October 6, 2014
The Secrets of Life and Death by Rebecca Alexander
A professor and a mysterious woman set out to uncover the truth about the person hunting her. They must work together to solve this centuries old mystery in this novel that weaves historical with contemporary fiction.
Some Luck by Jane Smiley
The Langdon’s and their 5 children live on a farm in Iowa and abide by time-honored values. Moving from post World War II to the 1950s, Smiley gives us a look into the realities of farm life and the emotional cycles of families across generations. Fans of Phillip Meyer and Louise Erdrich will love this novel.
The Luminous Heart of Jonah S. by Gina B. Nahai
The Luminous Heart of Jonah S. tells the story of the Soleymans, an Iranian Jewish family that is tormented by a financier known as Raphael’s son. When Raphael’s son disappears, he is presumed to have been murdered and the list of possible suspects is long. The story examines the bonds of family and community and the lasting effects of exile.
Tehran at Twilight by Salar Abdoh
Reka Malek, a former reported in the Middle East now living in New York and teaching at a university, returns to Iran and finds much more than he intended to. Abdoh uses this story to paint a picture of contemporary Iran, exploring Reza’s search for identity, his friendship and the limits of loyalty in a place filled with corruption.
Lila by Marilynne Robinson
Lila, a homeless girl, steps into a small town church in Iowa to seek shelter from the rain and ends up the wife of a minister, beginning a new existence. She struggles, however, with her past as a girl on the run and the new, gentle Christian ways of her husband. This novel revisits the characters and setting of Robinson’s previous two books, Gilead and Home.
Man v. Nature: Stories by Diane Cook
Cook’s compilation of stories pits men and women against the realities of nature, often struggling to survive. Through these stories Cook asks: What is at the root of our most heartless, selfish impulses? Why are people drawn together in such messy, complicated, needful ways? When the unexpected intrudes upon the routine, what do we discover about ourselves?
Paris Match by Stuart Woods
Paris Match is #31 in Woods’ Stone Barrington series. Barrington returns to Paris and finds himself in trouble on both sides of the pond. Stone has never before faced so many threats from so many directions. What will happen?
The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue
Donohue’s latest horror novel explores a young boy who is trapped inside his own world. Jack Peter spends his time drawing monsters but when the drawings take on life, no one is safe. This is the perfect read for a dark night.
Finding Zoe: A Deaf Woman’s Journey of Love, Identity, and Adoption by Brandi Rarus and Gail Harris
Brandi Rarus lost her hearing at age 6 and with her husband, Tim, had 3 sons. She always wanted a daughter, however, and eventually the pieces fell into place as they found Zoe, a girl given up for adoption who was going deaf. In addition to a stunning memoir, Finding Zoe gives readers a look into the deaf community.
The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain
Riley MacPherson spent her life believing her older sister committed suicide. When she returns to clean out her father’s house after her death, she finds evidence that her sister is alive, living under a new identity. As she looks for answers, she begins to question everything she thought she knew about her family.
The Question of the Missing Head by E.J. Copperman
Hoening and Washburn are put on a case to figure out what happened to a preserved head from the Garden State Cryonics Institute. Suspecting a theft, they learn of a murder and despite overwhelming odds, they must work to find the killer.
Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
Nora Webster is set in Ireland and tells the story of a young widow and mother of 4. After losing her husband, Nora is deep in sorrow. As she begins to sing, she finds a haven from her grief.
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
Fans of this series will be delighted that book #5 is out this week.
Deadline by John Sandford
Sandford’s latest, titled Deadline, is #8 in his bestselling Virgil Flowers series. A school board in southeast Minnesota is deciding whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. Flowers is called to investigate the murder of … you guessed it, a local reporter.
Mr. Miracle: A Christmas Novel by Debbie Macomber
Macomber is back with a Christmas novel about romance, hope and comforts of home. Forced to spend Christmas together, “rivals” Addie and Erich find out they have more in common than they thought, prompting a holiday miracle. This will be made into a Hallmark Channel original movie so be sure to check it out.
Confessions: The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Confessions: The Paris Mysteries is the latest in Patterson’s Confessions series. As Tandy Angel is finally reunited with her lost love in Paris, she must face disturbing questions about him and her long dead sister. As a teenage detective, she travels Paris on a trail of lies with revelations about every turn.
The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson
The Innovators is the story of pioneers, hackers, inventors, and entrepreneurs who collaborated, leading to the digital age. While many people think these individuals had great accomplishments, the ability and willingness for collaboration prompted the real innovations we have today.
Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace by Leon Panetta
Worthy Fights is the eye opening autobiography of Leon Panetta, the Defense Secretary and CIA Director who led the intelligence war that killed Bin Laden. Never losing touch with where he came from, the autobiography is a reflection of Panetta’s values in a tough world of politics.
Night Blindness by Susan Strecker
When her father is diagnosed with a brain tumor, Jensen Reilly returns to her childhood home and must face memories of a horrible accident she was in as a teen. Night Blindness is ultimately about risk and redemption as Jensen comes face to face with the problems she’s tried so hard to escape.
The Color of Justice by Ace Collins
1964: A black man is accused of murdering a white teenager in Mississippi, dividing the town. Coop Lindsay, the defense attorney, knows he is in for the case of his life.
2014: Coop’s grandson returns to the town to find answers to the case that changed his family’s legacy. With a new case looming, he tries to right the wrongs of the past, but the Lindsay family won’t escape unscathed.
Fat Chance by Nick Spalding
Zoe and Greg Milton have let themselves go. When they find out about Fat Chance, a weight loss reality show pitting couples against each other to see who can lose the most weight. Through the misery, tears and frustration, they realize this might be the best thing to happen to them.
Finding Sky by Susan O’Brien
Finding Sky is the first book in a new series by Susan O’Brien. Widow and P.I. in training Nicki Valentine is on a case involving her best friend. Set to adopt a baby, the birth mother suddenly disappears and Nicki investigates in places few moms dare to go, all in pursuit of the truth.
Lost Under a Ladder by Linda O. Johnston
Rory’s fiance is killed after walking under a ladder, and searching for closure she heads to a town named Destiny. When her dog saves the life of a pet store owner, Rory is offered a job. When the owner becomes a suspect in a murder, Rory searches to find answers to save her boss.