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.