds of unsolved homicides, Tallow soon discovers a hunter who may be the most prolific murderer in New York City's history.

Kurt Vonnegut: Letters edited by Dan Wakefield - Letters

January 14, 2014


This extraordinary collection of personal correspondence has all the hallmarks of Kurt Vonnegut’s fiction. Written over a 60-year period, these letters, the vast majority of them never before published, are funny, moving, and full of the same uncanny wisdom that has endeared his work to readers worldwide.

The Lawyer's Lawyer by James Sheehan - Legal Thriller

January 14, 2014


Jack Tobin, “the lawyer's lawyer” --- the guy the best lawyers say they'd want to represent them in a courtroom battle --- undertakes the representation of a serial killer who he believes to be innocent. The Chief of Police is outraged, the citizens of Oakville where the murders occurred erupt, and the State Attorney is out for blood as Jack challenges the criminal justice system once again.

Red Moon by Benjamin Percy - Horror/Thriller

January 14, 2014


When government agents kick down Claire Forrester's front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is. Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive. Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy. The night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge...and the battle for humanity will begin.

Smitten Book Club by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter - Romance

January 14, 2014


At a rummage sale, Heather discovers a turn-of-the-century romantic advice book written by a once-famous Smitten, Vermont, resident. When she shares the precious volume with her book club friends, they find clues about a hidden treasure rumored to be buried in their tiny town. As Heather, Abby, Lia and Molly take turns reading the book, each projects onto it her own literary tastes. One by one, each of the women finds romantic love --- often in spite of the historic book’s advice.

Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler: A True Love Story by Trudi Kanter - Memoir

January 14, 2014


In 1938, Trudi Kanter fell deeply in love with Walter Ehrlich, a charming and romantic businessman. But as Hitler’s tanks rolled into Austria, the world this young Jewish couple knew collapsed, leaving them desperate to escape. This is the true story of Trudi’s astonishing journey from Vienna to Prague to blitzed London seeking safety for her and Walter amid the horror engulfing Europe.

Summer Death by Mons Kallentoft - Mystery/Thriller

January 14, 2014


A teenage girl is found naked and bleeding in a city park, without any recollection of what has happened to her. Another grisly discovery is made on a lakeside beach, and the whole town is on edge. A serial killer walks among them, and while families withdraw to protect their young, Detective Malin Fors must uncover the secrets behind these crimes, potentially putting herself and her own family at risk in the process.

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence - Fiction

January 14, 2014


A rare meteorite struck Alex Woods when he was 10 years old, leaving scars and marking him for an extraordinary future. When he meets curmudgeonly widower Mr. Peterson, he finds an unlikely friend, who teaches him that you only get one shot at life and you need to make it count. So when, at age 17, Alex is stopped at customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the front seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he's fairly sure he's done the right thing.

Vampires in the Lemon Grove: And Other Stories by Karen Russell - Fiction/Short Stories

January 14, 2014


A dejected teenager discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left behind in a seagull’s nest. A massage therapist discovers she has the power to heal by manipulating the tattoos on a war veteran’s lower torso. Two vampires in a sun-drenched lemon grove try helplessly to slake their thirst for blood. And this only scratches the surface of what appears in Karen Russell’s new collection of stories.