New Books for the Week of September 28, 2015

After You by Jojo Moyes







Moyes’s much anticipated follow-up novel to Me Before You is out this week. Louisa Clark is struggling without Will Traynor and when an accident forces her to return home, she needs a kick start to be brought back to life. When she joins a support group and meets someone, she feels like she is finally getting back on track. But when a figure from her past emerges, she is pulled into a very different future than she could of imagined.

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter







More than 20 years ago, Claire and Lydia’s sister Julia vanished without a trace. Since then, the two sisters have not spoken. When a middle-aged man is murdered and a potential connection to their sister’s disappearance is unearthed, the two must come together to find the truth. If you like psychological thrillers, you won’t want to miss this one.

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood







When Charmaine and Stan see an advertisement for Consilience, a social experiment offering jobs and a home, they jump at the chance to change their lives. At first, everything goes well but as time goes on, they face pressures of conformity and guilt that begin to take over.

In Bitter Chill by Sarah Ward







In 1978, two girls are kidnapped and although one, Rachel, is found unharmed, she is unable to remember much. Thirty years later, two detectives take another look at the case. When a chance of tragic events takes place, Rachel is pulled back in and must help the police try and solve the mystery.

Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins







Ray and Luz are holding out after being stopped by armed vigilantes at the border, content to be with each other. When they cross paths with a mysterious child, they begin to search for a better life and head west.

A Line of Blood by Ben McPherson







When Alex finds his next door neighbor dead, his world is turned upside down. As new evidence is uncovered, Alex, along with his son, must decide how far they’ll go to protect themselves from the nosy investigators.


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New Books for the Week of September 22, 2015

This week brings a number of books by bestselling authors that you won’t want to miss!

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert







Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat Pray Love, explores the nature of inspiration and asks readers to embrace their inner creativity in her new book out this week.

Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon







Jan Karon delivers the wedding her fans have been waiting for in Come Rain or Come Shine. Dooley Kavanagh and Lace Harper want a simple wedding, but with this love story comes a few surprises you won’t see coming.

Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault Changed a Presidency by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard







Bill O’Reilly’s next book in his popular The Killing of Historical Figures series focuses on Ronald Reagan, the fortieth president of the United States. The book takes readers back to the golden age of Hollywood and through Reagan’s time in the White House, sharing behind the scenes moments of his rise to power and the forces that conspired to bring him down.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson







Furiously Happy is Lawson’s exploration of her lifelong battle with depression and anxiety. Although the focus is on mental illness, deep down Lawson explains how she was able to embrace joy through her struggle.

The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives by Theresa Brown







Nurse Theresa Brown takes us inside one shift in a hospital’s cancer ward. She explains the ups and downs that occur every day in the life of a nurse by using one shift and the four patients she cares for as an example of the individual struggles of healthcare professionals and some surprising truths about medicine in the United States.

The Killing Lessons by Saul Black







Saul Black’s debut takes us into the mind of a psychopath and the woman determined to stop him. Homicide detective Valerie Hart is on the case of a series of murders against women, but the latest deaths, in an isolated farmhouse, had a witness. Injured and terrified, 10-year-old Nell holds the key to the killings, but her revelation is far deeper than anyone expected.

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New Books for the Week of September 14, 2015

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff







Lotto and Mathilde are madly in love at the young age of 22. A decade later, they appear to still be in love but complications exist. Groff tells the story of their 24 years of marriage in this new book about love, art and creativity.

House of Thieves by Charles Belfoure







House of Thieves takes readers on a journey from the halls of high society to the criminal underworld in this book set in the Gilded Age in New York City. When John Cross, a high society architect, discovers that his son is deeply in debt to a criminal mastermind, he uses his knowledge to help his son pay it off. John soon gains the attention of detectives and if he isn’t careful, his whole life will come crashing down.

The Scribe by Matthew Guinn


Detective Thomas Canby is assigned to a case of a serial murderer who is targeting Atlanta’s wealthiest black entrepreneurs. As the murders become more disturbing and the victim count rises, Canby must face down racism and his own prejudices in order to catch the killer.

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New Books for the Week of September 7, 2015

With Labor Day marking the end of summer, many publishers are taking a break this week from releasing books. There are a few good ones to look out for however.

Make Me by Lee Child

Make Me






Jack Reacher teams up with a worried woman and soon is plunged into the race for her missing partner that spans across many cities. As he returns to the town he started in however he must soon confront the worst nightmare of all. This is Child’s twentieth book in his popular Jack Reacher series.

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie

Two Years






When a storm strikes down in New York City, strangeness begins for a number of individuals. Unbeknownst to them, they are descendants from creatures and are unaware of their fantastical powers. These individuals come to play a role in the war between light and dark in a time of upheaval that spans 1,001 nights.

This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison

This is your life






Widow Harriet Chance sets sail on an Alaskan cruise only to discover that what she thought she knew about her life is untrue. She is forced to take a look back and confront these new truths in this bittersweet novel.

Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy

Black Man in a White Coat

Black Man in a White Coat examines the ways in which black doctors and patients must navigate race and medicine. As Tweedy goes through medical school, he becomes aware of how often race influences his encounters with patients and uses to stories to illustrate the complex factors at the root of most health problems for African Americans. This eye-opening book presents a powerful look at the challenges and opportunities for better care in our health system.

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New Books for the Week of August 31, 2015

The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

The Girl in the Spider's Web






Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist return in the next installment of Stieg Larsson’s bestselling Millenium series. When Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have vital information for the United States, the implications about a hacker are staggering. In need of a scoop for his job, he turns to Lisbeth for help.

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

Did you Ever have a family






June Reid’s life is changed forever when a disaster kills her entire family. Alone and lost, June drives across the country and makes a series a new connections through her story. But as truths come to light, everyone touches by the tragedy is changed.

The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo

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Mattie is broke and pregnant with nowhere to go but home to her alcoholic mother. Traveling 800 miles to see her, it soon becomes clear that something terrible has happened to her mother. As Mattie digs for answers, she encounters obstacles, but in order to stop her own downward spiral she must uncover her mother’s first.

Purity by Jonathan Franzen







Pip Tyler is on a quest to discover who she really is. When she accepts an internship in South America, she hopes to find some answers but as she becomes close to the head of the project she is working for, her ideas of right and wrong are changed forever. This book features a cast of great characters, something Franzen is known for. His fans will not be disappointed by his latest novel.

Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart







A man in exile on the China/Tibet border in 1708 must choose whether to leave and continue his exile or stay to investigate the murder of a Jesuit astronomer.


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New Books for the Week of August 25, 2015

X by Sue Grafton






Sue Grafton continues her popular Kinsey Millhouse series with X, which features a serial killer who leaves no trace after his crimes. Follow Kinsey as she builds a case against him and tries to avoid being his next victim.

A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan







Alice Pearse is a woman who wears many hats, including wife, mother and editor. When her husband makes a career change, she takes a job at Scroll, a young start-up. She is proud of her balancing act, but when things in her life take a turn for the worse, is it possible for Alice to have it all? Is having it all what she wants? This is a perfect book to end the summer with.

Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb







Now in his fifties, Todd Aaron is the old fox of the Payton Living Center, a therapeutic community for individuals living with autism. Since he entered the community when he was eleven, he has gone through a lot. As a series of new pressures come along, he attempts to escape and return home to his childhood. Written in the first person, this is a novel not to be missed.

The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny







When nine-year-old Laurent Lepage disappears, villagers must face the possibility that one of his outrageous tales might be true. What is uncovered during the search for him sets off a sequence of events that leads to a murder, an old crime and an old betrayal.

The Fall of Princes by Robert Goolrick







The Fall of Princes takes readers to 1980s Manhattan, where a group of young Wall Street workers reach the pinnacle, achieving a level of wealth that allows them access to whatever they want. But as they begin to fall one by one, the men must learn to cope with new circumstances.


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New Books for the Week of August 17, 2015

Last Words by Michael Koryta







P.I. Mark Novak accepts a case of a dead teenager girl found in a cave on the same day his wife died. Now the man who found the girl is begging Novak to find out the truth in hopes of clearing his name, but this case may just prove to be Novak’s undoing.

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh







A woman working in a prison outside Boston is pulled into a strange crime that plays out against a snowy landscape in the 1960s.

Woman with a Secret by Sophie Hannah







Nicki is in line for a traffic stop when she recognizes the cop and makes a u-turn. The police notice this behavior and question her about a murder. One answer could clear her, but she can’t tell them why she fled. She might not be guilty of murder, but she is far from innocent.

We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh







Author of the bestselling book The Language of Flowers, Diffenbaugh’s newest novel is about love and hope. For fourteen years, Letty’s children have been raised by her mother so she could work. With her mother now moving, she must step up but one wrong move could jeopardize everything she’s worked for.

Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig







Last Bus to Wisdom is Doig’s last novel, a remarkable story told through the eyes of an eleven-year-old who is shipped to his aunt’s while his grandmother undergoes surgery.

Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford







Evelyn is determined to carve her own path in life after succumbing to her mother’s influence. When she gets a job at a social networking site, she must embrace the peers she feels like an outsider with. Just as she begins to find her way, her father is indicted in a lawsuit and she must keep up appearances while everything crumbles beneath her.

The Girl from the Garden by Parnaz Foroutan







Asher, the head of a prosperous Jewish family in Iran, has always wanted a son. The problem – his wife cannot conceive. Frustrated, he makes a choice that will shatter the household and drive his wife to extremes. The complex history of this family unfolds through the memories of the family’s sole surviving daughter.

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New Books for the Week of August 10, 2015

Silver Lining by Debbie Macomber







Debbie Macomber’s new novel set at the Rose Harbor Inn follows the Innkeeper Jo Marie and two guests seeking comfort. Fans will not be disappointed by her latest novel, the fourth to be set in the beloved town of Cedar Cove.

Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner







Rachel and Andy first met in the emergency room at the age of eight, not expecting to see each other again. Over the course of three decades, they live separate lives but continue to find each other in unexpected ways until they are finally given a chance to be together. Will they be able to put aside their differences and distance and have a happy ending?

The Storm of the Century: Tragedy, Heroism, Survival, and the Epic True Story of America’s Deadliest Natural Disaster, the Great Gulf Hurricane of 1900 by A.L. Roker







The Storm of the Century is a vivid examination into the deadliest natural disaster in American history. On September 8, 1900, a hurricane slammed into Galveston, Texas, destroying a once booming metropolis. Roker explores the impact of this tragedy and highlights the determination of individuals to rebuild the city they once knew. Fans of Erik Larson will enjoy this look into an event of extreme weather.

Days of Awe by Lauren Fox







A year ago, Isabel had a seemingly perfect life. Now, with her husband gone, her daughter in her preteens, and her best friend dead, Isabel must come to understand the shifts that can upend a life when they are least expected.

In the Dark Places by Peter Robinson

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In the Dark Places is Robinson’s 22nd novel in the Inspector Banks series. As Inspector Banks tries to find answers to a double mystery, a car accident leads the investigation in a whole new direction. As he gets close to the truth, something – or someone is waiting for him.

The Race for Paris by Meg Waite Clayton







In this powerful historical fiction novel set during World War II, two American journalists and an Englishman race the allies to Occupied Paris for the story of their lives. As they race there, the three form a bond that will transform them long after the war is over.

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New Books for the Week of August 3, 2015

Alert by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge







Two high-tech attacks hit New York City and Detective Michael Bennett is on the case with FBI agent Emily Parker. As they investigate, Bennett realizes these events are a warm up to the biggest threat of all. They must race against time if they want to save New York City.

Trust No One by Paul Cleave







Jerry Grey, a famous crime writer, is in the early stages of Alzheimers. As the disease progresses, he is forced to abandon his writing and he confesses that his stories are real and he committed the crimes. While his nurses dismiss his stories, others start to wonder if he is telling the truth when bad things begin to happen.

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman







Growing up on St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of a life in Paris. Unfortunately, she is married off to a widower with three children in order to save her father’s business. When her husband dies unexpectedly, she takes her life into her own hands and generates a scandal that impacts her entire family. Alice Hoffman fans will not be disappointed by this new book from the bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things. 

In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware






A reculsive crime writer reluctantly agrees to make a trip with a friend she hasn’t spoken to in years to a glass house in the English countryside. Two days later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured with the knowledge that someone is dead. As she tries to piece together the events of the weekend, she must revisit her past. This thriller will leave you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Fishbowl by Bradley Somer







A goldfish named Ian falls from the balcony on which his fishbowl sits, witnessing the lives of the residents of the Seville on Roxy, all of whom are in the midst of making important life decisions. This unique book is sure to be a hit with anyone interested in what it is like to be an animal.

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New Books for the Week of July 27, 2015

Wired by Julie Garwood







A computer genius and a FBI agent are forced to collaborate in the newest novel in Garwood’s Buchanan-Renard-McKenna series.

Badlands by C.J. Box







While delivering newspapers, twelve-year-old Kyle witnesses a car accident and is now in possession of money and white powder. New detective Cassie is put on the case and soon finds herself in over her head, until a boy on a bike keeps showing up where he doesn’t belong.

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain







Circling the Sun brings to life Beryl Markham, an aviator caught up in a love triangle with a safari hunter and an author. Beryl is raised in Kenya be her father and the native Kipsigis tribe. She emerges as a bold young woman but when everything she knows dissolves, she enters into a string of disastrous relationships. Readers might remember McLain from her bestselling novel The Paris Wife.

Gonzo Girl by Cheryl Pella Pietra







Alley is a recent college graduate who lands a job as an assistant to author Walker Reade. For months, she tries to coax the novel out of Reade but when the job takes its toll on her, she realizes she is alone and at the mercy of a drug addicted icon. This intense story will suck you in from the start, drawing you to the young heroine who finds herself tested among chaos.

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica







One day, Heidi returns home with a young woman named Willow and her baby, much to the dismay of her family. As Heidi helps Willow get back on her feet, clues about Willow’s past emerge and Heidi must decide how far she will go to help a stranger.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal







Lars is left to raise his daughter Eva on his own, determined to pass on his love of food. As Eva grows, she finds solace and salvation in the food from Minnesota, her native state. Each ingredient represents a step in her journey to become the star chef behind a secretive pop-up supper club. This mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life is one you won’t want to miss, especially given the setting and ties to Minnesota food.

Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay







After his wife’s death, David moves back to his hometown with his nine-year-old son. When a family secret comes out, David gets involved even if it means proving his own cousin’s guilt. His investigation however leads to more startling discoveries, including one that endangers the whole town.

How to Be a Grown-Up by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus







The latest book from the authors of The Nanny Diaries explores what it is like to work for people younger than you. Rory suddenly becomes a single mother and must accept a job working for two younger women in order to make ends meet. To succeed, Rory must adapt to the hyper-digitized world of millennials.

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