Thursday, July 7, 2016

New bestsellers are waiting for you @ your library

15th Affair (Women's Murder Club Series #15) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

A beautiful blonde with CIA connections slips away after a horrific murder at a luxury hotel, and suddenly Lindsay Boxer's husband is missing, too. Lindsay soon suspects that the two share a secret past and calls out the Women's Murder Club.

The Apartment: A Novel by Danielle Steel

Steel weaves a gripping and notable story of four equally different young women who share a loft apartment in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. While some characters are given more story time, it’s easy to get invested in all of the characters, their easy camaraderie, their unique personal struggles and heartbreak. … Steel proves once more why her stories are synonymous with timeless romance.

Brush of Wings by Karen Kingsbury

It is not easy to finish a series that has numerous subplots to discover. It’s interesting to see the group of angels trying to help humans who are not aware they are having a divine intervention. Kingsbury peels back the layers of dimensions to allow readers to believe there are angels amongst us, and that they guide us, protect us and, most importantly, pray for us.

Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson Series #9) by Patricia Briggs

Tensions between the fae and humans are reaching a crisis point, and up until now, the werewolves have tried to stay neutral in the battle. The always-awesome Briggs is back with another high-stakes adventure starring coyote shifter Mercy Thompson. Briggs’ careful and layered building of both her world and her characters is an iron-clad guarantee of an outstanding read! Fans will love this one!

The Gangster (Isaac Bell Series #9) by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott

Cussler and Scott did do a wonderful job at placing the reader in the 1900s, painting a great image with accurate visual descriptions.

Private Paris by James Patterson, Mark Sullivan

…[T]he authors weave a fast-paced adventure covering two investigations. Scary possibilities, but good fiction none the less.

The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur's Vision of the Future by Steve Case
The founder of America Online outlines some of the potentialities he sees emerging in the “Internet of Everything.” … [Case] identifies three sectors of economic activity as foci of the coming “Third Wave” of the Internet: health care, education, and food production, processing, and transportation. Each of these represents a partnership between government and the private sector aimed at achieving some public good. … Case’s vision of the future is compelling, but he may be overreaching when he emphasizes functions for third-party apps that could undermine professionally qualified expertise and challenge employment, earnings, and benefits. … Opportunity beckons, and Case ably describes the possibilities, but the price of the chase may harm as well as benefit.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

It's never a wrong time to curl up with one of these new bestsellers

The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien

Intoxicating.... O'Brien takes up her signature themes—close-knit communities, love and hate for the homeland, the plight of women, loss and desire, victimhood, romantic love—and casts their compassionate reach far beyond Ireland.... [The Little Red Chairs] asks the kinds of questions only a novel could dare; like a great novel must, it leaves many of them unanswered."

The Murder of Mary Russell (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Series #14) by Laurie R. King

“Not only a high point in King’s long-running series, but a compelling demonstration of the ways inventive writers can continue to breathe new life into the Holmes-ian mythology . . . Both Holmes and Russell will have a chance to shine; in fact, the case achieves a rare balance between Holmes, Russell, and the mystery they’ve been set.”

Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbo

The world's worst hit man goes aground in a little Norwegian town far above the Arctic Circle in this sharp, spare, postcard-sized tale. … Wasting not a word, Nesbø (Blood on Snow, 2015, etc.) paints an indelible portrait of a criminal loser who reflects when he's faced with the supreme threat to his existence that "it was actually hard to think of anyone who was more dispensable than me."

Off the Grid (Joe Pickett Series #16) by C. J. Box

“C.J. Box continues his spectacular roll with the darkly mesmerizing Off the Grid....Ever popular buddy teams in the thriller genre include such classic matches as Robert Parker’s Hawk and Spenser along with James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell just to name a few. Pickett and Romanoski have become the gold standard, playing off each other perfectly as different sides of the same coin, which is sure to help place Off the Grid on everyone’s Best Thrillers of 2016 list.”

Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen

What does home really mean? Is it the people around you who make a place familiar and loved, or is it the tie to land that's been in your family for generations? Anna Quindlen's mesmerizing new novel investigates both…Quindlen makes her characters so richly alive, so believable, that it's impossible not to feel every doubt and dream they harbor, or share every tragedy that befalls them…The novel is overwhelmingly moving…The ending fast-forwards like a kind of majestic tide, carrying all these lives we've come to deeply care for into middle age and beyond, as people marry, birth children, move on and, yes, die. Family bonds are restructured, and secrets…are revealed that either wedge people apart or bind them together. But Quindlen also allows her characters mystery—and some of what's unknown stays unknown, which burnishes her story with a kind of haunting grace and truthfulness. Here, in this novel, where so much is about what vanishes, there is also a deep beating heart, of what also stays.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Add these new bestsellers to your summer reading list

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal

“Amazing…. The clarity of [De Waal’s] writing makes for a highly readable book…. a trip to the zoo may never be the same.”

Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo

…in both [Nobody's Fool and Everybody's Fool], the humor is…genial, and it works in service of the characters. Sully in particular emerges as one of the most credible and engaging heroes in recent American fiction…Taken together, at over 1,000 pages, the two Fool books represent an enormous achievement, creating a world as richly detailed as the one we step into each day of our lives. Bath is real, Sully is real, and so is Hattie's and the White Horse Tavern and Miss Peoples's house on Main, and I can only hope we haven't seen the last of them. I'd love to see what Sully's going to be up to at 80.

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

"The London Blitz is cinematically re-imagined in a deeply moving new novel from Chris Cleave. As he did in Little Bee, he places forthright characters in impossible situations in Everyone Brave Is Forgiven,a story set during World War II."

A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab

An absorbing fantasy adventure set in a world where magic can be a gift—or a weapon. … This sequel to Schwab's A Darker Shade of Magic (2015) expands the world beyond Red London and deepens the appealingly unconventional people that populate it. These rich, lifelike characters draw the reader in and make this well-realized fantasy impossible to put down. Fans of A Darker Shade of Magic will love its sequel, and fantasy fans who haven't yet read the first book in this series should hurry to catch up.

A Girl's Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber

“A Girl’s Guide to Moving On is truly a story of love, friendship, hope and a woman’s capacity to make a fresh start. Whether you are in a rock-solid relationship or have faced a break-up or divorce, you are sure to connect with the joys and trials faced by Leanne and Nichole as they support each other in their individual quests for a brighter tomorrow. Readers will find the book full of the tender moments, humor, drama and emotion for which Debbie Macomber’s novels are famous.”

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith

"Lovely, quietly resonant . . . Smith [has a] singular gift for conjuring distant histories. In his hands, the damp cobblestones and canals of 1600s Holland and the shabby gentility of Eisenhower-era New York feel as real and tactile and tinged with magic as de Vos’ indelible brushstrokes."

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

New bestsellers have arrived

Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner, David Fisher

In the original Star Trek series, Mr. Spock's contemplative temperament was balanced by Capt. Kirk's emotive and physical nature. Now it's the captain's turn to reflect. … A fond remembrance of Leonard Nimoy by one who knew him like no other.

The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan

Egan has a gift for sweeping narrative—he moves briskly through the Great Hunger, the open-air prison that was Australia, the Civil War—and he has a journalist's eye for the telltale detail…This is masterly work.

The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross

"Discerning insights on approaching changes to our economic and social landscapes and solid advice on how we should navigate them."

Family Jewels (Stone Barrington Series #37) by Stuart Woods

A low-stakes, low-octane thriller that seems to have been cobbled together entirely from dead ends.

The Last Mile (Amos Decker Series #2) by David Baldacci

When readers first met Decker, he was maladjusted and brilliant, his NFL career cut short by a vicious hit that altered his life and left him with perfect recall. And it was his incredible memory that solved his cases. This new, improved, vanilla Decker is less interesting than the damaged hero Baldacci first introduced. And while the case starts out with plenty of potential, Decker’s incredible memory really isn’t flexed much here, so it’s ultimately solved by ordinary detective work.

The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood Series #14) by J. R. Ward

“The beauty of this story totally BLEW ME AWAY...The Beast made me feel like I had come home, everything was as it should be and even better than I had remembered. It met the criteria for what I want in a romance, heart and panty-melting goodness. It was magnificent and one of the most beautiful stories I’ve read in a really long time. Well done, well done indeed.”

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Don't miss out on these new bestsellers

Maestra by L. S. Hilton

“What makes a woman who’ll do anything to get what she wants so threatening . . . and thrilling? . . . It’s Judith’s modes of retaliation that make her a radical heroine. She deploys a uniquely female arsenal. . . weaponizing femininity. . . .  It’s hard not to feel vicariously empowered by a woman unapologetically in pursuit. Let’s call her the Sheryl Sandberg of sociopaths, leaning in to the hilt.”

Redemption Road by John Hart

"REDEMPTION ROAD is as good as any of [Hart's] previous novels and in some cases even better. His grasp of plot is still phenomenal, his creation of characters is still amazing, and his way with words is still magnificently acute. In this book he writes with the same southern melancholia style of Conroy and McCullers, which is not an easy thing to do ... his story rings true. It possesses tremendous depth as it reveals the isolation a wounded heart can feel. It shows understanding in the emotions of rage and revenge. It shows the curative blessings of a redemptive soul. That is a lot to pack into a story but Hart has the heart and stamina to make it all work ...Stick out your thumb, flag him down and join him on this amazing journey. It will be the ride of a lifetime."

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

“Extremely moving and memorable . . . This impressive debut should appeal strongly to historical fiction readers and to book clubs that adored Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See.”

Paul McCartney: The Life by Philip Norman

An enormous and sympathetic book.... It's rich with detail about Mr. McCartney's philanthropy, his knighthood, his taste in country homes, his dabbling as a painter, a poet and a composer of classical music.... The story of its subject's life from his childhood in Liverpool through the breakup of the Beatles in 1970 has lost none of its ability to charm ... One of the best stories the past century has to tell."

Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

“[Duhigg] looks at the numerous ways that people can become more effective, whether in improving motivation, setting goals, making decisions or thinking creatively . . . [He’s] an effective storyteller with a knack for combining social science, fastidious reporting and entertaining anecdotes.”

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

New bestsellers available now.

Wedding Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #19) by Joanne Fluke

Even in the world of desserts, competition can be murder, as Hannah Swensen discovers on the eve of her nuptials. … Before she walks down the aisle, though, she's scheduled to appear on the Food Channel's Dessert Chef Competition … But Hannah's luck on the cooking show does nothing to diminish her corpse magnetism, and sooner or later… she's staring down at another dead body. … Hannah's just got to investigate. … The result is predictable. Hannah asks one question too many, and then it's a close thing whether death do her part from Ross even before they manage to tie the knot. Since the interplay between Hannah and Ross has even less sex appeal than the Baking Conversion Chart at the end of the volume, any interest in whether they do finally get hitched is strictly pro forma. At least there are 22 recipes.

The Waters of Eternal Youth (Guido Brunetti Series #25) by Donna Leon

“Donna Leon’s Venetian mysteries never disappoint, calling up the romantic sights and sounds of La Serenissima even as they acquaint us with the practical matters that concern the city’s residents . . . The Waters of Eternal Youth . . . [is] a bittersweet story that makes us appreciate Brunetti’s philosophical take on the indignities, insanities, and cruelties of life.”

The Widow by Fiona Barton

“Both a taut reconstruction of a crime and a ruthless examination of marriage…A smartly crafted, compulsively readable tale about the lies people tell each other, and themselves, when the truth is the last thing they really want to know.”

Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America by Douglas Brinkley

…[an] enjoyably exhaustive new biography…Roosevelt thought deeply about the environment, more so than perhaps any other president save his distant relative and namesake, Theodore Roosevelt—as Brinkley well knows, having published a similarly extensive biography of Teddy Roosevelt as an environmentalist, The Wilderness Warrior, in 2009. The Roosevelt cousins make for a satisfying historical diptych. Both came from wealth, and as children were exposed to the best that the American outdoors had to offer. Relatively early in their careers, they came to believe that capitalism had been allowed to run roughshod over much of America's natural beauty, and that it was the government's duty to set things right.

The Steel Kiss (Lincoln Rhyme Series #12) by Jeffery Deaver

"Fiendishly inventive...all the usual thrills, which are worth every breathless minute."

Thursday, June 16, 2016

New bestsellers have hit the shelves!

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
The novel starts slowly… but this book is beautifully plotted and morally astute. …
Aficionados of Downton Abbey and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society will sigh with pleasure.

Cometh the Hour (Clifton Chronicles Series #6) by Jeffrey Archer

Archer (Mightier Than the Sword, 2015, etc.) has great good fun with the sixth volume of his Clifton Chronicles, this one covering the 1970s; his characters move from peril to peril, mostly financial or political, while occasionally straying into territory where bullets fly. …  Archer spins out dialogue that's spot-on, judging by Downton Abbey or Call the Midwife, and his settings will inspire thoughts about the cost of tickets to London. Another artful Archer telenovela, readable as a stand-alone family drama but more a treat for those captured by the series.

Journey to Munich (Maisie Dobbs Series #12) by Jacqueline Winspear

 “Paints a keen picture of a woman and a country struggling to remain calm in the face of sweeping changes.... Deftly blending historical detail with taut suspense and her usual thoughtful exploration of Maisie’s inner life, Winspear turns in another satisfying entry in her beloved series.”

A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold

“This book which can be tough to read in places is an important one. It helps us arrive at a new understanding of how Columbine happened and, in the process, may help avert other tragedies.” Rated: A.

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

This story of first-world problems proves to be an enjoyable comedy of manners as Sweeney artfully skewers family dynamics, the publishing world and New York society at large…[A] lively first novel.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Drop by the library this summer and check out our new bestsellers!

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

"A fresh historical prospective on one of the most profiled companies in the world...[Shoe Dog] builds characters of the people behind the brand, many of whom we've never heard of."

Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 by Adam Hochschild

Adam Hochschild is both a gifted historian and a man of the left. In Spain in Our Hearts, he retells this familiar tale in an unfamiliar and convincing way—as a collective biography that strongly sympathizes with the Americans who fought for and wrote about Republican Spain but refuses to spare them from criticism. By assembling a well-chosen set of individual narratives, many about figures who are relatively unknown, he captures why so many people thought the fate of the world might be decided by who won the conflict in a poor, mostly rural country on the edge of Europe…Hochschild narrates such tales with prose that is consistently vivid yet emotionally restrained.

American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales

"Sales painstakingly draws on scholarly research and numerous interviews with girls from New Jersey to California to offer a harrowing glimpse into a world where self-esteem, friendships and sexuality play out, and are defined by the parameters of social media."

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

"The poverty of others brings up terrible questions of there-but-for-the-grace-of-God and what if, were your circumstances or skin color or gender different, that could be you. Your gaze pulls away. But Desmond writes so powerfully and with such persuasive math that he turns your head back and keeps it there: Yes, it could be you. But if home is so crucial a place that its loss causes this much pain, Evicted argues, making it possible for more of us might change everything.”

Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld

It's a pleasure to find out how Sittenfeld has updated classic Austen scenes to fit this new milieu…No one writes with Austen's particular sensibility, and no one would really want to; she was perfectly of her time. But Sittenfeld…is the ideal modern-day reinterpreter. Her special skill lies not just in her clear, clean writing, but in her general amusement about the world, her arch, pithy, dropped-mike observations about behavior, character and motivation. She can spot hypocrisy, cant, self-contradiction and absurdity 10 miles away. She's the one you want to leave the party with, so she can explain what really happened…Taking the story out of England and bringing it to America has allowed Sittenfeld to draw back the curtains, throw open the windows, and let the air in…The characters can be raucous and the situations ungenteel, but not since Clueless, which transported Emma to Beverly Hills, has Austen been so delightedly interpreted.

Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyons

As the writer behind the satirical blog Fake Steve Jobs, [Lyons] could not have imagined a place so ripe for parody as HubSpot. Every detail of the hip office space, incompetent management, and delusional workforce described by Lyons in his hilarious and unsettling exposé is like something out of a scripted comedy (the author writes for HBO's Silicon Valley) ... An exacting, excoriating takedown of the current startup 'bubble' and the juvenile corporate culture it engenders."


Friday, June 10, 2016

New best sellers have arrived. Here are what the staff can't wait to read.

The 14th Colony (Cotton Malone Series #11) by Steve Berry

Cotton Malone of the Magellan Billet …has been dispatched to Siberia by Billet chief Stephanie Nelle on orders from lame-duck President Danny Daniels. … The plot is familiar—good guys chase bad guys to avert major crises—but Berry this time complicates the scenario with a second storyline. It involves The Society of Cincinnati, a fraternity founded after the Revolutionary War by and for the male descendants of veterans. How that organization's longtime desire for a 14th colony ties into Russian resentment is left for Malone and his Magellen cohorts to dig up. Longer than it needs to be but Berry gunfights his way entertainingly enough to the save-the-world conclusion of this formulaic yarn.

Extreme Prey (Lucas Davenport Series #26) by John Sandford

… Marlys Purdy has been through it all, and she's come to realize one thing for sure: the deck is stacked in favor of wealthy farmers, and Michaela Bowden's shoo-in presidential campaign isn't going to change that situation. The only hope for Marlys and her sons … is the election of Minnesota's left-wing governor, Elmer Henderson, and the best way to clear his path to the Democratic nomination is to remove Bowden with extreme prejudice. … Can Lucas, working without a badge, sift through the harmless and the tangential radicals in time to protect Bowden from the coup de grâce he's certain is planned during her ill-advised visit to the Iowa State Fair? An efficient and unremarkable treatment of a story that keeps threatening to leap the gap from paranoid fantasies to tomorrow's headlines.

First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies by Kate Andersen Brower

 “Brower is a thorough researcher who weaves a highly readable story through original reporting and the thorough use of earlier memoirs and histories...a gossipy, but surprisingly deep, look at the women who help and sometimes overshadow their powerful husbands.”

The Other Side of Silence (Bernie Gunther Series #11) by Philip Kerr

“The intricacies of the plot, partly based on Maugham’s history as a British spy in charge of a team of secret agents, make this one of Kerr’s best technical efforts. But it’s the characterization of Maugham and the sound of his voice…that makes this novel memorable.” 

The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

The account remains even-keeled throughout, and the last years of the dynasty especially are treated with a restraint and objectivity for which one is grateful. Overall…this monumental work is an essential addition to the library of anyone interested in Russian history and the doomed dynasty of Romanovs, "blood-spattered, gold-plated, diamond-studded, swash-buckled, bodice-ripping and star-crossed."


The Obsession by Nora Roberts

Bestseller Roberts explores the experience of a serial killer's family and, more subtly, the true natures of trust, friendship, and loyalty. A little uneven and with an abundance of detail that occasionally slows the pace, this is still an appealing story from a romantic-suspense favorite.


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