Wednesday, May 31, 2017

You are not going to want to miss out on these new bestsellers

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco and Lauren Oyler

"A candid and charming memoir of her unexpected career in government...The memoir abounds with intimate glimpses of Washington, D.C., celebrities (Biden, Clinton, Michelle Obama, and scores more) and cheerfully dispensed survival strategies. An entertaining look inside the White House."

A Piece of the World: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline

“Andrew Wyeth’s celebrated painting Christina’s World has her back to the viewer, but Kline turns her to face the reader, simultaneously equipping her with a back story and a lyrical voice...A character portrait that is painterly, sensuous, and sympathetic.”

The Black Book by James Patterson

"The mystery is authentic, the lead-up genuinely suspenseful, and the leading characters and situations more memorable than Patterson's managed in quite a while."

Man Overboard: An Ali Reynolds Novel (Ali Reynolds Series) by J.A. Jance

… Jance (Random Acts, 2016, etc.) can’t seem to keep out of her own way or avoid sidelining the supposed heroine in this 15th franchise installment. But the character who does take the lead deserves to keep it, and the ending helps make up for the cumbersome plot.

Monday, May 29, 2017

These bestsellers have hit the shelves

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

“…a riveting exercise in fictional anthropology.”

Echoes in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death, Book 44) by J.D. Robb

…Robb knows her audience will be highly sympathetic to a police heroine who has to walk a crime scene in uncomfortably fashionable stiletto heels, but along the winding trail to the easily spotted villain, she's not afraid to throw in some descriptions that will earn this installment an R for serious sexual violence.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

“[A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, [Trevor Noah’s] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah’s family, at life in South Africa under apartheid. . . . In the end, Born a Crime is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid, but a love letter to the author’s remarkable mother.”

If Not for You: A Novel by Debbie Macomber

This is a trademark Macomber romance in all the best ways. Sam and Beth may not have instant chemistry, but they are both instantly likable characters. … A heartwarming, uplifting and deliciously romantic tale with vibrant characters and a wide range of emotions.

Silence Fallen (A Mercy Thompson Novel) by Patricia Briggs

There are twists and turns aplenty to keep the reader engrossed. And of course, this being a Mercy Thompson novel, the two threads and other subplots introduced throughout the story all come together nicely at the end to form a rousing conclusion.

Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler and Shaun Whiteside

“The strengths of Ohler’s account lie not only in the rich array of rare documents he mines and the archival images he reproduces to accompany the text, but also in his character studies… Ohler effectively captures Hitler’s pathetic dependence on his doctor and the bizarre intimacy of their bond…Blitzed makes for provocative reading.”

A Conjuring of Light: A Novel (Shades of Magic) by V. E. Schwab

"Desperate gambits, magical battles, and meaningful sacrifice make this a thrilling read.”

Mangrove Lightning (A Doc Ford Novel) by Randy Wayne White

“White comes up with a novel way to re-examine historical crimes: reincarnate the criminals as fictional present-day killers. It's a crazy idea, and some crazy developments trail in its wake, but it works.”

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

More bestsellers are ready for you @ your library

Bone Box: A Decker/Lazarus Novel by Faye Kellerman

An unwelcome discovery Rina Lazarus makes on a woodsy trail begins what feels like an endless new investigation for her husband, Greenbury Police Detective Peter Decker (The Theory of Death, 2015, etc.). … A low-concept small-town procedural that delivers more authenticity than suspense, with so many forgettable suspects, witnesses, and potential victims that you’ll need a grade book to keep them straight.

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders

“Exhilarating . . . Ruthless and relentless in its evocation not only of Lincoln and his quandary, but also of the tenuous existential state shared by all of us.”

Gunmetal Gray (Gray Man) by Mark Greaney

“Courtland Gentry, also known as the Gray Man, is everything you’d want in a fictional professional killer...[he] always gets the job done for the US of A, and he entertains while doing it...this one is fat, fast, and fun. Clancy's spirit lives on.”

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance

“[A] compassionate, discerning sociological analysis…Combining thoughtful inquiry with firsthand experience, Mr. Vance has inadvertently provided a civilized reference guide for an uncivilized election, and he’s done so in a vocabulary intelligible to both Democrats and Republicans. Imagine that.”

Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West by Tom Clavin

"The author paints a lively portrait of the town and its denizens, particularly those well-known enforcers. Along the way, he reveals a few lesser-known aspects of their characters . . . . A must-have for buffs."

Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid

“In spare, crystalline prose, Hamid conveys the experience of living in a city under siege with sharp, stabbing immediacy. He shows just how swiftly ordinary life — with all its banal rituals and routines — can morph into the defensive crouch of life in a war zone. … [and] how insidiously violence alters the calculus of daily life. … By mixing the real and the surreal, and using old fairy-tale magic, Hamid has created a fictional universe that captures the global perils percolating beneath today’s headlines.”

The Devil's Triangle (A Brit in the FBI) by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison

FBI agents hunt for the Ark of the Covenant. … After all that’s been written about the ark in countless adventure stories, it’s hard to find any new ground to cover. But there are action and thrills aplenty in Coulter and Ellison’s new addition to their Brit in the FBI series (The End Game, 2015, etc.).

Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961 by Nicholas Reynolds

“[An] engrossing story of Hemingway’s disillusionment with American politics, his sympathy with communism, and his attraction to adventure and subversion.”

Monday, May 22, 2017

You are not going to want to miss these new bestsellers

Richard Nixon: The Life by John A. Farrell

"[Nixon is] an electrifying subject, a muttering Lear, of perennial interest to anyone with even an average curiosity about politics or psychology. The real test of a good Nixon biography, given how many there are, is far simpler: Is it elegantly written? And, even more important, can it tolerate paradoxes and complexity, the spikier stuff that distinguishes real-life sinners from comic-book villains? The answer, in the case of Richard Nixon, is yes, on both counts.”

Etched in Bone (A Novel of the Others) by Anne Bishop

… Etched in Bone gives readers an action-packed and emotional farewell to a long-running and enjoyable arc.

The Women in the Castle: A Novel by Jessica Shattuck

“Moving . . . Shattuck’s achievement—beyond unfolding a plot that surprises and devastates—is in her subtle exploration of what a moral righteousness looks like in the aftermath of the war, when communities and lives must be rebuilt, together.”

Vicious Circle (A Joe Pickett Novel) by C. J. Box

“Bracingly familiar pleasures expertly packaged...first-timers will be intrigued and fans amply rewarded.”

Mississippi Blood: A Novel (Penn Cage Novels) by Greg Iles

“A superb entertainment that is a work of power, distinction and high seriousness... also (a) prime example of what the thriller--and other forms of so-called ‘genre’ fiction--can accomplish when pushed beyond traditional limits.”

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

"Campfire-friendly and thermos-ready, easily drained in one warm, rummy slug… Raises a variety of profound questions—about the role of solitude, about the value of suffering, about the diversity of human needs."

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Check the shelves for these new bestsellers

Crimson Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) by Laurell K. Hamilton

“Number one New York Times bestseller Hamilton is still thrilling fans...with her amazing multifaceted characters and intricate multilayered world, a mix of erotic romance, crime-drama, and paranormal/fantasy fiction. Her descriptive prose is gritty and raw, with a mosaic of humor and horror to tell this complex, well-detailed story. But it’s her enigmatic stable of stars that continues to shine, managing their improbable interpersonal relationship dynamics.”

Without Warning: A J.B. Collins Novel by Joel C. Rosenberg

… When it comes to building suspense and tension, Rosenberg is merciless. With an unflinching plot that moves at blazing speeds, Rosenberg has packed more twists and turns into this novel than ever before as he continues to examine the threat ISIS poses to the rest of the world. The jaw-dropping ending alone is worth the price of admission, and will leave readers speechless. …

This Life I Live: One Man's Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever by Rory Feek

The chapters likely to linger in readers' minds, however, are the ones illuminated by Joey’s presence. Rory writes on the first page, “I am famous for loving my wife.” Theirs was a powerful connection, one that overused words like “love” and “soulmate” can’t fully encapsulate, he says. Instead, he describes their connection as “magical.”

Banana Cream Pie Murder (A Hannah Swensen Mystery) by Joanne Fluke

Newlywed Hannah Swensen Barton (Wedding Cake Murder, 2016, etc.) is disconcerted to find that her husband Ross’ favorite dessert is a clue in a murder investigation. … Baking maven Fluke wants to have her cake and eat it too. Grafting Hannah’s new relationship with Ross onto her lingering attachment to two previous boyfriends, her family of origin, her business, and the rest of the Lake Eden crew leaves precious little room for mystery.

The Cutthroat (An Isaac Bell Adventure) by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott

It’s No. 10 in the Cussler and Scott (The Gangster, 2016, etc.) series chronicling the adventures of rich man–sleuth Isaac Bell and the Van Dorn Detective Agency as the 20th century dawns. … Despite an awkward transition or two and a bit of padding (there’s a recipe for Welsh rarebit), the Bell series hits the right note for those who like crime fiction with a unique setting.

Heartbreak Hotel: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman

Child psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware (Breakdown, 2016, etc.) deals with his oldest client yet, a deceptively sweet old lady who gently importunes him to provide his services but dies without explaining why. … Entertaining as the conscientious excavation of ancient misdeeds is, it all ends up having disappointingly little to do with the motive and the culprit in the unlikely murder of the tale’s most charming character.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Check the shelves for these and other great bestsellers

Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard

“Millard’s tome is a slam-bang study of Churchill’s wit and wile as he navigates the Boer War like [a] proto-James Bond.”

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston

"A captivating real-life adventure tale... Preston deftly explains the science behind this work and makes it exciting."

A Great Reckoning: A Novel by Louise Penny

“Penny writes with grace and intelligence about complex people struggling with complex emotions. But her great gift is her uncanny ability to describe what might seem indescribable – the play of light, the sound of celestial music, a quiet sense of peace.”

Feversong: A Fever Novel by Karen Marie Moning

“Bold and brilliantly layered, deeply emotive and all-consuming, the story curves full circle as Mac and Dani try to save the world. . . . Fans of the series . . . will love every moment, every page. As one now expects from the incredibly talented [Karen Marie] Moning, gasp-inducing surprises await.”

Friday, May 12, 2017

Relax on the couch with one of these new movies.


Actors: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Barry Shabaka Henley, Cliff Smith, Chasten Harmon
Directors: Jim Jarmusch
Rated:  R  Restricted
Run Time: 119 minutes

A quiet observation of the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.

Hidden Figures

Actors: Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, Octavia Spencer, Kirsten Dunst, Kevin Costner
Directors: Theodore Melfi
Rated:  PG  Parental Guidance Suggested
Run Time: 127 minutes

The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.


Actors: Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara Dev Patel
Directors: Garth Davis
Rated:  PG-13  Parents Strongly Cautioned
Run Time: 120 minutes

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

La La Land

Actors: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie Dewitt, Finn Wittrock
Directors: Damien Chazelle
Rated:  PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned
Run Time: 128 minutes

Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

I Am Not Your Negro 

Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Dick Cavett
Directors: Raoul Peck
Rated:  PG-13  Parents Strongly Cautioned
Run Time: 94 minutes

Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

There is never a wrong time to pick up a book

Chaos: A Scarpetta Novel (Kay Scarpetta) by Patricia Cornwell

“There is a quiet intensity to Ms. Cornwell’s writing that compels you to read, then the eeriness sets in. . . . With CHAOS, once again Patricia Cornwell mesmerizes with her astounding scientific knowledge, her keen ear for dialogue and the human psyche, all woven together flawlessly.”

Smooth Operator (Teddy Fay) by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall

“Fast-moving, full of action, sexy and now with a very bright, devious new hero in Teddy Fay … It is like eating forbidden fruit, sugary cotton candy or forbidden chocolate brownies with nuts. You know it isn’t good for you, but you can’t put it down! Just go ahead and read it.”

The House of Secrets by Brad Meltzer and Tod Goldberg

"Nobody does historical speculation better than Meltzer, to the point where the lines between fiction and fact become utterly blurred. And that helps make THE HOUSE OF SECRETS great fun, pure reading entertainment of the highest order."

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

“The many never-saw-them-coming twists and questionable characters. . . will keep you on the edge of your seat. First-time novelist Lapena’s writing is spare and tense, and it makes The Couple Next Door a compulsive read. The last line is absolutely killer.”

The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson

“A shocking revelation…. For Tyson, this confession reveals the workings of a racial caste system that insured the murderers would be acquitted, and which, even decades later, makes it possible for young black men to be killed with impunity.” 

Forward: A Memoir by Abby Wambach

“Lucid and wrenching...Forward puts [Wambach’s] achievement in context with painful and beautiful candor.”

Monday, May 8, 2017

Great summer reading selections can be found @ your library

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel by Amor Towles

“Who will save Rostov from the intrusions of state if not the seamstresses, chefs, bartenders and doormen? In the end, Towles’s greatest narrative effect is not the moments of wonder and synchronicity but the generous transformation of these peripheral workers, over the course of decades, into confidants, equals and, finally, friends.  With them around, a life sentence in these gilded halls might make Rostov the luckiest man in Russia.”

Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers

“This is a novel about America, about what forces people to leave ‘the lower 48’ to seek refuge in a forbidding, unpeopled landscape… Eggers renders it with such passion and good humour, and describes the ‘land of mountains and light’ in such stirring, lustrous prose… There is a feeling of utopianism about the novel, a sense that, in Alaska, some original American dream slumbers just beneath the ice… Heroes of the Frontier acts on the reader like a breath of Alaskan air, cleansing the spirit and lifting the heart.”

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

“The prose is lean and inviting…A satisfying meat-and-potatoes domestic novel from one of our finest writers.”

The Last Days of Night: A Novel by Graham Moore

“A model of superior historical fiction . . . Graham Moore digs deep into long-forgotten facts to give us an exciting, sometimes astonishing story of two geniuses locked in a brutal battle to change the world. . . . [A] brilliant journey into the past.”

Friday, May 5, 2017

More new movies are waiting.... got the popcorn?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Actors: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell
Directors: David Yates
Rated:  PG-13  Parents Strongly Cautioned
Run Time: 132 minutes
This title will be released on March 28, 2017.

The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

Nocturnal Animals

Actors: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Directors: Tom Ford
Rated:  R  Restricted
Run Time: 116 minutes

A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale.

Fire at Sea

Actors: Samuele Pucillo, Maria Costa, Giuseppe Fragapane
Directors: Gianfranco Rosi
Rated:  NR  Not Rated
Run Time: 113 minutes
This title will be released on March 21, 2017. 

Capturing life on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a frontline in the European migrant crisis.


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