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Week of October 3, 2011

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Week of October 3, 2011

In DON’T SING AT THE TABLE, Adriana Trigiani reveals how her grandmothers’ simple values have shaped her own life, sharing the experiences, humor and wisdom of her beloved mentors to delight readers of all ages.

Shane Scully responds to a call at a once-immaculate mansion in Stephen J. Cannell's THE PROSTITUTES' BALL. The place is deserted --- except for three dead bodies, all shot with the same gun. But when he starts investigating what looks like an open-and-shut case, things take a turn for the worse.

At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson - Sociology

 

Bill Bryson takes us on a room-by-room journey through his own house, using each room as a jumping-off point into the vast history behind the domestic items we take for granted.

Bob Dylan in America by Sean Wilentz - Biography

 

Using his unprecedented access to studio tapes, recording notes and rare photographs, Sean Wilentz places Bob Dylan’s music in the context of its time and offers a stunning critical appreciation of Dylan both as a songwriter and performer.

 

 

Busy Body: An Agatha Raisin Mystery by M. C. Beaton - Mystery

Agatha Raisin’s detective agency is investigating the murder of John Sunday of the Health and Safety Board. But when a man has made as many enemies as Sunday, it’s hard to know where to start.

Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop edited by Otto Penzler - Mystery/Short Stories

 

Each year, for the past 17 years, Mysterious Bookshop proprietor Otto Penzler has commissioned an original Christmas story by a leading suspense writer. These stories were then produced as pamphlets and given to customers of the bookstore as a Christmas present. Now, all 17 tales have been collected in one volume.

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas - Romance

 

Three lonely people. Three lives at the crossroads. Three people who are about to discover that Christmas is the time of year when anything is possible, and when wishes have a way of finding the path home…

Compass Rose by John Casey - Fiction

 

With COMPASS ROSE, National Book Award winner John Casey returns to the marshes of Rhode Island and the complex women that long ago captured readers’ hearts in his beloved earlier novel, SPARTINA.

Crashers by Dana Haynes - Thriller

 

Whenever a plane goes down in the U.S., a "Go Team" made up of experts is assembled by the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate. Those people --- each of them a leading expert in a specific area --- are known informally as "Crashers."

Daniel by Henning Mankell - Historical Mystery

 

In the 1870s, Hans Bengler arrives in Cape Town with one desire: to discover an insect and name it after himself. Instead, he impulsively adopts an orphan, christens him Daniel and brings him back to Sweden. But Daniel is haunted by visions of his murdered parents calling him to Africa. The only way back is by sea --- so he decides to learn to walk on water.

Don't Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from My Grandmothers by Adriana Trigiani - Memoir

In DON’T SING AT THE TABLE, Adriana Trigiani reveals how her grandmothers’ simple values have shaped her own life, sharing the experiences, humor and wisdom of her beloved mentors to delight readers of all ages.

Driving on the Rim by Thomas McGuane - Fiction

 

Berl Pickett is a housepainter turned doctor living in the small town of Livingston, Montana. The son of Pentecostal rug-shampooers, Pickett has never been the social toast of the town, but when he is accused of negligent homicide in the death of his former lover, he finds himself ostracized by his colleagues and realizes just how small his little village truly is.

Huck: The Remarkable True Story of How One Lost Puppy Taught a Family --- and a Whole Town --- About Hope and Happy Endings by Janet Elder - Memoir

 

HUCK is a page-turning, unforgettable true story of the tenacity of one small dog, the unexpected, extraordinary kindness of strangers, and a family’s devotion to each other.

The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood by Jane Leavy - Biography

 

Meticulously reported and elegantly written, THE LAST BOY is a baseball tapestry that weaves together episodes from Jane Leavy’s weekend with The Mick after he was banned from baseball, with reminiscences about the boy from Commerce, Oklahoma.

Mary Ann in Autumn: A Tales of the City Novel by Armistead Maupin - Fiction

 

It’s been 20 years since Mary Ann Singleton left her family in San Francisco to pursue a TV career in New York. But now personal calamities have driven her back home to her oldest friend, forcing her to take stock of her mistakes.

Nemesis by Philip Roth - Fiction

 

A young playground director in Newark helplessly witnesses his schoolboy charges fall to a polio outbreak against the backdrop of World War II.

Once Upon a Time, There Was You by Elizabeth Berg - Fiction


Even on their wedding day, John and Irene sensed they were about to make a mistake. Years later --- divorced and dating other people --- they are bound only by mutual love for their spirited 18-year-old daughter. When tragedy strikes, they must come together to support their daughter.

 

The Prostitutes' Ball: A Shane Scully Novel by Stephen J. Cannell - Thriller

 

 

When LAPD Detective Shane Scully responds to a call at a once-immaculate mansion, the place is deserted --- except for three dead bodies, all shot with the same gun. But when Scully starts investigating what looks like an open-and-shut case, things take a turn for the worse.

 

Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Supreme Court Justices by Noah Feldman - History

 

 

SCORPIONS tells the story of four great justices, their relationship with FDR, with each other, and with the turbulent world of the Great Depression, World War II and the Cold War.

Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult - Fiction

 

 

In the aftermath of a series of personal tragedies, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. When an unexpected friendship slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life. But to her shock and inevitable rage, some people don’t want that to happen.

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris - Humor/Short Stories

 

Though the characters in this collection of keen-eyed, animal-themed tales may not be human, they still mirror the insanity of everyday life --- encompassing everything from beastly bureaucracy, to animal AA meetings, to start-crossed critters.

Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson - Mystery

 

 

It's a day like any other for Tracy Waterhouse, running errands at the local shopping center, until she makes a purchase she hadn't bargained for. One moment of madness is all it takes for Tracy's humdrum world to be turned upside down, the tedium of everyday life replaced by fear and danger at every turn.

Thawed Out and Fed Up by Ryan Brown - Fiction

Ryan Brown follows up his zombie football tale PLAY DEAD with THAWED OUT AND FED UP, a modern twist on the classic western --- featuring a cryogenically frozen John Wayne.

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson - History

 

 

Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.