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Week of September 29, 2014

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Week of September 29, 2014

Releases for the week of September 29th include MRS. LINCOLN'S RIVAL, in which Jennifer Chiaverini reveals, through fascinating historical fiction, the famous First Lady’s very public social and political contest with Kate Chase Sprague; THE MUSEUM OF EXTRAORDINARY THINGS by Alice Hoffman, the story of an electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the 20th century; and two books that dig deeper into the JFK assassination: FIVE DAYS IN NOVEMBER by Clint Hill with Lisa McCubbin and HISTORY WILL PROVE US RIGHT by Howard P. Willens.

The Ascendant by Drew Chapman - Thriller

September 30, 2014

When bond analyst Garrett Reilly discovers that US Treasury bonds are being sold off at an alarming rate, he sees a chance to become incredibly rich. But when the United States military arrives at his office, Garrett learns that he has stumbled upon the first attack in a covert war of unthinkable proportions.

Ask Not: A Nathan Heller Thriller by Max Allan Collins - Historical Mystery

September 30, 2014

In 1964, Beatlemania sweeps the nation, the Vietnam War looms, and the Warren Commission prepares to blame a “lone-nut” assassin for the killing of JFK. But as the post-Camelot era begins, a suspicious outbreak of suicides, accidental deaths and outright murders decimates assassination witnesses. It’s up to Nathan Heller and celebrity columnist Flo Kilgore to investigate this increasing wave of violence.

Beloved Enemy: A Jack McClure Novel by Eric Van Lustbader - Thriller

September 30, 2014

Shortly after Jack McClure leaves a late-night meeting with Dennis Paull, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Paull is found dead. The President is furious but equally frightened of a scandal, since McClure is one of their own --- an operative and Paull's friend. With top officials in the CIA and FBI after him, McClure goes on the run. Someone framed him for Paull's murder, possibly to prevent him from accomplishing Paull's last request --- a task vital to U.S. National Security.

The Betrayed by Heather Graham - Fiction

September 30, 2014


Mo and Aiden, a new member of the Krewe of Hunters, the FBI's unit of paranormal investigators, explore both past and present events to figure out who betrayed Richard, who killed him and now wants to kill them, too. As they work together, they discover that they share an unusual trait --- the ability to communicate with the dead. They also share an attraction that's as intense as it is unexpected…if they live long enough to enjoy it!

Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman - Parenting

September 30, 2014

When American journalist Pamela Druckerman had a baby in Paris, she didn't aspire to become a "French parent." But she noticed that French children slept through the night by two or three months old. They played by themselves while their parents sipped coffee. And yet French kids were still boisterous, curious and creative. Why? How? Druckerman set out to investigate --- and wound up sparking a national debate on parenting.

Cross My Heart by James Patterson - Thriller

September 30, 2014

Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heart --- nothing matters more to him than his children, his grandmother, and his wife Bree. His love of his family is his anchor, and gives him the strength to confront evil in his work. One man knows this deeply, and uses Alex's strength as a weapon against him. When the ones Cross loves are in danger, he will do anything to protect them. If he does anything to protect them, they will die.

Do or Die: A Reluctant Heroes Novel by Suzanne Brockmann - Romantic Suspense/Adventure

February 4, 2014

Former SEAL Ian Dunn is employed to rescue two kidnapped children, believed to be held captive in a South American embassy. Racing against time and unknown enemies, Dunn must find the children while simultaneously fighting his own war with the mob for a job gone bust. At his side is Phoebe Kruger, who is pulled further into the heart of the conflict and Dunn's perilous mission.

Five Days in November by Clint Hill with Lisa McCubbin Hill - History

November 19, 2013

On the night JFK was assassinated, a photo ran on the front pages of newspapers across the world, showing a Secret Service agent jumping on the back of the presidential limousine in a desperate attempt to protect the President and Mrs. Kennedy. Now Secret Service Agent Clint Hill commemorates the 50th anniversary of the tragedy with a book containing more than 150 photos, each accompanied by Hill’s insider account of those terrible days.

JFK Jr., George, & Me: A Memoir by Matt Berman - Memoir

May 20, 2014

John F. Kennedy Jr. handpicked Creative Director Matt Berman to bring his vision for a new political magazine to life, and the two developed a wonderfully collaborative and fun-loving relationship. In JFK JR., GEORGE, & ME, Matt remembers his brilliant friend and colleague --- John’s approach to work, life and fame, and most of all, his ease and grace, which charmed those around him.

The Last Breath by Kimberly Belle - Mystery/Thriller

September 30, 2014

Gia Andrews’ father was imprisoned 16 years ago for brutally killing her stepmother. Now he’s come home to die of cancer, and she’s responsible for his care. As the past unravels before her, Gia will find herself torn between the stories that her family, their friends and neighbors have believed to be real all these years. But in the end, the truth --- and all the lies that came before --- may have deadlier consequences than she ever could have anticipated.

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

September 30, 2014

When charming Kate Chase Sprague accompanied her father, Ohio politician Salmon P. Chase, to Washington, D.C. in 1861, she found that, rather than becoming a friend and compatriot of the First Lady's as she had anticipated, she immediately became embroiled in a long-lasting, notorious rivalry with Mrs. Lincoln due to the First Lady's jealousy of her youth, beauty and social skills.

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman - Historical Romance/Mystery

September 30, 2014

Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a Coney Island boardwalk freak show that thrills the masses. One night, Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man taking pictures of moonlit trees. When Eddie Cohen photographs the devastation on the streets of New York following the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, he becomes embroiled in the suspicious mystery behind a young woman’s disappearance and ignites the heart of Coralie.

My Story by Elizabeth Smart with Chris Stewart - Memoir

September 30, 2014

For the first time, 10 years after her abduction from her Salt Lake City bedroom, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime. She explains how her faith helped her stay sane in the midst of a nightmare and how she found the strength to confront her captors at their trial and see that justice was served.

The Prince of Risk by Christopher Reich - Financial Thriller

September 30, 2014

Robert "Bobby" Astor is a fearless New York hedge-fund gunslinger on the verge of making his biggest killing ever. But everything changes when his father, the venerable chief executive of the New York Stock Exchange, is murdered along with the head of the Federal Reserve. In the moments before his death, Bobby's father sends him a mystifying text message that offers the only clue to the identity of the killer and the terrifying motivation behind the attack.

Robert Ludlum's The Janson Option by Paul Garrison - Thriller/Adventure

September 30, 2014

When American Synergy Corporation oil executive Kingsman Helms begs Paul Janson to rescue his wife, Allegra, from Somali pirates, Janson and Jessica Kincaid view it as the perfect opportunity to infiltrate ASC and disrupt the company's scheme to subvert independent oil-rich African countries into wholly-owned ASC subsidiaries. Once on the ground, Janson and Kincaid discover that the pirates may be the least lethal threat in the violent chaos of anarchic Somalia.

The Rome Prophecy by Sam Christer - Thriller

September 30, 2014

A beautiful young woman covered in blood, who claims to be an ancient prophet in search of a mystical amulet, has been arrested in the streets of Rome. Ex-priest Tom Shaman teams up with a headstrong policewoman to unravel the mystery. But within Rome’s churches and corridors of power, stealthy enemies are conspiring against them. And soon, the woman’s deadly visions begin to come true.

The Second-Chance Dog: A Love Story by Jon Katz - Memoir

September 30, 2014

Most men go courting with roses, wine and chocolates. But not dog-lover and prolific author Jon Katz, whose choice is beef jerky. He is a man with a mission: to woo and win Maria Wulf, an emotionally fragile artist who has lost confidence in her art. Maria owns a rottweiler-shepherd  mix who does not like men and will not let anyone near her owner. Katz has his work cut out for him.

Storm Front: A Virgil Flowers Novel by John Sandford - Thriller

September 30, 2014

In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You’re about to get a visitor. It’s an Israeli cop, and she’s tailing a man who’s smuggled out an extraordinary relic --- a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. As it turns out, there are very bad men chasing the relic, and they don’t care who’s in the way or what they have to do to get it.

T. C. Boyle Stories II: The Collected Stories of T. Coraghessan Boyle, Volume II by T.C. Boyle - Fiction/Short Stories

September 30, 2014

By turns mythic and realistic, farcical and tragic, ironic and moving, T. C. Boyle’s stories have mapped a wide range of human emotions. The 58 stories in this new volume, written over the last 18 years, reflect his maturing themes. Along with the satires and tall tales that established his reputation, readers will find stories speaking to contemporary social issues, from air rage to abortion doctors, and character-driven tales of quiet power and passion.

Teaching the Cat to Sit: A Memoir by Michelle Theall - Memoir

September 30, 2014

Michelle Theall grew up in the conservative Texas Bible Belt, bullied by her classmates and abandoned by her evangelical best friend before she’d ever even held a girl’s hand. Years later, Michelle is living her life openly with her partner of 10 years. But when her four-year-old’s Catholic school decides to expel all children of gay parents, Michelle tiptoes into a controversy that exposes her to long-buried shame, which leads to a public battle with the Church and a private one with her parents.

Winners by Danielle Steel - Fiction

September 30, 2014

When a horrific chairlift accident leaves 17-year-old competitive skier Lily Thomas paralyzed, she must come to grips with the fact that she not only will be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life, but will never fulfill her lifelong dream of winning Olympic gold. But just as all hope seems lost, Lily meets Teddy, a young man even more badly injured than herself, but as doggedly determined to live an enriching life.

Worthy Brown's Daughter by Phillip Margolin - Historical Thriller

September 30, 2014

One of a handful of lawyers in the new state of Oregon, recently widowed Matthew Penny agrees to help Worthy Brown, a newly freed slave, rescue his 15-year-old daughter, Roxanne, from their former master, a powerful Portland lawyer. Worthy's lawsuit sets in motion events that lead to Worthy's arrest for murder and create an agonizing moral dilemma that could send either Worthy or Matthew to the hangman.

Year Zero: A History of 1945 by Ian Buruma - History

September 30, 2014

In 1945, one world had ended and a new, uncertain one was beginning. Regime change had come on a global scale, great cities around the world lay in ruins, and the ground was laid for more horror to come. In YEAR ZERO, an examination of the postwar years is intertwined with author Ian Buruma's father's attempted reentry into “normalcy” after his experience as a prisoner of war.

You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz - Literary Mystery

September 30, 2014

Grace Reinhart Sachs is the author of You Should Have Known, a book that cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them. But weeks before the book is published, a chasm opens in her own life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only an ongoing chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.