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Week of September 23, 2013

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Week of September 23, 2013

Louise Erdrich's National Book Award-winning THE ROUND HOUSE introduces readers to Geraldine Coutt, the victim of a recent attack who is reluctant to relive or reveal to anyone what happened. She will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Her son, Joe, becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning.

Three years ago, Caro Warrick was acquitted for the murder of her best friend Amelia Bettencourt, but the lingering doubts of everyone around Caro is affecting her life. Sharon McCone is confident that she can succeed where other detectives have failed, but when Caro is brutally beaten right at Sharon's doorstep, the investigation takes on a whole new course in Marcia Muller's LOOKING FOR YESTERDAY.

Beautiful Lies by Clare Clark - Historical Fiction

 

London 1887. For Maribel Campbell Lowe, the beautiful bohemian wife of a maverick politician, it is the year to make something of herself. A self-proclaimed Chilean heiress educated in Paris, she is torn between poetry and the new art of photography. But it is soon plain that Maribel’s choices are not so simple. As her husband’s career hangs by a thread, her real past, and the family she abandoned, come back to haunt them both.

The Bride Wore Size 12 by Meg Cabot - Fiction

 

With her nuptials to PI Cooper Cartwright only weeks away, Heather Wells is already stressed. And when a pretty coed turns up dead, Heather is sure things can't get worse --- until every student in the dorm where she works is a suspect, and Heather's long-lost mother shows up.

Looking for Yesterday: A Sharon McCone Mystery by Marcia Muller - Mystery

 

Three years ago, Caro Warrick was acquitted for the murder of her best friend Amelia Bettencourt, but the lingering doubts of everyone around Caro is affecting her life. Sharon McCone is confident that she can succeed where other detectives have failed, but when Caro is brutally beaten right at Sharon's doorstep, the investigation takes on a whole new course.

May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes - Fiction

 

Harold Silver has spent a lifetime watching his younger brother, George, acquire a wife, two kids, and a beautiful home in the suburbs of New York City. But Harry also knows George has a murderous temper, and when George loses control, the result is an act of violence so shocking that both brothers are hurled into entirely new lives in which they both must seek absolution.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan - Fiction

 

Clay Jannon has landed a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that the store is even more curious than the name suggests. He concludes it must be a front for something larger, and soon he’s embarked on a complex analysis of the customers’ behavior. It turns out the secrets extend far outside the walls of the bookstore.

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini - Historical Fiction

 

Jennifer Chiaverini presents a stunning account of the friendship that blossomed between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keckley, a former slave who gained her professional reputation in Washington, D.C. by outfitting the city’s elite. Keckley made history by sewing for the First Lady within the White House, a trusted witness to many private moments between the President and his wife.

Rage is Back by Adam Mansbach - Fiction

 

Kilroy Dondi Vance has grown up in the shadow of his absent father, Billy Rage, a legendary graffiti writer who disappeared from New York after a feud with MTA police chief Anastacio Bracken. In 2005, Bracken is running for mayor and Kilroy discovers that his father is back in the city. Rage and other prominent graffiti writers from the ’80s team up to ruin Bracken's campaign with the greatest graffiti stunt New York has ever seen.

The Round House by Louise Erdrich - Mystery

 

The victim of a recent attack, Geraldine Coutts is reluctant to relive or reveal to anyone what happened. She will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Her son, Joe, becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning.

San Miguel by T. C. Boyle - Historical Fiction

 

T. C. Boyle returns to the Channel Islands for his latest work of historical fiction, which is comprised of two short novels. In the first, set in 1888, Marantha Waters moves to the island with her husband and daughter to run a sheep farm, with the hope that the climate will cure Marantha’s consumption. In the second, set in the 1930s, Elise Lester and her husband, the latter shell-shocked during World War I, take over the land.

The Sins of the Mother by Danielle Steel - Fiction

 

Everything Olivia Grayson touches in the business world turns to gold. Now, though, she reflects upon her life and wishes she'd invested in her family as much as she did in her business. Eager to atone for past sins, Olivia does her utmost to support each of her children as they struggle through mid-life crises. Together, the Grayson dynasty will confront conflicts past and present as Olivia takes them on a climactic family vacation.

Wicked Pleasures by Penny Vincenzi - Fiction

 

All families have secrets --- but could one scandalous secret tear this aristocratic family apart? WICKED PLEASURES is the story of a brother and two sisters who discover that they all have different fathers. None of them are the children of Alexander, Earl of Caterham, who was married to their mother for almost 20 years.

The Woman Who Died A Lot: A Thursday Next Novel by Jasper Fforde - Mystery

 

The Bookworld’s leading enforcement officer, Thursday Next, has been forced into a semiretirement following an assassination attempt, returning home to recuperate. But with Goliath attempting to replace Thursday at every opportunity with synthetic Thursdays, and a call from the Bookworld to hunt down Pagerunners who have jumped into the Realworld, her convalescence is going to be anything but restful.