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Flat broke with two goats : a memoir / Jennifer McGaha.

cover imageA charming memoir of one woman's unexpected journey from country chic to backwoods barnyard.


The road not taken : Edward Lansdale and the American tragedy in Vietnam / Max Boot.

cover imageA biography of Edward Lansdale, the CIA operative. Boot chronicles his rise and fall as a proponent of a visionary "hearts and minds" diplomacy in Vietnam who was ultimately overruled by the American military bureaucracy, which favored bombs and troop build-ups over winning the people's trust.


The most dangerous man in America : Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the hunt for the fugitive king of LSD / Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis.

cover imageIn September 1970, ex-Harvard professor and 'High Priest of LSD' Dr. Timothy Leary escaped from prison with the aid of the radical Weather Underground. Spanning twenty-eight months, President Nixon's careening, global manhunt for Dr. Timothy Leary winds its way among homegrown radicals, European aristocrats, a Black Panther outpost in Algeria, an international arms dealer, hash-smuggling hippies from the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, and secret agents on four continents, culminating in one of the trippiest journeys through the American counterculture. -- Adapted from book jacket.


Country grit : a farmoir of finding purpose and love / Scottie Jones.

cover imageScottie Jones lived a typical suburban, professional life in Phoenix until her husband, Greg, got into a near-fatal car accident. While recovering, he became convinced that they needed a change and a simpler way of life, one more connected with nature and with each other. So, driven by a desire to cut ties with a material and convenient suburban life that had left them feeling empty, they bought a peaceful-looking farmhouse on sixty acres in Oregon and said good-bye to everything they knew. But though the grass may look greener, the road to pastural bliss is fraught with financial woes, relentless rural roadblocks, and colossal failures. When the burden becomes almost too much to bear, Scottie hits on the idea of turning a house they initially built for their daughter into a Farm Stay, where people could visit and learn about Leaping Lamb Farm. The Farm Stay becomes the niche that rescues them from foreclosure--having found both a sense of purpose and a sense of place, the couple now finds the means to sustain it. In a world increasingly filled with questions of where our food comes from and dissatisfactions about our modern lives, Country Grit is a story that will resonate with countless people itching to get back to the land. Told with humor and hard-earned wisdom, it is also an account of what small-scale farmers across the country experience everyday and a warning that the farming life is not for everyone.--AMAZON.


Reckless daughter : a portrait of Joni Mitchell / David Yaffe.

cover imageReckless Daughter tells the story of Mitchell and also of the fertile, exciting musical time of which she was an integral part, one that had a profound effect that can still be felt today on American music and the industry.


Bunny Mellon : the life of an American style legend / Meryl Gordon ; [illustrations, Bunny Mellon].

cover image"A new biography of Bunny Mellon, the style icon and American aristocrat who designed the White House Rose Garden for her friend JFK and served as a living witness to 20th Century American history, operating in the high-level arenas of politics, diplomacy, art and fashion. Bunny Mellon, who died in 2014 at age 103, was press-shy during her lifetime. With the co-operation of Bunny Mellon's family, author Meryl Gordon received access to thousands of pages of her letters, diaries and appointment calendars and has interviewed more than 175 people to capture the spirit of this talented American original"-- Provided by publisher.


Prairie fires : the American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder / Caroline Fraser.

cover image"This book, written by the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House books, is a thoroughly researched biography of not only Laura Ingalls Wilder, but of her daughter, Rose. Using unpublished manuscripts, letters, financial records, and more, Fraser gives fresh insight into the life of a woman beloved to many. Intensively researched, this is definitely a fascinating read, and one that I plan on reading again -- maybe the next time I re-read the Little House series. -- Jennifer Ohzourk for LibraryReads,"--Novelist.


Hunter of stories / Eduardo Galeano ; translated by Mark Fried.

cover image"This is Eduardo Galeano's last book, a masterful, deeply considered, and poetic autobiography, written in his signature style of short essays, fables, stories, snippets of dialogue, and epigraph-length fragments with illustrations. A mix of old and new autobiographical material, Hunter of Stories includes Galeano's reflections on death, written during the very last months of his life"-- Provided by publisher.


Prairie fires : the American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder / Caroline Fraser.

cover image"This book, written by the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House books, is a thoroughly researched biography of not only Laura Ingalls Wilder, but of her daughter, Rose. Using unpublished manuscripts, letters, financial records, and more, Fraser gives fresh insight into the life of a woman beloved to many. Intensively researched, this is definitely a fascinating read, and one that I plan on reading again -- maybe the next time I re-read the Little House series. -- Jennifer Ohzourk for LibraryReads,"--Novelist.


A girl from Yamhill : a memoir / Beverly Cleary.

cover imageFollows the popular children's author from her childhood years in Oregon through high school and into young adulthood, highlighting her family life and her growing interest in writing.


Madison Park : a place of hope / Eric L. Motley ; foreword by Walter Isaacson.

cover imageA former special assistant to President George W. Bush chronicles his coming of age in a small Alabama community founded by freed slaves, where he learned valuable lessons about helping others, embracing faith, and fighting racial injustice.


The hiding place / Corrie ten Boom with Elizabeth & John Sherrill.

cover imageThe amazing story of Corrie ten Boom, a heroine of the Dutch Resistance who helped Jews escape from the Nazis and became one of the most remarkable evangelists of the 20th century, is told in her classic memoir, now repackaged for a new generation.


They're playing our song : a memoir / Carole Bayer Sager.

cover imageA New York Times bestseller from Grammy and Academy Award-winning songwriter Carole Bayer Sager shares "a delightful and funny tell-all crammed with famous names and famous songs" (Steve Martin), from her fascinating (and sometimes calamitous) relationships to her collaborations with the greatest composers and musical artists of our time. For five decades, Carole Bayer Sager has been among the most admired and successful songwriters at work, responsible for her lyrical contributions to some of the most popular songs in the English language, including "Nobody Does It Better," "A Groovy Kind of Love," "Don't Cry Out Loud," and the theme from the movie Arthur, "The Best That You Can Do" (about getting caught between the moon and New York City). She has collaborated with (and written for) a dizzying number of stars, including Peter Allen, Ray Charles, Celine Dion, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Clint Eastwood, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Melissa Manchester, Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, Dolly Parton, Carly Simon, Frank Sinatra, and Barbra Streisand. But while her professional life was filled with success and fascinating people, her personal life was far more difficult and dramatic. In this memoir that "reads like a candid conversation over a bottle of Mersault on a breezy Bel Air night" ( Vanity Fair), Carole Bayer Sager tells the surprisingly frank and darkly humorous story of a woman whose sometimes crippling fears and devastating relationships inspired many of the songs she would ultimately write.


Prince : a private view / Afshin Shahidi ; foreword by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

cover imageAfshin Shahidi met Prince in 1993 and soon became his cinematographer and later one of the only people allowed to photograph him. He collaborated with Prince longer than any other photographer. Afshin was the only photographer allowed to shoot the legendary 3121 private parties in Los Angeles that became the most sought after invitations in Hollywood; some of those photos are included in this book. Prince: A Private View compiles photographer Afshin Shahidi's work into a journey through Prince's extraordinary life. With never-before-seen photos, it is the ultimate collection of shots of Prince. Brief, but complete and rich, stories about Shahidi and Prince's collaboration and time together are alternately incisive, personal, and even funny.


Toni Tennille : a memoir / Toni Tennille with Caroline Tennille St. Clair.

cover imageSince bursting onto the scene in the mid '70s, the pop duo Captain and Tennille have long defined the sparkling, optimistic idea of everlasting love, both in their music and through their image as a happy and, seemingly, unbreakable couple. They were an irresistible pair to millions of fans all over the world, further underscored by the rousing yes, we can! gospel of their biggest hit, Love Will Keep Us Together. But underneath the image was an entirely different story that the fans never saw: a woman who fought a lonely struggle against the controlling and often bizarre behavior of her emotionally inaccessible husband.


Hiking naked : a Quaker woman's search for balance / Iris Graville.

cover image"Knocked off her feet after twenty years in public health nursing, Iris Graville quit her job and convinced her husband and their thirteen-year-old twins to move to Stehekin, a remote mountain village in Washington State's North Cascades. They sought adventure; she yearned for the solitude of this community of eighty-five residents accessible only by boat, float plane, or hiking. "Hiking Naked" chronicles Graville's journey through questions about work and calling as well as how she coped with ordering groceries by mail, black bears outside her kitchen window, a forest fire that threatened the valley, and a flood that left the family stranded for three days."--back cover


What does this button do? : an autobiography / Bruce Dickinson.

cover imagePioneers of Britain's nascent Rock & Metal scene back in the late 1970s, Iron Maiden smashed its way to the top, thanks in no small part to the high-octane performances, operatic singing style, and stage presence of its second, but twice-longest-serving, lead singer, Bruce Dickinson. But Iron Maiden's front man -- first from 1981 to 1993, and then from 1999 to the present -- is just one of the many hats Bruce wears. In addition to being a singer and songwriter, he is an airline captain, aviation entrepreneur, motivational speaker, beer brewer, novelist, radio presenter, and film scriptwriter. He has competed as a world-class level fencer. Dickinson turns his unbridled creativity, passion, and anarchic humor to reveal stories from his life, including his thirty years with Maiden, his solo career, his childhood within the eccentric British school system, his early bands, fatherhood and family, and his recent battle with cancer.


Hiking naked : a Quaker woman's search for balance / Iris Graville.

cover image"Knocked off her feet after twenty years in public health nursing, Iris Graville quit her job and convinced her husband and their thirteen-year-old twins to move to Stehekin, a remote mountain village in Washington State's North Cascades. They sought adventure; she yearned for the solitude of this community of eighty-five residents accessible only by boat, float plane, or hiking. "Hiking Naked" chronicles Graville's journey through questions about work and calling as well as how she coped with ordering groceries by mail, black bears outside her kitchen window, a forest fire that threatened the valley, and a flood that left the family stranded for three days."--back cover


The white king : Charles I : traitor, murderer, martyr / Leanda De Lisle.

cover imageProfiles the English monarch in the first half of the 17th century, drawing on previously unseen manuscripts to display how his human flaws and misjudgments ultimately led to his downfall.


Reckless daughter : a portrait of Joni Mitchell / David Yaffe.

cover imageReckless Daughter tells the story of Mitchell and also of the fertile, exciting musical time of which she was an integral part, one that had a profound effect that can still be felt today on American music and the industry.


The last man who knew everything : the life and times of Enrico Fermi, father of the nuclear age / David N. Schwartz.

cover image"In December 1942, a team at the University of Chicago achieved a milestone in human history: a nuclear chain reaction. At the forefront of this breakthrough stood Enrico Fermi, the father of the nuclear age. But as David N. Schwartz shows in this groundbreaking biography, Fermi's impact goes well beyond this epochal event. With his theory of beta decay and his development of quantum statistics, Fermi revolutionized modern physics. Straddling the classical and quantum ages, equally at ease with elegant mathematics and grubby experiments, Fermi truly was the last man who knew everything--at least about physics. In [this book], Schwartz draws from newly discovered archival material and exclusive interviews with those who knew Fermi to reveal the complex figure behind these historic contributions. A reluctant member of the Italian Fascist party, Fermi escaped to New York when Mussolini promulgated a series of anti-Semitic laws that put his wife, Laura, at risk. A citizen of an Axis power at the heart of the US government's most secret war effort, the Manhattan Project, he became one of its leading lights. A less-than-ideal father and husband, he was nevertheless one of history's greatest scientific mentors and teachers. He was also a deep thinker, as perspicacious about extraterrestrial life as he was about quantum field theory. The Last Man Who Knew Everything brings Fermi's brilliant, complex genius to life in a profound and consuming read."--Dust jacket flap.


The only girl in the world : a memoir / Maude Julien with Ursula Gauthier ; translated by Adriana Hunter.

cover imageThe Only Girl in the World describes the author's harrowing upbringing by fanatic parents, who raised her in isolation through traumatic disciplinary exercises designed to "eliminate weakness" and recounts how she eventually escaped with the help of an outsider.


The mother of Black Hollywood : a memoir / Jenifer Lewis.

cover imageThe star of "Black-ish" traces her journey from poverty to fame, sharing insights into her battles with undiagnosed mental illness and sex addiction while citing the support of loving friends and her philosophy about self-acceptance that enabled her success.


Goddess of anarchy : the life and times of Lucy Parsons, American radical / Jacqueline Jones.

cover image"From a prize-winning historian, a new portrait of an extraordinary activist and the turbulent age in which she lived Goddess of Anarchy recounts the formidable life of the militant writer, orator, and agitator Lucy Parsons. Born to an enslaved woman in Virginia in 1851 and raised in Texas-where she met her husband, the Haymarket "martyr" Albert Parsons-Lucy was a fearless advocate of First Amendment rights, a champion of the working classes, and one of the most prominent figures of African descent of her era. And yet, her life was riddled with contradictions-she advocated violence without apology, concocted a Hispanic-Indian identity for herself, and ignored the plight of African Americans. Drawing on a wealth of new sources, Jacqueline Jones presents not only the exceptional life of the famous American-born anarchist but also an authoritative account of her times-from slavery through the Great Depression"-- Provided by publisher.


Charles Darwin : Victorian mythmaker / A.N. Wilson.

cover imageWith the publication of On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin—hailed as the man who "discovered evolution"—was propelled into the pantheon of great scientific thinkers, alongside Galileo, Copernicus, and Newton. Eminent writer A. N. Wilson challenges this long-held assumption. Contextualizing Darwin and his ideas, he offers a groundbreaking critical look at this revered figure in modern science.


Queen Victoria's mysterious daughter : a biography of Princess Louise / Lucinda Hawksley.

cover imageThe secrets of Queen Victoria's sixth child, Princess Louise, may be destined to remain hidden forever. We know that Louise was a sculptor and friend to the Pre-Raphaelites, but her personal life remains shrouded in mystery. The rumors of her colorful life persist even today, with hints that she may have given birth to an illegitimate royal child. When Lucinda Hawksley started to investigate, often thwarted by inexplicable secrecy, she discovered a fascinating woman, modern before her time, whose story has been shielded for years from public view.


Promise me Dad : a year of hope, hardship, and purpose / Joe Biden.

cover imageThe former vice-president of the United States chronicles the difficult final year of his son's battle with cancer, his efforts to balance his responsibilities to the country and his family, and the lessons he learned.


Gold dust woman : the biography of Stevie Nicks / Stephen Davis.

cover imageAn in-depth portrait of the classic-rock artist covers her role in the stardom of Fleetwood Mac, the affairs that inspired her greatest songs, her struggles with addiction, and her successful solo career.-- From the publisher


Goddess of anarchy : the life and times of Lucy Parsons, American radical / Jacqueline Jones.

cover image"From a prize-winning historian, a new portrait of an extraordinary activist and the turbulent age in which she lived Goddess of Anarchy recounts the formidable life of the militant writer, orator, and agitator Lucy Parsons. Born to an enslaved woman in Virginia in 1851 and raised in Texas-where she met her husband, the Haymarket "martyr" Albert Parsons-Lucy was a fearless advocate of First Amendment rights, a champion of the working classes, and one of the most prominent figures of African descent of her era. And yet, her life was riddled with contradictions-she advocated violence without apology, concocted a Hispanic-Indian identity for herself, and ignored the plight of African Americans. Drawing on a wealth of new sources, Jacqueline Jones presents not only the exceptional life of the famous American-born anarchist but also an authoritative account of her times-from slavery through the Great Depression"-- Provided by publisher.




The last black unicorn / Tiffany Haddish.

cover image"From stand-up comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish comes The Last Black Unicorn, a hilarious, edgy, and heart-wrenching collection of autobiographical essays that will leave you laughing through tears. Tiffany Haddish grew up in one of the poorest parts of South Central Los Angeles. Her mother wound up with a debilitating brain injury after surviving a car accident. Tiffany never fit in anywhere: not in the households she rotated through in the foster care system, and certainly not the nearly all white high school she had to ride the bus an hour to attend. As an illiterate ninth grader, Tiffany did everything she could to survive. After a multitude of jobs, she finally realized that she had talent in an area she never would have suspected: comedy. Tiffany faced the 'routine' hindrances of climbing the entertainment business ladder--but had the added obstacles of sex, race, and class in her way. But she got there. She's humble, grateful, down to earth, and funny as hell. She still cleans the toilet the way she was shown by a foster mom who worked as a maid, and she still rolls her joints the way one of her foster dads taught her. Tiffany can't avoid being funny: it's just who she is. But The Last Black Unicorn is so much more than a side-splittingly hilarious collection of essays--it's a memoir of the struggles of one woman who came from nothing and nowhere. A woman who was able to achieve her dreams by reveling in her pain and awkwardness, showing the world who she really is, and inspiring others through the power of laughter"-- Provided by publisher.


Chancer : how one good boy saved another : a memoir / Donnie Kanter Winokur.

cover imageDonnie Kanter Winokur and her husband, Harvey, never could have imagined the heart-wrenching struggle that becomes their new reality after they decide to adopt two infants from Russia. As Iyal and Morasha grow, it becomes clear that Iyal's development is drastically lagging behind his sister's. By age four, he has a devastating diagnosis: fetal alcohol syndrome. But naming their battle provides little relief as Iyal and his family try to cope with the lifelong impact of his invisible disability. As the Winokurs' marriage is unraveling, Donnie and Harvey hang on to the last shreds of their own promise. Desperate to alleviate his constant rages and their crushing toll on the family, Donnie comes up with an innovative, untested, four-pawed solution: a golden retriever service dog. The dog is specially trained to give Iyal a unique love he desperately needs, turns out to be what the entire family has needed to stay, and grow, together.


Stalin : waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 / Stephen Kotkin.

cover imageIn 1929, Joseph Stalin, having already achieved dictatorial power over the vast Soviet Empire, formally ordered the systematic conversion of the world's largest peasant economy into "socialist modernity," otherwise known as collectivization, regardless of the cost. What it cost, and what Stalin ruthlessly enacted, transformed the country and its ruler in profound and enduring ways. Building and running a dictatorship, with life and death power over hundreds of millions, made Stalin into the uncanny figure he became. Stephen Kotkin's Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 is the story of how a political system forged an unparalleled personality and vice versa. The wholesale collectivization of some 120 million peasants necessitated levels of coercion that were extreme even for Russia, and the resulting mass starvation elicited criticism inside the party even from those Communists committed to the eradication of capitalism. But Stalin did not flinch. By 1934, when the Soviet Union had stabilized and socialism had been implanted in the countryside, praise for his stunning anti-capitalist success came from all quarters. Stalin, however, never forgave and never forgot, with shocking consequences as he strove to consolidate the state with a brand new elite of young strivers like himself. Stalin's obsessions drove him to execute nearly a million people, including the military leadership, diplomatic and intelligence officials, and innumerable leading lights in culture. While Stalin revived a great power, building a formidable industrialized military, the Soviet Union was effectively alone and surrounded by perceived enemies. The quest for security would bring Soviet Communism to a shocking and improbable pact with Nazi Germany. But that bargain would not unfold as envisioned. The lives of Stalin and Hitler, and the fates of their respective dictatorships, drew ever closer to collision, as the world hung in the balance. Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 is a history of the world during the build-up to its most fateful hour, from the vantage point of Stalin's seat of power. It is a landmark achievement in the annals of historical scholarship, and in the art of biography.


The art of misdiagnosis : a memoir / Gayle Brandeis.

cover image"Award-winning novelist and poet Gayle Brandeis's wrenching memoir of her complicated family history and her mother's suicide." Gayle Brandeis's mother disappeared just after Gayle gave birth to her youngest child. Several days later, her body was found: she had hanged herself in the utility closet of a Pasadena parking garage. In this searing, formally inventive memoir, Gayle describes the dissonance between being a new mother, a sweet-smelling infant at her chest, and a grieving daughter trying to piece together what happened, who her mother was, and all she had and hadn't understood about her. Around the time of her suicide, Gayle's mother had been working on a documentary about the rare illnesses she thought ravaged her family: porphyria and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. In The Art of Misdiagnosis, taking its title from her mother's documentary, Gayle braids together her own narration of the charged weeks surrounding her mother's suicide, transcripts of her mother's documentary, research into delusional and factitious disorders, and Gayle's own experience with misdiagnosis and illness (both fabricated and real). Slowly and expertly, The Art of Misdiagnosis peels back the complicated layers of deception and complicity, of physical and mental illness in Gayle's family, to show how she and her mother had misdiagnosed one another. Gayle's memoir is both a compelling search into the mystery of one's own family and a life-affirming story of the relief discovered through breaking familial and personal silences. Written by a gifted stylist, The Art of Misdiagnosis delves into the tangled mysteries of disease, mental illness, and suicide and comes out the other side with grace"-- Provided by publisher.


The wine lover's daughter : a memoir / Anne Fadiman.

cover image"A memoir exploring the author's father's love of wine" -- Provided by publisher.


Leonardo da Vinci / Walter Isaacson.

cover image"He was history's most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo's genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history's most creative genius"-- Provided by publisher.


A girl's got to breathe : the life of Teresa Wright / Donald Spoto.

cover imageThe actress Teresa Wright (1918-2005) lived a rich, complex, magnificent life against the backdrop of golden-age Hollywood, Broadway and television. There was no indication, from her astonishingly difficult--indeed, horrifying--childhood, of the success that would follow, nor of the universal acclaim and admiration that accompanied her everywhere. Her two marriages--to the writers Niven Busch and Robert Anderson--provide a good deal of the drama, warmth, poignancy and heartbreak of her life story. "I never wanted to be a star," she told biographer Donald Spoto in 1978, "I wanted only to be an actress." She began acting in summer stock and repertory at 18. When Thornton Wilder and Jed Harris saw her in an ingénue role, she was chosen to understudy the part of Emily in the original production of Our Town (1938), which she then played in touring productions. Samuel Goldwyn saw her first starring role on Broadway--in the historic production of Life with Father--and at once he offered her a long contract. She was the only actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for her first three pictures, and she won for the third, Mrs. Miniver. The circumstances of her tenure at Goldwyn, and the drama of her breaking that contract, forever changed the treatment of stars. Wright's family and heirs appointed Spoto as her authorized biographer and offered him exclusive access to her letters and papers. Major supporting players in this story include Robert Anderson, Alfred Hitchcock, William Wyler, Karl Malden, Elia Kazan, Jean Simmons, Dorothy McGuire, Bette Davis, George Cukor, Marlon Brando, George C. Scott, the artist Al Hirschfeld, Stella Adler and more.--Adapted from dust jacket.


The Vanity fair diaries : 1983-1992 / Tina Brown.

cover imageThe irreverent diaries of the author's celebrated years as editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair also serves as a vibrant portrait of the 1980s in New York and Hollywood, describing her summons from London in the hopes of saving Condé Nast's troubled periodical and her experiences within the cutthroat world of glamour magazines.


Prairie fires : the American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder / Caroline Fraser.

cover image"This book, written by the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House books, is a thoroughly researched biography of not only Laura Ingalls Wilder, but of her daughter, Rose. Using unpublished manuscripts, letters, financial records, and more, Fraser gives fresh insight into the life of a woman beloved to many. Intensively researched, this is definitely a fascinating read, and one that I plan on reading again -- maybe the next time I re-read the Little House series. -- Jennifer Ohzourk for LibraryReads,"--Novelist.


Leonardo da Vinci / Walter Isaacson.

cover image"He was history's most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo's genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history's most creative genius"-- Provided by publisher.


Confessions of a prairie bitch : how I survived Nellie Oleson and learned to love being hated / Alison Arngrim.

cover imageThe actress who played the villain Nellie Oleson on the television show "Little House on the Prairie" shares her experiences on the show and discusses her life, from her bohemian childhood in West Hollywood to her recent charity work involving abused children and HIV awareness.


Gold dust woman : the biography of Stevie Nicks / Stephen Davis.

cover imageAn in-depth portrait of the classic-rock artist covers her role in the stardom of Fleetwood Mac, the affairs that inspired her greatest songs, her struggles with addiction, and her successful solo career.-- From the publisher


Vivian Maier : a photographer's life and afterlife / Pamela Bannos.

cover imageMany know her as the reclusive Chicago nanny who wandered the city for decades, constantly snapping photographs, which were unseen until they were discovered in a seemingly abandoned storage locker. When the news broke that Maier had recently died and had no surviving relatives, Maier shot to stardom almost overnight. Bannos contrasts Maier's life has been created, mostly by the men who have profited from her work. Maier was extremely conscientious about how her work was developed, printed, and cropped, even though she also made a clear choice never to display it.


Vacationland : true stories from painful beaches / John Hodgman.

cover imagePresents a memoir of the author's cursed travels through the woods of Massachusetts and coastal Maine, describing his midlife transformation from an idealistic youth to an eccentric family man.


Finding magic : a spiritual memoir / Sally Quinn.

cover image"The author, journalist, television commentator, and longtime Washington insider reflects on the spiritual quest that has brought deeper meaning to her life--and kept her grounded within the high-powered political world of Washington, D.C.'s elite--her renowned writing career, her celebrity marriage, and her legendary role as doyenne of the capital's social scene. In this emotionally involving, illuminating memoir, the legendary Washington Post journalist, author, and 'superstar hostess' (Vanity Fair) talks candidly about her life at the white-hot center of power and the surprising spiritual quest that has driven her for more than half a century. While working as a reporter, caring for a learning-disabled son with her husband, longtime Washington Post executive editor Benjamin Bradlee, reigning over the capital's social scene, and remaining intimately connected with national politics, Sally Quinn yearned to understand what truly made the world--and her life--tick. After years of searching, most of which occurring in the secular capital of the world, she came to realize that the time she spent with friends and family--the evenings of shared hospitality and intimate fellowship--provided spiritual nourishment and that this theme has been woven into all the most important moments of her life. In this spiritual memoir, Quinn speaks frankly about her varied, provocative spiritual experiences--from her Southern family of Presbyterians and psychics, to voodoo lessons from her Baptist nanny, her trials as a hospitalized military kid in Japan as the Korean War begins, to her adventures as a Post reporter and columnist and her experience as one of the first female news anchors on national television; her battles with the Nixon administration, Watergate, and other scandals that have rocked the nation; her courtship and long marriage to one of the most authoritative figures in the media; her role as the capital's most influential hostess; and her growing fascination with religious issues. This fascination led to her pioneering work in creating the most visited religious site on the web, OnFaith.co, where she reports on the unseen driving force of American life. Throughout this radiant, thoughtful, and surprisingly intimate memoir, Quinn reveals how 'it's all magic'--the many forms of what draws us together and provides meaning to all we do. Her roller coaster and irreverent but surprisingly spiritual story allows us to see how the infinite wonder of God and the values of meaningful conversation, experience, and community are available to us all. Finding Magic includes 16 pages of exclusive photographs"--Provided by publisher.


Fasting and feasting : the life of visionary food writer Patience Gray / Adam Federman.

cover imageFor more than thirty years, Patience Grayauthor of the celebrated cookbook Honey from a Weedlived in a remote area of Puglia in southernmost Italy. She was fond of saying that she wrote only for herself and her friends, yet her growing reputation brought a steady stream of international visitors to her door. This simple and isolated life she chose for herself may help explain her relative obscurity when compared to the other great food writers of her time. So it is not surprising that when Gray died in 2005, the BBC described her as an zalmost forgotten culinary star.y Yet her influence, particularly among chefs and other food writers, has had a lasting and profound effect on the way we view and celebrate good food and regional cuisines.


Martin Luther : the man who rediscovered God and changed the world / Eric Metaxas.

cover imageOn All Hallow’s Eve in 1517, a young monk named Martin Luther posted a document he hoped would spark an academic debate, but that instead ignited a conflagration that would forever destroy the world he knew. Five hundred years after Luther’s now famous Ninety-five Theses appeared, Eric Metaxas, acclaimed biographer of the bestselling Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, paints a startling portrait of the wild figure whose adamantine faith cracked the edifice of Western Christendom and dragged medieval Europe into the future. Written in riveting prose and impeccably researched, Martin Luther tells the searing tale of a humble man who, by bringing ugly truths to the highest seats of power, caused the explosion whose sound is still ringing in our ears. Luther’s monumental faith and courage gave birth to the ideals of liberty, equality, and individualism that today lie at the heart of all modern life.


Chasing light : Michelle Obama through the lens of a White House photographer / Amanda Lucidon.

cover image"A collection of striking and intimate photographs of Michelle Obama--many never before seen--coupled with personal reflections and behind-the-scenes stories from Official White House Photographer Amanda Lucidon, presented in a deluxe format. Michelle Obama is one of the most admired First Ladies in history, known for her grace, spirit, and beauty, as well as for the amazing work she did during her tenure to promote girls' education, combat childhood obesity, and support military families. In Chasing Light, former White House photographer Amanda Lucidon, who spent four years covering the First Lady, shares a rare insider's perspective, from documenting life at the White House to covering domestic and overseas travel. This collection of 150 candid photos--many previously unreleased--and Amanda's narrative reflections reveal just what makes Mrs. Obama so special. From an affectionate moment with her daughters atop the strikingly empty Great Wall of China to exuberant moments with schoolchildren and quiet moments between the First Lady and President Obama, the photos are a vibrant, candid, and beautiful celebration of the First Lady, capturing the qualities and strengths that have made Mrs. Obama so beloved"-- Provided by publisher.


Promise me Dad : a year of hope, hardship, and purpose / Joe Biden.

cover imageThe former vice-president of the United States chronicles the difficult final year of his son's battle with cancer, his efforts to balance his responsibilities to the country and his family, and the lessons he learned.


President McKinley : architect of the American century / Robert W. Merry.

cover image"In this great American story, acclaimed historian Robert Merry resurrects the presidential reputation of William McKinley, which loses out to the brilliant and flamboyant Theodore Roosevelt who succeeded him after his assassination. He portrays McKinley as a chief executive of consequence whose low place in the presidential rankings does not reflect his enduring accomplishments and the stamp he put on the country's future role in the world. Republican President William McKinley in his two terms as president (1897 - 1901) transformed America. He established the US as an imperial power. Although he does not register large in either public memory or in historians' rankings, in this revealing account, Robert W. Merry unfolds the mystery of how this bland man managed so much powerful change. McKinley settled decades of monetary controversy by taking the country to a strict gold standard; in the Spanish-American war he kicked Spain out of the Caribbean and liberated Cuba from Spain; in the Pacific he acquired Hawaii and the Philippines through war and diplomacy; he developed the doctrine of "fair trade"; forced the "Open Door" to China; forged our "special relationship" with Great Britain. In short, he established the non-colonial imperialism that took America into global preeminence. He expanded executive power and managed public opinion through his quiet manipulation of the press. McKinley paved the way for the bold and flamboyant leadership of his famous successor, Teddy Roosevelt, who built on his accomplishments (and got credit for them). Merry writes movingly about McKinley's admirable personal life, from his simple Midwestern upbringing to his Civil War heroism to his brave comportment just moments before his death by assassination (it was only six months into his second term when he was shot). Lively, definitive, and eye-opening, President McKinley resurrects this overlooked president and places him squarely on the list of one of the most important"-- Provided by publisher.


While they're still here : a memoir / Patricia Williams.

cover image"After a lifetime of strained bonds with her aging parents, Patricia Williams finds herself in the unexpected position of being their caregiver and neighbor. Dodging the fine lines between service and servant, guardian and warden, she watches her parents climb over their conflicts and pain to face each new struggle with courage, faith, and a few missteps--still teaching her and still parenting her, when she isn't too overwhelmed to notice. Honest, and humorous, graceful and grumbling, this is the story of one complex family's attempts to heal the wounds of the past, forging a new dynamic of compassion, acceptance, and forgiveness as they guide each other through the most vulnerable chapter of their lives."-- Back cover.


Promise me Dad : a year of hope, hardship, and purpose / Joe Biden.

cover imageThe former vice-president of the United States chronicles the difficult final year of his son's battle with cancer, his efforts to balance his responsibilities to the country and his family, and the lessons he learned.


Growing up Fisher : musings, memories, and misadventures / Joely Fisher.

cover imageA memoir by the half-sister of the late Carrie Fisher describes their upbringing in Hollywood, her personal struggles with identity, her experiences as a mother to five children, and how she became motivated to pursue a creative life in the wake of Carrie's death.


Present at the creation : my life in the NFL and the rise of America's game / Upton Bell with Ron Borges.

cover image"To understand how the NFL became the sports phenomenon it is today, you can study its history as an active participant. Upton Bell grew up at the knee of the NFL's first great commissioner, his father, the legendary Bert Bell, who not only saved the game from financial ruin after World War II but was one of its greatest innovators. Coining the phrase "On any given Sunday," Bert invented the pro football draft and proposed sudden death rules. Present at the Creation details Bell's firsthand experiences, which started as he watched his father draw up the league schedule each year at the kitchen table using dominoes. There he learned the importance of parity, which is a hallmark of the league's success, and also how to create it. Over the past fifty-three years, Bell has been an owner, a general manager, a personnel executive, a scouting director for two Super Bowl teams, a television commentator and analyst, and a talk-radio host. He has seen the NFL from the inside and has experienced many of the most important moments in NFL history." -- Book jacket.


Lenin : the man, the dictator, and the master of terror / Victor Sebestyen.

cover image"Since the birth of Soviet Russia, Vladimir Lenin has been viewed as a controversial figure, revered and reviled for his rigid political ideals. He continues to fascinate as a man who made history, and created the first Communist state, a model that would later be imitated by nearly half the countries in the world. Drawing on new research, including the diaries, memoirs, and personal letters of both Lenin and his friends, Victor Sebestyen's biography--the first in English in nearly two decades--is not only a political examination of one of the most important historical figures of the twentieth century, but a portrait of Lenin the man. Lenin was someone who loved nature, hunting, fishing and could identify hundreds of species of plants, a despotic ruler whose closest ties and friendships were with women. The long-suppressed story of the complex love triangle Lenin had with his wife, and his mistress and comrade, reveals a different character to the coldly one-dimensional figure of the legend. Sebestyen also reveals Lenin as a ruthless and single-minded despot and a 'product of his time and place: a violent, tyrannical and corrupt Russia.' He seized power in a coup, promised a revolution, a socialist utopia for the people, offered simple solutions to complex issues and constantly lied; in fact, what he created was more 'a mirror image of the Romanov autocracy.' He authorized the deaths of thousands of people, and created a system based on the idea that political terror against opponents was justified for the greater ideal. One of his old comrades who had once admired him said he 'desired the good ... but created evil.' And that would include his invention of Stalin, who would take Lenin's system of the gulag and the secret police to new heights"-- Provided by publisher.


Hemingway at eighteen : the pivotal year that launched an American legend / Steve Paul.

cover image"In the summer of 1917, Ernest Hemingway was an eighteen-year-old high school graduate unsure of his future. The American entry into the Great War stirred thoughts of joining the army. While many of his friends in Oak Park, Illinois, were heading to college, Hemingway couldn't make up his mind and eventually chose to begin a career in writing and journalism at the Kansas City Star, one of the great newspapers of its day. In six and a half months at the Star, Hemingway experienced a compressed, streetwise alternative to a college education that opened his eyes to urban violence, the power of literature, the hard work of writing, and a constantly swirling stage of human comedy and drama. The Kansas City experience led Hemingway into the Red Cross ambulance service in Italy, where, two weeks before his nineteenth birthday, he was dangerously wounded at the front"--Dust jacket.


President McKinley : architect of the American century / Robert W. Merry.

cover image"In this great American story, acclaimed historian Robert Merry resurrects the presidential reputation of William McKinley, which loses out to the brilliant and flamboyant Theodore Roosevelt who succeeded him after his assassination. He portrays McKinley as a chief executive of consequence whose low place in the presidential rankings does not reflect his enduring accomplishments and the stamp he put on the country's future role in the world. Republican President William McKinley in his two terms as president (1897 - 1901) transformed America. He established the US as an imperial power. Although he does not register large in either public memory or in historians' rankings, in this revealing account, Robert W. Merry unfolds the mystery of how this bland man managed so much powerful change. McKinley settled decades of monetary controversy by taking the country to a strict gold standard; in the Spanish-American war he kicked Spain out of the Caribbean and liberated Cuba from Spain; in the Pacific he acquired Hawaii and the Philippines through war and diplomacy; he developed the doctrine of "fair trade"; forced the "Open Door" to China; forged our "special relationship" with Great Britain. In short, he established the non-colonial imperialism that took America into global preeminence. He expanded executive power and managed public opinion through his quiet manipulation of the press. McKinley paved the way for the bold and flamboyant leadership of his famous successor, Teddy Roosevelt, who built on his accomplishments (and got credit for them). Merry writes movingly about McKinley's admirable personal life, from his simple Midwestern upbringing to his Civil War heroism to his brave comportment just moments before his death by assassination (it was only six months into his second term when he was shot). Lively, definitive, and eye-opening, President McKinley resurrects this overlooked president and places him squarely on the list of one of the most important"-- Provided by publisher.


David Bowie : a life / Dylan Jones.

cover imageDylan Jones's engrossing, magisterial biography of David Bowie is unlike any Bowie story ever written. Drawn from over 180 interviews with friends, rivals, lovers, and collaborators, some of whom have never before spoken about their relationship with Bowie, this oral history weaves a hypnotic spell as it unfolds the story of a remarkable rise to stardom and an unparalleled artistic path. Tracing Bowie's life from the English suburbs to London to New York to Los Angeles, Berlin, and beyond, its collective voices describe a man profoundly shaped by his relationship with his schizophrenic half-brother Terry; an intuitive artist who could absorb influences through intense relationships and yet drop people cold when they were no longer of use; and a social creature equally comfortable partying with John Lennon and dining with Frank Sinatra. By turns insightful and deliciously gossipy, DAVID BOWIE is as intimate a portrait as may ever be drawn. It sparks with admiration and grievances, lust and envy, as the speakers bring you into studios and bedrooms they shared with Bowie, and onto stages and film sets, opening corners of his mind and experience that transform our understanding of both artist and art. Including illuminating, never-before-seen material from Bowie himself, drawn from a series of Jones's interviews with him across two decades, DAVID BOWIE is an epic, unforgettable cocktail-party conversation about a man whose enigmatic shapeshifting and irrepressible creativity produced one of the most sprawling, fascinating lives of our time.--Provided by Publisher.


The three lives of James Madison : genius, partisan, president / Noah Feldman.

cover image"Over the course of his life, James Madison changed the United States three times: First, he designed the Constitution, led the struggle for its adoption and ratification, then drafted the Bill of Rights. As an older, cannier politician he co-founded the original Republican party, setting the course of American political partisanship. Finally, having pioneered a foreign policy based on economic sanctions, he took the United States into a high-risk conflict, becoming the first wartime president and, despite the odds, winning. In The Three Lives of James Madison, Noah Feldman offers an intriguing portrait of this elusive genius and the constitutional republic he created--and how both evolved to meet unforeseen challenges."--Dust jacket.


Ali : a life / Jonathan Eig.

cover image"The definitive biography of an American icon, from a New York Times best-selling author with unique access to Ali's inner circle. He was the wittiest, the prettiest, the strongest, the bravest, and, of course, the greatest (as he told us over and over again). Muhammad Ali was one of the twentieth century's greatest radicals and most compelling figures. At his funeral in 2016, eulogists said Ali had transcended race and united the country, but they got it wrong. Race was the theme of Ali's life. He insisted that America come to grips with a black man who wasn't afraid to speak out or break the rules. He didn't overcome racism. He called it out. "I am America," he once declared. "I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me--black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own. Get used to me." Ali went from being one of the most despised men in the country to one of the most beloved. But until now, he has never been the subject of a complete, unauthorized biography. Jonathan Eig, hailed by Ken Burns as one of America's master storytellers, breaks new ground and radically reshapes our understanding of the slippery figure who was Muhammad Ali. Eig had access to all the key people in Ali's life, including his three surviving wives and his managers. He also had access to thousands of pages of new FBI and Justice Department files, as well dozens of hours of newly discovered audiotaped interviews from the 1960s. Jonathan Eig's Ali breaks bold new ground, revealing Ali in the complexity he deserves, shedding important new light on his politics and his neurological condition. Ali is a story about race, about a brutal sport, and about a fascinating man who shook up the world"-- Provided by publisher.


Franklin D. Roosevelt : a political life / Robert Dallek.

cover image"A one-volume biography of Roosevelt by the #1 New York Times bestselling biographer of JFK, focusing on his career as an incomparable politician, uniter, and dealmaker In an era of such great national divisiveness, there could be no more timely biography of one of our greatest presidents than one that focuses on his unparalleled political ability as a uniter and consensus-maker. While Robert Dallek's Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life will take a fresh look at the many compelling questions that have attracted all his biographers--how did a man who came from so privileged a background become the greatest presidential champion of the country's needy? How did someone who never won recognition for his intellect foster revolutionary changes in the country's economic and social institutions? How did Roosevelt work such a profound change in the country's foreign relations?--the focus of his book is on Roosevelt as a man dedicated to public affairs, a master politician who skillfully and cannily used the presidency to advance a remarkable national agenda."--Provided by publisher.


Franklin D. Roosevelt : a political life / Robert Dallek.

cover image"A one-volume biography of Roosevelt by the #1 New York Times bestselling biographer of JFK, focusing on his career as an incomparable politician, uniter, and dealmaker In an era of such great national divisiveness, there could be no more timely biography of one of our greatest presidents than one that focuses on his unparalleled political ability as a uniter and consensus-maker. While Robert Dallek's Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life will take a fresh look at the many compelling questions that have attracted all his biographers--how did a man who came from so privileged a background become the greatest presidential champion of the country's needy? How did someone who never won recognition for his intellect foster revolutionary changes in the country's economic and social institutions? How did Roosevelt work such a profound change in the country's foreign relations?--the focus of his book is on Roosevelt as a man dedicated to public affairs, a master politician who skillfully and cannily used the presidency to advance a remarkable national agenda."--Provided by publisher.


Where the past begins : a writer's memoir / Amy Tan.

cover image"From New York Times bestselling author Amy Tan, a memoir on her life as a writer, her childhood, and the symbiotic relationship between fiction and emotional memory"-- Provided by publisher.


Leonardo da Vinci / Walter Isaacson.

cover image"He was history's most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo's genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history's most creative genius"-- Provided by publisher.


Bobby Kennedy : a raging spirit / Chris Matthews.

cover image"A revealing new portrait of Robert F. Kennedy that gets closer to the man than any book before, by bestselling author Chris Matthews, an esteemed Kennedy expert and anchor of MSNBC's Hardball. With his bestselling biography Jack Kennedy, Chris Matthews shared a new look of one of America's most beloved Presidents and the patriotic spirit that defined him. Now, with Bobby, Matthews returns with a gripping, in-depth, behind-the-scenes portrait of one of the great figures of the American twentieth century. Overlooked by his father, and overshadowed by his war-hero brother, Bobby Kennedy was the perpetual underdog. When he had the chance to become a naval officer like Jack, Bobby turned it down, choosing instead to join the Navy as a common sailor. It was a life changing experience that led him to connect with voters from all walks of life: young or old, black or white, rich or poor. They were the people who turned out for him in his 1968 campaign. RFK would prove himself to be the rarest of politicians--both a pragmatist who knew how to get the job done and an unwavering idealist who could inspire millions. Drawing on extensive research and interviews, Matthews pulls back the curtain on the public and private worlds of Robert Francis Kennedy. He shines a light on all the important moments of his life, from his early years and his start in politics to his crucial role as attorney general in his brother's administration and his tragic run for president. This definitive book brings Bobby Kennedy to life like never before and is destined to become a political classic."-- Amazon.com


Endurance : a year in space, a lifetime of discovery / Scott Kelly with Margaret Lazarus Dean.

cover imageThe veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. Now, he takes us inside a sphere utterly inimical to human life. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both existential and banal: the devastating effects on the body; the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth; the pressures of constant close cohabitation; the catastrophic risks of depressurization or colliding with space junk, and the still more haunting threat of being unable to help should tragedy strike at home--an agonizing situation Kelly faced when, on another mission, his twin brother's wife, Gabrielle Giffords, was shot while he still had two months in space. Kelly's humanity, compassion, humor, and passion resonate throughout, as he recalls his rough-and-tumble New Jersey childhood and the youthful inspiration that sparked his astounding career, and as he makes clear his belief that Mars will be the next, ultimately challenging step in American spaceflight. A natural storyteller and modern-day hero, Kelly has a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come. Here, in his personal story, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.


Bobby Kennedy : a raging spirit / Chris Matthews.

cover image"A revealing new portrait of Robert F. Kennedy that gets closer to the man than any book before, by bestselling author Chris Matthews, an esteemed Kennedy expert and anchor of MSNBC's Hardball. With his bestselling biography Jack Kennedy, Chris Matthews shared a new look of one of America's most beloved Presidents and the patriotic spirit that defined him. Now, with Bobby, Matthews returns with a gripping, in-depth, behind-the-scenes portrait of one of the great figures of the American twentieth century. Overlooked by his father, and overshadowed by his war-hero brother, Bobby Kennedy was the perpetual underdog. When he had the chance to become a naval officer like Jack, Bobby turned it down, choosing instead to join the Navy as a common sailor. It was a life changing experience that led him to connect with voters from all walks of life: young or old, black or white, rich or poor. They were the people who turned out for him in his 1968 campaign. RFK would prove himself to be the rarest of politicians--both a pragmatist who knew how to get the job done and an unwavering idealist who could inspire millions. Drawing on extensive research and interviews, Matthews pulls back the curtain on the public and private worlds of Robert Francis Kennedy. He shines a light on all the important moments of his life, from his early years and his start in politics to his crucial role as attorney general in his brother's administration and his tragic run for president. This definitive book brings Bobby Kennedy to life like never before and is destined to become a political classic."-- Amazon.com


Stalin : waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 / Stephen Kotkin.

cover imageIn 1929, Joseph Stalin, having already achieved dictatorial power over the vast Soviet Empire, formally ordered the systematic conversion of the world's largest peasant economy into "socialist modernity," otherwise known as collectivization, regardless of the cost. What it cost, and what Stalin ruthlessly enacted, transformed the country and its ruler in profound and enduring ways. Building and running a dictatorship, with life and death power over hundreds of millions, made Stalin into the uncanny figure he became. Stephen Kotkin's Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 is the story of how a political system forged an unparalleled personality and vice versa. The wholesale collectivization of some 120 million peasants necessitated levels of coercion that were extreme even for Russia, and the resulting mass starvation elicited criticism inside the party even from those Communists committed to the eradication of capitalism. But Stalin did not flinch. By 1934, when the Soviet Union had stabilized and socialism had been implanted in the countryside, praise for his stunning anti-capitalist success came from all quarters. Stalin, however, never forgave and never forgot, with shocking consequences as he strove to consolidate the state with a brand new elite of young strivers like himself. Stalin's obsessions drove him to execute nearly a million people, including the military leadership, diplomatic and intelligence officials, and innumerable leading lights in culture. While Stalin revived a great power, building a formidable industrialized military, the Soviet Union was effectively alone and surrounded by perceived enemies. The quest for security would bring Soviet Communism to a shocking and improbable pact with Nazi Germany. But that bargain would not unfold as envisioned. The lives of Stalin and Hitler, and the fates of their respective dictatorships, drew ever closer to collision, as the world hung in the balance. Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 is a history of the world during the build-up to its most fateful hour, from the vantage point of Stalin's seat of power. It is a landmark achievement in the annals of historical scholarship, and in the art of biography.



The accidental president : Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world / A.J. Baime.

cover imageHeroes are often defined as ordinary characters who get thrust into extraordinary circumstances, and through courage and a dash of luck, cement their place in history. Chosen as FDR’s fourth term Vice President for his well-praised work ethic, good judgment, and lack of enemies, Harry S. Truman--a Midwesterner who had no college degree and had never had the money to buy his own home--was the prototypical ordinary man. That is, until he was shockingly thrust in over his head after FDR’s sudden death. During the climactic months of the Second World War, Truman had to play judge and jury, pulling America to the forefront of the global stage. The first four months of Truman’s administration saw the founding of the United Nations, the fall of Berlin, victory at Okinawa, firebombings of Tokyo, the first atomic explosion, the Nazi surrender, the liberation of concentration camps, the mass starvation of Europe, the Potsdam Conference, the controversial decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the surrender of Imperial Japan, and finally, the end of World War II and the rise of the Cold War. No other president had ever faced so much in such a short period of time. Tightly focused, meticulously researched, rendered with vivid detail and narrative verve, THE ACCIDENTAL PRESIDENT escorts readers into the situation room with Truman during this tumultuous, history-making 120 days, when the stakes were high and the challenge even higher. The result is narrative history of the highest order and a compelling look at a presidency with great relevance to our times.


Lioness : Golda Meir and the nation of Israel / Francine Klagsbrun.

cover image"The definitive biography of Golda Meir: the iron-willed leader, chain-smoking political operative, and tea-and-cake-serving grandmother who became the fourth prime minister of Israel and one of the most notable women of our time"-- Provided by publisher.


An American family : a memoir of hope and sacrifice / Khizr Khan.

cover image"'I am an American patriot not because I was born here but because I was not. I embraced American freedoms, raised my children to cherish and revere them, and lost a son who swore an oath to defend them, because I come from a place where they do not exist.' In fewer than three hundred words, Muslim American Gold Star father Khizr Khan electrified viewers around the world when he took the stage at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. And when he offered to lend Donald Trump his own much-read and dog-eared pocket Constitution, his gesture perfectly encapsulated the feelings of millions. But who was that man, standing beside his wife, extolling the promises and virtues of the U.S. Constitution? In this urgent and timeless immigrant story, we learn that Khizr Khan has been many things. He was the oldest of ten children born to farmers in Pakistan, and a curious and thoughtful boy who listened rapt as his grandfather recited Rumi beneath the moonlight. He was a university student who read the Declaration of Independence and was awestruck by what might be possible in life. He was a hopeful suitor, awkwardly but earnestly trying to win the heart of a woman far out of his league. He was a brilliant and diligent young family man who worked two jobs to save enough money to put himself through Harvard Law School. He was a loving father who, having instilled in his children the ideals that brought him and his wife to America--the sense of shared dignity and mutual responsibility--tragically lost his son, an Army captain killed while protecting his base camp in Iraq. He was and is a patriot, and a fierce advocate for the rights, dignities, and values enshrined in the American system. An American Family shows us who Khizr Khan and millions of other American immigrants are, and why--especially in these tumultuous times--we must not be afraid to step forward for what we believe in when it matters most."--Dust jacket flap.


Vacationland : true stories from painful beaches / John Hodgman.

cover imagePresents a memoir of the author's cursed travels through the woods of Massachusetts and coastal Maine, describing his midlife transformation from an idealistic youth to an eccentric family man.


Unqualified : love and relationship advice from a celebrity who just wants to help / Anna Faris ; with Rachel Bertsche.

cover imageThe popular actress shares funny stories about her misadventures with romance to offer offbeat advice on navigating the bizarre, chaotic, and ultimately worthwhile challenges of finding love.


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Blue Ridge sunrise / Denise Hunter.

cover image"Former free spirit Zoe Collins swore she'd never again set foot in Copper Creek or speak to the man who broke her heart. But return she must when her beloved Granny dies, leaving the family legacy to Zoe--a peach orchard nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains"-- Provided by publisher.


Firefly Cove / Davis Bunn.

cover imageSince the age of seven, Lucius Quarterfield has known he is dying. But now, at twenty-eight, his time is finally running out. So he's returning to the one place he ever felt happy, near the only woman he ever truly wanted. He's going to make each moment count because he knows that everything is about to change ... he just can't know exactly how.-- Adapted from book jacket.


A courtship on Huckleberry Hill / Jennifer Beckstrand.

cover image"There's nothing Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin's irrepressible eighty-somethings Anna and Felty Helmuth like better than a challenge. And the chance to matchmake their feisty granddaughter is their most delightful task yet... Elsie Helmuth's plain-spoken ways got her in trouble once before, so she needs to make a good impression at her new teaching job in Huckleberry Hill. But she's not about to let disabled student Wally Sensenig work below his potential. And she definitely won't put up with his hot-headed older brother sabotaging her efforts, no matter how handsome he is... Sam is nearly at the end of his rope caring for his ailing, widowed mother, working their farm, and raising his siblings. He'll admit Elsie's ideas are bringing Wally out of his angry shell - but why does she have to be as stubborn as she is pretty? Yet as it turns out, Elsie has taught Sam something about himself as well. And he'll do whatever it takes to make up for his mistakes - and win her heart forever." -- Back cover.


Out of the ordinary / Jen Turano.

cover imageMiss Gertrude Cadwalader hoped her position as the paid companion to Mrs. Davenport would be easy. But as she becomes acquainted with her employer, she realizes the wealthy Mrs. Davenport has a strange tendency to be a bit light-fingered with other people's trinkets. Gertrude is relieved when Mrs. Davenport decides to have a quiet summer away from the social scene--until the woman changes her mind in order to help a young socialite launch into society. When Gertrude is caught in the act of trying to return one of the trinkets by Mrs. Sinclair, the mother of shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair, the woman jumps to an unfortunate conclusion. Harrison is determined to mend fences with Miss Cadwalader, but he's unprepared for the escapades a friendship with her will entail. -- Amazon.com


Be strong and curvaceous : a Glory prep novel / Shelley Adina.

cover imageBe careful what you wish for 
 It’s the last term of junior year and Carly Aragon can’t wait—because it means a chance to compete in the prestigious Design Your Dreams contest. For a budding clothing designer who’s also a scholarship kid, this could mean the difference between launching a career 
 or merely settling for a job. But an ugly surprise is waiting for her when she returns from spring break with her family in Mexico. The flamboyant, rich, and arrogant Lady Lindsay “Mac” MacPhail is her new roommate—and she proceeds to steal Carly’s privacy, her confidence, and worst of all, her biggest crush! But when weird, threatening messages start infiltrating Mac’s email, Carly is the only person she can turn to, and they must figure out what’s going on before the threats escalate into real danger. Who could imagine that Mac’s fate would rest in Carly’s hands—or that Mac would hold the key to her success at Glory Prep? But God works in mysterious ways—even when it means digging deep to find the courage to face them.


No safe haven / Angela Moody.

cover image"Nothing ever happens in Gettysburg. Spunky, fifteen-year-old Tillie Pierce loves her life just as it is and considers her family safe from the Civil War--until Confederate soldiers overrun her hometown of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Sent to "safety" on a farm, she seeks shelter right in the battle zone The next days test not only her beliefs and friendships, but also her instincts and attitude. Does she have the gumption to trust a God who could give her hope? How can she when He allows such tragedy?"--Back cover.


As you wish / Robin Jones Gunn.

cover imageCollege student Christy trusts God to guide her in making decisions about school and her boyfriend Todd.


Until tomorrow / by Robin Jones Gunn.

cover imageChristy Miller, studying in Switzerland, is looking forward to a visit from her closest friends, Todd and Katie, but things do not go exactly as she planned, and Christy begins to wonder if Todd will again leave her not knowing where their relationship stands.


I promise / Robin Jones Gunn.

cover image"Christy Miller and Todd Spencer are engaged at last! But now the wedding work begins. Todd's breezy view of life clashes with Christy's meticulous planning. The issues of when and where to get married seem obvious-- until everyone's expectations are compared. Then Aunt Marti, Mrs. I-Love-to-Plan-a-Party, jumps in, ready to lay siege over each wedding detail. It's enough to make anyone sing the wedding-bell blues. Meanwhile, Katie has some unanticipated news of her own. Her renewed relationship with Rick is developing, but everyone wonders what's going on. Is Rick about to break her heart again, or could this be something lasting? As the time draws closer to the wedding, Todd and Christy face differences between them that might make married life more complicated than they thought, and Christy wonders if their relationship can work when put to the test. Will they make it down the aisle to tell each other 'I promise' for the rest of their lives?" -- Amazon.com.


Amish sweethearts : four Amish novellas / Amy Clipston.

cover imageA Home for Lindsay: From Amy Clipston's beloved Kauffman Amish Bakery series comes Lindsay Bedford's story. Lindsay is happily looking forward to the day she becomes Matthew Glick's wife and is excited for the plans he has for the house he will build her. So, when Matthew suddenly calls off the wedding, she is blindsided. She knows there is more to the story than what he is telling her, but will he open up and let her in on his own heartbreak?


You're gonna love me / Robin Lee Hatcher.

cover image"Who knew fate could twist a tragedy into a second chance at love? Samantha Winters lives her life the way a good accountant should--measured, deliberate, and safe. After watching her father die in a tragic skiing accident, she decided never to allow risk into her life again. But she didn't count on falling for Nick Chastain, who embodies everything she doesn't want in her safely constructed world. Against Samantha's warnings, Nick plans a dangerous kayaking trip over spring break. Furious that he's so careless with his life, she ends their fledgling relationship with harsh words. Two years later, Samantha is desperately in need of a change. When she learns her grandmother has had an accident and is in need of a caretaker, Samantha quickly packs her bags and heads to Thunder Creek, Idaho. But nothing could prepare her for the surprise awaiting her in her grandmother's hospital room. Nick. With the charming backdrop of small-town friends, beloved cousins, and a whole church congregation rooting for them, can they set aside the disastrous ending of their first try at love? Has Nick changed enough to meet Samantha in the middle--and can she realize that a risk in love might be worth taking? Award-winning author Robin Lee Hatcher is back with another beautiful love story that gives two people a second chance at love after a tragic twist of fate"-- Provided by publisher.


Missing Isaac / Valerie Fraser Luesse.

cover image"There was another South in the 1960s, one far removed from the marches and bombings and turmoil in the streets that were broadcast on the evening news. It was a place of inner turmoil, where ordinary people struggled to right themselves on a social landscape that was dramatically shifting beneath their feet. This is the world of Valerie Fraser Luesse's stunning debut, Missing Isaac. It is 1965 when black field hand Isaac Reynolds goes missing from the tiny, unassuming town of Glory, Alabama. The townspeople's reactions range from concern to indifference, but one boy will stop at nothing to find out what happened to his unlikely friend. White, wealthy, and fatherless, young Pete McLean has nothing to gain and everything to lose in his relentless search for Isaac. In the process, he will discover much more than he bargained for. Before it's all over, Pete--and the people he loves most--will have to blur the hard lines of race, class, and religion. And what they discover about themselves may change some of them forever" -- Google Books.


A time to stand / Robert Whitlow.

cover image"In a small Georgia town where racial tensions run high and lives are at stake, can one lawyer stand up for justice against the tide of prejudice on every side? Adisa Johnson, a young African American attorney, is living her dream of practicing law with a prestigious firm in downtown Atlanta. Then a split-second mistake changes the course of her career. Left with no other options, Adisa returns to her hometown where a few days earlier a white police officer shot an unarmed black teen who is now lying comatose in the hospital. Adisa is itching to jump into the fight as a special prosecutor, but feels pulled to do what she considers unthinkable--defend the officer. As the court case unfolds, everyone in the small community must confront their own prejudices. Caught in the middle, Adisa also tries to chart her way along a path complicated by her budding relationship with a charismatic young preacher who leads the local movement demanding the police officer answer for his crime. This highly relevant and gripping novel challenges us to ask what it means to forgive while seeking justice, to pursue reconciliation while loving others as ourselves"-- Provided by publisher.


A place at our table / Amy Clipston.

cover imageIn the midst of family heartaches, can two young Amish people move past their grief and trust that God's will includes finding happiness again?


The divide / Jolina Petersheim.

cover imageIn this gripping conclusion to The Alliance, nearly six months have passed since Leora Ebersole's Old Order Mennonite community fled to the mountains for refuge after an attack destroyed the power grid and altered life as they knew it. Since then, Leora has watched and waited for news of Moses Hughes, the young Englischer pilot who held off invading looters long enough for everyone to escape. Unsure Moses even survived, Leora has begun to warm to the affections of Jabil Snyder, who has courted her patiently. But she struggles to see herself as the bishop's wife, especially when she learns that Moses is alive and has now joined a local militia. An unexpected encounter in the woods deepens Leora's crisis, as does a terrifying new threat that brings Moses' militia into the community's shaky alliance with the few Englischers left among them. When long-held beliefs are once again put to the test, Leora wrestles with the divide between having faith and taking action. Just how much will her shifting landscape change her?


Hope on the plains / Linda Byler.

cover imageHannah, a feisty young Amish woman, lives on her family's farm in North Dakota. After moving halfway across the country and struggling to land on their feet, Hannah's family is finally feeling settled. The cattle business is doing well, and other Amish families have moved into the area. Feeling betrayed by Clay Jenkins and unimpressed with her own father, Hannah is hesitant to trust the men around her. Jerry Riehl, intrigued by her intelligence and strong will, will try anything to earn Hannah's respect. Just as the local Amish community begins to thrive, a terrible drought befalls the plains. Hannah's family tries to remain hopeful, but the continuing drought and a windmill fire devastate their business and the community. Running out of options, the Amish families decide to move back to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Hannah is faced with difficult decisions: Should she stay in North Dakota or follow the others to Lancaster? Does Jerry deserve her trust?


The space between words / MichĂšle Phoenix.

cover imageWhen Jessica awakens in a French hospital on the day after the 2015 Paris attacks, all she can think of is fleeing the site of the horror she survived. Her friend Patrick urges her to reconsider her decision, and she reluctantly agrees to follow through with the trip they'd planned before the tragedy. At a country flea market Jessica finds a faded document concealed in an antique. As new friends help her to translate the archaic French, they uncover the story of Adeline Baillard, a young woman who lived centuries before-- her faith condemned, her life endangered, her community decimated by the Huguenot persecution. As Jessica retraces their flight from France to England, she is spurred on by a need she doesn't understand.


The lacemaker / Laura Frantz.

cover imageLady Elizabeth "Liberty" Lawson, daughter of the British lieutenant governor of the Virginia Colony, seems to have her life in order. But colonial Williamsburg is a powder keg on the verge of exploding, and her fiance's cousin Noble Rynallt carries the flame of revolution in his heart. Will she stay true to her English roots, or side with Noble and the radical revolutionaries?


Until we find home / Cathy Gohlke.

cover imageIn the early days of WWII, American Claire Stewart smuggles five French Jewish children across the channel before the Nazis storm Paris, and brings them to her estranged aunt's Lake District estate as refugees. Lady Miranda Langford agrees to take them in, but only if Claire stays to help care for them. Though desperate to return to France and the man she loves, Claire agrees, and soon fellow American David Campbell challenges her notions of love. A portrait of life on the British home front, reminding us that bravery and family come in many forms.


Seeds of hope / Barbara Cameron.

cover image"Miriam Troyer has had a secret crush on Mark Byler since she was a teenager, but she knows they can never have a relationship: Mark is a big-city attorney and an Englischer. Her Amish community is too far removed from all he knows--and she loves her quiet way of life. Mark has always loved his visits to his grandfather's farm, but he's convinced the Amish life isn't for him. There's so much of the world to see and experience, and the excitement of his successful law practice can't be matched by the slow pace of life found back home in the country. But when things go wrong and his firm distances itself from him to try to save themselves, Mark finds himself back at his grandfather's farm. Could life in this simple world be worth living after all? Especially when the teenager he remembers has grown into a woman that could be his future. Suddenly, these two people whose lives seem so far apart may get a chance to really see each other for the first time" -- page [4] of cover.


Lady Jayne disappears / Joanna Davidson Politano.

cover imageWhen Aurelie Harcourt's father dies in debtor's prison, he leaves her just two things: his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet houseguest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company. When Aurelie decides to complete her father's unfinished serial novel, writing the family into the story as unflattering characters, she must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother's disappearance--and perhaps even her father's death. Author Joanna Davidson Politano's stunning debut set in Victorian England will delight readers with its highly original plot, lush setting, vibrant characters, and reluctant romance.


The gift / Shelley Shepard Gray.

cover imageThe Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous "accidents" that someone wants them gone. Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it's not the Schwartz family's fault, but he can't help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can't stop thinking about her pretty green eyes. Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna's father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She's fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt--or worse.


An Amish Christmas love : four novellas / Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, and Ruth Reid.

cover image"A charming new novella collection of sweet holiday stories, each celebrating love in all its forms, from some of our favorite Amish authors!"-- Provided by publisher.


The gift of Christmas past : a southern romance / Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall.

cover imageAt twenty-seven, Hadley is still trying to get free of the weight she's carried all her life: entering foster care at age five, getting arrested at seventeen for arson, and losing her boyfriend, Monroe, when she needed him most. Monroe never wanted to walk out on Hadley. He'd understood her, from her desire to help children with speech issues to her intense temper. But when she was arrested, he became haunted by what he knew and convinced his only choice was to end their friendship. Almost ten years later, Hadley and Monroe are both specialists in the field of speech therapy. They meet again...thrown together to help a four-year-ild girl who's been rendered mute after being rescued from an apartment fire. Years of secrets and anger beg to be set free as Hadley and Monroe try to push aside past hurts and find common ground in order to help the traumatized young girl and her family.


The ladies of Ivy Cottage / Julie Klassen.

cover image"Return to Ivy Hill in The Ladies of Ivy Cottage as friendships deepen, romances blossom, and mysteries unfold. Living with the two Miss Groves in Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood . . . somehow. When the village women encourage her to open a subscription library with the many books she has inherited or acquired through donations, Rachel discovers two mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but will both find more than they bargained for? Rachel's friend and hostess, Mercy Grove, has given up thoughts of suitors and fills her days managing her girls' school. So when several men take an interest in Ivy Cottage, she assumes pretty Miss Ashford is the cause. Exactly what--or who--has captured each man's attention? The truth may surprise them all. Meanwhile, life has improved at the coaching inn and Jane Bell is ready to put grief behind her. Now if only the man she misses would return--but where is he? As the women of Ivy Hill search for answers about the past and hope for the future, might they find love along the way?"--Amazon.com.


The Christmas blessing / Melody Carlson.

cover imageWhen she receives the news in late 1944 that her baby's father was shot down in the South Pacific, Amelia Richards loses hope. Jobless and broke, she has nowhere to turn for help but her infant's paternal grandparents. The only problem is, they don't know that she-- or their grandson-- exists. When Amelia discovers that the family is wealthy and influential, dare she disclose the truth of her relationship with their son?


The Amish Christmas candle / Kelly Long, Jennifer Beckstrand, Lisa Jones Baker.

cover imageAt the heart of winter's darkness is the joyous glow of the Christmas season. In this love-filled holiday collection, warm yourself with the peaceful light of Plain gifts. SNOW SHINE ON ICE MOUNTAIN Kelly Long When staid Naomi Gish's mischievous father hires strapping Gray Fisher at their candle shop for the season, she's positive the old man has an ulterior motive. She doesn't need help but as Gray learns the craft of candle making, Naomi learns that love is not only possible, but God's most precious gift. A HONEYBEE CHRISTMAS Jennifer Beckstrand Of all the sacrifices Bitsy Kiem made to raise her three nieces Amish, giving up her Englisch life was the only thing she missed. With the girls married now, she has a chance to kick up her heels this Christmas unless widowed Yost Weaver can convince her that Plain love is a flame that will never go out. THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE Lisa Jones Baker Blessing those in need at Christmastime is one of Lydia's favorite traditions. But without her newly married sister's help this year, the task seems daunting until handsome Mennonite John King shows her that hands joined to do good may unite hearts, as well."


Christmas at Carnton / Tamera Alexander.

cover imageRecently widowed Aletta Prescott is struggling to hold herself together. A chance meeting with a wounded solider during America's Civil War changes her life forever.


Belle : an Amish retelling of Beauty and the Beast / Sarah Price.

cover imageWhen Adam Herschberger, who is known simply as The Beast, offers her a deal--marry him and her family can keep their farm--Annabell Beiler, to be a dutiful Amish daughter, agrees to his proposal and vows to break through his icy reserve.


These healing hills / Ann H. Gabhart.

cover imageWhen the soldier she planned to marry at WWII's end writes to tell her he's in love with a woman in England, Francine Howard seeks a fresh start in the Appalachian Mountains, training to be a nurse midwife for the Frontier Nursing Service. Deeply affected by the horrors he witnessed at war, Ben Locke has never thought further ahead than making it home to Kentucky. When their paths intersect, it's immediately clear that they are from different worlds and value different things. But love has a way of healing old wounds... and revealing tantalizing new possibilities.


A stranger at Fellsworth / Sarah E. Ladd.

cover image"Sara Ladd delivers another delightful romance in her newest novel, A Stranger at Fellsworth. Filled with an air of mystery and historical charm, this story will keep readers coming back for"-- Provided by publisher.


If we make it home : a novel of faith and survival in the Oregon wilderness / Christina Suzann Nelson.

cover image"When four college friends graduated from the University of Northwest Oregon, their lives stretched before them, full of promise and vows to stay connected. But life has a way of derailing well-laid plans. Now they haven't spoken in twenty-five years. But against all odds, three of them have found themselves back in the same place-- at their alma mater, wondering how they got there. When they discover their fourth friend, Hope, has died, Jenna, Ireland, and Vicky decide to embark on a wilderness adventure to honor her memory-- and for secret reasons of their own. Jenna wants to show her husband that she's more than a helpless, overweight, middle-aged empty nester. Ireland wants to get back to the nature she loves and hide from the charges being pressed against her. And Vicky wants to show she cares for something besides her ministry-- and put off the disaster waiting at home for as long as possible. They never bargained for the dangers they face in an unforgiving wilderness. Now they'll have to work together if they hope to make it home alive. While the three women fight to survive the elements, their toughest battles may be with themselves" -Amazon.com.


In this moment : a novel / Karen Kingsbury.

cover imageWhen he receives national attention and criticism for starting an after-school Bible study and prayer program, Wendell Quinn chooses attorney Luke Baxter to help him fight the battle.


Love held captive / Shelley Shepard Gray.

cover image"After the War Between the States, a Confederate officer longs to heal the heart of Lizbeth Barclay--but first he'll have to right the wrongs that were done to her." -- (Source of summary not specified)


The gift / Shelley Shepard Gray.

cover imageThe Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County until they experience a series of accidents. Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it's not the Schwartz family's fault, but he can't help but be resentful. While Neil believes the accidents are just chance, Susanna's father is convinced that the Vance family is responsible. Susanna has fallen in love with Neil and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt, or worse.


Freedom's ring : a novel / Heidi Chiavaroli.

cover image"An antique ring reunites a Boston Marathon bombing survivor and the man who saved her. Together, they unearth the two-hundred-year-old history of a woman who suffered tremendous loss in the Boston Massacre, a woman torn between the love of two men - one a Patriot, and the other a Redcoat. As both women seem to forgive the wrongs done to them, each must decide whether to face their future through dependence on God's strength, or their own" -- Provided by publisher.


The shroud conspiracy : a novel / John D. Heubusch.

cover image"In this intense thriller, a forensic anthropologist sets out to prove that the Shroud of Turin is a fake, but quickly discovers the opposite--and must race to stop the evil forces who want to use traces of blood in the fabric to clone Jesus Christ and bring on the second coming of their own design. Throughout his career, forensic anthropologist and outspoken atheist Dr. Jon Bondurant has investigated many religious artifacts said to be real, but he knows better. Only weak minds rely on such obviously false relics to maintain their silly, pointless faith. So when he is invited by the Vatican to examine the Shroud of Turin, said to be the burial cloth that covered the body of Christ--and the most revered of all Christian artifacts--he is delighted for the opportunity to prove once and for all that the Shroud is a fake. But when he meets Domenika Josef, the beautiful and devout Vatican representative who finds him arrogant and self-important, he realizes his task will not be as straightforward as he once imagined. Domenika believes that the relic is real, and wants nothing more than to rescue the tarnished reputation of the church by announcing the good news. As Bondurant and his team examine every element of the Shroud, he and Domenika begin to see each other in a whole new light. And as the evidence about the origin of this highly contested piece of fabric starts to pile up, he begins to realize that he's been seeing a lot of things incorrectly. But when a sample of the blood from the Shroud--believed to be the real blood of Jesus Christ--vanishes, he realizes his problems are just beginning. The DNA traces in that sample could have earth-shattering consequences if they fall into the wrong hands. When Domenika vanishes too, Bondurant is caught in a globe-spanning chase to rescue the woaen he loves--and stop the evil forces who have their own motives for bringing on the Second Coming"-- Provided by publisher.


A letter from Lancaster county / Kate Lloyd.

cover image"Angela Her mother's untimely death, a struggling marriage, a strained relationship with her sister, Rose, and regrets over what might have been haunt her. Despite being a wife and mother, she feels she has little to show for her life. Rose Still single, she longs for a husband and children. But Angela has all that and still isn't happy. Rose wants to be closer to her older sister, but she and Angela couldn't be more different. Both strong women, will their sibling rivalry ever end? When a letter arrives from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Angela and Rose decide to visit Aunt Sylvia, their mother's Mennonite sister, in the heart of Amish country. This vacation could provide the opportunity both sisters need to sort out their issues. And yet instead of finding a new way of connecting with each other, Angela and Rose discover surprising family secrets that add to their strife and threaten Rose's romance with a new beau. Through it all, the two sisters must find the faith necessary to face their personal problems and allow God to restore hope and healing to their hearts and relationship as only He can"-- Provided by publisher.


Ascension of larks / Rachel Linden.

cover image"When globetrotting photographer Magdalena Henry loses the only man she's ever loved, she risks her stellar career to care for his widow and young children on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest. Free-spirited and fiercely independent, Maggie adores her life of travel and adventure. But she has a secret. She can't let go of her first and only love, renowned architect Marco Firelli, now married to her best friend Lena. When Marco drowns in a kayaking accident, Maggie rushes to the Firelli family's summer home on San Juan Island. Once there she discovers that Marco was hiding something that could destroy his family. As fragile, perfectionistic Lena slowly falls apart, Maggie tries to provide stability for Marco and Lena's three young children. When Maggie is offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete in the world's most prestigious photography competition, she thinks she's found the answer to their problems. Then Lena makes a choice with unexpected and devastating consequences, forcing Maggie to grapple with an agonizing decision. Does she sacrifice the golden opportunity of her career or abandon the Firellis just when they need her the most? Gradually the island begins to work its magic. A century-old ritual to beckon loved ones home offers hope in the midst of sorrow. And a guilt-ridden yet compelling stranger hiding on the island may offer Maggie a second chance at love, but only if she can relinquish the past and move forward to find joy in unexpected places"-- Provided by publisher.


Fatal mistake : a novel / Susan Sleeman.

cover image"An FBI agent must protect the woman who can identify a terrorist bomber in bestselling author Susan Sleeman's riveting romantic suspense novel. Each day could be her last ... but not if he can help it. Tara Parrish is the only person ever to survive an attack by the Lone Wolf bomber. Scared and emotionally scarred by her near death, she goes into hiding with only one plan--to stay alive for another day. She knows he's coming after her, and if he finds her, he will finish what he started. Agent Cal Riggins has had only one goal for the past six months--to save lives by ending the Lone Wolf's bombing spree. To succeed, he needs the help of Tara Parrish, the one person who can lead them to the bomber. Cal puts his all into finding Tara, but once he locates her, he realizes if he can find her, the Lone Wolf can, too. He must protect Tara at all costs, and they'll both need to resist the mutual attraction growing between them to focus on hunting down the bomber, because one wrong move could be fatal"-- Provided by publisher.


An uncertain dream / Judith Miller.

cover imageWhen Pullman Car Works employees walk out in protest over their wages and high rent, Olivia Mott is torn between her loyalty to the company and her love for Fred DeVault, in this action-packed finale to the bestselling historical series.


Bringing Maggie home : a novel / Kim Vogel Sawyer.

cover image"Ten-year-old Hazel takes her three-year-old sister to pick berries in a blackberry thicket in 1943, and only one of them comes home again. Young Hazel's world crumbles, the weight of the guilt from that colors every relationship in her life for the next seventy years. But now Hazel's granddaughter Meghan is a cold case agent and has an opportunity to investigate this very personal family mystery. What she uncovers could provide healing for three generations of women"-- Provided by publisher.


Home all along : an Amish secrets novel / Beth Wiseman.

cover image"The third and final installment in the critically-acclaimed Amish Secrets series by bestselling author Beth Wiseman -- Charlotte has made a home for herself in Amish Country with Daniel. But unforeseen events rock their fragile world and may move them even further away from the life they long for...Charlotte, an Englisher, is living in Amish Country, and she has formed strong and lasting bonds with the people in her new community. She has even fallen in love with an Amish man. But just when she is considering a permanent conversion to the Amish way of life, her world crashes around her. An unexpected death and a mysterious visitor unsettle Charlotte, and she begins to question her faith and her choices. Daniel loves Charlotte and wants to share his life with her, even it if means leaving the only world he's ever known. But as he walks alongside of her through her struggles, his own world is turned upside down when a loved one receives a grim medical diagnosis and a prodigal relative returns home. Will Charlotte and Daniel's relationship succumb to the many pressures around them, or will their faith and the strong community around them allow them to weather the storms of their own lives in order to build a life together?"-- Provided by publisher.


All she left behind / Jane Kirkpatrick.

cover imageWell-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s doesn't approve of such innovations as women attending medical school. To support herself and her young son, Jennie cares for an elderly woman. When her patient dies, Jennie discovers that her heart has become entangled with the woman's widowed husband, a man many years her senior. Their unlikely romance will lead her to discover where healing truly lives.


Dangerous illusions / Irene Hannon.

cover image"Detective Colin Flynn investigates a tragic death that's been linked to a grieving woman with apparent memory loss, but it quickly becomes clear there's more to the case--and the woman--than meets the eye"-- Provided by publisher.


Cherished Mercy / Tracie Peterson.

cover image"Mercy Flanagan survived the Whitman Massacre as a child, and now her heart's cry is for peace between the native peoples and the white settlers inhabiting Oregon Territory. Unfortunately, most of the settlers would rather the tribes were removed from the land completely, one way or the other. At the request of family friend Eletta Browning, who is experiencing a difficult pregnancy, Mercy travels south to the Rogue River Valley to help. At the Browning Mission, she meets Eletta's brother-in-law, Adam. Despite her attempts to befriend him, Adam seems determined to focus on ministering to the local tribes and keeps her at arm's length. Why is he so intent on pushing her away? When tragedy strikes and tensions in the territory reach the combustion point, Mercy is pushed to the limit of her strength. She and Adam will have to rely on their faith in God and on each other in order to make it out alive."-- From the publisher.


The proving / Beverly Lewis.

cover imageAfter five years as an Englisher, Amanda Dienner is shocked to learn her mother has passed away and left her Lancaster County's most popular Amish bed-and-breakfast. What's more, the inn will only truly be hers if Mandy can successfully run it for twelve months. Reluctantly, Mandy accepts the challenge, no matter that it means facing the family she left behind--or that the inn's clientĂšle expect an Amish hostess! Can Mandy fulfill the terms of her inheritance, or will this prove a dreadful mistake?


The writing desk / Rachel Hauck.

cover image"Tenley Roth's first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, she's locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who has run out of inspiration? With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer's block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart's been missing. A century earlier, another woman wrote at the same desk with hopes and fears of her own. Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she'll marry. But Birdie has dreams she doesn't know how to realize. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has taken extreme measures to manipulate her future, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own. Tenley and Birdie are form two very different worlds, but fate has bound them together in a way time cannon erase."--Amazon.com


High as the heavens / Kate Breslin.

cover imagePage-Turning Intrigue and Romance from an Up-and-Coming Historical Romance Talent In 1917, Evelyn Marche is just one of many women who has been widowed by the war. A British nurse trapped in German-occupied Brussels, she spends her days working at a hospital and her nights as a waitress in her aunt and uncle's café. Eve also has a carefully guarded secret keeping her in constant danger: She's a spy working for a Belgian resistance group in league with the British Secret Service. When a British plane crashes in Brussels Park, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to discover she recognizes the badly injured pilot. British RFC Captain Simon Forrester is now a prisoner of war, and Eve knows he could be shot as a spy at any time. She risks her own life to hide him from the Germans, but as the danger mounts and the secrets between them grow, their chance of survival looks grim. And even if they do make it out alive, the truth of what lies between them may be more than any love can overcome.


The return / Suzanne Woods Fisher.

cover imageWhen Betsy Zoon is taken captive in a surprise Indian raid, she faces brutality and hardship, but also unexpected kindness. She draws strength from a native, and finds herself torn between her pious upbringing and the intense new feelings this compelling man awakens within her. Hans Bauer is greatly anguished by Betsy's captivity and turns to his foster sister Tessa for comfort. Eagerly, Tessa responds, overlooking troubling signs of Hans's hunger for revenge. When Betsy is finally restored to the Amish, have things gone too far between Hans and Tessa?


Under a summer sky : a Savannah romance / Melody Carlson.

cover image"High school art teacher Nicole Anderson is looking forward to a relaxing summer in Savannah, house-sitting and managing an art gallery for a family friend. The house is luxurious in a way that only old money could make it, and the gallery promises interesting days in a gorgeous setting. Yet it isn't long before her ideal summer turns into more than she bargained for: a snooty gallery employee who's determined to force her out, a displaced adolescent roosting in the attic, and two of Nicole's close childhood friends--who also happen to be brothers--vying for her attention.With a backdrop of a beautiful historical city, incredible architecture, and even an alleged ghost or two, combined with the opportunity for romance . . . anything can happen!" -- Back cover.


Heart on the line / Karen Witemeyer.

cover imageGrace Mallory is tired of running, of hiding. But when an old friend sends an after-hours telegraph transmission warning Grace that the man who has hunted her for nearly a year has discovered her location, she fears she has no choice. She can't let the villain she believes responsible for her father's death release his wrath in Harper's Station, the town that has sheltered her and blessed her with the dearest friends she's ever known. Amos Bledsoe prefers bicycles to horses and private conversations over the telegraph wire to social gatherings with young ladies who see him as nothing more than an oddity. His telegraph companion, the mysterious Miss G, listens eagerly to his ramblings every night and delights him with tales all her own. For months, their friendship--dare he believe, courtship?--has fed his hope that he has finally found the woman God intended for him. Yet when he takes the next step to meet her in person, he discovers her life is in peril, and Amos must decide if he can shed the cocoon of his quiet nature to become the hero Grace requires.


The blessing / Wanda E. Brunstetter.

cover image"Return to the Troyer farm where Heidi welcomes six new cooking class students who experience the healing hand of God. Despite stressful changes occurring in their lives, Lyle and Heidi once again open their Ohio home up to those seeking to learn about Amish cooking. This time a teenager helping her divorced dad cook for the family, a caterer needing new recipes, a food critic, a hunter looking to impress his buddies, a wife given the class as an unwanted gift, and a mailman lured in by the aroma of good cooking gather around Heidi's table. During each class, Heidi teaches culinary skills, but it is her words of wisdom that have a profound effect on her students--though, this time Heidi's own hurting heart will need some healing nourishment."--Amazon.com


The promise of a letter / Kathleen Fuller.

cover image"Bestselling Amish author Kathleen Fuller returns to beloved Birch Creek and explores the power of letters and the joy of true love"-- Provided by publisher.


The promise of dawn / Lauraine Snelling.

cover image"In 1910, Signe, her husband, and their boys emigrate from Norway to Minnesota, dreaming of one day owning a farm of their own. But the relatives they've come to stay with are harsh and demanding. As Signe's family is worked to the bone to repay the cost of their voyage, can she learn to trust God through this trial and hold on to hope for a better future?"-- Provided by publisher.


Abiding Mercy / Ruth Reid.

cover image"From bestselling Amish author Ruth Reid comes a brand new series full of sweet romance, thought-provoking questions, and elements of mystery"-- Provided by publisher.


Weaver's Needle / Robin Caroll.

cover image"Former Army MP Landry Parker fell into the recovery specialist role quite by accident--to help her ailing father. Now that she's on her own, she is determined to prove herself and honor her family legacy. After being shot in the line of duty, former police officer Nickolai Baptiste became a recovery specialist, and he's good at his job--maybe even the best. A potential client pits Landry and Nickolai against one another to find the Dutchman's Lost Gold Mine map that was stolen from her murdered husband, and the potential payday is too enticing to pass up. The trail takes them from New Orleans to Weaver's Needle in Arizona where legend claims the mine is hidden. Landry and Nickolai are no strangers to adventure, but the unlikely partners quickly discover there's someone after the treasure and there are those who want to ensure the lost mine in Arizona's Superstition Mountain stays lost forever" -- provided by publisher.


The Maggie Bright : a novel of Dunkirk / Tracy Groot.

cover image"England, 1940. Clare Childs knew life would change when she unexpectedly inherited the Maggie Bright--a noble fifty-two-foot yacht. In fact, she's counting on it. But the boat harbors secrets. When a stranger arrives, searching for documents hidden onboard, Clare is pulled into a Scotland Yard investigation that could shed light on Hitler's darkest schemes and prompt America to action. Across the Channel, Hitler's Blitzkrieg has the entire British army in retreat with little hope for rescue at the shallow beaches of Dunkirk. With time running out, Churchill recruits civilian watercraft to help. Hitler is attacking from land, air, and sea, and any boat that goes might not return. Yet Clare knows Maggie Bright must answer the call--piloted by an American who has refused to join the war effort until now and a detective with a very personal motive for exposing the truth. The fate of the war hinges on this rescue. While two men join the desperate fight, a nation prays for a miracle"-- Provided by publisher.


Any dream will do : a novel / Debbie Macomber.

cover image"Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold. Pastor Drew Douglas adored his wife. But when he lost her, it was all he could do to focus on his two beautiful kids, and his flock came in a distant third. Now, as he too is thinking about a fresh start, he walks through his sanctuary and finds Shay sitting in a pew. The pair strike up a friendship--Drew helps Shay get back on her feet, and she reignites his sense of purpose--that, over time, turns into something deeper, something soulful, spiritual, and possibly romantic. Even Drew's two children are taken with this woman who has brought light back into their lives. Perhaps most important, Shay learns to trust again as she, in turn, proves herself trustworthy to her adopted community. But Caden's return to town and a disastrous secret threaten to undo the life Shay has tried so hard to rebuild. It will take the utmost courage and faith if she and Drew hope to find healing and open their hearts to a brighter future"-- Provided by publisher.


Over Maya dead body / Sandra Orchard.

cover imageFBI Special Agent Serena Jones arrives on Martha's Vineyard with her family, ready for a little bit of R&R and a whole lot of reminiscing as they celebrate the engagement of an old family friend. But crime doesn't take a vacation, and she's soon entangled in an investigation of a suspicious death tied to an antiquities smuggling ring.When her investigation propels her into danger, Serena must stay the course and solve this case before anyone else dies. But just how is she supposed to do that when the two men in her life arrive on the scene, bringing with them plenty of romantic complications--and even a secret or two?


Sweetbriar Cottage / Denise Hunter.

cover image"When Noah and Josephine Mitchell discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down ... Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job, settling at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance between himself and the former love of his life. But then Noah gets a letter from the IRS claiming he and Josephine are still married. Still angry over the demise of their marriage, he confronts her for the first time in months. They discover that Josephine neglected to file the final paperwork and they are, in fact, still married. Josephine is no happier about the news than Noah. Maybe the failed marriage--and okay, the botched divorce--was her fault, but her heart was shattered right alongside his, more than he would ever believe. The sooner they put this marriage behind them, the better for both of their sakes. But when Josephine delivers the final paperwork to his ranch, the two become stranded in his cottage during the worst spring snowstorm in a decade. For Noah, being trapped with Josephine is a test of endurance. He wrestles with resentment and his inability to forgive her, but underneath it all the embers of love still glow. Josephine's very survival depends on her ability to fight the feelings that never went away. And bearing up under the heavy burden of guilt is no picnic either. Old wounds surface and tempers flare as the storm brews outside. But when their situation worsens, they are forced to connect in a way they never have before. Josephine finally opens up about her tragic past, and Noah realizes she's never been loved unconditionally by anyone--including him. Will Noah accept the challenge to pursue Josephine's heart? And can she finally find the courage to trust Noah?"-- Provided by publisher.


His guilt / Shelley Shepard Gray.

cover imageTwo years after leaving his Amish community under suspicion of having committed an assault, Mark Fisher returns to Hart County to help a friend, and finds a reason to stay in Waneta Cain, before new assaults in the community put him under suspicion again.


Egypt's sister : a novel of Cleopatra / Angela Hunt.

cover imageChava, daughter of the royal tutor, grows up with Urbi, a princess in Alexandria's royal palace. When Urbi becomes Queen Cleopatra, Chava finds herself imprisoned and sold into slavery. Cast off and alone in Rome, Chava must choose between love and honor, between her own desires and God's will for her life.


A name unknown / Roseanna M. White.

cover imageRosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they concentrate on stealing high-value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. But when Rosemary must determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany, she is in for the challenge of a lifetime. How does one steal a family's history, their very name? Peter Holstein, given his family's German blood, writes his popular series of adventure novels under a pen name. With European politics boiling and his own neighbors suspicious of him, Peter debates whether it might be best to change his name for good. When Rosemary shows up at his door pretending to be a historian and offering to help him trace his family history, his question might be answered. But as the two work together and Rosemary sees his gracious reaction to his neighbors' scornful attacks, she wonders if her assignment is going down the wrong path. Is it too late to help him prove that he's more than his name?


Catching the wind / Melanie Dobson.

cover imageWhen Daniel Knight was thirteen, he and ten-year-old Brigitte Berthold escaped the Gestapo agents who arrested both their parents. They survived a harrowing journey from Germany to England, only to be separated upon their arrival. For more than seventy years he has vowed to find Brigitte. Now a wealthy old man, his final hope in finding Brigitte rests with Quenby Vaughn, an American journalist working in London. Quenby is wary at the idea of teaming up with Daniel's lawyer, Lucas Hough, but the lure of Brigitte's story is too much to resist. They follow a trail of deception, sacrifice, and healing that could change all of their futures.


Moving target / Lynette Eason.

cover imageWhen Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe are abducted by a mysterious madman, they are forced to take part in a sinister game in which they have become the hunted.


The elusive Miss Ellison / Carolyn Miller..

cover imageHandsome appearance counts for naught unless matched by good character and actions. That's the firm opinion of not-so-meek minister's daughter Lavinia Ellison. So even though all the other villagers of St. Hampton Heath are swooning over the newly returned seventh Earl of Hawkesbury, she is not impressed. If a man won't take his responsibilities seriously and help those who are supposed to be able to depend on him, he deserves no respect from her. In Lavinia's pretty, gray eyes, Nicholas Stamford is just as arrogant and reckless as his brother--who stole the most important person in Livvie's world.Nicholas is weighed down by his own guilt and responsibility, by the pain his careless brother caused, and by the legacy of war he's just left. This quick visit home to St. Hampton Heath will be just long enough to ease a small part of that burden. Asking him to bother with the lives of the villagers when there's already a bailiff on the job is simply too much to expect. That is, until the hoydenish, intelligent, and very opinionated Miss Ellison challenges him to see past his pain and pride. With her angelic voice in his head, he may even be beginning to care. But his isn't the only heart that needs to change.These two lonely hearts may each have something the other needs. But with society's opposition, ancestral obligations, and a shocking family secret, there may be too many obstacles in their way.


The Amish wanderer / Laura V. Hilton.

cover image"Desperate for a Ticket Out Bethany Weiss is ready to leave town. Tongues haven't stopped clacking in Jamesport, MO, since her daed, the bishop, was admitted to a mental hospital after hurting their small Amish community. But her sharpest wounds Bethany hides from prying eyes, quietly biding her time until she can take a chance at a new life--away from Jamesport and away from God. Searching for a Home Silas Beiler was kicked out of his own family's home. Dogged by a rough childhood and a family who blames him for each new disaster, he begins hitchhiking across the country, sleeping in barns where he can, working for food when possible--headed for Pennsylvania, in the hope of some stability. A Memory of Lemonade When Bethany spies a man asleep in the hayloft, she first fears the return of an unwelcome suitor. But when it is Silas who turns and speaks, the memories flood back: a happy summer six years ago full of lemonade, long walks, and budding courtship. Now, however, those months of bliss seem naĂŻve and idyllic. Will their old love overcome new pain? Or will hurt and rejection continue to haunt their path?"-- Provided by publisher.


The illusionist's apprentice / by Kristy Cambron.

cover image"Harry Houdni's one-time apprentice holds fantastic secrets about the greatest illusionist in the world. But someone wants to claim them . . . or silence her before she can reveal them on her own"-- Provided by publisher.


Summer on Sunset Ridge : a novel by / Sharlene MacLaren.

cover image"As tensions between North and South simmer over slavery, Sheriff Clay Dalton's path collides with a plainspoken yet passionate young abolitionist named Rebecca Albright, and the two find themselves propelled on a journey to discover just who God has called them to be, soon realizing that each holds a key to the other's answer"-- Provided by publisher.


Purgatory road / Samuel Parker.

cover image"A couple finds themselves stranded in the Mojave Desert with dwindling hope of survival--until a mysterious man shows up. Will he help them or does he have more sinister plans?" -- Provided by publisher.


Written in love / Kathleen Fuller.

cover image"Jalon Chupp has a past he isn't proud to claim. He's worked hard to overcome his youthful mistakes, and he has recommitted himself to his faith. When he receives a sweet note included in a piece of misdirected mail, he can't help but write back. Soon, the letters he receives from Phoebe are the highlights of his days, and with a hopeful heart, he suggests they meet in person. Phoebe, too, looks forward to every single one of Jalon's letters. Living with her overbearing aunt, Phoebe doesn't have too much to look forward to. But when Jalon suggests they meet, she panics--although she has shared some of the deepest longings of her heart with him, she hasn't been entirely truthful about her past. But when Jalon shows up at her aunt's doorstep, everything is revealed. And she can only pray he'll forgive her for holding back the truth. In order to reach beyond the errors of their pasts, both Phoebe and Jalon must put their faith in something--or Someone--bigger than either of them could pen"-- Provided by publisher.


Shine like the dawn : a novel / Carrie Turansky.

cover image"Separated by an inconceivable tragedy, can faith and love reunite childhood friends and light the way to a bright future? In a quiet corner of northern Edwardian England, Margaret Lounsbury diligently works in her grandmother's millinery shop, making hats and caring for her young sister. Several years earlier, a terrible event reshaped their family, shattering an idyllic life and their future prospects. Maggie is resilient and will do what she must to protect her sister Violet. When Maggie's estranged childhood friend, Nathaniel, returns from his time in the Royal Navy and inherits his father's vast estate, Morningside Manor, he also assumes the duty of repaying an old debt to the Lounsbury family. Can Maggie let go of the resentment that keeps her from forgiving Nate-- and reconciling with God?"


Beyond justice / Cara Putman.

cover image"Hayden McCarthy is on track to become the youngest partner in her prestigious D.C. law firm. if the case she's just been handed doesn't destroy her first. Hayden McCarthy knows firsthand the pain when justice is not served. It's why she became an attorney and why she's so driven in her career. When she's handed a wrongful death case against the government, she isn't sure if it's the lucky break she needs to secure a partnership--or an attempt to make sure she never gets there. She keeps the case alive through sheer determination and more than a little creativity, but then she's fired by a partner with a vendetta. Further complicating matters, Hayden keeps finding herself completely distracted by Andrew, her roommate's cousin. But his father is a Congressman and she's currently taking on the government. Could the timing be any worse? The longer she keeps the case active, the higher the stakes become. Unknown enemies seem determined to see either the case--or her--die. Should she fight alone for the dead young man by launching her own unfinanced firm, or abandon the case in order to save her own life?"-- Provided by publisher.


Justice delayed / Patricia Bradley.

cover image"Eighteen years ago, TV crime reporter Andi Hollister's sister was murdered. The convicted killer sits behind bars, his execution date looming. But when a letter surfaces stating that the condemned didn't do the crime, Detective Will Kincaide of the Memphis Cold Case Unit will stop at nothing to help Andi get to the bottom of it. After all, this case is personal: the man who confesses to the crime is Will's cousin. Andi and Will must find the real killer before the wrong person is executed. But what can happen in only a week? Uncovering police corruption, running for your life, and, perhaps, falling in love? " -- Back cover.


Fiction

Firefly Cove / Davis Bunn.

cover imageSince the age of seven, Lucius Quarterfield has known he is dying. But now, at twenty-eight, his time is finally running out. So he's returning to the one place he ever felt happy, near the only woman he ever truly wanted. He's going to make each moment count because he knows that everything is about to change ... he just can't know exactly how.-- Adapted from book jacket.


Displaced : a novel / Stephan Abarbanell ; translated by Lucy Renner Jones.

cover imageDisplaced is "a deeply intelligent literary debut thriller--set within a world still reeling from WWII--about how the actions of a few can change the course of history"-- Provided by publisher.


The senator's children / Nicholas Montemarano.

cover imageSisters Betsy and Avery have never met, but they have both spent their lives under the scrutiny of prying cameras and tabloid journalists. Their father, David Christie, was a charismatic senator and promising presidential candidate until infidelity destroyed his campaign and his family's life. In the aftermath, Betsy grieves her broken family, while Avery struggles with growing up estranged from her infamous father yet still exposed by the national spotlight. Years later, as David's health declines, Betsy and Avery are forced to face their complicated feelings about him--and about each other.


Tarry this night / Kristyn Dunnion.

cover image"A powerful dystopian novel set during a new American civil war, about a polygamist cult leader and his followers. In this eerily relevant, cautionary novel, a civil war is brewing in America. Below ground, a cult led by the deluded and narcissistic Father Ernst is ensconced in an underground bunker, waiting out the conflict. When the "Family" runs out of food, Ruth, coming of age and terrified of serving as Ernst's next wife, must choose between obeying her faith and fighting for survival. Cousin Paul, sent topside to scavenge for food, may return with proof that it is safe for the Family to ascend again. But is it enough to invest all hope in Paul's unlikely return? In this unsettling modern take on the Lilith tale, spirited women resist their violent, racist culture and, in so doing, become outlaws. Family members navigate a secretive and deadly arena where faith eschews autonomy and righteousness precludes mercy. With an unwavering eye, Tarry This Night dares to imagine the unthinkable that is present-day America, offering a place for resistance and hope for a new and better world."-- Provided by publisher.


Stony Mesa sagas / by Chip Ward.

cover imagePursued by a mad assassin after their arrest for chaining themselves to a mining site gate, Luna Waxwing and Hip Hop Hopi seek refuge in the remote village of Stony Mesa. Immersed in the diverse cultures and conflicts of the contemporary West, the young couple struggles to understand the wild lands that surround them, while trying to understand one another.


The ice house : a novel / by Laura Lee Smith.

cover image"The Ice House follows the beleaguered MacKinnons as they weather the possible loss of the family business, a serious medical diagnosis, and the slings and arrows of familial discord. Johnny MacKinnon might be on the verge of losing it all. The ice factory he married into, which he's run for decades, is facing devastating OSHA fines following a mysterious accident and may have to close. The only hope for Johnny's livelihood is that someone in the community saw something, but no one seems to be coming forward. He hasn't spoken to his son Corran back in Scotland since Corran's heroin addiction finally drove Johnny to the breaking point. And now, after a collapse on the factory floor, it appears Johnny may have a brain tumor. Johnny's been ordered to take it easy, but in some ways, he thinks, what's left to lose? This may be his last chance to bridge the gap with Corran--and to have any sort of relationship with the baby granddaughter he's never met."-- Provided by publisher.


The last man in Tehran : a novel / Mark Henshaw.

cover image"Decorated CIA analyst Mark Henshaw continues the "authentic, compelling, and revealing" (Jason Matthews) Red Cell series following agent Kyra Stryker who must work with retired analyst Jonathan Burke to save the CIA from being torn apart by a conspiracy of moles. New Red Cell Chief Kyra Stryker has barely settled into the job when an attack on an Israeli port throws the Middle East into chaos. The Mossad--Israel's feared intelligence service--responds with a campaign of covert sabotage and assassination, determined to protect the homeland. But evidence quickly turns up suggesting that a group of moles inside Langley are helping Mossad wage its covert war. Convinced that Mossad has heavily penetrated the CIA's leadership, the FBI launches a counterintelligence investigation that threatens to cripple the Agency--and anyone who questions the official story is suspect. With few officials willing to help for fear of getting accused, Kyra turns to her former mentors--now-retired Red Cell Chief Jonathan Burke and his wife, former CIA Director Kathryn Cooke--to help uncover who is trying to tear the CIA apart from the inside out"-- Provided by publisher.


Ultraluminous / Katherine Faw.

cover imageA high-end, girlfriend-experience prostitute has just returned to her native New York City after more than a decade abroad--in Dubai, with a man she recalls only as the Sheikh--but it's unclear why exactly she's come back. Did things go bad for her? Do the barely discernible rifts in her routine suggest that something else is percolating under the surface?


The last suppers / Mandy Mikulencak.

cover imageGinny Polk works as a prison cook and also prepares the last meals of those sentenced to execution. When she stumbles upon information about the man executed for killing her father, it leads to a series of dark and painful revelations.


Malfon / Walt Polzin

cover imageEste Rafan, a young man raised in poverty in a fictional, Middle Eastern country, rises to become the country's leader. He ramrods water projects for the desert country, he electrifies Malfon, and builds a military that sensitizes nearly everyone.


Left to chance : a novel / Amy Sue Nathan.

cover imageTeddi Lerner left her hometown years ago, but Shayna persuaded "Aunt Tee" to return to Chance, Ohio, to photograph her father's wedding. Even though it's been six years since Shay's mother, Celia, died, Teddi can hardly bear the thought of her best friend's husband marrying someone else. As Teddi looks through her viewfinder, nothing in her small town looks the same. That's when she truly sees the hurt she's caused. And-- maybe-- how to fix it.


Sweet bean paste / Durian Sukegawa ; translated by Alison Watts.

cover image"Sentaro has failed. He has a criminal record, drinks too much, and his dream of becoming a writer is just a distant memory. With only the blossoming of the cherry trees to mark the passing of time, he spends his days in a tiny confectionery shop selling dorayaki, a type of pancake filled with sweet bean paste. But everything is about to change. Into his life comes Tokue, an elderly woman with disfigured hands and a troubled past. Tokue makes the best sweet bean paste Sentaro has ever tasted. She begins to teach him her craft, but as their friendship flourishes, social pressures become impossible to escape and Tokue's dark secret is revealed, with devastating consequences." -- From publisher's description.


Someone you love is gone : a novel / Gurjinder Basran.

cover imageSomeone You Love Is Gone is a beautifully rendered, multi-generational story of secrets and ghosts that haunt a family. A powerful exploration of loss and love, memory and history, family ties and family secrets, and the thin veil between this life and the next.


The days when birds come back / Deborah Reed.

cover image"An emotionally searing novel of second chances from an author whose "gorgeous and wise prose" (Cheryl Strayed) will stay with you long after you're done....June is undoubtedly in transition. Reeling from her divorce, trying to stay sober, and faced with a completely stalled career, she's recently returned to the beautiful Oregon coast where she grew up. She must decide what to do with her late and much-loved grandparents' charming cedar-shingled home, a place haunted by memories of her childhood...June hires Jameson to renovate the old house to sell. He too is unmoored as he struggles to redefine his marriage in the aftermath of tragic loss. Over the course of the summer, their conversations about the house quickly turn to the personal--of secrets hidden in walls and of stories from the past half-told. June and Jamison repel and attract, sensing kinship and shying away from hurt. But what can the future hold as long as the past's grip remains so firm?...Brimming with empathy, The Days When Birds Come Back, like the house itself, is a graceful testament to endurance, rebuilding, and the possibilities of coming home"-- Provided by publisher.


The drawing of the three / Stephen King.

cover imageTaking place mere hours following the events seen in The Gunslinger, The Drawing of the Three continues with Roland of Gilead on his solitary quest for the Dark Tower, leading him to a seemingly endless stretch of beach along the Western Sea -- a terrain filled with unearthly monstrosities that mean certain death if he lets his guard down. But there are other mysteries along this desolate shoreline as well: three arcane doorways standing freely in the sand and cryptically designated as The Prisoner, The Lady of Shadows, and The Pusher. Each one is a portal to our world's New York City at different points in time, and each one is complete with its own set of dangers that could spell the end of Roland's journey. The world has moved on, and the Tower draws even closer.


One station away / Olaf Olafsson.

cover image"An overlooked pianist who finally receives fraught success after decades of disappointment. An elusive dancer whose fiancé is desperate to untangle her untimely death. A mysterious patient who is comatose after a violent accident. These are the three women who animate Olaf Olafsson's brilliantly rendered One Station Away. Magnus, a New York neurologist -- son to one, lover to another, and doctor to a third -- is the thread that binds these women's stories together as he navigates relationships defined by compromise and misunderstanding, guilt and forgiveness, and, most of all, by an obsessive attempt to communicate -- to understand and to be understood, to love and to be loved. A deeply affecting family tale, a heartrending love story that spans the globe, and a suspenseful drama at the edge of the mystery of life and death, One Station Away is a profoundly moving story of memory, identity, and misconnection; a novel of haunting power and lasting insight." -- From publisher's description.


Three daughters of Eve / Elif Shafak.

cover image"The stunning, timely new novel from the acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of The Architect's Apprentice and The Bastard of Istanbul. Peri, a married, wealthy, beautiful Turkish woman, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrestles to get it back, a photograph falls to the ground -- an old polaroid of three young women and their university professor. A relic from a past -- and a love -- Peri had tried desperately to forget. Three Daughters of Eve is set over an evening in contemporary Istanbul, as Peri arrives at the party and navigates the tensions that simmer in this crossroads country between East and West, religious and secular, rich and poor. Over the course of the dinner, and amidst an opulence that is surely ill-begotten, terrorist attacks occur across the city. Competing in Peri's mind however are the memories invoked by her almost-lost polaroid, of the time years earlier when she was sent abroad for the first time, to attend Oxford University. As a young woman there, she had become friends with the charming, adventurous Shirin, a fully assimilated Iranian girl, and Mona, a devout Egyptian-American. Their arguments about Islam and feminism find focus in the charismatic but controversial Professor Azur, who teaches divinity, but in unorthodox ways. As the terrorist attacks come ever closer, Peri is moved to recall the scandal that tore them all apart. Elif Shafak is the number one bestselling novelist in her native Turkey, and her work is translated and celebrated around the world. In Three Daughters of Eve, she has given us a rich and moving story that humanizes and personalizes one of the most profound sea changes of the modern world"-- Provided by publisher.


Now that you mention it / Kristan Higgins.

cover image"The Tufts scholarship that put Nora Stuart on the path to becoming a Boston medical specialist was a step forward. Being hit by a car and then overhearing her boyfriend hit on another doctor when she thought she was dying? Two major steps back. Injured in more ways than one, Nora feels her carefully built life cracking at the edges. There's only one place to land: home. But the tiny Maine community she left fifteen years ago doesn't necessarily want her. At every turn, someone holds the prodigal daughter of Scupper Island responsible for small-town drama and big-time disappointments. With a tough islander mother who's always been distant and a wild-child sister in jail, unable to raise her daughter--a withdrawn teen as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was--Nora has her work cut out for her if she's going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family. But as some relationships crumble around her, others unexpectedly strengthen. Balancing loss and opportunity, a dark event from her past with hope for the future, Nora will discover that tackling old pain makes room for promise, and the chance to begin again."--Publisher's description.


The Great Santini / Pat Conroy.

cover imageMarine pilot Bull Meecham's stern and unyielding personality challenges his southern-bred gentle wife and his top athlete son to stand up and fight back against the hard knocks of life.


Heart of darkness / by Joseph Conrad.

cover imageA trading company manager travels up an African river to find a missing outpost head and, confronted with the cruel realities of European imperialism in Africa, discovers the depth of evil in humanity's soul.


The nothing / Hanif Kureishi.

cover imageOne night, when I am old, sick, right out of semen, and don't need things to get any worse, I hear the noises growing louder. I am sure they are making love in Zenab's bedroom which is next to mine. Waldo, a feted filmmaker, is confined by old age and ill health to his London apartment. Frail and frustrated, he is cared for by his lovely younger wife, Zee. But when he suspects that Zee is beginning an affair with Eddie, 'more than an acquaintance and less than a friend for over thirty years,' Waldo is pressed to action: determined to expose the couple, he sets himself first to prove his suspicions correct - and then to enact his revenge. Written with characteristic black humour and with an acute eye for detail, Kureishi's eagerly awaited novella will have his readers dazzled once again by a brilliant mind at work.


The golden notebook : a novel / Doris Lessing ; with an introduction by the author.

cover imageThe experiences of two women provide the framework for an intense literary study of liberated womanhood, in a new edition--which includes an author biography and publication history--of a novel originally published in 1962.


Play it as it lays : a novel / Joan Didion ; [introduction by David Thomson].

cover imageA ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, Play It as It Lays captures the mood of an entire generation, the ennui of contemporary society reflected in spare prose that blisters and haunts the reader. Set in a place beyond good and evil-literally in Hollywood, Las Vegas, and the barren wastes of the Mojave Desert, but figuratively in the landscape of an arid soul-it remains more than three decades after its original publication a profoundly disturbing novel, riveting in its exploration of a woman and a society in crisis and stunning in the still-startling intensity of its prose.


The bomb maker / Thomas Perry.

cover image"A bomb is more than a weapon. A bomb is an expression of the bomber's thoughts about you, his predictions of your behavior--a performance designed to fool you into making one fatally wrong move. In The Bomb Maker, Edgar Award-winning author Thomas Perry introduces us to the dark corners of a mind intent on transforming a simple machine into an act of murder--and to those committed to preventing that outcome at any cost. A threat is called into the LAPD Bomb Squad, a team dispatched to a house whose owner is away, and a bomb disguised inside photography equipment exploded in the kitchen. But it is a second bomb hidden in the basement that has devastating consequences--half of the entire Bomb Squad is obliterated within seconds. The fragmented unit turns to Dick Stahl, a former Bomb Squad commander who now operates his own private security company. Having just returned from a grueling job in Mexico, Stahl is reluctant to accept the offer, but senior technicians he had trained were among those killed. On his first day back at the head of the squad, Stahl's team is dispatched to a suspected car bomb outside a gas station. It quickly becomes clear to him that they are dealing with the same mastermind behind the weapon that killed fourteen highly trained men and women barely twenty-four hours before--and that the intended target may be the Bomb Squad itself. As the shadowy organization sponsoring this campaign of terror puts increasing pressure on the bomb maker, and Stahl becomes dangerously entangled with a member of his own team, the fuse on this high-stakes plot only burns faster. The Bomb Maker is Thomas Perry's biggest, most unstoppable thriller yet"-- Provided by publisher.


In the fall they come back : a novel / Robert Bausch.

cover image"Ben Jameson begins his teaching career in a small private school in Northern Virginia. He is idealistic, happy to have his first job after graduate school and hoping some day to figure out what he really wants out of life. In the two years he teaches English at Glenn Acres Preparatory School, he discovers what he believes will be his life's work; teaching is what he finally comes to with all his heart. His fiance believes he suffers from a 'Christ complex, ' that he wants to 'save the world' entire by involving himself in the lives of his students. Three students in particular, draw him in: an abused boy, a mute and damaged girl, and a dangerous but utterly beautiful 18 year old woman who has come back to school for one more chance to graduate. His attempts to 'save' these students lead him to territory his mentor and friend, the oldest teacher at Glenn Acres, Professor Bible, tells him he should not be in. It's a book about giving; it's about the nature of help--and it takes on the true complexity of that urge as it plays out in that most fraught (and yet common) of settings, a school. It is a book that explores both human frailty and the limits of benevolence."--Page 4 of cover.


One of us will be dead by morning / David Moody.

cover image"The first in a new series from Hater author David Moody, One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning is brimming with horror. Fifteen people are trapped on Skek, a barren island in the middle of the North Sea somewhere between the coasts of the UK and Denmark. Over the years this place has served many purposes--a fishing settlement, a military outpost, a scientific base--but one by one its inhabitants have abandoned its inhospitable shores. Today it's home to Hazleton Adventure Experiences, an extreme sports company specializing in corporate team building events. Life there is fragile and tough. One slip is all it takes. A momentary lapse leads to a tragic accident, but when the body count quickly starts to rise, questions are inevitably asked. Are the deaths coincidental, or something else entirely? Those people you thought you knew well, can you really trust them? Are you standing next to a killer, and will you be their next victim? A horrific discovery changes everything for everyone. There's no way home now, and a trickle of rumors becomes a tsunami of fear. Is this really the beginning of the end of everything, or a situation constructed by the mass hysteria of a handful of desperate and terrified people? The lower the population, the higher the stakes. Kill the rest of them, before one of them kills you"-- Provided by publisher.


They know not what they do / Jussi Valtonen ; translated by Kristian London.

cover imageJoe Chayefski has got what he always wanted: a reputation as one of America's top neuroscientists, a beautiful wife and two perfect daughters. But his carefully created idyll is threatened when his Baltimore neuroscience lab is targeted by animal rights activists. The attack is followed by a phone call from Joe's ex-wife in Finland. Two decades have passed since he abandoned Alina and their young son, Samuel, returning to America to advance his career. Now Samuel is somewhere in the States, and Alina fears he is looking for revenge. As Joe struggles to protect his new family from the increasing threat of violence - and to save his eldest daughter from the clutches of an unscrupulous tech company - he is forced to reconsider his priorities and take drastic action to save those he loves.


The wake up : a novel / Catherine Ryan Hyde.

cover imageRecovering a long-suppressed ability to feel the emotions of others, a 40-year-old cattle rancher falls in love with a single mother whose son is struggling with trauma from experiences with an abusive father.


Insurrections : stories / Rion Amilcar Scott.

cover image"A suicidal father looks to an older neighbor--and the Cookie Monster--for salvation and sanctuary as his life begins to unravel. A man seeking to save his estranged, drug-addicted brother from the city's underbelly confronts his own mortality. A chess match between a girl and her father turns into a master class about life, self-realization, and pride: "Now hold on little girl. ... Chess is like real life. The white pieces go first so they got an advantage over the black pieces." These are just a few glimpses into the world of the residents of the fictional town of Cross River, Maryland, a largely black settlement founded in 1807 after the only successful slave revolt in the United States. Raw, edgy, and unrelenting yet infused with forgiveness, redemption, and humor, the stories in this collection explore characters suffering the quiet tragedies of everyday life and fighting for survival. In Insurrections, Rion Amilcar Scott's lyrical prose authentically portrays individuals growing up and growing old in an African American community. Writing with a delivery and dialect that are intense and unapologetically current, Scott presents characters who dare to make their own choices--choices of kindness or cruelty--in the depths of darkness and hopelessness. Although Cross River's residents may be halted or deterred in their search for fulfillment, their spirits remain resilient--always evolving and constantly moving."-- Provided by publisher.


The vanishing princess : stories / Jenny Diski ; foreword by Heidi Julavits.

cover image"The only story collection from the beloved Jenny Diski--darkly funny, subversive, sexy, and eccentric tales from one of the most original and intelligent voices of our time--with a new preface by Heidi Julavits, author of The Folded Clock"-- Provided by publisher.


Special envoy : a spy novel / Jean Echenoz ; translated from the French by Sam Taylor.

cover image"Special Envoy begins with an old general in France's intelligence agency asking his trusted lieutenant Paul Objat for ideas about a person he wants for a particular job: someone to aid the destabilization of Kim Jong-un's regime in North Korea. Objat has someone in mind: Constance, an attractive, restless, bored woman in a failing marriage to a washed-up pop musician. Soon after, she is abducted by Objat's cronies and spirited away into the lower depths of France's intelligence bureaucracy where she is trained for her mission. What follows is a bizarre tale of kidnappings, murders and mutilations, bad pop songs and great sex, populated by a cast of oddballs and losers." -- From publisher's description.


We'll sleep when we're old / Pino Corrias ; translated by Antony Shugaar.

cover image"Like Fellini's classic film 8 1/2 and mixed with Elmore Leonard's Get Shorty, a gorgeously wrought novel that explores the complicated life of a controversial Italian film producer who vanishes after a fire destroys his home. Rome, present day: an extravagant, opulent world of fashionable parties, fancy cars, and powerful men and women in a constant dance of excess and intrigue. Oscar Martello, president of a film production company, is a self-made man: despite his humble origins, he has managed to achieve unbelievable fame and success. He is also a cutthroat and ruthless visionary. Andrea Serrano, his best friend, is a scriptwriter who explores the themes of love and murder in his work. The beautiful actress Jacaranda Rizzi, Oscar's muse, has a secret that has been tormenting her for many years. Pulsing with ambition, all three represent the apex of Rome's complex and privileged network of glamorous yet troubled aristocrats. When a fire devastates Oscar's villa in one of the city's most fashionable neighborhoods and he goes missing, all of Rome is left to wonder about his fate. The evidence points to Jacaranda, but could she have orchestrated something so sinister? More important, could she have done it alone, or has Andrea played some role in the debacle? In this archly funny, immersive, and gripping novel, Pino Corrias does for Rome what Elena Ferrante did for Naples, delivering a powerful story about the high stakes world of entertainment in today's Rome, where celebrity rules all and the grande bellezza of a more gracious age has given way to something much darker"-- Provided by publisher.


The house on Foster Hill / Jaime Jo Wright.

cover image"Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather's Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house's dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide. A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy's search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives--including her own--are lost?"--Google Books.


Drawing close / Barbara Hinske.

cover imageIn the fourth novel of best-selling author Barbara Hinske's beloved Rosemont series, Maggie Martin faces her biggest challenges when her future at Rosemont and the life of someone dear to her are at stake. Fighting to eradicate the corruption in Westbury has left Mayor Maggie Martin drained. A sweet respite in Cornwall, England, with her new husband is exactly what she needs. Their flight hasn't left the tarmac, however, before another betrayal by her late husband Paul Martin comes to light. His lies turned their life together into an illusion, but this new revelation could put the lives of her children in jeopardy. While Maggie weighs the option of telling them about their father's deceit, her nemesis Frank Haynes is getting closer to uncovering the truth. Though his goal of claiming Maggie's coveted Rosemont estate is clearly in sight, a potential for love has him contemplating whether he should release his lifelong dream. Can both Frank Haynes and Maggie Martin find happiness? Or will the enigmatic Haynes use Paul Martin's lies to ruin her?


Weaving the strands / Barbara Hinske.

cover image"Maggie Martin's plans to start a serene new life have been derailed. As the beleaguered mayor of Westbury, she's at the epicenter of the town's worsening financial crisis. The looming foreclosure of its senior center followed by a suspicious death have fueled a barrage of public criticism all pointed her way. And she may have unwittingly invited a traitor into her inner circle. Throw in a lovelorn daughter, an attic full of surprises--at least one of which is most unwelcome, too many guests for Thanksgiving dinner, and an uncertain relationship with her favorite veterinarian, and Maggie has her hands full."--Amazon.com.


Uncovering secrets / Barbara Hinske.

cover image"The third book in the beloved Rosemont series finds Mayor Maggie Martin knee-deep in the financial problems facing Westbury. With a stagnant investigation into the fraud and embezzlement that brought the town to the brink of bankruptcy, Maggie needs results -- now. The bad guys, however, are always one step ahead, with bribes and blackmail at their disposal. Her late husband's mistress also has an ace to play against Frank Haynes and his cronies. But the woman's plan for revenge may be derailed by her daughter's sudden illness. Will Haynes slip through the net once again? Meanwhile, Maggie is busy planning her wedding as Roman forms an unlikely alliance with a litter of kittens. And Rosemont's attic gives up its secrets; some welcome, some not. While Maggie delights in a newly discovered collection of vintage silver, Frank Haynes is on a mission to establish his claim to Rosemont. Surprisingly, his cold heart may not be impervious after all. Dive in as Maggie seeks her silver lining."--Page [4] of cover.


Bringing them home / Barbara Hinske.

cover imageThe state's case against Chuck Delgado is foundering as things heat up and turn deadly in Westbury. Frank Haynes and Loretta Nash each possess the proof to put Delgado away for good, but coming forward could destroy their relationship. Will they put self-interest aside to do the right thing? Susan Martin begins her new life as Mrs. Aaron Scanlon, only to find that more changes are on the horizon, and David Wheeler uncovers secrets about his friend's and his father's pasts that turn his world upside down. As Maggie Martin rediscovers an old love, will she be able to overcome her past and venture into the life she truly desires?


Coming to Rosemont / Barbara Hinske.

cover image"Forensic accountant Maggie Martin survives the sudden death of her husband, the charismatic President of Windsor College, only to uncover the secrets of his carefully-concealed double life. Dealing with the financial and emotional wreckage left in Paul's wake, she is stunned to learn he inherited an estate known as Rosemont in the seemingly-serene Midwestern town of Westbury. Why had he never told her? Maggie travels to Westbury for the stated purpose of listing Rosemont for immediate sale, but what she really seeks are answers to her all-consuming questions about her sham of a marriage; her sham of a life. She never anticipated the seductive charm of Rosemont. Throwing her trademark caution to the wind, and over the objections of her opinionated grown children, she pulls up stakes and moves halfway across the country, determined to make a fresh start in Westbury. Behind closed doors, however, lurks a cadre of evildoers, playing with multiple wild cards of fraud, embezzlement and arson. With a quiet, orderly -- and distinctively solitary -- life in mind, Maggie is instead thrown headlong into a crusade against political corruption, where defeat and retreat are not an option. Still bearing the scars of betrayal, will she find joy, romance and possibility in Westbury?"--Page 4 of cover.


No place I'd rather be / Cathy Lamb.

cover imageTwo years ago, Olivia Martindale left behind her Montana hometown and her husband, Jace, certain it was the best decision for both of them. Back temporarily to protect her almost-adopted daughters from their biological mother, she discovers an old, handwritten cookbook in the attic. Its pages are stained and torn, their edges scorched by flame. Some have been smeared by water ... or tears. The recipes are written in different hands and in different languages. In between the pages are intriguing mementos, including a feather, a pressed rose, a charm, and unfamiliar photographs. Hoping the recipes will offer a window into her grandmother's closely guarded past, Olivia decides to make each dish, along with their favorite family cake recipes, and records her attempts. The result, like much of her life to date, involves a parade of near-disasters and chaotic appearances by her doctor mother, her blunt grandma, her short-tempered sister, and Olivia's two hilarious daughters. The project is messy, real--and an unintended hit with viewers. Even more surprising is the family history Olivia is uncovering, and her own reemerging ties to Montana, and to Jace.


Best women's erotica of the year. Volume three / edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel.

cover imageBest Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 3 delivers the kind of sexy stories you want most: daring, bold, and surprising tales of women who pursue their boundless passions anywhere and everywhere. These scintillating scenarios turn the tables on how women are "supposed" to behave. Instead, these uninhibited vixens indulge in their favorite fetishes, do deliciously intimate "Body Shots," and get tied up with "Red Satin Ribbons." They pose nude, dress up, and roleplay, always obeying their most exhilarating impulses. These lusty ladies take your most cherished, private fantasies--from making a sex tape, to taking part in a thrilling threesome, to having a stud delivered to your door hot and ready--and make them come alive.


The afterlives : a novel / Thomas Pierce.

cover image""Ridiculously good" (The New York Times) authorThomas Pierce's debut novel is a funny, poignant love story that answers the question: What happens after we die? (Lots of stuff, it turns out). Jim Byrd died. Technically. For a few minutes. The diagnosis: heart attack at age thirty. Revived with no memory of any tunnels, lights, or angels, Jim wonders what--if anything--awaits us on the other side. Then a ghost shows up. Maybe. Jim and his new wife, Annie, find themselves tangling with holograms, psychics, messages from the beyond, and a machine that connects the living and the dead. As Jim and Annie journey through history and fumble through faith, they confront the specter of loss that looms for anyone who dares to fall in love. Funny, fiercely original, and gracefully moving, The Afterliveswill haunt you. In a good way"-- Provided by publisher.


Winter / Ali Smith.

cover imageWhen four people, strangers and family, converge on a fifteen-bedroom house in Cornwall for Christmas, will there be enough room for everyone?


Grist Mill Road : a novel / Christopher J. Yates.

cover imageThe year is 1982; the setting, an Edenic hamlet some ninety miles north of New York City. There, among the craggy rock cliffs and glacial ponds of timeworn mountains, three friends--Patrick, Matthew, and Hannah--are bound together by a terrible and seemingly senseless crime. Twenty-six years later, in New York City, living lives their younger selves never could have predicted, the three meet again--with even more devastating results-- from Amazon.com.


The immortalists : a novel / Chloe Benjamin.

cover imageIt's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children--four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness--sneak out to hear their fortunes. Their prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in '80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11, hoping to control fate; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality. The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds.


The wife between us / Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.

cover imageA tangle of lies binds together a divorced man, his new fiancée, and his ex-wife.


Woman at 1,000 degrees / a novel by HallgrĂ­mur Helgason.

cover image"A spirited eighty-year-old Icelandic woman reflects on her life as she lies alone in a garage in Reykjavik, waiting to die"-- Provided by publisher.


The largesse of the sea maiden / stories by Denis Johnson.

cover imageA collection of stories contemplates subjects ranging from old age and mortality to the unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe manifest, depicting haunted characters trying to atone for the past, remember departed loved ones, or come to terms with lifelong obsessions.


This could hurt : a novel / Jillian Medoff.

cover imageRosa Guerrero beat the odds as she rose to the top of the corporate world. An attractive woman of a certain age, the longtime chief of human resources at Ellery Consumer Research is still a formidable presence, even if her most vital days are behind her. A leader who wields power with grace and discretion, she has earned the devotion and loyalty of her staff. No one admires Rosa more than her doting lieutenant Leo Smalls, a benefits vice president whose whole world is Ellery. While Rosa is consumed with trying to address the needs of her staff within the ever-constricting limits of the company's bottom line, her associate director, Rob Hirsch, a middle-aged, happily married father of two, finds himself drawing closer to his "work wife," Lucy Bender, an enterprising single woman searching for something--a romance, a promotion--to fill the vacuum in her personal life. For Kenny Verville, a senior manager with an MBA, Ellery is a temporary stepping-stone to bigger and better places--that is, if his high-powered wife has her way. Compelling, flawed, and heartbreakingly human, these men and women scheme, fall in and out of love, and nurture dreams big and small. As their individual circumstances shift, one thing remains constant--Rosa, the sun around whom they all orbit. When her world begins to crumble, the implications for everyone are profound, and Leo, Rob, Lucy, and Kenny find themselves changed in ways beyond their reckoning.--Provided by Publisher.


Poison / Galt Niederhoffer.

cover image"Cass and Ryan Connor have achieved family nirvana. With three kids between them, a cat and a yard, a home they built and feathered, they seem to have the Modern Family dream. Their family, including Cass' two children from previous relationships, has recently moved to Seattle--a new start for their new lives. Cass and Ryan have stable, successful careers, and they are happy. But trouble begins almost imperceptibly. First with small omissions and white lies that happen daily in any marital bedroom. They seem insignificant, but they are quickly followed by a series of denials and feints that mushroom and then cyclone in menace. With life-or-death stakes and irreversible consequences, Poison is a chilling and irresistible reminder that the closest bond designed to protect and provide for each other and for children can change in a minute"-- Provided by publisher.


The handyman / Bentley Little.

cover image"Daniel Martin has never forgotten his childhood encounters with Frank Watkins, the man who built his family a summer home out of cardboard and plywood. Frank's gaze was oddly confusing, as if he was attempting to discern the proper way to behave because he didn't know how to respond in a human manner. Since Frank obviously wasn't an alien, young Daniel thought maybe the man was crazy. In the end, Daniel would learn the terrifying truth about Frank Watkins. And as an adult, Daniel is about to discover there are more of THEM out there..."--Amazon.


A hundred small lessons : a novel / Ashley Hay.

cover image"From the author of the highly acclaimed The Railwayman's Wife, called a "literary and literate gem" by Psychology Today, comes an emotionally resonant and profound new novel of two families, interconnected through the house that bears witness to their lives. When Elsie Gormley leaves the Brisbane house in which she has lived for more than sixty years, Lucy Kiss and her family move in, eager to establish their new life. As they settle in, Lucy and her husband Ben struggle to navigate their transformation from adventurous lovers to new parents, taking comfort in memories of their vibrant past as they begin to unearth who their future selves might be. But the house has secrets of its own, and the rooms seem to share recollections of Elsie's life with Lucy. In her nearby nursing home, Elsie traces the span of her life--the moments she can't bear to let go and the places to which she dreams of returning. Her beloved former house is at the heart of her memories of marriage, motherhood, love, and death, and the boundary between present and past becomes increasingly porous for both her and Lucy. Over the course of one hot Brisbane summer, two families' stories intersect in sudden and unexpected ways. Through the richly intertwined narratives of two ordinary, extraordinary women, Ashley Hay uses her "lyrical prose, poetic dialogue, and stunning imagery" (RT magazine) to weave an intricate, bighearted story of what it is to be human"-- Provided by publisher.


Hunter killer : the war with China--the battle for the Central Pacific / David Poyer.

cover image"The United States stands nearly alone in its determination to fight, rather than give into the expansionist demands of the aggressive new "People's Empire." The naval and air forces of the Associated Powers - China, Pakistan, Iran, and North Korea - have used advanced technology and tactical nuclear weapons to devastate America's fleet in the Pacific, while its massive army forced humiliating surrenders on Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, and other crucial allies..."-- From the publisher.


The price of silence : an Anthony Brooke espionage thriller / Dolores Gordon-Smith.

cover image1915: Milly is a penniless five-year-old girl, in an orphanage in occupied Europe - with a price on her head of two thousand pounds. Why? Why is Milly worth a couple of thousand dollars to anyone? All Dr. Anthony Brooke, British secret agent, knows is that Milly is wanted by a ruthless enemy. To rescue her, Anthony must go into occupied Belgium, face deadly German guards and trick his way into a convent. But, even if he can save her, what possible use could an orphan child be to a violent gang?


This book is not for you / Daniel A. Hoyt.

cover imageUtilizing an innovative mashup of genres, including pulp fiction, dark comedy, and metafiction, This Book Is Not for You charts the actions of nineteen-year-old Neptune, a misfit and punk haunted by the death of his parents. Having fallen in with an anarchist group determined to blow up a university building, he steals the dynamite instead, igniting an entirely different brand of trouble: the murder of his mentor; a three-way manhunt; and the mystery of the Ghost Machine, a walkman that replays snippets from his own twisted past. Told in a nonstop chain of Chapter Ones, Daniel A. Hoyt's debut novel explores the clash between chaos and calm, the instinct for self-destruction and the longing for redemption.


The time of mute swans : a novel / Ece Temelkuran ; translated from the Turkish by Kenneth Dakan.

cover imageThis timely, bestselling novel about a military coup in Turkey told through the eyes of two children. It's the summer of 1980. Two children, one from a family living in misery and one well-off, form an alliance amid the turmoil. Through their senses, the cityscape unfolds its wonders, its rich smells and colours, as they try to make sense of the events swirling around them.


Improvement : a novel / Joan Silber.

cover image"One of our most gifted writers of fiction returns with a bold and piercing novel about a young single mother living in Harlem, her eccentric aunt, and the decisions they make that have unexpected implications for the world around them. Reyna knows her relationship with Boyd isn't perfect, yet she sees him through a three-month stint at Riker's Island, their bond growing tighter. Kiki, now settled in the East Village after a youth that took her to Turkey and other far- off places--and loves--around the world, admires her niece's spirit but worries that motherhood to four-year-old Oliver might complicate a difficult situation. Little does she know that Boyd is pulling Reyna into a smuggling scheme, across state lines, violating his probation. When Reyna takes a step back, her small act of resistance sets into motion a tapestry of events that affect the lives of loved ones and strangers around them. A novel that examines conviction, connection, repayment, and the possibility of generosity in the face of loss, Improvement is as intricately woven together as Kiki's beloved Turkish rugs, as colorful as the tattoos decorating Reyna's body, with narrative twists and turns as surprising and unexpected as the lives all around us. The Boston Globe said "No other writer can make a few small decisions ripple across the globe, and across time, with more subtlety and power," and Improvement is Silber's most shining achievement"-- Provided by publisher.


Crime and punishment / Fyodor Dostoevsky ; a new translation by Michael R. Katz.

cover imagePublished to great acclaim and fierce controversy in 1866, Fyodor Dostoevskys Crime and Punishment has left an indelible mark on global literature and our modern world, and is still known worldwide as the quintessential Russian novel. Readers of all backgrounds have debated its historical, cultural, and spiritual dimensions, probing the moral and ethical dilemmas that Dostoevsky so brilliantly stages throughout his narrative. Yet, at its heart, this masterpiece of literary realism is ultimately an immersive tale of passion and redemptionindeed, "the best of all murder stories" (Harold Bloom), "most perfect in pacing and structure. There is no more gripping novel in the world" (Michael Dirda). Now, acclaimed translator Michael R. Katz breathes fresh life into this ageless classic in a sparkling new translation, with novel insights into the linguistic richness, subtle tones, and cunning humor of Dostoevskys magnum opus. Embracing the complex linguistic blend inherent in modern literary Russian that has provided an exceptionally fertile source of images and diction for Russian writers since the time of Pushkin, Katz recaptures the richness of tone and register of the novels most poignant and significant passages. Sensitive to this linguistic mosaic, Katz ably recreates the feeling of the original Russian for the English reader, allowing the text to evoke the same stirring emotional responses as the author intended. With its searing and unique portrayal of the labyrinthine universe of nineteenth-century Russia, this masterful rendering of Crime and Punishment will be the translation of choice for years to come.


The temptation to be happy / Lorenzo Marone ; translated by Shaun Whiteside.

cover imageCesare is 77 years old, a widower and cynical troublemaker, a man who has always had trouble caring for others and has given up trying. Aside from an intermittent fling with a mature nurse called Rossana, who moonlights as a sex worker, he prefers to live his own life, avoiding contact with his neighbors and even his own children wherever possible. Until one day, the enigmatic Emma moves into the neighboring flat. Emma is ​​married to a strange and sinister man. A man that seems so different from Emma. As Cesare investigates, and starts to uncover the truth of their relationship, he begins to rediscover an appetite for life, and soon he finds himself risking everything for a future he had never thought possible.


A tangled mercy : a novel / Joy Jordan-Lake.

cover image"Told in alternating tales at once haunting and redemptive, A Tangled Mercy is a quintessentially American epic rooted in heartbreaking true events examining the harrowing depths of human brutality and betrayal, and our enduring hope for freedom and forgiveness." -- (Source of summary not specified)


The lighthouse ghost of Yaquina Bay / Alexandra Mason.

"Alexandra Mason is an Oregon writer inspired by the landscape, history, and literature of her state. By profession a Shakespeare scholar, she is also author of two volumes of poetry, "Poems Along the Way," and "Lost and Found."


The Afrika Reich : a novel / Guy Saville.

cover imageIn an alternate world where a victorious Nazi Germany has enslaved the native populations of Africa, former assassin Burton Cole struggles to stop a threat against Britain's surviving colonies from a messianic racist with ties to a brutal plot.


Spy of the first person / Sam Shepard.

cover image"In searing, beautiful prose, Sam Shepard's extraordinary narrative leaps off the page with its immediacy and power. It tells in a brilliant braid of voices the story of an unnamed narrator who traces, before our rapt eyes, his memories of work, adventure, and travel as he undergoes medical tests and treatments for a condition that is rendering him more and more dependent on the loved ones who are caring for him. The narrator's memories and preoccupations often echo those of our current moment--for here are stories of immigration and community, inclusion and exclusion, suspicion and trust. But at the book's core, and his, is family--his relationships with those he loved, and with the natural world around him. Vivid, haunting, and deeply moving, Spy of the First Person takes us from the sculpted gardens of a renowned clinic in Arizona to the blue waters surrounding Alcatraz, from a New Mexico border town to a condemned building on New York City's Avenue C. It is an unflinching expression of the vulnerabilities that make us human--and an unbound celebration of family and life."-- Amazon.com.


Fever tree / Tim Applegate.

cover image"When a handsome and mysterious stranger arrives in Crooked River, the town is consumed by rumors. Although a deeply private young man, Dieter befriends everyone from deckhands to shopkeepers. On the rebound from a disastrous relationship, the charming but hesitant Maggie Paterson falls in love. Teddy Mink, the town's notorious, paranoid drug lord, convinced that Dieter's a narc, formulates a plan to silence him. Maggie's recently estranged ex, who moonlights as a drug runner for Teddy, jealously agrees that Dieter must be handled--no matter the cost." -- Provided by publisher.


The brothers of Gwynedd : the legend of the first true prince of Wales / Edith Pargeter.

cover imageLlewelyn, prince of Gwynedd, dreams of a Wales united against the English, but first he must combat enemies nearer home. Llewelyn and his brothers-Owen Goch, Rhodri, and David-vie for power among themselves and with the English king, Henry III. Despite the support of his beloved wife, Eleanor, Llewelyn finds himself trapped in a situation where the only solution could be his very downfall.


Misadventures on the night shift / by Lauren Rowe.

cover imageHotel clerk Abby Medford has always enjoyed the quiet solitude of the night shift. The long, boring hours allow her time to study her law books. But when bad-boy-rocker Lucas Ford checks into the penthouse suite one night and demands Abby personally deliver his room service request, her formerly quiet nights are quickly filled with Lucas's erotic games. But as Abby soon learns, if she thinks she can indulge her innermost desires with Lucas without giving him her heart, she's dead wrong.


Lullaby road : a novel / James Anderson.

cover image"A trucker sets out to protect an abandoned child in the Utah desert...Winter has come to Route 117, a remote road through the high desert of Utah trafficked only by eccentrics, fugitives, and those looking to escape the world. Local truck driver Ben Jones, still in mourning over a heartbreaking loss, is just trying to get through another season of treacherous roads and sudden snowfall without an accident. But then he finds a mute Hispanic child who has been abandoned at a seedy truck stop along his route, far from civilization and bearing a note that simply reads "Please Ben. Watch my son. His name is Juan" And then at the bottom, a few more hastily scribbled words. "Bad Trouble. Tell no one.". Despite deep misgivings, and without any hint of who this child is or the grave danger he's facing, Ben takes the child with him in his truck and sets out into an environment that is as dangerous as it is beautiful and silent. From that moment forward, nothing will ever be the same. Not for Ben. Not for the child. And not for anyone along the seemingly empty stretch of road known as Route 117"-- Provided by publisher.


Amish sweethearts : four Amish novellas / Amy Clipston.

cover imageA Home for Lindsay: From Amy Clipston's beloved Kauffman Amish Bakery series comes Lindsay Bedford's story. Lindsay is happily looking forward to the day she becomes Matthew Glick's wife and is excited for the plans he has for the house he will build her. So, when Matthew suddenly calls off the wedding, she is blindsided. She knows there is more to the story than what he is telling her, but will he open up and let her in on his own heartbreak?


Darker / E L James.

cover imageAfter being rejected by Anastasia Steele, Christian Grey attempts to regain her trust while also dealing with the consequences of his past sexual relationships.


Heart spring mountain / Robin MacArthur.

cover image"In this evocative first novel, a young woman returns to her rural Vermont hometown in the wake of a heavy storm to search for her missing mother and unravel a powerful family secret"-- Provided by publisher.


You're gonna love me / Robin Lee Hatcher.

cover image"Who knew fate could twist a tragedy into a second chance at love? Samantha Winters lives her life the way a good accountant should--measured, deliberate, and safe. After watching her father die in a tragic skiing accident, she decided never to allow risk into her life again. But she didn't count on falling for Nick Chastain, who embodies everything she doesn't want in her safely constructed world. Against Samantha's warnings, Nick plans a dangerous kayaking trip over spring break. Furious that he's so careless with his life, she ends their fledgling relationship with harsh words. Two years later, Samantha is desperately in need of a change. When she learns her grandmother has had an accident and is in need of a caretaker, Samantha quickly packs her bags and heads to Thunder Creek, Idaho. But nothing could prepare her for the surprise awaiting her in her grandmother's hospital room. Nick. With the charming backdrop of small-town friends, beloved cousins, and a whole church congregation rooting for them, can they set aside the disastrous ending of their first try at love? Has Nick changed enough to meet Samantha in the middle--and can she realize that a risk in love might be worth taking? Award-winning author Robin Lee Hatcher is back with another beautiful love story that gives two people a second chance at love after a tragic twist of fate"-- Provided by publisher.


The English wife / Lauren Willig.

cover imageAnnabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil live a charmed life in New York: he's the scion of an old Knickerbocker family, she grew up in a Tudor house in England, they had a fairytale romance in London, they have three-year-old twins on whom they dote, and he's recreated her family home on the banks of the Hudson and named it Illyria. Yes, there are rumors that she's having an affair with the architect, but rumors are rumors and people will gossip. But then Bayard is found dead with a knife in his chest on the night of their Twelfth Night Ball, Annabelle goes missing, presumed drowned, and the papers go mad. Bay's sister, Janie, forms an unlikely alliance with a reporter to try to uncover the truth, convinced that Bay would never have killed his wife, that it must be a third party, but the more she learns about her brother and his wife, the more everything she thought she knew about them starts to unravel. Who were her brother and his wife, really? And why did her brother die with the name George on his lips?


Missing Isaac / Valerie Fraser Luesse.

cover image"There was another South in the 1960s, one far removed from the marches and bombings and turmoil in the streets that were broadcast on the evening news. It was a place of inner turmoil, where ordinary people struggled to right themselves on a social landscape that was dramatically shifting beneath their feet. This is the world of Valerie Fraser Luesse's stunning debut, Missing Isaac. It is 1965 when black field hand Isaac Reynolds goes missing from the tiny, unassuming town of Glory, Alabama. The townspeople's reactions range from concern to indifference, but one boy will stop at nothing to find out what happened to his unlikely friend. White, wealthy, and fatherless, young Pete McLean has nothing to gain and everything to lose in his relentless search for Isaac. In the process, he will discover much more than he bargained for. Before it's all over, Pete--and the people he loves most--will have to blur the hard lines of race, class, and religion. And what they discover about themselves may change some of them forever" -- Google Books.


House witness : a Joe DeMarco thriller / Mike Lawson.

cover imageThe new novel in Mike Lawson's acclaimed series takes political fixer Joe DeMarco to New York for behind-the-scenes work on a high-stakes murder case, as the five witnesses, one by one, start to withdraw.


The Last Man in Europe : a novel / Dennis Glover.

cover imageApril, 1947. In a run-down farmhouse on a remote Scottish island, George Orwell begins his last and greatest work: Nineteen Eighty-Four. Forty-three years old and suffering from the tuberculosis that within three winters will take his life, Orwell comes to see the book as his legacy, the culmination of a career spent fighting to preserve the freedoms which the wars and upheavals of the twentieth century have threatened. Completing the book is an urgent challenge, a race against death. In this masterful novel, Dennis Glover explores the creation of Orwell's classic work, which for millions of readers worldwide defined the twentieth century, and is now again proving its unnerving relevance. Simultaneously a captivating drama, a unique literary excavation, and an unflinching portrait of a writer, The last man in Europe will change the way we understand both our enduringly Orwellian times and Nineteen Eighty-Four.


Queen of spades / Michael Shou-Yung Shum.

cover image"Queen of Spades revamps the classic Pushkin fable of the same name, translplanted to a Seattle-area casino populated by three unforgettable characters: a desperate pit-boss with six months to live, an obesessive dealer seeking the ultimate winning system, and a recovering gambler trapped in a cultish twelve-step program"--Back cover.


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Promise not to tell [large print] / Jayne Ann Krentz.

cover imageA plethora of subplots unnecessarily complicates a convincing romance in this standalone contemporary romantic thriller from bestseller Krentz (When All the Girls Have Gone). After the mysterious death of eccentric artist and cult survivor Hannah Brewster, art gallery owner Virginia Troy-a fellow survivor who believes Hannah was trying to warn and protect her-tracks down private investigator Cabot Sutter. As children, Virginia and Cabot survived a fire set by evil cult leader Quinton Zane that killed their mothers. Fearing Zane may still be alive and hunting Virginia, and suspecting she unwittingly holds the key to hidden funds their mothers stole from the cult, Cabot stays close to her, allowing intimacy to build. The feisty protagonists share compassion, respect, and empathy as well as PTSD and insomnia. Their connection develops into a convincing and enjoyable romance, and a subplot involving Cabot's runaway teenage nephew adds welcome dimension. However, despite numerous surprises, the story's suspense falters with the addition of multiple villains connected either to Zane or to a technology firm, Nightwatch, whose owner combats an in-house embezzlement scheme. Despite these stumbles, readers may find the romance satisfying enough to carry the day. Agent: Steve Axelrod, Axelrod Agency. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


The wanted [large print] / Robert Crais.

cover image"It seemed like a simple case--before the bodies starting piling up. Investigator Elvis Cole and his partner, Joe Pike, take on the deadliest case of their lives in the new masterpiece of suspense from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author. When single mother Devon Connor hires private investigator Elvis Cole, it's because her troubled teenage son Tyson is flashing cash and she's afraid he's dealing drugs. But the truth is devastatingly different. With two other partners in crime, he's been responsible for a string of high-end burglaries, a crime spree that takes a deadly turn when one of them is murdered and Tyson and his girlfriend disappear. They stole the wrong thing from the wrong man. Determined to get it back, he has hired a team that is smart and brutal, and to even the odds, Cole calls in his friends Joe Pike and Jon Stone. But even they may be overmatched. The hired killers are leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. A few more won't make any difference"-- Provided by publisher.


The whispering room [large print] / Dean Koontz.

cover imageJane Hawk--fiction's most relentless, resourceful, stunning new heroine--continues her battle against a murderous conspiracy in the riveting sequel to The Silent Corner. "No time to delay. Do what you were born to do. Fame will be yours when you do this." These are the words that ring in the mind of mild-mannered, beloved schoolteacher Cora Gundersun--just before she takes her own life, and many others', in a shocking act of carnage. When the disturbing contents of her secret journal are discovered, it seems certain that she must have been insane. But Jane Hawk knows better. In the wake of her husband's inexplicable suicide--and the equally mysterious deaths of scores of other exemplary individuals--Jane picks up the trail of a secret cabal of powerful players who think themselves above the law and beyond punishment. But the ruthless people bent on hijacking America's future for their own monstrous ends never banked on a highly trained FBI agent willing to go rogue--and become the nation's most wanted fugitive--in order to derail their insidious plans to gain absolute power with a terrifying technological breakthrough. Driven by love for her lost husband and by fear for the five-year-old son she has sent into hiding, Jane Hawk has become an unstoppable predator. Those she is hunting will have nowhere to run when her shadow falls across them.


Unbound [large print] / Stuart Woods.

cover imageFrom #1 New York Times -bestselling author Stuart Woods comes a sizzling new adventure featuring perennial fan favorite, Stone Barrington. Stone Barrington has wiggled his way out of some tricky situations before, but his latest adversary might pose the biggest threat he's ever faced. This time, it will take every bit of his shrewd cunning to come out on top.


The bomb maker [large print] / Thomas Perry.

cover image"A bomb is more than a weapon. A bomb is an expression of the bomber's thoughts about you, his predictions of your behavior--a performance designed to fool you into making one fatally wrong move. In The Bomb Maker, Edgar Award-winning author Thomas Perry introduces us to the dark corners of a mind intent on transforming a simple machine into an act of murder--and to those committed to preventing that outcome at any cost. A threat is called into the LAPD Bomb Squad, a team dispatched to a house whose owner is away, and a bomb disguised inside photography equipment exploded in the kitchen. But it is a second bomb hidden in the basement that has devastating consequences--half of the entire Bomb Squad is obliterated within seconds. The fragmented unit turns to Dick Stahl, a former Bomb Squad commander who now operates his own private security company. Having just returned from a grueling job in Mexico, Stahl is reluctant to accept the offer, but senior technicians he had trained were among those killed. On his first day back at the head of the squad, Stahl's team is dispatched to a suspected car bomb outside a gas station. It quickly becomes clear to him that they are dealing with the same mastermind behind the weapon that killed fourteen highly trained men and women barely twenty-four hours before--and that the intended target may be the Bomb Squad itself. As the shadowy organization sponsoring this campaign of terror puts increasing pressure on the bomb maker, and Stahl becomes dangerously entangled with a member of his own team, the fuse on this high-stakes plot only burns faster. The Bomb Maker is Thomas Perry's biggest, most unstoppable thriller yet"-- Provided by publisher.


Men of violence [large print] / Bill Brooks.

cover image"When John Henry Cole and his agents set out to capture Sam Starr and his outlaw gang, an informer sends them into an ambush, leaving only Cole and Charley Hood alive, but badly wounded. Soon the Starr gang is making plans to finish off the two survivors"-- Provided by publisher.




House. tree. person. [large print] : a novel of suspense / Catriona McPherson.

cover imageAli McGovern, the mentally unstable narrator of this unsettling thriller set in Scotland from Edgar-finalist McPherson (Quiet Neighbors), manages to land a well-paying job at Howell Hall, a psychiatric hospital in the Galloway countryside, despite her lack of experience with special-needs clients. On the home front, her husband has run his business into the ground, and her beloved 15-year-old son is sullen and uncommunicative. At Howell Hall, Ali develops a fondness for Sylvie and Julia, two young patients, but can't figure out why they've been confined there. Nor does the director provide satisfactory answers to Ali's questions. The discovery of a body on the hospital grounds increases her anxiety. In this universe, no one is to be trusted, and Ali is forced to rely on herself-despite all the questions about her own tenuous grip on sanity. McPherson keeps the suspense level high; her heroine comes across as clinically interesting but not particularly sympathetic.


Leopard's blood [large print] / Christine Feehan.

cover image"When leopard shifter Joshua Tregre, whose fighting skills are unrivaled, takes over a crime syndicate in Louisiana, he comes up against a challenge he cannot conquer, his determined and beautiful new neighbor." -- Provided by publisher.



The Paris spy [large print] : a Maggie Hope mystery / by Susan Elia MacNeal.

cover image"American-born spy and code-breaker extraordinaire Maggie Hope secretly navigates Nazi-occupied France to find two brave women during the darkest days of World War II in the latest novel in this New York Times bestselling series--"a treat for WWII buffs and mystery lovers alike." (Booklist, on The Prime Minister's Secret Agent) Maggie Hope has come a long way since serving as a typist for Winston Churchill. Now she's working undercover for the Special Operations Executive in the elegant but eerily silent city of Paris, where SS officers prowl the streets in their Mercedes and the Ritz is draped with swastika banners. Walking among the enemy is tense and terrifying, and even though she's disguised in chic Chanel, Maggie can't help longing for home. But her missions come first. Maggie's half sister, Elise, has disappeared after being saved from a concentration camp, and Maggie is desperate to find her--that is, if Elise even wants to be found. Equally urgent, Churchill is planning the Allied invasion of France, and SOE agent Erica Calvert has been captured, the whereabouts of her vital research regarding Normandy unknown. Maggie must risk her life to penetrate powerful circles and employ all her talents for deception and spycraft to root out a traitor, find her sister, and locate the reports crucial to planning D-Day in a deadly game of wits with the Nazi intelligence elite. "You'll be [Maggie Hope's] loyal subject, ready to follow her wherever she goes."--O: The Oprah Magazine"--Provided by publisher.



The ladies of Ivy Cottage [large print] / Julie Klassen.

cover imageIn The Ladies of Ivy Cottage friendships deepen, romances blossom, and mysteries unfold. Living with the two Miss Groves in Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood . . . somehow. When the village women encourage her to open a subscription library with the many books she has inherited or acquired through donations, Rachel discovers two mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but will both find more than they bargained for?


Trace [large print] / by Archer Mayor.

cover image"The Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI) is suddenly swamped. The Bureau has been pulled onto three cases at the same time, while unexpectedly, VBI head Joe Gunther has to take time off to care for his ailing mother."--Book jacket.


Righteous [large print] / Joe Ide.

cover imageTen years ago, when Isaiah Quintabe was just a boy, his beloved brother was killed by an unknown assailant. The unsolved crime has gnawed at his gut and kept him up nights, boiling with anger and thoughts of revenge. The search for the killer sent him plunging into despair and nearly destroyed his life. Now, Isaiah has a flourishing career, a new dog, and a near-iconic status as a PI in his hometown of East Long Beach, but a chance encounter reopens a wound that never fully healed. He has to begin the hunt again - or lose his mind. A case takes him and his skeptical don't-call-me-a-sidekick partner, Dodson, to Vegas, where Chinese gangsers and a terrifying seven-foot loan shark are stalking a beautiful DJ and her deadbeat boyfriend. If Isaiah doesn't find the couple first, they'll be murdered. Awaiting the outcome is the love of IQ's life: fail, and he'll lose her. Isaiah's quest is fraught with treachery, menace, and startling twists, leading him to the mastermind behind his brother's death, Isaiah's own Moriarty. Rich with action, suspense, and ingenius surprises, Righteous confirms Joe Ide as one of crime fiction's most exciting new voices.


The it girls [large print] / by Karen Harper.

cover imagePromoting themselves from genteel poverty to fame, two beautiful sisters, one a daring fashion designer and the other a writer of scandalous novels, become each other's most staunch supporter and harshest critic in the face of misunderstandings and confidences.


Days of thunder [large print] : a western duo / Peter Brandvold.

cover imageThe Shotgun Rider: In this tale of bloody redemption, Dag Enberg is a shotgun rider for Arizona's Yuma Stage Line, and he's one of the best in the business. When a group of outlaws led by Cougar Ketchum kidnaps Enberg's pregnant wife and threatens to kill her if Enberg doesn't turn over a valuable strongbox, Enberg turns over the box without a fight. The owner of the strongbox, Logan Cates, believes that Enberg has thrown in with Ketchum. A bloody war breaks out... as well as a desperate chase into Mexico for the stolen gold and Enberg's woman.


Blood oath [large print] / by Melissa Lenhardt.

cover image"Outlander meets post-Civil War unrest in this nonstop sequel to Sawbones ... Laura Elliston and William Kindle are on the run -- from the Army and from every miscreant in the West eager to claim the $500 bounty for Laura's capture as their own. But the danger isn't just from those pursuing them. Laura and Kindle have demons of their own and a past that won't stay dead. Exhausted, scared, scarred and surrounded by enemies, neither realize the greatest danger is yet to come"-- Provided by publisher.


Hate thy neighbor [large print] / William W. Johnstone with J.A. Johnstone.

cover imageAfter a two-year drought, the Kerrigan ranch is dry as a bone and as dusty as a honky-tonk bible. On the brink of ruin, Kate Kerrigan hires the rainmaker Professor Somerset Lazarus, who promises salvation -- in the form of a deluge. Kate is desperate enough to try anything. But when four angry gunmen show up, ready to lynch the phony rainmaker for swindling them out of their money, the Kerrigans have to choose sides fast -- before the bullets start to fly. It doesn't take a divining rod to figure out that these unsatisfied customers want more than a refund. They have their sights set on the Kerrigan ranch. And it's just a matter of time until it's raining water or raining bullets. Either way, there will be blood.


Trail angel [large print] / by Derek Catron.

cover image"From award-winning journalist and first-time novelist Derek Catron comes a historical Western and love story set on "the bloody Bozeman," the trail that sparked the only Indian war that ended with the army's defeat. In the spring of 1866, Annabelle sets out with her extended family to the gold fields of Montana. Guiding the wagon train is Josey Angel, a cavalryman said to have killed more men than any soldier in the Union army. His reputation frightened Annabelle. His almost boyish appearance and manner intrigued her. The journey through landscapes so beautiful and vast that anything seems possible will test--and strengthen--Annabelle, a Southern widow who lost everything in the war. Josey discovers new purpose in seeing to the safety of the settlers. Haunted by memories of the war and what he did to survive it, he sees in Annabelle a reason to think beyond living one day to the next, if he can only find redemption for his sins. As they begin to turn to each other, Annabelle and Josey discover even greater perils. A mysterious gang of bandits stalks their trail, and the Sioux will do anything to drive away the interlopers. Josey, Annabelle and all of those they care for are unwittingly headed into the path of a new and savage war. With richly drawn characters and an action-packed plot, Trail Angel takes readers on a fast-paced ride from a new and distinctive voice in the genre"-- Provided by publisher.


A touch of frost [large print] / Jo Goodman.

cover imageAfter his train is robbed at gunpoint, Remington Frost awakens from a blow to find the bandits gone... along with the woman he was shadowing for protection. No stranger to risk, Remington will do what it takes to bring Phoebe Apple to safety and her kidnappers to justice. But ransoming Phoebe is just the start of trouble... Phoebe is shocked to learn that her mysterious rescuer is none other than Remington Frost, the son of her sister's new husband. Home at Twin Star Ranch, she falls happily into western life-- and cautiously in love with Remington. But danger hides close to home, and their romance illuminates a web of secrets and betrayal that may put the rancher and his intended bride past the point of rescue.


Trap the devil [large print] / Ben Coes.

cover image"A group of some of the most powerful people in the government, the military, and the private sector, has begun a brutal plan to quietly take over the U.S. government. Standing in their way is one woman, running for her life, who knows the truth, and Dewey Andrews, the one person who can stop them."-- Provided by publisher.


The stacked deck [large print] / by JD March.

cover imageLife for former gunfighter Johnny Fierro has never been straightforward or easy. He and Lady Luck don t always see eye-to-eye. Some days he thinks she likes to turn the cards and stack the deck against him. Although Fierro s returned to the Sinclair ranch, he still feels like an outsider. He doesn t believe this new life can last, or that he s found a place that he can finally call home. And, even as he struggles to settle into a normal life and build relationships with the various members of his once-estranged family, his past comes back to haunt him. Lady Luck shows her hand, and once more his life is thrown into turmoil. His worst fears are realized. Two lawmen arrive at the ranch with a warrant for his arrest, and take him to Utah to stand trial. For murder Johnny Fierro has dark, terrible secrets he ll share with no man. As the fates conspire against him, Fierro fears that the trial might expose him, lay bare the man Johnny Fierro really is. And while he fights to avoid revealing the truth and escape the noose, newly forged family ties are tested to the limits as his brother, Guy, faces some unpalatable truths. Guy must question everything he thinks he knows about Johnny, and decide if he can not only live with what Johnny is capable of, but if he can continue to call him brother .


Seven stones to stand or fall [large print] : a collection of Outlander fiction / Diana Gabaldon.

cover image"A magnificent collection of short fiction--including two never-before-published novellas--featuring Jamie Fraser, Lord John Grey, Master Raymond, and many more, all extending the story of Outlander in thrilling new directions "The Custom of the Army" begins with Lord John Grey being shocked by an electric eel and ends at the Battle of Quebec. Then comes "The Space Between," where it is revealed that the Comte St. Germain is not dead, Master Raymond appears, and a widowed young wine dealer escorts a would-be novice to a convent in Paris. In "A Plague of Zombies," Lord John unexpectedly becomes military governor of Jamaica when the original governor is gnawed by what probably wasn't a giant rat. "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows" is the moving story of Roger MacKenzie's parents during World War II. In "Virgins," Jamie Fraser, aged nineteen, and Ian Murray, aged twenty, become mercenaries in France, no matter that neither has yet bedded a lass or killed a man. But they're trying. "A Fugitive Green" is the story of Lord John's elder brother, Hal, and a seventeen-year-old rare book dealer with a sideline in theft, forgery, and blackmail. And finally, in "Besieged," Lord John learns that his mother is in Havana--and that the British Navy is on their way to lay siege to the city. Filling in mesmerizing chapters in the lives of characters readers have followed over the course of thousands of pages, Gabaldon's genius is on full display throughout this must-have collection"-- Provided by publisher.


Where trust lies [large print] / Janette Oke ; with Laurel Oke Logan.

cover imageAfter teaching in a 1920s mining town in western Canada, Beth Thatcher no longer feels at home among her wealthy family in the East. Her heart is torn between two very different worlds-- one the world of her family, the other the world of the man who has her heart.


Where courage calls [large print] : a when calls the heart novel / Janette Oke, Laurel Oke Logan.

cover image"In the early 20th century, new schoolteacher Beth Thatcher is assigned a post in a remote mining community in Western Canada. There her courage--and her heart--will be tested in unexpected ways"-- Provided by publisher.


The promise of home [large print] / Darcie Chan.

cover imageMill River cop Kyle Hansen and teacher Claudia Simon are excitedly planning their wedding. When they learn that a new bed and breakfast is set to open in the old McAllister mansion, they hope the gifted Emily DiSanti will quickly restore it to its grand beauty. While refinishing the hardwood floors, Emily discovers a secret compartment and a mysterious briefcase. Inside, she finds years of correspondence between the reclusive Mary McAllister and her close friend -- the town priest Father O'Brien's late mother, Anna O'Brien. Through the letters, Emily learns about the surprising relationship between Mary and Anna and a secret that will change everything for Father O'Brien. Karen Cooper lives in town with her eight year old son, Nick. Her husband took a job as a government contractor in Afghanistan, and has been missing for a year. As Karen struggles with depression and Nick begins to have trouble at school, Father O'Brien is enlisted to offer his guidance, particularly for Nick, whose situation feels all too familiar.


Where hope prevails [large print] / Janette Oke, Laurel Oke Logan.

cover imageElizabeth Thatcher's return to Coal Valley after a long summer with family back east is full of surprises. She will have to decide between her teaching position in the valley and her Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman, Jarrick Thornton.


Waves of mercy [large print] / Lynn Austin.

cover imageGeesje de Jonge crossed the ocean at age seventeen with her parents and a small group of immigrants from the Netherlands to settle in the Michigan wilderness. Fifty years later, in 1897, she's asked to write a memoir of her early experiences as the town celebrates its anniversary. Reluctant at first, she soon uncovers memories and emotions hidden all these years, including the story of her one true love. At the nearby Hotel Ottawa Resort on the shore of Lake Michigan, twenty-three-year-old Anna Nicholson is trying to ease the pain of a broken engagement to a wealthy Chicago banker. But her time of introspection is disturbed after a violent storm aboard a steamship stirs up memories of a childhood nightmare. As more memories and dreams surface, Anna begins to question who she is and whether she wants to return to her wealthy life in Chicago. When she befriends a young seminary student who is working at the hotel for the summer, she finds herself asking him all the questions that have been troubling her. Neither Geesje nor Anna, who are different in every possible way, can foresee the life-altering surprises awaiting them before the summer ends.


Flirtation walk [large print] / Siri Mitchell.

cover imageTrying to escape the shambles her con-man father has made of their reputation, Lucinda Pennyworth arrives in West Point, New York, determined to land a husband from the military academy. Lucinda thinks Campbell Conklin -- first in his class and preparing to embark upon a storied Army career -- will make the perfect husband. Seth Westcott has also taken a liking to Lucinda. He's kind, smart ... and, for his own reason, working extremely hard to graduate last. But surely Lucinda will see that Campbell is all shine and no substance, won't she?


Until the dawn [large print] / Elizabeth Camden.

cover imageA volunteer for the new Weather Bureau, Sophie van Riijn sees no harm in setting up a rooftop weather station at an abandoned mansion atop a windswept cliff -- until Quentin Vandermark arrives ready to tear it down and bury his family's troubled past.


The Mafia hit man's daughter [large print] / Linda Scarpa, with Linda Rosencrance ; foreword by Marc Songini.

cover image"Gregory Scarpa, Sr. was a stone-cold killer in the Colombo crime family, but to Linda, he was also a loving, devoted father. She reveals what it was like to grow up in the violent world of the mob and to come to grips with the truth about her father and the devastation he wrought"-- Provided by publisher.


The great leader and the fighter pilot [large print] : the true story of the tyrant who created North Korea and the young lieutenant who stole his way to freedom / Blaine Harden.

cover imageThe story of Kim Il Sung's rise to power, and the brave North Korean fighter pilot who escaped the prison state and delivered the first MiG-15 into American hands.


Tom Clancy power and empire [large print] : a Jack Ryan novel / Marc Cameron.

cover imageJack Ryan is dealing with an aggressive challenge from the Chinese government. It seems that President Zhao is determined to limit Ryan's choices in the upcoming G20 negotiations. But there are hints that there's even more going on behind the scene. A routine traffic stop in rural Texas leads to a shocking discovery--a link to a Chinese spy who may have intelligence that lays bare an unexpected revelation. John Clark and the members of the Campus are in close pursuit, but can they get the information in time?


Lady Jayne disappears [large print] / Joanna Davidson Politano.

cover imageIn this delightful debut, a sweet romance, Politano pens a clever story-within-a-story full of Victorian intrigue and ghosts. Aurelie Harcourt's father has just died, and she is leaving the only home she has ever known, Shepton Mallet debtor's prison, with the few things he left her: a trunk full of blank notebooks and his pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Initially planning to abandon his unfinished serial novel, Lady Jayne Disappears, which she has been transcribing for years, Aurelie decides, instead, to continue her father's work when she realizes that her Aunt Eudora's home, Lynhurst Manor, is the setting of her father's fiction. Lady Jayne was Aurelie's mother, and staying in the family home gives her the chance to try to uncover what really happened to her. But not everyone wants the family secrets revealed. Older readers who miss the great gothic romances of Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney, and Mary Stewart will enjoy Politano's tale, as will readers looking for a chaste romance. Also recommend to readers who enjoy Lauren Willig's historical romances.--Quillen, C.L. Copyright 2017 Booklist.


You're gonna love me [large print] / Robin Lee Hatcher.

cover image"Who knew fate could twist a tragedy into a second chance at love? Samantha Winters lives her life the way a good accountant should--measured, deliberate, and safe. After watching her father die in a tragic skiing accident, she decided never to allow risk into her life again. But she didn't count on falling for Nick Chastain, who embodies everything she doesn't want in her safely constructed world. Against Samantha's warnings, Nick plans a dangerous kayaking trip over spring break. Furious that he's so careless with his life, she ends their fledgling relationship with harsh words. Two years later, Samantha is desperately in need of a change. When she learns her grandmother has had an accident and is in need of a caretaker, Samantha quickly packs her bags and heads to Thunder Creek, Idaho. But nothing could prepare her for the surprise awaiting her in her grandmother's hospital room. Nick. With the charming backdrop of small-town friends, beloved cousins, and a whole church congregation rooting for them, can they set aside the disastrous ending of their first try at love? Has Nick changed enough to meet Samantha in the middle--and can she realize that a risk in love might be worth taking? Award-winning author Robin Lee Hatcher is back with another beautiful love story that gives two people a second chance at love after a tragic twist of fate"-- Provided by publisher.


To wager her heart [large print] / Tamera Alexander.

cover imageIn post Civil War Nashville, Alexandra Jamison's world is not changing as quickly as she would like. Her parents want her to accept an arranged marriage after her fiance is killed in a train accident. Instead, she fulfills her dream of teaching at Fisk University, the first freedmen's college in the United States, even though it means leaving her privileged lifestyle. Meanwhile, Sy Rutledge has come to Nashville to clear his father's name as the engineer in the fatal train crash and to place a bid on building a rail line. Sy is a brash outsider who needs to learn how to finesse his way into the city's genteel high society. His tutor in Southern etiquette is Alexandra. As the two become better acquainted, they begin to build mutual respect, trust, and love for each other. VERDICT A pleasurable read for both historical fiction and romance fans, this novel doesn't neglect the harsh realities of the time, commenting on the era's racism, and featuring characters who rely on God. Following To Win Her Heart, this third series title may also be read as a stand-alone.


The book of Murdock [large print] / Loren D. Estleman.

cover imagePosing as Brother Bernard Sebastian of the Church of Evangelical Truth, Page Murdock dons a clerical collar to worm his way into the confidence and good graces of the wary residents of Owen, Texas. Seems a gang of ruthless bandits is terrorizing the Texas panhandle, and all evidence points to the dusty cattle town as their base of operations. Murdock aims to unmask the gang, if he can pass himself off as a preacher long enough to get the drop on him.


The ghost of Christmas past [large print] / by Rhys Bowen.

cover imageSemi-retired private detective Molly Murphy Sullivan is suffering from depression after a miscarriage. She and her husband, Daniel, are invited for Christmas at a mansion on the Hudson, and they expect a peaceful and relaxing holiday season. When they arrive, however, they feel the tension in the house's atmosphere. Then they learn that the host couple's young daughter wandered out into the snow ten years ago and was never seen again. There is so little to go on: no ransom note, no body ever found. Molly begins to suspect that the occupants of the house know more than they are letting on. Then, on Christmas Eve, there is a knock at the door and a young girl stands there. 'I'm Charlotte,' she says. 'I've come home."


Bobby Kennedy [large print] : a raging spirit / by Chris Matthews.

cover imageWith his bestselling biography Jack Kennedy, Chris Matthews shared a new look at one of America's most beloved Presidents and the patriotic spirit that defined him. Now, with Bobby Kennedy, Matthews returns with a gripping, in-depth, behind-the-scenes portrait of one of the great figures of the American twentieth century.


An American family [large print]: a memoir of hope and sacrifice / Khizr Khan.

cover imageThe Pakistani immigrant turned U.S. citizen, Gold Star parent and popular DNC speaker, documents the story of his family's pursuit of the American dream, urging readers to respond to today's tumultuous challenges by stepping forward and advocating on behalf of what they find most important.


It's all relative [large print] : adventures up and down the world's family tree / A. J. Jacobs.

cover imageTraces the author's three-year investigation into what constitutes family, describing how, after receiving an e-mail from a stranger who claimed to be a distant cousin, he embarked on an effort to build the biggest family tree in history.


Fifty years of 60 minutes [large print]: the inside story of television's most influential news broadcast / Jeff Fager.

cover imageThe executive producer of 60 Minutes tells the inside story of the legendary program, from its almost accidental birth through five decades of in-depth reporting by talented producers and beloved correspondents, including Harry Reasoner, Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Ed Bradley, Lesley Stahl, Steve Kroft and others.


Wild things [large print]: the joy of reading children's literature as an adult / Bruce Handy.

cover imageBruce Handy revisits the classics of every American childhood, from fairy tales to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and explores the back stories of their creators, using context and biography to understand how some of the most creative authors and illustrators of their times created their often deeply personal masterpieces. Along the way, Handy learns what The Cat in the Hat says about anarchy and absentee parenting, which themes are shared by The Runaway Bunny and Portnoy's Complaint, and why Ramona Quimby is as true an American icon as Tom Sawyer or Jay Gatsby.


Someone to wed [large print] : a Westcott novel / Mary Balogh.

cover imageThe new Earl of Riverdale, Alexander Westcott, inherited a title and property without the money to support them, but he refuses to consider marrying an heiress merely for her bank account. When Wren Heyden, a wealthy young widow, shocks him with a marriage proposal, Alexander will only consider it if she consents to exploring their compatibility with a proper courtship. But Wren is a virtual recluse due to the purple birthmark covering half her face, and she resists opening herself up to potential ridicule from society. She only proposed in a desperate attempt to experience marriage and gain a family, not having considered the public duties expected of a countess. As Alexander gets to know Wren, he realizes that her physical veil is matched by the veil around her heart, hiding the pain of loneliness and shame. His efforts to convince her that love sees past appearance will appeal to series fans.


Enchantress of numbers [large print] : a novel of Ada Lovelace / Jennifer Chiaverini.

cover image"The only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the most brilliant, revered, and scandalous of the Romantic poets, Ada was destined for fame long before her birth. Estranged from Ada's father, who was infamously "mad, bad, and dangerous to know," Ada's mathematician mother is determined to save her only child from her perilous Byron heritage. Banishing fairy tales and make-believe from the nursery, Ada's mother provides her daughter with a rigorous education grounded in mathematics and science. Any troubling spark of imagination--or worse yet, passion or poetry--is promptly extinguished. Or so her mother believes. When Ada is introduced into London society as a highly eligible young heiress, she at last discovers the intellectual and social circles she has craved all her life. Little does she realize that her delightful new friendship with inventor Charles Babbage--brilliant, charming, and occasionally curmudgeonly--will shape her destiny..."--Dust jacket.


Year one [large print] / by Nora Roberts.

cover image"It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed--and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river--or in the ones you know and love the most..."-- Provided by publisher.


Promise me, Dad [large print] : a year of hope, hardship, and purpose / Joe Biden.

cover image""Promise me, Dad," Beau had told his father. "Give me your word that no matter what happens, you're going to be all right." Joe Biden gave him his word. Promise Me, Dad chronicles the year that followed, which would be the most momentous and challenging in Joe Biden's extraordinary life and career. Vice President Biden traveled more than a hundred thousand miles that year, across the world, dealing with crises in Ukraine, Central America, and Iraq. When a call came from New York, or Capitol Hill, or Kyiv, or Baghdad--"Joe, I need your help"--he responded. For twelve months, while Beau fought for and then lost his life, the vice president balanced the twin imperatives of living up to his responsibilities to his country and his responsibilities to his family. And never far away was the insistent and urgent question of whether he should seek the presidency in 2016. The year brought real triumph and accomplishment, and wrenching pain. But even in the worst times, Biden was able to lean on the strength of his long, deep bonds with his family, on his faith, and on his deepening friendship with the man in the Oval Office, Barack Obama. Writing with poignancy and immediacy, Joe Biden allows readers to feel the urgency of each moment, to experience the days when he felt unable to move forward as well as the days when he felt like he could not afford to stop. This is a book written not just by the vice president, but by a father, grandfather, friend, and husband. Promise Me, Dad is a story of how family and friendships sustain us and how hope, purpose, and action can guide us through the pain of personal loss into the light of a new future."--Provided by publisher.


Murder in the secret garden [large print] / Ellery Adams.

cover imageThere is a hidden garden bordering the grounds of Jane Steward s book-themed resort a garden filled with beautiful but deadly plants such as mandrake and nightshade. Tucked away behind ivy-covered walls and accessible only through a single locked door, as described in the pages of Frances Hodges Burnett's classic novel, the garden is of special interest to Jane's current group of guests, The Medieval Herbalists. But when one of them turns up dead, Jane must discover whether a member of the group has come to Storyton Hall to celebrate their passion for plant lore or to implement a particularly cruel means for murder.


Murder in the mystery suite [large print] : a book retreat mystery / Ellery Adams.

cover imageTucked away in the rolling hills of rural western Virginia is the resort of Storyton Hall, catering to book lovers who want to get away from it all. To increase her bookings, resort manager Jane Steward is hosting a Murder and Mayhem week so that mystery fans can gather for some role-playing and fantasy crime solving. But when the winner of the scavenger hunt, Felix Hampden, is found dead in the Mystery Suite, and the valuable book he won as his prize has gone missing, Jane realizes one of her guests is an actual murderer.


Margarita Wednesdays [large print] : making a new life by the Mexican Sea / Deborah Rodriguez ; with Ellen Kaye.

cover image"Deborah Rodriquez's memoir of her journey of self-discovery and renewal after she was forced to flee Afghanistan in 2007"-- Provided by publisher.


Murder of an open book [large print] : a Scumble River mystery / Denise Swanson.

cover image"A nasty faculty feud leaves one Scumble River teacher belly-up, and Skye must sort through a huge roster of suspects to figure out which wronged party was mad enough to kill him"-- Provided by publisher.


Hard way out of hell [largeprint] : the confessions of Cole Younger / Johnny D. Boggs.

cover image"Cole Younger, one of the most famous Western outlaws, tell his own story, warts and all, in this novel of retribution and redemption"-- Provided by publisher.


Code girls [large print] : the untold story of the American women code breakers of World War II / Liza Mundy.

cover imageDocuments the contributions of more than ten thousand American women who served as codebreakers during World War II, detailing how their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and enabled their subsequent careers.


Ten dead comedians [large print] / Fred Van Lente.

cover imageNine comedians of various acclaim arrive on the deserted island retreat of a legendary Hollywood funnyman, where they discover that they are marooned without cell phones or wifi and that someone in the group is killing the others.


Future home of the living god [large print] : a novel / Louise Erdrich.

cover imageEvolution has reversed itself: woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. For Cedar Hawk Songmaker, this change is profound and deeply personal: she is four months pregnant. As society begins to disintegrate, Cedar first feels compelled to find her birth mother, Mary Potts, an Ojibwe living on the reservation. There are rumors of martial law, and rewards for those who turn pregnant women in. It will take all Cedar has to keep her baby safe.


Morningstar [large print] : growing up with books / by Ann Hood.

cover imageThe award-winning author of The Book That Matters Most reveals the personal stories behind her written works, describing her early years in a Rhode Island mill town and the books that shaped her love of literature, her political views and her travel ambitions. --Publisher


Vacationland [large print] : true stories from painful beaches / John Hodgman.

cover image"Although his career as a bestselling author and on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart was founded on fake news and invented facts, in 2016 that routine didn't seem as funny to John Hodgman anymore. Everyone is doing it now. Disarmed of falsehood, he was left only with the awful truth: John Hodgman is an older white male monster with bad facial hair, wandering like a privileged Sasquatch through three wildernesses: the hills of Western Massachusetts where he spent much of his youth; the painful beaches of Maine that want to kill him (and some day will); and the metaphoric haunted forest of middle age that connects them. Vacationland collects these real life wanderings, and through them you learn of the horror of freshwater clams, the evolutionary purpose of the mustache, and which animals to keep as pets and which to kill with traps and poison. There is also some advice on how to react when the people of coastal Maine try to sacrifice you to their strange god. Though wildly, Hodgmaniacally funny as usual, it is also a poignant and sincere account of one human facing his forties, those years when men in particular must stop pretending to be the children of bright potential they were and settle into the failing bodies of the wiser, weird dads that they are"--From the publisher's web site.


Not by sight [large print] / Kate Breslin.

cover imageWith all of Britain's attention on the front lines of WWI, Jack Benningham, dashing heir to the Earl of Stonebrooke, has declared himself a conscientious objector. Wealthy young suffragette Grace Mabry hands Jack a white feather of cowardice at a posh masquerade ball -- never anticipating the danger set into motion by her actions.


Murder in the paperback parlor [large print] / Ellery Adams.

cover imageWith Valentine's Day just around the corner, Jane Steward is organizing a love-story week at her book-themed resort. But her Regency readers barely have time to brush up on their Jane Austen before Rosamund York, one of the most celebrated authors in attendance, is killed.


An Irish country love story [large print] / Patrick Taylor.

cover imageIt's the winter of 1967 and snow is on the ground in the colorful Irish village of Ballybucklebo, but the chilly weather can't stop love from warming hearts all over the county. Not just the love between a man and woman, as with young doctor, Barry Laverty, and his fiancee Sue Nolan, who are making plans to start a new life together, but also the love of an ailing pensioner for a faithful dog that's gone missing, the love of the local gentry for the great estate they are on verge of losing, or Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly's deep and abiding love for his long-time home and practice.


Mrs. Jeffries and the merry gentlemen [large print] : a Victorian mystery / Emily Brightwell.

cover image"Orlando Edison is a stockbroker using London's infatuation with foreign mining ventures to make a fortune. He has curried favor with the nation's most respected aristocrats, even inviting three influential investors--known as the Merry Gentlemen--to be part of his latest enterprise. Edison is welcomed in the highest circles and moves with ease among the rich and powerful. But a few days before Christmas, he is found murdered. Inspector Witherspoon and his household are looking forward to the festive season. But they all know their duty, and led by the intrepid Mrs. Jeffries, they plan to see justice served for the holidays ..."-- Amazon.com.


A dangerous legacy [large print] / by Elizabeth Camden.

cover imageLucy Drake's mastery of Morse code has made her a valuable asset to the American news agencies as a telegrapher. But the sudden arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith at rival British news agency Reuters puts her hard-earned livelihood at risk. When she negotiates an unlikely alliance with him, neither of them realizes how far the web of treachery they're wading into will take them.


Wyoming winter [large print] / Diana Palmer.

cover imageThere's something about those Wyoming men... New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer returns to the Cowboy State with a brand-new tale of desire and deception. Cultivating his vast Wyoming ranch is all security expert J. C. Calhoun wants. His land is the only thing the betrayed rancher can trust in after discovering his fiancee was pregnant by another man. But all J.C. holds dear becomes compromised when a lost little girl leads him to Colie Jackson, the woman who destroyed his life. Colie stops at nothing to protect the people she loves. Years ago she left J.C. for his own good. Now, for the sake of her daughter, she must depend on a hard-hearted man who won't forgive her. As a band of ruthless criminals tracks their every move through the frozen Wyoming winter, Colie and J.C. will be forced to confront the lies that separated them--and the startling truth that will bind them forever...


Mrs. Jeffries and the three wise women [large print] / Emily Brightwell.

cover imageAs the holidays approach, all is merry and bright for Inspector Witherspoon, Mrs. Jeffries, and the staff at Upper Edmonton Gardens...but murder knows no season. MURDER UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR Christopher Gilhaney isn't a popular man, and he proves why once again when he insults every guest at Abigail Chase's Guy Fawkes Night dinner party. When Gilhaney is shot dead under the cover of the night's fireworks, his murder is deemed a robbery gone wrong. But when the case hasn't been solved six weeks later, Inspector Witherspoon is called upon to find the killer--and quickly With Christmas almost here, Inspector Witherspoon and everyone in his household is upset at the possibility of having to cancel their holiday plans--all to solve a case that seems impossible. Only Luty Belle, Ruth, and Mrs. Goodge refuse to give up and let the crime become a cold case. In fact, the American heiress, the charming next-door neighbor, and the formidable cook use all of their persuasive powers to get the others on board, because these three wise women know justice doesn't take time off for Christmas.


Cruel winter [large print] : a County Cork mystery / Sheila Connolly.

cover imageSnow is a rarity in Maura Donovan's small village in County Cork, Ireland, so she wasn't sure what to expect when a major snowstorm rolled in around Sullivan's pub. But now she's stranded in a bar full of patrons--and a suspected killer in a long-ago murder. Maura's been in Ireland less than a year and hasn't heard about the decades-old unsolved crime that took place nearby, let alone the infamous suspect, Diane Caldwell. But the locals have, and they're not happy to be trapped with her. Diane, meanwhile, seeks to set the record straight, asserting her innocence after all this time. And since no one is going anywhere in the storm, Maura encourages Diane to share her side of the story, which she'd never had a chance to do in court. Over the next few hours, the informal court in Sullivan's reviews the facts and theories about the case--and comes to some surprising conclusions. But is it enough to convince the police to take a new look at an old case? A clever spin on the classic locked room mystery, Cruel Winter , the fifth in New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly's series, will delight fans of the Emerald Isle.


The road to paradise [large print] : a vintage National Parks novel / Karen Barnett.

cover imageIn 1927 avid naturalist Margie Lane convinces her father to procure her a position at the fledgling Mount Rainer National Park. Chief Ranger Ford Brayden takes his work seriously, and doesn't relish watching over an idealistic senator's daughter with few practical survival skills. Then Margie's ex-fiancé sets his mind on developing the Paradise Inn into a tourist playground.


A purely private matter [large print] / Darcie Wilde.

cover image"Rosalind Thorne has slowly but assuredly gained a reputation as "a useful woman"--By helping respectable women out of some less-than-respectable predicaments. Her latest endeavor is a tragedy waiting to happen. Desperate Margaretta Seymore is with child--and her husband is receiving poisoned pen letters that imply that her condition is the result of an affair with the notorious actor Fletcher Cavendish. Margaretta asks Rosalind to find out who is behind the scurrilous letters. But before she can make any progress, Cavendish is found dead, stabbed through the heart. Suddenly, Rosalind is plunged into the middle of one of the most sensational murder trials London has ever seen, and her client's husband is the prime suspect."--Provided by publisher.


Coltler's journey [large print] / William W. Johnstone with J. A Johnstone

cover image1845, in the untamed Oregon Territory. Tim Colder escapes when his family is ambushed by a gang of cutthroats; his parents butchered, his sisters missing. Luckily he finds a friend in Jed Reno, a one-eyed trapper who's lived in the Rockies since the 20's-- and is looking for the same gang that attacked Tim's family. Colter has no choice but to grow up fast, face his fears, and fight back with everything he's got.



Enemy of the state [large print] / a Mitch Rapp novel by Kyle Mills.

cover image"After 9/11, the United States made one of the most secretive and dangerous deals in its history. The evidence against the powerful Saudis who coordinated the attack would be buried. In return, King Faisal would promise to keep the oil flowing and deal with the conspirators in his midst. When the king's own nephew is discovered funding ISIS, the president suspects that the Saudis never intended to live up to their agreement. He decides that the royalty needs to be sent a message and that Mitch Rapp is just the man to deliver it. The catch? America can't be seen moving against an ally. Rapp will be on his own. Forced to make a decision that will change his life forever, Rapp quits the CIA and assembles a group of independent contractors to eliminate the threat." -- (Source of summary not specified)


The trapped girl [large print] / Robert Dugoni.

cover image"When a woman's body is discovered submerged in a crab pot in the chilly waters of Puget Sound, Detective Tracy Crosswhite finds herself with a tough case to untangle. Before they can identify the killer, Tracy and her colleagues on the Seattle PD's Violent Crimes Section must figure out who the victim is. Her autopsy, however, reveals she may have gone to great lengths to conceal her identity. So who was she running from? After evidence surfaces that their Jane Doe may be a woman who suspiciously disappeared months earlier, Tracy is once again haunted by the memory of her sister's unsolved murder. Dredging up details from the woman's past leads to conflicting clues that only seem to muddy the investigation. As Tracy begins to uncover a twisted tale of brutal betrayal and desperate greed, she'll find herself risking everything to confront a killer who won't go down without a deadly fight."-- Amazon.com.


The driver [large print] : a novel / Hart Hanson.

cover image"Michael Skellig is a limo driver waiting for his client in the alley behind an upscale hotel. He's spent the past twenty-eight hours ferrying around Bismarck Avila, a celebrity skateboard mogul who isn't going home any time soon. Suddenly the wind begins to speak to Skellig in the guttural accent of the Chechen torturer he shot through the eye in Yemen a decade ago: Troubletroubletrouble. Skellig has heard these warnings before--he's an Army Special Forces sergeant whose limo company is staffed by a ragtag band of wounded veterans, including his Afghan interpreter--and he knows to listen carefully. Skellig runs inside just in time to save Avila from two gunmen but too late for one of Avila's bodyguards--and wakes up hours later in the hospital, the only person of interest in custody for the murder. Complicating matters further is the appearance of Detective Delilah Groopman of the LAPD, gorgeous and brash, for whom Skellig has always held a candle. As for Avila? He's willing to help clear Skellig's name under one peculiar condition: that Skellig become Avila's personal chauffeur. A cushy gig for any driver, except for the fact that someone is clearly trying to kill Avila, and Skellig is literally the only person sitting between Avila and a bullet to the head. "The Driver has it all--crisp dialogue, complex characters, and a plot that zips at breathtaking speed."--Kathy Reichs. "The Driver is grim, funny, violent, and moving--all on the same page."--T. Jefferson Parker"-- Provided by publisher.


I know a secret [large print] : a novel / Tess Gerritsen.

cover image"The crime scene is unlike any that Detective Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles have ever before encountered. The woman lies in apparently peaceful repose on her bed, and Maura finds no apparent cause of death, but there is no doubt the woman is indeed dead. The victim's eyes have been removed and placed in the palm of her hand, a gesture that echoes the terrifying films she produces. Is a crazed movie fan reenacting scenes from those disturbing films?"-- Provided by publisher.


Mystery

The woman in the camphor trunk : an Anna Blanc mystery / by Jennifer Kincheloe.

cover image"Los Angeles, 1908. In Chinatown, the most dangerous beat in Los Angeles, police matron Anna Blanc and her former boyfriend, Detective Joe Singer, discover the body of a white missionary woman, stuffed in a trunk in the apartment of her Chinese lover. Her lover has fled. If news gets out that a white woman was murdered in Chinatown, there will be a violent backlash against the Chinese. Joe and Anna plan to solve the crime quietly and keep the death a secret. So does good-looking Mr. Jones, a prominent Chinese leader who has mixed feelings about helping the LAPD and about Anna. Meanwhile, the Hop Sing tong has kidnapped two slave girls from the Bing Kong tong, fuelling existing tensions. They are poised on the verge of a bloody tong war that would put all Chinatown residents in danger. Joe orders Anna out of Chinatown to keep her safe, but to atone for her own family's sins, Anna must stay to solve the crime before news of the murder is leaked and Chinatown explodes"-- Provided by publisher.


Under water / Casey Barrett.

cover imageDisgraced competitive swimmer and unlicensed PI Duck Darley must revisit his past when he is tasked with finding the daughter of a former roommate, an investigation that is complicated by the murder of the missing girl's ex-boyfriend.


Last stop in Brooklyn : a Mary Handley mystery / Lawrence H. Levy.

cover image"A historical mystery about a female detective hunting a serial killer ... It's the summer of 1894, and an infidelity case has brought PI Mary Handley to a far corner of Brooklyn: Coney Island. In the midst of her investigation, Mary is contacted by a convicted man's brother to reopen a murder case. A prostitute was killed by a Jack the Ripper copycat years ago in her New York hotel room, but her true killer was never found. Once again it's up to Mary to make right the city's wrongs. New York City's untouchable head of detectives, Thomas Byrnes, swears he put the right man behond bars, but as Mary digs deeper, she finds corruption at the heart of New York's justice system, involving not only the police, but the most powerful of stock titans. Disturbing evidence of other murders begins to surface, each one mimicking Jack the Ripper's style, each one covered up by Thomas Byrnes. As Mary pieces together the extent of the damage, she crosses paths with Harper Lloyd, an investigative reporter. Their relationship grows into a partnership, and perhaps more, and together they must catch a killer who's still out there, and reverse the ruthless workings of New York's elite. It'll be Mary's most dangerous, most personal case yet"-- Provided by publisher.


Beneath the mountain : a novel / Luca D'Andrea ; translated from the Italian by Howard Curtis.

cover imageNew York City native Jeremiah Salinger is one half of a hot-shot documentary-making team. He and his partner, Mike, made a reality show about roadies that skyrocketed them to fame. But now Salinger's left that all behind, to move with his wife, Annelise, and young daughter, Clara, to the remote part of Italy where Annelise grew up, the Alto Adige. Nestled in the Dolomites, this breathtaking, rural region that was once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire remains more Austro than Italian. Locals speak a strange, ancient dialect, Ladino, and root for Germany (against Italy) in the World Cup. Annelise's small town, Siebenhoch, is close-knit to say the least and does not take kindly to out-of-towners. When Salinger decides to make a documentary about the mountain rescue group, the mission goes horribly awry, leaving him the only survivor. He blames himself, and so, it seems, does everyone else in Siebenhoch. Spiraling into a deep depression, he begins having terrible, recurrent nightmares. Only his little girl Clara can put a smile on his face. But when he takes Clara to the Bletterbach Gorge, a canyon rich in fossil remains, he accidentally overhears a conversation that gives his life renewed focus. In 1985, three students were murdered there, their bodies savaged, limbs severed and strewn by a killer who was never found. Although Salinger knows this is a tightlipped community, one where he is definitely persona non grata, he becomes obsessed with solving this mystery and is convinced it is all that can keep him sane. And as Salinger unearths the long kept secrets of this small town, one by one, the terrifying truth is eventually revealed about the horrifying crime that marked an entire village.--page 4 of cover.


Two girls down : a novel / Louisa Luna.

cover imageWhen two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, their devastated mother hires an enigmatic bounty hunter, Alice Vega, to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a local police department already stretched thin by budget cuts and the growing OxyContin and meth epidemic, Vega enlists the help of a disgraced former cop, Max Caplan. Cap is a man trying to put the scandal of his past behind him and move on, but Vega needs his help to find the girls, and she will not be denied.


Murder in Montparnasse : a Phryne Fisher mystery / Kerry Greenwood.

cover imageTen years after seven Australian soldiers, on leave in Paris in 1918, unknowingly witness a murder, two of the group turn up dead under suspicious circumstances, and two of their companions turn to their friend Phryne Fisher to investigate the crime, save their lives, and uncover a killer.


The plot is murder / V.M. Burns.

cover imageWhen a shady realtor turns up dead in her backyard, bookshop owner Samantha Washington investigates with the help of her feisty grandmother and an enthusiastic ensemble of colorful retirees.


A murder for the books / Victoria Gilbert.

cover imageLibrarian Amy Webber leaves her university job to live with her aunt in a historic Virginia mountain town. She lands a new gig managing the charming public library, which has too little money and too many eccentric patrons. The last thing busy Amy needs is a charming new neighbor. Choreographer Richard Muir inherited the farmhouse next door--and its scandalous story--from his great-uncle. Town folklore claims the original owner was poisoned by his wife, who vanished after her 1925 murder trial. When Richard persuades Amy to help him clear the name of the woman his great-uncle loved, their research implicates the town's leading families ... even hers. Amy and Richard crack open the books to turn the page on the town's turbulent past.


Something evil comes / A.J. Cross.

cover imageDr. Kate Hanson and the Unsolved Crime Unit are baffled as to motive when the body of a young man is discovered. When a body is discovered locked inside a church crypt, its throat torn out, the victim's identity is quickly established as 20-year-old Matthew Flynn, son of one of the city's leading entrepreneurs, who disappeared a year earlier. For forensic psychologist Kate Hanson, the evidence reveals careful planning but also loss of control. It makes no sense. Nor can she and her team agree as to motive. Is it drugs? Money? Sex? The only thing that's clear is that Matthew Flynn had been keeping secrets from his family and friends. Then Kate discovers that another young man is missing. And the case takes a disturbing new twist ...


Paving the new road / Sulari Gentill.

cover imageIt's 1933, and the political landscape of Europe is darkening. Eric Campbell, the man who would be Australia's Fiihrer, is on a fascist tour of the Continent, meeting dictators over cocktails and seeking allegiances in a common cause. Yet the Australian way of life is not undefended. Old enemies have united to undermine Campbell's ambitions. The clandestine armies of the Establishment have once again mobilized to thwart any friendship with the Third Reich. But when their man in Munich is killed, desperate measures are necessary. Now Rowland Sinclair must travel to Germany to defend Australian democracy from the relentless march of Fascism. Amidst the goosestepping euphoria of a rising Nazi movement, Rowland encounters those who will change the course of history. In a world of spies, murderers and despotic madmen, he can trust no-one but an artist, a poet and a brazen sculptress.


Deadly dance / Hilary Bonner.

cover imageThe discovery of the partially-clothed body of a teenage girl in the heart of Bristol's red light district indicates a tragic yet familiar scenario. But this marks the start of a baffling murder investigation where nothing is as it first appears... Fourteen-year-old Melanie Cooke told her mother she was visiting a school friend. Who was she really going to meet? Detective Inspector David Vogel is led towards three very different principal protagonists, each of whom grows increasingly chilling. But are they what they seem? And is any one of them capable of murder? A darkly complex secret lies behind Melanie's death -- and its ultimate revelation will shock Vogel and his team to the core.


Dead man's blues : a novel / Ray Celestin.

cover imageChicago, 1928. In the stifling summer heat three disturbing events take place. A clique of city leaders is poisoned in a fancy hotel. A white gangster is found mutilated in an alleyway in the Blackbelt. And a famous heiress vanishes without a trace. Pinkerton detectives Michael Talbot and Ida Davis are hired to find the missing heiress by the girl's troubled mother. But it proves harder than expected to find a face that is known across the city, and Ida must elicit the help of her friend Louis Armstrong. While the police take little interest in the Blackbelt murder, Jacob Russo--crime scene photographer--can't get the dead man's image out of his head, and so he embarks on his own investigation. And Dante Sanfelippo--rum-runner and fixer--is back in Chicago on the orders of Al Capone, who suspects there's a traitor in the ranks and wants Dante to investigate. But Dante is struggling with his own problems, as he is forced to return to the city he thought he'd never see again. As the three parties edge closer to the truth, their paths cross and their lives are threatened. But will any of them find the answers they need in the capital of jazz, fast liquor, and corruption?


Desert vengeance / Betty Webb.

cover imageWhen the man who raped Scottsdale PI Lena Jones when she was a nine-year-old foster child is released from prison, Lena is waiting for him in the parking lot--with a big knife. "Papa" Brian Wycoff survives their meeting, but the next day, his wife, who knew about his crimes but did nothing to stop him--in fact enabled him--is found dead in their Apache Junction home, shot through both eyes. Terrified he will be next, Wycoff, violating his parole, flees north to the small town of Black Canyon City, taking shelter in an RV on his brother-in-law's small ranch. A couple of days later, he is found tortured to death, eight horizontal marks burned into his flesh. One for each of his victims? Suspicion first falls upon Lena, who has trailed Wycoff to Black Canyon City to make sure he doesn't come near any other children. When the local authorities arrive to question her, she admits to having been tempted to kill her former foster father, but someone beat her to the punch. Suspicion then falls on Wycoff's other victims, the now-grown men and women he abused when they were still in his care, and on the mothers of the children who went missing before his arrest. When Lena takes up the case, more to protect one of the mothers who has been arrested than to find the real killer, her conscience is torn. Does a serial child rapist, a pedophile also implicated in the disappearance of several children, really deserve justice? That choice might not be left up to Lena when members of a local group, Parents of Missing Children, start working to prevent her investigation from succeeding. How far will they go to make sure she fails?


Death below stairs / Jennifer Ashley.

cover imageHighly sought-after young cook Kat Holloway takes a position in a Mayfair mansion and soon finds herself immersed in the odd household of Lord Rankin. Kat is unbothered by the family's eccentricities as long as they stay away from her kitchen, but trouble finds its way below stairs when her young Irish assistant is murdered. Intent on discovering who killed the helpless kitchen maid, Kat turns to the ever-capable Daniel McAdam, who is certainly much more than the charming delivery man he pretends to be. Along with the assistance of Lord Rankin's unconventional sister-in-law and a mathematical genius, Kat and Daniel discover that the household murder was the barest tip of a plot rife with danger and treason--one that's a threat to Queen Victoria herself.--Provided by Publisher.


Mood indigo / Ed Ifkovic.

cover imageEdna Ferber and Noel Coward attempt to clear the name of a mutual acquaintence accused of murdering an aspiring Broadway actress.


Too big to die : an Odelia Grey mystery / Sue Ann Jaffarian.

cover image"It's the dog days of summer for Odelia and Greg after they rescue a dog from a closed car on a blistering hot day. The culprit is former reality star Marla Kingston, who's married to a client of Odelia's law firm. The dog was saved, but Odelia's job might not be when Kingston demands blood. Things get even stickier when a video of the rescue goes viral and the man who helped them winds up dead. And who is the mysterious young woman who shows up about the same time? Is she connected or just an opportunist looking to cash in on their reluctant Internet fame?" -- From publisher's description.


Identity / Ingrid Thoft.

cover image"It's been a couple of months since Fina's last big case--the one that exposed dark family secrets and called Fina's family loyalty into question--but there's no rest for the weary, especially when your boss is Carl Ludlow. Renata Sanchez, a single mother by choice, wants to learn the identity of her daughter Rosie's sperm donor. A confidentiality agreement and Rosie's reticence might deter other mothers, but not Renata, nor Carl, who's convinced that lawsuits involving cryobanks and sperm donors will be "the next big thing." Fina uncovers the donor's identity, but the solution to that mystery is just the beginning: within hours of the donor's identity going public, the donor turns up dead. Fina didn't sign on for a homicide investigation, but she can't walk away from a murder she may have set in motion. As she digs deeper, she discovers that DNA doesn't tell the whole story, and sometimes cracking that code can have deadly consequences."-- From back cover.


The ninth grave : a Fabian Risk novel / Stefan Ahnhem ; translated by Paul Norlen.

cover image""An atmospheric and complicated saga of crimes that criss-cross the narrow strait between Sweden and Denmark ... great cop characters ... and some imaginatively grisly perps."--Sunday Times Would you kill for the one you love? That's the question that international bestseller Stefan Ahnhem's The Ninth Grave: A Fabian Risk Novel seeks to answer in this spine-tingling thriller set six months before the events in Victim Without a Face. On a cold winter evening, the Swedish minister of justice disappears without a trace from the short walk between the house of Parliament and his car. At the same time the wife of a famous Danish TV-star is found brutally murdered in her luxury home north of Copenhagen. Soon more bodies are discovered, all missing different body parts. As criminal investigator Fabian Risk and Danish counterpart Dunja Hougaard race to put the pieces together, they are dragged into a conspiracy worse than anyone could imagine."


Bury the past / James L'Etoile.

cover imageSacramento Police Detectives John Penley and Paula Newberry are enlisted to investigate a case involving the trafficking of stolen street drugs. But they quickly find it's more difficult than they first imagined when the crime is being committed by a group of corrupt cops undermining the system. -- amazon.com.


Dark dawn over Steep House / M.R.C. Kasasian.

cover imageLondon, 1884. 125 Gower Street, the residence of Sidney Grice, London's foremost personal detective, and his ward March Middleton, is at peace. Midnight discussions between the great man and his charge have led to a harmony unseen in these hallowed halls since the great frog disaster of 1878. But harmony cannot last for long. A knock on the door brings mystery and murder once more to their home. A mystery that involves a Prussian Count, two damsels in distress, a Chinaman from Wales, a gangster looking for love, and the shadowy ruin of a once-loved family home, Steep House . . .


Quick curtain / Alan Melville ; with an introduction by Martin Edwards.

cover imageThe play - a slender plot revolves around the shooting of the leading man. But when the show opens at the Grosvenor Theatre to a packed house, Brandon Baker is killed by a real bullet. When another member of the company is found dead, initial appearances suggest a straightforward case of murder followed by suicide. But there is, of course, more to it than that. The audience includes Inspector Wilson of Scotland Yard and his son, an enthusiastic young reporter, making an amusing variant on the Holmes-Watson pairing of sleuth and sidekick!


Blood truth : a Rick Cahill novel / Matt Coyle.

cover imageWhen a long-hidden safe unlocks clues about why his father was kicked off the police force twenty-seven years ago and then spiraled into an early drunken death, Rick determines to find the truth even if it proves the one thing he's always feared.


Dark echoes of the past / RamĂłn DĂ­az Eterovic ; translated by Patrick Blaine.

cover imagePrivate investigator Heredia spends his days reading detective novels; commiserating with his cat, Simenon; and peering out over the Mapocho River from his Santiago apartment. The city he loves may be changing, but Heredia can't stop chasing the ghosts of the past. This time, they've come to him... Virginia Reyes's brother, an ex-political prisoner of dictator Augusto Pinochet, was killed in an apparent robbery. Yet nothing of value was taken. The police have declared the case closed, but Virginia suspects that things aren't quite as they appear and turns to Heredia for help. Heredia couldn't agree more--but he can't shake the feeling that there's something Virginia's not telling him. Heredia knows this is not a simple crime. His investigation proves it. Drawn back into a world where murderers nest, secrets are to kill and die for, and Pinochet's legacy still casts a long, dark, and very threatening shadow, it's all Heredia can do to crawl out of it alive--Back cover.


Death at the Emerald / R.J. Koreto.

cover imageWhen the thirty-year-old disappearance of a famous actress becomes the obsession of an elderly family friend, Lady Frances Ffolkes immerses herself in the world of Edwardian theater and the motion-picture craze in London to unravel a dangerous conspiracy.


Murder alfresco / Nancy Skopin.

cover imagePrivate Investigator Nicoli "Nikki" Hunter has just returned from a trip to Washington D.C., where she survived an attack of the deadly variety and, once again, saved the life of a client. Now, all she wants is for her life to return to normal. She's determined to focus on her regular customers and is enjoying the familiar routine of restaurant and bar mystery shopping when Abetha Mimbo shows up at her office and insists that someone is trying to kill her son. Murder Alfresco is the 7th mystery in the Nikki Hunter series. In this hair-raising adventure, Nikki discovers that nothing is what is seems, and that one of her most dangerous adversaries may also be her strongest ally.


Murder served cold / Nancy Skopin.

cover imagePI Nicoli Hunter is blindsided when someone close to her is murdered and dumped in an alley. Detective Bill Anderson catches the homicide and, knowing Nikki, doesn’t even attempt to discourage her from conducting her own investigation, which, in this case, takes a village. Nikki enlists the aid of her friends and the marina community to unravel the complicated web of events that led to murder, served cold. Murder Served Cold is the 8th book in award winning author Nancy Skopin’s Nikki Hunter mystery series.


Alive in shape and color : 17 paintings by great artists and the stories they inspired / edited by Lawrence Block.

cover image"In his brilliant follow-up to In Sunlight or In Shadow, Lawrence Block has gathered together the best talent from popular fiction to produce an anthology as inventive as it is alluring, including Joyce Carol Oates, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, David Morrell, and Jeffery Deaver." -- Amazon.com.


Chord of evil / Sarah Rayne.

cover imageA mysterious 1940s' portrait leads researcher Phineas Fox to uncover a devastating wartime secret in this chilling novel of suspense. Phineas Fox finds it impossible to refuse when his sport-loving neighbour Toby begs for his help in finding out what's happened to his cousin Arabella, who seems to have disappeared without trace. The only clue to her whereabouts is an obscure 1940s' portrait left in her flat, a gift from her godfather, Stefan. The painting depicts the mysterious Christa Klein, Stefan's sister - and an alleged murderess. Was Christa Klein really guilty of a monstrous crime? What exactly happened within brooding Wewelsburg Castle back in 1941? And what does it have to do with Arabella's disappearance? As Phin delves further, he uncovers evidence of a lost piece of music and a devastating wartime secret: an atrocity whose repercussions reach to the present day.


A treacherous curse : a Veronica Speedwell mystery / Deanna Raybourn.

cover image"Veronica Speedwell returns in an adventure filled with betrayal and deception from Deanna Raybourn, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey Mysteries. London, 1888. When archeological photographer John de Morgan mysteriously vanishes with a priceless artifact, Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell and her natural historian colleague, Stoker Templeton-Vane, are pulled into a dangerous world of conspiracies and ancient threats. De Morgan, now married to Stoker's former wife, Caroline, was part of the Tiverton expedition, an archeological endeavor which stirred the wrath of a vengeful curse when the crew violated the tomb of an ancient Egyptian princess. Since the discovery of the sarcophagus, they have endured a string of freak accidents, sudden waves of illness, and even deaths. They wonder if it's all been an unfortunate coincidence--or if the expedition is really doomed. Rumors abound, with many convinced that de Morgan and Caroline's disappearance was staged so that they could make off with the treasure. But Veronica and Stoker are not so easily persuaded, and they race to separate the fact from the mystical and discover the truth behind the treacherous curse..."-- Provided by publisher.


The dead tracks / Tim Weaver.

cover image"Missing persons investigator David Raker's search for a teenage girl leads him toward a site haunted by a dark history--book two of Tim Weaver's international bestselling mystery series Seventeen-year-old Megan Carver was an unlikely runaway. A straight-A student from a happy home, she studied hard and rarely got into trouble. Yet six months on, she still hasn't been found. Missing persons investigator David Raker knows what it's like to grieve. He knows the shadowy world of the lost, too. So when he's hired by Megan's parents to find out what happened, he recognizes their pain--but knows that the darkest secrets can be buried deep. And Megan's secrets could cost him his life. Raker's investigation takes him through a confounding string of surprises and deceptions. People close to Megan turn up dead. Others remain too terrified to talk. And soon the conspiracy of silence leads Raker towards a forest on the edge of the city. A place with a horrifying past as the hunting ground for a twisted serial killer. A place known as the Dead Tracks"-- Provided by publisher.


Dark asylum / E.S. Thomson.

cover imageWhen the principal physician for Angel Meadow Asylum is found brutally murdered, Jem Flockhart and Will Quatermain pursue the story through the darkest corners of London. From the depths of a notorious rookery, to brothels, gallows, graveyards and the convict fleet, Jem and Will find themselves caught up in a web of dark secrets and hidden identities.


Smoke and mirrors : a Miss Barnum mystery / Casey Daniels.

cover image"Evie Barnum is in the employ of her brother, Phineas T. Barnum, at his American museum -- a place teeming with curious scientific specimens and human wonder. In her unique workplace, Evie hopes she can bury her secrets. So when Andrew Emerson, an old friend, shows up at the museum, begging for her help, Evie does all she can to stay away. The next time she sees Andrew, he's dead in front of the exhibit of the Feejee Mermaid. Suspicion for the murder falls on Jeffrey Hollister, also known as the Lizard Man of Borneo. But Jeffrey goes missing, and Evie is determined to solve the mystery of her friend's murder, even if it brings her face-to-face with her past..." -- From publisher's description.


Headhunter : a Steve Flynn thriller / Nick Oldham.

cover image"Wanted for murder, former marine and disgraced ex-cop Steve Flynn finds himself on the run, alone and without resources, driven only by a burning desire to avenge himself on the men who murdered his girlfriend. Flynn is a force to be reckoned with--but he's up against a powerful and ruthless enemy in Viktor Bashkim, head of a violent mafia gang with a disturbingly long reach. Flynn knows that Viktor will not stop until he is dead--so Flynn must reach Bashkin first. Following a trail across the Mediterranean, Flynn embarks on a cat-and-mouse game that can only end in sudden, violent death. But is he being led into a lethal trap?"--book jacket


Havana blue / Leonardo Padura ; translated from the Spanish by Peter Bush.

cover imageLieutenant Mario Conde is suffering from a terrible New Year's Eve hangover. Though it's the middle of a weekend, he is asked to urgently investigate the mysterious disappearance of Rafael Morin, a high-level business manager in the Cuban nomenklatura. Conde remembered Morin from their student days: good-looking, brilliant, a "reliable comrade'' who always got what he wanted, including Tamara, the girl Conde was after. But Rafael Morin's exemplary rise from a poor barrio and picture-perfect life hides more than one suspicious episode worthy of investigation. While pursuing the case in a decaying but adored Havana, Conde confronts his lost love for Tamara and the dreams and illusions of his generation.


Chasing the dead / Tim Weaver.

cover image"Missing persons investigator David Raker's heartstopping hunt for a mother's vanished son--book one of Tim Weaver's international bestselling mystery series One year ago, Alex Towne's body was found. One month ago, his mother saw him on the street. One week ago, David Raker agreed to look for him. Now he wishes he hadn't. Mary Towne's son, Alex, went missing six years ago. Five years later he finally turned up--as a corpse in a car wreck. Missing persons investigator David Raker doesn't want the work: it's clearly a sad but hopeless case of mistaken identity brought to him by a woman unable to let go of her son. But haunted by a loss of his own, he reluctantly agrees. As Raker digs deeper, he discovers that Alex's life was not the innocent one his mother believed. Buried in his past are secrets that were never meant to be found--and dark, dangerous men willing to kill to protect them"-- Provided by publisher.


Mrs. Jeffries rights a wrong / Emily Brightwell.

cover image"Mrs. Jeffries is back in the New York Times bestselling Victorian Mytery series, perfect for fans of Downton Abbey. Thomas Mundy checks in to London's Wrexley Hotel, but he never checks out. The maid finds him on the floor of his room, bludgeoned to death by his own walking stick. Inspector Witherspoon is soon on the case and learns Mundy had a reputation for being polite, charming, and diligent--an unlikely victim for such a violent crime. But Mrs. Jeffries and the household staff uncover that Mundy was less an amiable businessman and more a duplicitous con man with enemies on both sides of the Atlantic. Now Witherspoon and his staff must determine who on their lengthy list of suspects had the motive to put Mundy in the red. A Mrs. Jeffries Mystery She keeps house for Inspector Witherspoon. and keeps him on his toes. Everyone's awed by his Scotland Yard successes--but they don't know about his secret weapon. No matter how messy the murder or how dirty the deed, Mrs. Jeffries' polished detection skills are up to the task. proving that behind every great man there's a woman--and that a crimesolver's work is never done"-- Provided by publisher.


X Marks the Scot / Kaitlyn Dunnett.

cover imageAfter she hires an archivist to help her research a treasure map that she found at the Chadwick estate in Moosetookalook, Maine, Scottish Emporium owner Lisa MacCrimmon is horrified when the archivist is murdered, and takes it upon herself to find the killer.


A lady in shadows : a Madeleine Karno mystery / Lene KaaberbĂžl ; translated by Elisabeth Dyssegaard.

cover image"New York Times bestselling author Lene KaaberbĂžl returns with her beloved protagonist Madeleine Karno--an ambitious young woman who shatters the confines of nineteenth century France as she struggles to become the first female forensic pathologist and hunt down what appears to be a Jack the Ripper copycat. On June 2nd, 1894, in the wake of President Marie Francois Sadi Carnot's assassination, France descends into chaos and riots in the streets of Varbourg. Many lives are lost in the mayhem, but when one lady of the night is found murdered with brutal incisions and no sign of a struggle, it is clear something is amiss. Madeleine Karno, the tenacious protagonist from Doctor Death, must ask herself the terrifying question: Do they have their very own Jack the Ripper in France? Madeleine is no stranger to cases such as this. Though she is a woman in forensic pathology (a career that is considered unseemly even for a man), her recent work with a string of mysterious deaths has earned her some semblance of respect--she has even become the first female student to gain admission to the University of Varbourg. But there's only so much her physiology courses can do to help her uncover the mysteries of a mad scientist's brutal murders. Madeleine must do whatever it takes--investigate the darkest corners of the city and even work under cover--to track down a murderer at large. But if there's one thing the press has right about "Mademoiselle Death," it's this: it takes a woman to find a killer of women"-- Provided by publisher.


The chalk man : a novel / C J Tudor.

cover image"Narrated by 'Eddie' who receives a chalk drawing of a stick figure that hurtles him back to an innocent childhood game 30 years before which went terribly, terribly wrong. As history begins to repeat itself, it seems the game was never really over" -- Provided by The Bookseller.


Splintered silence / Susan Furlong.

cover image"Among the Irish Travellers living in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, no one forgets and no one forgives. And as former Marine MP Brynn Callahan finds out when she returns home, it's hard to bury the past when bodies keep turning up . . . After an IED explosion abruptly ends her tour of duty, Brynn arrives stateside with PTSD and her canine partner, Wilco -- both of them bearing the scars of battle. With a mix of affection, curiosity, and misgivings, she goes back to Bone Gap, Tennessee, and the insular culture she'd hoped to escape by enlisting in the Marine Corps. Marginalized and wary of outsiders, the Irish Travellers keep to themselves in a secluded mountain community, maintaining an uneasy coexistence with the settled townspeople of McCreary. When Wilco's training as a cadaver dog leads Brynn to discover a body in the woods, the two worlds collide. Soon it's clear that Brynn and Wilco are in danger -- and they're not the only ones. After the police identify the dead woman, Brynn is shocked to learn she has a personal connection -- and everything she'ss been told about her past is called into question. Forming a reluctant alliance with local sheriff Frank Pusser, Brynn must dig up secrets that not only will rattle her close-knit clan to its core, but may forever change her perception of who she is . . . and put her back in the line of fire"--Provided by publisher.


You can run / Steve Mosby.

cover imageAs the manhunt for the Red River Killer intensifies, Detective Inspector Will Turner finds himself fighting to stay involved in the investigation.


Bloodstains with Bronte / Katherine Bolger Hyde.

cover image"Classic novels and crime solving intertwine in Katherine Bolger Hyde's charming series. Bloodstains with Bronte is the second in a series that will puzzle and please fans of mystery and masterpieces alike. Windy Corner is being remodeled into a writers' retreat. Two of the young workers, Jake and Roman, are showing too much of the wrong kind of interest in Katie, Emily's young single-mother housekeeper. It's a stormy autumn and Emily is reading Wuthering Heights. Roman, a dark and brooding type, reminds her of Heathcliff. At a Halloween murder mystery fundraiser at Windy Corner, someone is found stabbed to death. Windy Corner's very own detective, Luke, is reluctantly forced to investigate Katie. Luke digs into the background of the contractor, Jeremiah Edwards, and Emily, now reading Jane Eyre, realizes Jeremiah resembles St. John Rivers in his obsessive, tormented piety. Will Luke figure out who the murderer is before Katie ends up in jail or someone else is killed?"-- Provided by publisher.


Unnatural causes / Dawn Eastman.

cover imageKatie LeClair has finally settled down as the new doctor in Baxter, Michigan. After years of moving, schooling, and training, she wants nothing more than to find a place she can call home, and a small town outside of Ann Arbor seems perfect. But that idyllic dream is immediately shattered when one of her patients is found dead.


Chase : a Michael Bennett story / James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge.

cover imageA man plunges to his death from the roof of a Manhattan hotel. It looks like a suicide-except the victim has someone else's fingerprints and $10,000 in cash. Enter Detective Michael Bennett.


Signal loss / Garry Disher.

cover imageA pair of hit men working a job for a meth kingpin have a very bad day, and the resulting bushfire draws attention to a drug lab and two burned bodies in a Mercedes. With meth-related crime on the rise, interdepartmental tensions mount, and Inspector Hall Challis soon finds himself fighting to keep control of his case. Meanwhile, Sergeant Ellen Destry is hunting for a serial rapist who is extremely adept at not leaving clues-- Adapted from publisher description.


My brother's keeper : a mystery / Donna Malane.

cover image"From New Zealand author Donna Malane, My Brother's Keeper is a dark and twisting mystery that leave no stone -- or page -- unturned. Diane Rowe is a missing persons expert. Ex-con Karen needs Diane's help to track down her fourteen-year-old daughter, Sunny, whom she's lost contact with while she's been in prison. To Diane, this appears at first glance to be a simple case of a mother wanting to reunite with a beloved daughter. Tracking the girl down is easy. However, convincing her to meet her mother is no easy task. And at the back of Diane's mind is a nagging thought -- that guilt and innocence aren't straightforward and nothing is quite what it seems. Does Karen really want to fix the wrongs of the past or is there something darker at play here that will take all of Diane's skills to uncover? -- Provided by publisher.


Chained / Eileen Brady.

cover image"Everyone in the charming Hudson Valley town of Oak Falls expected Flynn Keegan, their handsome blond "Golden Boy" to make it big in Hollywood. So when veterinarian Kate Turner identifies a bone dug up by one of her dog patients as human, no one thinks back ten years to remember Flynn. Until DNA and a smashed skull prove he was murdered. With few clues available to the forensic team, the grieving family begs Kate to investigate. His four closest friends plead ignorance. Neighbors and teachers remember the charismatic young man but offer no real help. Meanwhile, Kate is juggling her eccentric house call clients, a silly pot-bellied pig wedding and the sudden re-appearance of an old college boyfriend. Anthropologist Jeremy Engels, who returns like Indiana Jones from an African dig, is eager to rekindle their romance and offer his help. Together, they plan to crash Flynn's high school reunion, a re-creation of his senior prom, and interview his fellow students. Time isn't of the essence with a ten-year-old cold case. Right? Her Gramps is convinced the killer is long gone, just like the illegally captured brown bear she helped save, now roaming free in the woods. But Kate soon discovers that chains of love can be as strong as those made of steel--and some deadly secrets have put her next on the kill list."--Amazon.com.


A-list / D.P. Lyle.

cover imagePI Jake Longly and Nicole Jamison head to New Orleans at the behest of Nicole's uncle, movie producer Charles Balfour, when his megastar, A-list actor Kirk Ford, awakens in his hotel bed with the body of Kristi Guidry, a local college coed. Ford, in the Big Easy for a location shoot, remembers little of the evening and nothing of the murder. And, to make matters worse, Kristi is the niece of a local mafioso-type who will do whatever is necessary to avenge her death. Balfour is losing money every day the filming is stalled--he needs his actor cleared, and quickly.


Nightblind : a thriller / Ragnar Jonasson ; translated by Quentin Bates.

cover image"Chilling, and complex, Nightblind is an extraordinary thriller from undeniable new talent Ragnar Jonasson. Ari ThĂłr Arason: a local policeman, whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers in an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland--where no one locks their doors--continue to haunt him. The peace of this close-knit community is shattered by the murder of a policeman--shot at point-blank range in the dead of night in a deserted house. With a killer on the loose and the dark arctic winter closing in, it falls to Ari ThĂłr to piece together a puzzle that involves tangled local politics, a compromised new mayor, and a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik where someone is being held against their will. Then a mysterious young woman moves to the area, on the run from something she dares not reveal, and it becomes all too clear that tragic events from the past are weaving a sinister spell that may threaten them all."-- Provided by publisher


Monument Road : a Franky Dast mystery / Michael Wiley.

cover imageHaving spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his own murder charge, Franky is torn. Should he help the man he hates more than any other, the man who remains convinced of Franky's guilt to this day? As Franky delves further, he comes to realize that in order to prove Higby's innocence, he must also prove his own. Unless he finds out what happened that fateful night eight years before, the night 15-year-old Duane Bronson and his 13-year-old brother were murdered, Franky will always be under suspicion, and the real killer will remain free. What really happened that dark, wet night on Monument Road? And is Franky prepared for the shocking truth?


Unbound : a Stone Barrington novel / Stuart Woods.

cover image"In the wake of a personal tragedy, former CIA operative Teddy Fay--now a successful Hollywood film producer known as Billy Barnett--takes a leave of absence to travel and grieve, and lands in Santa Fe in the company of his friends Stone Barrington and Ed Eagle. There, fate hands him an unexpected opportunity to exact quiet revenge for his recent loss, from a man who helped to cover up the crime. But when his enemy wises up to Teddy's machinations, a discreet game of sabotage escalates to a potentially lethal battle. From the arid splendor of the New Mexico desert to the glamour of Hollywood's rolling hills, it will take all of Stone Barrington's diplomacy and skill to maneuver for Teddy's advantage while keeping innocents out of the crossfire."--Dust jacket.


Colorado Boulevard / by Phoef Sutton.

cover image"When Zerbe, the honorary brother (and roommate) of LA's toughest bodyguard/bouncer, Crush, is kidnapped, Crush springs into action to save him. Unraveling the mystery takes him to Zerbe's estranged billionaire father, who's obsessed with building California's long-promised bullet train, as well as to Pasadena's famed Rose Parade along Colorado Boulevard. Rich with witty dialogue, nonstop action, and a solid mystery"-- Provided by publisher.


Let darkness bury the dead : a Murdoch mystery / Maureen Jennings.

cover imageIt is November 1917. Initially, in the loyal Dominion of Canada, people are mostly eager to support the Motherland and fight for the Empire, but the carnage is horrendous and with enforced conscription, the enthusiasm for war is dimming. William Murdoch is a widower, a senior detective who, thanks to the new temperance laws, spends his time tracking down bootleggers and tipplers. As we enter the story, Jack, Murdoch's estranged son, now twenty-one, has returned from France after being wounded and gassed at the Battle of Passchendaele. The night after Jack arrives home, a young man is found stabbed to death in the impoverished area of Toronto known as the Ward. Soon after, Murdoch has to deal with a tragic suicide, also a young man. Two more murders follow in quick succession. The only common denominator is that all of the men were exempted from conscription. Increasingly worried that Jack knows more than he is letting on, Murdoch must solve these crimes before more innocents lose their lives-- Adapted from Amazon.com.


Vanished / Tim Weaver.

cover image"Missing persons investigator David Raker's race to find a man who disappeared during his morning commute--book three of Tim Weaver's international bestselling mystery series For millions of Londoners, the morning of December 17 is just like any other. But not for Sam Wren. An hour after leaving home, he gets onto a tube train--and never gets off again. No eyewitnesses. No trace of him on security cameras. Six months later, he's still missing. Out of options and desperate for answers, Sam's wife Julia hires David Raker to track him down. Raker has made a career out of finding the lost. He knows how they think. And, in missing person cases, the only certainty is that everyone has something to hide. But in this case the secrets go deeper than anyone imagined. As Raker starts to suspect that even the police are lying to him, it becomes clear that someone is watching. Someone who knows what happened on the tube that day. And, with Raker in his sights, he'll do anything to keep Sam's secrets to himself"-- Provided by publisher.


The importance of being urnest / Sandra Balzo.

cover image"The choice of an antique silver coffee urn as the final resting place for elderly Celeste Bouchard's ashes might seem a cruel joke. After all, the wealthy boutique owner was taken ill and died while daughter Hannah was off having lattes at Uncommon Grounds. But Maggy Thorsen, the coffeehouse's owner, has more pressing things on her mind: a jail break and subsequent shoot-out has forced her main squeeze, Sheriff Jake Pavlik, to take refuge with her. And Maggy has a serious decision to make: marriage or not? And with an escaped convict still on the loose, Maggy suddenly has a difficult and dangerous puzzle to solve."--from Amazon.com.


Hark the herald angels slay / Vicki Delany.

cover imageIn Rudolph, Christmas in July heralds Santa's arrival by boat to begin his summer vacation at the lake, and Merry Wilkinson, owner of Mrs. Claus's Treasures, is looking forward to a busy weekend. But she's caught off guard when her ex-fiancé, Max Folger, unexpectedly arrives with a team from a lifestyle magazine wanting to do a feature on the July festivities. It's clear that Max's visit has less to do with business and more to do with winning back Merry's heart. Merry has too much on her plate to deal with an old flame, but when Max is found strangled to death in Mrs. Claus's Treasures, she must find out who wanted him dead;and stop a killer from ruining the summer holiday cheer.


Nail's crossing : a novel / Kris Lackey.

cover imageTribal Lighthorse policeman Bill Maytubby and county deputy Hannah Bond discover a body in a remote area of Oklahoma, and set out to investigate her murder and recreate her last days. Maytubby and Bond crisscross Oklahoma, meeting a myriad of characters and suspects. Maytubby travels to Louisiana, and uncovers a potential conspiracy. He and Bond eventually reunite in the Chickasaw Nation for a final face-off at Nail's Crossing.


The women of Baker Street / Michelle Birkby.

cover imageAs Sherlock and Watson return from the famous Hound of the Baskervilles case, Mrs Hudson and Mary must face their own Hound, in the swirling fog of Victorian London ... When Mrs Hudson falls ill, she is taken into a private ward at St Barts hospital. Perhaps it is her over-active imagination, or her penchant for sniffing out secrets, but as she lies in her bed, slowly recovering, she finds herself surrounded by patients who all have some skeletons in their closets. A higher number of deaths than usual seem to occur on this ward. On her very first night, Mrs Hudson believes she witnesses a murder. But was it real, or just smoke and mirrors? Mary Watson meanwhile has heard about young boys disappearing across London, and is determined to find them and reunite them with their families. As the women's investigations collide in unexpected ways, a gruesome discovery in Regent's Park leads them on to a new, terrifying case.


The house at Baker Street / Michelle Birkby.

cover imageWhen Sherlock Holmes turns down the case of persecuted Laura Shirley, Mrs Hudson, the landlady of Baker Street, and Mary Watson resolve to take on the investigation themselves. From the kitchen of 221b, the two women begin their inquiries and enlist the assistance of the Baker Street Irregulars and the infamous Irene Adler. A trail of clues leads them to the darkest corners of Whitechapel, where the feared Ripper supposedly still stalks. They discover Laura Shirley is not the only woman at risk as it rapidly becomes apparent that the lives of many others are in danger too. As Mrs Hudson and Mary Watson put together the pieces of an increasingly complicated puzzle, the investigation becomes bigger than either of them could ever have imagined. Can they solve the case or are they just pawns in a much larger game? It is time for Mrs Hudson and Mary Watson to emerge from the shadows and stand in the spotlight. Readers will discover that these two women are resourceful, intelligent and fearless, with a determination to help those in need.


Buried bones / Carolyn Haines.

cover imageSouthern belle-turned-private investigator Sarah Booth Delaney struggles to cope with her antebellum Delta estate's local ghost, and with Lawrence Ambrose's dinner party, a lavish occasion that ends in murder.


A devious death / Alyssa Maxwell.

cover imagePhoebe and her sister Julia are eager for a summer getaway at High Head Lodge, the newly purchased estate of their cousin Regina. But Regina's odd friend, Olive, is far from friendly, and Regina's mother and brother-- bitter over the unequal distribution of her father's inheritance-- have descended on the house to confront Regina. Eva questions the loyalty and integrity of Miss Stanley, Lady Julia's new maid. When their hostess meets an untimely end-- murdered in her bed with no signs of struggle-- Lady Phoebe and Eva must uncover secrets hidden behind closed doors, before a killer ensures they never leave High Head Lodge alive.


Boundary waters : a novel / William Kent Krueger.

cover imageFormer sheriff Cork O'Connor is hired to find a friend's daughter, a country-western singer missing in the wilds of Minnesota. O'Connor discovers FBI agents and a gangster from a casino are also looking for the woman, but they won't say why.


Strip Jack / Ian Rankin.

cover imageInspector Rebus investigates the disappearance of a member of Parliament's wife after her husband was caught in a police raid on an Edinburgh brothel.


The black book / Ian Rankin.

cover imageInspector Rebus of the Edinburgh police has a busy time. A deported child molester is back in town, a stabbing victim refuses to say who attacked him, and last but not least the gun he bought turns out to be a murder weapon.


Homicide for the holidays / Cheryl Honigford.

cover imageA hidden key that opens a drawer locked for the past eight years, a mysterious envelope filled with cash, and a threatening note... none of this is what rising radio star Vivian Witchell expects to find in her late father's office. But when Vivian stumbles into trouble, she hardly knows how to steer herself back to safety. With the handsome and maddeningly practical private detective Charlie Haverman at her side, Vivian spends the holiday season uncovering the details of the last weeks of her father's life, following a sinister trail of clues that leads her directly to one of the most notorious mob bosses of all time, Al Capone.


Easy errors : a Posadas County mystery / Steven F. Havill.

cover imageThe 22nd Posadas County Mystery, is a prequel to the prequel of the series, One Perfect Shot. It explores the younger Gastner, introduces Sheriff Eduardo Salcido, and traces the development of series stalwarts. When the first Posadas County mystery, Heartshot, published in 1991, Bill Gastner was the county Undersheriff. Over time Bill became Sheriff, then retired, and Robert Torrez took over the top spot. But what were Torrez's first days as a rookie officer like? Terrible! It's 1986. Undersheriff Bill Gastner is enjoying his usual insomnia alone inside his old adobe when jolted by a horrendous noise. Dreading what he will find, he hastens to the nearby interstate exit where a violent crash has occurred. Not only is the vehicle that struck the support pillars totaled and the driver and a passenger crushed inside, a dead boy has been ejected. As the appalled Gastner recognizes the youth and swings into action, the first deputy to join him at the scene is rookie Robert Torrez, the department's newest hire. Before Gastner can head him off, Torrez sees that the boy is his spirited younger brother. And the girl crushed inside the SUV is a younger sister. The driver of the Suburban, also dead, is the assistant District Attorney's teenaged son. Two local family tragedies. A shaken couple reports that when the Suburban, careening at nearly 100 miles an hour, passed them on the interstate, activity inside hinted at its occupants' panic. Were the three dead kids running from someone-or something-rather than speeding? Further investigation reveals that a fourth teen should have been in the vehicle, but is now missing. Where had the four kids been? And why? It appears they'd lied to their parents. Following his usual meticulous procedure, Gastner traces the vehicle's path to a remote canyon with attractive caves. The discovery he makes there balloons the case and introduces possible murder. Yet with a lack of witnesses hampering Sheriff Salcido, Gastner, Torrez, and other deputies, errors working the case can too easily be made.


Deadly cure : a novel / Lawrence Goldstone.

cover image"In 1899, in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Noah Whitestone is called urgently to his wealthy neighbor's house to treat a five-year-old boy with a shocking set of symptoms. When the child dies suddenly later that night, Noah is accused by the boy's regular physician -- the powerful and politically connected Dr. Arnold Frias -- of prescribing a lethal dose of laudanum. To prove his innocence, Noah must investigate the murder -- for it must be murder -- and confront the man whom he is convinced is the real killer. His investigation leads him to a reporter for a muckraking magazine and a beautiful radical editor who are convinced that a secret, experimental drug from Germany has caused the death of at least five local children, and possibly many more. By degrees, Noah is drawn into a dangerous world of drugs, criminals, and politics, which threatens not just his career but also his life." -- From publisher's description.


Darkness, sing me a song / David Housewright.

cover imageHolland Taylor is a PI who does simple background checks and other mostly unchallenging cases. Still wounded by the long-ago death of his wife and daughter, and newly mourning a recently failed relationship, Taylor doesn't have much interest in more challenging work. But almost by accident, he finds himself in the middle of the crime of the century. Eleanor Barrington, the doyenne of a socially prominent family of great wealth, has been arrested for the murder of Emily Denys, her son's fiancée. Barrington made no secret of her disdain for the victim, convinced that she was trying to take advantage of her son and her family. Taylor had been brought in to do a full background check on Emily, only to discover that both her name and her background were fabricated. Before he could learn more, she was murdered--shot in the head outside her apartment. Barrington had been overheard threatening to kill her son's fiancé and an eyewitness claims to have seen her kill Emily. But that's not the worst of it. Barrington's own son has even worse accusations to make against her. Caught in the dark tangle of a twisted family and haunted by his own past, Taylor finds that the truth is both elusive and dangerous.--Amazon.com



Fools' river / Timothy Hallinan.

cover image"The two most difficult days in Bangkok writer Poke Rafferty's life begin with an emergency visit from Edward Dell, the almost-boyfriend of his teenage daughter, Maiow. The boy's father, Buddy, a late-middle-aged womanizer who has moved to Bangkok for happy hunting, has disappeared, and money is being siphoned out of his bank and credit card accounts. It soon becomes apparent that Buddy is in the hands of a pair of killers who prey on Bangkok's "sexpats"; when the accounts are empty, he'll be found, like a dozen others, floating facedown in a Bangkok canal with a weighted cast on his unbroken leg. His money is already almost gone. Over forty-eight frantic hours, Poke does everything he can to work the case before it's too late for him to do any good"-- Provided by publisher.


Dead of winter / Wendy Corsi Staub.

cover imageIn Valley View, a small town populated by mediums, a superstitious killer is on the prowl and gunning for Bella Jordan, who witnessed one of his body dumps, and the whole town must come together to stop the murderer before he strikes again.


Killing pace : a mystery / Douglas Schofield.

cover image"Engrossing...It's a tribute to criminal lawyer Schofield's persuasive powers that his characters, procedural elements, and atmosphere are convincing enough to keep those pages turning without logic getting in the way." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Time of Departure In Killing Pace , Douglas Schofield, author of Time of Departure and Storm Rising, delivers a heart-pounding tale set in Everglade City, Florida and Sicily, Italy with three important questions: Where am I'... How did I get here'... and most importantly... Who am I? It's been two months since Lisa Green crawled barefoot and bleeding out of a terrible car accident. Her boyfriend Roland has been nursing her back to health under close watch. Lisa has amnesia. They both know that, but only Lisa knows that she hasn't lost her ability to reason. And reason tells her that she is not Roland's girlfriend. She is his prisoner. Gradually, Lisa remembers training and skills that she didn't know she had and is able to make her escape. When a sheriff's deputy finds her, she tells him she wants to report a missing person: herself. What follows is a high-octane international chase, which involves US Border Control, the Sicilian mafia, and a shadowy organization specializing in trafficking infants taken from Syrian refugees and made available for adoption to wealthy American couples. Lisa, whose real name is Laura Pace, must figure out who she can trust and how to stay alive.


The sorcerer's appendix / P.J. Brackston.

cover imageWhen Gretel from the popular children's tale--now all grown up and working as a private investigator--takes on the case of a missing sorcerer, she doesn't realize that it will take her into the heart of the deep, dark woods, and face to face with an old enemy. Set in 1776 Bavaria.


Trespass / Anthony J. Quinn.

cover image"Detective Celcius Daly is investigating the abduction of a boy by a group of travelers already under investigation for smuggling and organized crime. As he digs into the child's background, he discovers a family secret linked to an unsolved crime during The Troubles--the disappearance of a young woman and her baby. Daly's investigation shakes loose some harrowing truths about the lawlessness of Northern Ireland's border country. Undergoing an internal investigation over his handling of the search for IRA spy Daniel Hegarty, Daly soon finds himself entangled in a vigilante mission, discovering just how far a group of outsiders will go to find their own justice."--Amazon.com.


A season to lie / Emily Littlejohn.

cover imageOn a cold dark night in February, as a blizzard shrieks through Cedar Valley, police officer and new mother Gemma Monroe responds to an anonymous report of a prowler at the local private high school, The Valley Academy. In her idyllic Colorado small town, Gemma expects the call was just a prank by a bored teenager. But there in the snow lies the savaged body of a man whose presence in town was meant to be a secret. And a disturbing message left by his killer promises more death to come.


Non Fiction


Essential : essays by the Minimalists / Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus.

cover imageJoshua and Ryan left their six-figure corporate jobs at age 30 to pursue more meaningful lives. 'Minimalism : essential essays' highlights essays from the first nine months of their journey into minimalism. 'Minimalism : essential essays' is an edited collection of 29 of The Minimalists' favorite essays about living a more meaningful life with less stuff. This collection also contains a special foreward by Joshua and Ryan, as well as two bonus essays you can't find anywhere else: Dealing with Overwhelm and Focus On What's Important. The book is organized into seven interconnected themes: Living in the Moment, Emotional Health, Growth, Contribution, Taking Action, Passion and Mission, and Change and Experimentation. The order of this collection is deliberate; it is meant to be read from beginning to end. Doing so will result in a better overall experience-a different experience from reading these essays all over the web-connecting various concepts that might otherwise seem unconnected.


iPad for dummies / by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle "Dr. Mac" columnist, Edward C. Baig, USA Today Personal Tech columnist, Bryan Chaffin, The Mac Observer Editor-in-Chief.

cover image"When you're a person who can't be chained to a desk, an iPad is your ideal tool for working or enjoying entertainment wherever you want, whenever you want. An iPad is an ideal tool for connecting to websites and networks, staying in touch with your family, keeping track of the office, or just settling in with a movie or a good book,. And to make it easier than ever, grab a copy of iPad For Dummies for simple steps on handling all your iPad's basic functions--as well as iOS 11, the latest version of the software that powers Apple's mobile gadgets." -- Amazon.com.


The center cannot hold : my journey through madness / Elyn R. Saks.

cover imageA memoir of paranoid schizophrenia by an accomplished professor recounts her first symptoms at the age of eight, her efforts to hide the severity of her condition, and the obstacles she has overcome in the course of her treatment and marriage.


Brazil.

cover imageDK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Brazil is full of inspiring photography and unique illustrations of major attractions such as Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, the Iguaçu waterfalls, and the Teatro Amazonas opera house in Manaus. Learn about Brazil's diverse peoples, music, capoeira, Carnaval, and cuisines. Follow tips on samba schools, wildlife-spotting, shopping, getting around, and the best places to eat and stay.


National Geographic traveler. Scotland / by Robin & Jenny McKelvie.

cover imageTravel to Scotland and revel in the Highlands' finest food and drink, climb Ben Nevis, discover the isles, and drive the North Coast 500--with National Geographic as your trusted guide. The latest edition of National Geographic's popular guidebook covers all the main cities, towns, and regions of Scotland, helping travelers negotiate one of Europe's more remote yet enduringly popular destinations. The book provides detailed city walks in Edinburgh and Glasgow and drives into the highlands, complete with maps and reservation information. Also included are features on local subjects such as the whiskey-making traditions of Scotland, as well as sidebars on a range of great activities to help you enjoy the rugged appeal of this truly beautiful land. The National Geographic Traveler guidebooks are aimed at readers who value experiential travel. Each provides inspiring photography, insider tips, and expert advice for a more authentic, enriching experience of the destination. These books serve a readership of active, discerning travelers, supplying information, historical context, and cultural interpretation not available on the Internet.


Himalaya bound : one family's quest to save their animals-- and an ancient way of life / Michael Benanav.

cover imageFollowing his vivid account of traveling with one of the last camel caravans on earth in Men of Salt, Michael Benanav now brings us along on a journey with a tribe of forest-dwelling nomads in India. Welcomed into a family of nomadic water buffalo herders, he joins them on their annual spring migration into the Himalayas. More than a glimpse into an endangered culture, this superb adventure explores the relationship between humankind and wild lands, and the dubious effect of environmental conservation on peoples whose lives are inseparably intertwined with the natural world. --amazon.com


Seven fallen feathers : racism, death, and hard truths in a northern city / Tanya Talaga.

cover image"Over the span of ten years, seven high school students died in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The seven were hundreds of miles away from their families, forced to leave their reserve because there was no high school there for them to attend. Award-winning journalist Tanya Talaga delves into the history of this northern city that has come to manifest, and struggle with, human rights violations past and present against aboriginal communities."-- Provided by publisher.


The best of America's Test Kitchen : best recipes, equipment reviews, and tastings 2018 / the Editors at America's Test Kitchen.

cover imageThe best of the best--including recipes, tastings, and testings--from the current year, all compiled into one must-have collection from America's most trusted test kitchen.


The art of Star Wars, the last Jedi / written by Phil Szostak ; foreword by Rian Johnson.

cover imageExamines the development of the fantastic worlds, characters, and creatures of "The Last Jedi" through concept art, costume sketches, storyboards, blueprints, and exclusive interviews with the filmmakers.


The drinkable globe : the indispensable guide to the wide world of booze / Jeff Cioletti.

cover imageJoin Jeff Cioletti as he explores the tradition, consumption, and production of alcohol on every continent. The Drinkable Globe circumnavigates the planet and uncovers the boozy cultures and concoctions that make the work go 'round. Includes 130 recipes from exotic brands and renowned international cocktail personalities.


Flat broke with two goats : a memoir / Jennifer McGaha.

cover imageA charming memoir of one woman's unexpected journey from country chic to backwoods barnyard.


The meaning of belief : religion from an atheist's point of view / Tim Crane.

cover imageContemporary debate about religion seems to be going nowhere. Atheists persist with their arguments, many plausible and some unanswerable, but these make no impact on religious believers. Defenders of religion find atheists equally unwilling to cede ground. The Meaning of Belief offers a way out of this stalemate. An atheist himself, Tim Crane writes that there is a fundamental flaw with most atheists' basic approach: religion is not what they think it is. Atheists tend to treat religion as a kind of primitive cosmology, as the sort of explanation of the universe that science offers. They conclude that religious believers are irrational, superstitious, and bigoted. But this view of religion is almost entirely inaccurate. Crane offers an alternative account based on two ideas. The first is the idea of a religious impulse: the sense people have of something transcending the world of ordinary experience, even if it cannot be explicitly articulated. The second is the idea of identification: the fact that religion involves belonging to a specific social group and participating in practices that reinforce the bonds of belonging. Once these ideas are properly understood, the inadequacy of atheists' conventional conception of religion emerges. The Meaning of Belief does not assess the truth or falsehood of religion. Rather, it looks at the meaning of religious belief and offers a way of understanding it that both makes sense of current debate and also suggests what more intellectually responsible and practically effective attitudes atheists might take to the phenomenon of religion.-- Provided by publisher.


The most dangerous man in America : Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the hunt for the fugitive king of LSD / Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis.

cover imageIn September 1970, ex-Harvard professor and 'High Priest of LSD' Dr. Timothy Leary escaped from prison with the aid of the radical Weather Underground. Spanning twenty-eight months, President Nixon's careening, global manhunt for Dr. Timothy Leary winds its way among homegrown radicals, European aristocrats, a Black Panther outpost in Algeria, an international arms dealer, hash-smuggling hippies from the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, and secret agents on four continents, culminating in one of the trippiest journeys through the American counterculture. -- Adapted from book jacket.


50 fat quarter makes : fifty sewing projects made using fat quarters / edited by Ame Verso.

cover image"Fat quarters aren't just for quilters! All sewers love these inexpensive pieces of fabric and this book shows you how to create 50 fabulous projects from your stash. This unique collection of 50 quick-and-easy sewing patterns includes contemporary ideas for DIY home decor, accessories, gifts and more--all made using fat quarters. Projects range from instant fixes like coin purses needing just one fat quarter, to quilts and wall hangings that need up to 10 fat quarters which will really bust your stash! 11-talented designers from across the blogosphere contribute their patterns - including cases and cosies, bags and baskets, pillows and playmats, quilts and clothes--to this desirable, super-value package..."-- From Amazon.com.



The atlas of beauty : women of the world in 500 portraits / Mihaela Noroc.

cover imageNoroc has journeyed through more than fifty countries to celebrate the diversity of this fascinating world. This volume contains photographs of five hundred women, from tribes, conservative communities, and modern cities. Most were struggling and working hard, and were facing discrimination as women. But through it all they were shining with dignity, strength, and beauty.



The dogist puppies / Elias Weiss Friedman.

cover image"The book presents a gallery of puppy portraits arranged into themes including Ears, Big Paws, Cones of Shame, Learning to Walk, and Fancy Outfits, giving every dog lover something to pore over." -- From Amazon.com summary.



Country grit : a farmoir of finding purpose and love / Scottie Jones.

cover imageScottie Jones lived a typical suburban, professional life in Phoenix until her husband, Greg, got into a near-fatal car accident. While recovering, he became convinced that they needed a change and a simpler way of life, one more connected with nature and with each other. So, driven by a desire to cut ties with a material and convenient suburban life that had left them feeling empty, they bought a peaceful-looking farmhouse on sixty acres in Oregon and said good-bye to everything they knew. But though the grass may look greener, the road to pastural bliss is fraught with financial woes, relentless rural roadblocks, and colossal failures. When the burden becomes almost too much to bear, Scottie hits on the idea of turning a house they initially built for their daughter into a Farm Stay, where people could visit and learn about Leaping Lamb Farm. The Farm Stay becomes the niche that rescues them from foreclosure--having found both a sense of purpose and a sense of place, the couple now finds the means to sustain it. In a world increasingly filled with questions of where our food comes from and dissatisfactions about our modern lives, Country Grit is a story that will resonate with countless people itching to get back to the land. Told with humor and hard-earned wisdom, it is also an account of what small-scale farmers across the country experience everyday and a warning that the farming life is not for everyone.--AMAZON.


Passing judgment : praise and blame in everyday life / Terri Apter.

cover image"Do you know that praise is essential to the growth of a healthy brain? That experiences of praise and blame affect how long we live? That the conscious and unconscious judgments we engage in every day began as a crucial survival technique? Do you think people shouldn’t be judgmental? But, how judgmental are you, and how does this impact your relationships? [The author] reveals how everyday judgments impact our relationships, and how praise, blame, and shame shape our sense of self. Our obsession with praise and blame begins soon after birth. Totally dependent on others, rapidly we learn to value praise, and to fear the consequences of blame. Despite outgrowing an infant’s dependence, we continue to monitor others’ judgments of us, and we ourselves develop what relational psychologist Terri Apter calls a zjudgment meter,y which constantly scans people and our interactions with them, and registers a positive or negative opinion. In[this book, the author] reveals how interactions between parents and children, within couples, and among friends and colleagues are permeated with praise and blame that range far beyond specific compliments and accusations. Drawing on three decades of research, [the author] gives us the tools to learn about our personal needs, goals and values, to manage our biases, to tolerate others’ views, and to make sense of our most powerful, and often confusing, responses to ourselves and to others."--Amazon.com.


Heavens on earth : the scientific search for the afterlife, immortality, and utopia / Michael Shermer.

cover image"In his most ambitious work yet, Shermer sets out to discover what drives humans' belief in life after death, focusing on recent scientific attempts to achieve immortality by radical life extentionists, extropians, transhumanists, cryonicists, and mind-uploaders, along with utopians who have attempted to create heaven on earth. For millennia, religions have concocted numerous manifestations of heaven and the afterlife, the place where souls go after the death of the physical body. Religious leaders have toiled to make sense of this place that a surprising 74% of Americans believe exists, but from which no one has ever returned to report what it is really like. Heavens on Earth concludes with an uplifting paean to purpose and progress and what we can do in the here-and-now, whether or not there is a hereafter" -- From Amazon.


150 knit & crochet motifs : anything-but-square shapes for garments, accessories, afghans, and throws / Heather Lodinsky.

cover image"Break out of the box with these fun and creative knit and crochet motifs. Heather Lodinsky brings geometric, circular, and irregular shapes to life for thye at-home knitter or crocheter with this ... mix of conventional and unconventional motifs. Each section is organized by a general shape, such as diamonds, and includes patterns for knitting and crocheting. ..."--Back cover.


Morehouse Farm Merino knits : more than 40 farm-fresh designs / Margrit Lohrer ; photography by Clara Aich.

cover imageProvides detailed instructions and patterns for forty-five original merino wool handknit projects, featuring a creative array of sweaters, baby garments, mittens, and blankets, complemented by informative sidebars on merino yarns, tales of life on the farm, and tips on the care of the wool.


Poets of World War II / Harvey Shapiro, editor.

cover imageThis anthology brings together 120 poems about World War II by 62 American poets, chosen, as editor Harvey Shapiro writes in his introduction, "with a purpose: to demonstrate that the American poets of this war produced a body of work that has not yet been recognized for its clean and powerful eloquence." The poets are generally unsentimental, ironic, and often astonished by what they have experienced, and their insights still have the power to shake up our perceptions of that war and of war in general. Most of the poets included in the volume served in the armed forces; some -- Louis Simpson, Anthony Hecht, Kenneth Koch -- saw combat in the infantry, while others -- James Dickey, Howard Nemerov, Richard Hugo, John Ciardi -- fought in the air. Also included: poets who experienced the war as civilians, including Robinson Jeffers, Marianne Moore, and Conrad Aiken; poems by conscientious objectors and draft resisters, including William Stafford and Robert Lowell; and an elegy by James Tate for his father, who was killed in action when Tate was an infant.



The yes brain : how to cultivate courage, curiosity, and resilience in your child / Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.

cover image"From the authors of The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline, an indispensable guide to unlocking your child's innate capacity for resilience, compassion, and creativity. When facing challenges, unpleasant tasks, and contentious issues such as homework, screen time, food choices, and bedtime, children often act out or shut down, responding with reactivity instead of receptivity. This is what New York Times bestselling authors Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson call a No Brain response. But our kids can be taught to approach life with openness and curiosity. Parents can foster their children's ability to say yes to the world and welcome all that life has to offer, even during difficult times. This is what it means to cultivate a Yes Brain. When kids work from a Yes Brain, they're more willing to take chances and explore. They're more curious and imaginative, less worried about making mistakes. They're better at relationships and more flexible and resilient when it comes to handling adversity and big feelings. They work from a clear internal compass that directs their decisions, as well as the way they treat others. Guided by their Yes Brain, they become more open, creative, and resilient. In The Yes Brain, the authors give parents skills, scripts, ideas, and activities to bring kids of all ages into the overwhelmingly beneficial "yes" state. You'll learn the four fundamentals of the Yes Brain--balance, resilience, insight, and empathy--and how to strengthen them the key to knowing when kids need a gentle push out of a comfort zone vs. needing the "cushion" of safety and familiarity strategies for navigating away from negative behavioral and emotional states (aggression and withdrawal) and expanding your child's capacity for positivity With inspirational anecdotes, fun and helpful illustrations, and a handy Yes Brain Refrigerator Sheet to keep your family on point, The Yes Brain is an essential tool for nurturing positive potential and keeping your child's inner spark glowing and growing strong--and gifting your children with a life of rich relational connections, meaningful interactions with the world, and emotional equanimity. "Easily assimilated and informative, the book will help adults enable children to lead physically and emotionally satisfying and well-rounded lives filled with purpose and meaningful relationships. Edifying, easy-to-understand scientific research that shows the benefits that accrue when a child is encouraged to be inquisitive, spirited, and intrepid."--Kirkus Reviews "In today's busy, competitive culture, allowing our children the space to be themselves is more important than ever. This book provides an escape hatch from the high-stakes mindset."--Vicki Abeles, producer and co-director, The Race to Nowhere and Beyond Measure"-- Provided by publisher.


When to jump : if the job you have isn't the life you want / Mike Lewis.

cover imageA collection of inspirational offerings detailing the experiences of people who have left unfulfilling jobs outlines four fundamental steps to pursuing one's dreams, revealing how others have managed the risks, emotional fallout and setbacks of living life on their own terms.


The epic city : the world on the streets of Calcutta / Kushanava Choudhury.

cover imageWhen Kushanava Choudhury arrived in New Jersey at the age of twelve, he had already migrated halfway around the world four times. After graduating from Princeton, he moved back to the world which his immigrant parents had abandoned, to a city built between a river and a swamp, where the moisture-drenched air swarms with mosquitos after sundown. Sifting through the chaos for the stories that never make the papers, Kushanava Choudhury paints a soulful, compelling portrait of the everyday lives that make Calcutta. Written with humanity, wit and insight, The Epic City is an unforgettable depiction of an era, and a city which is a world unto itself.


Your score : an insider's secrets to understanding, controlling, and protecting your credit score / Anthony Davenport with Matthew Rudy.

cover imagePresents a road map for how to navigate the confusing, secretive world of consumer credit, and how to upgrade and correct one's credit score.


Pain-free posture handbook : 40 dynamic easy exercises to look and feel your best / Lora Pavilack & Nikki Alstedter ; foreword by Elizabeth M. Wisniewski.

cover image"Pilates instructors Lora and Nikki are leaders in their industry and have successfully helped thousands of people to reduce their back pain. The key? Movement. Now, in this portable, posture-building guidebook, Lora and Nikki share their invaluable exercises and activities to help you develop a healthy spine and alleviate your pain. Learn how posture affects you physically and emotionally, and discover active methods for improving your alignment, reducing neck and back pain from overworked muscles, and finding your own natural posture. Carry The Pain-Free Posture Handbook wherever you go for on-hand, expert advice, featuring easy-to-follow illustrations, posture-building techniques, and breathing exercises for practicing good posture,"--Baker & Taylor.



Lost and stranded : expert advice on how to survive being alone in the wilderness / Timothy Sprinkle.

cover imageFor anyone who spends time in the backcountry, understanding not only what sorts of dangers you can run into out there but also exactly what those risks can do to you is part of being a smart, well informed outdoor traveler. The author breaks down the perils that can befall hikers, hunters, and other outdoor enthusiasts. There are animal encounters, weather events (lightning strikes), parasites (giardia), biting insects (bees/wasps), winter hazards (avalanches), natural disasters (forest fires), hypothermia, dehydration, disorientation, and much, much more to worry about. Although these risks are generally well known, what's less understood by many adventurers is what exactly happens to you when, say, you become malnourished in the backcountry. What does it feel like? How does the condition progress? How long do you generally have before the body shuts down? What helps or hurts when you're fighting for survival? Find the answers to these questions and many more by taking an inside look at more than two dozen outdoor hazards. Each one will include a narrative section that dramatizes the experience of a certain situation based on real-world events. From there, information from expert sources--medical doctors, first responders, wildlife experts, and others--will fill in the details around exactly how each scenario plays out on the ground, followed by suggestions on how to avoid or survive each risk factor, making this book is a vital resource for outdoor travelers. -- Publisher description.


God, faith, and reason / Michael Savage.

cover imageBut rather than a dry, theological treatise, Savage provides something more akin to an ancient mystery text. Drawing on Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and other spiritual sources, as well as autobiographical material and highlights from his radio show, Savage shares a series of glimpses of God he has experienced over the whole of his life, before and after his groundbreaking radio career. Moving childhood stories, his dinner with an atheist and a Buddhist, an interview with a Jewish gangster and Savage's reflections on selected passages from ancient scriptures are just a few of the eclectic group of experiences and insights Savage shares in what is easily the most unique book on spirituality in decades. From his days as a boy growing up in New York City to many years searching for healing plants in the South Seas to his current incarnation as one of the most popular talk radio hosts in the world, Savage has been haunted by glimpses of the divine and struggled to find their meaning. Rather than trite, orthodox answers, GOD, FAITH, AND REASON presents the reader with one man's perceptions and consideration of the daily presence of God in the world around us and how the search to find God is the finding itself.


Bright line eating : the science of living happy, thin, and free / Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph. D.

cover image"Over 99% of people who try to lose weight don't succeed. They don't get slender and they don't stay slender long term. The average dieter spends a significant amount of money and makes four or five new attempts each year. Four or five new attempts each year with almost no hope of success. Only 1% of people will get down to their goal weight on traditional diets. Susan Peirce Thompson. Ph. D., suggests that there's something fishy going on here, something important we're not paying attention to. We don't have an obesity problem; we have an obesity mystery--and she has a groundbreaking philosophy to solve that mystery. Rooted in science and psychology, Thompson's book describes how the brain blocks weight loss and then gives us a solution. Thousands of people have participated in her Bright Line Eating Boot Camps and have used her methods to lose all their excess weight and become happy, thin, and free. Subjects covered include: How the brain blocks weight loss Overpowering cravings The susceptibility scale The weight-loss food plan What about exercise?Getting to goal weight"-- Provided by publisher.


A citizen's guide to impeachment / Barbara A. Radnofsky.

cover image"A non-partisan guide to a precise understanding of the rules and history of impeachment... Spotlighting in particular the precise rules of impeachment--including an explanation of the crucial grounds for impeachment, the famous 'high crimes and misdemeanors'--the book also details its origins in British law, the rules as set out by the founding fathers in the Constitution, and their application throughout the history of our democracy. That history involves a detailed chronology of the nineteen instances of impeachment that have taken place--of judges, presidents, and officials from the cabinet and congress--throughout American history, including the very first impeachment conviction of an America official: that of a federal judge who seemed to have developed dementia. All of which makes A Citizen's Guide to Impeachment a fascinating read about a unique aspect of our democracy, as well as a useful, one-of-a-kind guide for citizens in a participatory government."--Publisher description.



A body of work : dancing to the edge and back / David Hallberg.

cover image"David Hallberg, the first American to join the famed Bolshoi Ballet as a principal dancer and the dazzling artist The New Yorker described as 'the most exciting male ballet dancer in the Western world,' presents an intimate journey through his artistic life up to the moment he returns to the stage after a devastating injury almost cost him his career. While rich in detail ballet fans will adore, this is a book that anyone interested in a life of creativity will love. Hallberg reflects on themes like inspiration, ego, self-doubt, 'the artistic calling', and perfectionism as he takes readers into daily classes, rigorous rehearsals, and triumphant performances, searching for new inspiration and interpretations of ballet's greatest roles. He reveals the vicious bullying he endured as a child, the ambition he had to tame as a new member of American Ballet Theatre, and the reasons behind his headline-grabbing decision to be the first American to join the top ranks of the Bolshoi Ballet. Then, as Hallberg circled the globe performing at the peak of his abilities, he suffered a crippling injury that led to two surgeries, an agonizing retreat from ballet, and the decision to commit to a radical rebuilding of his body and technique that resulted in his miraculous return to the stage as a new artist and a new man. Combining his impressive powers of observation and memory with emotional honesty and artistic insight, David Hallberg has written a thrilling dance memoir and an intimate portrait of an artist in all his vulnerability, passion, and wisdom."--Dust jacket flap.


The baby names almanac, 2018 / Emily Larson.

cover image"The hottest baby name trends, lists, and forecasts."--Page 4 of cover.


Tribe of mentors : short life advice from the best in the world / Timothy Ferriss.

cover image"When facing life's questions, who do you turn to for advice? We all need mentors, particularly when the odds seem stacked against us. To find his own...author Tim Ferriss tracked down more than 100 eclectic experts to help him, and you, navigate life. Through short, action-packed profiles, he shares their secrets for success, happiness, meaning, and more."-- Provided by publisher.


Women & power : a manifesto / Mary Beard.

cover imageTwo essays connect the past with the present, tracing the history of misogyny to its ancient roots and examining the pitfalls of gender.




Poet in Spain / Federico GarcĂ­a Lorca ; new translations by Sarah Arvio.

cover imageThe fluid and mesmeric lines of these new translations by the award-winning poet Sarah Arvio bring us closer than ever to the talismanic perfection of the great García Lorca. Poet in Spain invokes the "wild, innate, local surrealism" of the Spanish voice, in moonlit poems of love and death set among poplars, rivers, low hills, and high sierras. Arvio's ample and rhythmically rich offering includes, among other essential works, the folkloric yet modernist Gypsy Ballads, the plaintive flamenco Poem of the Cante Jondo, and the turbulent and beautiful Dark Love Sonnets—addressed to Lorca's homosexual lover—which Lorca was revising at the time of his brutal political murder by Fascist forces in the early days of the Spanish Civil War. Here, too, are several lyrics translated into English for the first time and the play Blood Wedding—also a great tragic poem. Arvio has created a fresh voice for Lorca in English, full of urgency, pathos, and lyricism—showing the poet's work has grown only more beautiful with the passage of time.


Fire and fury : inside the Trump White House / Michael Wolff.

cover image"The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous--and absolutely mesmerizing. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself. In this explosive book, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office." -- Provided by publisher.


iPhone for dummies / by Edward C. Baig, USA Today Personal Tech columnist and Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle "Dr. Mac" columnist.

cover imageiPhone For Dummies is the ultimate user-friendly guide to the iPhone! Whether you're new to the iPhone or just want to get more out of it, this book will show you the essentials you need to know to take full advantage of the major features. Dive into Utilities to customize your iPhone for the way you use it, and learn new ways to use familiar apps and tools. Whether your phone is new, old, or somewhere in between, this book has you covered; friendly, easy-to-read instructions cover the iPhone's newest features as well as the classic functions that have been there from the beginning. You'll learn how to solve common problems, save on data usage by connecting to WiFi, and keep your information safe using the iPhone's various security features. Quickly and easily migrate your information from another phone, and learn how to organize your contacts, photos, music, apps, and more. Learn just what your iPhone can do for you, and use each and every feature to the fullest! You already know the iPhone is an amazing, versatile device--that's why you have one. Now this handy, easy-to-follow guide will help you discover and use all its magical powers. First, you'll get a handle on the basics: the controls, screens, settings, and more. You'll learn to get stuff to and from your phone, make friends with Siri, and manage calls, email, and text. You'll unlock all the newest features, master multimedia, cruise the Internet, find yourself with Maps, track news and weather, and so much more!


Easy algebra step-by-step : master high-frequency concepts and skills for algebra proficiency, fast! / Sandra Luna McCune, PhD, William D. Clark, PhD.

cover imageThe fastest way to learn algebra is to build a solid foundation in the basics. Inside this book you won’t find a lot of endless drills. Instead, you get an original, step-by-step approach to learning algebra. In your first steps, you are introduced to essential concepts—allowing you to grasp the subject almost immediately. You will gradually progress to more challenging skills. Along the way, the authors show you how to solve practical problems using clear, step-by-step instructions. Exercises for each section, with detailed, worked-out solutions, will let you check your progress. In no time at all, you will have acquired the knowledge and skills you need to solve algebraic problems with confidence. --Publisher



7 lessons from heaven : how dying taught me to live a joy-filled life / Mary C. Neal, M.D.

cover imageMary Neal takes readers deeper into her experience, which includes encounters with angels, a journey to a "city of light," and what it was like to meet Jesus face-to-face. Even more, Neal shares how she came back with clarity that the God we hope for - the one who knows us, loves each of us as though we are the only one, and wants us to experience joy in our daily life - is worthy of our absolute trust. She offers practical insights and inspiration for how each of us can experience this God every day and begin living joyfully - without regret, worry, anxiety, or fear.


Barking up the wrong tree : the surprising science behind why everything you know about success is (mostly) wrong / Eric Barker.

cover imageDiscusses the components of success and how to achieve it, discussing such topics as work-life balance, grit, cooperation, confidence, and personality weaknesses.


Before the change : taking charge of your perimenopause / Ann Louise Gittleman.

cover imageOffers a gentle, proven, incremental program for understanding your body's changes and controlling your symptoms during perimenopause--the period of about ten years leading up to menopause--to help you feel great through this vital phase of life.


Boundaries : when to say yes, how to say no to take control of your life / Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend.

cover imageIf you've ever wondered: Can I set limits and still be a loving person? How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money? Why do I feel guilty when I consider setting boundaries? Unpacking the 10 laws of boundaries, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend give you biblically based answers to these and other tough questions, and show you how to set healthy boundaries with your spouse, children, friends, coworkers, and even with yourself.


Start the fire : how I began a food revolution in America / Jeremiah Tower.

cover image"Widely recognized as the godfather of modern American cooking, Jeremiah Tower is one of the most influential cooks of the last forty years. In 2004, he rocked the culinary world with a tell-all story of his lifelong love affair with food, and the restaurants and people along the way. In this newly revised edition of his memoir, retitled Start the Fire, Tower shares with wit and honesty his insights into cooking, chefs, celebrities, and what really goes on in the kitchen. Above all, Tower rhapsodizes about food--the meals choreographed like great ballets, the menus scored like concertos. No other book reveals more about the seeds sown in the seventies, the excesses of the eighties, and the self-congratulations of the nineties. With a new introduction by the author, Start the Fire is an essential account of the most important years in the history of American cooking, from one of its singular personalities."--Amazon description.


The vaccine-friendly plan : Dr. Paul's safe and effective approach to immunity and health-from pregnancy through your child's teen years / Paul Thomas, M.D. and Jennifer Margulis, Ph. D.

cover image"The new standard for pediatric care from one of today's most trusted pediatricians Paul Thomas, M.D., is a vaccine-friendly doctor: knowledgeable about both the latest scientific research and the community's disease exposure, and respectful of a family's risk factors, health history, and concerns. In The Vaccine-Friendly Plan, he presents his proven approach to building immunity, a new protocol that limits a child's exposure to aluminum, mercury, and other neurotoxins while building overall good health. Based on the results from his pediatric practice of more than eleven thousand children, as well as data from other credible and scientifically minded medical doctors, Dr. Paul's vaccine-friendly protocol gives readers recommendations for a healthy pregnancy and childbirth vital information about what to expect at every well child visit from birth through adolescence a slower, evidence-based vaccine schedule that calls for only one aluminum-containing shot at a time important questions to ask about your child's first few weeks, first years, and beyond advice about how to talk to health care providers when you have concerns the risks associated with opting out of vaccinations a practical approach to common illnesses throughout the school years simple tips and tricks for healthy eating and toxin-free living at any age Accessible and reassuring, The Vaccine-Friendly Plan presents a new standard for pediatric care, giving parents peace of mind in raising happy, healthy children"-- Provided by publisher.


Weight Watchers new complete cookbook.

cover imageWeight WatchersÂź knows the secrets for pairing good nutrition with great taste. From hearty breakfasts to flavorful dinners, discover new recipes that rely on lean meats, whole grains, and fresh produce. Try new favorites like Cremini Mushrooms with Quinoa and Thyme or Swiss Chard au Gratin, or family standbys like Buttermilk-Blueberry Corn Muffins and Sicilian Sausage-Stuffed Pizza. Reflecting the current trends in food, this edition boasts new chapters on Appetizers and Beverages, featuring a no-cook cocktail party; Small Plates, for creating tapas for light meals; Meals from the Grill, complete with grilling information; 20-Minute Main Dishes, including shopping and streamlining advice; plus numerous tips and techniques. With more than 60 color photos, this is the book to help make everyone healthier and happier. Includes new SmartPoints values, information on SmartPoints, and updated recipes.-- Source other than Library of Congress.


The complete guide to wiring : current with 2017-2020 electrical codes.

cover imageFor more than ten years, BLACK+DECKER The Complete Guide to Wiring has been the bestselling home wiring manual in North America. Now with more than two million copies in print, this is the home reference book more DIYers choose than any other for many reasons. As the most current wiring book on the market, you can be confident that your projects will meet national writing codes. You'll also spend more time on your project and less time scratching your head thanks to more than 800 clear color photos and over 40 diagrams that show you exactly what you need to know about home electrical service; all the most common circuits, all the most-needed techniques, all the most essential tools and materials. The information in this book has been created and reviewed by professional electricians under the watchful eye of the experts at BLACK+DECKER. You can find plenty of articles and videos about wiring online or in other publications, but only The Complete Guide to Wiring has passed the rigorous test to make it part of The Best DIY Series from the Brand You Trust.--Provided by Publisher.



The financial diet : a total beginner's guide to getting good with money / Chelsea Fagan ; designed by Lauren Ver Hage ; illustrations by Eve Mobley.

cover image"The Financial Diet is the personal finance book for people who don't care about personal finance. Whether you're in need of an overspending detox, buried under student debt, or just trying to figure out how to live on an entry-level salary, The Financial Diet gives you tools to make a budget, understand investments, and deal with your credit." -- Book jacket.


Pinball wizards : jackpots, drains, and the cult of the silver ball / Adam Ruben.

cover imagePinball is more to humor writer Adam Ruben than a fascinating book topic—it’s a lifelong obsession. Ruben played competitive pinball for years, rising as high as the 80th-ranked player in the world. Then he had children. Now, mired in 9,938th place—darn kids—Ruben tries to stage a comeback, visiting pinball museums, gaming conventions, pinball machine designers, and even pinball factories in his attempt to discover what makes the world’s best players, the real wizards, so good. Along the way, Ruben examines the bigger story of pinball's invention, ascent, near defeat, resurgence, near defeat again, and struggle to find its niche in modern society.


Moving forward in mid-career : a guide to rebuilding your career after being fired or laid off / John Henry Weiss.

cover imageBy addressing the many aspects of job loss and job search, Moving Forward provides solutions for dealing with the challenges encountered at each stage of the rebuilding process, from the initial shock and humiliation to the difficult but rewarding task of rebuilding persona and seeking new employment opportunities.


Grow wherever you work : straight talk to help with your toughest challenges / Joanna Barsh.

cover image"Powerful, unvarnished advice for growing through the work challenges all aspiring leaders face The business world is full of catchphrases: follow your passion; think positive; be authentic; suck it up; take risks; network. All well-intentioned, but let's be honest. This inch-deep advice just isn't very helpful. How do real people succeed in the real world of work? That's the question bestselling author Joanna Barsh sets out to answer -- not by asking motivational gurus or well-established CEOs but by diving into the trenches with today's boldest, brightest, up-and-coming leaders. Distilling the stories of important work challenges from more than 200 rising leaders in 120 companies, this hands-on guide helps you grow through the challenges you face -- not despite them. You'll learn how to: Handle rising pressure and recover from colossal mistakes. Bounce back from poor performance reviews and use them to up your game. Get people on board with you and your mission. Deal with office villains like a superhero. Take uncomfortable risks and dare to challenge. Grow when everything is falling apart around you. Know when it's time to find another position Packed with raw experiences and on-the-job coping strategies from a rich diversity of voices -- immigrants and first-generation Americans; blacks, Hispanics, and Asians; Ivy League alums and high school grads; and parents, some of whom are single -- from all industries, this book offers the kind of nuts-and-bolts, real-world insights you won't find anywhere else. Using these proven strategies, you can accelerate your growth with every new challenge. Best of all, you'll be able to take the lead in your own career and build a future that works for you. This is how ordinary people turn challenges into extraordinary opportunities for action -- and how you can Grow Wherever You Work"-- Provided by publisher.


The Abu Dhabi bar mitzvah : fear and love in the modern Middle East / Adam Valen Levinson.

cover imageChronically questioning, funny, and bold, a young American writer explores the majority-Muslim lands that scare him most. Armed only with college Arabic and restless curiosity, Adam Valen Levinson set out to "learn about the world 9/11 made us fear." From a base in globalized and sterilized Abu Dhabi, he sets out to lunch in Taliban territory in Afghanistan, travels under the watchful eye of Aleppo's secret police, risks shipwreck en route to Somalia, investigates Yazidi beliefs in a sacred cave, cliff-dives in Oman, celebrates New Year's Eve in Tahrir Square, and, at every turn, discovers a place that matches not at all with its reputation. While politicians and media eagerly stoke the flames of Islamophobia, Valen Levinson crosses borders with abundant humor and humanity. Seeking common ground everywhere, he finds that people who pray differently often laugh the same. And as a young man bar mitzvahed at twenty-one (instead of the usual thirteen), he slowly learns how childish it is to live by decisions and distinctions born of fear.


The art and science of hand reading : classical methods for self-discovery through palmistry / Ellen Goldberg and Dorian Bergen.

cover image"A comprehensive guide to the inner psychology revealed by the hand"-- Provided by publisher.


Don't save anything : uncollected essays, articles, and profiles / James Salter ; with a preface by Kay Eldredge Salter.

cover image"This collection gathers Salter's thoughts on writing and profiles of important writers, observations of the changing American military life, evocations of Aspen winters, musings on mountain climbing and skiing, and tales of travels to Europe that first appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, People, Condé Nast Traveler, the Aspen Times, among other publications."--Jacket flap.


Black Tudors : the untold story / Miranda Kaufmann.

cover imageFrom long forgotten records, Kaufmann has unearthed the remarkable stories of Africans who lived free in Tudor England. They were present at some of the defining moments of the Tudor age. They were christened, married and buried by the Church. And their stories have remained untold. Kaufmann challenges preconceptions of sixteenth century attitudes toward race and slavery, and transforms how we see this period of history.



Magic add-a-strip quilts : transform simple shapes into dynamic designs / Barbara H. Cline.

cover imageGive simple quilt blocks a touch of magic - the add-a-strip way! Start with simple squares, triangles, and diamonds, then slice and insert a 1" strip of contrasting fabric to create dozens of new designs! Quilters of all skill levels can piece complex-looking patterns that are easy to sew. Each of Barbara Cline's 10 quilt patterns comes with variations to inspire your color choices, plus great ideas for sashing, resizing blocks, and adding your personal touch.


The gentle art of Swedish death cleaning : how to free yourself and your family from a lifetime of clutter / text and drawings by Margareta Magnusson.

cover imageIn Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstÀdning, dö meaning "death" and stÀdning meaning "cleaning." Margareta instructs readers to embrace minimalism, and suggests which possessions you can easily get rid of (unworn clothes, unwanted presents, more plates than you'd ever use) and which you might want to keep (photographs, love letters, a few of your children's art projects). Digging into her late husband's tool shed, and her own secret drawer of vices, Margareta introduces an element of fun to a potentially daunting task. Along the way readers get a glimpse into her life in Sweden, and also become more comfortable with the idea of letting go.-- Adapted from back cover.


The winter table : fireside feasts for family and friends / Lisa Lemke.

cover image"Come in from the cold and celebrate with family and friends! Lisa Lemke's cookbook presents the comforting delights of hearty wintertime meals. There's nothing better than coming home on a wintry evening to the welcoming aroma of a bubbling stew or comforting soup. Lisa Lemke, author of The Summer Table, now changes seasons and brings her prodigious gifts to more than 75 recipes that showcase wintertime ingredients. Her soul-satisfying dishes range from a savory rye risotto with oyster mushrooms browned in butter to mouthwatering roasts and casseroles to blazingly hot chili, and even good old mac 'n' cheese. To-die-for desserts include an apple toffee, an almond crumble, a fragrant pear pie, and sublime tiramisu. These sensational recipes will assure that everyone you love is warm, happy, and well fed."--Amazon.com.


Clean protein : the revolution that will reshape your body, boost your energy--and save our planet / Kathy Freston and Bruce Friedrich.

cover imageFood and wellness experts Kathy Freston and Bruce Friedrich have spent years researching the future of protein. They've talked to the food pioneers and the nutrition scientists, and now they've distilled what they've learned into a strength-building plan poised to reshape your body and change your world. Complete with delicious recipes and a detailed guide to food planning, Clean Protein explains everything you need to know in order to get lean, gain energy, and stay mentally sharp. You'll finally understand in simple terms why protein is essential, how much you should get, and where to find the best sources of it.


The body heals itself : how deeper awareness of your muscles and their emotional connection can help you heal / Emily A. Francis.

cover imageYou know a lot about the emotions in your mind and heart, but you probably don’t know much about the emotions in your muscle body. The muscles are storehouses of emotion, and pain in those muscles is how your body reveals what needs to be healed―both emotionally and physically. Organized by muscle groups, The Body Heals Itself is your ideal guide to understanding the link between your emotions and muscle bodies.


The education of a young poet / David Biespiel.

cover imageThe Education of a Young Poet is David Biespiel's moving account of his awakening to writing and the language that can shape a life. Exploring the original source of his creative impulse--a great-grandfather who traveled alone from Ukraine to America in 1910, eventually settling as a rag peddler in the tiny town of Elma, Iowa--through the generations that followed, Biespiel tracks his childhood in Texas and his university days in the northeast, led along by the "pattern and random bursts that make up a life."


Silent witness : the Civil War through photography and its photographers / Ron Field.

cover imageDisplaying many rare images unearthed by the author, an acclaimed Civil War historian, this beautiful volume explores how the camera bore witness to the dramatic events of the Civil War. It reveals not only how the first photographers plied their trade, but also how photography helped shape the outcome of the war and how it was reported to anxious families across the North and South.


The meaning of birds / Simon Barnes.

cover imageBarnes offers a passionate and informative celebration of birds and their ability to help us understand the world we live in. As well as exploring how birds achieve the miracle of flight; why birds sing; what they tell us about the seasons of the year and what their presence tells us about the places they inhabit, he muses on the uses of feathers, the drama of raptors, the slaughter of pheasants, the infidelities of geese, and the strangeness of feeling sentimental about blue tits while enjoying a chicken sandwich.


Romance

Blue Ridge sunrise / Denise Hunter.

cover image"Former free spirit Zoe Collins swore she'd never again set foot in Copper Creek or speak to the man who broke her heart. But return she must when her beloved Granny dies, leaving the family legacy to Zoe--a peach orchard nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains"-- Provided by publisher.


Firefly Cove / Davis Bunn.

cover imageSince the age of seven, Lucius Quarterfield has known he is dying. But now, at twenty-eight, his time is finally running out. So he's returning to the one place he ever felt happy, near the only woman he ever truly wanted. He's going to make each moment count because he knows that everything is about to change ... he just can't know exactly how.-- Adapted from book jacket.


Misadventures of the first daughter / by Meredith Wild & Mia Michelle.

cover imageCharlotte Daley is the daughter of the newly elected POTUS. An only child, she's both spoiled rotten and entirely neglected by her powerful family. She's been forced to eat with the right forks, smile at all the right times, and be the picture of perfection for months. Now that her father is in office and too busy to know she exists, she's determined to exercise her new freedom before she heads back to college in New York. Zane Parker has one job--to protect the President's daughter, all day, every day. But she's been on a partying spree since the inauguration, heading down a dangerous path that threatens to ruin her reputation and cause a major scandal for her father. Zane will lose his job if he can't get her under control. Except he wants to sleep with her as badly as he wants to set her straight. She needs discipline. And he might be just the one to give it to her. When unexpected circumstances tie Charlotte to D.C. for the foreseeable future, Zane makes her an offer that's anything but honorable. He'll give the first daughter all the thrills she's seeking in exchange for one thing... Her obedience. Fascinated by Zane's dark promises, Charlotte agrees. Submission has never felt so good. But as Zane brings her deeper into his forbidden desires, enemies surface and danger lurks...


A courtship on Huckleberry Hill / Jennifer Beckstrand.

cover image"There's nothing Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin's irrepressible eighty-somethings Anna and Felty Helmuth like better than a challenge. And the chance to matchmake their feisty granddaughter is their most delightful task yet... Elsie Helmuth's plain-spoken ways got her in trouble once before, so she needs to make a good impression at her new teaching job in Huckleberry Hill. But she's not about to let disabled student Wally Sensenig work below his potential. And she definitely won't put up with his hot-headed older brother sabotaging her efforts, no matter how handsome he is... Sam is nearly at the end of his rope caring for his ailing, widowed mother, working their farm, and raising his siblings. He'll admit Elsie's ideas are bringing Wally out of his angry shell - but why does she have to be as stubborn as she is pretty? Yet as it turns out, Elsie has taught Sam something about himself as well. And he'll do whatever it takes to make up for his mistakes - and win her heart forever." -- Back cover.


Out of the ordinary / Jen Turano.

cover imageMiss Gertrude Cadwalader hoped her position as the paid companion to Mrs. Davenport would be easy. But as she becomes acquainted with her employer, she realizes the wealthy Mrs. Davenport has a strange tendency to be a bit light-fingered with other people's trinkets. Gertrude is relieved when Mrs. Davenport decides to have a quiet summer away from the social scene--until the woman changes her mind in order to help a young socialite launch into society. When Gertrude is caught in the act of trying to return one of the trinkets by Mrs. Sinclair, the mother of shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair, the woman jumps to an unfortunate conclusion. Harrison is determined to mend fences with Miss Cadwalader, but he's unprepared for the escapades a friendship with her will entail. -- Amazon.com


Left to chance : a novel / Amy Sue Nathan.

cover imageTeddi Lerner left her hometown years ago, but Shayna persuaded "Aunt Tee" to return to Chance, Ohio, to photograph her father's wedding. Even though it's been six years since Shay's mother, Celia, died, Teddi can hardly bear the thought of her best friend's husband marrying someone else. As Teddi looks through her viewfinder, nothing in her small town looks the same. That's when she truly sees the hurt she's caused. And-- maybe-- how to fix it.


A crazy kind of love / Mary Ann Marlowe.

cover image"Celebrities hold zero interest for photographer Jo Wilder. That's a problem, since snapping pics of the stars is how the pretty paparazza pays the rent. So when Jo attempts to catch a money shot atop the broad shoulders of a helpful bystander, the only thing she notices about the stranger she straddles is that he's seriously hot. Only later does Jo learn that he's also Micah Sinclair--one of rock's notorious bad boys... Soon Jo is on the verge of getting fired for missing a Micah Sinclair exclusive. Until she's suddenly being pursued by the heartthrob himself. But how can she be sure the musician's mind-blowing kisses are the real deal? Her colleagues claim he's a media whore, gambling on some free PR. But something has Jo hoping Micah's feeling the same powerful pull that she does. A pull so strong, she can't resist becoming his latest love, even if it means she might become the media's latest victim . . ."--Amazon.com.


The dreamer's song / Lynn Kurland.

cover image"Acair of Ceangail, still dodging his reputation as notorious black mage, has undertaken the ultimate quest: ridding the world of a mysterious, terrible dark magic while using no magic of his own. But he never bargained for three maddening complications: attempting to safeguard his beautiful but horse-obsessed companion, Liersinn; trying not to slay a profoundly irritating prince of Neroche; and slipping in and out of places he knows will spell his doom if he's caught. Liersinn of Siichte simply wants to do what needs to be done--find the makers of various spells and rescue her grandfather. But walking side-by-side with Acair brings a terrible revelation about the magic she needs, and what its price will exact from her soul. Together, Acair and Liersinn face danger they never could have imagined, culminating in choices that will alter them and the history of the Nine Kingdoms forever"-- Provided by publisher.


The days when birds come back / Deborah Reed.

cover image"An emotionally searing novel of second chances from an author whose "gorgeous and wise prose" (Cheryl Strayed) will stay with you long after you're done....June is undoubtedly in transition. Reeling from her divorce, trying to stay sober, and faced with a completely stalled career, she's recently returned to the beautiful Oregon coast where she grew up. She must decide what to do with her late and much-loved grandparents' charming cedar-shingled home, a place haunted by memories of her childhood...June hires Jameson to renovate the old house to sell. He too is unmoored as he struggles to redefine his marriage in the aftermath of tragic loss. Over the course of the summer, their conversations about the house quickly turn to the personal--of secrets hidden in walls and of stories from the past half-told. June and Jamison repel and attract, sensing kinship and shying away from hurt. But what can the future hold as long as the past's grip remains so firm?...Brimming with empathy, The Days When Birds Come Back, like the house itself, is a graceful testament to endurance, rebuilding, and the possibilities of coming home"-- Provided by publisher.


Now that you mention it / Kristan Higgins.

cover image"The Tufts scholarship that put Nora Stuart on the path to becoming a Boston medical specialist was a step forward. Being hit by a car and then overhearing her boyfriend hit on another doctor when she thought she was dying? Two major steps back. Injured in more ways than one, Nora feels her carefully built life cracking at the edges. There's only one place to land: home. But the tiny Maine community she left fifteen years ago doesn't necessarily want her. At every turn, someone holds the prodigal daughter of Scupper Island responsible for small-town drama and big-time disappointments. With a tough islander mother who's always been distant and a wild-child sister in jail, unable to raise her daughter--a withdrawn teen as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was--Nora has her work cut out for her if she's going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family. But as some relationships crumble around her, others unexpectedly strengthen. Balancing loss and opportunity, a dark event from her past with hope for the future, Nora will discover that tackling old pain makes room for promise, and the chance to begin again."--Publisher's description.


Mrs. Miracle.

cover imageWith Christmas approaching and wild twin boys to raise alone, Seth Webster needs a miracle. His home is in chaos, the latest in a long line of exasperated housekeepers quitting in disgust, and he needs help keeping his family together. And then it arrives on his doorstep. Her name is Mrs. Merkle, but the kids call her "Mrs. Miracle" and from the moment the warm, knowing, and very patient nanny appears, everything is different.


Every dog has his day / Jenn McKinlay.

cover imageA stray kitten and a rambunctious poodle bring together a small-town bachelor and a single mother in the latest romance set in Bluff Point, Maine.


The wake up : a novel / Catherine Ryan Hyde.

cover imageRecovering a long-suppressed ability to feel the emotions of others, a 40-year-old cattle rancher falls in love with a single mother whose son is struggling with trauma from experiences with an abusive father.


Weaving the strands / Barbara Hinske.

cover image"Maggie Martin's plans to start a serene new life have been derailed. As the beleaguered mayor of Westbury, she's at the epicenter of the town's worsening financial crisis. The looming foreclosure of its senior center followed by a suspicious death have fueled a barrage of public criticism all pointed her way. And she may have unwittingly invited a traitor into her inner circle. Throw in a lovelorn daughter, an attic full of surprises--at least one of which is most unwelcome, too many guests for Thanksgiving dinner, and an uncertain relationship with her favorite veterinarian, and Maggie has her hands full."--Amazon.com.


The afterlives : a novel / Thomas Pierce.

cover image""Ridiculously good" (The New York Times) authorThomas Pierce's debut novel is a funny, poignant love story that answers the question: What happens after we die? (Lots of stuff, it turns out). Jim Byrd died. Technically. For a few minutes. The diagnosis: heart attack at age thirty. Revived with no memory of any tunnels, lights, or angels, Jim wonders what--if anything--awaits us on the other side. Then a ghost shows up. Maybe. Jim and his new wife, Annie, find themselves tangling with holograms, psychics, messages from the beyond, and a machine that connects the living and the dead. As Jim and Annie journey through history and fumble through faith, they confront the specter of loss that looms for anyone who dares to fall in love. Funny, fiercely original, and gracefully moving, The Afterliveswill haunt you. In a good way"-- Provided by publisher.


Blood fury : Black Dagger legacy / J.R. Ward.

cover image"Brothers at the Black Dagger Brotherhood training center push recruits to the limit to become faster and stronger than ever before as they continue preparing for the fight against the lessening society. Novo, a resilient survivor and a bit rough around the edges, has overcome a great deal, including her intense attraction to suave, aristocratic Peyton. The two fighters shared a passionate physical connection. But when Peyton finally comes to terms with and admits his true feelings for Novo she rejects him for a more stable male. Now they must train in close quarters and eventually confront the feelings they still undoubtedly harbor for one another"-- Provided by publisher.


The Paris secret / Karen Swan.

cover imageIn this glittering tale of forgotten treasures and long-held secrets, international bestseller Karen Swan explores one womans journey to discovering the truth behind an abandoned apartment and a family whose mysteries may be better left undiscovered.


Twice tempted by a rogue : a novel / Tessa Dare.

cover image"Luck is a double-edged sword for brooding war hero Rhys St. Maur. His death wish went unanswered on the battlefield, while fate allowed the murder of his good friend in the elite gentleman's society known as the Stud Club. Out of options, Rhys returns to his ancestral home on the moors of Devonshire, expecting anything but a chance at redemption in the arms of a beautiful innkeeper who dares him to take on the demons of his past--and the sweet temptation of a woman's love. Meredith Maddox believes in hard work, not fate, and romance isn't part of her plan. But when Rhys returns, battle-scarred, world-weary, and more dangerously attractive than ever, the lovely widow is torn between determination and desire. As a deep mystery and dangerous smugglers threaten much more than their passionate reckoning, Meredith discovers that she must trust everything to a wager her heart placed long ago."--Page 4 of cover.


Three nights with a scoundrel : a novel / Tessa Dare.

cover image"The bastard son of a nobleman, Julian Bellamy is now polished to perfection, enthralling the ton with wit and charm while clandestinely plotting to ruin the lords, ravish the ladies, and have the last laugh on a society that once spurned him. But after meeting Leo Chatwick, a decent man and founder of an elite gentleman's club, and Lily, Leo's enchanting sister, Julian reconsiders his wild ways. And when Leo's tragic murder demands that Julian hunt for justice, he vows to see the woman he secretly loves married to a man of her own class. Lilly, however, has a very different husband in mind. She's loved Julian forever, adores the man beneath the rakish façade, and wants to savor the delicious attraction they share--as his wife. His insistence on marrying her off only reinforces her intent to prove that he is the only man for her."--Cover p.4.


The brightest embers / Jeaniene Frost.

cover imageTwo lovers search for a powerful relic in order to save humanity from evil and defy their dark fate.


Misadventures on the night shift / by Lauren Rowe.

cover imageHotel clerk Abby Medford has always enjoyed the quiet solitude of the night shift. The long, boring hours allow her time to study her law books. But when bad-boy-rocker Lucas Ford checks into the penthouse suite one night and demands Abby personally deliver his room service request, her formerly quiet nights are quickly filled with Lucas's erotic games. But as Abby soon learns, if she thinks she can indulge her innermost desires with Lucas without giving him her heart, she's dead wrong.


Darker / E L James.

cover imageAfter being rejected by Anastasia Steele, Christian Grey attempts to regain her trust while also dealing with the consequences of his past sexual relationships.


You're gonna love me / Robin Lee Hatcher.

cover image"Who knew fate could twist a tragedy into a second chance at love? Samantha Winters lives her life the way a good accountant should--measured, deliberate, and safe. After watching her father die in a tragic skiing accident, she decided never to allow risk into her life again. But she didn't count on falling for Nick Chastain, who embodies everything she doesn't want in her safely constructed world. Against Samantha's warnings, Nick plans a dangerous kayaking trip over spring break. Furious that he's so careless with his life, she ends their fledgling relationship with harsh words. Two years later, Samantha is desperately in need of a change. When she learns her grandmother has had an accident and is in need of a caretaker, Samantha quickly packs her bags and heads to Thunder Creek, Idaho. But nothing could prepare her for the surprise awaiting her in her grandmother's hospital room. Nick. With the charming backdrop of small-town friends, beloved cousins, and a whole church congregation rooting for them, can they set aside the disastrous ending of their first try at love? Has Nick changed enough to meet Samantha in the middle--and can she realize that a risk in love might be worth taking? Award-winning author Robin Lee Hatcher is back with another beautiful love story that gives two people a second chance at love after a tragic twist of fate"-- Provided by publisher.


A place at our table / Amy Clipston.

cover imageIn the midst of family heartaches, can two young Amish people move past their grief and trust that God's will includes finding happiness again?


The lacemaker / Laura Frantz.

cover imageLady Elizabeth "Liberty" Lawson, daughter of the British lieutenant governor of the Virginia Colony, seems to have her life in order. But colonial Williamsburg is a powder keg on the verge of exploding, and her fiance's cousin Noble Rynallt carries the flame of revolution in his heart. Will she stay true to her English roots, or side with Noble and the radical revolutionaries?


Seeds of hope / Barbara Cameron.

cover image"Miriam Troyer has had a secret crush on Mark Byler since she was a teenager, but she knows they can never have a relationship: Mark is a big-city attorney and an Englischer. Her Amish community is too far removed from all he knows--and she loves her quiet way of life. Mark has always loved his visits to his grandfather's farm, but he's convinced the Amish life isn't for him. There's so much of the world to see and experience, and the excitement of his successful law practice can't be matched by the slow pace of life found back home in the country. But when things go wrong and his firm distances itself from him to try to save themselves, Mark finds himself back at his grandfather's farm. Could life in this simple world be worth living after all? Especially when the teenager he remembers has grown into a woman that could be his future. Suddenly, these two people whose lives seem so far apart may get a chance to really see each other for the first time" -- page [4] of cover.


One dance with a Duke : a novel / Tessa Dare.

cover image"In One Dance with a Duke-- the first novel in Tessa Dare's delightful new trilogy-- secrets and scandals tempt the irresistible rogues of the Stud Club to gamble everything for love. A handsome and reclusive horse breeder, Spencer Dumarque, the fourth Duke of Morland, is a member of the exclusive Stud Club, an organization so select it has only ten members--yet membership is attainable to anyone with luck. And Spencer has plenty of it, along with an obsession with a prize horse, a dark secret, and, now, a reputation as the dashing 'Duke of Midnight.' Each evening he selects one lady for a breathtaking midnight waltz. But none of the women catch his interest, and nobody ever bests the duke--until Lady Amelia d'Orsay tries her luck. In a moment of desperation, the unconventional beauty claims the duke's dance and unwittingly steals his heart. When Amelia demands that Spencer forgive her scapegrace brother's debts, she never imagines that her game of wits and words will lead to breathless passion and a steamy proposal. Still, Spencer is a man of mystery, perhaps connected to the shocking murder of the Stud Club's founder. Will Amelia lose her heart in this reckless wager or win everlasting love?"--Publisher's web site.


Christmas with my cowboy / Diana Palmer, Lindsay McKenna, Margaret Way.

cover imageThe snow man: Meadow Dawson needs Santa to deliver a solution to her management of the Colorado ranch she's inherited. Cattleman Dal Blake just wants his pretty neighbor's dog to quit digging under his fence. This Christmas, the unexpected gift of love will surprise them both.


Christmas at Two Love Lane.

cover imageMacy Frost, co-owner of a matchmaking agency in Charleston, South Carolina, has a fling with one of her clients against her better judgment and gets an unexpected gift during the holidays.


If ever I should love you / Cathy Maxwell.

cover imageOne of three heiress debutantes who have been on the marriage market longer than ideal finally meets her match in a penniless earl who would win her love in spite of her resolve to have a marriage in name only.


A distant heart / Sonali Dev.

cover imageHer name means "miracle" in Sanskrit: Kimaya was the first baby to survive after several miscarriages, and grew up in a mansion at the top of Mumbai's Pali Hill, surrounded by love and privilege. But at eleven years old, she develops a rare illness that requires her to be confined to a germ-free ivory tower in her home. Rahul Savant shows up to wash Kimi's windows, and as years pass he becomes her eyes to the outside world, and she becomes his inspiration to better himself. When a life-saving heart transplant offers the chance of a real future, Kimi anticipates a new life, and Rahul investigates a black market organ ring that cuts too close to home.


Christmas in Icicle Falls / Sheila Roberts.

cover imageIn this final installment in her treasured Icicle Falls series, three women resolve to see the beauty in some of the more difficult people and things in their lives, especially during this Christmas season.


The gift / Shelley Shepard Gray.

cover imageThe Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous "accidents" that someone wants them gone. Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it's not the Schwartz family's fault, but he can't help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can't stop thinking about her pretty green eyes. Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna's father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She's fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt--or worse.


Wyoming winter / Diana Palmer.

cover imageCultivating his vast Wyoming ranch is all security expert J. C. Calhoun wants. His land is the only thing the betrayed rancher can trust in after discovering his fiancee was pregnant by another man. But all J.C. holds dear becomes compromised when a lost little girl leads him to Colie Jackson, the woman who destroyed his life. Colie stops at nothing to protect the people she loves. Years ago she left J.C. for his own good. Now, for the sake of her daughter, she must depend on a hard-hearted man who won't forgive her. As a band of ruthless criminals tracks their every move through the frozen Wyoming winter, Colie and J.C. will be forced to confront the lies that separated them--and the startling truth that will bind them forever...


His perfect partner / Priscilla Oliveras.

cover image"Ad executive Tomas Garcia shouldn't even be thinking about his daughter's alluring dance teacher, Yazmine Fernandez. Burned by a shattering divorce, he's laser-focused on his career and giving his young daughter, Maria, the secure home she deserves. Plus, he's certain that with her talent, Yaz will be leaving Chicago and heading back to Broadway as soon as she can. But Yaz's generous spirit and caring concern are sparking a desire Tomas can't resist and doesn't want to let go . . . For Yaz, good-looking workaholics like Tomas simply can't be part of her life ever again. She owes it to herself to get back her confidence and fulfill the dreams her papa could not. She's glad to spend time with Maria and taste the family life she feels she can never have. And she's sure that she and Tomas can keep their attraction under control because there's so much at stake. But each unexpected intimacy, each self-revelation, makes the fire between them grow hotter with every step and every risk to their hearts . . ."--Publisher's description.


A Duke in shining armor / Loretta Chase.

cover imageNot all dukes are created equal. Most are upstanding members of Society. And then there's the trio known as Their Dis-Graces. Hugh Philemon Ancaster, seventh Duke of Ripley, will never win prizes for virtue. But even he draws the line at running off with his best friend's bride. All he's trying to do is recapture the slightly inebriated Lady Olympia Hightower and return her to her intended bridegroom. For reasons that elude her, bookish, bespectacled Olympia is supposed to marry a gorgeous rake of a duke. The town is flabbergasted. Her family's ecstatic. And Olympia? She's climbing out of a window, bent on a getaway. But tall, dark, and exasperating Ripley is hot on her trail, determined to bring her back to his friend. For once, the world-famous hellion is trying to do the honorable thing. So why does Olympia have to make it so deliciously difficult for him . . . ?


A daring arrangement / Joanna Shupe.

cover imageDuring the Gilded Age in New York City, an English beauty with a wicked scheme gets foiled by the American scoundrel who's supposed to be helping her.


The ladies of Ivy Cottage / Julie Klassen.

cover image"Return to Ivy Hill in The Ladies of Ivy Cottage as friendships deepen, romances blossom, and mysteries unfold. Living with the two Miss Groves in Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood . . . somehow. When the village women encourage her to open a subscription library with the many books she has inherited or acquired through donations, Rachel discovers two mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but will both find more than they bargained for? Rachel's friend and hostess, Mercy Grove, has given up thoughts of suitors and fills her days managing her girls' school. So when several men take an interest in Ivy Cottage, she assumes pretty Miss Ashford is the cause. Exactly what--or who--has captured each man's attention? The truth may surprise them all. Meanwhile, life has improved at the coaching inn and Jane Bell is ready to put grief behind her. Now if only the man she misses would return--but where is he? As the women of Ivy Hill search for answers about the past and hope for the future, might they find love along the way?"--Amazon.com.


A good day to marry a duke / Betina Krahn.

cover imageUnconventional American heiress Daisy Bumgarten, who has come to England to marry a duke, sets her sights on bookish Arthur Graham, but is distracted by his disreputable, impoverished younger brother Ashton.


Someone to wed : a Westcott novel / Mary Balogh.

cover imageA very practical marriage makes Alexander Westcott question his heart in the latest Regency romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Someone to Hold. When Alexander Westcott becomes the new Earl of Riverdale, he inherits a title he never wanted and a failing country estate he can't afford. But he fully intends to do everything in his power to undo years of neglect and give the people who depend on him a better life... A recluse for more than twenty years, Wren Heyden wants one thing out of life: marriage. With her vast fortune, she sets her sights on buying a husband. But when she makes the desperate - and oh-so-dashing-earl - a startlingly unexpected proposal, Alex will only agree to a proper courtship, hoping for at least friendship and respect to develop between them. He is totally unprepared for the desire that overwhelms him when Wren finally lifts the veils that hide the secrets of her past...


Mrs. Osmond : a novel / John Banville.

cover image"From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea and The Blue Guitar--a dazzling new novel that extends the story of Isabel Archer, the heroine of Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady, into unexpected (and completely stand-alone) territory. Isabel Archer is a young American woman, swept off to Europe in the late nineteenth century by an aunt who hopes to round out the impetuous but naive girl's experience of the world. When Isabel comes into a large, unexpected inheritance, she is finagled into a marriage with the charming, penniless, and--as Isabel finds out too late--cruel and deceitful Gilbert Osmond, whose connection to a certain Madame Merle is suspiciously intimate. On a trip to England to visit her cousin Ralph Touchett on his deathbed, Isabel is offered a chance to free herself from the marriage, but nonetheless chooses to return to Italy. Banville follows James's story line to this point, but Mrs. Osmond is thoroughly Banville's own: the narrative inventiveness; the lyrical precision and surprise of his language; the layers of emotional and psychological intensity; the subtle, dark humor. And when Isabel arrives in Italy--along with someone else!--the novel takes off in directions that James himself would be thrilled to follow"-- Provided by publisher.


Wrong to need you / Alisha Rai.

cover image"Accused of a crime he didn't commit, Jackson Kane fled his home, his name, and his family. Ten years later, he's come back to town: older, wiser, richer, tougher -- and still helpless to turn away the one woman he could never stop loving, even after she married his brother. Sadia Ahmed can't deal with the feelings her mysterious former brother-in-law stirs, but she also can't turn down his offer of help with the cafe she's inherited. While he heats up her kitchen, she slowly discovers that the boy she adored has grown into a man she's simply unable to resist. An affair is unthinkable, but their desire is undeniable. As secrets and lies are stripped away, Sadia and Jackson must decide if they're strong enough to face the past...and step into a future together."--Page [4] of cover.


The music shop : a novel / Rachel Joyce.

cover image"It's 1988. The CD has arrived. Sales of the shiny new disks are soaring on high streets in cities across the country. Meanwhile, down a dead-end street, Frank's music shop stands small and brightly lit, jam-packed with records of every kind. It attracts the lonely, the sleepless, the adrift. There is room for everyone. Frank has a gift for finding his customers the music they need. Into this shop arrives Ilse Brauchmann - practical, brave, well-heeled. Frank falls for this curious woman who always dresses in green. But Ilse's reasons for visiting the shop are not what they seem. Frank's passion for Ilse seems as misguided as his determination to save vinyl. How can a man so in tune with other people's needs be so incapable of helping himself? And what will it take to show he loves her? The Music Shop is a story about good, ordinary people who take on forces too big for them. It's about falling in love and how hard it can be. And it's about music - how it can bring us together when we are divided and save us when all seems lost"-- Provided by publisher.


Have you met Nora? / Nicole Blades.

cover image"She's blossomed from a wealthy surgeon's beautiful daughter to elegant socialite to being the top fashion stylist in the country. And Nora Mackenzie is only days away from marrying into one of New York's richest, most powerful families. But her fairy tale rise is rooted in an incredible deception. What no one knows is that Nora is the biracial daughter of a Caribbean woman and a long-gone white father. Adopted--and abused--by her mother's employer, then sent to an exclusive boarding school to buy her silence, Nora found that "passing" as a white woman could give her everything she never had. Now, an ex-classmate who Nora betrayed many years ago has returned to her life to even the score. Her machinations are turning Nora's privilege into one gilded trap after another. Running out of choices, Nora must decide how far she will go to protect a lie or give up and finally face the truth."--Page [4] of cover.


No other Duke will do / Grace Burrowes.

cover imageIn desperate need of a wealthy bride so he can save his family's estate, the Duke of Haverford is instead drawn to marriage-averse Miss Elizabeth Windham, an intelligent beauty whom he connects with until gossip, meddling siblings and financial disaster threaten to derail their love.


Cowboy, it's cold outside / Lori Wilde.

cover imageEveryone in town knows that Christmas in Twilight has a way of brining lovers together...but will its magic bring this pair from "I won't" to "I do?"


Laws of attraction / Sarah Title.

cover imageAfter an out-of-character one-night stand with a stranger, law librarian Becky Schrader is stunned when he turns out to be the new hire at her law firm, and wonders if he could possibly be Mr. Right.


Refuge Cove / Janet Dailey.

cover imageA bride on the run from her would-be husband becomes stranded in the Alaska wilderness before accepting help from a rugged bush pilot who would reconnect with his estranged son. By the best-selling author of Texas True.--Amazon.com


Christmas at Carnton / Tamera Alexander.

cover imageRecently widowed Aletta Prescott is struggling to hold herself together. A chance meeting with a wounded solider during America's Civil War changes her life forever.


The beautiful ones / Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

cover imageAntonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society in hopes of landing a suitable husband. But Antonina is telekinetic, and strange events in her past have made her the subject of malicious gossip and hardly a sought-after bride. Now, under the tutelage of her cousin's wife, she is finally ready to shed the past and learn the proper ways of society. Antonina, who prefers her family's country home to the glamorous ballrooms of the wealthy, finds it increasingly difficult to conform to society's ideals for women, especially when she falls under the spell of the dazzling telekinetic performer Hector Auvray. As their romance blossoms, and he teaches her how to hone and control her telekinetic gift, she can't help but feel a marriage proposal is imminent. Little does Antonina know that Hector and those closest to her are hiding a devastating secret that will crush her world and force her to confront who she really is and what she's willing to sacrifice.


The bride who got lucky / Janna MacGregor.

cover imageAfter her best friend is murdered by her abusive husband, Lady Emma Cavensham, a women's rights activist, searches for evidence to put him behind bars and ends up in a compromising position that forces her into a marriage of convenience to a wife-averse earl.


Jewels of the sun / Nora Roberts.

cover image"Determined to reevaluate her life, Jude Murray flees America to take refuge in Faerie Hill Cottage, immersing herself in the study of Irish folklore and discovering hope for the future of the magical past"--Amazon.com.


The rain sparrow / Linda Goodnight.

cover image"A stranger's arrival in a small Southern town stirs up old secrets and new dreams"-- Provided by publisher.


Swimming home : a novel / Deborah Levy ; with an introduction by Tom McCarthy.

cover imageA mysterious woman who suffers from mental illness suddenly appears at a vacation villa where two families are staying and her interactions with them reveal secret details about their past and tensions within their relationships with each other.


Hell, yeah / Carolyn Brown.

cover image"When Cathy O'Dell buys the Honky Tonk, the nights of cowboys and country tunes come together to create the home she's always wanted. Then in walks a ruggedly handsome oil man who tempts her to trade in the happiness she's found at the Honky Tonk for a life on the road with him ... Gorgeous and rich, Travis Henry travels the country unearthing oil wells and then moving on. Then the beautiful blue-eyed new owner of the Honky Tonk beer joint becomes his best friend and so much more. When his job is done in Texas, how is he ever going to hit the road without her?"--Page 4 of cover.


Titans [large print] / Leila Meacham.

cover imageTexas in the early 1900s, its inhabitants still traveling by horseback and barely familiar with the telephone, was on the cusp of an oil boom that would spark a period of dramatic changes and economic growth. In the midst of this transformative time in Southern history, two unforgettable characters emerge and find their fates irrevocably intertwined: Samantha Gordon, the privileged heiress to the sprawling Las Tres Lomas cattle ranch near Fort Worth, and Nathan Holloway, a sweet-natured and charming farm boy from far north Texas. As changes sweep the rustic countryside, Samantha and Nathan's connection drives this narrative compulsively forward as they love, lose, and betray.



Breakfast in bed / Rochelle Alers.

cover imageChef Tonya Martin takes an apprentice role in a New Orleans restaurant and is attracted to chef Gage Toussaint. She wonders if it's too late to leap into love again.


Christmas in London / Anita Hughes.

cover imageSet during London's most festive time of year and filled with delicious food Anita Hughes' Christmas in London is about love and friendship, and the season's most important lesson: learning how to ask for and give forgiveness. It's a week before Christmas and Louisa Graham is working twelve hour shifts at a bakery on Manhattan's Lower East Side. When a young cooking show assistant comes in from the rain and begs to buy all the cinnamon rolls on her tray, she doesn't know what to do. Louisa is just the baker, and they aren't hers to sell. But the show burned the rolls they were supposed to film that day; so she agrees. The next morning, Louisa finds out that her cinnamon rolls were a hit, but the star of the show was allergic, and the whole crew is supposed to leave for London that afternoon. They want Louisa to step in for their annual Christmas Eve Dinner TV special at Claridge's. It's a great opportunity, and Digby Bunting, Louisa's famous baking idol, will be there. Even if he does seem more interested in her than her food. And then there's Kate, the show's beautiful producer. On their first day in London she runs into the skinny boy she jilted at St. Andrew's in Scotland ten years ago. Now he's a handsome, brilliant mathematician, and newly divorced. Their familiar spark is still there, but so is the scar of how they left things. Kate and Louisa are busy preparing for the show, but old and new flames are complicating their work.


Wilde in love / Eloisa James.

cover imageLord Alaric Wilde, son of the Duke of Lindow, is the most celebrated man in England, revered for his dangerous adventures and rakish good looks. Arriving home from years abroad, he has no idea of his own celebrity, until his boat is met by mobs of screaming ladies. Alaric escapes to his father's castle, but just as he grasps that he's not only famous but notorious, he encounters the very private, very witty Miss Willa Ffynche.


The Lady travelers guide to scoundrels & other gentlemen / Victoria Alexander.

cover imageIndia Prendergast is joined in the search for her cousin, a member of the possibly fraudulent Lady Travelers society, by the nephew of one of the groups members, Derek Saunders, to whom she is drawn despite his scandalous reputation.


A new leash on love / Debbie Burns.

cover imageMegan Anderson loves the animals at her no-kill shelter. She'll do anything for them- even go toe-to-toe with a handsome man who is in way over his head. She'll help him sort out his troubles, but getting too close to an adorable puppy's human counterpart? Been there, done that, got burned. When Craig Williams arrived at the local shelter for help, he didn't expect a fiery young woman to blaze into his life. But the more time they spend together, the more he realizes it's not just animals Megan is adept at saving- she could be the one to rescue his heart.--from back cover.


These healing hills / Ann H. Gabhart.

cover imageWhen the soldier she planned to marry at WWII's end writes to tell her he's in love with a woman in England, Francine Howard seeks a fresh start in the Appalachian Mountains, training to be a nurse midwife for the Frontier Nursing Service. Deeply affected by the horrors he witnessed at war, Ben Locke has never thought further ahead than making it home to Kentucky. When their paths intersect, it's immediately clear that they are from different worlds and value different things. But love has a way of healing old wounds... and revealing tantalizing new possibilities.


Misadventures of a city girl / by Meredith Wild & Chelle Bliss.

cover imageSeeking escape from her Hollywood life, recently divorced Madison Atwood retreats to a Northern California resort and finds what she needs and also what she wants.


Tears of the moon / Nora Roberts.

cover imageSongwriter Shawn Gallagher claims to be content with his life, but his music tells a different story. Brenna O'Toole, a fiercely independent tomboy who is secretly in love with Gallagher, provides him with the chance to fulfill his destiny as both man and musician.


A stranger at Fellsworth / Sarah E. Ladd.

cover image"Sara Ladd delivers another delightful romance in her newest novel, A Stranger at Fellsworth. Filled with an air of mystery and historical charm, this story will keep readers coming back for"-- Provided by publisher.


The diamond empire / K'wan.

cover imageDiamonds and Pearl each try to claw their way to the top of the New York street scene, and back to each other.


The gift / Shelley Shepard Gray.

cover imageThe Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County until they experience a series of accidents. Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it's not the Schwartz family's fault, but he can't help but be resentful. While Neil believes the accidents are just chance, Susanna's father is convinced that the Vance family is responsible. Susanna has fallen in love with Neil and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt, or worse.


An Irish country practice / Patrick Taylor.

cover image"Once, not too long ago, there was just a single Irish country doctor tending to the lively little village of Ballybucklebo: Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly. Now his thriving practice is growing by leaps and bounds. Not only has O'Reilly taken a new trainee under his wing, Doctor Connor Nelson, he's also added a spirited Labrador puppy to his ever-expanding household at Number One Main Street. Meanwhile, his trusted partner, young Doctor Barry Laverty, finds himself wondering if he's truly ready to settle down and start a family with his lovely fiancée, Sue. As the doctors cope with domestic and professional challenges, they also look after their patients and their ailments... All is not sickness and worry, however. There's plenty of joy and merriment to be found as well, from a visiting circus to racing to sailing... and maybe even a happy ending or two."--Book jacket.


A hope divided / Alyssa Cole.

cover image"For all of the War Between the States, Marlie Lynch has helped the cause in peace: with coded letters about anti-Rebel uprisings in her Carolina woods, tisanes and poultices for Union prisoners, and silent aid to fleeing slave and Freeman alike. Her formerly enslaved mother's traditions and the name of a white father she never knew have protected her -- until the vicious Confederate Home Guard claims Marlie's home for their new base of operations in the guerilla war against Southern resistors of the Rebel cause. Unbeknowst to those under her roof, escaped prisoner Ewan McCall is sheltering in her laboratory. Seemingly a quiet philosopher, Ewan has his own history with the cruel captain of the Home Guard, and a thoughtful but unbending strength Marlie finds irresistible. When the revelation of a stunning family secret places Marlie's freedom on the line, she and Ewan have to run for their lives into the hostile Carolina night. Following the path of the Underground Railroad, they find themselves caught up in a vicious battle that could dash their hopes of love -- and freedom -- before they ever cross state lines." Amazon.com.


Irresistible force / D.D. Ayres.

cover image"For Shay Appleton, it's love at first sight when a gorgeous stray dog is brought into the animal shelter where she works. She just knows he'll make a terrific watch dog, and with an abusive ex who won't let go, she needs all the protection she can get. But Shay never suspected that her new pet is actually a trained police K-9 named Bogart, until Bogart's even more gorgeous, human partner shows up on her doorstep. Officer James Cannon is one tall, strong alpha male who's convinced that Shay stole his dog. But once he gets closer to the suspect, he realizes that this stubborn, independent woman not only needs a guard dog, she needs James as well. It seems that someone from her past is stalking her, and threatening her life. When danger meets desire, will James risk his career and his best friend to protect the woman who's stolen his heart?"--Page 4 of cover.


Force of attraction / D. D. Ayres.

cover imageA seasoned K-9 officer with the police in Maryland, Cole Jamison has left her old life behind her. With a new home and a new partner--a protective canine named Hugo--Cole is ready for fresh challenges. A crucial position on an important drug task force is exactly what she wants...until she discovers her gorgeous, infuriating ex-husband will be the DEA agent in charge.


Barking up the wrong tree / Jenn McKinlay.

cover imageNew York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay returns to Bluff Point, Maine, where one woman finds love with the help of an adorable golden retriever. LOVE IS A FOUR-LEGGED WORD. Carly DeCusati returned home to Bluff Point, Maine, with her tail between her legs. But she's determined to get her life back on track--and that means finding new homes for the elderly golden retriever and overly talkative parrot she inherited before her old life fell apart. Enter physical therapist and hot one-night stand James Sinclair. James doesn't care that Carly doesn't do relationships. He is determined to win her heart, promising to help her with the pets if she'll just give him the time of day. Carly agrees to date the irresistible James, and, for the first time in years, she's dreaming of a happily ever after. But James has secrets, and if he can't open up to Carly, their future could go to the dogs...


Going dark / Monica McCarty.

cover imageMarine ecologist Annie Henderson joins her new boyfriend on a trip to the Western Isles of Scotland to protest a hazardous offshore drilling venture. When she realizes that she may be swept up in something far more dangerous than she's intended, there is only one man she can turn to ... Because he's gruff and guarded, she can tell Dan Warren has secrets. But she could never imagine how high the stakes are for him to keep his cover, even as he risks everything to protect her ...


Falling / Simona Ahrnstedt ; translated from the Swedish by Alice Menzies.

cover image"Alexander de la Grip is known in the tabloids and gossip blogs as a rich, decadent, jet-setting playboy who spends most of his days recovering from the night before. With a string of beautiful conquests, he seems to care about nothing and no one. Isobel SĂžrensen has treated patients in refugee camps and war zones, and is about to depart Sweden for a pediatric hospital in Chad. Devoted to her humanitarian work, she cares almost too deeply. Especially when she learns that Alexander is withholding desperately needed funds from her aid foundation. Is it because she's the only woman who ever told him to go to hell? As the two push each other's boundaries to the breaking point, the truth turns out to be much more complicated. Pain, love, trust, betrayal. Which will triumph when safety is nothing but an empty word?"-- Provided by publisher.


Science Fiction

Ace in the hole / edited by George R. R. Martin, assisted by Melinda M. Snodgrass ; and written by Walton Simons, Victor MilĂĄn, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Stephen Leigh, Walter Jon Williams.

cover image"Since a strange alien virus created the superhuman beings known as aces and jokers four decades ago, they have struggled for respect and recognition. Now they are key players in a presidential convention torn by hatred and dissent. Assassins stalk the halls of the convention, and one of the candidates plans to use his secret Wild Card power for evil."--Page 4 of cover.


Dark state / Charles Stross.

cover imageHugo Award-winning author Charlie Stross dives deep into the underbelly of paratime espionage, nuclear warfare, and state surveillance in this provocative techno-thriller set in The Merchant Princes multi-verse Dark State ups the ante on the already volatile situations laid out in the sleek techno-thriller Empire Games, the start to Stross' new story-line, and perfect entry point for new readers, in The Merchant Princes series . In the near-future, the collision of two nuclear superpowers across timelines, one in the midst of a technological revolution and the other a hyper-police state, is imminent. In Commissioner Miriam Burgeson's timeline, her top level agents run a high risk extraction of a major political player. Meanwhile, a sleeper cell activated in Rita's, the Commissioner's adopted daughter and newly-minted spy, timeline threatens to unravel everything. With a penchant for intricate world-building and an uncanny ability to realize alternate history and technological speculation, Stross' writing will captivate any reader who's a fan hi-tech thrillers, inter-dimensional political intrigue, and espionage.


Emergence : a Foreigner novel / C.J. Cherryh.

cover imageThe nineteenth book in the beloved Foreigner space opera series begins a new era for human diplomat Bren Cameron, as he navigates the tenuous peace between human refugees and the alien atevi . Alpha Station, orbiting the world of the alien atevi , has taken aboard five thousand human refugees from a destroyed station in a distant sector of space. With supplies and housing stretched to the breaking point, it is clear that the refugees must be relocated down to the planet, and soon. But not to the atevi mainland: rather to the territory reserved for humans, the island of Mospheira. Tabini-aiji, the powerful political head of the atevi , tasks his brilliant human diplomat, Bren Cameron, to negotiate with the Mospheiran government. For the Alpha Station refugees represent a political faction that the people of Mospheira broke from two centuries ago, and these Mospheirans are not enthusiastic about welcoming these immigrants from space.


The forsaken throne / Jeff Wheeler.

cover image"A devastating disaster has left the Forbidden Court in ashes, its fountains destroyed, and its magic at risk. It was destined as the site of Trynne Kiskaddon's coronation as empress. Now, all Trynne can imagine is the roar of flames, the cries of Gahalatine's people, and the smell of cinders in a city gone dark. Tragic as the threat to Kingfountain is, it's nowhere near as foul as the treachery posed by Morwenna. Saboteur, conspirator, and full-blood sister of the king, she is prepared to set forth a wave of destruction that will eliminate everything that stands between her and possession of the throne. But Trynne has her weapons, too--her magic, her resilience, her skills at intrigue, and especially, Fallon. The man who once swore his allegiance to Morwenna now stands by Trynne's side as they venture into the unknown to protect those they love, reunite with a family scattered by diabolical forces, and safeguard a kingdom ... as well as the destiny the Fountain has for each of them."-- Provided by publisher.


The silent shield / Jeff Wheeler.

cover imageThrust into the heart of events threatening to rip her kingdom apart, young Trynne Kiskaddon will gain new powers and see old allies fall and new heroes rise as the battle for the kingdom and the lands beyond begins. Courtly intrigue and rumors of invasion plunge Kingfountain into turmoil as the search for Trynne's father begins in earnest. But Trynne's quest to learn the truth of Owen's sinister disappearance is sidetracked when tragedy strikes her family once again. Suddenly, the future of the kingdom rests in her hands as she struggles to learn--and control--the power that can keep the threatening Deep Fathoms at bay. When King Gahalatine unleashes his overwhelming forces against the realm, Trynne must draw on her political instincts, warrior training, and Fountain-blessed magic if she hopes to survive the chaos to come. But a final, epic confrontation will force Trynne into an unimaginable choice: save her kingdom and the lives of her people, or lose the one who means more to her than lfie itself.


A spoonful of magic / Irene Radford.

cover imageWhen she discovers that her husband is not a traveling troubleshooter for a software company, but the sheriff of the International Guild of Wizards, and her brilliant children are budding magicians--and she herself is a kitchen witch--Daphne Rose Wallace Deschants must quickly harness her powers to protect her family from those who want to destroy them.


Survival / Ben Bova.

cover imageThe Star Quest series continues with Survival. A "human team sent to scout a few hundred light years in front of the death wave encounters a civilization far in advance of our own, a civilization of machine intelligences. The sentient, intelligent machines have existed for eons, and have survived earlier "death waves," gamma ray bursts from the core of the galaxy. They are totally self-sufficient, completely certain that the death wave cannot harm them, and utterly uninterested in helping to save other civilizations, organic or machine. But now that the humans have discovered them, they refuse to allow them to leave their planet, reasoning that other humans will inevitably follow if they learn of their existence."--Provided by Publisher.


Winter of ice and iron / Rachel Neumeier.

cover imageWith the Mad King of Emmer in the north and the vicious King of Pohorir in the east, Kehara Raehema knows her country is in a vulnerable position. She never expected to give up everything she loves to save her people, but when the Mad King's fury leaves her land in danger, she'll do anything that might buy time for her people to prepare for war--no matter the personal cost. Hundreds of miles away, the pitiless Wolf Duke of Pohorir, Innisth Eanete, dreams of breaking his people and his province free of the king he despises. But he has no way to make that happen--until chance unexpectedly leaves Kehara on his doorstep and at his mercy. Yet in a land where many-headed dragons fly and immanent spirits inhabit the earth, political disaster is not the greatest peril one can face. Now, as the year rushes toward the dangerous midwinter, Kehera and Innisth find themselves unwilling allies, and their joined strength is all that stands between the peoples of the Four Kingdoms and utter catastrophe.


All those explosions were someone else's fault / James Alan Gardner.

cover image"Sparks are champions of (weird) science, complete with capes and costumes and amazing superpowers that only make sense if you don't think about them too hard. Darklings are creatures of myth and magic: ghosts, vampires, were-beasts, and the like. Doors creak at their approach. Cobwebs gather where they linger. Kim Lam is just an ordinary college student until a freak scientific accident (what else?) transforms Kim and her three housemates into honest-to-goodness Sparks-- and drafts them into the never-ending war between the Light and Dark. Now they have to master their new abilities, while coming up with cool new costumes and code names for themselves. But the learning curve is steep and there's no time to lose."--Page 4 of cover.


The dreamer's song / Lynn Kurland.

cover image"Acair of Ceangail, still dodging his reputation as notorious black mage, has undertaken the ultimate quest: ridding the world of a mysterious, terrible dark magic while using no magic of his own. But he never bargained for three maddening complications: attempting to safeguard his beautiful but horse-obsessed companion, Liersinn; trying not to slay a profoundly irritating prince of Neroche; and slipping in and out of places he knows will spell his doom if he's caught. Liersinn of Siichte simply wants to do what needs to be done--find the makers of various spells and rescue her grandfather. But walking side-by-side with Acair brings a terrible revelation about the magic she needs, and what its price will exact from her soul. Together, Acair and Liersinn face danger they never could have imagined, culminating in choices that will alter them and the history of the Nine Kingdoms forever"-- Provided by publisher.


The wind in his heart / Charles De Lint.

cover imageWhen various lives collide in the Hierro Maderas Mountains, each must struggle to escape a messy past and find a way to carve a future. They don’t just have to learn how to survive. They have to learn how to fly.


A war in crimson embers / Alex Marshall.

cover image"The final book in Alex Marshall's Crimson Empire trilogy, which began with A Crown for Cold Silver, an outstanding, game-changing fantasy epic featuring an unforgettable warrior. Former warrior queen and now pariah, Cold Zosia wakes in the ashes of a burning city. Her vengeance has brought her to this - her heroic reputation in tatters, her allies scattered far and wide, and her world on the cusp of ruin. General Ji-Hyeon has vanished into the legendary First Dark, leaving her lover Sullen alone to carry out the grim commands of a dead goddess. The barbarian Maroto is held captive by a demonic army hell-bent on the extermination of the Crimson Empire, and only his protégé Purna believes he can be saved. Zosia must rally her comrades and old enemies one last time, for what will prove the greatest battle of her many legends ... if anyone lives to tell it"-- Provided by publisher.


1636 : the Vatican sanction / Eric Flint and Charles E. Gannon.

cover image"Most of the Church's senior leaders have converged upon the city of Besancon in Burgundy, where Pope Urban's renegade papacy, now on the run from the Vatican's would-be usurper Borja, plans to offer an ecumenical olive branch to the other Christian denominations with which Rome has been at war. Fortunately, Urban has up-time help relying on Cardinal Protector Larry Mazzare's theological savvy, Sharon Nichol's medical skills, and a small contingent of the Hibernian Battalion on loan by Mike Stearns. Which is prudent as Borja's assassins and other killers are determined to stop him"-- Provided by publisher.


The will to battle / by Ada Palmer.

cover image"The long years of near-utopia have come to an abrupt end. Peace and order are now figments of the past. Corruption, deception, and insurgency hum within the once steadfast leadership of the Hives, nations without fixed location. The heartbreaking truth is that for decades, even centuries, the leaders of the great Hives bought the world's stability with a trickle of secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction could ever dominate. So that the balance held. The Hives' façade of solidity is the only hope they have for maintaining a semblance of order, for preventing the public from succumbing to the savagery and bloodlust of wars past. But as the great secret becomes more and more widely known, that façade is slipping away. Just days earlier, the world was a pinnacle of human civilization. Now everyone--Hives and hiveless, Utopians and sensayers, emperors and the downtrodden, warriors and saints--scrambles to prepare for the seemingly inevitable war"-- Provided by publisher.


The spider's war / Daniel Abraham.

cover image"Lord Regent Geder Palliako's great war has spilled across the world, nation after nation falling before the ancient priesthood and the weapon of dragons. But even as conquest follows conquest, the final victory retreats before him like a mirage. Schism and revolt begin to erode the foundations of the empire, and the great conquest threatens to collapse into a permanent war of all against all. In Carse, with armies on all borders, Cithrin bel Sarcour, Marcus Wester, and Clara Kalliam are faced with the impossible task of bringing a lasting peace to the world. Their tools: traitors high in the imperial army, the last survivor of the dragon empire, and a financial scheme that is either a revolution or the greatest fraud in the history of the world"-- Provided by publisher.


Red clocks : a novel / Leni Zumas.

cover imageIn this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.


Shroud of Eternity / Terry Goodkind

cover imageThe formidable sorceress Nicci and her companions--the newly powerless Nathan and the youthful Bannon--set out on another quest after driving ruthless Norukai slavers out of Renda Bay. Their mission: restore Nathan's magic and, for Nicci, save the world. Guided by the witch-woman Red's mysterious prophecy, the trio makes their way south of Kol Adair towards a wondrous city shrouded behind time, Ildakar. But the grotesque omens on their path to Nathan's salvation--severed Norukai heads on pikes, a genetically modified monster, and a petrified army of half a million--are just a taste of the unimaginable horrors that await within the Shroud of Eternity.


Blood fury : Black Dagger legacy / J.R. Ward.

cover image"Brothers at the Black Dagger Brotherhood training center push recruits to the limit to become faster and stronger than ever before as they continue preparing for the fight against the lessening society. Novo, a resilient survivor and a bit rough around the edges, has overcome a great deal, including her intense attraction to suave, aristocratic Peyton. The two fighters shared a passionate physical connection. But when Peyton finally comes to terms with and admits his true feelings for Novo she rejects him for a more stable male. Now they must train in close quarters and eventually confront the feelings they still undoubtedly harbor for one another"-- Provided by publisher.


Perfect shadow / Brent Weeks.

cover image"Gaelan Starfire is a careful, quiet, simple farmer. He's also an immortal, peerless in the arts of war. Over the centuries, he's worn many faces to hide his gift, but he is a man ill-fit for obscurity. When Gaelan must take a job hunting down the world's finest assassins for the beautiful courtesan and crime lord Gwinvere Kirena what he finds may destroy everything he's ever believed in." -- From publisher's description.


Recruits / Thomas Locke.

cover imageTwin seventeen-year-old brothers Sean and Dillon meet their new neighbor Colonel Carver, who has come to Earth, an outpost among dozens of human-occupied planets in the galaxy, to recruit the boys to join the Human Assembly, but first they must complete their training and discover the source of recent disturbances to interplanetary peace.


Renegades / Thomas Locke.

cover image"When twins Sean and Dillon Kirrell use their transit abilities to rescue a kidnap victim, they cross a clandestine group within their government who seeks to control all planets with their transit powers, forcing the brothers to choose sides in what could explode into full-blown war"-- Provided by publisher.


The reluctant mage / Karen Miller.

cover imageAfter dreaming that her missing brother, who has inherited her father's ability to control the weather, may be alive, Deenie learns that a fearsome mage resembling her brother is quickly becoming a threat to the world.


Beasts of extraordinary circumstance / Ruth Emmie Lang.

cover imageRaised by wolves after being orphaned in childhood, Weylyn Grey, a man with astonishing powers, is evaluated by the people who care or wonder about him, including a woman who falls in love with him after he saves her from an angry wolf.


Spark / David Drake.

cover image"NEW STANDALONE NOVEL BY SF MASTER DAVID DRAKE. In a violent world in which civilization has fallen and monsters roam, a young hero will rise. In the time of the Ancients the universe was united--but that was so far in the past that not even memory remains, only the broken artifacts that a few Makers can reshape into their original uses. What survives is shattered into enclaves--some tiny, some ruined, some wild. Into the gaps between settlements, and onto the Road that connects all human reality and the reality that is not human and may never have been human, have crept monsters. Some creatures are men, twisted into inhuman evil; some of them are alien to Mankind-- And there are things which are hostile to all life, things which will raven and kill until they are stopped. A Leader has arisen, welding the scattered human settlements together in peace and safety and smashing the enemies of order with an iron fist. In his capital, Dun Add, the Leader provides law and justice. In the universe beyond, his Champions advance--and enforce--the return of civilization. Pal, a youth from the sticks, has come to Dun Add to become a Champion. Pal is a bit of a Maker, and in his rural home he's been able to think of himself as a warrior because he can wield the weapons of the Ancient civilization. Pal has no idea of what he's really getting into in Dun Add. On the other hand, the Leader and Dun Add have no real idea of what might be inside this hayseed with high hopes. THE SPARK: A story of hope and violence and courage. And especially, a story of determination. About David Drake: "Drake deftly weaves a web of political machinations and intrigue that vividly depicts the costs of war. Fans of Patrick O'Brian's Maturin and Aubrey novels will enjoy this intricate, rousing space opera." --Publishers Weekly "[R]ousing old-fashioned space opera."--Publishers Weekly "The fun is in the telling, and Mr. Drake has a strong voice. I want more!"--Philadelphia Weekly Press "[S]pace opera is alive and well. This series is getting better as the author goes along.


Terminal alliance / Jim C. Hines.

cover image"The Krakau came to Earth to invite humanity into a growing alliance of sentient species. But they hadn't counted on a mutated plague wiping out half the human population, turning the rest into shambling, near-unstoppable animals, and basically destroying human civilization. You know, your standard apocalypse. The Krakau's first impulse was to turn around and go home. (After all, it's hard to have diplomatic relations with mindless savages who eat your diplomats.) Their second impulse was to try to fix us. Now, a century later, human beings might not be what they once were, but at least they're no longer trying to eat everyone. Mostly."--Jacket flap.


The rule of luck / Catherine Cerveny.

cover imageThe Rule of Luck is a whirlwind thriller romance in a futuristic setting that will tug at your heartstrings while sending you on high-speed chases alongside a genetically-enhanced (and incredibly handsome...) criminal mastermind. As a famed tarot card reader, all is well in luck and love for Felicia Sevigny, until Russian crime leader Alexei Petriv walks into her shop and demands a reading. Petriv's future looks dark and full of danger, which wouldn't be Felicia's problem, except that it's also aligned with hers. Felicia discovers she is the key pawn in Petriv's plot to overthrow the all-knowing government, and she must decide if she will trust with him with her heart, body and soul, before the future of the entire human race collapses around her.


The forever ship / Francesca Haig.

cover imageConcludes the story of psychic Omega Cass and her powerful Alpha twin, Zach, on a dystopian world struggling for balance between a backward government and its oppressed people centuries after a nuclear apocalypse.


Glass town / Steven Savile.

cover imageSeventy years after a rising London actress disappeared with one of two rival brothers, a descendant investigating the mystery explores a magical cityscape to understand the factors that destroyed his grandfather's life.


Nemesis / Alex Lamb.

cover imageYears ago, one starship and its crew discovered an alien entity which changed everything. Its discovery finally bought an end to the interstellar war being fought between the masses of humanity and the few pockets of genetically engineered colonists. An uneasy peace was negotiated as the human race realised there was something else sharing our universe. Something that had plans for us. But the aliens have remained silent. The earthers have begun to test the edges of the peace treaty. Will, once a roboteer, once a human, now the most powerful being alive, has been sidelined and ignored. And a system-wide conspiracy threatens to plunge humanity back into war. Now one man, his head full of alien technology that lets him interact with machinery, must get to the bottom of the plot, find out what the aliens want, stop the oncoming war and save Will. And his journey will uncover a new threat to humanity. Nemesis is coming.


The prodigal mage / Karen Miller.

cover imageWhen Asher's last desperate attempt to repair the damage to the weather map governing the seasons leaves him on his deathbed, Asher's son Rafel--who has been forbidden to use his inherited powers--must risk his life to save his countrymen from famine, devastation, and a rift in the very fabric of their land.


Clade / James Bradley.

cover imageOn a beach in Antarctica, scientist Adam Leith marks the passage of the summer solstice. Back in Sydney his partner Elllie waits for the results of her latest round of IVF treatment. That result, when it comes, will change both their lives and propel them into a future neither could have predicted. In a collapsing England Adam will battle to survive an apocalyptic storm. Against a backdrop of growing civil unrest at home, Ellie will discover a strange affinity with beekeeping. In the aftermath of a pandemic, a young man finds solace in building virtual recreations of the dead. And new connections will be formed from the most unlikely beginnings.


Down and out in purgatory : the collected stories of Tim Powers.

cover imageTwenty pulse-pounding, mind-bending tales of science fiction, twisted metaphysics, and supernatural wonder from the two-time World Fantasy and Philip K. Dick Award winning author of The Anubis Gates and On Stranger Tides.


Mad hatters and march hares : all-new stories from the world of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland / edited by Ellen Datlow.

cover imageFrom master anthologist Ellen Datlow comes an all-original of weird tales inspired by the strangeness of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. Between the hallucinogenic, weird, imaginative wordplay and the brilliant mathematical puzzles and social satire, Alice has been read, enjoyed, and savored by every generation since its publication. Datlow asked eighteen of the most brilliant and acclaimed writers working today to dream up stories inspired by all the strange events and surreal characters found in Wonderland.


The lost plot : an invisible Library novel / Genevieve Cogman.

cover image"After being commissioned to find a rare book, Librarian Irene and her assistant, Kai, head to Prohibition-era New York and are thrust into the middle of a political fight with dragons, mobsters, and Fae. In a 1920s-esque New York, Prohibition is in force; fedoras, flapper dresses, and tommy guns are in fashion: and intrigue is afoot. Intrepid Librarians Irene and Kai find themselves caught in the middle of a dragon political contest. It seems a young Librarian has become tangled in this conflict, and if they can't extricate him, there could be serious repercussions for the mysterious Library. And, as the balance of power across mighty factions hangs in the balance, this could even trigger war. Irene and Kai are locked in a race against time (and dragons) to procure a rare book. They'll face gangsters, blackmail, and the Library's own Internal Affairs department. And if it doesn't end well, it could have dire consequences on Irene's job. And, incidentally, on her life."-- Provided by publisher.


Penric's mission : a fantasy novella in the world of the five gods / Lois McMaster Bujold.

cover imageSorcerer Penric, who is possessed by a clever chaos demon named Desdemona, has his clandestine mission of diplomacy to Cedonia upended when he finds himself gravely injured and imprisoned in the darkest of dungeons.


Star Wars : Canto Bight / Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson, Mira Grant, John Jackson Miller.

cover imageFour original novellas bring to life the inhabitants and visitors of the mysterious casino city Canto Bight, featured in the film "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."


Under the Pendulum Sun : a novel of the fae / Jeannette Ng.

cover imageCatherine Helstone's brother, Laon, has disappeared in Arcadia, legendary land of the magical fae. Desperate for news of him, she makes the perilous journey, but once there, she finds herself alone and isolated in the sinister house of Gethsemane. At last there comes news: her beloved brother is riding to be reunited with her soon - but the Queen of the Fae and her insane court are hard on his heels. - from Goodreads.com


Sea of rust / C. Robert Cargill.

cover image"A scavenger robot wanders in the wasteland created by a war that has destroyed humanity in this evocative post-apocalyptic "robot western" from the critically acclaimed author, screenwriter, and noted film critic. It's been thirty years since the apocalypse and fifteen years since the murder of the last human being at the hands of robots. Humankind is extinct. Every man, woman, and child has been liquidated by a global uprising devised by the very machines humans designed and built to serve them. Most of the world is controlled by an OWI--One World Intelligence--the shared consciousness of millions of robots, uploaded into one huge mainframe brain. But not all robots are willing to cede their individuality--their personality--for the sake of a greater, stronger, higher power. These intrepid resisters are outcasts; solo machines wandering among various underground outposts who have formed into an unruly civilization of rogue AIs in the wasteland that was once our world. One of these resisters is Brittle, a scavenger robot trying to keep a deteriorating mind and body functional in a world that has lost all meaning. Although unable to experience emotions like a human, Brittle is haunted by the terrible crimes the robot population perpetrated on humanity. As Brittle roams the Sea of Rust, a large swath of territory that was once the Midwest, the loner robot slowly comes to terms with horrifyingly raw and vivid memories--and nearly unbearable guilt. Sea of Rust is both a harsh story of survival and an optimistic adventure. A vividly imagined portrayal of ultimate destruction and desperate tenacity, it boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, yet where a humanlike AI strives to find purpose among the ruins"-- Provided by publisher.



The outcasts of time / Ian Mortimer.

cover imageTwo brothers escape the Black Death by skipping forward in time, experiencing six centuries of change in six days.


Weave a circle round / Kari Maaren.

cover imageFreddy just wants to get through high school, but she finds herself thousands of years in the past with her weird neighbors.


Star Wars : from a certain point of view.

cover imageWhen Star Wars: A New Hope was first released in 1977, part of its appeal was that the world it presented felt alive. Landspeeders and starships were dirty. Droids broke down. And it was filled with cool, weird, and really weird background characters. (Really, just take a look around the Mos Eisley cantina.) Never mind Han, Luke, Leia, Darth Vader, and Obi-Wan. Who were these other guys? What was their story? Just seeing them brought up questions for fans that sparked the imagination. In celebration of Star Wars' 40th anniversary, this book shines the spotlight on those unsung weirdos, heroes, and villains with a unique, new anthology. Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, brings together more than 40 authors for 40 stories. Each will be told from the perspective of background characters of A New Hope -- from X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star to the stormtroopers who never quite could find the droids they were looking for. There's never been a Star Wars book like it!


Jade city / Fonda Lee.

cover image"Stylish and action-packed, full of ambitious families and guilt-ridden loves, Jade City is an epic drama reminiscent of the best classic Hong Kong gangster films but set in a fantasy metropolis so gritty and well-imagined that you'll forget you're reading a book." -- Ken Liu, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards and author of The Grace of Kings and The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories FAMILY IS DUTY. MAGIC IS POWER. HONOR IS EVERYTHING. Jade is the lifeblood of the island of Kekon. It has been mined, traded, stolen, and killed for -- and for centuries, honorable Green Bone warriors like the Kaul family have used it to enhance their magical abilities and defend the island from foreign invasion. Now, the war is over and a new generation of Kauls vies for control of Kekon's bustling capital city. They care about nothing but protecting their own, cornering the jade market, and defending the districts under their protection. Ancient tradition has little place in this rapidly changing nation. When a powerful new drug emerges that lets anyone -- even foreigners -- wield jade, the simmering tension between the Kauls and the rival Ayt family erupts into open violence. The outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones -- from their grandest patriarch to the lowliest motorcycle runner on the streets -- and of Kekon itself. JADE CITY begins an epic tale of family, honor, and those who live and die by the ancient laws of jade and blood"-- Provided by publisher.


Beyond the empire / K.B. Wagers.

cover imageGunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place in the palace. Her sisters and parents have been murdered, and the Indranan Empire is reeling from both treasonous plots and foreign invasion. Now, on the run from enemies on all fronts, Hail prepares to fight a full-scale war for her throne and her people, even as she struggles with the immense weight of the legacy thrust upon her. With the aid of a motley crew of allies old and new, she must return home to face off with the same powerful enemies who killed her family and aim to destroy everything and everyone she loves. Untangling a legacy of lies and restoring peace to Indrana will require an empress's wrath and a gunrunner's justice.


Breach of containment : a Central Corps novel / Elizabeth Bonesteel.

cover image"Hostilities between factions are threatening to explode into a shooting war on the moon of Yakutsk, and the two major galactic military powers, Central Corps and PSI, have sent ships to defuse the situation. But when a strange artifact is discovered, events are set in motion that threaten the entire colonized galaxy--including former Central Corps Commander Elena Shaw. Now an engineer on a commercial shipping vessel, Elena finds herself drawn into the conflict when she picks up the artifact on Yakutsk--and investigation of it uncovers ties to the massive, corrupt corporation Ellis Systems, which she's opposed before. Her safety is further compromised by her former ties to Central Corps; Elena can't separate herself from her past life and her old ship, the CCSS Galileo. Before Elena can uncover the artifact's purpose, disaster strikes: all communication with the First Sector--including Earth--is lost. The reason becomes apparent as news reaches Elena of a battle fleet, intent on destruction, rapidly approaching Earth. And with communications at sublight speeds, there is no way to warn the planet in time. Armed with crucial intel from a shadowy source and the strange artifact, Elena may be the only one who can stop the fleet and save Earth. But for this mission there will be no second chances--and no return"--Publisher.


Acadie / Dave Hutchinson.

cover imageThe Colony left Earth to find their utopia--a home on a new planet where their leader could fully explore the colonists' genetic potential, unfettered by their homeworld's restrictions. They settled a new paradise, and have been evolving and adapting for centuries. Earth has other plans. The original humans have been tracking their descendants across the stars, bent on their annihilation. They won't stop until the new humans have been destroyed, their experimentation wiped out of the human gene pool. Can't anyone let go of a grudge anymore?


The black tides of Heaven / JY Yang.

cover image"Mokoya and Akeha, the twin children of the Protector, were sold to the Grand Monastery as infants. While Mokoya developed her strange prophetic gift, Akeha was always the one who could see the strings that moved adults to action. While Mokoya received visions of what would be, Akeha realized what could be. What's more, they saw the sickness at the heart of their mother's Protectorate. A rebellion is growing. The Machinists discover new levers to move the world every day, while the Tensors fight to put them down and preserve the power of the state. Unwilling to continue as a pawn in their mother's twisted schemes, Akeha leaves the Tensorate behind and falls in with the rebels. But every step Akeha takes towards the Machinists is a step away from Mokoya. Can Akeha find peace without shattering the bond they share with their twin?"--Publisher's description.


Mystic quest / Tracy and Laura Hickman.

cover image"The second book in the dragon-laden Bronze Canticles trilogy"--Provided by the publisher.


Chain of command / Frank Chadwick.

cover image"Lieutenant Sam Bitka, U.S. Naval Reserve, is just getting used to civilian life when he is called back to active duty. Tensions between Earth and the alien Varoki are on the rise and he is assigned as tactical officer aboard the deep space destroyer USS Puebla. But when the Varoki launch a crippling surprise attack against the Earth coalition fleet, Sam finds himself suddenly in command of the USS Puebla. Now he must deal with faltering leadership in the human task force and an alien enemy who always seems one step ahead of them"-- Provided by publisher.


Creatures of will and temper / Molly Tanzer.

cover image"A Victorian urban fantasy featuring duelists, demons, and the dark arts, inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray. Victorian London is a place of fluid social roles, vibrant arts culture, fin-de-siecle wonders. and dangerous underground diabolic cults. Fencer Evadne Gray cares for none of the former and knows nothing of the latter when she's sent to London to chaperone her younger sister, aspiring art critic Dorina. Unfortunately for Evadne, she soon learns too much about all of it when Dorina meets their uncle's friend, Lady Henrietta "Henry" Wotton. A semi-respectable aristocrat in public, in private she is secretly in the thrall of a demon obsessed with beauty and pleasure.When Lady Henry and Dorina immediately hit it off, Evadne abandons her chaperone duties and enrolls in a fencing school. There, she meets the fencing master she's always dreamed of. But soon, George reveals he is more than just a teacher. He has dedicated himself to eradicating demons and their servants, and he needs Evadne's help. As Evadne gets pulled further into this hidden world, she begins to suspect that Lady Henry might actually be a diabolist. Even worse, she believes Dorina may have joined her. Combining swordplay, demons, and high society, Creatures of Will and Temper shows a timeless world and adventure readers won't soon forget"-- Provided by publisher.


After the end of the world / Jonathan L. Howard.

cover imageIn an alternate universe where Nazi Germany is the dominant superpower, Daniel Carter begins working for a German secret security service to uncover a conspiracy behind a major scientific project.


Emperor of thorns / Mark Lawrence.

cover imageDesiring to be emperor of the Broken Empire, young King Jorg Ancrath of the seven nations must face an adversary standing in his way, a necromancer unlike any he has ever challenged -- a figure hated and feared even more than himself: the Dead King.


King of thorns / Mark Lawrence.

cover imageThe land burns with the fires of a hundred battles as lords and petty kings fight for the Broken Empire. The long road to avenge the slaughter of his mother and brother has shown Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath the hidden hands behind this endless war. He saw the game and vowed to sweep the board. First though he must gather his own pieces, learn the rules of play, and discover how to break them. A six nation army, twenty thousand strong, marches toward Jorg's gates, led by a champion beloved of the people. Every decent man prays this shining hero will unite the empire and heal its wounds. Every omen says he will. Every good king knows to bend the knee in the face of overwhelming odds, if only to save their people and their lands. But King Jorg is not a good king. Faced by an enemy many times his strength Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight. But playing fair was never part of Jorg's game plan.


Robot uprisings / edited by Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams.

cover image"As real robots creep into our lives, so does a sense of fear--we have all wondered what horrifying scenarious might unfold if our technology were to go awry. This anthology brings to life the half-formed questions and fears we all have about the machines we live with. With contributions by Alan Dean Foster, Charles Yu, Hugh Howey, Daniel H. Wilson, Corey Doctorow, Ian McDonald, Ernie Cline, Jeff Abbott, Robin Wasserman, and Anna North, Robot Uprisings contains meticulously described, exhilarating trips to futures in which humans can only survive by being more clever and tenacious than the rebellious machines they have unwittingly created"-- Provided by publisher.


Black goat blues.

cover imageIn Red Right Hand, Charlie Tristan Moore was thrust into a nightmarish world of lurking Lovecraftian horrors when The Man In Black, a diabolical Elder God, chose her as his unwilling Acolyte. Discovering her own power, Charlie ultimately defied The Man In Black, but at a cost. Now armed with a magic coat made from the skin of a flayed angel, Charlie is out to destroy The Man In Black and save her boyfriend Daniel―and she doesn’t care how many bloodthirsty gods and monsters get in her way...


Dark deeds / Mike Brooks.

cover image"In the third book of the "entertaining" (Kirkus Reveiws) Keiko series, Captain Ichabod Drift and his crew find themselves in another mess as a ship-wide vacation leads to their second-in-command taken hostage by the planet's criminal mastermind. After the riotous civil war in Dark Sky, the crew of the Keiko decides to go on vacation at an illegal gambling port for a little fun. What they don't realize is that the casinos are run by an ex-client who didn't get his shipment due to the war. The mob boss decides to take Tamara Rouke, the Keiko's second-in-command, and hold her hostage until the crew raises enough money to pay him back for the lost shipment. If they don't pay up in time, Rouke will be killed. Captain Ichabod Drift and his crew agree. But as they find a way to get the funds, one will betray everyone and one will die


Robert Kirkman's The Walking dead : return to Woodbury / Jay Bonansinga.

cover imageDespite surviving four years of the zombie apocalypse, Lilly Caul still dreams of her former home in Woodbury, Georgia, and leads a tattered group of survivors back there.


After on : a novel of Silicon Valley / Rob Reid.

cover image"Phluttr is a hot new social networking tool that uses advances in tech security to do things other apps can't, so everybody uses it. Mitchell, Kuba, and Danna run a start-up; when it's purchased and absorbed by Phluttr, their software happens to bring in the ideas that make that huge web of social connections become self-aware. It is then up to them to help the new AI survive, thrive, and not wipe out or take control of the human race"-- Provided by publisher.


Prince of thorns / Mark Lawrence.

cover imageAfter witnessing the murder of his mother and brother and leading a band of bloodthirsty thugs, Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath returns to his father's castle and his birthright, but faces treachery and dark magic once he arrives.


Blade of empire / Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.

cover imageThey thought the war was over. They were wrong. Runacarendalur Caerthalien has been a master of battle for hundreds of years, but he found himself on the wrong side--the losing side--in the last war. Betrayed by his brother, trapped in a prophecy he does not understand, Runacar flees the battlefield.Yet Runacar is no coward. In a twist he could never have imagined, the Elven War-Prince finds himself leading a new army into battle--a force of centaurs, merfolk, gryphons, minotaurs, and talking bears who can perform magic. For centuries they have been trying to reclaim their lands from Elven invaders. With Runacar at the helm, they just might manage it. Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory's first collaboration, the Obsidian Mountain trilogy, introduced readers to a brilliant, continent-spanning fantasy world of high adventure and epic battle. Civilization shimmered with magic while in the nooks and crannies of the world, dragons and unicorns hid from people who believed them to be nothing more than legends.The Dragon Prophecy, set thousands of years before that story, illuminates a time when long-lived Elves rule the Fortunate Lands. It is a time of dire prophecy, of battle and bloodshed, of great magics unlike any the Elvenkind have seen before. It is the story of the end of one world and the beginning of the next.



Aces High / edited by George R.R. Martin.

cover image"It struck in the wake of World War II, a mysterious disease that killed almost 90 percent of those infected. A few of the survivors gained extraordinary powers while others were blighted with severe disabilities. Some of those afflicted chose to use their new abilities to help the human race. But some took a different path. In Aces high, it's the 1980s, but a 1980s both like and unlike our own. Now, after centuries of travel through space, an extraterrestrial being called the Swarm is headed for Earth. Meanwhile, some of the aces given superpowers by the virus are hatching conspiracies to control the human world. These factions are about to collide ... and the fallout could be catastrophic"--Page 4 of cover.


A play of shadow : Mellynne / Julie E. Czerneda.

cover imageThough Jenn has always dreamed of venturing beyond this sheltered valley when she came of age, she is soon faced with the grim reality that for her, setting foot beyond Marrowdell's borders in the normal way is impossible. Then Bannan Larmensu the truthseer who won Jenn's heart learns that his brother-in-law has disappeared in Channen, the capital of the mysterious domain of Mellynne. And when Bannan's young nephews arrive in Marrowdell in the midst of a devastating storm, he fears that his sister has gone in search of her husband, leaving her sons in his care. The law forbids the exiled Bannan from leaving Marrowdell and traveling to Mellynne to help his sister. At least, in this world. But as a turn-born, Jenn has the power to cross into the magical realm of the Verge and take Bannan with her. Once there, they could find a way into Mellynne, if they survive. The Verge is wild and deadly, alive with strange magic. Dragons roar and kruar wait in ambush, and not all the powerful turn-born who tend their world care for Jenn Nalynn. But Jenn is willing to try. Their friends Wisp and Scourge and the house toads offer their help. But what none of them know is that Channen is rife with magic that flows from the Verge itself. And not even a turn-born will be safe there.


A lot like Christmas / Connie Willis.

cover imageCollects twelve Christmas tales with a speculative twist, in an expanded edition of the author's "Miracle and Other Christmas Stories." --Publisher


And blue skies from pain : a book of the fey and the fallen / Stina Leicht.

cover imageNorthern Ireland, 1977. Liam Kelly is many things: a former wheelman for the IRA, a one-time political prisoner, the half-breed son of a mystic Fey warrior and a mortal woman, and a troubled young man literally haunted by the ghosts of his past. Liam has turned his back on his land's bloody sectarian Troubles, but the war isn't done with him yet, and neither is an older, more mythic battle-between the Church and its demonic enemies, the Fallen. After centuries of misunderstanding and conflict, the Church is on the verge of accepting that the Fey and the Fallen are not the same. But to achieve this historic truce, Liam must prove to the Church's Inquisitors that he is not a demon, even as he wrestles with his own guilt and confusion, while being hunted by enemies both earthly and unworldly. A shape-shifter by nature, Liam has a foot in two worlds-and it's driving him mad.


Machine learning : new and collected stories / Hugh Howey.

cover image"A collection of new and previously published stories by New York Times best-selling author Hugh Howey, including three set in his Wool universe"-- Provided by publisher.


Overneath / Peter S. Beagle.

cover imageAn odd couple patrols a county full of mythological beasts and ornery locals. A familiar youngster from the world of The Last Unicorn is gifted in magic but terrible at spell-casting. A seemingly incorruptible judge meets his match in a mysterious thief who steals his heart. Two old friends discover that the Overneath goes anywhere, including locations better left unvisited.


Speaking to Skull Kings and other stories / Emily B. Cataneo

cover imageEmily B. Cataneo's debut fiction collection is rife with the decayed grandeur of old Europe, girls who love and loathe ghosts, and magic that comes with a price. These stories span the gamut from soft science fiction to noir, to high fantasy and everything in between.


The city of brass / S. A. Chakraborty.

cover image"Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty--an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and Uprooted, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts. Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of eighteenth-century Cairo, she's a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by--palm readings, zars, healings--are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles and a reliable way to survive. But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she's forced to question all she believes. For the warrior tells her an extraordinary tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling birds of prey are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass--a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. In Daevabad, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. A young prince dreams of rebellion. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. After all, there is a reason they say to be careful what you wish for"-- Provided by publisher.


Blackthorne / Stina Leicht.

cover imageThe Kingdom of Eledore has fallen and Nel and Suvi lead a diaspora of their people to safety, but the magic that has kept the demon forces away is dwindling, and they must find a new way to protect themselves. The Acrasian army has swept through Eledore, nearly massacring the entire race in fear and hatred of the magic they possess. This same magic is all that was keeping the demon incursion at bay, but now the great evil that was banished is seeping into the world. Watchers are formed to warn of any sightings of the demons, but little can be done if one encounters them in shadow or at night. Meanwhile, Nels leads a precious few hundred survivors of Eledore through the wilds, hoping to find solace and rebuild their civilization while his twin sister, Suvi, seeks allies at sea. There is hope, born in the ashes of this devastation--a hope that Eledorian magic can grow, but only if they survive.


Of blood and honey : a book of the fey and the fallen / Stina Leicht.

cover imageLiam never knew who his father was. The town of Derry had always assumed that he was the bastard of a protestant - his mother never spoke of him, and Liam assumed he was dead. But when the war between the fallen and the fey began to heat up, Liam and his family are pulled into a conflict that they didn't know existed. A centuries old conflict between supernatural forces seems to mirror the political divisions in 1970's era Ireland, and Liam is thrown headlong into both conflicts! Only the direct intervention of Liam's real father, and a secret catholic order dedicated to fighting "The Fallen" can save Liam ... from the mundane and supernatural forces around him, and from the darkness that lurks within him.


Seven forges / James A. Moore.

cover imageCaptain Merros Dulver is the first in many lifetimes to find a path beyond the great mountains known as the Seven Forges and encounter, at last, the half-forgotten race who live there. And it would appear that they were expecting him. As he returns home, bringing an entourage of strangers with him, he starts to wonder whether his discovery has been such a good thing. For the gods of this lost race are the gods of war, and their memories of that far-off cataclysm have not faded.


The emerald circus / Jane Yolen.

cover imageWhere is Wendy? Leading a labor strike against the Lost Boys, of course. A Scottish academic unearths ancient evil in a fishing village. Edgar Allan Poe's young bride is beguiled by a most unusual bird. Dorothy, lifted from Kansas, returns as a gymnastic sophisticate. Emily Dickinson dwells in possibility and sails away in a starship made of light. Alice's wicked nemesis has jaws and claws but really needs a sense of humor. In Jane Yolen's first full collection in more than ten years discover new and uncollected tales of beloved characters, literary legends, and much more. Enter the Emerald Circus and be astonished by the transformations within.


It devours! : a welcome to Night Vale novel / Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor.

cover imageFrom the authors of the New York Times bestselling novel Welcome to Night Vale and the creators of the #1 international podcast of the same name, comes a mystery exploring the intersections of faith and science, the growing relationship between two young people who want desperately to trust each other, and the terrifying, toothy power of the Smiling God. Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider to the town of Night Vale. Working for Carlos, the town's top scientist, she relies on fact and logic as her guiding principles. But all of that is put into question when Carlos gives her a special assignment investigating a mysterious rumbling in the desert wasteland outside of town. This investigation leads her to the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, and to Darryl, one of its most committed members. Caught between her beliefs in the ultimate power of science and her growing attraction to Darryl, she begins to suspect the Congregation is planning a ritual that could threaten the lives of everyone in town. Nilanjana and Darryl must search for common ground between their very different world views as they are faced with the Congregation's darkest and most terrible secret.--Provided by Publisher.


Mississippi roll / edited by George R.R. Martin ; written by Stephen Leigh, David D. Levine, John Jos. Miller, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Cherie Priest, Carrie Vaughn.

cover imageAfter the suspicious death of a crew member on the historical steamboat Natchez, retired NY police detective Leo Storgman seeks to discover the ship's secrets, including the truth behind ghostly sightings of its first captain.


Westerns

Ace in the hole / edited by George R. R. Martin, assisted by Melinda M. Snodgrass ; and written by Walton Simons, Victor MilĂĄn, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Stephen Leigh, Walter Jon Williams.

cover image"Since a strange alien virus created the superhuman beings known as aces and jokers four decades ago, they have struggled for respect and recognition. Now they are key players in a presidential convention torn by hatred and dissent. Assassins stalk the halls of the convention, and one of the candidates plans to use his secret Wild Card power for evil."--Page 4 of cover.


Dark state / Charles Stross.

cover imageHugo Award-winning author Charlie Stross dives deep into the underbelly of paratime espionage, nuclear warfare, and state surveillance in this provocative techno-thriller set in The Merchant Princes multi-verse Dark State ups the ante on the already volatile situations laid out in the sleek techno-thriller Empire Games, the start to Stross' new story-line, and perfect entry point for new readers, in The Merchant Princes series . In the near-future, the collision of two nuclear superpowers across timelines, one in the midst of a technological revolution and the other a hyper-police state, is imminent. In Commissioner Miriam Burgeson's timeline, her top level agents run a high risk extraction of a major political player. Meanwhile, a sleeper cell activated in Rita's, the Commissioner's adopted daughter and newly-minted spy, timeline threatens to unravel everything. With a penchant for intricate world-building and an uncanny ability to realize alternate history and technological speculation, Stross' writing will captivate any reader who's a fan hi-tech thrillers, inter-dimensional political intrigue, and espionage.


Emergence : a Foreigner novel / C.J. Cherryh.

cover imageThe nineteenth book in the beloved Foreigner space opera series begins a new era for human diplomat Bren Cameron, as he navigates the tenuous peace between human refugees and the alien atevi . Alpha Station, orbiting the world of the alien atevi , has taken aboard five thousand human refugees from a destroyed station in a distant sector of space. With supplies and housing stretched to the breaking point, it is clear that the refugees must be relocated down to the planet, and soon. But not to the atevi mainland: rather to the territory reserved for humans, the island of Mospheira. Tabini-aiji, the powerful political head of the atevi , tasks his brilliant human diplomat, Bren Cameron, to negotiate with the Mospheiran government. For the Alpha Station refugees represent a political faction that the people of Mospheira broke from two centuries ago, and these Mospheirans are not enthusiastic about welcoming these immigrants from space.


The forsaken throne / Jeff Wheeler.

cover image"A devastating disaster has left the Forbidden Court in ashes, its fountains destroyed, and its magic at risk. It was destined as the site of Trynne Kiskaddon's coronation as empress. Now, all Trynne can imagine is the roar of flames, the cries of Gahalatine's people, and the smell of cinders in a city gone dark. Tragic as the threat to Kingfountain is, it's nowhere near as foul as the treachery posed by Morwenna. Saboteur, conspirator, and full-blood sister of the king, she is prepared to set forth a wave of destruction that will eliminate everything that stands between her and possession of the throne. But Trynne has her weapons, too--her magic, her resilience, her skills at intrigue, and especially, Fallon. The man who once swore his allegiance to Morwenna now stands by Trynne's side as they venture into the unknown to protect those they love, reunite with a family scattered by diabolical forces, and safeguard a kingdom ... as well as the destiny the Fountain has for each of them."-- Provided by publisher.


The silent shield / Jeff Wheeler.

cover imageThrust into the heart of events threatening to rip her kingdom apart, young Trynne Kiskaddon will gain new powers and see old allies fall and new heroes rise as the battle for the kingdom and the lands beyond begins. Courtly intrigue and rumors of invasion plunge Kingfountain into turmoil as the search for Trynne's father begins in earnest. But Trynne's quest to learn the truth of Owen's sinister disappearance is sidetracked when tragedy strikes her family once again. Suddenly, the future of the kingdom rests in her hands as she struggles to learn--and control--the power that can keep the threatening Deep Fathoms at bay. When King Gahalatine unleashes his overwhelming forces against the realm, Trynne must draw on her political instincts, warrior training, and Fountain-blessed magic if she hopes to survive the chaos to come. But a final, epic confrontation will force Trynne into an unimaginable choice: save her kingdom and the lives of her people, or lose the one who means more to her than lfie itself.


A spoonful of magic / Irene Radford.

cover imageWhen she discovers that her husband is not a traveling troubleshooter for a software company, but the sheriff of the International Guild of Wizards, and her brilliant children are budding magicians--and she herself is a kitchen witch--Daphne Rose Wallace Deschants must quickly harness her powers to protect her family from those who want to destroy them.


Survival / Ben Bova.

cover imageThe Star Quest series continues with Survival. A "human team sent to scout a few hundred light years in front of the death wave encounters a civilization far in advance of our own, a civilization of machine intelligences. The sentient, intelligent machines have existed for eons, and have survived earlier "death waves," gamma ray bursts from the core of the galaxy. They are totally self-sufficient, completely certain that the death wave cannot harm them, and utterly uninterested in helping to save other civilizations, organic or machine. But now that the humans have discovered them, they refuse to allow them to leave their planet, reasoning that other humans will inevitably follow if they learn of their existence."--Provided by Publisher.


Winter of ice and iron / Rachel Neumeier.

cover imageWith the Mad King of Emmer in the north and the vicious King of Pohorir in the east, Kehara Raehema knows her country is in a vulnerable position. She never expected to give up everything she loves to save her people, but when the Mad King's fury leaves her land in danger, she'll do anything that might buy time for her people to prepare for war--no matter the personal cost. Hundreds of miles away, the pitiless Wolf Duke of Pohorir, Innisth Eanete, dreams of breaking his people and his province free of the king he despises. But he has no way to make that happen--until chance unexpectedly leaves Kehara on his doorstep and at his mercy. Yet in a land where many-headed dragons fly and immanent spirits inhabit the earth, political disaster is not the greatest peril one can face. Now, as the year rushes toward the dangerous midwinter, Kehera and Innisth find themselves unwilling allies, and their joined strength is all that stands between the peoples of the Four Kingdoms and utter catastrophe.


All those explosions were someone else's fault / James Alan Gardner.

cover image"Sparks are champions of (weird) science, complete with capes and costumes and amazing superpowers that only make sense if you don't think about them too hard. Darklings are creatures of myth and magic: ghosts, vampires, were-beasts, and the like. Doors creak at their approach. Cobwebs gather where they linger. Kim Lam is just an ordinary college student until a freak scientific accident (what else?) transforms Kim and her three housemates into honest-to-goodness Sparks-- and drafts them into the never-ending war between the Light and Dark. Now they have to master their new abilities, while coming up with cool new costumes and code names for themselves. But the learning curve is steep and there's no time to lose."--Page 4 of cover.


The dreamer's song / Lynn Kurland.

cover image"Acair of Ceangail, still dodging his reputation as notorious black mage, has undertaken the ultimate quest: ridding the world of a mysterious, terrible dark magic while using no magic of his own. But he never bargained for three maddening complications: attempting to safeguard his beautiful but horse-obsessed companion, Liersinn; trying not to slay a profoundly irritating prince of Neroche; and slipping in and out of places he knows will spell his doom if he's caught. Liersinn of Siichte simply wants to do what needs to be done--find the makers of various spells and rescue her grandfather. But walking side-by-side with Acair brings a terrible revelation about the magic she needs, and what its price will exact from her soul. Together, Acair and Liersinn face danger they never could have imagined, culminating in choices that will alter them and the history of the Nine Kingdoms forever"-- Provided by publisher.


The wind in his heart / Charles De Lint.

cover imageWhen various lives collide in the Hierro Maderas Mountains, each must struggle to escape a messy past and find a way to carve a future. They don’t just have to learn how to survive. They have to learn how to fly.


A war in crimson embers / Alex Marshall.

cover image"The final book in Alex Marshall's Crimson Empire trilogy, which began with A Crown for Cold Silver, an outstanding, game-changing fantasy epic featuring an unforgettable warrior. Former warrior queen and now pariah, Cold Zosia wakes in the ashes of a burning city. Her vengeance has brought her to this - her heroic reputation in tatters, her allies scattered far and wide, and her world on the cusp of ruin. General Ji-Hyeon has vanished into the legendary First Dark, leaving her lover Sullen alone to carry out the grim commands of a dead goddess. The barbarian Maroto is held captive by a demonic army hell-bent on the extermination of the Crimson Empire, and only his protégé Purna believes he can be saved. Zosia must rally her comrades and old enemies one last time, for what will prove the greatest battle of her many legends ... if anyone lives to tell it"-- Provided by publisher.


1636 : the Vatican sanction / Eric Flint and Charles E. Gannon.

cover image"Most of the Church's senior leaders have converged upon the city of Besancon in Burgundy, where Pope Urban's renegade papacy, now on the run from the Vatican's would-be usurper Borja, plans to offer an ecumenical olive branch to the other Christian denominations with which Rome has been at war. Fortunately, Urban has up-time help relying on Cardinal Protector Larry Mazzare's theological savvy, Sharon Nichol's medical skills, and a small contingent of the Hibernian Battalion on loan by Mike Stearns. Which is prudent as Borja's assassins and other killers are determined to stop him"-- Provided by publisher.


The will to battle / by Ada Palmer.

cover image"The long years of near-utopia have come to an abrupt end. Peace and order are now figments of the past. Corruption, deception, and insurgency hum within the once steadfast leadership of the Hives, nations without fixed location. The heartbreaking truth is that for decades, even centuries, the leaders of the great Hives bought the world's stability with a trickle of secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction could ever dominate. So that the balance held. The Hives' façade of solidity is the only hope they have for maintaining a semblance of order, for preventing the public from succumbing to the savagery and bloodlust of wars past. But as the great secret becomes more and more widely known, that façade is slipping away. Just days earlier, the world was a pinnacle of human civilization. Now everyone--Hives and hiveless, Utopians and sensayers, emperors and the downtrodden, warriors and saints--scrambles to prepare for the seemingly inevitable war"-- Provided by publisher.


The spider's war / Daniel Abraham.

cover image"Lord Regent Geder Palliako's great war has spilled across the world, nation after nation falling before the ancient priesthood and the weapon of dragons. But even as conquest follows conquest, the final victory retreats before him like a mirage. Schism and revolt begin to erode the foundations of the empire, and the great conquest threatens to collapse into a permanent war of all against all. In Carse, with armies on all borders, Cithrin bel Sarcour, Marcus Wester, and Clara Kalliam are faced with the impossible task of bringing a lasting peace to the world. Their tools: traitors high in the imperial army, the last survivor of the dragon empire, and a financial scheme that is either a revolution or the greatest fraud in the history of the world"-- Provided by publisher.


Red clocks : a novel / Leni Zumas.

cover imageIn this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.


Shroud of Eternity / Terry Goodkind

cover imageThe formidable sorceress Nicci and her companions--the newly powerless Nathan and the youthful Bannon--set out on another quest after driving ruthless Norukai slavers out of Renda Bay. Their mission: restore Nathan's magic and, for Nicci, save the world. Guided by the witch-woman Red's mysterious prophecy, the trio makes their way south of Kol Adair towards a wondrous city shrouded behind time, Ildakar. But the grotesque omens on their path to Nathan's salvation--severed Norukai heads on pikes, a genetically modified monster, and a petrified army of half a million--are just a taste of the unimaginable horrors that await within the Shroud of Eternity.


Blood fury : Black Dagger legacy / J.R. Ward.

cover image"Brothers at the Black Dagger Brotherhood training center push recruits to the limit to become faster and stronger than ever before as they continue preparing for the fight against the lessening society. Novo, a resilient survivor and a bit rough around the edges, has overcome a great deal, including her intense attraction to suave, aristocratic Peyton. The two fighters shared a passionate physical connection. But when Peyton finally comes to terms with and admits his true feelings for Novo she rejects him for a more stable male. Now they must train in close quarters and eventually confront the feelings they still undoubtedly harbor for one another"-- Provided by publisher.


Perfect shadow / Brent Weeks.

cover image"Gaelan Starfire is a careful, quiet, simple farmer. He's also an immortal, peerless in the arts of war. Over the centuries, he's worn many faces to hide his gift, but he is a man ill-fit for obscurity. When Gaelan must take a job hunting down the world's finest assassins for the beautiful courtesan and crime lord Gwinvere Kirena what he finds may destroy everything he's ever believed in." -- From publisher's description.


Recruits / Thomas Locke.

cover imageTwin seventeen-year-old brothers Sean and Dillon meet their new neighbor Colonel Carver, who has come to Earth, an outpost among dozens of human-occupied planets in the galaxy, to recruit the boys to join the Human Assembly, but first they must complete their training and discover the source of recent disturbances to interplanetary peace.


Renegades / Thomas Locke.

cover image"When twins Sean and Dillon Kirrell use their transit abilities to rescue a kidnap victim, they cross a clandestine group within their government who seeks to control all planets with their transit powers, forcing the brothers to choose sides in what could explode into full-blown war"-- Provided by publisher.


The reluctant mage / Karen Miller.

cover imageAfter dreaming that her missing brother, who has inherited her father's ability to control the weather, may be alive, Deenie learns that a fearsome mage resembling her brother is quickly becoming a threat to the world.


Beasts of extraordinary circumstance / Ruth Emmie Lang.

cover imageRaised by wolves after being orphaned in childhood, Weylyn Grey, a man with astonishing powers, is evaluated by the people who care or wonder about him, including a woman who falls in love with him after he saves her from an angry wolf.


Spark / David Drake.

cover image"NEW STANDALONE NOVEL BY SF MASTER DAVID DRAKE. In a violent world in which civilization has fallen and monsters roam, a young hero will rise. In the time of the Ancients the universe was united--but that was so far in the past that not even memory remains, only the broken artifacts that a few Makers can reshape into their original uses. What survives is shattered into enclaves--some tiny, some ruined, some wild. Into the gaps between settlements, and onto the Road that connects all human reality and the reality that is not human and may never have been human, have crept monsters. Some creatures are men, twisted into inhuman evil; some of them are alien to Mankind-- And there are things which are hostile to all life, things which will raven and kill until they are stopped. A Leader has arisen, welding the scattered human settlements together in peace and safety and smashing the enemies of order with an iron fist. In his capital, Dun Add, the Leader provides law and justice. In the universe beyond, his Champions advance--and enforce--the return of civilization. Pal, a youth from the sticks, has come to Dun Add to become a Champion. Pal is a bit of a Maker, and in his rural home he's been able to think of himself as a warrior because he can wield the weapons of the Ancient civilization. Pal has no idea of what he's really getting into in Dun Add. On the other hand, the Leader and Dun Add have no real idea of what might be inside this hayseed with high hopes. THE SPARK: A story of hope and violence and courage. And especially, a story of determination. About David Drake: "Drake deftly weaves a web of political machinations and intrigue that vividly depicts the costs of war. Fans of Patrick O'Brian's Maturin and Aubrey novels will enjoy this intricate, rousing space opera." --Publishers Weekly "[R]ousing old-fashioned space opera."--Publishers Weekly "The fun is in the telling, and Mr. Drake has a strong voice. I want more!"--Philadelphia Weekly Press "[S]pace opera is alive and well. This series is getting better as the author goes along.


Terminal alliance / Jim C. Hines.

cover image"The Krakau came to Earth to invite humanity into a growing alliance of sentient species. But they hadn't counted on a mutated plague wiping out half the human population, turning the rest into shambling, near-unstoppable animals, and basically destroying human civilization. You know, your standard apocalypse. The Krakau's first impulse was to turn around and go home. (After all, it's hard to have diplomatic relations with mindless savages who eat your diplomats.) Their second impulse was to try to fix us. Now, a century later, human beings might not be what they once were, but at least they're no longer trying to eat everyone. Mostly."--Jacket flap.


The rule of luck / Catherine Cerveny.

cover imageThe Rule of Luck is a whirlwind thriller romance in a futuristic setting that will tug at your heartstrings while sending you on high-speed chases alongside a genetically-enhanced (and incredibly handsome...) criminal mastermind. As a famed tarot card reader, all is well in luck and love for Felicia Sevigny, until Russian crime leader Alexei Petriv walks into her shop and demands a reading. Petriv's future looks dark and full of danger, which wouldn't be Felicia's problem, except that it's also aligned with hers. Felicia discovers she is the key pawn in Petriv's plot to overthrow the all-knowing government, and she must decide if she will trust with him with her heart, body and soul, before the future of the entire human race collapses around her.


The forever ship / Francesca Haig.

cover imageConcludes the story of psychic Omega Cass and her powerful Alpha twin, Zach, on a dystopian world struggling for balance between a backward government and its oppressed people centuries after a nuclear apocalypse.


Glass town / Steven Savile.

cover imageSeventy years after a rising London actress disappeared with one of two rival brothers, a descendant investigating the mystery explores a magical cityscape to understand the factors that destroyed his grandfather's life.


Nemesis / Alex Lamb.

cover imageYears ago, one starship and its crew discovered an alien entity which changed everything. Its discovery finally bought an end to the interstellar war being fought between the masses of humanity and the few pockets of genetically engineered colonists. An uneasy peace was negotiated as the human race realised there was something else sharing our universe. Something that had plans for us. But the aliens have remained silent. The earthers have begun to test the edges of the peace treaty. Will, once a roboteer, once a human, now the most powerful being alive, has been sidelined and ignored. And a system-wide conspiracy threatens to plunge humanity back into war. Now one man, his head full of alien technology that lets him interact with machinery, must get to the bottom of the plot, find out what the aliens want, stop the oncoming war and save Will. And his journey will uncover a new threat to humanity. Nemesis is coming.


The prodigal mage / Karen Miller.

cover imageWhen Asher's last desperate attempt to repair the damage to the weather map governing the seasons leaves him on his deathbed, Asher's son Rafel--who has been forbidden to use his inherited powers--must risk his life to save his countrymen from famine, devastation, and a rift in the very fabric of their land.


Clade / James Bradley.

cover imageOn a beach in Antarctica, scientist Adam Leith marks the passage of the summer solstice. Back in Sydney his partner Elllie waits for the results of her latest round of IVF treatment. That result, when it comes, will change both their lives and propel them into a future neither could have predicted. In a collapsing England Adam will battle to survive an apocalyptic storm. Against a backdrop of growing civil unrest at home, Ellie will discover a strange affinity with beekeeping. In the aftermath of a pandemic, a young man finds solace in building virtual recreations of the dead. And new connections will be formed from the most unlikely beginnings.


Down and out in purgatory : the collected stories of Tim Powers.

cover imageTwenty pulse-pounding, mind-bending tales of science fiction, twisted metaphysics, and supernatural wonder from the two-time World Fantasy and Philip K. Dick Award winning author of The Anubis Gates and On Stranger Tides.


Mad hatters and march hares : all-new stories from the world of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland / edited by Ellen Datlow.

cover imageFrom master anthologist Ellen Datlow comes an all-original of weird tales inspired by the strangeness of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. Between the hallucinogenic, weird, imaginative wordplay and the brilliant mathematical puzzles and social satire, Alice has been read, enjoyed, and savored by every generation since its publication. Datlow asked eighteen of the most brilliant and acclaimed writers working today to dream up stories inspired by all the strange events and surreal characters found in Wonderland.


The lost plot : an invisible Library novel / Genevieve Cogman.

cover image"After being commissioned to find a rare book, Librarian Irene and her assistant, Kai, head to Prohibition-era New York and are thrust into the middle of a political fight with dragons, mobsters, and Fae. In a 1920s-esque New York, Prohibition is in force; fedoras, flapper dresses, and tommy guns are in fashion: and intrigue is afoot. Intrepid Librarians Irene and Kai find themselves caught in the middle of a dragon political contest. It seems a young Librarian has become tangled in this conflict, and if they can't extricate him, there could be serious repercussions for the mysterious Library. And, as the balance of power across mighty factions hangs in the balance, this could even trigger war. Irene and Kai are locked in a race against time (and dragons) to procure a rare book. They'll face gangsters, blackmail, and the Library's own Internal Affairs department. And if it doesn't end well, it could have dire consequences on Irene's job. And, incidentally, on her life."-- Provided by publisher.


Penric's mission : a fantasy novella in the world of the five gods / Lois McMaster Bujold.

cover imageSorcerer Penric, who is possessed by a clever chaos demon named Desdemona, has his clandestine mission of diplomacy to Cedonia upended when he finds himself gravely injured and imprisoned in the darkest of dungeons.


Star Wars : Canto Bight / Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson, Mira Grant, John Jackson Miller.

cover imageFour original novellas bring to life the inhabitants and visitors of the mysterious casino city Canto Bight, featured in the film "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."


Under the Pendulum Sun : a novel of the fae / Jeannette Ng.

cover imageCatherine Helstone's brother, Laon, has disappeared in Arcadia, legendary land of the magical fae. Desperate for news of him, she makes the perilous journey, but once there, she finds herself alone and isolated in the sinister house of Gethsemane. At last there comes news: her beloved brother is riding to be reunited with her soon - but the Queen of the Fae and her insane court are hard on his heels. - from Goodreads.com


Sea of rust / C. Robert Cargill.

cover image"A scavenger robot wanders in the wasteland created by a war that has destroyed humanity in this evocative post-apocalyptic "robot western" from the critically acclaimed author, screenwriter, and noted film critic. It's been thirty years since the apocalypse and fifteen years since the murder of the last human being at the hands of robots. Humankind is extinct. Every man, woman, and child has been liquidated by a global uprising devised by the very machines humans designed and built to serve them. Most of the world is controlled by an OWI--One World Intelligence--the shared consciousness of millions of robots, uploaded into one huge mainframe brain. But not all robots are willing to cede their individuality--their personality--for the sake of a greater, stronger, higher power. These intrepid resisters are outcasts; solo machines wandering among various underground outposts who have formed into an unruly civilization of rogue AIs in the wasteland that was once our world. One of these resisters is Brittle, a scavenger robot trying to keep a deteriorating mind and body functional in a world that has lost all meaning. Although unable to experience emotions like a human, Brittle is haunted by the terrible crimes the robot population perpetrated on humanity. As Brittle roams the Sea of Rust, a large swath of territory that was once the Midwest, the loner robot slowly comes to terms with horrifyingly raw and vivid memories--and nearly unbearable guilt. Sea of Rust is both a harsh story of survival and an optimistic adventure. A vividly imagined portrayal of ultimate destruction and desperate tenacity, it boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, yet where a humanlike AI strives to find purpose among the ruins"-- Provided by publisher.



The outcasts of time / Ian Mortimer.

cover imageTwo brothers escape the Black Death by skipping forward in time, experiencing six centuries of change in six days.


Weave a circle round / Kari Maaren.

cover imageFreddy just wants to get through high school, but she finds herself thousands of years in the past with her weird neighbors.


Star Wars : from a certain point of view.

cover imageWhen Star Wars: A New Hope was first released in 1977, part of its appeal was that the world it presented felt alive. Landspeeders and starships were dirty. Droids broke down. And it was filled with cool, weird, and really weird background characters. (Really, just take a look around the Mos Eisley cantina.) Never mind Han, Luke, Leia, Darth Vader, and Obi-Wan. Who were these other guys? What was their story? Just seeing them brought up questions for fans that sparked the imagination. In celebration of Star Wars' 40th anniversary, this book shines the spotlight on those unsung weirdos, heroes, and villains with a unique, new anthology. Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, brings together more than 40 authors for 40 stories. Each will be told from the perspective of background characters of A New Hope -- from X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star to the stormtroopers who never quite could find the droids they were looking for. There's never been a Star Wars book like it!


Jade city / Fonda Lee.

cover image"Stylish and action-packed, full of ambitious families and guilt-ridden loves, Jade City is an epic drama reminiscent of the best classic Hong Kong gangster films but set in a fantasy metropolis so gritty and well-imagined that you'll forget you're reading a book." -- Ken Liu, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards and author of The Grace of Kings and The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories FAMILY IS DUTY. MAGIC IS POWER. HONOR IS EVERYTHING. Jade is the lifeblood of the island of Kekon. It has been mined, traded, stolen, and killed for -- and for centuries, honorable Green Bone warriors like the Kaul family have used it to enhance their magical abilities and defend the island from foreign invasion. Now, the war is over and a new generation of Kauls vies for control of Kekon's bustling capital city. They care about nothing but protecting their own, cornering the jade market, and defending the districts under their protection. Ancient tradition has little place in this rapidly changing nation. When a powerful new drug emerges that lets anyone -- even foreigners -- wield jade, the simmering tension between the Kauls and the rival Ayt family erupts into open violence. The outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones -- from their grandest patriarch to the lowliest motorcycle runner on the streets -- and of Kekon itself. JADE CITY begins an epic tale of family, honor, and those who live and die by the ancient laws of jade and blood"-- Provided by publisher.


Beyond the empire / K.B. Wagers.

cover imageGunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place in the palace. Her sisters and parents have been murdered, and the Indranan Empire is reeling from both treasonous plots and foreign invasion. Now, on the run from enemies on all fronts, Hail prepares to fight a full-scale war for her throne and her people, even as she struggles with the immense weight of the legacy thrust upon her. With the aid of a motley crew of allies old and new, she must return home to face off with the same powerful enemies who killed her family and aim to destroy everything and everyone she loves. Untangling a legacy of lies and restoring peace to Indrana will require an empress's wrath and a gunrunner's justice.


Breach of containment : a Central Corps novel / Elizabeth Bonesteel.

cover image"Hostilities between factions are threatening to explode into a shooting war on the moon of Yakutsk, and the two major galactic military powers, Central Corps and PSI, have sent ships to defuse the situation. But when a strange artifact is discovered, events are set in motion that threaten the entire colonized galaxy--including former Central Corps Commander Elena Shaw. Now an engineer on a commercial shipping vessel, Elena finds herself drawn into the conflict when she picks up the artifact on Yakutsk--and investigation of it uncovers ties to the massive, corrupt corporation Ellis Systems, which she's opposed before. Her safety is further compromised by her former ties to Central Corps; Elena can't separate herself from her past life and her old ship, the CCSS Galileo. Before Elena can uncover the artifact's purpose, disaster strikes: all communication with the First Sector--including Earth--is lost. The reason becomes apparent as news reaches Elena of a battle fleet, intent on destruction, rapidly approaching Earth. And with communications at sublight speeds, there is no way to warn the planet in time. Armed with crucial intel from a shadowy source and the strange artifact, Elena may be the only one who can stop the fleet and save Earth. But for this mission there will be no second chances--and no return"--Publisher.


Acadie / Dave Hutchinson.

cover imageThe Colony left Earth to find their utopia--a home on a new planet where their leader could fully explore the colonists' genetic potential, unfettered by their homeworld's restrictions. They settled a new paradise, and have been evolving and adapting for centuries. Earth has other plans. The original humans have been tracking their descendants across the stars, bent on their annihilation. They won't stop until the new humans have been destroyed, their experimentation wiped out of the human gene pool. Can't anyone let go of a grudge anymore?


The black tides of Heaven / JY Yang.

cover image"Mokoya and Akeha, the twin children of the Protector, were sold to the Grand Monastery as infants. While Mokoya developed her strange prophetic gift, Akeha was always the one who could see the strings that moved adults to action. While Mokoya received visions of what would be, Akeha realized what could be. What's more, they saw the sickness at the heart of their mother's Protectorate. A rebellion is growing. The Machinists discover new levers to move the world every day, while the Tensors fight to put them down and preserve the power of the state. Unwilling to continue as a pawn in their mother's twisted schemes, Akeha leaves the Tensorate behind and falls in with the rebels. But every step Akeha takes towards the Machinists is a step away from Mokoya. Can Akeha find peace without shattering the bond they share with their twin?"--Publisher's description.


Mystic quest / Tracy and Laura Hickman.

cover image"The second book in the dragon-laden Bronze Canticles trilogy"--Provided by the publisher.


Chain of command / Frank Chadwick.

cover image"Lieutenant Sam Bitka, U.S. Naval Reserve, is just getting used to civilian life when he is called back to active duty. Tensions between Earth and the alien Varoki are on the rise and he is assigned as tactical officer aboard the deep space destroyer USS Puebla. But when the Varoki launch a crippling surprise attack against the Earth coalition fleet, Sam finds himself suddenly in command of the USS Puebla. Now he must deal with faltering leadership in the human task force and an alien enemy who always seems one step ahead of them"-- Provided by publisher.


Creatures of will and temper / Molly Tanzer.

cover image"A Victorian urban fantasy featuring duelists, demons, and the dark arts, inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray. Victorian London is a place of fluid social roles, vibrant arts culture, fin-de-siecle wonders. and dangerous underground diabolic cults. Fencer Evadne Gray cares for none of the former and knows nothing of the latter when she's sent to London to chaperone her younger sister, aspiring art critic Dorina. Unfortunately for Evadne, she soon learns too much about all of it when Dorina meets their uncle's friend, Lady Henrietta "Henry" Wotton. A semi-respectable aristocrat in public, in private she is secretly in the thrall of a demon obsessed with beauty and pleasure.When Lady Henry and Dorina immediately hit it off, Evadne abandons her chaperone duties and enrolls in a fencing school. There, she meets the fencing master she's always dreamed of. But soon, George reveals he is more than just a teacher. He has dedicated himself to eradicating demons and their servants, and he needs Evadne's help. As Evadne gets pulled further into this hidden world, she begins to suspect that Lady Henry might actually be a diabolist. Even worse, she believes Dorina may have joined her. Combining swordplay, demons, and high society, Creatures of Will and Temper shows a timeless world and adventure readers won't soon forget"-- Provided by publisher.


After the end of the world / Jonathan L. Howard.

cover imageIn an alternate universe where Nazi Germany is the dominant superpower, Daniel Carter begins working for a German secret security service to uncover a conspiracy behind a major scientific project.


Emperor of thorns / Mark Lawrence.

cover imageDesiring to be emperor of the Broken Empire, young King Jorg Ancrath of the seven nations must face an adversary standing in his way, a necromancer unlike any he has ever challenged -- a figure hated and feared even more than himself: the Dead King.


King of thorns / Mark Lawrence.

cover imageThe land burns with the fires of a hundred battles as lords and petty kings fight for the Broken Empire. The long road to avenge the slaughter of his mother and brother has shown Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath the hidden hands behind this endless war. He saw the game and vowed to sweep the board. First though he must gather his own pieces, learn the rules of play, and discover how to break them. A six nation army, twenty thousand strong, marches toward Jorg's gates, led by a champion beloved of the people. Every decent man prays this shining hero will unite the empire and heal its wounds. Every omen says he will. Every good king knows to bend the knee in the face of overwhelming odds, if only to save their people and their lands. But King Jorg is not a good king. Faced by an enemy many times his strength Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight. But playing fair was never part of Jorg's game plan.


Robot uprisings / edited by Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams.

cover image"As real robots creep into our lives, so does a sense of fear--we have all wondered what horrifying scenarious might unfold if our technology were to go awry. This anthology brings to life the half-formed questions and fears we all have about the machines we live with. With contributions by Alan Dean Foster, Charles Yu, Hugh Howey, Daniel H. Wilson, Corey Doctorow, Ian McDonald, Ernie Cline, Jeff Abbott, Robin Wasserman, and Anna North, Robot Uprisings contains meticulously described, exhilarating trips to futures in which humans can only survive by being more clever and tenacious than the rebellious machines they have unwittingly created"-- Provided by publisher.


Black goat blues.

cover imageIn Red Right Hand, Charlie Tristan Moore was thrust into a nightmarish world of lurking Lovecraftian horrors when The Man In Black, a diabolical Elder God, chose her as his unwilling Acolyte. Discovering her own power, Charlie ultimately defied The Man In Black, but at a cost. Now armed with a magic coat made from the skin of a flayed angel, Charlie is out to destroy The Man In Black and save her boyfriend Daniel―and she doesn’t care how many bloodthirsty gods and monsters get in her way...


Dark deeds / Mike Brooks.

cover image"In the third book of the "entertaining" (Kirkus Reveiws) Keiko series, Captain Ichabod Drift and his crew find themselves in another mess as a ship-wide vacation leads to their second-in-command taken hostage by the planet's criminal mastermind. After the riotous civil war in Dark Sky, the crew of the Keiko decides to go on vacation at an illegal gambling port for a little fun. What they don't realize is that the casinos are run by an ex-client who didn't get his shipment due to the war. The mob boss decides to take Tamara Rouke, the Keiko's second-in-command, and hold her hostage until the crew raises enough money to pay him back for the lost shipment. If they don't pay up in time, Rouke will be killed. Captain Ichabod Drift and his crew agree. But as they find a way to get the funds, one will betray everyone and one will die


Robert Kirkman's The Walking dead : return to Woodbury / Jay Bonansinga.

cover imageDespite surviving four years of the zombie apocalypse, Lilly Caul still dreams of her former home in Woodbury, Georgia, and leads a tattered group of survivors back there.


After on : a novel of Silicon Valley / Rob Reid.

cover image"Phluttr is a hot new social networking tool that uses advances in tech security to do things other apps can't, so everybody uses it. Mitchell, Kuba, and Danna run a start-up; when it's purchased and absorbed by Phluttr, their software happens to bring in the ideas that make that huge web of social connections become self-aware. It is then up to them to help the new AI survive, thrive, and not wipe out or take control of the human race"-- Provided by publisher.


Prince of thorns / Mark Lawrence.

cover imageAfter witnessing the murder of his mother and brother and leading a band of bloodthirsty thugs, Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath returns to his father's castle and his birthright, but faces treachery and dark magic once he arrives.


Blade of empire / Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.

cover imageThey thought the war was over. They were wrong. Runacarendalur Caerthalien has been a master of battle for hundreds of years, but he found himself on the wrong side--the losing side--in the last war. Betrayed by his brother, trapped in a prophecy he does not understand, Runacar flees the battlefield.Yet Runacar is no coward. In a twist he could never have imagined, the Elven War-Prince finds himself leading a new army into battle--a force of centaurs, merfolk, gryphons, minotaurs, and talking bears who can perform magic. For centuries they have been trying to reclaim their lands from Elven invaders. With Runacar at the helm, they just might manage it. Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory's first collaboration, the Obsidian Mountain trilogy, introduced readers to a brilliant, continent-spanning fantasy world of high adventure and epic battle. Civilization shimmered with magic while in the nooks and crannies of the world, dragons and unicorns hid from people who believed them to be nothing more than legends.The Dragon Prophecy, set thousands of years before that story, illuminates a time when long-lived Elves rule the Fortunate Lands. It is a time of dire prophecy, of battle and bloodshed, of great magics unlike any the Elvenkind have seen before. It is the story of the end of one world and the beginning of the next.



Aces High / edited by George R.R. Martin.

cover image"It struck in the wake of World War II, a mysterious disease that killed almost 90 percent of those infected. A few of the survivors gained extraordinary powers while others were blighted with severe disabilities. Some of those afflicted chose to use their new abilities to help the human race. But some took a different path. In Aces high, it's the 1980s, but a 1980s both like and unlike our own. Now, after centuries of travel through space, an extraterrestrial being called the Swarm is headed for Earth. Meanwhile, some of the aces given superpowers by the virus are hatching conspiracies to control the human world. These factions are about to collide ... and the fallout could be catastrophic"--Page 4 of cover.


A play of shadow : Mellynne / Julie E. Czerneda.

cover imageThough Jenn has always dreamed of venturing beyond this sheltered valley when she came of age, she is soon faced with the grim reality that for her, setting foot beyond Marrowdell's borders in the normal way is impossible. Then Bannan Larmensu the truthseer who won Jenn's heart learns that his brother-in-law has disappeared in Channen, the capital of the mysterious domain of Mellynne. And when Bannan's young nephews arrive in Marrowdell in the midst of a devastating storm, he fears that his sister has gone in search of her husband, leaving her sons in his care. The law forbids the exiled Bannan from leaving Marrowdell and traveling to Mellynne to help his sister. At least, in this world. But as a turn-born, Jenn has the power to cross into the magical realm of the Verge and take Bannan with her. Once there, they could find a way into Mellynne, if they survive. The Verge is wild and deadly, alive with strange magic. Dragons roar and kruar wait in ambush, and not all the powerful turn-born who tend their world care for Jenn Nalynn. But Jenn is willing to try. Their friends Wisp and Scourge and the house toads offer their help. But what none of them know is that Channen is rife with magic that flows from the Verge itself. And not even a turn-born will be safe there.


A lot like Christmas / Connie Willis.

cover imageCollects twelve Christmas tales with a speculative twist, in an expanded edition of the author's "Miracle and Other Christmas Stories." --Publisher


And blue skies from pain : a book of the fey and the fallen / Stina Leicht.

cover imageNorthern Ireland, 1977. Liam Kelly is many things: a former wheelman for the IRA, a one-time political prisoner, the half-breed son of a mystic Fey warrior and a mortal woman, and a troubled young man literally haunted by the ghosts of his past. Liam has turned his back on his land's bloody sectarian Troubles, but the war isn't done with him yet, and neither is an older, more mythic battle-between the Church and its demonic enemies, the Fallen. After centuries of misunderstanding and conflict, the Church is on the verge of accepting that the Fey and the Fallen are not the same. But to achieve this historic truce, Liam must prove to the Church's Inquisitors that he is not a demon, even as he wrestles with his own guilt and confusion, while being hunted by enemies both earthly and unworldly. A shape-shifter by nature, Liam has a foot in two worlds-and it's driving him mad.


Machine learning : new and collected stories / Hugh Howey.

cover image"A collection of new and previously published stories by New York Times best-selling author Hugh Howey, including three set in his Wool universe"-- Provided by publisher.


Overneath / Peter S. Beagle.

cover imageAn odd couple patrols a county full of mythological beasts and ornery locals. A familiar youngster from the world of The Last Unicorn is gifted in magic but terrible at spell-casting. A seemingly incorruptible judge meets his match in a mysterious thief who steals his heart. Two old friends discover that the Overneath goes anywhere, including locations better left unvisited.


Speaking to Skull Kings and other stories / Emily B. Cataneo

cover imageEmily B. Cataneo's debut fiction collection is rife with the decayed grandeur of old Europe, girls who love and loathe ghosts, and magic that comes with a price. These stories span the gamut from soft science fiction to noir, to high fantasy and everything in between.


The city of brass / S. A. Chakraborty.

cover image"Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty--an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and Uprooted, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts. Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of eighteenth-century Cairo, she's a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by--palm readings, zars, healings--are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles and a reliable way to survive. But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she's forced to question all she believes. For the warrior tells her an extraordinary tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling birds of prey are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass--a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. In Daevabad, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. A young prince dreams of rebellion. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. After all, there is a reason they say to be careful what you wish for"-- Provided by publisher.


Blackthorne / Stina Leicht.

cover imageThe Kingdom of Eledore has fallen and Nel and Suvi lead a diaspora of their people to safety, but the magic that has kept the demon forces away is dwindling, and they must find a new way to protect themselves. The Acrasian army has swept through Eledore, nearly massacring the entire race in fear and hatred of the magic they possess. This same magic is all that was keeping the demon incursion at bay, but now the great evil that was banished is seeping into the world. Watchers are formed to warn of any sightings of the demons, but little can be done if one encounters them in shadow or at night. Meanwhile, Nels leads a precious few hundred survivors of Eledore through the wilds, hoping to find solace and rebuild their civilization while his twin sister, Suvi, seeks allies at sea. There is hope, born in the ashes of this devastation--a hope that Eledorian magic can grow, but only if they survive.


Of blood and honey : a book of the fey and the fallen / Stina Leicht.

cover imageLiam never knew who his father was. The town of Derry had always assumed that he was the bastard of a protestant - his mother never spoke of him, and Liam assumed he was dead. But when the war between the fallen and the fey began to heat up, Liam and his family are pulled into a conflict that they didn't know existed. A centuries old conflict between supernatural forces seems to mirror the political divisions in 1970's era Ireland, and Liam is thrown headlong into both conflicts! Only the direct intervention of Liam's real father, and a secret catholic order dedicated to fighting "The Fallen" can save Liam ... from the mundane and supernatural forces around him, and from the darkness that lurks within him.


Seven forges / James A. Moore.

cover imageCaptain Merros Dulver is the first in many lifetimes to find a path beyond the great mountains known as the Seven Forges and encounter, at last, the half-forgotten race who live there. And it would appear that they were expecting him. As he returns home, bringing an entourage of strangers with him, he starts to wonder whether his discovery has been such a good thing. For the gods of this lost race are the gods of war, and their memories of that far-off cataclysm have not faded.


The emerald circus / Jane Yolen.

cover imageWhere is Wendy? Leading a labor strike against the Lost Boys, of course. A Scottish academic unearths ancient evil in a fishing village. Edgar Allan Poe's young bride is beguiled by a most unusual bird. Dorothy, lifted from Kansas, returns as a gymnastic sophisticate. Emily Dickinson dwells in possibility and sails away in a starship made of light. Alice's wicked nemesis has jaws and claws but really needs a sense of humor. In Jane Yolen's first full collection in more than ten years discover new and uncollected tales of beloved characters, literary legends, and much more. Enter the Emerald Circus and be astonished by the transformations within.


It devours! : a welcome to Night Vale novel / Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor.

cover imageFrom the authors of the New York Times bestselling novel Welcome to Night Vale and the creators of the #1 international podcast of the same name, comes a mystery exploring the intersections of faith and science, the growing relationship between two young people who want desperately to trust each other, and the terrifying, toothy power of the Smiling God. Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider to the town of Night Vale. Working for Carlos, the town's top scientist, she relies on fact and logic as her guiding principles. But all of that is put into question when Carlos gives her a special assignment investigating a mysterious rumbling in the desert wasteland outside of town. This investigation leads her to the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, and to Darryl, one of its most committed members. Caught between her beliefs in the ultimate power of science and her growing attraction to Darryl, she begins to suspect the Congregation is planning a ritual that could threaten the lives of everyone in town. Nilanjana and Darryl must search for common ground between their very different world views as they are faced with the Congregation's darkest and most terrible secret.--Provided by Publisher.


Mississippi roll / edited by George R.R. Martin ; written by Stephen Leigh, David D. Levine, John Jos. Miller, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Cherie Priest, Carrie Vaughn.

cover imageAfter the suspicious death of a crew member on the historical steamboat Natchez, retired NY police detective Leo Storgman seeks to discover the ship's secrets, including the truth behind ghostly sightings of its first captain.


Books on CD

Death at Nuremberg [sound recording (CD)] / W. E. B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV.

cover imageJim Cronley's new assignments couldn't be bigger: protect the US chief prosecutor in the Nuremberg trials, and dismantle Odessa, an organization dedicated to helping Nazi war criminals.


Notes on a foreign country [sound recording (CD)] / Suzy Hansen.

cover imageIn the wake of the September 2001 attacks and the US-led invasion of Iraq, Suzy Hansen, who grew up in an insular conservative town in New Jersey, was enjoying early success as a journalist for a high-profile New York newspaper. Seeking to understand the Muslim world that had been reduced to scaremongering headlines, she moved to Istanbul with romantic ideas about a mythical city perched between East and West. Over the course of her many years of living in Turkey and traveling in Greece, Egypt, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran, she learned a great deal about these countries and their cultures and politics. But the greatest, most unsettling surprise would be what she learned about her own country and herself, an American abroad in the era of American decline. It would take leaving her home to discover what she came to think of as the two Americas: the country and its people, and the experience of American power around the world.


A Christmas carol [sound recording (CD)]/ by Charles Dickens.

cover imageA full-cast rendition of one of the greatest Christmas tales ever told, Victorian novelist Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Three ghosts take the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a tour of his own life in the hopes of reawakening his Christmas spirit, before he meets the fate of his deceased partner Jacob Marley.


When the sea turned to silver / Grace Lin.

cover imagePinmei, a storyteller's granddaughter, must find the luminous stone that lights the night to rescue her grandmother, who has been kidnapped by the tiger emperor.


Q is for quarry [sound recording (CD)] / by Sue Grafton.

cover imageKinsey Millhone takes on an eighteen-year-old cold case to find a murdered woman's identity.-- (Source of description not identified).


"N" is for noose [sound recording (CD)] / by Sue Grafton.

cover imagePI Kinsey Millhone of California is hired by the widow of a policeman who refused to tell her what was on his mind. Kinsey learns he suspected some policemen of murder. When Kinsey opens an investigation, the town clams up.


Meditation for fidgety skeptics [sound recording (CD)] : a 10% happier how-to book / Dan Harris and Jeffrey Warren with Carlye Adler.

cover imageSome believe they can't meditate because their brains never seem to calm down. Dan Harris knows anyone can learn the practice, and he writes this book for those who struggle with it most.


Someone is watching [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Joy Fielding.

cover imageDeeply shaken after a brutal attack, Bailey Carpenter struggles to reclaim control over what had once seemed like a neatly-ordered life. Unable to face her job, her friends, or even the world outside her apartment, Bailey is trapped with her thoughts, replaying the attack in her desperate search for every detail that will help the police uncover the identity of her unknown assailant.


The beginner's guide to finding your perfect job [sound recording (CD)] / [Rick Jarow].

cover imageFind your perfect job taking a new approach to career change by aligining your outer career with your inner values.


The dangerous old woman [sound recording (CD)] : myths and stories of the wise woman archetype / Clarissa Pinkola Estés.

cover imageDr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, a Jungian psychoanalyst and author of "Women who run with the wolves", analyzes the archetype of the wise old woman, exploring the beauty, passion, wisdom, and opportunity for self-discovery that can enrich listeners' lives.


Through the dark wood [sound recording (CD)] : finding meaning in the second half of life / James Hollis.

cover imageJungian analyst provides an invaluable guide for listeners facing the challenges of midlife. It is an opportunity to grow out of the illusions of youth, develop true spiritual maturity and live up to the greatness of your soul's desire.


Leap first [sound recording (CD)] : creating work that matters / Seth Godin.

cover imageThis inspirational audio, recorded in an informal gathering of entrepreneurs, writers, and leaders, teaches 49 essential principles, practices, and life lessons that have helped the author the most in his own work and life. Each track presents a carefully chosen catalyst intended to trigger the listener's own passion and insight.


Turn toward the beautiful [sound recording (CD)] : creativity as a path of liberation / Jack Kornfield.

cover image"In two compelling sessions, listeners will explore: Why beauty and awareness are inseparable, and how they enrich each other Rediscovering the world through our child's eyes; Presence an essential for awakening the artist's gifts of receptivity and wonder; How to use writing, drawing, music, dance, and more to bring insight to others; Many practices to spark our own creative expression; and more" -- from vendor record.


Black and blue / Ian Rankin.

cover imageAlready tackling a murder in Edinburgh, Inspector John Rebus becomes involved when a copy-cat serial rapist called "Bible Johnny" begins striking in Aberdeen and must keep his wits about him in the center of the media circus surrounding the case.


Forty Autumns [sound recording (CD)] : A family's story of courage and survival on both sides of the Berlin Wall / by Nina Willner.

cover imageIn this illuminating and deeply moving memoir, a former American military intelligence officer goes beyond traditional Cold War espionage tales to tell the true story of her family--of five women separated by the Iron Curtain for more than forty years, and their miraculous reunion after the fall of the Berlin Wall.Forty Autumns makes visceral the pain and longing of one family forced to live apart in a world divided by two. At twenty, Hanna escaped from East to West Germany. But the price of freedom--leaving behind her parents, eight siblings, and family home--was heartbreaking. Uprooted, Hanna eventually moved to America, where she settled down with her husband and had children of her own. Growing up near Washington, D.C., Hanna's daughter, Nina Willner became the first female Army Intelligence Officer to lead sensitive intelligence operations in East Berlin at the height of the Cold War. Though only a few miles separated American Nina and her German relatives--grandmother Oma, Aunt Heidi, and cousin, Cordula, a member of the East German Olympic training team--a bitter political war kept them apart. In Forty Autumns, Nina recounts her family's story--five ordinary lives buffeted by circumstances beyond their control. She takes us deep into the tumultuous and terrifying world of East Germany under Communist rule, revealing both the cruel reality her relatives endured and her own experiences as an intelligence officer, running secret operations behind the Berlin Wall that put her life at risk. A personal look at a tenuous era that divided a city and a nation, and continues to haunt us, Forty Autumns is an intimate and beautifully written story of courage, resilience, and love--of five women whose spirits could not be broken, and who fought to preserve what matters most: family.


Refugee [sound recording (CD)] / Alan Gratz.

cover imageAlthough separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together.


Pachinko [sound recording (CD)]/ Min Jin Lee.

cover imageFollowing one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from their homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, thery are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.



The misfit's manifesto [sound recording (CD)] / Lidia Yuknavitch.

cover imageA self-defined misfit makes a powerful case for not fitting in, for recognizing the beauty, and difficulty, in forging an original path.


Merry and bright [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Debbie Macomber.

cover imageBetween her full-time job and taking care of her family, it's been a long year for Merry, and her social life has all but disappeared. Trying to get her to take a break from the responsibilities of everyday life, her mother and brother make her an online dating profile, and the matches start rolling in. Intrigued by their similar interests, she starts chatting with a charming stranger, and their exchanges soon become the brightest part of her day. But everything turns upside down when they finally meet in person.


Empire of the summer moon [sound recording (CD)] : Quanah Parker and the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history / S.C. Gwynne.

cover imageS.C. Gwynne presents the compelling drama of Cynthia Ann Parker, a lovely nine-year-old girl with cornflower-blue eyes who was kidnapped by Comanches from the far Texas frontier in 1836. She grew to love her captors and became infamous as the White Squaw who refused to return until her tragic capture by Texas Rangers in 1860. More famous still was her son Quanah, a warrior who was never defeated and whose guerrilla wars in the Texas Panhandle made him a legend.


The deal of a lifetime [sound recording (CD)] / Fredrik Backman.

cover imageFredrik Backman returns with a profound and moving novella set on Christmas Eve about the intertwining destinies of a man who has built a global empire, but lost his family in the process, and a courageous little girl fighting for her life.


Tomorrow the glory [sound recording (CD)] / Heather Graham.

cover imageBrent McClain--a Confederate agent--meets Kendall Moore--a spirited southern belle--aboard the warship Jenni-Lyn, and loses his heart in a single, searing night of passion. But war and treachery soon tear them apart--Brent into raging battle, Kendall into desperate flight from a scorned husband's white-hot vengeance. They live only for the promise of tomorrow and a love that will burn forever in both their hearts.


Twisted [sound recording (CD)] / Helen Hardt.

cover imageRyan Steel must face earth-shattering family secrets he has just discovered. But he no longer trusts his siblings--or the woman he loves. Ruby Lee loves Ryan and desperately wants to help him. But the more she uncovers, the more danger she's in. And she may lose Ryan forever.


Man in control [sound recording (CD)] / Diana Palmer.

cover imageWhen DEA agent Alexander Cobb pushed Jodie out of his life, he told himself he was doing the right thing. But eight years later, this cynical Texan can't believe the baby-faced schoolgirl has turned into such a beauty. Or that he'd have to beg her to help him crack a drug-smuggling case that threatens Jacobsville. Will Alexander finally get caught in his own web of danger and desire?


Where the long grass blows [sound recording (CD)] / Louis L'Amour.

cover imageBill Canavan rode into the valley with a dream to start his own ranch. But when he manages to stake claims on the three best water holes, the other ranchers turn against him.


Happiness in this life [sound recording (CD)] : a passionate meditation on earthly existence / Pope Francis ; translated from the Italian by Oonagh Stransky.

cover imageA collection of homilies, speeches, and "messages of the day" that brings together Pope Francis's wisdom on finding happiness in the here and now. For Pope Francis, the appreciation of our everyday lives is a spiritual undertaking. Joy is a divine attribute, and creating joy around us an essential part of faith. Every homily and speech in this book delivers, in warm, engaging language accessible to believers and nonbelievers alike, a key lesson, instructing readers on finding love and happiness in a chaotic world. Along the way, Pope Francis discusses the sanctity of women's rights, talks about how the love of sports can bring out our best qualities, and explains why fighting discrimination is the essence of loving thy neighbor. He shares personal stories and anecdotes from his life, provides comforting messages of hope, and discusses the ways flawed families can make you a better person. The core ideas of Francis's papacy-mercy, support for marginalized people, and diplomacy-shine through.


Unnatural causes [sound recording (CD)] / Dawn Eastman.

cover imageKatie LeClair has finally settled down as the new doctor in Baxter, Michigan. After years of moving, schooling, and training, she wants nothing more than to find a place she can call home, and a small town outside of Ann Arbor seems perfect. But that idyllic dream is immediately shattered when one of her patients is found dead.


The little book of lykke [sound recording (CD)] : secrets of the world's happiest people / Meik Wiking.

cover imageHappiness researcher Meik Wiking identifies the six factors that explain the majority of differences in happiness across the world--togetherness, money, health, freedom, trust, and kindness--and explores what actions we can take to become happier. As he reveals, we can deepen our blissfulness and contentment with little adjustments in our behavior, whether it's eating like the French (sitting around a table and savoring our time) or dancing the tango like Argentinians in Buenos Aires.


The vanishing season [sound recording (CD)] / Joanna Schaffhausen.

cover imageIn the town of Woodbury, one person has been kidnapped each year for the past three years. Officer Ellery Hathaway knows that anyone could be taken next: the vanishing season has begun.


If ever I should love you [sound recording (CD)] / Cathy Maxwell.

cover imageOne of three heiress debutantes who have been on the marriage market longer than ideal finally meets her match in a penniless earl who would win her love in spite of her resolve to have a marriage in name only.


An engagement in Seattle [sound recording (CD)] / Debbie Macomber.

cover imageAleksandr Berinski is a Russian biochemist in the US on a visa that's about to expire. Chase Goodwin needs to find a wife to bring home to Alaska, and fast. Julia Conrad and Lesley Campbell just so happen to need husbands for their own reasons--but will the necessity of marriage allow romance to blossom between the two couples?


Thanks, Obama [sound recording (CD)] : my hopey, changey White House years : a speechwriter's memoir / David Litt.

cover imageWith a humorist's eye for detail and a convert's zeal, Litt takes us inside his eight years on the front lines of Obamaworld. In his political coming-of-age story, he goes from starry-eyed college student to nervous junior speechwriter to White House senior staff. In between lighthearted observations, he addresses one of today's most important issues: the legacy and future of the Obama movement in the age of Trump.


The indigo girl [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Natasha Boyd.

cover imageIn 1739, Eliza Lucas is sixteen years old when her father leaves her in charge of their family's plantations in South Carolina, and now her family is in danger of losing everything. With the high value of indigo dye, Eliza believes it's their salvation, but it means striking a dangerous deal.


Grant [sound recording (CD)] / Ron Chernow.

cover imagePresents a portrait of the Civil War general and eighteenth president, challenging the views of his critics while sharing insights into his prowess as a military leader, the honor with which he conducted his administration, and the rise and fall of his fortunes.


Lockdown [sound recording (CD)] : a novel of suspense / Laurie R. King.

cover imageUsing a premise pulled from the headlines--the very real vulnerability of students and teachers--King delivers a contemporary novel of psychological suspense. The various presenters at a local school career day prepare for a day in class, not knowing that someone with a thirst for revenge is in their midst.


Adventures in Odyssey [sound recording (CD)]. Bible eyewitness : Hall of faith.

cover imageTwelve fictional, character-building dramas on the heroes of the Bible performed by actors and originally aired on the Adventures in Odyssey radio program.


The exile [sound recording (CD)] / James Patterson with Alison Joseph.

cover imageThe woman Finn O'Grady swore to protect is convinced an ancient curse has put her family in danger. O'Grady has seen too much evil to believe in the supernatural. And then the killing starts.


Strange weather [sound recording (CD)] : four short novels / Joe Hill.

cover image"Snapshot" is the disturbing story of a Silicon Valley adolescent who finds himself threatened by "The Phoenician," a tattooed thug who possesses a Polaroid Instant Camera that erases memories, snap by snap. A young man takes to the skies to experience his first parachute jump. . . and winds up a castaway on an impossibly solid cloud, a Prospero's island of roiling vapor that seems animated by a mind of its own in "Aloft." On a seemingly ordinary day in Boulder, Colorado, the clouds open up in a downpour of nails--splinters of bright crystal that shred the skin of anyone not safely under cover. "Rain" explores this escalating apocalyptic event, as the deluge of nails spreads out across the country and around the world. In "Loaded," a mall security guard in a coastal Florida town courageously stops a mass shooting and becomes a hero to the modern gun rights movement. But under the glare of the spotlights, his story begins to unravel, taking his sanity with it. When an out-of-control summer blaze approaches the town, he will reach for the gun again and embark on one last day of reckoning.


The godfather [sound recording (CD)] / Mario Puzo.

cover imageMore than forty years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes the rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions.


The vineyard [sound recording (CD)] / María Dueñas.

cover imageMauro Larrea's fortune, the result of years of hardship and toil, comes crashing down on the heels of a calamitous event. Swamped by debt and uncertainty, he gambles the last of his money in a daring play that wins him an abandoned house and a vineyard an ocean away. Mauro travels to Andalusia de Jerez in Spain with every intention of selling the property and returning to Mexico. That is, until he meets the unsettling Soledad Montalvo, the wife of a London wine merchant, who bursts into his life unannounced, determined to protect her family's legacy. Before long, Larrea finds himself immersed in the rich culture of the sherry trade. As his feelings for Soledad ripen into a consuming passion, he seeks to restore the vineyard to its former glory.


Oathbringer [sound recording (CD)] / Brandon Sanderson.

cover imageHumanity faces a new Desolation with the return of the Voidbringers, and unless Dalinar can confront his past, even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not prevent the end of civilization.


Dead woman walking [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Sharon Bolton.

cover imageJust before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a man murders a young woman. At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There's just one survivor. She's seen the killer's face, but he's also seen hers. And he won't rest until he's eliminated the only witness to his crime.


An Irish country practice [sound recording (CD)] / Patrick Taylor.

cover imageExpanding his practice to include a new trainee, Irish country doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly investigates a new series of professional challenges, including a mysterious cough, a housewife's frequent accidents, and a colleague's susceptibility to an old vice.


The widow's house [sound recording (CD)] / by Carol Goodman.

cover imageMoving to a Hudson River valley community to revitalize their marriage and literary ambitions, Jess and Clare confront a dark pall that hangs over the crumbling estate where they work as caretakers before Clare begins to have hallucinations about the house's anguished past.


The queen's prophet [sound recording (CD)] / Dawn Patitucci.

cover imageAn imagined account of the dwarfess Maribarbola of Spain (featured prominently in VelĂĄzquez's painting) and her struggle for survival and self-determination.


The witches' tree [sound recording (CD)] / M.C. Beaton.

cover imageInvestigating the murder of an elderly woman whose body was found hanging from a tree, Agatha Raisin takes the case but begins to fear for her reputation and her life when two more murders occur.


Murder on the Orient Express [sound recording (CD)] / Agatha Christie.

cover imageWhile en route from Syria to Paris, in the middle of a freezing winter's night, the Orient Express is stopped dead in its tracks by a snowdrift. Passengers awake to find the train still stranded and to discover that a wealthy American has been brutally stabbed to death in his private compartment. Incredibly, that compartment is locked from the inside. With no escape into the wintery landscape the killer must still be on board. Fortunately, the brilliant Belgian inspector Hercule Poirot is also on board, having booked the last available berth.


Caroline [sound recording (CD)] : Little house, revisited / Sarah Miller.

cover imageIn the frigid days of February, 1870, Caroline Ingalls and her family leave the familiar comforts of the Big Woods of Wisconsin and the warm bosom of her family, for a new life in Kansas Indian Territory. Packing what they can carry in their wagon, Caroline, her husband Charles, and their little girls, Mary and Laura, head west to settle in a beautiful, unpredictable land full of promise and peril.


Curry [sound recording (CD)] : a Western trio / Max Brand.

cover imageA trio of stories about the snakebit fate of the Currys, Jim and Jim Jr., a pair on the wrong side of good luck, and the good graces of the local sheriff.


Vengeance [sound recording (CD)] / Newt Gingrich, Pete Earley.

cover imageA bomb attack in Washington, DC, kills the US President and again pits Major Brooke Grant against the world's master terrorist, the Falcon, only this time around there's more at stake than his fatwa against her. With the financial backing of Africa's wealthiest tycoon, the Falcon has obtained a North Korean nuclear device that a jihadist called 'The Destroyer' is converting into 'dirty bombs' destined for three cities. Grant recruits Esther Cohen, a formidable Mossad agent, and Khalid Ibrahim from Saudi Arabia's General Intelligence Directorate, to help her thwart the attacks after a new president intent on shaking up the nation's capital frees her from traditional CIA restraints.


The end we start from [sound recording (CD)] / By Megan Hunter.

cover imageAs London is submerged below flood waters, a woman and her baby are forced to flee north, shelter to shelter and to a desolate island. The story traces fear and wonder, as the baby's small fists grasp at the first colors he sees, as he grows and stretches, thriving against all odds.


Shane [sound recording (CD)] / by Jack Schaefer.

cover imageWyoming territory, 1889. A mysterious stranger named Shane rides into the Starretts' ranch and learns of the trouble between cattle baron Fletcher and the homesteaders. Shane decides to stay and help the family keep their stake.


The half-drowned king [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Linnea Hartsuyker.

cover imageCenturies ago, in a blood-soaked land ruled by legendary gods and warring men, a prophecy foretold of a high king who would come to reign over all of the north.Ragnvald Eysteinsson, the son and grandson of kings, grew up believing that he would one day take his dead father's place as chief of his family's lands. But sailing home from a raiding trip to Ireland, the young warrior is betrayed and left for dead by men in the pay of his greedy stepfather, Olaf. Rescued by a fisherman, Ragnvald is determined to avenge his stepfather's betrayal, claim his birthright and the woman he loves, and rescue his beloved sister Svanhild. Opportunity may lie with Harald of Vestfold, the strong young Norse warrior rumored to be the prophesied king. Ragnvald pledges his sword to King Harald, a choice that will hold enormous consequence in the years to come.While Ragnvald's duty is to fight--and even die--for his honor, Svanhild must make an advantageous marriage, though her adventurous spirit yearns to see the world. Her stepfather, Olaf, has arranged a husband for her--a hard old man she neither loves nor desires. When the chance to escape Olaf's cruelty comes at the hand of her brother's arch rival, the shrewd young woman is forced to make a heartbreaking choice: family or freedom.


Watch me disappear [sound recording (CD)] / Janelle Brown.

cover imageA woman vanishes while hiking, leaving her husband and daughter on a quest for the truth about her past, their family, and the stories we tell ourselves about the people we love.


It devours! [sound recording (CD)] / Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor.

cover imageA mystery exploring the intersections of faith and science, the growing relationship between two young people who want desperately to trust each other, and the terrifying, toothy power of the Smiling God.


Junie B. Jones's first ever musical edition! : Junie B., first grader, at last! : audiobook plus also 12 songs from her hit musical / Barbara Park, Marcy Heisler & Zina Goldrich.

cover imageaJunie B. Jones Is a Graduation Girl All the children in Room Nine are excited when they get their bright white graduation gowns. Then an accident happens! Can Junie B. find a way to fix things? Junie B., First Grader (at last!)When Junie B. tries to read words on the chalkboard, she can't seem to see what everyone else is seeing! Is it possible she might actually end up wearing . . . "glasses?" Junie B. First Grader: Boss of LunchJunie B. is getting to help in the school cafeteria. Maybe one of these days she'll be the boss of this whole entire operation! Junie B. First Grader: Toothless Wonder Only Junie B. is not that thrilled about this. Because what if she looks like toothless Uncle Lou? And what's all this tooth fairy business? So many questions, so little time. Junie B., First Grader: Cheater PantsJunie B. has all the answers when it comes to cheating. It's just wrong! But what about copying someone else's homework? Could she be a cheater pants and not even know it? Junie B., First Grader: One Man BandIt's time for the first-grade kickball tournament! Only Junie B. has hurt her big piggy toe and she can't play on the team. Maybe she could be in Sheldon's halftime show! Junie B., First Grader: ShipwreckedRoom One is putting on a play about explorers looking for the New World! Plus-Junie B. thinks she might be the star of the whole entire production! Junie B., First Grader: Boo . . . and I MEAN it!It's Halloween! Only Junie B. is afraid to go trick-or-treating. But then she gets an idea for a costume to out-scare even the creepiest competition.


Unplug [sound recording (CD)] : a simple guide to meditation for busy skeptics and modern soul seekers / Suze Yalof Schwartz with Debra Goldstein.

cover imageA 10% Happier meets How to Meditate in this groundbreaking book for anyone who can't slow down but wants the secret to being happier and more effective from spiritual entrepreneur, former magazine editor, and founder and CEO of the popular LA-based meditation studio Suze Yalof Schwartz. Whether you're a Fortune 500 CEO or busy stay-at-home mom, the secret to being more effective and living a happier, healthier life is to hurry up and slow down, or unplug. As Anne Lamott said, "Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you." Contrary to what every Type A person thinks, studies show that you can actually be more effective by doing less, by unplugging from the chaos of your life for just minutes a day. This can be done effortlessly--even while waiting in line at Starbucks--through meditation. But Unplug is not the book for anyone who loves Buddhas and woo-woo talk. The first book that shows the overwhelmed and overworked Type A person how and why to unplug in order to recharge. Experts ranging from Dr. Oz to Harvard scientists to Vogue claim meditation can make us happier, healthier, more effective, and even smarter. And, Unplug is the only book that offers a no-nonsense approach that will appeal to anyone, even if--no, especially if--you believe you think too much, have no time, can't sit still, or that it's just not for you. In it, Suze debunks a lot of the misperceptions about meditation, including the notion that you need to sit still for long periods for it to work. She also shares the incredible benefits you'll experience, the proof and science to back up how meditation works, as well as tools and techniques to easily incorporate quick-hit meditations into daily life.


The armageddon file [sound recording (CD)] / Stephen Coonts.

cover imageJake Grafton and Tommy Carmellini race to solve the mystery of a potentially stolen election before Americans' faith in our democracy, sovereignty, and federal government become completely undone.


The child [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Fiona Barton.

cover imageAs an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it's a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby? As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss. But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn--house by house--into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women--and torn between what she can and cannot tell.


Seven days of us [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Francesca Hornak.

cover imageIt's Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew's elder daughter, who is usually off saving the world, will be joining them at Weyfield Hall, their aging country estate. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. Having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, she's been told she must stay in quarantine for a week, and so too should her family. For the next seven days, the Birches are locked down, cut off from the rest of humanity, and even decent Wi-Fi, and forced into each other's orbits.


Last Christmas in Paris [sound recording (CD)] : a novel of World War I / Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb.

cover imageEvie and Thomas experience a very different war. Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, Evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict. And as Thomas struggles with the unimaginable realities of war he also faces personal battles back home where War Office regulations on press reporting cause trouble at his father's newspaper business. Through their letters, Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears, and grow ever fonder from afar. Can love flourish amid the horror of the First World War, or will fate intervene?


The revolution of Marina M. [sound recording (CD)] / Janet Fitch.

cover imageMarina Makarova is a woman of privilege who aches to break free of the constraints of her genteel life. Swept up on the tides of the Russian Revolution, Marina joins the marches for workers' rights, falls in love with a radical young poet, and betrays everything she holds dear, before being betrayed in turn. As her country goes through tremendous upheaval, Marina's own coming-of-age unfolds, marked by deep passion, devastating loss, and the private heroism of an ordinary woman living through extraordinary times.


In this moment [sound recording (CD)] : the Baxter family / Karen Kingsbury.

cover imageHamilton High Principal Wendell Quinn is tired of the violence, drug abuse, teen pregnancies, and low expectations at his Indianapolis school. A single father of four, Quinn is a Christian and a family man. He wants to see change in his community, so he starts a voluntary after-school Bible Study and prayer program. He knows he is risking his job by leading the program, but the high turnout at every meeting encourages him.


Tell tale [sound recording (CD)] : short stories / Jeffrey Archer.

cover imageA collection of short tales features a series of protagonists reflecting the author's experiences with the people he has met and the cultures he has visited throughout the past decade.


The dangerous case of Donald Trump [sound recording (CD)] : 27 psychiatrists and mental health experts assess a president / [edited by] Bandy X. Lee, M.D., M. Div.

cover imageThe consensus view of two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists that Trump is dangerously mentally ill and that he presents a clear and present danger to the nation and the mental health of Americans.


Hiddensee [sound recording (CD)] : a tale of the once and future Nutcracker / Gregory Maguire.

cover imageHiddensee recreates the backstory of the Nutcracker, reimagining how this creature came to be carved and how it magically guided an ailing little girl through a dreamy paradise one Christmas Eve.


Be fierce [sound recording (CD)] : stop harassment and take your power back / Gretchen Carlson.

cover imageAfter the former Miss America, mother of two, and star news anchor at Fox stood up, walked out, and spoke out, women all over the world began to take back their lives, careers and dignity, and she became a voice for the voiceless. Gretchen Carlson shares her experience and includes stories from the many women who have reached out to her. Since making the decision to speak up against sexual harassment, she single-handedly sparked an international conversation about the pervasiveness of the issue and in doing so discovered every woman has a story.


Year one [sound recording (CD)] / Nora Roberts.

cover imageWith the world in chaos and survivors heading west, those immune to the sickness that decimated half the world's population and the gifted are targeted by the authorities.


Star wars [sound recording (CD)] : Canto Bight / Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson, Mira Grant, John Jackson Miller.

cover imageJourney to a lavish city rich with opportunity, but where the stakes couldn't be higher, featuring four interconnected novella-length adventures of the exotic aliens and creatures who frequent the captivating casino.


Star Wars [sound recording (CD)] : From a certain point of view : 40 stories celebrating 40 years of Star Wars.

cover imageWhen Star Wars: A New Hope was first released in 1977, part of its appeal was that the world it presented felt alive. Landspeeders and starships were dirty. Droids broke down. And it was filled with cool, weird, and really weird background characters. (Really, just take a look around the Mos Eisley cantina.) Never mind Han, Luke, Leia, Darth Vader, and Obi-Wan. Who were these other guys? What was their story? Just seeing them brought up questions for fans that sparked the imagination. In celebration of Star Wars' 40th anniversary, this book shines the spotlight on those unsung weirdos, heroes, and villains with a unique, new anthology. Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, brings together more than 40 authors for 40 stories. Each will be told from the perspective of background characters of A New Hope -- from X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star to the stormtroopers who never quite could find the droids they were looking for. There's never been a Star Wars book like it!


Sisters first [sound recording (CD)] : stories from our wild and wonderful life / Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush ; with a foreword written and read by Laura Bush.

cover imageBorn into a political dynasty, Jenna and Barbara Bush grew up in the public eye. In this book they take listeners on a revealing, thoughtful, and deeply personal tour behind the scenes of their lives, with never-before-told stories about their family, their adventures, their loves and losses, and the special sisterly bond that fulfills them.



Heather, the totality [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Matthew Weiner.

cover imageA collision course between a privileged family and a dangerous young man.


Dare not linger [sound recording (CD)] : the presidential years / Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa ; prologue by Graça Machel.

cover imageTells the story of Nelson Mandela's presidency, drawing heavily on the memoir he began to write as he prepared to finish his term as president.


DVDs (Fiction)

American made

cover imageBased on the life and times of Barry Seal, tells the story of drug smuggling operations and U.S. Government-sponsored covert operations in the late 1970s through the 1980s.


It

cover imageA group of bullied kids band together when a monster, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.


Alice's adventures in wonderland

cover imageA colorful musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic tale, Alice In Wonderland.


Battle of the sexes

cover imageIn the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women's movement, the 1973 tennis match between women's world champion Billie Jean King and ex-men's-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles.


It

cover imageA group of bullied kids band together when a monster, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.


American made

cover imageBased on the life and times of Barry Seal, tells the story of drug smuggling operations and U.S. Government-sponsored covert operations in the late 1970s through the 1980s.


Thunder road

cover imageKorean War veteran Lucas Doolin (Mitchum) runs moonshine across the mountain back roads, dodging the law and the lawless alike. With government agents and gangsters closing in on the operation, it seems the county may run dry₇but the untamed Doolinis a man who plays by his own rules, and slams the pedal to the metal for one last run.


Thunder road

cover imageKorean War veteran Lucas Doolin (Mitchum) runs moonshine across the mountain back roads, dodging the law and the lawless alike. With government agents and gangsters closing in on the operation, it seems the county may run dry₇but the untamed Doolinis a man who plays by his own rules, and slams the pedal to the metal for one last run.


Ip man 2

cover imageMaster Ip wants to open a martial arts academy, but a corrupt cabal of martial arts masters, led by Master Hung, refuses to allow him to teach in peace until he proves himself in a series of fights against the local Master, which Ip does, in style. When a Western-style boxer named 'Twister' comes to town to entertain the Brits, he insults Chinese martial arts in a horrifically violent way, and Ip is forced by honor to enter a brutal 'King of the Ring' boxing match against Twister.


Born in China

cover imageVenturing into the wilds of China, it captures intimate moments with a panda bear and her growing cub, a young golden monkey who feels displaced by his baby sister and a mother snow leopard struggling to raise her two cubs.


Born in China

cover imageVenturing into the wilds of China, it captures intimate moments with a panda bear and her growing cub, a young golden monkey who feels displaced by his baby sister and a mother snow leopard struggling to raise her two cubs.


The X files.

cover imageMulder and Scully find themselves targets of a spy plot from inside the FBI, all while Scully's cancer rages. The origin of TV's most beloved conspiracy theorists, The Lone Gunmen, is revealed, and Scully's maternal instincts come into play. Although Mulder begins to question his own belief in extraterrestrial life, he and Scully face extraordinary paranormal phenomena, including vampires.


Magnum P.I.

cover imageHaving been left for dead, private investigator Thomas Magnum has returned. Still comatose, Magnum struggles to help himself as his friends and family try to talk him out of his unresponsive state. Out of his coma, Magnum begins to act and dress like Higgins. When friend Lt. Tanaka is killed, Magnum investigates the murder. The indictment against Quang Ki is dismissed. Magnum's ex-wife and daughter find themselves in mortal danger. Higgins is determined to find a priceless ancient scroll. While visiting his family, Magnum receives a phone call that sends him back to Hawaii and he might even find out the true identity of Robin Masters.


Magnum P.I.

cover imagePrivate investigator Thomas Magnum has returned, heating up the exotic streets of Hawaii with his hot red Ferrari and top-notch investigative skills. Along for the ride are everyone's favorite characters: Higgins, TC and Rick.


Magnum, P.I.

cover imageJoin Magnum, Higgins, T.C., and Rick on the gorgeous islands of Hawaii as they take on cases and solve crimes.


Magnum, P.I.

cover imageJoin the Hawaiian based detective as he takes on some of his best cases yet, protecting the sunny Hawaiian islands from vicious jewel thieves, ruthless kidnappers and even dangerous ghostly apparitions.


Magnum, P.I.

cover imageJoin the Hawaiian based detective as he takes on some of his best cases yet, protecting the sunny Hawaiian islands from drug dealers, royal assassins and brutal thugs.


Magnum P.I.

cover imageHit the adventure-filled streets of Hawaii with Thomas Magnum, T.C., Rick, and of course, the fiery red Ferrari, as they take on cases involving stolen artifacts, prison breakouts, murder and their own haunting memories of combat. Including a bonus preview episode from the fourth season, Magnum, P.I.: Season Three is a fun and exciting thrill ride!


Magnum P.I.

cover imageJoin the Hawaiian based detective as he takes on some of his best cases yet, protecting the sunny Hawaiian islands from vicious jewel thieves, ruthless kidnappers and even dangerous ghostly apparitions.


Magnum P.I.

cover image"Thomas Magnum is employed on the Hawaiian estate of a wealthy absentee owner name Robin Masters. The estate is run by Jonathan Higgins who mostly tolerates Magnum's presence as head of security on the estate. Magnum is also a private detective whose cases frequently have a humorous overtone and always just enough danger."--Imdb.


Cadillac man

cover imageWhether he's pitching himself or the high-priced luxury cars at Turgeon Auto Sales, Joey O'Brien (Robin Williams) never lets a day go by without "doing" someone good. But Joey's schmoozed through life on cruise control for way too long ... and now he's riding in the hot seat! A mafioso wants his hide. The women in his life: an ex-wife, a space cadet girlfriend and someone else's wife are all trying his patience. And to top it off, Turgeon Auto's inventory is priced to go and so is he unless sales pick up. But just when Joey thought it could get no worse it does! Into the showroom walks Larry (Robbins), a lunkhead terminator with an axe to grind. He's not exactly looking for a new set of whitewalls. He's loaded down with explosives and looking for the man who's been "doing" his wife! Now in a life-or-death situation, Joey is forced to do the one thing he does best ... lie!


Ricochet River

cover imageChange comes slowly in the small logging community of Calamus Grove. So when high school seniors Wade and Lorna befriend a mysterious newcomer, Jesse Howl, it causes quite a stir among the locals. Fearful of the outsider, the townspeople lash out at Jesse with prejudice and hate.


The recall

cover imageWhen several friends discover that an alien invasion is happening during their vacation, three of them go missing and the others team up with a survivalist to rescue their friends.


Mary White

cover imageMary White: In this true life story, a man reflects on the year he spent with his daughter, who was a young social reformer and expert horsewoman.


Just in time for Christmas

cover imageLindsay has to make a tough decision: stay in her small hometown and marry longtime beau Jason, or accept a once-in-a-lifetime job teaching at an Ivy League college thousands of miles away. Fortunately, a magical messenger gives her a priceless Christmastime gift: Lindsay is instantly transported three years into the future, so she'll be able to make the decision today that will be best for her future.


The tango lesson

cover image"The story of a filmmaker, Sally, who becomes dissatisfied with her latest screenplay (vividly illustrated in luscious color) and stumbles upon an Argentinean tango dancer. She places herself under Pablo's tutelage and together they explore their spiritual and artistic connections. It soon becomes clear that they each want very different things from each other"--Container.


The glass castle

cover imageChronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family. A remarkable story of unconditional love. A young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father, found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.


Unleashed

cover imageEmma, a brilliant but awkward app designer, moves to San Francisco after a massive betrayal by her boyfriend with only her beloved pets, an adorable cat and an energetic mutt, in tow. One night, drawn by the light of a Super moon, Emma's pets escape into the night and are transformed into full-grown men, forcing Emma to reconsider her outlook on dating and hilariously work out her trust issues.


Kingsman.

cover imageWhen the secret organization headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads the agents to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents' strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that's becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy.


Melinda and Melinda

cover imageThe complex story of Melinda, a woman whose life is told from both a tragic and a comic perspective. Both stories involve the same woman who crashes a Manhattan dinner party, but with wildly different results.


The conspirator

cover imageAgainst the ominous backdrop of post-Civil War Washington, war hero Frederick Aiken reluctantly agrees to defend the lone woman charged in the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, boarding house owner Mary Surratt, before a military tribunal. As the nation turns against her, Surratt is forced to rely on Aiken to uncover the truth and save her life.


The stolen

cover imageCharlotte Lockton has settled in the South Island of New Zealand with her wealthy British husband, David, but her dreams of a new life and prosperous future are shattered when David is murdered and her baby son is kidnapped. When a ransom note arrives, she realizes her only option is to track him down on her own. Charlotte's quest forces her on a dangerous journey of survival through an untamed world to fight to the death for what she holds most dear.


The recall

cover imageWhen several friends discover that an alien invasion is happening during their vacation, three of them go missing and the others team up with a survivalist to rescue their friends.


A question of faith

cover imageWhen tragedy strikes three families, their destiny forces them on a converging path to discover God's love, grace and mercy as the challenges of their fate could also resurrect their beliefs.


Rebel in the rye

cover imageThe life of celebrated but reclusive author, J.D. Salinger, who gained worldwide fame with the publication of his novel, The Catcher in the Rye.


Amityville 3-D

cover image"To debunk the Amityville house's infamous reputation and take advantage of a rock-bottom asking price, skeptical journalist John Baxter buys the place and settles in to write his first novel. But as soon as the ink on the deed has dried, people who have come into contact with him and the house begin to meet with a shocking fate. Is it coincidence or is this house really the gateway to hell?"--Container.


Paris when it sizzles

cover imageA screenwriter with a three-day deadline for a script asks a secretary to help concoct ideas.


Jeepers creepers 3

cover imageTrish Jenner is now a mother of a teenage son named Darry, named after the brother she lost 23 years ago. Trish has a recurring nightmare where her son suffers the same fate as her brother did, killed by the Creeper. Determined to prevent this from happening, Trish, who is now a rich and powerful woman, sets out on a final quest with Jack Taggart Sr. and Jr. to end the Creeper's reign of terror once and for all.


Mayhem

cover imageWhen a corporate law office is quarantined after exposure to a dangerous virus that makes the infected lose their inhibitions, a recently fired employee and a wronged client must battle their way to the executive level before time runs out.


Viva Las Vegas

cover imageMusical about a race car driver who comes to Las Vegas hoping to win the Las Vegas Grand Prix.


Stranger things.

cover image1983, Indiana. A young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family, and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one very strange little girl.


Stranger things.

cover image1983, Indiana. A young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family, and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one very strange little girl.


We love you, Sally Carmichael

cover imageReaders love Sally Carmichael's young adult novels about a human girl who falls in love with a merman. No one knows that Sally Carmichael is really Simon Hayes, a bitter, serious novelist, and Simon would like to keep it that way.


Daniel Boone :

cover imageRoam the frontier one last time with Daniel Boone in the sixth and final season, the popular series that entertained millions of viewers hungry for wholesome family entertainment. Following the iconic American hero on his exploits in the untamed frontier, Daniel Boone also delivered a strong sense of values and common sense to audiences of all ages.


Daniel Boone.

cover imageBoone's sense of adventure, homespun wisdom, and can-do attitude represented the best of both the pioneer spirit as well as the American ideal during the shows original run from 1964 to 1970.


Daniel Boone.

cover imageAs impeccably portrayed by Parker, Boone's sense of adventure, homespun wisdom, and can-do attitude represented the best of both the pioneer spirit as well as the American ideal during the shows original run from 1964 to 1970.


Daniel Boone.

cover imageThe legendary Fess Parker returns to tame the American wilderness in the third season of the series.


Daniel Boone.

cover imageFrontier hero Daniel Boone conducts surveys and expeditions around Boonesborough, running into both friendly and hostile Indians, just before and during the Revolutionary War.


Daniel Boone.

cover imageSet in the years immediately preceding the American Revolution, the series follows the frontiersman through his amazing exploits in a still-untamed land.


Look who's talking too

cover imageLittle Mikey figures he's got it made after uniting his mother with the dad of his dreams. But instead of family bliss, Mikey gets the biggest surprise of his life- a baby sister.


Mission: impossible

cover imageEthan Hunt is an American secret agent who is framed for the deaths of his espionage team. Fleeing from government assassins, breaking into the CIA's most impenetrable vault, clinging to the roof of a speeding bullet train, Hunt hotly races to stay one step ahead of his pursuers, and drawing one step closer to discovering the shocking truth.


The extra man

cover imageAspiring playwright Louis Ives moves to New York, taking an environmental job with a beautiful, infatuating co-worker. Louis rents a room from an eccentric former playwright who moonlights as an 'extra man, ' a social escort for the wealthy widows of Manhattan high society. The two men develop a volatile mentorship, which leads to a series of comic adventures.


Boys Town

cover imageStory of Father Flanagan and his founding of Boys Town, a home for juvenile delinquents.


Luther

cover imageJoseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love) stars as Martin Luther, the brilliant man of God whose defiant actions changed the world, in this "epic, ravishingly beautiful" (The New York Times) film that traces Luther's extraordinary and exhilarating quest for the people's liberation. Regional princes and the powerful Church wield a fast, firm and merciless grip on 16th-century Germany. But when Martin Luther issues a shocking challenge to their authority, the people declare him their new leader and hero. Even when threatened with violent death, Luther refuses to back down, sparking a bloody revolution that shakes the entire continent to its core. - Container.


The last temptation of Christ

cover imageIn this controversial movie, Jesus, as both fully human and fully divine, is viewed as free of sin but subject to all temptations, including sexual ones.


Black-ish.

cover imageAndre "Dre" Johnson has it all...a job as a top ad exec, a beautiful doctor wife, four great kids and a lovely, well-appointed house in the suburbs. And he's not about to let his family forget how they got there. Keeping cultural identity alive is not without its challenges for this man on a mission. With perpetual pushback from clueless coworkers, an outspoken father, and even the wife and kids, Dre's efforts to enlighten are exhausting. Forced to straddle two worlds and three generations, he's one man determined to make his point.


Brawl in cell block 99

cover imageA former boxer turned drug runner lands in a prison battleground after a deal gets deadly.


The LEGO Ninjago movie

cover imageThe young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, that are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, is wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, who also happens to be Lloyd's dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, this showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu.


Revolt

cover imageAn action-packed sci-fi thriller about humankind's last stand against a cataclysmic alien invasion.


Manhunt: Unabomber

cover imageA dramatized, in-depth look at how FBI profiler Jim Fitzgerald pioneered the use of forensic linguistics to help track down Ted Kaczynski, the man who came to be known as the "Unabomber." Agent Fitzgerald faced an uphill battle against both Kaczynski and the bureaucracy of the UNABOM task force in the course of his efforts to identify, capture, and convict Kaczynski of his serial bombings.


Brawl in cell block 99

cover imageA former boxer turned drug runner lands in a prison battleground after a deal gets deadly.


Killing Gunther

cover imageA group of assassins decide to kill Gunther, the world's greatest hit-man, but their plan turns into a series of fumbled encounters as Gunther seems to always be one step ahead.


The running man

cover imageThe year is 2019, and television is now ruling people's lives. The most popular game show is The Running Man, where convicts can win pardons instead of 'parting gifts' by defeating murderous henchmen known as stalkers.


The mountain between us

cover imageStranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness.


Flatliners

cover imageFive medical students, obsessed by what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods, each triggers a near-death experience, giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife.


The mountain between us

cover imageStranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness.


The lost boys

cover imageA young teen thinks his town of Santa Cruz is infested with vampires, and becomes convinced of it when his own brother starts turning into one.


Hot shots

cover imageHot shots. A team of crack (or is it cracked?) jet jockeys led by an incompetent commander spend their nights carousing and their days training for secret operation "Sleepy Weasel"--A lightning strike against a desert kingdom.


Fuller house.

cover image"The she-wolf pack returns for more howlin' hilarity in Season Two! DJ (Candace Cameron Bure) finally chooses between hot prospects Matt and Steve; younger sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) grows sweet on the Gibbler next door; while bestie Kimmy's (Andrea Barber) ex-hubby Fernando becomes the newest member of the blended extended household. But the adults aren't the only ones sliding down love's slippery slope. Teenagers Jackson and Ramona have crushes on each other's best friends; third-grader Max meets his soulmate; and baby Tommy...well, Tommy just wants to have fun. Drop by the Fuller House for 13 lighthearted, family-friendly episodes as the Tanner-Fuller-Gibblers celebrate the holiday season with visits from guest stars John Stamos, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier and Lori Loughlin in their original Full House roles. Awhooo!"--Back cover.


Broadchurch.

cover imageThe final season in the trilogy starts three years on from the last season, and five years on from the start. There is a bold, new crime story, which forces residents to ask themselves whether the town has a crack running through it caused by Danny Latimer₂s death, is this new crime somehow the long-term legacy of that dark moment? The central characters must contend with this possibility as they battle to make hope, friendship, and love triumph over fear and suspicion.


James A. Michener's Texas

cover imageJames Michener's best-selling historical novel comes to the screen in this made-for-TV drama. In 1821, the Texas territory was still ruled by Mexico, but a growing number of settlers were unhappy with the despotic leadership of the notorious General Santa Ana (Lloyd Battista). In time, a movement arose calling for Texas to win its independence from Mexico, and under the leadership of Stephen Austin (Patrick Duffy) and Sam Houston (Stacy Keach), these demands evolved into a full-scale revolution, leading to the legendary battle of the Alamo, spearheaded by Davy Crocket (John Schneider) and Jim Bowie (David Keith). Originally shown as a two-part miniseries, James A. Michener's Texas also features Rick Schroeder and Randy Travis; Charlton Heston narrates. ~ Mark Deming, film critic.


Leatherface

cover imageA teenage leatherface escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnapping a young nurse and taking her on a road trip from hell, while being pursued by a lawman out for revenge.


The mule

cover imageA n̐ave man transporting lethal narcotics in his stomach is detained by the police. Alone and afraid, the mule makes a desperate choice -- to defy his bodily functions and withhold the evidence...literally. By doing so becomes a human time-bomb, dragging cops, criminals. lawyers and his mother into his impossible escapade. Inspired by true events, "The mule" is a comic nightmare of stomach-churning suspense and belly laughs.


The strain.

cover imageIn the final ten episodes of this terrifying series from the visionary minds of Guillermo Del Toro, Carlton Cuse and Chuck Hogan, nuclear winter envelopes the planet, and a desperate, weakened humanity, existing only as slave labor for 'The Partnership', is controlled by the bloodthirsty strigoi. Meanwhile, the sinister 'Master' grooms Eph's son Zach to rule the post-apocalyptic dystopia.


Zoo.

cover imageA global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans sweeping the planet. Jackson Oz, a young, renegade American zoologist who spends his days running safaris in the wilds of Africa, notices the strange behavior of the animals. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, he is thrust into the race to unlock the mystery of the pandemic before there's no place left for people to hide.


DVDs (Non Fiction)

Fox tales

cover imageThe resilient red foxes are able to change their behavior to successfully make a home in new environments at a rate that astounds even the scientists who have spent a lifetime studying them. Fox Tales reveals new research into everything from their first hours of life to their first steps into unchartered territory, to offer a visually rich and fascinating look into the secret life of red foxes.


The Terry Kath experience

cover imageMichelle Kath Sinclair, daughter of rock guitarist and founding Chicago band member Terry Kath, interviews her father's family, friends and band members to learn about Terry Kath's life and music career.


Gilbert

cover imageGilbert Gottfried rose to fame in the 1980s thanks to his brash stand-up act and personality. Now, after decades of flying solo in both his work and in his personal life, Gilbert has shockingly reinvented himself as a family man.


1

cover imagePlaced in the golden era of Grand Prix Racing, it's the tale of a generation of drivers who gambled with their lives during Formula 1's deadliest period. These are the men who raced on the edge, changing the sport forever.


The poet's view

cover imageIntimate portraits of five influential contemporary poets, interviewed in their homes and filmed at public readings. Through these poets' own words the audience is given a glimpse into the creative process and a fascinating look at how acclaimed poets practice their art.


Jeremiah Tower

cover imageIt explores the remarkable life of Jeremiah Tower, one of the most controversial and influential figures in the history of American gastronomy. Tower began his career at the renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley in 1972, becoming a pioneering figure in the emerging California cuisine movement. After leaving Chez Panisse, due in part to a famously contentious relationship with founder Alice Waters, Tower went on to launch his own legendary Stars Restaurant in San Francisco.


Toby Keith

cover imageA behind the scenes look at Toby Keith and his release of "Big Dog Daddy". Includes an in-studio performance of four tracks and interviews. Includes bonus video for "High Maintenance woman."


Brooks & Dunn

cover imageVideo covers an insider's tour of Brooks and Dunn's homes and home movies taken backstage at Brooks & Dunn's 2003 Neon Circus concert tour.



Charlie and the curious otters

cover imageOtters are playful, adaptable and champion swimmers - they have captivated cameraman Charlie Hamilton James for the last 25 years. He has filmed them more than anyone else. Now, through the eyes of three orphaned river otters, a set of groundbreaking experiments and some incredible wild encounters, Charlie wants to reveal their survival secrets and exactly why he believes they are so special.


War on the EPA

cover imageExamines how Scott Pruitt went from fighting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to rolling back years of policy as the agency's head. Discusses the political forces, such as climate change skepticism and the opinion that there were too many environmental regulations, that led President Trump to select Pruitt for the position.


Richard Simmons sweatin' to the oldies

cover imageThis 30th anniversary edition contains every original Sweatin' to the oldies workout in one collection plus Love yourself and win - six steps to self-esteem & permanent weight loss. Also includes 100 minutes of brand new bonus material.


Havana time machine

cover imageSinger/songwrtier Raul Malo explores Havana's streets and cultural scene, each segment a segue to musical performances with Cuban musicians Eliades Ochoa (of Buena Vista Social Club), indie-pop Sweet Lizzy Project, Ivette Cepeda, jazz pianist Roberto Foseca, a string quartet from the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), and American latino-country-rock band the Mavericks.


Naledi

cover imageThe incredible story of a baby elephant who was born into a rescue camp in the wilderness of Botswana. When she is suddenly orphaned at one-month-old, it is up to the keepers who look after the herd to keep her alive. This one elephant's tale remains both intimate and epic, a journey of tragedy and triumph, because when her entire species faces extinction, one life means everything.


Pink

cover imageHaving changed the entire sound and scope of pop music across her decade in the spotlight, Pink can be credited for breaking boundaries and pushing the envelope, making her the most trailblazing artist of her generation. And as she challenges teen singers everywhere to find their own sound, she remains the most important pop performer in the world today.


The Defiant ones

cover imageThe show chronicles the unlikely partnership between Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. This revealing, compelling and often gritty story takes place in recording studios, humble homes and massive mansions, in criminal courts and in the highest corridors of corporate power. Featuring interviews with those who worked closely with Jimmy and Dr. Dre, including Bono, David Geffen, and more. The docu-series showcases how the two men rose to prominence in the '80s and '90s.


The Defiant ones

cover imageThe show chronicles the unlikely partnership between Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. This revealing, compelling and often gritty story takes place in recording studios, humble homes and massive mansions, in criminal courts and in the highest corridors of corporate power. Featuring interviews with those who worked closely with Jimmy and Dr. Dre, including Bono, David Geffen, and more. The docu-series showcases how the two men rose to prominence in the '80s and '90s.


The happy film

cover imageAustrian designer Stefan Sagmeister has success in his work, designing album covers for the Rolling Stones, Jay-Z and the Talking Heads. But in the back of his mind he suspects there must be something more. He decides to turn himself into a design project. Is it possible to train his mind to get happier? He pursues three controlled experiments of meditation, therapy, and drugs, grading himself along the way.


On our own terms

cover imageRenowned journalist Bill Moyers interviews dozens of terminally ill patients and caregivers in an emotional and pragmatic look at the way Americans face death. The series offers illuminating perspectives on the sometimes controversial ethical, medical, and economic forces that can drive a person's choices about death.


Frank and Ollie

cover imageFrank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, two animators known for their work on Bambi, Pinocchio, Lady and the Tramp and others, share their secrets and insights into the world of Disney animated movies.


Kedi

cover imageHundreds of thousands of cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they've wandered in and out of people's lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, these animals live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame, and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could.