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Week of May 5, 2014

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Week of May 5, 2014

Releases for the week of May 5th include THE LONGEST RIDE by Nicholas Sparks, the remarkable story of two couples whose lives intersect in profound and surprising ways; DEATH ANGEL, an Alexandra Cooper mystery from Linda Fairstein, who explores the rich --- and little-known --- history of New York’s City’s Central Park; THE SUPREME MACARONI COMPANY, Adriana Trigiani's novel that explores the tricky dynamics between Old World craftsmanship and New World ambition; and THE WORLD’S STRONGEST LIBRARIAN by Josh Hanagarne, a funny and uplifting story of how a Mormon kid with Tourette’s found salvation in books and weight lifting.

Always Watching by Chevy Stevens - Psychological Thriller

May 6, 2014


When a distraught woman is brought into the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Dr. Nadine Lavoie gently coaxes her story out of her --- and learns of some troubling parallels with her own life. Digging deeper, Nadine is forced to confront her traumatic childhood, and the damage that began when she and her brother were brought by their mother to a remote commune on Vancouver Island.

The Baron's Honourable Daughter by Lynn Morris - Historical Romance

May 6, 2014


When her stepfather suddenly dies, Valeria Segrave finds she must take charge of her grieving mother and the vast estate, which now belongs to her six-year-old half brother, the new Earl of Maledon. Much to her chagrin, she must rely on the assistance of her stepfather's distant kinsman, Alastair, Lord Hylton. If Alastair insists on engaging in a battle of wits and wills with the lively Valeria, she'll stop at nothing to prove that he's met his match.

The Black Country: A Novel of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad by Alex Grecian - Historical Mystery

May 6, 2014


When a well-known family goes missing in a small English village in the British Midlands, Scotland Yard gets a call. Believing it to be an easily solved case, Inspector Day and Sergeant Hammersmith hope to be back on the train to London in a day or two. What they encounter is anything but expected, and the case is anything but easily solved. Secrets are buried deep and are well-protected in the small village of Blackhampton.

Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites by Kate Christensen - Memoir

May 6, 2014


In the tradition of M. F. K. Fisher, Laurie Colwin and Ruth Reichl, BLUE PLATE SPECIAL is a narrative in which food --- eating it, cooking it, reflecting on it --- becomes the vehicle for unpacking a life. Kate Christensen explores her history of hunger --- not just for food, but for love and confidence and a sense of belonging --- with a profound honesty, starting with her unorthodox childhood in 1960s Berkeley as the daughter of a mercurial legal activist who ruled the house with his fists.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon - Urban Fantasy

May 6, 2014


In the year 2059, several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing. But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister than even Scion.

Brewster by Mark Slouka - Historical Fiction

May 5, 2014


Racked by guilt over his older brother’s childhood death, 16-year-old Jon Mosher turns his rage into victories running track. Meanwhile, Ray Cappicciano is trying to take care of his baby brother while staying out of the way of his abusive father. Jon and Ray form a tight friendship, but it’s not until Ray falls in love with Karen Dorsey that the three friends begin to dream of breaking away from Brewster for good. Freedom, however, has its price.

By Any Means: An Ash Rashid Novel by Chris Culver - Thriller

May 6, 2014


At the end of a particularly grueling summer day, Ash Rashid is heading home to his wife and kids when he discovers a pair of bodies, shot execution style, in the front seat of a crashed vehicle. As the first officer on the scene, Ash finds himself and his department 20 minutes behind a killer in a race where every second counts. With two victims down and a third unaccounted for, Ash must find the killer before he strikes again.

A Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg by Jeff Shaara - Historical Fiction

May 6, 2014


Continuing the trilogy that began with A BLAZE OF GLORY, Jeff Shaara returns to chronicle another decisive chapter in America’s long and bloody Civil War. In A CHAIN OF THUNDER, the action shifts to the fortress city of Vicksburg, Mississippi. There, in the vaunted “Gibraltar of the Confederacy,” a siege for the ages will cement the reputation of one Union general --- and all but seal the fate of the rebel cause.

The Conditions of Love by Dale M. Kushner - Fiction

May 6, 2014


This story traces love in the life of young Eunice. In the first part, Eunice must reckon with familial love --- from an eccentric mother and an absent father. The second leg of Eunice’s journey introduces her to the steadiness of a nurturing love through her relationship with a mysterious stranger named Rose. Finally, in the third act, Eunice is initiated into the world of passionate love.

Country Girl: A Memoir by Edna O'Brien - Memoir

May 6, 2014


When Edna O'Brien's first novel, THE COUNTRY GIRLS, was published in 1960, it so scandalized the O'Briens' local parish that the book was burned by its priest. O'Brien was undeterred and has since created a body of work that bears comparison with the best writing of the 20th century. COUNTRY GIRL brings us face-to-face with a life of high drama and contemplation.

The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally - Historical Fiction

May 6, 2014


In 1915, Australian sisters Naomi and Sally Durance join the war effort as nurses, escaping the confines of their father’s farm and carrying a guilty secret with them. They become the friends they never were at home and find themselves courageous in the face of extreme danger. Each meets an exceptional man: the kind of men for whom they might give up some of their newfound independence --- if only they all survive.

Dead, White, and Blue: A Death on Demand Mystery by Carolyn Hart - Mystery

May 6, 2014


Summer brings good business to Annie Darling’s mystery bookstore, Death on Demand, as tourists swarm in, searching for the latest beach read. But July 4th brings its own mystery as first one and then another islander disappears. Annie and her husband, Max, soon find themselves following a twisted trail marked by adultery, blackmail and betrayal as they pursue a cold-blooded killer in the dog days of summer.

Death Angel by Linda Fairstein - Thriller

May 6, 2014


DEATH ANGEL takes readers into the storied history of New York’s Central Park with Assistant DA Alex Cooper and Detective Mike Chapman as they race to track down a serial killer before yet another young woman is found dead. Is the body discovered in the Ramble the first victim of a deranged psychopath, or are other missing women in years past whose remains have never been found connected to this savage attack?

Fair Play by Deeanne Gist - Historical Romance

May 6, 2014


Saddled with a man’s name, the captivating Billy Jack Tate makes no apologies for taking on a man’s profession. As a doctor at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, she is one step closer to having her very own medical practice --- until Hunter Scott asks her to give it all up to become his wife. Will Billy exchange her doctor’s shingle for the domesticated role of a southern wife, or will Hunter abandon the wide open spaces of home for a life in the “gray city”?

Flat Water Tuesday by Ron Irwin - Fiction

May 6, 2014


At age 19, Rob Carrey, the son of a cabinetmaker, spent his senior year at Connecticut’s prestigious Fenton boarding school to help the rowing team known as the God Four break its losing streak in the annual Tuesday race against rival Warwick. Fifteen years later, Rob is a documentary filmmaker for National Geographic. When he receives an unexpected letter from a troubled Fenton classmate, Rob is forced to revisit memories he had hoped to forget.

The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow - Fiction

May 6, 2014


In 1910 London, a remarkable young seamstress is noticed by Queen Mary and given a position in the royal household. A century later, Caroline, a struggling designer, discovers a mysterious hand-me-down quilt with a curious verse embroidered into its lining. When Caroline learns that the fabric in the quilt is rare royal wedding silk and begins to dig deeper, she uncovers the extraordinary story of two women whose lives collide with devastating consequences. But that secret pales in comparison to the truth Caroline finally learns about herself.

The Gods of Guilt: A Lincoln Lawyer Novel by Michael Connelly - Legal Thriller

May 6, 2014


When Mickey Haller learns that a murder victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. Far from saving her, Mickey may have been the one who put her in danger. Haunted by the ghosts of his past, Mickey must work tirelessly and bring all his skill to bear on a case that could mean his ultimate redemption --- or proof of his ultimate guilt.

Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell - Fiction

May 6, 2014


Gretta Riordan awakes one morning to find that her husband of 40 years has vanished, cleaning out his bank account along the way. Her three grown children converge on their parents’ home for the first time in years: Michael Francis, whose marriage is failing; Monica, with two stepdaughters who despise her; and Aoife, who has arranged her entire life to conceal a devastating secret.

The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War by Richard Rubin - History

May 6, 2014


In 2003, 85 years after the end of World War I, Richard Rubin set out to see if he could still find and talk to someone who had actually served in the American Expeditionary Forces during that colossal conflict. Ultimately, he found dozens, aged 101 to 113, from Cape Cod to Carson City, who shared with him at the last possible moment their stories of America’s Great War.

Long Live the King by Fay Weldon - Historical Fiction

May 6, 2014


As 1901 comes to an end, there is much to be grateful for: The Dilberne fortune has been restored, and the grand Dilberne Court has been saved. Lord Robert's son, Arthur, is happily married to Chicago heiress Minnie, who is pregnant and trying to come to terms with her new role as lady of the manor, and her charming but controlling mother-in-law, Lady Isobel. While Lord Robert and Lady Isobel debate the future of their recently orphaned niece, Adela, she runs away and joins a travelling group of spiritualists and has a life-saving run-in with the king.

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks - Fiction

May 6, 2014


Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. They are two couples who have little in common, and are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker - True Crime

May 6, 2014


Over the course of three years, five different women vanished without a trace. All but one of their bodies was discovered on Gilgo Beach, Long Island. The police concluded they were all the victims of one murderer, the Long Island serial killer. Working closely with the victim's families, LOST GIRLS brings into focus the stories of these young women, offering a searing portrait of crime and circumstance that goes to the heart of modern America itself.

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman - Fiction

May 6, 2014


Nate Piven, a rising star in Brooklyn’s literary scene, has his pick of both magazine assignments and women. In this 21st-century literary world, wit and conversation are not at all dead. Is romance? Nate thinks of himself as beyond superficial judgment, yet constantly struggles with his own status anxiety --- he is drawn to women, yet has a habit of letting them down.

The Ludwig Conspiracy by Oliver Potzsch - Historical Thriller

September 3, 2013


An encoded diary by one of Ludwig II’s confidants falls into the hands of modern-day rare book dealer Steven Lukas, who soon realizes that the diary may bring him more misery than money. Others want the diary as well --- and they will kill to get it. Lukas teams up with a beautiful art detective to investigate each of Ludwig’s three famous castles for clues to crack the diary’s code as mysterious thugs and Ludwig’s fanatical followers chase them at every step. Just what in the diary could be so explosive?

Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade - Romance

May 6, 2014


After Ty Porter and Celia Park's whirlwind romance deposits them at a wedding chapel, they wake to a marriage certificate and a dose of cold reality. Celia is ready to be Ty's wife, but Ty is not ready to be her husband. Five and a half years pass. Celia has buried her dreams so she can afford to raise her daughter. Ty has achieved all of his goals. Or thought he had, until he looks again into the eyes of the woman he couldn't forget and into the face of the child he never knew he had.

Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella - Essays

May 6, 2014


Love and tomato sauce are thick in the Scottoline/Serritella household, and Lisa and Francesca’s mother-daughter turned best-friends bond will strike a familiar note to many. But now that Lisa is a suburban empty-nester and Francesca is an independent twenty-something in the big city, they have to learn how to stay close while living apart. How does a mother’s love translate across state lines and over any semblance of personal boundaries?

Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller - Thriller

May 6, 2014


Home alone one morning, widower Sheldon Horowitz witnesses a dispute between the woman who lives upstairs and an aggressive stranger. When events turn dire, Sheldon seizes and shields the neighbor’s young son from the violence, and they flee the scene. But old age and circumstances are altering Sheldon’s experience of time and memory. He is haunted by dreams of his son Saul’s life and by guilt over his death.

One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern - Fiction

May 6, 2014


Constance, the woman who taught journalist Kitty Logan everything she knew, is dying. At her mentor's bedside, Kitty asks her, "What is the one story you always wanted to write?" The answer lies in a single sheet of paper buried in Constance's office --- a list of 100 names --- with no notes or explanation. But before she can ask her friend, it is too late. Determined to unlock the mystery, Kitty begins piecing together an unexpected portrait of Constance's life...and starts to understand her own.

One More Last Chance: A Place to Call Home, Book 2 by Cathleen Armstrong - Romance

May 6, 2014


Sarah Cooley has come home to Last Chance, New Mexico, for one reason --- because it doesn't change. Chris Reed, on the other hand, wants nothing more than to spark some change in the little town. As the new owner of the Dip 'n' Dine, he's shaking things up to draw folks from all over the Southwest into his restaurant. As it turns out, the winds of change are blowing into Last Chance --- just not in the ways that Sarah or Chris might expect.

The Outsider: A Memoir by Jimmy Connors - Memoir

May 6, 2014


Jimmy Connors ignited the tennis boom in the 1970s with his aggressive style of play, turning his matches with John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg and Ivan Lendl into prizefights. But it was his prolonged dedication to his craft that won him the public’s adoration. More than just the story of a tennis champion, THE OUTSIDER is the uncensored account of Connors's life --- from his complicated relationship with his formidable mother and his storybook romance with tennis legend Chris Evert, to his battles with gambling and fidelity.

Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss by Marty Appel - Sports

May 6, 2014


Since their breakthrough championship season in 1923, the New York Yankees have been baseball’s most successful franchise. Marty Appel, the Yankees’ PR director during the 1970s, now illuminates the team in all its century-plus of glory: clever, maneuvering owners; rowdy, talented players; and, of course, 27 championships.

The Residue Years by Mitchell S. Jackson - Fiction

May 6, 2014


Mitchell S. Jackson grew up black in a neglected neighborhood in America’s whitest city, Portland, Oregon. In his commanding autobiographical novel, Mitchell writes what it was to come of age in that time and place. THE RESIDUE YEARS switches between the perspectives of a young man, Champ, and his mother, Grace, who, fresh out of a drug treatment program, is trying to stay clean and get her kids back.

Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger - Fiction

May 6, 2014


Almost a decade has passed since Andy Sachs quit working for Miranda Priestly at Runway magazine. Andy and Emily, her former nemesis and co-assistant, have since joined forces to start a high-end bridal magazine. When she discovers a secret letter with crushing implications, Andy’s wedding-day jitters turn to cold dread. She realizes that nothing --- not her husband, nor her beloved career --- is as it seems.

Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet - Thriller

May 6, 2014


Patrick Cusimano’s life can’t get much worse. His brother’s girlfriend, Caro, has pushed their friendship to an uncomfortable new level, and he can’t shake the attentions of Layla Elshere, a goth teenager who befriends him for reasons he doesn’t understand. Meanwhile, Layla’s little sister, Verna, is suffering through her first year of high school. Unless Patrick, Layla, Caro and Verna can forge their own twisted paths to peace, they’re stuck on a dangerous collision course where the stakes couldn’t be higher.

The Shadow Year by Hannah Richell - Fiction

May 6, 2014


Still grieving the death of her prematurely delivered infant, Lila finds a welcome distraction in renovating a country house she's recently inherited. She finds herself drawn into the story of a group of idealistic university grads from 30 years before, who'd thrown off the shackles of bourgeois city life. When the fate of the group is left eerily unclear, Lila turns her attention to untangling a web of secrets to uncover the shocking truth of what happened that fateful year.

A Short Walk to the Edge of Life: How My Simple Adventure Became a Dance with Death --- and Taught Me What Really Matters by Scott Hubbartt - Memoir

May 6, 2014


It was supposed to be a simple day hike. Scott Hubbartt was a military veteran with years of survival training. Everyone who knew him considered him an expert adventurer. But Scott's trek into the treacherous backcountry canyons of the Peruvian Andes turned into a desperate fight to survive after he became hopelessly lost. As his eight-hour hike lengthened into days, Scott faced dehydration, hunger and exhaustion. And that’s when his true journey began.

Silenced: Alaskan Courage, Book Four by Dani Pettrey - Romantic Suspense

May 6, 2014


A relaxing day of rock climbing takes a disturbing turn when Kayden McKenna's route brings her face-to-face with a dead climber. Is it a terrible accident or something darker? When the case is handed to overburdened sheriff Landon Grainger, he turns to Jake Westin for help. With Jake's past now revealed, he's ready to use his talent for investigation again --- but he could never prepare for where the mystery will take him.

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld - Fiction

May 6, 2014


Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, were born with innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. When a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift. She is ultimately forced to reconcile her fraught relationship with her sister and to face truths about herself she has long tried to deny.

Sober Mercies: How Love Caught Up with a Christian Drunk by Heather Kopp - Memoir

May 6, 2014


Engaging, funny and bracingly honest, Heather Kopp shares her remarkable journey into darkness...and back to the light again. Her story reveals the unique challenges and spiritual conundrums Christians face when they become ensnared in an addiction, and the redemption that's possible when we finally reach the end of ourselves.

Spirit Bridge: A Well Spring Novel by James L. Rubart - Fantasy/Suspense

May 6, 2014


THE SPIRIT BRIDGE is the epic conclusion to acclaimed author James L. Rubart's Well Spring series, which will propel each of the Warriors Riding on a quest of true identity, ultimate freedom, and a final battle that will leave them changed forever.

The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani - Fiction

May 6, 2014


In this conclusion to Adriana Trigiani's Valentine trilogy, Valentine Roncalli is marrying Gianluca Vechiarelli, the love of her life. However, she hasn't truly considered the cultural and age differences between an American businesswoman and a native Italian who's 18 years her senior. The repercussions lead to a rollercoaster love story with a powerful emotional payoff.

Thankful: Return to Sugarcreek, Book Two by Shelley Shepard Gray - Romance

May 6, 2014


Aden Reese always planned to court Christina Kempf. But losing his mother and father changed everything --- except his love for her. Her parents generously welcomed him into their home and treated him like a son. He can’t betray their kindness by admitting his feelings for the girl who is like a sister...yet so much more. Pressured by her parents to court, Christina begins to accept the attentions of Sugarcreek’s young men, and now, Aden must make a choice.

Through the Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer - Historical Romance

May 6, 2014


Dinah Hubley was born to an unloving prostitute in a popular Chicago brothel. Anxious to escape and eager to put everything behind her, she accepts a job at the Clifton Hotel. She feels more worthless than ever, based on a single horrible decision she made to survive. When a handsome chicken farmer named Amos starts to show interest, Dinah withdraws further, convinced no one could want a sullied woman. Despite their insecurities, Amos resolves to show Dinah Christ’s love.

A Treacherous Paradise by Henning Mankell - Historical Fiction

May 6, 2014


Cold and poverty define Hanna Renström’s childhood in northern Sweden, and in 1904 she boards a ship for Australia. But none of her hopes --- or fears --- prepares her for the life she will lead. As Hanna’s story unfurls over the next several years in this “treacherous paradise,” she wrestles with a devastating loneliness and with the racism she is meant to unthinkingly adopt.

While Love Stirs: The Gregory Sisters, Book 2 by Lorna Seilstad - Historical Romance

May 6, 2014



As a graduate of Fannie Farmer's School of Cookery, Charlotte Gregory is thrilled to have the opportunity to travel, lecture, and give cooking demonstrations on the very latest kitchen revolution --- the gas stove. And she certainly doesn't mind that the gas company has hired the kindhearted Lewis Mathis to entertain at her lectures. But young hospital superintendent Dr. Joel Brooks is not convinced any changes should be made --- especially by this outspoken young woman. When Charlotte and Joel are coerced into planning a fund-raising gala for the hospital, will this combustible pair explode?

The World's Strongest Librarian: A Book Lover's Adventures by Josh Hanagarne - Memoir

May 6, 2014


Although he wouldn’t officially be diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome until his freshman year of high school, Josh Hanagarne was six years old when he first began exhibiting symptoms. By the time he was 20, the young Mormon had reached his towering adult height of 6’7” when his Tourette’s tics escalated to nightmarish levels. Despite undergoing treatments that failed miserably, Josh persevered to marry and earn a degree in Library Science.