Oct 21

New Books for the Week of October 20, 2014

Beautiful You: A Novel by Chuck Palahniuk







Palahniuk’s latest is about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of female pleasure. A new line of toys for women is out and millions line up to get one. The manufacturer has a plan for world domination with these new toys that must be stopped… but how?

Burned by Valerie Plame with Sarah Lovett







CIA Officer Vanessa Pierson is on the hunt for a notorious arms dealer, but as she gets close, she must align with a criminal to capture her target. This is the second book of the Vanessa Pierson series.

Gray Mountain by John Grisham







After losing her job to the recession, Samantha Kofer moves from Manhattan to Virginia to work at a legal aid clinic. This new job plunges Samantha into the world of coal mining, and within weeks she gets involved in a deadly investigation.

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan







Jim Gaffigan, stand-up comedian and author of Dad is Fat, writes about his thoughts on all things food in his second book. His insights will delight readers of all ages.

Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella






Luke is in LA to manage the career of famous actress Sage Seymour, and when his wife joins him, she believes she should be Sage’s stylist. When his wife Becky joins a team with Sage’s arch rival, will Luke be able to handle the conflict or will Becky end up hurting those she loves most?

 On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller by Richard Norton Smith

On His Own Terms is the first complete biography of Nelson Rockefeller, an American icon. Rockefeller longed for the White House from a early age, and after completing terms as governor of New York and seeking the presidency, the closest he got to the White House was Vice President under Ford. His life was one of color, range and relevance that is captured beautifully by noted historian Richard Norton Smith. 

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson







Lawyer Bryan Stevenson writes an account of his coming of age in the legal system. Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, he dedicated his career to defending those most in need. This transformed his understanding of mercy and justice, which he shares in Just Mercy.

Hands Off My Gun: Defeating the Plot to Disarm America by Dana Loesch







Dana Loesch, talk show host and TV commentator, writes about the intent of the Second Amendment and what would happen if gun confiscation became a reality.

Change of Heart by Jude Deveraux







Based on Deveraux’s short story by the same name, Change of Heart focuses on two childhood friends who grow into much more. Like her other novels, she combines love and passion with unexpected twists in this new novel.

Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grown-up by Grace Helbig






Grace’s Guide is a handbook for millennials that goes over everything adults should know, featuring interactive elements and stories from her own misadventures.


Oct 18

National Reading Group Month


October is National Reading Group month, put on by the Women’s National Book Association. Book clubs are popular in Willmar, and here at the library we offer two for individuals to join. The organization puts out a list of great group reads, with the goal being to “help passionate readers find those great gems of mid-list fiction and memoir that may be overlooked in the clamor over the bestsellers.” Whether you’re looking for a book club read or just a great personal read, check out these selections as they are sure to be a hit! Click on the link below to see the list!



Oct 16

National Book Award Finalists

On October 15, the National Book Award finalists were announced, narrowing each field down to 5 choices. Below are the finalists from each category. Let us know if you’re rooting for one or have read any of the choices! Winners will be announced next month.



All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

An Unnecessary Woman – Rabih Alameddine

Lila – Marilynne Robinson

Redeployment – Phil Klay

Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel


Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China – Evan Osnos

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? – Roz Chast

The Meaning of Human Existence – Edward O. Wilson

No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes – Anand Gopal

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh - John Lahr


Citizen: An American Lyric – Claudia Rankine

Faithful and Virtuous Night: Poems – Louise Gluck

The Feel Trio – Fred Moten

 Second Childhood – Fanny Howe

This Blue – Maureen N. McLane

Young People’s Literature

Brown Girl Dreaming – Jacqueline Woodson

Noggin – John Corey Whaley

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights – Steve Sheinkin

Revolution – Deborah Wiles

Threatened – Eliot Schrefer



Oct 13

New Books for the Week of October 13th

October 13, 2014

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult







Bestselling author Jodi Picoult is back with her new book, Leaving Time. Jenna’s mother disappeared a decade ago and she has never stopped searching for the truth. She enlists the help of a psychic and a private detective but soon realizes that in asking the hard questions comes facing even harder answers. Like all Picoult books, this is definitely a page turner as the story races to a surprising finish.

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens





Joe Talbert, a college student, must interview a stranger and write a brief biography of their life for an assignment. He heads to a nursing home to find a subject where he meets Carl, a Vietnam veteran who has been medically paroled to the home after spending 30 years in prison for rape and murder. Joe throws himself into uncovering the truth about Carl but the stakes grow higher as he races against time in pursuit of the truth.

The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered by Laura Auricchio







Auricchio provides a fresh, new look at Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolution. Lafayette was a man driven by dreams of glory but felled by tragic, human weaknesses and this biography explores that and more, revealing the complex life of this man. Readers interested in historical biographies will find this new one fascinating.

The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt by Kara Cooney







This biography traces the life of Hatshepsut, the longest-reigning female pharaoh in Ancient Egypt. She had to overcome obstacles to rise to power in a man’s world but was successful. Cooney uses her story to explore our reactions to women in power.

Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore by Jay Sekulow







ISIS is a hot topic in the news today and anyone who is seeking a better grasp on the conflict from this group must read this new book. In addition to examining the rise of power of ISIS, the book serves as a guide for what we as individuals can do to protect ourselves from this growing threat.

Winter Street by Erin Hilderbrand







Hilderbrand has written her first Christmas novel about a family gathering on Nantucket that is full of surprises. The dysfunctional Quinn family will survive a love triangle, a pregnancy, a crime, a fire and Christmas caroling in this novel focusing on coming home for the holidays that all Hilderbrand fans will love.

One in a Million by Jill Shalvis







One in a Million is the twelfth book in Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor series. When Callie returns to her hometown, she reunites with her high school crush. Will this trip to Lucky Harbor hold a beautiful future for Callie?

Deadly Tasting by Jean-Pierre Alaux







A serial killer in Bordeaux has left 12 wine glasses at the scene of a murder with one full. When a second one is filled as a second victim is identified, it is a race against time for detectives as they seek to solve the mystery before all 12 glasses are filled.

Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver







Amory Ames is a wealthy young woman who regrets her marriage to her playboy husband but as she accepts an offer to help her former fiance, she becomes unknowingly tied in with a murder investigation. As she searches for answers, she must decide where her heart lies and work against time to catch the killer before she becomes a victim too.

The Counterfeit Heiress by Tasha Alexander







The Counterfeit Heiress is the latest addition to Alexander’s Lady Emily series. In this story, Lady Emily travels to Paris in search of a murderer that seems to have more questions than answers.

Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page

Page, one of the world’s most iconic guitar players, has chosen photos to represent his life in this photographic autobiography.

The Missing Place by Sophie Littlefield







The mothers of two boys who have gone missing while working on the oil rigs in North Dakota come together to uncover the mystery. They question each other but must ultimately work together to find the answers they want.

Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious by Dan Pashman







Eat More Better teaches individuals to eat for maximum pleasure, delivering insights that will satisfy minds and stomachs, changing the way you look at food forever.

The Real Food Revolution: Healthy Eating, Green Groceries, and the Return of the American Family Farm by Tim Ryan







In The Real Food Revolution, Congressman Tim Ryan offers steps anyone can take to help improve the quality of life for ourselves and future generations.

The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law and Justice in the Reconstruction Era by Michael A. Ross

Ross explores an 1870 kidnapping investigation and trial to look into the complexities of the Reconstruction Era.

The Lost Tribe of Coney Island: Headhunters, Luna Park, and the Man Who Pulled Off the Spectacle of the Century by Claire Prentice

The Lost Tribe of Coney Island explores the story of the Ignorrotes, a group of “savages” from the Philippines who were taken to New York in 1905 to be human exhibits at Luna Park. Prentice brings this tale of adventure and the American dream to light. Fans of Erik Larson will love this new release.


Oct 10

Nobel Prize in Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded yesterday, going to French writer Patrick Modiano. Modiano is known for his novels set during the Nazi occupation of France, focusing on themes of memory, loss and identity. He is the 15th French writer to receive the award. His body of works include about 30 titles, of which a dozen have been translated into English however sales of his works in United States are very minimal. His most famous work, Missing Person, is held at the library and is a novel about a man who travels the world piecing together his identity. The prize, which includes a $1.1 million reward, is given for a lifetime of writing rather than focusing on just a single work.

In related news, Malala Yousafzai, the author of I Am Malala, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with Kailash Satyarthi. I Am Malala is Yousafzai’s story about standing up to the Taliban about rights to an education and being shot in the process, almost losing her life. We read the book in the Lunch Bunch Book Club and had a great discussion and I highly recommend it.


Oct 06

New Books for the Week of October 6, 2014

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.


Oct 02

National Book Award Longlists

Every year, the National Book Foundation chooses winners for the National Book Awards. Started in 1950, the National Book Award is an American Literary Prize. Entries, submitted by publishers, are judged by a panel of writers or experts in the literary field. The criteria for entries is as follows: the author must be an American citizen and the book must have been published between 12/1 and 11/30 of that year. The judges work through the entries and select 10 titles for the long list of potential winners, published in September. They then narrow down the list to 5 finalists in mid October. The winners are announced at a banquet in November. Each finalist receives $1,000 and the winners receive $10,000 and become part of the family at the National Book Foundation. There are four categories and each one will have a winner. They are: fiction, non-fiction, young people, and poetry.

Below are the long lists in each category. The 5 finalists will be chosen on October 15. These are great books to check out if you are looking for something to read, as they have been chosen as having exceptional literary merit. Stay tuned in October for the finalists and in November when the winners are announced. Books with links takes you to our catalog entry for that title.


An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine

The UnAmericans by Molly Antopol

Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Redeployment by Phil Klay

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandal

Thunderstruck and Other Stories by Elizabeth McCracken

Orfeo by Richard Powers

Lila by Marilynne Robinson

Some Luck by Jane Smiley


Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic by John Demos

No Good Men Among the Living: American, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes by Anand Gopal

The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942 by Nigel Hamilton

The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by John Lahr

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos

When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944 by Ronald C. Rosbottom

Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic by Matthew Stewart

The Meaning of Human Existence by Edward O. Wilson


Roget’s Illusion by Linda Bierds

A Several World by Brian Blanchfield

Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Gluck

Gabriel: A Poem by Edward Hirsch

Second Childhood by Fanny Howe

This Blue by Maureen N. McLane

The Feel Trio by Fred Muten

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

The Road to Emmaus by Spencer Reece

Collected Poems by Mark Strand

Young People’s Literature 

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

Skink – No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen

Green Glass House by Kate Milford

Threatened by Eliot Schrefer

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Noggin by John Corey Whaley

Revolution by Deborah Wiles

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson



Sep 29

New Books for the Week of September 29, 2014

September 29, 2014

George Frideric Handel: A Life with Friends by Ellen Harris







Although Handel’s music is known worldwide, the man himself is a bit of a mystery. Harris spent years tracking down any information she could and has compiled it into a book that weaves Handel’s music into tales of loyalty and betrayal. Readers will find that Handel was an ambitious, shrewd, generous, brilliant and flawed man who hid behind his public persona.

The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis







Martin Amis tells a love story with a violently unromantic setting in The Zone of Interest. It is a portrait of life and love in a concentration camp, begging readers to ask the question – can we meet each other’s eye after we have seen who we really are?

On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss


Biss investigates the myths surrounding our notion of immunity and what those mean for individuals and the social body. She searches for an answer to the question – why do we fear vaccines, a question very prevalent in today’s society.

The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century by Steven Pinker







Pinker applies insights to challenge the ideas of prose, demonstrating how writing depends on imagination, empathy and grammatical knowledge among other things. In the end, the reader will come to learn how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery.

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer







The bestselling author of The Interestings is back with a young adult novel about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance. Jam’s boyfriend, Reeve, is is dead and Jam is at a therapeutic boarding school, wondering why life isn’t fair. When a journal assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, she can feel Reeve’s presence and she must confront hidden truths on the way to reclaim her loss.

The Lost Key by Catherine Coulter







Coulter is back with the next book in her A Brit in the FBI series featuring Nicholas Drummond. Called to investigate a stabbing, Drummond and his partner Caine discover a secret life of the victim, bringing up more questions than answers. The victim’s final words are the key to this case, but FBI agents must find his kids who have disappeared to help solve it, leading to an international manhunt.

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel







The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher is a collection of short stories ranging from ghost stories to memoirs. Mantel explores the themes of gender, marriage, class, family and sex, grabbing the attention of readers with this collection exploring what England has become today.

Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence by Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly







After Giffords was shot in 2011 and nearly died, she and her husband wanted to take action on the topic of gun control. Enough talks about the founding of Americans for Responsible Solutions, an organization dedicated to promoting responsible gun ownership and founded by Gabby and Mark. Readers will get a look into the recovery of Giffords and how she, along with her husband, have become co-advocates on this pressing issue.

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” by Lena Dunham







Lena Dunham, talented director, actress and producer establishes herself as a writer with her new book, revealing life stories that her fans and fans of celebrity memoirs in general will enjoy.

The Dogs Were Rescued (And So Was I) by Teresa Rhyne







The author of The Dog Lived (And So Will I) is back with a new memoir about her dog who developed cancer a second time, exploring how you move forward when everything you can do is still not enough.

Only the Dead by Vidar Sundstol







Only the Dead is the second book in the Minnesota trilogy by Sundstol, following the Land of Dreams. A tourist is found dead on the shore of Lake Superior in the same spot an Ojibwe man may have been killed 100 years prior. When the investigation goes cold, the forest service officer who found the body uncovers clues in his own family. Sundstol’s novel follows two tales, one of Scandinavian immigrants and the second of Native Americans in this mystery readers of the first book will love.

Close to the Bone by Lisa Black







Forensic Scientist Theresa Maclean returns to the medical examiner’s office to find a homicide scene. Piecing together clues, Maclean finds she is a big part of the killer’s agenda and must solve a cold case in order to survive.

French Pastry Murder by Leslie Meier








Beloved sleuth Lucy Stone is back with her 21st adventure in the French Pastry Murder. Stone is taking in the sights of Paris until the city of lights turns deadly …

The Perfect Witness by Iris Johansen







Teresa Casali has the ability to read people’s memories but the seemingly powerful ability is really a curse. She must enter the Witness Protection Program to protect herself due to this ability, living as Allie Girard. When her cover is blown, she must run, using her gift as a threat as she takes on the past.

The Wonder of All Things by Jason Mott







A plane crashes at an air show in a small town, resulting in a number of casualties. A 13 year old girl, Ava, is found in the rubble next to her best friend Wash. Ava has hidden her gift, the power to heal others, but now the whole world knows and people from all over the world come to town to get help. With each healing she does, Ava grows weaker and must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to save the one she loves most.

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein







Garth Stein, known for his popular novel The Art of Racing in the Rain, is back with this new novel, A Sudden Light. Fourteen year old Trevor tries to save his parents’ marriage when he uncovers a ghost in the family’s legendary mansion. The ghost will not rest until the family patriarch’s wish for the house is fulfilled, leaving Trevor to face the past in order to impact the family’s future.

All the Truth is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid by Matt Bai







Matt Bai, a former chief political correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, has compiled research exploring the Gary Hart affair. Leading in the polls for the Democratic nomination and against George H.W. Bush in 1987, rumors of Hart’s infidelity did him in. This marked a turning point in political media as the character of candidates became more important than political experience. Bai argues this incident is when private lives of politicians became public and news became entertainment.


Sep 22

New Books for the Week of September 22nd, 2014

September 22, 2014

The Day of Atonement by David Liss







Sebastian Foxx, pulled away from his home at age 13 due to the Portuguese Inquisition, returns to the city of Lisbon in 1755 to find the man who killed his father. As he gains a crew, he is pulled into the heart of the Inquisition and a horrific event that is looming. The Day of Atonement is a tale of obsession, loss and redemption.

You Might Remember Me: The Life and Times of Phil Hartman by Mike Thomas







Phil Hartman, best known for his years on Saturday Night Live, had a seemingly charmed life but it was cut short when he was shot by his third wife. For the first time, the years and moments leading up to his death are described in this new book by Mike Thomas. It is a celebration of Hartman, a powerful and humor-filled man loved by many.

The High Divide by Lin Enger







Gretta Pope wakes up one morning to find her husband gone, leaving the family on the edge of Minnesota’s western prairie. When her sons set off to find him, Gretta has no choice but to follow. This tale of a family’s sacrifice and devotion is set against the historical events of expansionism, the demise of bison and the subjugation of the Plains Indians.

The Witch and Other Tales Retold by Jean Thompson







Jean Thompson takes classic fairy tales and brings them into the modern age, captivating the magic and horrors in everyday life.

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

Johanna Morrigan, a 14 year old, decides to reinvent herself as Dolly Wilde. As she lives this new identity, she realizes she built Dolly with a fatal flaw. Moran’s tale is one of self discovery and invention that readers will love.

The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis






A novel that takes place over the course of one day in the life of Baruch Kotler, The Betrayers is a story for the ages. Kotler, an Israeli politician, must face the ultimate reckoning with those who have betrayed him and whom he has betrayed, including a daughter, a son in the Israeli Army and his wife in this tale of love, duty, family and sacrifice.

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix






Strange things are happening in a furniture store in Cleveland, Ohio and five employees volunteer for a long shift to try and unravel the mystery. Horrorstor is a traditional haunted house story in a contemporary setting in the form of a retail catalog. Those looking for an unusual tale and format will enjoy this novel.

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs







Hobb’s biography of his former college roommate tells the tale of conflicts in American society – race, class, drugs, community, imprisonment, education, family, friendship and love. Robert was a brilliant student and escaped his rough life in Newark to study at Yale. He was unable to hold off on the dangers of the streets when he returned home, leading to a violent, heartbreaking end.

The Contract by Derek Jeter







This is the start of a middle grades series about Derek Jeter, focusing on a boy who sets high goals for himself and makes his dreams come true. Fans of baseball will love this new series about this great player set to retire this year.

Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General by Bill O’Reilly







Following in the footsteps of his popular works Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy and Killing Jesus comes Bill O’Reilly’s newest, Killing Patton. Patton died under mysterious circumstances following the end of WWII. O’Reilly takes readers inside the events leading to Patton’s death, revealing the many individuals that wanted him dead.

Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs







Dr. Temperance Brennan is put on a case involving a child killer who has resurfaced. Brennan must rise to the challenge to stop this psychopath, facing her own demons in the process. This is book #17 in the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs.

To Dwell in Darkness by Deborah Crombie







Detective Kincaid, a recent transfer to Camden, must investigate a bombing at historic St. Pancras station. As he begins to gather the facts, he digs deeper into the truth about his transfer as well, it makes him question his belief in the job that has shaped him.

Hyena by Jude Angelini







Angelini has put together this collection of autobiographical stories, switching between his adult life and his childhood in Detroit. The stories take readers on a journey of heartbreak, depravity and hilarity. If you think you recognize the author, you might – he is one of the top hip hop radio hosts on Sirius radio.

Skink – No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen







First introduced over 25 years ago, Skink has become one of Hiassen’s most iconic characters. Teens and adults alike will love reading about Skink’s adventures trying to stop internet predators, turtle-egg poachers and litterbugs in this new novel.

Rooms by Lauren Oliver







Rooms is a tale of family, ghosts, secrets and mystery. Richard Walker, a wealthy man, left behind a country home and his estranged family comes for their inheritance. Haunted by ghosts, all involved must face painful truths, leading to catastrophic results as the spirit and human worlds collide.

A Deadly Wandering by Matt Richtel







A Deadly Wandering follows the story of Reggie Shaw, a college student who killed 2 scientists while texting and driving. The story explains the tragedy, the police investigation, the prosecution and his redemption as he becomes a leading advocate against distracted driving. Filled with scientific research, Richtel forces us to ask the question – what is all our technology doing to us?


Sep 20

New Books for the Week of September 15th

September 15, 2014

Love Me Back by Merritt Tierce







Marie, a young single mother, gets a job at a Dallas steakhouse and begins to give in to the self destructive impulses surrounding her. The novel is, ultimately, a portrait of a woman on a precarious path through early adulthood.

The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan by Jenny Nordberg







Jenny Nordberg, an investigative journalist, uncovers a hidden custom in Afghanistan, known as Bacha Posh. This custom occurs when a girl is temporarily raised as a boy. Nordberg presents a new perspective on the sacrifices of Afghan women, following those born as an unwanted sex but who live as the socially favored gender only to be forced later on into marriage and childbirth. 

Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett







Edge of Eternity is the conclusion to Follett’s epic trilogy, The Century trilogy. Following five families through the 20th century, this last book follows them from the 1960s to the 1980s, bringing readers into a world we thought we knew but will never see it the same way again.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons From the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty







Caitlin Doughty took a job at a crematory, and in the process learned to navigate the secretive culture of those who cared for the deceased. In this book, she recounts bizarre encounters and tells of the history of creation and the varied funeral practices that take place around the world.

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey






The Infinite Sea is a follow up novel to Yancey’s popular book The 5th Wave. Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world and is confronted with the others ultimate goal – the extinction of the human race. 

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes







A nightmare killer is unraveling reality as half human, half animal corpses begin appearing. As Gabriella works the case, her daughter Layla embarks on a crime fighting project of hunting down pedophiles. Broken Monsters exposes the decaying corpse of the American dream and asks what we’d do for 15 minutes of fame. 

Raging Heat by Richard Castle







When an illegal immigrant falls from the sky, NYPD homicide detective Nikki Heat works with her boyfriend, a journalist, to solve the case. When he insists she has arrested the wrong man, their relationship is tested and she worries it will end.

The Blood of an Englishman: An Agatha Raisin Mystery by M.C. Beaton







When a popular baker is murdered, Agatha puts her team of private investigators on the case. As the team gets close to the killer, they face danger. Although this is the 25th book in the Agatha Raisin series, she still has flaws, making this cozy mystery intriguing.

The Golem of Hollywood by Jonathon Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman







A burned out L.A. detective, a woman of mystery and an ancient monster collide in this suspense novel. As detective Jacob Lev embarks on an odyssey to solve a case, everything he believes to be true will be upended and his world, and the entire world, will be changed forever.