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For Helen Simonson --- the bestselling author of MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND --- reading was a beloved family ritual, one that included weekly trips to the library and chores done in exchange for an extra hour with a book. Thanks in no small part to her mother, Helen passed on her love of books to her own children…even if they’re not always surprised by the rectangular-shaped gifts she gives. Her latest novel, THE SUMMER BEFORE THE WAR --- a love story set on the eve of World War I --- is now available.

George Lucas

Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.

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George Lucas

May 3, 2016

Week of May 30, 2016

Paperback releases for the week of May 30th include CIRCLING THE SUN by Paula McLain, which brings to life Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who as Isak Dinesen wrote the classic memoir OUT OF AFRICA; BLUEPRINTS, a riveting novel from Barbara Delinsky, who explores the limits of love and asks what happens when the right man comes along at the wrong time; Don Winslow's THE CARTEL, a gripping, true-to-life, ripped-from-the-headlines epic story of power, corruption, revenge and justice spanning the past decade of the Mexican-American drug wars; and CHINA RICH GIRLFRIEND by Kevin Kwan, a wickedly funny novel of social climbing, secret emails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia's most eligible bachelor, discovers her birthfather.

Traces of Guilt: An Evie Blackwell Cold Case

Traces of Guilt: An Evie Blackwell Cold Case by Dee Henderson

Evie Blackwell loves her life as an Illinois State Police detective...mostly. She would like to find Mr. Right, but she has a hard time imagining how marriage could work, considering the demands of her job. Gabriel Thane grew up in Carin County and is now its sheriff, a job he loves. He too would like to find a lifetime companion, a marriage like his parents have. When Evie arrives in Carin, Illinois, it's to help launch a new task force focused on unsolved crimes across the state. She will work with the sheriff's department on a couple of its most troubling missing-persons cases. As she studies old evidence to pull out a few tenuous new leads, she unearths surprising connections. One way or another, she knows Gabriel Thane and his family will be key to the answers she seeks.

by Dee Henderson - Fiction, Romantic Suspense
Evie Blackwell loves her life as an Illinois State Police detective...mostly. She would like to find Mr. Right, but she has a hard time imagining how marriage could work, considering the demands of her job. Gabriel Thane grew up in Carin County and is now its sheriff, a job he loves. He too would like to find a lifetime companion, a marriage like his parents have. When Evie arrives in Carin, Illinois, it's to help launch a new task force focused on unsolved crimes across the state. She will work with the sheriff's department on a couple of its most troubling missing-persons cases. As she studies old evidence to pull out a few tenuous new leads, she unearths surprising connections. One way or another, she knows Gabriel Thane and his family will be key to the answers she seeks.

Week of May 23, 2016

Paperback releases for the week of May 23rd include James Patterson's CROSS JUSTICE, in which Alex Cross confronts the deadliest --- and most personal --- case of his career; SUMMER SECRETS by Jane Green, a compelling drama and a beautifully rendered portrait of relationships, betrayals and forgiveness, about accepting the things we cannot change, finding the courage to change the things we can, and being strong enough to weather the storms; and DANGEROUS WHEN WET, Jamie Brickhouse's astonishing memoir --- by turns both darkly comic and deeply poignant --- about the native Texan's long struggle with alcohol, his complicated relationship with Mama Jean, and his sexuality.

Week of May 16, 2016

Paperback releases for the week of May 16th include WILDFLOWER, a portrait of Drew Barrymore's life in stories as she looks back on the adventures, challenges and incredible experiences she’s had throughout her life; THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF AMERICA AT WAR, in which historian Kenneth C. Davis brings to life six emblematic battles, revealing untold tales that span our nation's history --- from the Revolutionary War to Iraq; THE SCARLET GOSPELS, which takes readers back many years to the early days of two of Clive Barker's most iconic characters in a battle of good and evil as old as time; and DID YOU EVER HAVE A FAMILY by Bill Clegg, a magnificently powerful story about a circle of people who find solace in the least likely of places as they cope with a horrific tragedy.

Week of May 9, 2016

Paperback releases for the week of May 9th include A LUCKY LIFE INTERRUPTED, Tom Brokaw's powerful memoir of a year of dramatic change --- a year spent battling cancer and reflecting on a long, happy and lucky life; Bernard Cornwell's first work of nonfiction, WATERLOO, the definitive, illustrated history of one of the greatest battles ever fought --- a riveting chronicle published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s last stand; and ALL THE SINGLE LADIES, in which Dorothea Benton Frank takes readers deep into the Lowcountry of South Carolina, where three unsuspecting women are brought together by tragedy and mystery.