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Week of June 10, 2019

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Week of June 10, 2019

Paperback releases for the week of June 10th include THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING, Bill Clinton and James Patterson's thriller that confronts a threat so huge that it jeopardizes not just Pennsylvania Avenue and Wall Street, but all of America; THE LABYRINTH OF THE SPIRITS, which marks Carlos Ruiz Zafon's return to the magnificent universe he constructed in THE SHADOW OF THE WIND, THE ANGEL'S GAME and THE PRISONER OF HEAVEN --- a riveting series finale that introduces a sexy, seductive new heroine whose investigation shines a light on the dark history of Franco’s Spain; THE COLLECTOR'S APPRENTICE, a noirish page-turner from B. A. Shapiro, who once again takes readers into the world of art, glamour and mystery; and WE ALL LOVE THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, Joanne Proulx's novel about three suburban families whose lives spiral dangerously out of control after tragedy strikes.

The Amazing Adventures of Aaron Broom by A. E. Hotchner - Historical Fiction

June 11, 2019

Twelve-year-old Aaron Broom is protecting his father’s car from repossession when he witnesses a jewelry store robbery gone wrong. To Aaron’s shock, his father, a struggling salesman in the wrong place at the wrong time, is fingered as the prime suspect in the murder. Aaron --- precocious, plucky, not a little naïve --- must seek out gangsters, diamond dealers, bootleggers and street kids in order to prove his father’s innocence. In his search for justice, Aaron draws upon the resources of a world-weary paperboy, an aspiring teen journalist and a kindly lawyer. As they dig into the details of the case, these unconventional detectives reveal a cover-up that goes much deeper than a jewelry-store heist gone sour.

The Collector's Apprentice by B. A. Shapiro - Historical Thriller

June 11, 2019

Accused of helping her fiancé steal her family’s fortune and her father’s art collection, Paulien Mertens has fled to France. To protect herself from the law and the wrath of those who lost everything, she has created a new identity. Paulien, aka Vivienne, takes a position working for an American art collector modeled after real-life eccentric museum founder Albert Barnes and quickly becomes caught up in the 1920s Paris of artists and expats, including post-Impressionist painter Henri Matisse and writer Gertrude Stein. From there, she sets out to recover her father’s art collection, prove her innocence and exact revenge on her ex-fiancé.

The Dependents by Katharine Dion - Fiction

June 11, 2019

After the sudden death of his wife, Maida, Gene is haunted by the fear that their marriage was not all it appeared to be. Alongside Ed and Gayle Donnelly, friends since college days, he tries to resurrect happy memories of the times the two couples shared, raising their children in a small New Hampshire town and vacationing together at a lake house every summer. Meanwhile, his daughter, Dary, challenges not only his happy version of the past but also his view of Maida. As a long-standing rift between them deepens, Gene starts to understand how unknown his daughter is to him --- and how enigmatic his wife was as well. And a lingering suspicion seizes his mind that could upend everything he thought he knew.

The Emancipation of Evan Walls by Jeffrey Blount - Historical Fiction

June 15, 2019

Evan Walls is terrified by the birth of his first child because he doesn't want her to suffer the isolation he had as a child. Seeing his torment, his wife, Izzy, prods him to explain. He tells of being a black child growing up in the racially charged 1960s. Inspired to overcome the racism and class status imposed on blacks, he dreams of a life bigger than that lived by most everyone he knows in the small Virginia town of Canaan. Among the smartest in his class, Evan becomes a target of white kids threatened by the forced integration of their schools. Caught in a crossfire of hate from whites and his own people, who question whether he is black enough, Evan is often alone and bewildered. Only the love of his great-grandmother, Mama Jennie, and his mentor, Bojack, keeps him on track.

End of the Ocean by Matthew McBride - Thriller

June 11, 2019

When newly divorced Sage arrives in Bali, his only plan is to drink on the beach until his money runs out and then return home to start over. So he’s caught by surprise when he falls in love with the country and its people, particularly the attractive and considerate Ratri. Soon Sage can no longer see himself living anywhere else, even as his funds dwindle and his visa’s expiration date nears. Increasingly desperate to stay with Ratri, Sage finds himself being recruited by a drug-smuggling ring --- in a country where drug trafficking is punishable by death. The promised payout would be enough to set Sage and Ratri up for life, but only if Sage isn’t caught. Will Sage go home and risk the life he envisions with Ratri, or risk everything to stay and make that life possible?

French Exit by Patrick deWitt - Fiction/Dark Humor

June 11, 2019

Frances Price is in dire straits, beset by scandal and impending bankruptcy. Her adult son Malcolm is no help, mired in a permanent state of arrested development. And then there’s the Prices’ aging cat, Small Frank, who Frances believes houses the spirit of her late husband, an infamously immoral litigator and world-class cad whose gruesome tabloid death rendered Frances and Malcolm social outcasts. Putting penury and pariahdom behind them, the family decides to cut their losses and head for the exit. One ocean voyage later, the curious trio land in their beloved Paris, the City of Light serving as a backdrop not for love or romance, but for self-destruction and economical ruin --- to riotous effect.

The Good Sister by Gillian McAllister - Psychological Thriller

June 11, 2019

When Martha finds herself struggling to balance early motherhood and her growing business, her sister Becky steps in to babysit her niece, Layla, without a second thought, bringing the two women closer than ever. But then the unthinkable happens, and Becky is charged with murder. Nine months later, Becky is on trial and maintains her innocence --- and so does Martha. Unable to shake the feeling that her sister couldn't possibly be guilty, Martha sets out to uncover exactly what happened that night, and how things could have gone so wrong. As the trial progresses, fault lines between the sisters begin to show --- revealing cracks deep in their relationship and threatening the family each has worked so hard to build.

Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival by Kelly Sundberg - Memoir

June 11, 2019

Kelly Sundberg’s husband, Caleb, was a funny, warm, supportive man and a wonderful father to their little boy Reed. He was also vengeful and violent. But Sundberg did not know that when she fell in love, and for years told herself he would get better. It took a decade for her to ultimately accept that the partnership she desired could not work with such a broken man. In GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL, Sundberg offers an intimate record of the joys and terrors that accompanied her long, difficult awakening, and presents a haunting, heartbreaking glimpse into why women remain too long in dangerous relationships.

His Favorites by Kate Walbert - Fiction

June 11, 2019

They were on a lark, three teenage girls speeding across the greens at night on a “borrowed” golf cart, drunk. The cart crashes, and one of the girls lands violently in the rough, killed instantly. The driver, Jo, flees the hometown that has turned against her and enrolls at a prestigious boarding school. Her past weighs on her. She is responsible for the death of her best friend. She has tipped her parents’ rocky marriage into demise. She is ready to begin again, far away from the accident.

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig - Fiction

June 11, 2019

Tom Hazard has just moved back to London, his old home, to settle down and become a high school history teacher. And on his first day at school, he meets a captivating French teacher who seems fascinated by him. But Tom has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. Unfortunately for Tom, the Albatross Society, the secretive group that protects people like Tom, has one rule: Never fall in love. As painful memories of his past and the erratic behavior of the Society's watchful leader threaten to derail his new life and romance, the one thing he can't have just happens to be the one thing that might save him.

The King's City: A History of London During The Restoration: The City that Transformed a Nation by Don Jordan - History

June 11, 2019

During the reign of Charles II, London was a city in flux. After years of civil war and political turmoil, England's capital became the center for major advances in the sciences, the theatre, architecture, trade and ship-building that paved the way for the creation of the British Empire. Throughout the quarter-century Charles was on the throne, London also suffered several serious reverses: the plague in 1665 and the Great Fire in 1666, and severe defeat in the Second Anglo-Dutch War, which brought about notable economic decline. But thanks to the genius and resilience of the people of London, and the occasionally wavering stewardship of the King, the city rose from the ashes to become the economic capital of Europe.

The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón - Historical Fiction

June 11, 2019

Carlos Ruiz Zafón returns to the magnificent universe he constructed in THE SHADOW OF THE WIND, THE ANGEL’S GAME and THE PRISONER OF HEAVEN in this riveting series finale that introduces a sexy, seductive new heroine whose investigation shines a light on the dark history of Franco’s Spain. In THE LABYRINTH OF THE SPIRITS, set in the universe of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, beautiful and enigmatic Alicia Gris, with the help of the Sempere family, uncovers one of the most shocking conspiracies in all Spanish history.

Lethal White: A Cormoran Strike Novel by Robert Galbraith - Mystery

June 11, 2019

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy’s story, Strike and Robin Ellacott --- once his assistant, now a partner in the agency --- set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.

Life in the Garden by Penelope Lively - Memoir

June 11, 2019

Penelope Lively takes up her key themes of time and memory, and her lifelong passions for art, literature and gardening in this philosophical and poetic memoir. From the courtyards of her childhood home in Cairo to a family cottage in Somerset, to her own gardens in Oxford and London, Lively conducts an expert tour, taking us from Eden to Sissinghurst and into her own backyard, traversing the lives of writers like Virginia Woolf and Philip Larkin while imparting her own sly and spare wisdom.

No Right Way: A Valentin Vermeulen Thriller by Michael Niemann - Thriller

June 11, 2019

It’s been four years since the civil war in Syria started and over a year since ISIS took over major parts of the country. The refugee stream into Turkey has swelled to unprecedented numbers. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is scrambling to offer services and shelter to the multitudes. Numerous non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are using UN funds to do the on-the-ground work to house and feed refugees. Valentin Vermeulen's job is to make sure that all those funds are spent for their intended purposes. As he digs into his task, he learns that some refugees have not received any aid at all. Figuring out why that is quickly lands him in trouble with organized crime.

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson - Political Thriller

June 11, 2019

THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING confronts a threat so huge that it jeopardizes not just Pennsylvania Avenue and Wall Street, but all of America. Uncertainty and fear grip the nation. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the Cabinet. Even the President himself becomes a suspect, and then he disappears from public view. Set over the course of three days, Bill Clinton and James Patterson's political thriller sheds a stunning light upon the inner workings and vulnerabilities of our nation.

Providence by Caroline Kepnes - Supernatural Thriller

June 11, 2019

Best friends Jon and Chloe share an intense, near-mystical bond. But before Jon can declare his love for his soul mate, he is kidnapped, and his plans for a normal life are permanently dashed. Four years later, Jon reappears and wants to pick up where he and Chloe left off --- until the horrifying instant he realizes he possesses strange powers that pose a grave threat to everyone he cares for. Afraid of hurting Chloe, Jon runs away, embarking on a journey for answers. Meanwhile, in Providence, Rhode Island, healthy college students and townies with no connection to one another are inexplicably dropping dead. Detective Charles “Eggs” DeBenedictus suspects there’s a serial killer at work and is plunged into a shocking whodunit he never could have predicted.

Rosie Colored Glasses by Brianna Wolfson - Fiction

June 11, 2019

Practical Rex is a rule keeper. Sparkling and unconventional Rosie lives to break the rules. When Rex and Rosie divorce, their daughter, Willow, must navigate their opposing worldviews as she shuffles between them. But Willow just wants to be with fun-loving Rosie, to bask in her mother’s enchanting glow, the parent who lets her stay up late, miss school and eat candy for breakfast. Rosie’s seemingly outsized love fills a void within Willow. But as her mother’s behavior becomes erratic, her father must step in to shield Willow. Blinded by Rosie’s brilliance, Willow resents Rex’s interference, unable to recognize his kind of love. Rex has removed his Rosie colored glasses. Now Willow struggles to do the same without diminishing her deep love for her mother.

She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell - Mystery

June 11, 2019

For Rose Enright, enrolling in a prestigious New England boarding school is the opportunity of a lifetime. But for Rose’s vulnerable twin sister Bel, Odell Academy is a place of temptation and danger. When Bel falls in with a crowd of wild rich kids who pressure her into hazing Rose, the sisters’ relationship is shattered. Rose turns to her dorm mother, Sarah Donovan, for advice. But Bel turns to Sarah’s husband Heath, a charismatic and ambitious teacher. Is Heath trying to help Bel or take advantage of her? In a world of privilege, seduction and manipulation, only one sister will live to tell the truth.

Shoot the Bastards: A Crystal Nguyen Thriller by Michael Stanley - Thriller

June 11, 2019

Investigative journalist Crystal Nguyen realizes that her close friend, Michael Davidson, has disappeared while researching a story on rhino poaching and rhino-horn smuggling in Africa. Fearing the worst, she wrangles her own assignment on the continent. Within a week in Africa, she's been hunting poachers, hunted by their bosses and questioned in connection with a murder --- and there's still no sign of Michael. Crystal is committed to preventing a major plot to secure a huge number of horns, but exposing the financial underworld supporting the rhino-horn market is only half the battle. Equally important is convincing South African authorities to take action before it's too late --- for the rhinos, and for Crystal.

Sisters of Summer's End by Lori Foster - Fiction

June 11, 2019

When single mom Joy Lee abandoned her old life to take a job at a lakeside resort, she found something that her family’s wealth and influence could never buy: peace of mind. But when her new friend, Maris, dares her to take a chance with the drive-in’s charismatic new owner, everything changes for Joy and her young son. A difficult childhood has left Maris Kennedy with definite priorities. Her job running Summer’s End, the camp store and café, comes first. But the more she encourages Joy to open herself up to new experiences, the more Maris begins to wonder what she, too, might be missing. Soon they form a friendship that leaves them as close as sisters --- and open to love where they least expect it.

This is Home by Lisa Duffy - Fiction

June 11, 2019

After the death of her mother, 16-year-old Libby Winters lives with her father, Bent, in the middle apartment of their triple decker home --- Bent’s two sisters, Lucy and Desiree, live on the top floor. Quinn Ellis is at a crossroads. When her husband John, who has served two tours in Iraq, goes missing back at home, suffering from PTSD he refuses to address, Quinn finds herself living in the first-floor apartment of the Winters house. For Libby, the new tenant downstairs is an unwelcome guest, another body filling up her already crowded house. But soon enough, an unlikely friendship begins to blossom, when Libby and Quinn stretch and redefine their definition of family and home.

We All Love the Beautiful Girls by Joanne Proulx - Psychological Thriller

June 11, 2019

One frigid winter night, Mia and Michael Slate's comfortable world dissolves in an instant when they discover that their best friend has cheated them out of their life savings. At the same time, a few doors down, their teenage son passes out in the snow at a party --- a mistake the consequences of which will shatter not just their family, but an entire community.