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December 2, 2014

December 2, 2014

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of December 1st and December 8th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of December 1st in Hardcover

December 1st

THE ITALIAN AMERICANS: A History by Maria Laurino (History)
Looking beyond the familiar Little Italys and stereotypes fostered by The Godfather and “The Sopranos,” Maria Laurino reveals surprising, fascinating lives: Italian-Americans working on sugar-cane plantations in Louisiana to those who were lynched in New Orleans; the banker who helped rebuild San Francisco after the great earthquake; and families interned as “enemy aliens” in World War II. This book is both an exploration and celebration of the rich legacy of Italian-American life.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393241297

December 2nd

THE BIG FINISH: A Thorn Novel by James W. Hall (Mystery)
A year ago, Thorn’s son, Flynn Moss, disappeared into the eco-underground, his only contact with Thorn a series of postcards chronicling his exploits. But upon learning that Flynn has been executed, Thorn is determined to get his hands on his son’s killer. Little by little Thorn discovers that nothing he’s been told is true, and the trap they’re setting isn’t for Flynn’s killer, but for his partner, a woman who proves more daring and dangerous than any Thorn has ever met.
Minotaur Books * 9781250005014

BLOOD RUBIES: A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery by Jane K. Cleland (Mystery)
Ana Yartsin is on the verge of becoming a celebrity chef. As she prepares to be filmed for a reality TV show about the launch of her bakery in Rocky Point, New Hampshire, Ana hires antiques expert Josie Prescott to appraise the precious egg and snow globe. The show's pilot will show Ana planning the desserts for the upcoming wedding of her friend Heather to investment guru Jason. When Josie arrives at Ana's home, however, she finds Jason murdered and the priceless snow globe smashed beyond repair.
Minotaur Books * 9781250054135

BRYANT & MAY AND THE BLEEDING HEART: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery by Christopher Fowler (Mystery)
A teenager sees a dead man rise from his grave --- and moments later is killed in a sudden hit-and-run accident. Seven ravens housed in the impenetrable fortress that is the Tower of London vanish without a trace --- and legend has it that when the ravens leave, the city will fall. Arthur Bryant and John May must figure out how these two inexplicable, seemingly unrelated mysteries fit together as they begin an investigation that finds them confronting a group of latter-day body snatchers and exploring the corridors of an eerie funeral parlour, all to unearth the truth behind the gruesome legend of Bleeding Heart Yard.
Bantam * 9780345547651

ENTER PALE DEATH: A Joe Sandilands Investigation by Barbara Cleverly (Historical Mystery)
Scotland Yard Detective Joe Sandilands suspects foul play in the violent death of Lady Truelove. He enlists old friend and former constable Lily Wentworth to trail the now-widower Sir James Truelove, and finds an ally in a fellow police officer familiar with the Truelove estate. But as the investigation yields surprising secrets about one of England’s most powerful families, Joe discovers how little he knows about the gilded lives of the moneyed.
Soho Crime * 9781616954086

GENOCIDE OF ONE by Kazuaki Takano (Thriller)
Representing the next step in human evolution, a three-year-old boy named Akili can perceive patterns and predict future events better than most supercomputers. Jonathan Yeager is an American soldier who has a very sick child, and Akili's advanced knowledge of all things may be his only hope for saving his son's life. Soon Yeager finds himself caught between following his orders and saving a creature with a hidden agenda, who plans to either save humanity as we know it --- or destroy it.
Mulholland Books * 9780316226226

GOOD HEALTH, GOOD LIFE: 12 Keys to Enjoying Physical and Spiritual Wellness by Joyce Meyer (Christian Life/Personal Growth)
Meeting the demands of your busy life may leave little time for you to focus on maintaining your personal well-being. But it is important to remember that each part of you --- mind, body and emotions --- serves a purpose in God's exciting plan for your future. Embracing a healthier lifestyle will help you fully experience all the good things He has in store for you. Joyce Meyer understands that modern life is hectic and has created a practical plan for achieving good health, one day at a time.
FaithWords * 9781455547142

HER BRILLIANT CAREER: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties by Rachel Cooke (Biography)
Rachel Cooke goes back in time to offer an entertaining and iconoclastic look at 10 women in the 1950s --- pioneers whose professional careers and complicated private lives helped to create the opportunities available to today's women. These plucky and ambitious individuals --- among them a film director, a cook, an architect, an editor, an archaeologist and a race car driver --- left the house, discovered the bliss of work, and ushered in the era of the working woman.
Harper * 9780062333865

HOW TO BE BOTH by Ali Smith (Fiction)
HOW TO BE BOTH is a novel all about art’s versatility. Borrowing from painting’s fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it’s a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. There’s a Renaissance artist of the 1460s. There’s the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real --- and all of life’s givens are given a second chance.
Pantheon * 9780375424106

THE RECKONING: Death and Intrigue in the Promised Land: A True Detective Story by Patrick Bishop (History)
As the ringleader of the infamous Stern Gang, also known as Lehi, militant zionist Avraham Stern masterminded a series of high-profile terrorist attacks in pursuit of his dream. On the run from British authorities, Stern was hiding in an attic in Tel Aviv when he was killed by Geoffrey Morton, a British colonial policeman assigned to capture him. Morton claimed Stern was trying to escape, but witnesses insisted he was executed in cold blood. THE RECKONING is the story of Patrick Bishop's quest to discover the truth.
Harper * 9780062267825

SELECTED LETTERS OF NORMAN MAILER edited by J. Michael Lennon (Literary Collections)
Compiled by Norman Mailer’s authorized biographer, J. Michael Lennon, and organized by decade, SELECTED LETTERS OF NORMAN MAILER features the most fascinating of Mailer’s missives from 1940 to 2007 --- letters to his family and friends, to fans and fellow writers (including Truman Capote, James Baldwin and Philip Roth), to political figures from Henry Kissinger to Bill and Hillary Clinton, and to such cultural icons as John Lennon, Marlon Brando and even Monica Lewinsky.
Random House * 9781400066230

SKYLIGHT by José Saramago (Fiction)
This previously unpublished novel by José Saramago tells the intertwined stories of the residents of a faded apartment building in 1940s Lisbon. Silvestre and Mariana, a happily married elderly couple, take in a young nomad, Abel, and soon discover their many differences. Adriana loves Beethoven more than any man, but her budding sexuality brings new feelings to the surface. Carmen left Galicia to marry humble Emilio, but hates Lisbon and longs for her first love, Manolo. Lidia used to work the streets, but now she's kept by Paulo, a wealthy man with a wandering eye.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780544090026

SUSTENANCE: A Novel of the Count Saint-Germain by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (Historical Fantasy/Thriller)
The powerful House Un-American Activities Committee hunted communists both at home and abroad. In the late 1940s, the vampire Count Saint-Germain is caught up in intrigue surrounding a group of Americans who have fled to postwar Paris. He swears to do his best to protect his friends, but even his skills may not be able to stand against agents of the OSS and the brand-new CIA. And he has an unexpected weakness: his lover, Charis, who has returned to Paris under mysterious circumstances.
Tor Books * 9780765334015

SWEET DAMAGE by Rebecca James (Psychological Suspense)
When Tim Ellison finds a cheap room to rent in his dream location, it seems nothing more than a wonderful stroke of luck. But when strange and terrifying things start happening in the house at night, Tim wonders if renting the room has been a terrible mistake --- until his feelings for the house’s owner, Anna London, start to change. As Tim falls for Anna, her past comes back with a vengeance…and he finds himself caught in the middle of the storm.
Bantam * 9780553808063

TED AND I: A Brother's Memoir by Gerald Hughes (Memoir)
TED AND I is a unique portrait of a shared childhood between Gerald Hughes and his younger brother Ted, one of the finest and best-loved poets of modern times. Ted's love for Gerald was probably one of the most enduring and sustaining forces in his life. Hughes brings alive a period when the two brothers would roam the countryside, camping, making fires, pitching tents, hunting rabbits, rats, wood pigeon and stoats. Ted's fascination with all wildlife subsequently fed directly into his sublime poetry.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250045270

TOM CLANCY FULL FORCE AND EFFECT: A Jack Ryan Novel by Mark Greaney (Thriller)
The international stalemate with North Korea continues into its seventh decade. A young, untested dictator is determined to prove his strength by breaking the deadlock. A rich deposit of valuable minerals have been found in the Hermit Kingdom. Coupled with their nuclear capabilities, the money from this find will make North Korea a dangerous force on the world stage. There’s just one more step needed to complete this perfect plan: the elimination of President Jack Ryan.
Putnam Adult * 9780399173356

WHEN BOOKS WENT TO WAR: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Guptill Manning (Literature/History)
When America entered World War II, we faced an enemy that had banned and burned over 100 million books and caused fearful citizens to hide or destroy many more. The War Department and the publishing industry stepped in with an extraordinary program: 120 million small, lightweight paperbacks, for troops to carry in their pockets and their rucksacks, in every theater of war. Comprising 1,200 different titles of every imaginable type, these paperbacks were beloved by the troops and are still fondly remembered today.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780544535022

WOMAN WITH A GUN by Phillip Margolin (Thriller)
Aspiring novelist Stacey Kim can't erase an iconic photo from her mind and soon becomes embroiled in a plot of great intrigue. Why did the "Woman with a Gun" kill her husband on their wedding night? Did she actually do it? And why does the one person with answers, photographer Kathy Moran, remain silent? Stacey must reconcile conflicting accounts and find a way to reach the reclusive Moran, or the truth may never see the light of day.
Harper * 9780062266521

THE WORLD OF RAYMOND CHANDLER: In His Own Words edited by Barry Day (Autobiography)
Raymond Chandler never wrote a memoir or an autobiography. The closest he came to writing either was in --- and around --- his novels, shorts stories and letters. There have been books that describe and evaluate Chandler’s life, but to find out what he himself felt about his life and work, Barry Day has chosen from Chandler’s writing, as well as the many interviews he gave over the years as he achieved cult status, to weave together an illuminating narrative that reveals the man, the work and the worlds he created.
Knopf * 9780385352369
On Sale the Week of December 1st in Paperback

December 2nd

THE ABOMINABLE by Dan Simmons (Historical Thriller/Adventure)
Three climbers who set out to summit the world’s highest mountain arrange funding from Lady Bromley, whose son disappeared on Mt. Everest in 1924. She refuses to believe he’s dead and pays the trio to bring him home. Joined by the missing boy's female cousin, they find themselves being pursued through the night by someone or something.
Back Bay Books * 9780316198844

ACT OF WAR: Lyndon Johnson, North Korea, and the Capture of the Spy Ship Pueblo by Jack Cheevers (History)
1968 was a year filled with mind-boggling headlines. Both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy were struck down by assassins’ bullets. The war in Vietnam was raging. And a small, nondescript former cargo ship, the USS Pueblo, and her crew were seized by the North Koreans in international waters. This massively researched book tells the full story of what became known as "the Pueblo incident."
NAL Trade * 9780451466204

CARNAL CURIOSITY: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods (Thriller/Adventure)
When Manhattan’s elite are beset by a series of clever crimes --- and Stone Barrington is a material witness --- he and his former partner, Dino Bacchetti, find themselves drawn into the world of high-end security and fraud. As Stone and Dino delve deeper into their investigation, they learn that the mastermind behind the incidents may have some intimate ties to Stone…and that the biggest heist is still to come.
Signet * 9780451466884

CELL by Robin Cook (Thriller)
The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc. Radiology resident George Wilson’s initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating. Is it possible that iDoc is being subverted by hackers --- and that the U.S. government is involved in a cover-up?
Berkley * 9780425273852

THE DEATH OF SANTINI: The Story of a Father and His Son by Pat Conroy (Memoir)
Pat Conroy's great success as a writer has always been intimately linked with the exploration of his family history. While the publication of THE GREAT SANTINI brought Pat much acclaim, the rift it caused with his father brought even more attention. Their long-simmering conflict burst into the open, fracturing an already battered family. But as Pat tenderly chronicles here, even the oldest of wounds can heal.
Dial Press Trade Paperback * 9780385343527

THE ETERNAL NAZI: From Mauthausen to Cairo, the Relentless Pursuit of SS Doctor Aribert Heim by Nicholas Kulish and Souad Mekhennet (History)
Dr. Aribert Heim worked at the Mauthausen concentration camp for only a few months in 1941 but left a devastating mark. According to the testimony of survivors, Heim euthanized patients with injections of gasoline into their hearts and performed surgeries on otherwise healthy people. In THE ETERNAL NAZI, Nicholas Kulish and Souad Mekhennet reveal for the first time how Heim evaded capture while inspiring a manhunt that outlived him by many years.
Vintage * 9780307475213

THE FIRE DANCE: An Inspector Irene Huss Investigation Set in Sweden by Helene Tursten (Mystery)
Detective Inspector Irene Huss hasn’t seen Sophie Malmborg for over 15 years, but she’s still haunted by the strange young ballerina’s role in the fire that killed her stepfather. All her questions resurface when Sophie disappears, and the charred remains of a dancer are found in an abandoned warehouse. Irene has a startling realization that could shed light on the case that has been lingering in the back of her mind since the beginning of her career.
Soho Crime * 9781616950125

I AM PILGRIM by Terry Hayes (Thriller)
PILGRIM is the code name for a world class and legendary secret agent. At the novel’s opening, a woman lies face down in a pool of acid. The room has been sprayed down with DNA-eradicating antiseptic spray. All the techniques are pulled directly from Pilgrim's book, a cult classic of forensic science written under a pen name. In offering the NYPD some casual assistance with the case, Pilgrim gets pulled back into the intelligence underground.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781439177730

KILL FEE: A Stevens and Windermere Novel by Owen Laukkanen (Thriller)
State investigator Kirk Stevens and his occasional colleague, FBI special agent Carla Windermere, witness the assassination of one of the state’s wealthiest men. The events of that day will lead Stevens and Windermere across the country, down countless blind alleys, and finally to a very flourishing 21st-century enterprise: a high-tech murder-for-hire social media website. But just who has the dead-eyed shooter targeted next…and who’s choosing his victims?
Berkley * 9780425272831

LOVE UNEXPECTED: Beacons of Hope, Book One by Jody Hedlund (Historical Romance)
Paperback Original
All Emma Chambers ever wanted was a home, but when her steamboat sinks, she's left destitute and with no place to stay. An unlikely solution arises when the lighthouse keeper arrives in town. After a hasty marriage by a traveling preacher, she finds herself heading to the lighthouse with this handsome but quiet stranger. However, Emma soon suspects that Patrick may be hiding something from her --- and then she hears a disturbing rumor about the circumstances surrounding his late wife's death.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764212376

A MOST INCONVENIENT MARRIAGE by Regina Jennings (Historical Romance)
Paperback Original
With few options of her own, nurse Abigail Stuart agrees to marry her patient, a gravely wounded soldier calling himself Jeremiah Calhoun. They arrange a quick ceremony before he dies, giving Abigail the rights to his Ozark farm and giving Jeremiah the peace of knowing someone will care for his ailing sister after he's gone. After the war, Abigail fulfills her side of the bargain --- until the real Jeremiah Calhoun shows up, injured but definitely alive, and wastes no time in challenging Abigail's story.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764211409

ON SUCH A FULL SEA by Chang-rae Lee (Fiction)
In a future, long-declining America, society is strictly stratified by class. In this world lives Fan, a female fish-tank diver, who leaves her home in the B-Mor settlement when the man she loves mysteriously disappears. Fan’s journey to find him takes her out of the safety of B-Mor, through the anarchic Open Counties, where crime is rampant with scant governmental oversight, and to a faraway charter village, in a quest that will soon become legend to those she left behind.
Riverhead Trade * 9781594632891

ROBERT B. PARKER’S BULL RIVER: A Cole and Hitch Novel by Robert Knott (Mystery/Western)
No sooner do Territorial Marshal Virgil Cole and Deputy Everett Hitch remand notorious desperado Alejandro Vasquez into custody than a major bank robbery occurs. When their primary suspect is found severely beaten outside a high-class brothel and turns out to be using a false identity to escape a torrid past, it is Alejandro who becomes the key to their investigation.
Berkley * 9780425272305

THE SECRET OF PEMBROOKE PARK by Julie Klassen (Historical Romance/Mystery)
Paperback Original
When money problems force Abigail Foster's family to sell their London home, a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant manor house abandoned for 18 years. Hoping to improve her family’s financial situation, Abigail surreptitiously searches for a hidden room that's supposedly filled with treasure. But the arrival of anonymous letters addressed to her, with clues about the room and the past, brings discoveries even more startling. As secrets come to light, will Abigail find the treasure and love she seeks...or very real danger?
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764210716

THE SETUP MAN by T. T. Monday (Mystery/Thriller)
Johnny Adcock is an aging Major League pitcher with the perfect retirement plan --- he moonlights as a private investigator. On the team bus after a game, teammate Frankie Herrera confides in Adcock that he has a “problem with his wife.” What sounds like the standard story of a pro athlete’s marriage gone sour quickly turns into the most dangerous case of Adcock’s second career when Frankie is killed in a car accident, leaving far too many questions unanswered.
Vintage * 9780804169820

THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY by Gabrielle Zevin (Fiction)
A.J. Fikry's life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died; his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history; and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island . Then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore --- an unexpected arrival that gives A.J. the opportunity to make his life over and the ability to see everything anew. Algonquin Books * 9781616204518

TROUBLE IN MIND: The Collected Stories, Volume 3 by Jeffery Deaver (Thriller/Short Stories)
A devoted housekeeper embarks on a quest to find the truth behind her employer's murder. A washed-up Hollywood actor gets one last, high-stakes chance to revive his career. A man makes an impulsive visit to his hometown, and learns more about his past than he bargained for. Two Olympic track hopefuls receive terrorist threats. And Jeffery Deaver's beloved series characters Lincoln Rhyme, Kathryn Dance and John Pellam return in stories now in print for the first time.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455526802
On Sale the Week of December 8th in Hardcover

December 9th

ASYLUM CITY by Liad Shoham (Mystery/Thriller)
When young social activist Michal Poleg is found dead in her Tel Aviv apartment, officer Anat Nachmias is given the lead on her first murder investigation. Eager to find answers, she looks to the victim's past for clues, focusing on the last days before her death. Could one of the asylum seekers with whom Michal worked be behind this crime? Then a young African man confesses to the murder, and Anat's commanders say the case is closed. But the cop isn't convinced.
Harper * 9780062237538

BECOMING RICHARD PRYOR by Scott Saul (Biography)
Drawing upon a mountain of original research --- interviews with family and friends, court transcripts, unpublished journals and screenplay drafts --- Scott Saul traces Richard Pryor’s rough journey to the heights of fame: from his heartbreaking childhood, his trials in the Army and his apprentice days in Greenwich Village, to his soul-searching interlude in Berkeley and his ascent in the “New Hollywood” of the 1970s.
Harper * 9780062123305

THE BOSTON GIRL by Anita Diamant (Historical Fiction)
Eighty-five-year-old Addie Baum tells the story of her life to her 22-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her “How did you get to be the woman you are today?” She begins in 1915, the year she found her voice and made friends who would help shape the course of her life. From the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair, Addie recalls her adventures with compassion for the naïve girl she was and a wicked sense of humor.
Scribner * 9781439199350

THE CONVERT'S SONG by Sebastian Rotella (Thriller)
His hazardous stint in U.S. law enforcement behind him, Valentine Pescatore has started over as a private investigator in Buenos Aires. Then he runs into Raymond Mercer, a charismatic, troubled singer who has converted to Islam. After a terrorist attack kills hundreds, suspicion falls on Raymond --- and Pescatore. Angry and bewildered, Pescatore joins forces with Fatima Belhaj, an alluring French agent. They pursue the enigmatic Raymond into a global labyrinth of intrigue.
Mulholland Books * 9780316324694

FIVE by Ursula Archer (Mystery/Thriller)
A woman’s corpse is discovered in a meadow, and a strange combination of letters and numbers has been tattooed on the soles of her feet. Detective inspector Beatrice Kaspary from the local murder squad quickly identifies the digits as map coordinates. These lead to a series of gruesome discoveries as she and her colleague, Florin Wenninger, embark on a bloody trail --- a modern-day scavenger hunt using GPS navigation devices to locate hidden caches.
Minotaur Books * 9781250037411

IRENE: The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy written by Pierre Lemaitre, translated by Frank Wynne (Psychological Thriller/Horror)
Camille Verhoeven has reached an unusually content (for him) place in life. He is respected by his colleagues, and he and his lovely wife, Irene, are expecting their first child. But when a new murder case hits his desk --- a double torture-homicide that's so extreme that even the most seasoned officers are horrified --- Verhoeven is overcome with a sense of foreboding. As links emerge between the bloody set-piece and at least one past unsolved murder, it becomes clear that a calculating serial killer is at work.
MacLehose Press * 9781623658007

MORIARTY by Anthony Horowitz (Historical Mystery)
Days after the encounter at the Reichenbach Falls, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York. Professor Moriarty’s death has left an immediate, poisonous vacuum in the criminal underworld, and there is no shortage of candidates to take his place --- including one particularly fiendish criminal mastermind. Chase and Scotland Yard Inspector Athelney Jones must pursue this sinister figure, a man much feared but seldom seen, who is determined to stake his claim as Moriarty’s successor.
Harper * 9780062377180

PERFECT SINS by Jo Bannister (Mystery)
Four years ago, Gabriel Ash was working with the British government investigating hijackings in Somalia. But when his wife and sons disappeared, presumably taken --- and probably killed --- by pirates, his life fell apart. He has sudden reason to hope when a senior policeman suggests that his sons might still be alive --- until that policeman is murdered. Still, there seems to be some link to a local operation, and Ash, no longer a government agent, is determined to find it.
Minotaur Books * 9781250054203

December 14th

THE VOICES by F. R. Tallis (Psychological Thriller)
In the scorching summer of 1976, Christopher Norton, his wife Laura and their young daughter Faye settle into their new home in north London. The faded glory of the Victorian house is the perfect place for Norton, a composer of film soundtracks, to build a recording studio of his own. But soon, in the long, oppressively hot nights, Laura begins to hear something through the crackle of the baby monitor. First, a knocking sound. Then come the voices.
Pegasus * 9781605986562
On Sale the Week of December 8th in Paperback

December 9th

THE BRACELET by Dorothy Love (Historical Romance)
Paperback Original
Celia Browning dreams of the day when she can marry her childhood sweetheart, Sutton Mackay, thus uniting two of the city's most prominent families. A newspaper reporter arrives in town, determined to pry into twin tragedies that took place when Celia was a child. While the journalist pursues his story, someone is trying to frighten Celia. When she receives a series of anonymous notes, and a bracelet imbued with a chilling message, Celia realizes that her family’s past has the power to destroy her future.
Thomas Nelson * 9781401687601

THE LANGUAGE OF HOOFBEATS by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Fiction)
Paperback Original
Jackie and Paula envision a quiet life for their kids, but they quickly butt heads with their neighbor, Clementine, who is incensed when their teenage foster daughter, Star, befriends her spirited horse, Comet. When Star disappears with Comet, the neighbors are thrown together --- far too close together. But as the search for the pair wears on, both families must learn to put aside their animosity and confront the choices they’ve made and the scars they carry.
Lake Union Publishing * 9781477824689

THE YEAR OF READING DANGEROUSLY: How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-So-Great Ones) Saved My Life by Andy Miller (Memoir/Literary Criticism)
Paperback Original
Nearing his 40th birthday, author and critic Andy Miller realized he's not nearly as well read as he'd like to be. A devout book lover who somehow fell out of the habit of reading, he began to ponder the power of books to change an individual life --- including his own --- and to define the sort of person he would like to be. Beginning with a copy of Bulgakov's MASTER AND MARGARITA that he happens to find one day in a bookstore, Miller embarks on a literary odyssey of mindful reading and wry introspection.
Harper Perennial * 9780061446184

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