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Week of March 4, 2013

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Week of March 4, 2013

In Alexander McCall Smith's THE LIMPOPO ACADEMY OF PRIVATE DETECTION, Precious Ramotswe is haunted by a repeated dream: a vision of a tall, strange man who waits for her beneath an acacia tree. But she’s far too busy to worry about it. Mma Potokwane has been dismissed from her post as matron at the orphan farm. Can the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency help restore the beloved matron to her rightful position?

If a bullied, naive, obsessively religious little girl had the power to produce miracles, what might happen? In THE LAND OF DECORATION, Grace McCleen’s debut novel, a 10-year-old believes there is a certain power and magic --- akin to that of The Creator --- in her self-built replica of mankind.

Bill Veeck: Baseball's Greatest Maverick by Paul Dickson - Biography


Relying on primary sources, including more than a hundred interviews, Paul Dickson has crafted a richly detailed portrait of an American original: baseball impresario and innovator, independent spirit and unflinching advocate of racial equality, Bill Veeck.

Blue Monday by Nicci French - Psychological Thriller


The abduction of a five-year-old provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. When his face is splashed over the newspapers, psychotherapist Frieda Klein can’t ignore the coincidence: one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for a child.

Dead Scared by S. J. Bolton - Psychological Thriller


When a rash of suicides tears through Cambridge University, DI Mark Joesbury recruits DC Lacey Flint to go undercover as a student to investigate. Although each student’s death appears to be a suicide, the psychological histories, social networks and online activities of the students involved share remarkable similarities, and the London police are not convinced that the victims acted alone.

Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball's Greatest Gift by Harvey Araton - Sports


Driving Mr. Yogi is the story of how a unique friendship between a pitcher and catcher is renewed every year. It started in 1999, when Berra was reunited with the Yankees after a long self-exile, the result of being unceremoniously fired by George Steinbrenner 14 years before. A reconciliation meant Berra would attend spring training again, and Guidry befriended “Mr. Yogi” instantly.

Force of Nature: A Joe Pickett Novel by C. J. Box - Mystery


In 1995, Nate Romanowski was in a secret Special Forces unit abroad when a colleague did something terrible. Now high up in the government, the man is determined to eliminate anyone who knows about it, and Nate knows exactly how he'll do it --- by striking at Nate's friends to draw him out.

Forgotten Country by Catherine Chung -


On the night Janie waits for her sister, Hannah, to be born, her grandmother tells her a story: Since the Japanese occupation of Korea, their family has lost a daughter in every generation, so Janie is charged with keeping Hannah safe. Years later, when Hannah inexplicably cuts all ties and disappears, Janie embarks on a mission to finally uncover her family's silence.

The Gilly Salt Sisters by Tiffany Baker - Fiction


Although the community half-suspects the Gilly sisters might be witches, it doesn't stop Whit Turner, the town's wealthiest bachelor, from forcing his way into their lives and marrying Claire. Years later, estranged from her family, Claire finds herself thrust back onto the farm with the last person she would have chosen: her husband's pregnant mistress.

The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye - Historical Mystery/Thriller


One night, while making his rounds as a reluctant NYPD officer, Timothy Wilde runs into a girl not more than 10 years old dashing through the dark covered head to toe in blood. He takes her home, where she spins wild stories, claiming that dozens of bodies are buried in the forest north of 23rd Street.

Gossip by Beth Gutcheon - Fiction


GOSSIP is a tale of intimacy and betrayal, trust and fidelity, friendship, competition and motherhood that explores the myriad ways we use and abuse "information" about others --- be it true, false, or imagined --- to sustain, and occasionally destroy, one another.

The Great Northern Express: A Writer's Journey Home by Howard Frank Mosher - Memoir


Faced with a diagnosis of prostate cancer at age 64, novelist Howard Frank Mosher embarked on a 20,000-mile book promotion tour that took him to some 150 independent bookstores. In this memoir, he recounts that journey, as well as one back to the roots of his writing career.

The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen - Fiction


Persecuted at school for her beliefs and struggling with her distant, devout father at home, 10-year-old Judith McPherson finds solace and connection in a model in miniature of the Promised Land that she has constructed in her room from collected discarded scraps --- the Land of Decoration.

The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (13) by Alexander McCall Smith - Mystery


Precious Ramotswe is haunted by a repeated dream: a vision of a tall, strange man who waits for her beneath an acacia tree. But she’s far too busy to worry about it. Mma Potokwane has been dismissed from her post as matron at the orphan farm. Can the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency help restore the beloved matron to her rightful position?

Norumbega Park by Anthony Giardina -


Richie Palumbo, the most ordinary of men, gets lost one night in 1969 while driving with his family. He finds himself in Norumbega --- a gorgeous, hidden town on the far edges of Boston’s western suburbs. He sees a venerable old house and, without quite knowing why, decides that he must have it. Richie’s wild dream sets his family on a forty-year odyssey in which they confront class and parental dreams, sex and spirituality, and the way hopes conflict with reality.

Objects of My Affection by Jill Smolinski - Fiction


Jill Smolinski, author of THE NEXT THING ON MY LIST, has written a humorous and heartfelt novel about a personal organizer who must somehow convince a reclusive artist to give up her hoarding ways and let go of the stuff she’s hung on to for decades.

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin - Historical Fiction


At the turn of the 20th century, reclusive orchardist William Talmadge tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to see the man who gave them no chase and end up indulging in his deep reservoir of compassion. But just as they begin to trust him, men arrive in the orchard with guns, leading to a shattering tragedy.

The Road to Grace by Richard Paul Evans - Fiction


Halfway through his trek from Seattle to Key West, Alan Christoffersen sets out to walk the nearly 1,000 miles between South Dakota and St. Louis, but it’s the people he meets along the way who give the journey its true meaning. Among these individuals is an elderly Polish man who gives Alan a ride and shares a story that Alan will never forget.

The Rock Star in Seat 3A by Jill Kargman - Romance


The night before her flight, Hazel’s boyfriend gave her a free pass if she ever met rock star Finn Schiller, her idol. She never would have thought the very next day the rock god would be sitting next to her on the plane. Now, when fantasy becomes real attraction, Hazel must decide what she wants.

Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis by Lauren F. Winner - Memoir


In the critically acclaimed memoir GIRL MEETS GOD, Lauren F. Winner chronicled her sojourn from Judaism to Christianity. Now, in STILL, she describes how experiences of loss and failure unexpectedly slam her into a wall of doubt and spiritual despair.

Summerset Abbey: A Bloom in Winter by T. J. Brown - Historical Romance


After Prudence’s desperate marriage and move to Devonshire, sisters Rowena and Victoria fear they have lost their beloved friend forever. Guilt-ridden and remorseful, Rowena seeks comfort from a daring flyboy and embraces the most dangerous activity the world has ever seen. Victoria, meanwhile, defies her family and her illness to make her own dream occupation as a botanist come true.

The Thief: An Isaac Bell Adventure by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott - Thriller/Action & Adventure


On the ocean liner Mauretania, two European scientists with a dramatic new invention are barely rescued from abduction by the Van Dorn Detective Agency's intrepid chief investigator, Isaac Bell. Unfortunately, they are not so lucky the second time. What are they holding that is so precious? Only something that will revolutionize business and popular culture --- and perhaps something more.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank: Stories by Nathan Englander - Fiction/Short Stories


These eight new stories from celebrated novelist and short-story writer Nathan Englander address the great questions of modern life, exploring a range of eccentric characters through history and across generations.