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Week of September 30, 2013

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Week of September 30, 2013

In Mitch Albom's latest novel, THE TIME KEEPER, the inventor of the world's first clock is punished for trying to measure God's greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

Kaya McLaren tells the story of three people in HOW I CAME TO SPARKLE AGAIN: Jill Anthony finds her husband in bed with another woman; Lisa Carlucci is sick and tired of having meaningless sex; and 10-year-old Cassie Jones no longer believes in anything anymore after losing her mother to cancer. The lives of these individuals, who are at the crossroads of heartbreak and healing, will be changed one winter in Sparkle.

An American Spy by Olen Steinhauer - Thriller

October 1, 2013

 

When Alan Drummond, Milo Weaver's former boss in the CIA, uses one of Milo’s compromised aliases to travel to London and then disappears, calling all kinds of attention to his actions, Milo can’t help but go in search of him.

The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days by Ian Frazier - Humor

October 1, 2013

 

Structured as a daybook of sorts, Ian Frazier’s first novel, which is based on his widely read columns for The New Yorker, follows the Cursing Mommy --- beleaguered wife of Larry and mother of two boys --- as she tries (more or less) valiantly to offer tips on how to do various tasks around the home, only to end up on the ground, cursing, surrounded by broken glass.

Dancing Dogs: Stories by Jon Katz - Fiction/Short Stories

October 1, 2013

 

New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz returns with his first ever collection of short stories. In these remarkable tales, the bonds between humans and animals are brought to life by a series of unforgettable characters. From the barnyard to the suburbs, from ordinary homes to rescue shelters, the animals in these stories are genuinely inspiring and utterly memorable.

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon -

October 1, 2013

 

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Books for a Better Life Award, and one of The New York Times Book Review’s Ten Best Books of 2012, this masterpiece by the National Book Award-winning author of THE NOONDAY DEMON features stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children, but also find profound meaning in doing so.

Fatherless by Dr. James Dobson and Kurt Bruner - Fiction

October 1, 2013

 

The year is 2042. The feeble old now outnumber the vigorous young, and this untenable situation is intensifying a battle between competing cultural agendas. Reporter Julia Davidson --- a formerly award-winning journalist seeking to revive a flagging career --- is investigating the growing crisis, unaware that her activity makes her a pawn in an ominous conspiracy.

The Good House by Ann Leary - Fiction

January 15, 2013

 

Ann Leary tells the story of a friendship between two women who give their small New England town plenty to talk about. Hildy Good is a recovering alcoholic, while newcomer Rebecca McAllister is on the brink of a scandal. When Hildy intervenes to protect Rebecca’s reputation, the two women find their secrets entwined and the power of small town gossip becomes all too real.

How I Came to Sparkle Again by Kaya McLaren - Fiction

October 1, 2013

 

Jill Anthony finds her husband in bed with another woman; Lisa Carlucci is sick and tired of having meaningless sex; and 10-year-old Cassie Jones no longer believes in anything anymore after losing her mother to cancer. The lives of these three people, who are at the crossroads of heartbreak and healing, will be changed one winter in Sparkle.

In Sunlight and In Shadow by Mark Helprin - Historical Fiction

October 1, 2013

 

Harry Copeland, an elite paratrooper who fought behind enemy lines in Europe, returns home to run the family business. In a single, magical encounter on the Staten Island ferry, the young singer and heiress Catherine Thomas Hale falls for him in an instant, too late to prevent her engagement to a much older man. Harry and Catherine pursue one another in a romance played out in postwar America's Broadway theaters, Long Island mansions, the offices of financiers, and the haunts of gangsters.

Mad River: A Virgil Flowers Novel by John Sandford - Thriller

October 1, 2013

 

As the crime spree of three teenagers cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers’ cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down. But even he doesn’t realize what’s about to happen next.

The Power Trip by Jackie Collins - Fiction

October 1, 2013

 

A luxurious yacht in the Sea of Cortez, a birthday cruise for one of the world’s most beautiful women, and an invitation no one can refuse. From mega-seller Jackie Collins comes her new novel, set on a state-of-the-art luxury yacht off the coast of Cabo San Lucas. A tropical getaway with a cast of global power-hungry elites turns sour when they find out maybe they don't control as much of the world as they thought.

Return to Me: The Restoration Chronicles, Book 1 by Lynn Austin - Historical Fiction

October 1, 2013

 

After years of watching his children and grandchildren wander from their faith, Iddo's prayers are answered: King Cyrus is allowing God's chosen people to return to Jerusalem. Jubilant, he joyfully prepares for their departure, only to learn that his family, grown comfortable in the pagan culture of Babylon, wants to remain. Zechariah, Iddo's oldest grandson, feels torn between his grandfather's ancient beliefs and the comfort and success his father enjoys in Babylon.

Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice: A Jesse Stone Novel by Michael Brandman - Mystery

October 1, 2013

 

A Hollywood movie company has come to Paradise, Massachusetts, and brought with it a huge cast, crew, and a troubled star. Marisol Hinton is scared out of her wits that her estranged husband's jealousy might take a dangerous turn. When she becomes the subject of a death threat, Jesse and the rest of the Paradise police department go on high alert.

Sovereign: The Books of Mortals, Book 3 by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee - Thriller/Fantasy

October 1, 2013

 

Nine years after Rom Sebastian was thrust into the most unlikely of circumstances as hero and bearer of an unimaginable secret, the alliance of his followers is in disarray. An epic battle with The Order has left them scattered and deeply divided both in strategy and resolve in their struggle to become truly alive and free. Only 36 truly alive followers remain loyal to Rom. This meager band must fight for survival as The Order is focused on their total annihilation.

Target Lancer by Max Allan Collins - Historical Mystery

October 1, 2013

 

Nathan Heller, "P.I. to the Stars," knows that a conspiracy is in the works long before November 22, 1963. Several years earlier, he had been involved in the early stages of a plan to assassinate Fidel Castro that was cut short when his Mafia contact was murdered. After being interrogated by gangsters and contacted by U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy, Heller realizes that he may be the one person who can prevent a devastating political assassination.

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom - Fiction

October 1, 2013

 

The inventor of the world's first clock is punished for trying to measure God's greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

Traces of Mercy: Mercy Medallion Trilogy, Book 1 by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley - Historical Romantic Suspense

October 1, 2013

 

At the war’s end, a young woman suffers an accident that leaves her unconscious and alone. Waking with amnesia, she takes the name Mercy and wants more than anything to find out the truth of her past. But then a handsome stranger arrives, who may hold the key to everything she has forgotten. What he knows could devastate her future, and even end her life.

The Trial of Fallen Angels by James Kimmel, Jr. - Mystery

October 1, 2013

 

Everything that Brek Cuttler has ever known disappears when she finds herself standing on a deserted train platform, covered in blood. A man from her past explains that she has been chosen to join the elite team of lawyers charged with prosecuting and defending souls at the Final Judgment. As Brek struggles to find her way back to her husband and daughter, she will discover that her first client holds the shocking secret of her fate.

Truth in Advertising by John Kenney - Fiction/Humor

October 1, 2013

 

Finbar Dolan has carved out a mildly successful career at a Madison Avenue ad agency. But when he has to cancel a wedding and a long-awaited vacation --- and finds out his father is terminally ill and none of his siblings are willing to visit --- Fin has to examine his life and reevaluate his choices.