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Week of March 6, 2017

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Week of March 6, 2017

Paperback releases for the week of March 6th include EVERYONE BRAVE IS FORGIVEN by Chris Cleave, in which three unforgettable individuals are thrown together by war, love and their search for belonging in the ever-changing landscape of World War II London; WHAT IS NOT YOURS IS NOT YOURS, Helen Oyeyemi's collection of intertwined stories that is built around the idea of keys, literal and metaphorical; ALL SUMMER LONG, Dorothea Benton Frank's latest novel that follows the travels of one couple though a tumultuous summer; and SPAIN IN OUR HEARTS by Adam Hochschild, a sweeping history of the Spanish Civil War, told through a dozen characters, including Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell.

All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank - Fiction

March 7, 2017

ALL SUMMER LONG is the story of how plans evolve and lives change in unexpected ways, how even those who have everything are still looking for something more. Dorothea Benton Frank’s latest novel asks the ultimate question: Can money buy happiness? From Sullivans Island to Necker Island to Nantucket to the beaches of Southern Spain, readers will come to recognize the many faces of true love, love that deepens and endures but only because one woman makes a tremendous leap of faith. And that leap changes everything.

The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church - Historical Fiction

March 7, 2017

Ever since she was a young girl, Meridian Wallace had been obsessed with birds, and she was determined to get her PhD, become an ornithologist, and make her mother’s sacrifices to send her to college pay off. But she didn’t expect to fall in love with her brilliant physics professor, Alden Whetstone. When he’s recruited to Los Alamos, New Mexico, to take part in a mysterious wartime project, she reluctantly defers her own plans and joins him. While the life of a housewife quickly proves stifling, it’s not until years later, when Meridian meets a Vietnam veteran who opens her eyes to how the world is changing, that she realizes just how much she has given up.

Close Your Eyes: A Joseph O'Loughlin Novel by Michael Robotham - Mystery/Thriller

March 7, 2017

A mother and her teenage daughter are found murdered in a remote coastal home. Joe O'Loughlin is drawn into the investigation when a former student, trading on Joe's reputation by calling himself "the Mindhunter," jeopardizes the police inquiry by leaking details to the media and stirring up public anger. Joe discovers a link between the farmhouse murders and a series of vicious attacks in which the victims are choked unconscious and brutally scarred. Now, he must stop a ruthless and brash criminal who has apparently graduated to murder.

Deep Blue: A Doc Ford Novel by Randy Wayne White - Thriller

March 7, 2017

Marine biologist Marion “Doc” Ford carefully watches a video of a hooded man executing three hostages. The man is an American working with ISIS, and in the next few days, it’ll be Ford’s job, as part of his shadowy second life, to make sure he never kills anybody else again. But a lot can go wrong in a few days. And Ford has no way of knowing that not only will the operation prove to be a lot more complicated than he has anticipated, but that he’ll end up bringing those complications back with him to the small community of Dinkin’s Bay, where he’s long made his home.

Design for Dying: A Lillian Frost & Edith Head Novel by Renee Patrick - Historical Mystery

March 7, 2017

Los Angeles, 1937. Lillian Frost has traded dreams of stardom for security as a department store salesgirl...until she discovers she's a suspect in the murder of her former roommate, Ruby Carroll. Party girl Ruby died wearing a gown she stole from the wardrobe department at Paramount Pictures, domain of Edith Head. Edith has yet to win the first of her eight Academy Awards; right now she's barely hanging on to her job, and a scandal is the last thing she needs. To clear Lillian's name and save Edith's career, the two women join forces.

Elizabeth: The Later Years by John Guy - Biography

March 7, 2017

Elizabeth was crowned at 25 after a tempestuous childhood as a bastard and an outcast, but it was only when she reached 50 and all hopes of a royal marriage were dashed that she began to wield real power in her own right. For 25 years, she had struggled to assert her authority over advisers who pressed her to marry and settle the succession; now, she was determined not only to reign but also to rule. In this intimate biography of England's most ambitious Tudor queen, John Guy introduces us to a woman who is refreshingly unfamiliar: at once powerful and vulnerable, willful and afraid.

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave - Historical Fiction

March 7, 2017

It’s 1939, and Mary, a young socialite, is determined to shock her blueblood political family by volunteering for the war effort. She is assigned as a teacher to children who were evacuated from London and have been rejected by the countryside because they are infirm, mentally disabled, or --- like Mary’s favorite student, Zachary --- have colored skin. Tom, an education administrator, is distraught when his best friend, Alastair, enlists. Alastair, an art restorer, has always seemed far removed from the violent life to which he has now condemned himself.

The Father: Made in Sweden, Part I written by Anton Svensson, translated by Elizabeth Clark Wessel - Thriller

March 7, 2017

THE FATHER is inspired by the extraordinary true story of three brothers who committed 10 audacious bank robberies in Sweden over the course of just two years. None had committed a crime before, and all were under 24 years old. When their incredible spree had come to an end amid the glare of the international media, all of them would be changed forever as individuals and as a family. This intoxicating, heartbreaking thriller tells the story of how three boys are transformed over the course of their lives from innocent children to the most wanted criminals in Sweden. And of the man who made them that way: their father.

Hot Little Hands: Fiction by Abigail Ulman - Fiction/Short Stories

March 7, 2017

Over the course of nine loosely connected stories, HOT LITTLE HANDS introduces us to young women, at once clever and naïve, who struggle to navigate the chronic uncertainty and very real dangers that come with being impatient for the future and reluctant to leave childhood behind. Abigail Ulman’s voice feels of the moment --- sharp and powerful --- as she deftly explores ageless themes of sex and maturity among girls who are both confident and frighteningly exposed.

I'm Glad About You by Theresa Rebeck - Fiction

March 7, 2017

When Alison and Kyle meet in high school, it is both completely forgettable and utterly life-changing. Each has big dreams: Alison wants to be a great actress, while Kyle yearns for a life of service as a doctor in the third world. But as their fates rocket them apart, neither can fully let go of the past. And when their lives inevitably intersect, they must face each other in the revealing light of their decisions.

Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck by Adam Cohen - History

March 7, 2017

Adam Cohen tells the story of one of the darkest moments in the American legal tradition: the Supreme Court’s decision to champion eugenic sterilization for the greater good of the country. In 1927, when the nation was caught up in eugenic fervor, the justices allowed Virginia to sterilize Carrie Buck, a perfectly normal young woman, for being an “imbecile.” Exposing this tremendous injustice --- which led to the sterilization of 70,000 Americans --- IMBECILES overturns cherished myths and reappraises heroic figures in its relentless pursuit of the truth.

The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan - History

March 7, 2017

The Irish-American story, with all its twists and triumphs, is told through the improbable life of one man. A dashing young orator during the Great Famine of the 1840s, in which a million of his Irish countrymen died, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony. He escaped and six months later was heralded in the streets of New York. Meagher’s rebirth in America included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade from New York in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War.

Imperial Valley: A Jimmy Veeder Fiasco by Johnny Shaw - Thriller

March 7, 2017

Jimmy Veeder has finally settled down, completing his dramatic transformation from hell-raiser to family man. But the night after his wedding, childhood friend Tomás Morales, the current crime lord of Mexicali, turns up on his doorstep offering information about the whereabouts of his son’s grandfather, for whom Jimmy has been searching for years. Jimmy and Angie head to Mexico accompanied by old pals Bobby Maves and Griselda. The trip immediately careens into chaos when they find themselves shadowed by thugs, shot at by cartel soldiers, and forced into a confrontation with a violent, volatile drug lord. The fight spreads from Sinaloa back to Jimmy’s doorstep, putting everything Jimmy cares about directly in the crosshairs.

The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins - Historical Fantasy

March 7, 2017

Aisling, a goddess in human form, was born to rule both domains and --- with her twin, Anya --- unite the Celts with the powerful faeries of the Middle Kingdom. But within medieval Ireland, interests are divided and greater forces are mustering. Both England and Rome have a stake in driving magic from the Emerald Isle. Jordan, the Vatican commander, is tasked with vanquishing the remnants of otherworldly creatures from a disenchanted Europe. However, he finds himself torn between duty and his desire to understand the magic that has been forbidden.

Mercy by Michael Palmer and Daniel Palmer - Medical Thriller

March 7, 2017

Dr. Julie Devereux is an outspoken advocate for the right to die --- until a motorcycle accident leaves her fiancé, Sam Talbot, a quadriplegic. Sam begs to end his life, but Julie sees hope in a life together. When he passes away from an unexpected heart attack, an autopsy reveals that Sam died of an unusual heart defect, one seen only in those under extreme stress. As Julie investigates similar cases, she finds a frightening pattern…and finds herself the target of disturbing threats. The more cases Julie discovers, the more the threats escalate, until she is accused of a mercy killing of her own. To clear her name and save her career, she must track down whoever is behind these mysterious deaths.

The Mermaid's Daughter by Ann Claycomb - Fiction

March 7, 2017

Kathleen has always been dramatic. She suffers from the bizarre malady of experiencing stabbing pain in her feet. Only the touch of seawater can ease her pain, and just temporarily at that. Now Kathleen is a 25-year-old opera student and shows immense promise as a soprano. Her girlfriend Harry, a mezzo in the same program, worries endlessly about Kathleen's phantom pain and obsession with the sea. When Kathleen suffers yet another dangerous breakdown, Harry convinces Kathleen to visit her hometown in Ireland to learn more about her family history. There, they discover that the mystery --- and the tragedy --- of Kathleen’s family history is far older and stranger than they could have imagined.

The Other Side of Silence: A Bernie Gunther Novel by Philip Kerr - Thriller

March 7, 2017

The war is over. Bernie Gunther, our sardonic former Berlin homicide detective and unwilling SS officer, is now living on the French Riviera. He is the go-to guy at the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, the man you turn to for touring tips or if you need a fourth for bridge. W. Somerset Maugham is looking for someone to fill that fourth seat, but he is also seeking some professional advice. Maugham is being blackmailed --- perhaps because of his unorthodox lifestyle, or because of something in his past. For once upon a time, Maugham worked for the British secret service, and the people now blackmailing him are spies.

Peacekeeping by Mischa Berlinski - Fiction

March 7, 2017

When Terry White, a former deputy sheriff and a failed politician, goes broke in the 2007–2008 financial crisis, he takes a job working for the UN, helping to train the Haitian police. He is sent to the remote town of Jérémie, where he is swept up in their complex politics when he befriends an earnest, reforming American-educated judge. Soon he convinces the judge to oppose the corrupt but charismatic Sénateur Maxim Bayard in an upcoming election. But when Terry falls in love with the judge’s wife, the electoral drama threatens to become a disaster.

Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 by Adam Hochschild - History

March 7, 2017

For three years in the 1930s, the world watched, riveted, as the Spanish Civil War became the battleground in a fight between freedom and fascism that would soon take on global proportions. Confronting a right-wing coup led by Francisco Franco and heavily aided by Hitler and Mussolini, volunteers flooded in to support Spain’s democratic government. Among them were nearly 3,000 Americans, called by their convictions to lend a hand in a brutal conflict their government wanted no part of. In SPAIN IN OUR HEARTS, Adam Hochschild weaves together the stories of some dozen foreigners to reveal the full tragedy and importance of the war.

Time of Fog and Fire: A Molly Murphy Mystery by Rhys Bowen - Historical Mystery

March 7, 2017

The new police commissioner wants Molly Murphy Sullivan's husband, Daniel, off the police force altogether. So when Daniel is offered an assignment from John Wilkie, head of the secret service, he’s eager to accept. Molly can’t draw any details of the assignment out of him, even where he’ll be working. But then she receives a strange and cryptic letter from him, leading her to conclude that he wants her to join him in San Francisco. Embarking on a cross-country journey with her young son, Molly can’t fathom what’s in store for her, but she knows it could be dangerous --- in fact, it might put all of their lives at risk.

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours: Stories by Helen Oyeyemi - Fiction/Short Stories

March 7, 2017

WHAT IS NOT YOURS IS NOT YOURS is built around the idea of keys, literal and metaphorical. The key to a house, the key to a heart, the key to a secret --- Helen Oyeyemi’s keys not only unlock elements of her characters’ lives, they promise further labyrinths on the other side. In “Books and Roses” one special key opens a library, a garden and clues to at least two lovers’ fates. In “Is Your Blood as Red as This?” an unlikely key opens the heart of a student at a puppeteering school. And in “If a Book Is Locked There’s Probably a Good Reason for That Don't You Think,” a key keeps a mystical diary locked (for good reason).

The Widow's House by Carol Goodman - Psychological Thriller

March 7, 2017

When Jess and Clare Martin move from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to their former college town in the Hudson River valley, they are hoping for rejuvenation --- of their marriage, their savings, and Jess' writing career. They take a caretaker's job at Riven House, a crumbling estate and the home of their old college writing professor. But there is a haunting pall that hangs over Riven House like a funeral veil. Soon, Clare begins to hear babies crying at night and see strange figures in fog at the edge of their property. Diving into the history of the area, she realizes that Riven House has a dark and anguished past. And whatever this thing is --- this menacing force that destroys the inhabitants of the estate --- it seems to be after Clare next.