Monday, November 12, 2018

New bestsellers are just waiting for you @ your library

The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyre

“[A] swift-moving tale of true espionage in the most desperate years of the Cold War... The closing pages of Macintyre’s fluent yarn find Gordievsky attempting to escape captivity and flee to the West in a scenario worthy of John le Carré... Oddly timely, given the return of Russian spying to the front pages, and a first-rate study of the mechanics and psychology of espionage.”

These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore

“Jill Lepore is an extraordinarily gifted writer, and These Truths is nothing short of a masterpiece of American history. By engaging with our country's painful past (and present) in an intellectually honest way, she has created a book that truly does encapsulate the American story in all its pain and all its triumph.”

We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time by Jose Andres

“...The author’s passion to help people is palpable . . . His actions should be the basis for future work by FEMA and other humanitarian agencies . . . A passionate and courageous story that should be required reading for anyone involved in disaster response.”

Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang

“A sweeping panoramic overview of the enduring alliance between astrophysics and the military―from the Greeks to Galileo to GPS.”

Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

“Written in the companionable prose that makes Goodwin’s books surefire best sellers. . . . We can benefit from reminders that even flawed mortals can, in times of national emergency, achieve great things. We can only hope that a few of Goodwin’s many readers will find in her subjects’ examples a margin of inspiration and a resolve to steer the country to a better place.”

Friday, November 9, 2018

New bestsellers! Check one out this weekend!

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger by Rebecca Traister

“Traister specializes in writing about feminism and politics, and she knows the turf…especially astute in emphasizing the ways in which black women laid the cornerstones for women’s activism in this country…Feminism forces certain complexities into the stream of our daily lives, and Traister has a great gift for articulating them.”

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King

"Serviceable overall, but strong in its demonstration that Rogers was not just a good neighbor and a good friend to children, but also a very good man."

Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence--The Groundbreaking Meditation Practice by Dr. Daniel Siegel M.D.

"If Charles Reich is your bag, then this may be your book. If you want your neuroscience qua science, then head over to where Damasio and Dennett are shelved."

Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times by Mark Leibovich

‘"Hilarious, energetically reported and endlessly entertaining. . .  Leibovich emerges as the pro game’s Mencken, tossing out one-liners as barbed as the spiked costumes of the Raiders’ faithful.”

How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery and Rebecca Green

"The National Geographic channel meets memoir in this brief, compelling examination of what animals can teach us about ourselves."

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

More great titles are available now!

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

"Dan Williams’s watercolours are a haunting companion to the contemplative and poetic story of a father fleeing Syria with his son. Though considerably shorter than The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns or And the Mountains Echoed, it opens up as many powerful emotions about family, survival and childhood."

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

“A painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature....Owens here surveys the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast through the eyes of an abandoned child. And in her isolation that child makes us open our own eyes to the secret wonders—and dangers—of her private world.”

Vengeful (Villains) by V. E. Schwab

“Readers won't be able to put down this dark and riveting tale of power and revenge.”

Hippie by Paulo Coelho

"A nostalgic immersion in the mind-blowing 1960s."

The Labyrinth of the Spirits: A Novel (Cemetery of Forgotten Books) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

“Ruiz Zafón clearly has had a great deal of fun in pulling this vast story together…His ability to keep track of a thousand threads while, in the end, celebrating the power of storytelling is admirable…. A satisfying conclusion to a grand epic that, of course, will only leave its fans wanting more."                                                                               
             -Kirkus Reviews

Monday, November 5, 2018

New bestsellers brought to you by the Friends of the Devereaux Library

The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien

"An essential historical reference for Middle-earth fans . . .  For enthusiasts, these glimpses into the burgeoning interconnectedness of Tolkien’s fiction are fascinating . . .  Deep-lore delvers . . . will be rewarded with a thorough understanding of one of modern fantasy’s seminal works."

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel by Hank Green

“[Green] applies wit, affection, and cultural intelligence to a comic sci-fi novel....A fun, contemporary adventure that cares about who we are as humans, especially when faced with remarkable events.”

Depth of Winter: A Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson

“This is a rip-roaring adventure, and if Longmire seems uncannily able to recover from blows to the head and other injuries that would disable a lesser man, well, that's what it takes to defeat this ‘monster among monsters.’ The sheriff as the spirit of Quixote, riding a mule to the rescue.”

A Spark of Light: A Novel by Jodi Picoult

“The author presents the white-knuckled narrative in a reverse-chronological order. The effect is mesmerizing, as Picoult establishes moments in the overarching event, before revealing how they came to be.”

Transcription: A Novel by Kate Atkinson

"There is intrigue. There are surprises. But the unknowns aren't always what we think they are. The deepest pleasure here, though, is the author's language. As ever, Atkinson is sharp, precise, and funny . . . Another beautifully crafted book from an author of great intelligence and empathy."

Friday, November 2, 2018

Stories from all walks of life can be found @ your library

Every Day Is Extra by John Kerry

“The difference between memoir and autobiography can be fuzzy, but Every Day Is Extra . . . has both the reflective candor of the former and the painstaking, chronological detail of the latter.” 

Full Disclosure by Stormy Daniels and Michael Avenatti

"Daniels emerges as a force to be reckoned with—and not someone to cross. Of interest to politics junkies but with plenty of lessons on taking charge of one's own life."

In Pieces by Sally Field

"Brimming with open introspection, engaging anecdotes, and gorgeous photographs, Field's moving account sheds light on how playing larger-than-life figures has enabled her to keep her feet on the ground."

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle

“When you have a tour guide as engaging as Eric Idle, you’ll gladly go wherever he takes you. The writer and comedian best known as a member of the British sketch troupe Monty Python has curated an intimate journey of what it was like to be a writer who suddenly found himself a massively famous actor. . . . It’s also the kind of book you’ll want to read twice—once when the genius of Python sketches are fresh in your memory, and once when those scenes have faded so you can be reminded how these comedy rebels shook up an art form that was due for a dose of surreal silliness.”

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

"Brennan-Jobs benefits from her father's story, but her prose doesn't require his spotlight to shine."

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

New bestsellers that go BUMP in the night... are @ your library

Time's Convert: A Novel by Deborah Harkness

“This vampire book is set during the American Revolution, when a young man named Marcus MacNeil is offered a chance to escape his puritan upbringing (boring!) and become immortal (fun!). From the bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches.”

Field of Bones: A Brady Novel of Suspense (Joanna Brady Mysteries) by J. A. Jance

On the plus side, Jance's heroine does get to hear the most suitable compliment imaginable from a hard-used victim: 'I never knew cops could be so nice.'"

Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat (Vampire Chronicles) by Anne Rice

"Just the bucket of blood for die-hard Rice fans."

The Forbidden Door: A Jane Hawk Novel by Dean Koontz

"Having begun so impressively with The Silent Corner (2016), Koontz's four-title series still has its share of excitement but seems to have run out of ideas for its cagey heroine."

Timeless: A Drizzt Novel (Forgotten Realms: Drizzt) by R. A. Salvatore

“Salvatore fans will rejoice.”

Monday, October 29, 2018

New bestsellers have hit the shelves @ your library!

Lethal White (A Cormoran Strike Novel) by Robert Galbraith

"At times you might feel as you did when reading the Harry Potter books, particularly later in the series, when they got longer and looser. You love the plot, and you love being in the company of the characters, and you admire the author's voice and insights and ingenuity, and you relish the chance to relax into a book without feeling rushed or puzzled or shortchanged.... Long live the fertile imagination and prodigious output of J.K. Rowling."

Leverage in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death, Book 47) by J. D. Robb

"A nifty, if exceptionally coldblooded, criminal plan buried in close to 400 pages of mostly forgettable suspects and dialogue. There's not even much detail about the good life in 2061 this time around."

Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels Book 10) by Ilona Andrews

“A triumph on every level and a book readers won't soon forget! Andrews is truly a phenomenal storyteller!”

Red War (A Mitch Rapp Novel) by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills

"Events lead to a dramatic, you-got-your-money's-worth conclusion. Good, escapist fun."

Robert B. Parker's Colorblind (A Jesse Stone Novel) by Reed Farrel Coleman

"Colorblind represents a further advance in Coleman’s effort to make this series his own...The result is another well-written, fast-paced yarn from one of the acknowledged masters of crime fiction."

Friday, October 19, 2018

More new titles have hit the shelves @ your library!

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy

"Macy has waded into a public health morass that has also become a political minefield...Macy's strengths as a reporter are on full display when she talks to people, gaining the trust of chastened users, grieving families, exhausted medical workers and even a convicted heroin dealer, whose scheduled two-hour interview with the author ended up stretching to more than six hours."

The Fighters by C. J. Chivers

“A classic of war reporting . . . There is no down time in this relentless book . . . It is real and in the moment . . . Chivers’s achievement has been to make his subjects mythic as well as human . . . The author’s stories give heart-rending meaning to the lives and deaths of these men and women, even if policymakers generally have not.”

Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O'Brien

“Keith O’Brien has brought these women—mostly long-hidden and forgotten—back into the light where they belong. And he’s done it with grace, sensitivity and a cinematic eye for detail that makes "Fly Girls" both exhilarating and heartbreaking.”

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

These great titles are just waiting for you!

Cherry: A novel by Nico Walker

“Cherry is a miracle of literary serendipity, a triumph. . . . [Walker’s] language, relentlessly profane but never angry, simmers at the level of morose disappointment, something like Holden Caulfield Goes to War. . . . His prose echoes Ernest Hemingway’s cadences to powerful effect. . . . Cherry is written without an ounce of self-pity by an author allergic to the meretricious poetry of despair. In these propulsive pages, Walker draws us right into the mind of an ordinary young man beset by his own and his country’s demons. In the end, his only weapon against disintegration is his own devastating candor.”

Tailspin by Sandra Brown

"Tailspin is thriller writing at its very best, a nonstop, topsy-turvy, frantic ride that steers an adrenaline-fueled course from first page to last."

Desolation Mountain: A Novel (Cork O'Connor Mystery Series) by William Kent Krueger

"Elegiac and frightful detail...dynamic action scenes."

Pieces of Her: A Novel by Karin Slaughter

“The ever-popular crime novelist is back with another pulse-pounding standalone, this one considering the twisted relationship between a mother and a daughter after the latter realizes she may not know the woman who gave birth to her at all.”

Friday, October 12, 2018

New bestsellers are available now @ your library

Clock Dance: A novel by Anne Tyler

“Anne Tyler is one of this country’s great artists . . . She has lost none of the inspired grace of her prose, nor her sad, frank humor, nor her limitless sympathy for women who ask for little and get less . . . Beautiful, understated, humane.”

Bring Me Back: A Novel by B. A. Paris

“[Paris] builds a nice plot and brings some originality to the old ‘good sister, bad sister’ character dynamic.”

The Last Time I Lied: A Novel by Riley Sager

“The author delivers the kind of unpredictable conclusion that all thriller readers crave—utterly shocking yet craftily foreshadowed.”

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

“My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a strange, exhilarating triumph . . . Moshfegh writes with a singular wit and clarity that, on its own, would be more than enough. (Her 2015 debut, Eileen, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and Rest has already been optioned for film by Australian actress Margot Robbie). But the cumulative power of her narrative—and the sharp turn she takes in its last 30 pages—becomes nothing less than a revelation: sad, funny, astonishing, and unforgettable.”

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Don't miss out on these bestsellers!

The Summer Wives: A Novel by Beatriz Williams

“With just the right touch of bitters, Williams mixes a satisfyingly tempestuous—and eminently beachworthy—[follow-up] to her beloved Schuyler Sisters series.”

The Other Woman: A Novel (Gabriel Allon) by Daniel Silva

“Always riveting….Gripping.”
- Kirkus

The Skaar Invasion (The Fall of Shannara) by Terry Brooks

“Like The Black Elfstone before it, and perhaps even more so, The Skaar Invasion is one of [Terry] Brooks’s most aggressively political novels. It engages with familiar conflicts and themes, digging deep into the challenges facing humanity and asking—begging—for us to do better. . . . The Skaar Invasion is an exhilarating, intricate portrait of a world at war with itself.”

Paradox (An FBI Thriller) by Catherine Coulter

… Coulter builds layers of suspense that’ll keep readers guessing as the story unfolds. Along the way, she unleashes a brilliant twist or two, all while building up the book’s antagonist into one of her most disturbing villains yet. … and Coulter’s prose fits him perfectly. More than a few readers will find themselves sleeping with one eye open after finishing this one.”

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

"One of this summer's must-reads that is all at once quick paced, compulsively readable, and thought provoking. An entertaining yet observant look at the surprising secrets that can fester and erupt in marriage."


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