Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Don't miss these new bestsellers, available now!

Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 by Mitchell Zuckoff

"A minute-to-minute, suspenseful, heart-wrenching and inspirational narrative, Fall and Rise should endure as a prose poem memorial to a day like no other."

Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? by Bill McKibben

“A compelling call for change.”

Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller

“Miller makes a powerful case for overhauling a system that retraumatizes victims of sexual violence even in successful cases, perpetuating the feedback loop that discourages victims from coming forward to seek justice.”

The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff 

“Graff has woven a powerful, graphic narrative of how September 11 played out everywhere from the International Space Station to the inside of the collapsing World Trade Center towers. . . . I repeatedly cried. I could feel my pulse elevate. I often had to put it down after a dozen pages. But I think that’s the point of the book. September 11 was terrible and confusing, and the more time passes, sometimes the harder that is to remember. No matter how much we try to describe those feelings to children who didn’t live through them, something will be lost in the translation and telling. This book captures the emotions and unspooling horror of the day. It will be a good text to hand to a curious teenager when he one day asks: What was September 11 really like?”

Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber by Mike Isaac

“[Isaac] spins a compelling yarn. . . [Super Pumped] is no dry business profile but a tale that Isaac has deeply reported yet still made accessible.”

Monday, December 2, 2019

Prepare for your winter break with a couple of these Bestsellers

Things You Save in a Fire: A Novel by Katherine Center

"The novel is at its best in the fire station...its window into firefighter culture is fascinating. But Things You Save In a Fire has a greater ambition, too: shedding a light on trauma victims and the devastating effects of ignoring emotional fallout from a harrowing experience."

Under Currents: A Novel by Nora Roberts

"[Under Currents] is brilliantly plotted and unrelentingly propulsive. It is a beautifully written story about the fragility of life and the power of the past and the need to fight back... a highly recommended novel for this summer."

Vendetta in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death, Book 49) by J. D. Robb

"A rousing futuristic hunt for a serial killer of victims no one will mourn."

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

"Let’s just say that if you’ve got an Echo, you’re going to unplug it as soon as you finish the book…  What Ware does beautifully is infuse The Turn of the Key with a creepy Gothic sensibility. For all of the novel’s contemporary touches—particularly the house’s malevolent smart technology—she has delivered an old-fashioned horror story, peopled by children with ‘eyes full of malice,’ a dour housekeeper straight out of Rebecca and an inscrutable handyman."

Whisper Network: A Novel by Chandler Baker

“A delicious and timely thriller...Part soapy shocker (one of the characters is keeping a very big secret) and part legal thriller (excerpts from depositions offer a glimpse into the third act). Think Big Little Lies meets the famous 2017 list of men in the media industry accused of sexual harassment.”

Window on the Bay: A Novel by Debbie Macomber

“This heartwarming story sweetly balances friendship and mother-child bonding with romantic love.”

The World That We Knew: A Novel by Alice Hoffman

“[A] hymn to the power of resistance, perseverance and enduring love in dark times…gravely beautiful…Hoffman the storyteller continues to dazzle.”

Friday, November 29, 2019

Skip the shops and check out these Bestsellers

This Tender Land: A Novel by William Kent Krueger

“A picaresque tale of adventure during the Great Depression. Part Grapes of Wrath, part Huckleberry Finn, Krueger’s novel is a journey over inner and outer terrain toward wisdom and freedom.”

The Titanic Secret (An Isaac Bell Adventure Book 11) by Clive Cussler and Du Brul, Jack

“[Isaac Bell] deals with one disaster after another with smarts, bravery, loyalty, honesty, and no small amount of luck...The fun begins with the prologue and doesn’t stop till the end.”

Queen Bee: A Novel (Lowcountry Tales Book 12) by Dorothea Benton Frank

“This warmhearted tale will make you laugh and encourage you to hug your own loved ones a little closer.”

Lock Every Door: A Novel by Riley Sager

 “The author, writing under a pen name, relates ominous events and spooky developments with skill, adding an element of social commentary and a surprise twist ending—elevating this exercise in terror above the ordinary shocker.”

The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe and Katherine Kaneb Bellissimo

"You might pick up her books for escapism, but you'll be more environmentally aware by its end."

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Spend your vacation with one of these great bestsellers!

The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

“The Testaments is worthy of the literary classic it continues. That’s thanks in part to Atwood’s capacity to surprise, even writing in a universe we think we know so well.”

Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand

"Hilderbrand's characters are utterly convincing and immediately draw us into their problems, from petty to grave...To use the parlance of the period, a highly relevant retrospective."

Skin Game (A Teddy Fay Novel Book 3) by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall


Someone We Know: A Novel by Shari Lapena


Tidelands: The Fairmile Series, Book 1 by Philippa Gregory

"As with all good historical fiction, the novel offers that uncanny combination of distancing detail and themes that feel only too close to us today....Tidelands is a spellbinding read and an evocative glimpse at our strangely familiar past.",

Monday, November 25, 2019

Time to be thankful for these bestsellers

The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, share the stories of the gutsy women who have inspired them—women with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done.

How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems by Randall Munroe

“[How To] tackles problems from the mundane—such as how to move to a new house—to those that may trouble a mad scientist building her first lava moat. The solutions are often hilariously, and purposefully, absurd. Embedded in these solutions, however, is solid scientific, engineering, and experimental understanding . . . [for] anyone who appreciates science-based, but Rube Goldberg–esque, solutions to life’s problems.”

Lifespan: Why We Age―and Why We Don't Have To by David A. Sinclair  and Matthew D. LaPlante

“Lifespan is entertaining and fast-paced—a whirlwind tour of the recent past and a near future that will see 90 become the new 70. In a succession of colorfully titled chapters (‘The Demented Pianist’, ‘A Better Pill to Swallow’), Sinclair and LaPlante weave a masterful narrative of how we arrived at this crucial inflection point.”

One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon by Charles Fishman

"Mr. Fishman is a veteran space reporter with a vibrant touch—nearly every sentence has a fact, an insight, a colorful quote or part of a piquant anecdote. What’s more, he has pondered the meaning of the moon landing and arrived at a surprising and persuasive answer. . . . Mr. Fishman is a connoisseur of fascinating detail, as well."

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death by Caitlin Doughty and Dianné Ruz

“Nobody likes to think about mortality, but if you’re going to, there are far worse places to start than Doughty. Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? is funny, dark, and at times stunningly existential, revealing not only how little we understand about death, but also how much kids can handle.”

The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier by Ian Urbina

"A swift-moving, often surprising account of the dangers that face sailors and nations alike on the lawless tide."

Friday, November 22, 2019

Don't miss out on these great bestsellers!

Thrawn: Treason (Star Wars) (Star Wars: Thrawn) by Timothy Zahn

“A satisfying tale of political intrigue . . . Thrawn’s observations and tactical thinking are utterly captivating.”

The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel by Ta-Nehisi Coates

“Coates balances the horrors of slavery against the fantastical. He extends the idea of the gifts of the disenfranchised to include a kind of superpower. But The Water Dancer is very much its own book, and its gestures toward otherworldliness remain grounded. In the end, it is a novel interested in the psychological effects of slavery, a grief that Coates is especially adept at parsing. . . . In Coates’s world, an embrace can be a revelation, rare and astonishing.”

The Oracle (A Sam and Remi Fargo Adventure Book 11) by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell

“[A] thrilling addition to Clive Cussler’s bestselling series. . . Burcell gets stronger each time out, which means so does Sam and Remi Fargo, who are arguably Cussler’s best heroes going right now.”

A Woman Is No Man: A Novel by Etaf Rum

“A dauntless exploration of the pathology of silence, an attempt to unsnarl the dark knot of history, culture, fear and trauma that can render conservative Arab-American women so visibly invisible…. The triumph of Rum’s novel is that she refuses to measure her women against anything but their own hearts and histories…. Both a love letter to storytelling and a careful object lesson in its power.”

Tom Clancy Enemy Contact (Jack Ryan Universe Book 27) by Mike Maden

“Maden’s style meshes perfectly with the classic Clancy yarns, with global action, struggle, suffering, and formidable foes who get what they deserve. Another well-crafted and enjoyable escape from reality. The Ryans just keep on saving the world.”

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

More great titles are available now!

Outfox by Sandra Brown

"Sandra Brown is a master when it comes to rogue characters, increasing the level of tension to cause the pace of the narrative to move faster and faster . . . This time she not only nails a story that has several surprises, but also maintains the quality that everyone expects in her novels."

Red Metal by Mark Greaney, Lieutenant Colonel Hunter Ripley Rawlings IV (USMC)

“All of Greaney’s considerable talents are on display here, honed to an even sharper edge by the still-serving Rawlings’ battlefield expertise. This is the modern-day equivalent of Red Storm Rising and not to be missed by those who like their pages gun-metal strong.”

Redemption (Memory Man series Book 5) by David Baldacci

"Little by little he thaws the case out, exposing a town full of secrets that have far-reaching, international ramifications. Redemption's unusual plot will have you wanting to step back and say 'wait a minute.' But then you remember, this is David Baldacci, the master storyteller, and you keep turning the pages."

Quichotte: A Novel by Salman Rushdie

“Rushdie weaves together all of his subjects, sharply observed, with extraordinary elegance and wit. . . . Cervantes’s hero, who is eternally modern perhaps because he is essentially anti-contemporary, couldn’t be a more inspired transplant into the mad reality of the present day, which Rushdie sends up in terms both universal and highly specific, tragic and hilarious, strange but hauntingly familiar. . . . At least here’s something worth reading as civilization crumbles around us, before we succumb to our fates. Right?”

Monday, November 18, 2019

The hits just keep coming!

Lady in the Lake: A Novel by Laura Lippman

“[Lippman] tells a classic mystery through the prism of many characters, all feeling the reverberations of dawning feminism and racial tension in civil-rights-era Baltimore...Lady in the Lake is aching, thoughtful, and compulsively readable.”

The Guest Book: A Novel by Sarah Blake

“Thought-provoking and propulsive…Welcome to old money, new heartbreak, big secrets, and the kind of mouthwatering picnics nobody packs in real life (boiled eggs, tin of sandwiches, bottles of gin). But the North Star of Sarah Blake’s The Guest Book isn’t the Milton family―although they are fascinating, even the ghosts―it’s the Maine island cottage where they spend their summers.”

The Girl Who Lived Twice: A Lisbeth Salander novel, continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series by David Lagercrantz

 "A quest for revenge and atonement that plumbs the depths of Russian troll factories and scales the heights of Mount Everest."

Friday, November 15, 2019

Don't miss out on these new titles!

America's Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr. by Steven M. Gillon

“I read this one for work and didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did…it provided a lot of insight into the dawn of celebrity culture and the rise of People magazine.”

Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save His Legacy by Dan Abrams and David Fisher

“Dan Abrams and David Fisher prove that the story of a libel case can indeed make for gripping reading.… Abrams and Fisher are gifted writers, and their prose is neither overly spare nor showy; they're clearly fascinated by the trial, and their enthusiasm for their subject matter shows. Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense is a must-read for anyone with a deep interest in the 26th president, or in First Amendment law, but any reader with an affection for American history will find something to admire in this book.”

Permanent Record by Edward Snowden

“Snowden eventually decided his loyalties lay not with the agencies he was working for, but the public they were set up to protect. He felt ordinary citizens were being betrayed, and he had a duty to explain how.... His account of the experiences that led him to take momentous decisions, along with the details he gives of his family background, serve as a robust defense against accusations that he is a traitor."

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Stop by the library and... check out... these new bestsellers!

The Golden Hour: A Novel by Beatriz Williams

“Original and fascinating. Lulu herself is an excellent creation, tough, smart, sexy, and ruthless… A fresh take on the WWII love story, with a narrator who practically demands Myrna Loy come back to life to play her in the movie.”

Shamed: A Kate Burkholder Novel by Linda Castillo

"Block out time to read this page-turner at a single sitting."

The Last Widow: A Novel (Will Trent Book 9) by Karin Slaughter

“There’s never a dull moment in Georgia with Karin Slaughter on the literary rampage.”

The Nickel Boys: A Novel by Colson Whitehead

"Colson Whitehead continues to make a classic American genre his own. . . . The narration is disciplined and the sentences plain and sturdy, oars cutting into water. Every chapter hits its marks. . . . Whitehead comports himself with gravity and care, the steward of painful, suppressed histories; his choices on the page can feel as much ethical as aesthetic. The ordinary language, the clear pane of his prose, lets the stories speak for themselves. . . . Whitehead has written novels of horror and apocalypse; nothing touches the grimness of the real stories he conveys here"

Monday, November 11, 2019

Today we remember those that have served their country

Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America by Jared Cohen

"A deep dive into the terms of eight former presidents is chock-full of political hijinks—and déjà vu ... chapters flick at familiar themes: trust busting, scandal wrangling, and brawls that read like highbrow TMZ ... The book is also a reminder that, when it came to succession, America’s founders basically winged it."

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell

"[An] excellent biography... if Virginia Hall herself remains something of an enigma — a testament, perhaps, to the skills that allowed her to live in the shadows for so long — the extraordinary facts of her life are brought onto the page here with a well-judged balance of empathy and fine detail. This book is as riveting as any thriller, and as hard to put down"

Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation by Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw

"Not in the musicological class of Alan Lomax or at the historical heights of David Hackett Fischer's Liberty and Freedom, but worthy reading for the anthemically minded."

Every Man a Hero: A Memoir of D-Day, the First Wave at Omaha Beach, and a World at War by Ray Lambert and Jim DeFelice

“At 98, Lambert, who earned a Silver Star and multiple Bronze Stars and Purple Hearts, is still around to tell his story. Readers will be grateful. … Lambert’s narrative flows smoothly throughout, clearly showing the author’s heroism.”


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