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Week of October 31, 2011

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Week of October 31, 2011

Tea Obreht's THE TIGER'S WIFE tells the story of Natalia, a young doctor in a Balkan country. Natalia is attempting to piece together the mysterious circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather's recent death through the extraordinary stories and legends from his past.

In I REMEMBER NOTHING, Nora Ephron takes a hilarious look at the past, the present and the future, bemoaning the vicissitudes of modern life, and recalling with her signature clarity and wisdom everything she hasn’t (yet) forgotten.

The Anniversary Man by R.J. Ellory - Thriller


Twenty years ago, John Costello's life as he knew it ended. He and his beautiful girlfriend, Nadia, became victims of the deranged "Hammer of God" killer who terrorized Jersey City throughout the summer of 1984.

Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories by Simon Winchester - History


Spanning from the earth's geological origins to modern-day research and technology, Simon Winchester narrates the saga of the Atlantic Ocean against the backdrop of mankind’s intellectual evolution.

The Charming Quirks of Others: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel by Alexander McCall Smith - Mystery


Isabel Dalhousie has been asked to investigate candidates for the new headmaster position at a local boy’s school. When she receives an anonymous warning about one of them, she discovers deep secrets not just about the candidates, but also about her own life.

The Complaints by Ian Rankin - Police Procedural


Malcolm Fox works with The Complaints, a subdivision of the police force that investigates other cops. His job and personal life are both wearing him down --- until he is given the case of a shady new cop who may be connected to a vicious local murder.

A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS by Jennet Conant - Biography


During World War II, Julia and Paul Child joined the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and were involved in the McCarthy Red spy hunt in the 1950s. Jennet Conant relates the OSS experiences of the Childs and their eccentric colleague, Jane Foster.

Forbidden Places by Penny Vincenzi - Historical Fiction


Penny Vincenzi’s eighth riveting family drama centers on love and marriage, families and secrets, and wartime and what it does to every accepted social value.

Frank: The Voice by James Kaplan - Biography

Despite his mammoth fame, Frank Sinatra the man has remained an enigma. Now James Kaplan brings deeper insight than ever before to the complex psyche and turbulent life behind that incomparable voice, from Sinatra’s humble beginning in Hoboken to his fall from grace and Oscar-winning return in From Here to Eternity. Here at last is the biographer who makes the reader feel what it was really like to be Frank Sinatra --- as man, as musician, as tortured genius.

Hell and Gone by Duane Swierczynski - Thriller


After barely escaping from an outrageous shootout, ex-cop Charlie Hardie is kidnapped by a team of undercover operatives and forced to guard an underground prison that houses the most dangerous criminals on earth. Or so he's told.

I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections by Nora Ephron - Humor/Essays

Nora Ephron takes a hilarious look at the past, the present and the future, bemoaning the vicissitudes of modern life, and recalling with her signature clarity and wisdom everything she hasn’t (yet) forgotten.

The Killing of Crazy Horse by Thomas Powers - History

After his historical victory over General Custer at the 1876 battle of Little Bighorn, Indian warrior Crazy Horse was inexplicably killed in the custody of federal troops. Thomas Powers pieces together the story behind this long-debated killing.

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley - Fiction


Ninety-one-year-old Ptolemy has sunk into a lonely dementia. But when a doctor offers him a new drug that guarantees he won’t live to see 92, but that he’ll spend his last days in total mental clarity, Ptolemy discovers a shocking and unexpected past.

Mozart's Last Aria by Matt Rees - Historical Mystery


Award-winning author Matt Rees takes readers to 18th-century Austria, where Mozart's estranged sister stumbles into a world of ambition, conspiracy and immortal music while attempting to uncover the truth about her brother's suspicious death.

Proof of Heaven by Mary Curran Hackett - Fiction

A mother's faith, a child's bravery, and a doctor's search for healing come together in this moving and thought-provoking fiction debut that explores the meaning of family, faith and love.

A Quilter's Holiday by Jennifer Chiaverini - Fiction


The Elm Creek Quilters gather every holiday season to stitch holiday gifts for loved ones. Inspired to revive a lost family tradition, Sylvia Bergstrom Compson Cooper invites her friends to sew quilt blocks that represent their own unique stories of gratitude and love.

Rock Bottom Erin Brockovich with CJ Lyons - Thriller


Ten years ago, pregnant teenager Angela Joy Palladino fled her hometown of Scotia, West Virginia, and became an environmental activist. Now, desperate for money, she takes on a project that will force her to return to Scotia and confront everything she thought she had left behind.

The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht - Fiction

In a Balkan country, Natalia, a young doctor, is attempting to piece together the mysterious circumstances around her beloved grandfather’s recent death through the extraordinary stories and legends from his past.

The Valcourt Heiress by Catherine Coulter - Historical Romance


In medieval England, Garron of Kersey returns to Wareham Castle and finds it has been almost completely destroyed by a man named the Black Demon. With the help of an enigmatic servant girl, he pieces together the elusive story behind the attack.

The Weight by Andrew Vachss - Crime Fiction


When professional thief Sugar is accused of a rape he couldn’t have committed because he was robbing a jewelry store at the time, he ends up in jail. But when he gets out, a member of his heist crew has disappeared, and it’s up to Sugar to track him down.