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Week of June 3, 2013

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Week of June 3, 2013

Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a 36-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Young Louise is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will change their lives forever in Laura Moriarty's THE CHAPERONE.

Will Schwalbe's THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother, who start a “book club” that brings them together as her life comes to a close. Over the next two years, Will and Mary Anne carry on conversations that are both wide-ranging and deeply personal, prompted by an eclectic array of books and a shared passion for reading.

And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman - Mystery

 

Heloise is a suburban madam who lives the life of “every mom” with soccer games and homework in between the hours where she runs her business and has her own customers, who spend time with her for a price. Life seems safe for her until another suburban madam is found dead, and suddenly the life she has built starts to feel a lot less secure.

Between You and Me by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus - Fiction

 

Logan Wade has built a life for herself in New York City, far from her unhappy childhood in Oklahoma. But when she gets the call that her famous cousin needs a new assistant, it’s an offer she can’t refuse. However, their reunion is quickly overshadowed by the toxic dynamic between Kelsey and her parents, causing Logan to question if their childhood has left them both too broken to succeed.

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty - Historical Fiction

Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a 36-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Young Louise is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will change their lives forever.

Corrupt Practices: A Parker Stern Novel by Robert Rotstein - Thriller

 

A Los Angeles church, considered by some to be a powerful cult, charges Rich Baxter with embezzling millions. Rich reaches out to Parker Stern to come to his defense. Parker hasn’t entered a courtroom since developing severe stage fright after his mentor, Harmon Cherry, committed suicide. Rich claims that Cherry did not kill himself; he was murdered by someone connected to the church. At first, Parker doesn’t believe it --- until disturbing events force him to question what’s really happening.

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe - Memoir

 

This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother, who start a “book club” that brings them together as her life comes to a close. Over the next two years, Will and Mary Anne carry on conversations that are both wide-ranging and deeply personal, prompted by an eclectic array of books and a shared passion for reading.

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver - Fiction

 

When Dellarobia Turnbow climbs a mountain near her farmhouse home, she has a mission: she will take a lover and change her boring life. But what she finds on the mountaintop appears to be not only a glowing apparition, but Mother Nature's tragic error. Her discovery will open her eyes, broadening her world and helping her find her place in it.

The Forgiven by Lawrence Osborne - Thriller

 

Longing to escape their unhappy lives in London, David and Jo Henniger, a doctor and a children's book author, willingly accept the invitation to attend their old friends' weekend bacchanal in the Moroccan desert. On the way there, two young men spring at the Henniger's car, trying to interest passing drivers in fossils for sale. A panicked David swerves and kills one of the men. David's misdeed haunts their weekend getaway as the couple struggles to come to terms with their own deteriorating relationship.

Goldberg Variations by Susan Isaacs - Fiction

 

Elegant, amusing and profoundly nasty tycoon Gloria Garrison is shocked that none of her three grandchildren are interested in inheriting her brilliant, booming beauty business. What’s so grand about their lives that they would reject such a kingdom? Memories have a way of intruding at the most inopportune times. Is Gloria’s tough hide as impenetrable as she has always believed?

The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty - Fiction

 

Ellen O’Farrell is a hypnotherapist who has never met her father and can’t seem to keep a relationship going. When her new guy Patrick reveals that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, Ellen is more intrigued than frightened. What makes a supposedly smart, professional woman behave this way? She’d love to meet her. What Ellen doesn’t know is that she already has.

In Between Days by Andrew Porter - Literary Fiction

 

The Harding family is teetering on the edge. Elson Harding is recently divorced from his wife, Cadence. Their grown son Richard still lives at home, resisting his career as a writer. But when their daughter Chloe returns home after getting kicked out of college for reasons she can't explain to her family, the Hardings' lives begin to unravel.

In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner - Historical Fiction

 

For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins the night her father comes home bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Over the next four years, as she endures the deaths of family members, starvation, and brutal forced labor, Raami clings to the remaining vestige of childhood --- the mythical legends and poems her father told her.

Island of Bones by Imogen Robertson - Historical Mystery

 

For years, reclusive anatomist Gabriel Crowther has pursued his forensic studies --- and the occasional murder investigation --- far from his family estate. But an ancient tomb there will reveal a wealth of secrets. When laborers discover an extra body inside, the lure of the mystery brings Crowther home at last.

Joyland by Stephen King - Hard-boiled Mystery

 

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, JOYLAND  tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.

Kingdom of Strangers by Zoë Ferraris - Psychological Suspense/Mystery

 

A secret grave is unearthed in the desert revealing the bodies of 19 women and the shocking truth that a serial killer has been operating undetected in Jeddah for more than a decade. But lead inspector Ibrahim Zahrani is more concerned about the disappearance of his mistress. Katya, one of the few women in the police department, is drawn into both investigations and must be increasingly careful to hide a secret of her own.

A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon by Sophie Hudson - Christian Life

 

Whether it’s a marathon bacon-frying session, a road trip gone hysterically wrong, or a mother-in-law who makes every trip to the grocery store an adventure, author Sophie Hudson reminds us how important it is to slow down and treasure the day-to-day encounters with the people we love the most. A LITTLE SALTY TO CUT THE SWEET is a cheerful, funny and tender account of Sophie’s very Southern family.

The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg - Fiction

 

For more than 30 years, Edie and Richard Middlestein shared a solid family life together in the suburbs of Chicago. But now things are splintering apart, seemingly for one reason: Edie's enormous girth. When Richard abandons her, it is up to the next generation of Middlesteins to take control. Do Edie's devastating choices rest on her shoulders alone, or are others at fault, too?

Ransom River by Meg Gardiner - Mystery/Thriller

 

Rory Mackenzie is back in her hometown of Ransom River, California, a place she vowed she would never visit again. While most of the town is focused on the tense and shocking circumstances of a high-profile murder trial, Rory’s return dredges up troubling memories that she can no longer ignore. But she soon realizes that exposing these dark skeletons has connected her to an old case that was never solved, and bringing the truth to light just might destroy her.

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt - Literary Fiction

 

When renowned painter Finn Weiss dies of a mysterious illness, his 14-year-old niece, June, is devastated. He was the only person who ever truly understood her. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life --- someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.

The Vanishing Act by Mette Jakobsen - Fiction

 

On a small snow-covered island lives 12-year-old Minou, her philosopher Papa, Boxman the magician, and a clever dog called No-Name. A year earlier, Minou's mother left the house wearing her best shoes and carrying a large black umbrella. She never returned. One morning, Minou finds a dead boy washed up on the beach. Her father decides to lay him in the room that once belonged to her mother. Can her mother’s disappearance be explained by the boy?

When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey - Fiction

 

Young Leah attributes her ability to foretell the future to an invisible friend she calls the Rainbow Man. Her father, the town psychologist, is falling apart over his inability to heal his daughter or fix his marriage. When a dramatic and tragic turn of events leaves the town reeling and places everyone’s lives in danger, the townsfolk face a single choice: Will they cling to what they know, or embrace the things Leah believes in that cannot be seen?

The Wishing Tree by Marybeth Whalen - Fiction

 

Ivy Marshall discovers that her husband has cheated on her on the very same day her sister’s boyfriend proposes on national television. When Ivy’s mother asks her to come back to her family’s beach home to plan her sister’s upcoming wedding, she decides to use the excuse to escape from the pain of her broken heart. When her return brings Ivy face to face with her former fiancé, old feelings are rekindled and she wonders if there is a future for them.