New Books for the Week of November 9, 2015

The Promise by Robert Crais







Elvis Cole and Joe Pike find themselves working together on the case of a missing woman that leads them to encounter drug traffickers and war veterans. Read the latest by bestselling author Crais to find out if they can solve the crime before she, or they, are killed.

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom






Frankie Presto, abandoned as an infant and raised by a music teacher, was sent to America when he was just nine years old with only a guitar to his name. As time goes on, he makes a name for himself in the music scene until he vanishes one day. He reappears, much to the delight of his fans, just before his death in order to change one last life. Albom’s latest book will not disappoint his fans, one with a message about the power of talent to influence people’s lives.

A Christmas Escape by Anne Perry






Anne Perry’s latest in her Christmas Stories series takes us to a Mediterranean island where CHarles Latterly is spending his holiday, hoping to be cheered up. When a body is found, he begins an investigation to find out who among his fellow guests is guilty, all of whom have no holiday cheer.

Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker







Dear Mr. You chronicles the life of the author through the letters she wrote to men who have made her who she is today. The letters reveal the complexity and power that can be found in relationships.

Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child







Pendergast and Greene travel to a seaside village to investigate the theft of a wine collection but when they open the cellar, they find a skeleton.

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New Books for the Week of November 2, 2015

The Crossing by Michael Connelly







Harry Bosch left the LAPD six months ago but now has been asked to help his personal defense attorney on a case. The puzzling murder case puts Harry on the other side of the courtroom and he is in danger of betraying the very principle he has lived by.

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini







Troublemaker is Leah Remini’s eye-opening memoir about her painful split with the Church of Scientology after 30 years. This journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom provides readers with an inspiring story about a woman living an honest life.

He Killed Them All: Robert Durst and My Quest for Justice by Jeanine Pirro







Prosecutor Pirro offers the story of her investigation into accused murderer Robert Durst in her book He Killed Them All. When she reopened the cold case into the disappearance of Kathie Durst, Pirro was seen as the bad guy for looking at her husband. In this book, she makes her case for why Durst is guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living by Jason Gay







Jason Gay, a popular columnist for The Wall Street Journal, delivers his guide to modern living, a book he promises will make you laugh and will help you learn how to appreciate what you have.

Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams







In 1966, Pepper Schuyler sells a vintage Mercedes and thinks she has found a way to finally take care of herself, but the new owner of the car has secrets of her own. When she takes Pepper under her wing, the two begin to uncover the provenance of the car and they must come together to face their pasts. This is the final book by Williams about the Schuyler sisters.

The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild







When Annie McDee’s new boyfriend doesn’t show up for his birthday dinner, the painting she bought for him becomes hers. As the story of the painting is unveiled, Annie finds herself at the center of a scramble over the ownership of the work of art.

Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving







Avenue of Mysteries tells the tale of what happens to Juan Diego, an older man, when he travels to the Philippines where what happened to him in the past collides with his future.

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende







Alma is sent to live in San Francisco with her aunt and uncle during World War II. There, a gentle lover affair begins with a Japanese American. When he is forced into an internment camp, the two are forced away from each other. Throughout their lives, the two reunite again and again but are forced to hide their love from the world.

The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro







Alizee Benoit, an American painter, vanishes in New York City in 1940. Now seventy years later, her great-niece uncovers hidden paintings that may hold the key to the mysterious disappearances. The Muralist brings readers into a world of prewar politics and European refugees as two artists collide under powerful historical forces.

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New Books for the Week of October 26, 2015

Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell







Dr. Kay Scarpetta receives a video on her phone that reveals secrets about her niece while working on another case. Unsure who she can trust, Scarpetta must make difficult decisions with personal consequences in the 23rd book by Cornwell featuring Dr. Kay Scarpetta.

Corrupted by Lisa Scottoline







Thirteen years ago, Bennie Rosato took on the case of a 12 year old boy in juvenile detention after fighting a class bully. Unable to free him, she is still haunted by the outcome. Now, he is indicted for killing the same bully and Bennie feels that she has to represent him. In this book, the third in Scottoline’s Rosato and DiNunzio series, Rosato must relive her past in order to get to the truth and obtain justice.

Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen







Violinist Julia Ansdell picks up the music for The Incendio Waltz, but while playing the piece she blacks out. To try and get to the bottom of this strange occurrence, she travels to Venice to find the previous owner of the music and uncovers a dark secret that one family will do anything to protect.

The Theory of Death by Faye Kellerman







The Theory of Death continues Kellerman’s popular Decker/Lazarus series. When the body of a man is found in the woods, Decker must dig to uncover the identity of the man and the facts behind his suspicious death, taking him into the world of scheming academics.

The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff







The Witches: Salem, 1692 is an account of the mystery of the historic Salem Witch Trials, one of the few moments when women played a central role in American history. While much has been written about this event in history, no one has looked at it with the same lens as Schiff, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra.

Wildflower by Drew Barrymore







Drew Barrymore looks back on the adventures of her early years in her new book, the first she has written since she was 14 years old. Fans of celebrity memoirs will enjoy this new one.

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem







My Life on the Road is Steinem’s candid account of how her early years led her to the life she has had, revealing how she grew personally during her involvement in the equality movement.

A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George







Inspector Lynley returns in George’s latest novel, A Banquet of Consequences. Lynley and Havers set out for London for one of their most complex cases yet in this loved series.

Slade House by David Mitchell






Slade House spans five decades, beginning in 1979 and concluding in 2015 as readers are taken on a reality-warping short novel that Mitchell fans won’t want to miss.

After Alice by Gregory Maguire







The bestselling author of Wicked turns his attention to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and her friend Ada. Briefly mentioned in the book, Maguire brings Ada to life as she embarks on a quest to find Alice and bring her home.


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New Books for the Week of October 19, 2015

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham 






Sebastian Rudd defends people other lawyers won’t because he believes everyone is entitled to a fair trial. Rogue Lawyer tells the story of various clients he represents and of Rudd himself, a colorful and vivid character that drives this legal thriller.

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith







Career of Evil is Galbraith’s (aka J.K. Rowling) third Cormoran Strike novel. A mysterious package gets delivered to Strike’s assistant, Robin, and she becomes horrified when she discovers it is a woman’s leg. Strike has a list of four potential senders but when the police focus on a suspect that Strike doesn’t agree with, he takes the case into his own hands.

Host by Robin Cook







When Lynn, a fourth year medical student, is faced with the brain death of her boyfriend after a routine surgery, she begins to search for answers. In her search for evidence of medical error or malpractice, she uncovers a far bigger problem. When she begins to receive death threats, she becomes involved in a race against time to uncover and reveal the full truth before her efforts are stopped.

Golden Age by Jane Smiley







Golden Age is the last book in Smiley’s Last Hundred Years: A Family Saga trilogy. Golden Age begins in 1987 with the next generation of Langdon’s facing a new series of political and social challenges. The conclusion to this trilogy combines drama and emotional suspense as Smiley’s look at one family’s hundred year history comes to a close.

The Lake House by Kate Morton







When Alice’s brother Theo goes missing one summer night, the tragedy tears the family apart. Decades later, Alice is enjoying her career as a successful author but the unsolved case of Theo’s disappearance still looms in her mind. Miles away, a young detective stumbles upon an old estate and she connects with Alice as they uncover shocking truths about the past.

We Were Brothers: A Memoir by Barry Moser







Barry and Tommy Moser grew up in Tennessee and as they grew older, their attitudes grew further apart and they eventually struggled to find common ground. After a tipping point, the two refused to speak. In this memoir, Barry recalls why they grew apart and how they were able to overcome their divide and reconcile before it was too late. Anyone with a sibling will enjoy this true story about the complex relationship siblings often have.

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell







Lafayette in the Somewhat United States is a humorous portrayal of Lafayette, the Frenchman who had a large impact on the United States when he sailed into New York in 1824. Those interested in historical novels will enjoy the humor Vowell puts into her writing as a nice change of pace from typical reads.

The Arab of the Future by Riad Sattouf







This graphic novel captures Sattouf’s childhood, spent under the roof of his father, a Syrian Pan-Arabist who has big dreams for the Arab nation. He moved his family around from France to Lybia and finally Syria to pursue his dreams. This novel reveals the truth of this eccentric family and is a must read for fans of Maus and Persepolis.

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor







Night Vale is a small town where the lives of two women, and two mysteries, converge. Pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro is determined to solve the mystery of a mysterious man who gives her a paper marked King City. Meanwhile, PTA treasurer Diane is trying to reconnect with her son after he takes an interest in his estranged father. These two women’s lives collide as they both find themselves coming back to King City. King City may hold the key to their mysteries, but will they be able to find it?

Home is Burning: A Memoir by Dan Marshall







Dan’s mom has battled cancer her whole life. This time, however, is different as her latest relapse comes at the time of her husband’s diagnosis with ALS. Dan decides to return home to help, living in the basement and reconnecting with his siblings. Together, the siblings form Team Terminal, detemined to help their parents battle illness and support each other along the way. This memoir will speak to anyone who is or has cared for aging parents.


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New Books for the Week of October 12, 2015

City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg







City on Fire is told from multiple viewpoints of various people living in New York City in 1977. All the characters are somehow tied to a shooting in Central Park and are trying to figure out how they are connected to the crime when the famous blackout changes the lives of these entangled characters forever.

See Me by Nicholas Sparks







Nicholas Sparks is back with a new novel about a chance encounter. Colin and Maria meet during a chance encounter and soon fall in love. When Maria’s past begins to slowly come out, the two must decide whether they want to break off their relationship or work through the troubles brought on by the past. Sparks’ fans won’t be disappointed by this new one.

Foreign Affairs by Stuart Woods







Stone Barrington returns in Woods’ latest novel titled Foreign Affairs. When Barrington heads to Europe for a meeting, his trip is plagued by accidents and unfortunate events. As he sets out to learn the truth, he finds that these events may have been a warning sign – and he just might be the target.

Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand







Winter Stroll is the sequel to Hilderbrand’s novel Winter Street. The Quinn family is preparing for a family Christmas but when Kelley Quinn’s estranged wife Mitzi shows up, the Inn becomes flooded with romantic feuds. The Quinn’s work to get through the holidays unharmed, but they might need more than a Christmas miracle to do just that.

All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani







Based on a true story, All the Stars in the Heavens focuses on Loretta Young, an actress who met Clark Gable on the set of The Call of the Wild. Gable, already married, falls for Loretta. When Loretta gains a new young assistant, the two become fast friends as they encounter scandal and adventure spread over decades. Their bond however will be put to the test when they face the greatest obstacle of their lives.

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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

art of crash landing






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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