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June 11, 2010 Newsletter June 11, 2010
At Home in My Office
I love my office in New York. It’s painted the color of my living room and dining room at home. I chose those colors for the office since I spend very little time in my living room or dining room --- I joke that I can count the days we use them each year, and they usually are smashed between November and January. I have this great dining room table IN my office so I can have meetings and lunches there. I even have turquoise dishes in my office for entertaining. It’s also great space for having people drop by --- one of my favorite things. This week Carol Cassella was in town from Seattle, and we spent some time on Tuesday chatting up her upcoming book, HEALER, which I am crazy about. Katie Arnoldi was in from California, and Wednesday we caught up on the excitement surrounding her book, POINT DUME, which landed on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list the first week it was out. During the writing of this book, Katie had shared with me stories about the Mexican drug cartels who are growing marijuana on federal and state lands. A good look at her research can be found here in the Times this week.

Monday night there was a wonderful party at Petrossian for William Ryan, whose upcoming book THE HOLY THIEF is getting fabulous buzz. Petrossian is ONE block up and ONE avenue over from my office, but I had never been there in the 14 years we have had this space. What a perfect place to celebrate a book set in Russia! I usually try to read an author's work before I meet him (or her), but this time I did not have a copy of THE HOLY THIEF in hand ahead of time. Thus, I felt like our readers as booksellers and media folks in the room were telling me about it --- literally effusing praise about it --- comparing it to GORKY PARK and CHILD 44. Each person who had read it had a new way to share the story with me --- all were astounded that this was the work of a debut writer. Someone had a camera that night and snapped my picture with the author. Need to track down that shot!

Wednesday night I dropped by Nelson DeMille’s talk and signing at a bookstore downtown. THE LION is in stores this week, and our reviewer Kate Ayers says, “Nelson DeMille really delivers with this eagerly awaited follow-up to THE LION’S GAME, which might be his best page-turner to date. John Corey thoroughly satisfies and is as irreverent as ever, shooting quick comebacks more often than he shoots his gun.” I agree. As always, during his talk, Nelson was amusing even when he was not trying to be. He has this genuinely funny way of telling a story that makes conversation with him always as entertaining as it is informative. Nelson and I have had talks about what it takes to be witty. He says that his character John Corey is witty because Nelson has time to think about the retort instead of just being in the moment in a conversation. He said he personally always has a lot of clever lines, but usually not in the exact moment that they should be delivered. He later thinks “THIS” would have been funny. I shot some pictures of him alone at the event, and then he told me to take the photo you see with him for the newsletter, and I was happy to oblige. For the record, I think Nelson looks much better than me in this picture!

Also, in stores this week is THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin, which is one the most anticipated books of summer. (In publishing, anything after May counts as summer!) Our reviewer Melanie Smith had this to say about it: “There is an explosive quality to this book that destroys conventional thought, leaving your mind operating on a plane of simple survival. The impact of the reader's connection with the characters is incredible --- heroes and victims are all people audiences will feel they know as they move forward or live out their final moments. Experiences are expectedly grim, and there are one or two characters in whose minds you may not want to be trapped. Not to worry, though; they will be gone soon enough! I was completely captivated by this and had a crick in my neck for three days after reading it. But it was well worth it, and is a book I continue to be excited about.” We look forward to hearing what you have to say about it!

Over the weekend I am heading to the store to ship out prizes to our first round of Beach Bag of Books Contest winners. You can see the winners here. I love this contest and thus am happy to share that our second Beach Bag of Books Contest is now open and again features four titles --- THE ANGEL’S GAME by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, THE BEST OF TIMES by Penny Vincenzi, COMMENCEMENT by J. Courtney Sullivan and THAT OLD CAPE MAGIC by Richard Russo. Our five grand prize winners will receive a copy of each title as well as a bright polka dot beach towel, hibiscus patio lights, Crystal Light lemonade, a sports bottle with thermo wrap, Banana Boat sunblock, summer-themed paper plates and napkins, pelican towel clips, citronella wrist bands, and a paddle ball game, all packed in a green-striped beach bag. Five runners-up will receive copies of the books. Enter here by Friday, June 25th at noon ET for your chance to win.

This week we’re featuring THE WHISPER by Carla Neggers in our Romantic Suspense spotlight. She’s a familiar name to many of our readers and an author we enjoy featuring. Carla blends action, adventure, suspense, conspiracy and romance all into a fast-paced read that unfolds in Ireland and Boston. This is shaping up to be a big year for Carla as in addition to THE WHISPER, she has COLD DAWN, the third book in her Black Falls series, scheduled to be released in November. Her novel THE MIST was released in paperback in April, and ON FIRE, one of her first books, was re-issued in February. THE WHISPER won’t be available in stores until June 29th, but we have 20 copies available for readers who would like to preview the book and comment on it. Enter here by Friday, June 18th at noon ET for your chance to win.

Our Father’s Day blog series begins today and will run through June 21st. I have read through all the pieces, and I loved reading these tributes. We're starting the series with an excerpt from Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon's memoir on fatherhood, MANHOOD FOR AMATEURS. Saturday we're featuring an original piece from Norman Ollestad, whose CRAZY FOR THE STORM was one of my Bets On picks for 2009. We have an excerpt from Bruce Feiler's touching THE COUNCIL OF DADS for Sunday, and on Monday Christina Olds shares a piece about her fighter-pilot father. In the coming week we'll have blogs from Robert Dugoni, Karin Slaughter, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and more!

I loved reading about dads who read to their kids. If you are a dad who has a story about reading to your child or if you remember your dad reading to you, I want to hear those stories, so drop me a note at [email protected]. My husband read to the boys when they were little a lot more than me; I was the one who brought them the reading material. They had a BOOK OF GOODNIGHT STORIES that was a real favorite. I see that dog-eared book around, and it still makes me smile.

Also, our Father’s Day contest is closing on Monday, June 14th at noon ET, so time is running out to enter to win 12 great titles (a book per month for Dad!) as well as some Dad-themed gifts. We’ll be selecting five lucky winners on Monday, so enter here NOW.

This week we also have some reader feedback for Mitchell James Kaplan’s debut novel, BY FIRE, BY WATER, one of our Historical Fiction spotlight titles from the spring. Readers commented on not just about the historical narrative and storyline, but also of Mitchell’s command of language and prose. For fans of Anita Diamant’s THE RED TENT or Geraldine Brooks’s PEOPLE OF THE BOOK, you’ll want to consider BY FIRE, BY WATER. I am hoping to meet him later this month in Washington, DC when I am at the American Library Association Conference there.

We also invite you to participate in our latest poll. We’re asking: “Has the release of the iPad changed your opinion about having an eReader?” You can vote here. Our companion question to the poll is: “If you could pick one upcoming book that you would want to get instantly, what would it be?” You can answer here. Five lucky readers each will be randomly chosen to win a copy of CUM LAUDE by Cecily von Ziegesar, THE LION by Nelson DeMille and THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin in our Word of Mouth contest, which you can enter here. As always, you can join our Facebook page here and keep up with our daily postings here.

And last, but surely not least, just in time for the start of the U.S. Open we have our annual Summer Golf Books roundup. Our reviewer Stuart Shiffman takes a look at six books that are sure to be a hit with fans of the game. I am sure that my husband who played golf today and will play again tomorrow and Sunday will be marking which of these titles he wants to read. Between his playing golf and watching golf --- where I swear that whispering from the commentators puts me to sleep, and the ONLY thing worse than watching it on TV is listening to it on radio! --- I feel like we are on the Tour. Of course he jokes that I can spend four hours in a yarn shop, which is completely true.

Besides THE HOLY THIEF, over the next few weeks I want to read something by Sophie Hannah and something by Tana French. Sophie will be in DC for the library conference, and her work is something I have been meaning to get to.

This weekend I am attending my grammar school reunion. I know…WHO has a grammar school reunion? Confession: I remember VERY few of the people I went to grammar school with. Many of these are names that I vaguely remember, but it sounds like it could be a fun catchup, and since I am not traveling I am going. I looked at a picture of myself in the 7th and 8th grade class pictures that are online somewhere and realized those were NOT my best years. Greg is off geocaching in upstate Connecticut this weekend, camping in his car. I know…youth! Cory is making a video for Spanish class with a group of friends. I just had a cameo role. I asked them for my motivation, which amused them. Now I am off to make them homemade pizza. I am glad they did not want paella!

Read on…and have a wonderful week.

Carol Fitzgerald ([email protected])

Now in Stores: THE LION by Nelson DeMille

THE LION by Nelson DeMille (Thriller)
What began years ago in Nelson DeMille’s THE LION’S GAME now comes to a smashing end in THE LION. This is the long-awaited rematch between ex-NYPD officer John Corey and Libyan terrorist Asad Khalil. And the consequences of losing are far greater than the death of one man. Reviewed by Kate Ayers.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE LION.
-Visit Nelson DeMille’s official website,


Click here to read a review of THE LION.


Now in Stores: THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin

THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin (Thriller)
THE PASSAGE is a grimly impressing vampire story that will force the hordes of vampire fans to reconsider their stance on the desirability of having the monsters around. Here, unleashing a virus causes a mutation that results in a worldwide apocalypse, and one isolated colony of human survivors struggles to avoid extinction. Reviewed by Melanie Smith.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE PASSAGE.

Click here to read a review of THE PASSAGE.'s Sixth Annual Summer Beach Bag Contest: Currently Featuring THE ANGEL’S GAME, THE BEST OF TIMES, COMMENCEMENT and THAT OLD CAPE MAGIC

Whether your "beach" is on sand, your backyard deck, or a grassy meadow in the country, the summer months mean it's time for "beach reading." is celebrating the lazy days of summer reading with our Sixth Annual Beach Bag of Books feature and contests.

During select weeks from May 28th through September 3rd, we will highlight a different book or collection of books from these featured titles with a contest prize --- a beach bag stocked with the featured book(s) and summertime essentials. Five FABULOUS beach bags will be given away each week, as well as five copies of the featured book(s) to additional winners.

Our current featured Beach Bag titles are:

-THE ANGEL'S GAME by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

-THE BEST OF TIMES by Penny Vincenzi
-COMMENCEMENT by J. Courtney Sullivan
-THAT OLD CAPE MAGIC by Richard Russo
Click here to read all the contest details.'s Fifth Annual Father's Day Contest: Best Books for Dad
Father’s Day is a time to celebrate the men in our lives who have raised and inspired us. Why not show him your appreciation by inspiring him with a great book? From May 28th through June 14th, readers will have the chance to win one of our five Father’s Day Cooler Tote Bags. Each gray cooler tote bag is filled with a copy of our 12 featured titles, giving dad a book to read each month and making Father’s Day truly a yearlong celebration. Also included are a variety of handy and fun items that we know he’ll love.

Our featured Father’s Day titles are:

-COOP: A Family, a Farm, and the Pursuit of One Good Egg by Michael Perry
-CRAZY FOR THE STORM: A Memoir of Survival by Norman Ollestad
-DON’T LET ME GO: What My Daughter Taught Me About the Journey Every Parent Must Make by David W. Pierce
-LOSING MY COOL: How a Father’s Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture by Thomas Chatterton Williams
-MANHOOD FOR AMATEURS: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Father, Husband and Son by Michael Chabon
-NORTH BY NORTHWESTERN: A Seafaring Family on Deadly Alaskan Waters by Captain Sig Hansen and Mark Sundeen
-THE PACIFIC by Hugh Ambrose
-RAIDERS FROM THE NORTH: Empire of the Moghul by Alex Rutherford
-SHOP CLASS AS SOULCRAFT: An Inquiry into the Value of Work by Matthew B. Crawford
-UNFINISHED BUSINESS: One Man’s Extraordinary Year of Trying to Do the Right Things by Lee Kravitz

Click here to read all the contest details.


Father's Day Author Blogs: Celebrating Authors and Their Fathers

We’ll be celebrating Father’s Day for the next week with some of our author friends in our first ever Father’s Day blog series. We’re sharing a variety of pieces --- both entertaining and emotional ---- from a diverse list of authors through Father’s Day. Similar to our Mother’s Day Month blog series, our Father’s Day series serves to celebrate dad, and our contributors have done that with equal parts of wit and wisdom.

Included will be exclusive excerpts from Michael Chabon and Bruce Feiler from their memoirs on fatherhood, as well as original pieces from Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, Karin Slaughter and more.

We suggest you bookmark this page or set up an RSS feed so you can read these pieces every day!

Click here to read our Father's Day Author Blogs.


New Featured Romantic Suspense Author: Carla Neggers, Author of THE WHISPER

Bestselling romantic suspense author Carla Neggers is back with THE WHISPER, a spellbinding tale of suspense, romance and murder that plays out across two continents. An archaeologist and a police officer find themselves entangled in a bizarre hunt for a killer leaving ancient Celtic clues behind.

THE WHISPER is releasing on June 29th, but we have 20 copies to give away to readers who would like to preview the book and comment about it. If you are interested, please fill out this form by Friday, June 18th at noon ET.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE WHISPER.
-Click here to read Carla Neggers's bio.

-Click here to see Carla Neggers's backlist.
-Click here to read critical praise for THE WHISPER.
-Visit Carla Neggers's official website,

More about THE WHISPER:
Boston detective Cyrus “Scoop” Wisdom is after a bomber until archaeologist Sophie Malone unknowingly leads him to a retired officer’s body and symbols of ritual sacrifice, possibly linked to priceless artifacts she uncovered in Ireland a year ago. Tough and stubborn, Scoop is the best on the force at detecting lies…except maybe those of Sophie Malone. Together Sophie and Scoop face the greatest challenge of their lives: Someone is using ancient rituals to commit modern-day murder --- and the killing has only just begun.

Click here to read more about Carla Neggers and THE WHISPER.

Featured Historical Fiction Author: Sharyn McCrumb, Author of THE DEVIL AMONGST THE LAWYERS

Sharyn McCrumb returns with THE DEVIL AMONGST THE LAWYERS, the latest in her award-winning Ballad series. Combining fact and fiction, McCrumb creates a gripping, atmospheric read about a murder trial in a small Appalachian town. THE DEVIL AMONGST THE LAWYERS releases on June 22nd.

-Click here to read a second excerpt from THE DEVIL AMONGST THE LAWYERS.
-Click here to see the reading group guide for THE DEVIL AMONGST THE LAWYERS.
-Click here to read Sharyn McCrumb's bio.

-Click here to see Sharyn McCrumb's backlist.
-Click here to read critical praise for THE DEVIL AMONGST THE LAWYERS.
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.

In 1935, when Erma Morton, a beautiful young woman with a teaching degree, is charged with the murder of her father in a remote Virginia mountain community, the case becomes a cause célèbre for the national press. A stunning return to the lands, ballads and characters upon which she made her name, THE DEVIL AMONGST THE LAWYERS is a testament to Sharyn McCrumb’s lyrical and evocative writing.

Click here to read more about Sharyn McCrumb and THE DEVIL AMONGST THE LAWYERS.


Featured Suspense/Thriller Author: Dana Haynes, Author of CRASHERS

Dana Haynes's debut, CRASHERS, follows an investigative unit from the National Transportation Safety Board in the wake of a plane crash. A taut, suspenseful thriller, CRASHERS (which releases on June 22nd) announces a new, exciting voice in the genre.

-Click here to read a second excerpt from CRASHERS.
-Click here to read Dana Haynes's bio.

-Click here to read critical praise for CRASHERS.
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.

More about CRASHERS:
Whenever a plane goes down in the USA, a "Go Team" made up of experts is assembled by the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate. Those people --- each of them a leading expert in a specific area --- are known informally as "Crashers." CRASHERS is a fresh and utterly compelling thriller, an original mix of action, investigation and a brilliant cast of characters that grabs the reader in a way few novels can and fewer do.

Click here to read more about Dana Haynes and CRASHERS.

Featured Suspense/Thriller Author: Linda Castillo, Author of PRAY FOR SILENCE
Linda Castillo's SWORN TO SILENCE was a breakout hit in 2009, and the much-anticipated follow-up, PRAY FOR SILENCE, brings police chief Kate Burkholder back to solve the brutal murders of an Amish family in a small Ohio town. PRAY FOR SILENCE releases on June 22nd.

-Click here to read a second excerpt from PRAY FOR SILENCE.
-Click here to read Linda Castillo's bio.

-Click here to see Linda Castillo's backlist.
-Click here to read critical praise for PRAY FOR SILENCE.
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.

New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo delivers an electrifying thriller in which Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must confront a dark evil to solve the mysterious murders of an entire Amish family. Topping her own bestselling debut, Castillo once again immerses us in the world of the Amish with a chilling story that is both a fast-paced thriller and an intriguing psychological puzzle.
Click here to read more about Linda Castillo and PRAY FOR SILENCE.

Featured Suspense/Thriller Author: Andrew Britton, Author of THE EXILE
Andrew Britton's fourth politically-charged spy thriller, THE EXILE, takes ex-CIA agent Ryan Kealey to West Darfur to investigate the death of a relief worker. Britton's combination of action and intrigue propels readers deep into the heart of a terrifying conspiracy rooted in one of the world’s most unstable regions. THE EXILE releases on June 29th.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE EXILE.
-Click here to read Andrew Britton's bio.

-Click here to see Andrew Britton's backlist.
-Visit Andrew Britton's official website,
-Click here to see our finished copy winners.

More about THE EXILE:
For the President of the United States, the horror of life in West Darfur just hit too close to home. His niece Lily, a nurse caring for Sudanese refugees, has been murdered by a corps of fearsome government-backed militia. Any response will destabilize the region and threaten the security of the world. America is out of options. Except one: Ryan Kealey.
Click here to read more about Andrew Britton and THE EXILE.

Featured Suspense/Thriller Author: Kevin O'Brien, Author of VICIOUS
Kevin O'Brien is back with VICIOUS, his latest thriller starring the "Mama's Boy" killer. The Seattle-area serial killer who held the city in his grip and eluded police at every turn has not been heard from in years --- until he makes his unexpected, chilling return.

-Click here to read a review of />-Click here to read a third excerpt from VICIOUS.
-Click here to read our interview with Kevin O'Brien.
here to read Kevin O'Brien's bio.
-Click here to see Kevin O'Brien's backlist.
-Click here to read critical praise for VICIOUS.
-Visit Kevin O'Brien's official website,
-Click here to read Kevin O'Brien's blog post about his mother, Adele.
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.

More about VICIOUS:
For more than two years, he held Seattle in a terror grip. A cold-blooded killer who abducted young mothers right in front of their sons and murdered them execution style. Then, as suddenly as the killings began, they seemed to stop. Susan Blanchette is looking forward to a relaxing weekend getaway with her fiancé, Allen, and young son Matthew. But something about the remote lake house doesn’t feel right. A woman vanished from the area a year ago, and now Susan thinks she’s spotted someone lurking around the property. And when Allen disappears, her fear grows…

Click here to read more about Kevin O'Brien and VICIOUS.

Featured One to Watch Author: Charles Martin, Author of THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US

Bestselling novelist Charles Martin returns with THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US, a story of love and survival against all odds and harsh elements. Two strangers bond as they battle a blizzard in the Rockies following a plane crash in what promises to be Martin's best yet.

-Click here to read a review of THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US.
-Click here to read our interview with Charles Martin.
-Click here to read Charles Martin's bio.
-Click here to see Charles Martin's backlist.
-Click here to read critical praise for THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US.
-Visit Charles Martin's official website,
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.

One stormy night, two strangers brave a blizzard on a chartered flight back to their normal lives. However, the pilot suffers a heart attack midflight, crashing the plane into a harsh, remote stretch of the Rockies. Injured with limited resources, this unlikely pair --- a surgeon and a writer on the eve of her wedding --- is forced to trust each other unconditionally in hopes of returning to their loved ones. An unbreakable bond is quickly formed as the two struggle to survive.


Click here to read more about Charles Martin and THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US.

New in Paperback for June

June’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes ROBERT LUDLUM’S™ THE BOURNE DECEPTION by Eric Van Lustbader, in which Jason Bourne fakes his death to find out who is trying to assassinate him; John Irving’s LAST NIGHT IN TWISTED RIVER, the story of a cook and his 12-year-old son who flee a logging camp the night the boy accidentally kills his father’s girlfriend; HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY, Audrey Niffenegger’s highly anticipated second novel (following her successful debut, THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE) set in and around Highgate Cemetery in London; FINGER LICKIN’ FIFTEEN, Janet Evanovich’s 19th mystery featuring New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum; THE FIXER UPPER, a hilarious novel from Mary Kay Andrews about one woman's quest to redo an old house…and her life; THE LATE LAMENTED MOLLY MARX, Sally Koslow’s second work of fiction that revolves around a woman coming to terms with decisions she can never reverse; and Wade Rouse’s memoir, AT LEAST IN THE CITY SOMEONE WOULD HEAR ME SCREAM, a memorable story about living your dreams and in the process discovering a new life.

Click here to see our New in Paperback feature for June.

This Week's Reviews
Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann (Fiction)
Self-published in 2003, ANTHROPOLOGY OF AN AMERICAN GIRL touched a nerve among readers, who identified with the sexual and intellectual awakening of its heroine, a young woman on the brink of adulthood. Hilary Thayer Hamann’s first novel follows Eveline Auerbach from her high school years in East Hampton, New York, in the 1970s through her early adulthood in the moneyed, high-pressured Manhattan of the 1980s. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

PROCESSION OF THE DEAD by Darren Shan (Thriller)
New York Times bestselling YA author Darren Shan makes his adult fiction debut with this first book in a new series set in a darkly imagined world called the City. Young, quick-witted and cocky, Capac Raimi arrives in the City determined to make his mark in a world of sweet, sinister sin. But soon he crosses paths with The Cardinal, and his life changes forever. Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts.

THE NEAREST EXIT by Olen Steinhauer (Thriller)
Now faced with the end of his quiet, settled life, reluctant spy Milo Weaver has no choice but to turn back to his old job as a “tourist.” Before he can get back to the CIA’s dirty work, he has to prove his loyalty to his new bosses. Milo is suddenly in a dangerous position, between right and wrong, between powerful self-interested men, between patriots and traitor --- especially as a man who has nothing left to lose.
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

The Big Bang: The Lost Mike Hammer Sixties Novel by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins (Hard-boiled Mystery)
The toughest private eye in fiction takes on the Swinging Sixties. Originally begun and outlined by Spillane in the mid-1960s, and expertly completed by his longtime collaborator Max Allan Collins, THE BIG BANG is vintage Mike Hammer on acid --- literally. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

BACKSEAT SAINTS by Joshilyn Jackson (Fiction)
Ro Grandee is an abused wife working at her father-in-law’s Texas gun store alongside her former college football-playing husband, Thom. After dropping off an elderly neighbor at the airport one day, a tarot card-reading gypsy warns Ro that if she does not kill her husband, he will murder her. Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.

SHAKESPEARE UNDEAD by Lori Handeland (Historical Fantasy)
William Shakespeare is considered to be one of the greatest writers to put pen to paper. Did you ever wonder how he found the time and inspiration to write all those plays? Well, imagine him a vampire with the ability to speak to ghosts who like to tell stories. And throw in a few zombies for action, too. Reviewed by Amy Gwiazdowski.

William Golding: The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies by John Carey (Biography)
Drawing almost entirely on materials that have never before been made public, John Carey sheds new light on LORD OF THE FLIES author William Golding. Through his exclusive access to Golding’s family, Carey uses hundreds of letters, unpublished works and Golding’s intimate journals to draw a revelatory and definitive portrait. Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott.

PUTTING AWAY CHILDISH THINGS: A Tale of Modern Faith by Marcus J. Borg (Fiction)
Kate Riley is a popular religion professor at a liberal arts college in a small midwestern town who thinks her life is right on track. She loves her job, is happy with her personal and spiritual life, and her guilty pleasure consists of passing her afternoons at the local pub with a pint of Guinness and a cigarette. Kate is up for tenure when it all starts to go wrong. Reviewed by Marcia Ford.

THE PERFECT WOMAN by James Andrus (Thriller)
Haunted by his own daughter's unsolved disappearance, Detective John Stallings is committed to finding runaways and busting their abductors. When a series of girls is found dead and stuffed into duffle bags, he's consumed with capturing "The Bagman" --- at the risk of his marriage, his career, and possibly his tough-as-nails partner, Patty Levine. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

NOBODY’S ANGEL by Jack Clark (Mystery)
Two serial killers stalk the nighttime streets of Chicago in this gritty, realistic thriller written by real-life Chicago cabbie Jack Clark. One killer attacks streetwalkers while the other targets cab drivers. And driver Eddie Miles just might be next. Reviewed by Tom Callahan.

PHOTO, SNAP, SHOT: A Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Mystery by Joanna Campbell Slan (Mystery)
Old money and tradition are the hallmarks of the St. Louis prep school that Kiki Lowenstein's daughter Anya attends. But the elite academy is stamped with scandal when Anya finds the dead body of teacher Sissy Gilchrist in its elegant theatre. Even worse, Anya might have seen the killer. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

Click here to read this week's reviews.


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Those who are subscribed to the newsletter by June 30, 2010 automatically are entered in our Monthly Newsletter Contest. This month, one winner will be selected to win the following five books: BROKEN by Karin Slaughter, ICE COLD: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel by Tess Gerritsen, THE LION by Nelson DeMille, ROBERT LUDLUM'S THE BOURNE OBJECTIVE by Eric Van Lustbader and SIZZLING SIXTEEN: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich. Jackie from Atlanta, TX was last month's winner. She won 61 HOURS by Lee Child, FEVER DREAM by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST by Stieg Larsson, INNOCENT by Scott Turow and PRIVATE LIFE by Jane Smiley.

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