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Portrait of an addict as a young man : a memoir / Bill Clegg.

cover imageThe author chronicles the dark secret life he led when, despite building for himself a respectable career as a literary agent, he embraced crack cocaine; went on a two-month binge; and lost his job, his home, and all his money.


A gift from darkness : how I escaped with my daughter from Boko Haram / Patience Ibrahim with Andrea C. Hoffmann ; translated by Shaun Whiteside.

cover image"When Patience Ibrahim was nineteen, her first husband was murdered by Boko Haram. She fled to the safety of her village and remarried several months later. Having prayed for a child for years, Patience is overjoyed to discover she is pregnant. Soon after, Boko Haram soldiers are at her door. Violently abducted and forced to convert to Islam, she lives in constant terror of what her kidnappers will do. She is alone in the world and fears her life is over. For two months, Patience hides her pregnancy while facing the brutalities of her captors. By the sheer force of her determination to protect her baby, she and her child are able to survive. Now she has entrusted journalist Andrea C. Hoffmann with her story, a powerful first-person account of Boko Haram's atrocities in Nigeria and Cameroon"--Provided by publisher.


I am, I am, I am : seventeen brushes with death / Maggie O'Farrell.

cover imageWe are never closer to life than when we brush up against the possibility of death. I Am, I Am, I Am is Maggie O'Farrell's astonishing memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life. The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, which she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. An encounter with a disturbed man on a remote path. And, most terrifying of all, an ongoing, daily struggle to protect her daughter -- for whom this book was written -- from a condition that leaves her unimaginably vulnerable to life's myriad dangers. Seventeen discrete encounters with Maggie at different ages, in different locations, reveal a whole life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots. In taut prose that vibrates with electricity and restrained emotion, O'Farrell captures the perils running just beneath the surface, and illuminates the preciousness, beauty, and mysteries of life itself.



Full battle rattle : my story as the longest-serving special forces A-Team soldier in American history / Changiz Lahidji and Ralph Pezzullo.

cover imagePublisher Annotation: Over 100 combat missions, 24 years as a Green Beret, Full Battle Rattle tells the legend of a soldier who served America in every war since Vietnam.


Becoming myself : a psychiatrist's memoir / Irvin D. Yalom.

cover image"Bestselling writer and psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom puts himself on the couch in a lapidary memoir. Irvin D. Yalom has made a career of investigating the lives of others. In this profound memoir, he turns his writing and his therapeutic eye on himself. He opens his story with a nightmare: He is twelve, and is riding his bike past the home of an acne-scarred girl. Like every morning, he calls out, hoping to befriend her, "Hello Measles!" But in his dream, the girl's father makes Yalom understand that his daily greeting had hurt her. For Yalom, this was the birth of empathy; he would not forget the lesson. As Becoming Myself unfolds, we see the birth of the insightful thinker whose books have been a beacon to so many. This is not simply a man's life story, Yalom's reflections on his life and development are an invitation for us to reflect on the origins of our own selves and the meanings of our lives"-- Provided by publisher.


Renoir : an intimate biography / Barbara Ehrlich White.

cover imageRenoir became hugely popular despite great obstacles: thirty years of poverty followed by thirty years of progressive paralysis of his fingers. Despite these hardships, much of his work is optimistic, even joyful. Close friends who contributed money, contacts, and companionship enabled him to overcome these challenges to create more than 4,000 paintings. Renoir had intimate relationships with fellow artists (Caillebotte, Cezanne, Monet, and Morisot), with his dealers and with his models . Barbara Ehrlich White's lifetime of research informs this fascinating biography that challenges common misconceptions surrounding Renoir's reputation.Since 1961 White has studied more than 3,000 letters relating to Renoir and gained unique insight into his personality and character. 'Renoir' provides an unparalleled and intimate portrait of this complex artist through images of his own iconic paintings, his own words, and the words of his contemporaries.


Everything happens for a reason : and other lies I've loved / Kate Bowler.

cover image"A divinity professor and young mother with a Stage IV cancer diagnosis explores the pain and joy of living without certainty. Thirty-five-year-old Kate Bowler was a professor at the school of divinity at Duke, and had finally had a baby with her childhood sweetheart after years of trying, when she began to feel jabbing pains in her stomach. She lost thirty pounds, chugged antacid, and visited doctors for three months before she was finally diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. As she navigates the aftermath of her diagnosis, Kate pulls the reader deeply into her life, which is populated with a colorful, often hilarious collection of friends, pastors, parents, and doctors, and shares her laser-sharp reflections on faith, friendship, love, and death. She wonders why suffering makes her feel like a loser and explores the burden of positivity. Trying to relish the time she still has with her son and husband, she realizes she must change her habit of skipping to the end and planning the next move. A historian of the "American prosperity gospel"--The creed of the mega-churches that promises believers a cure for tragedy, if they just want it badly enough--Bowler finds that, in the wake of her diagnosis, she craves these same "outrageous certainties." She wants to know why it's so hard to surrender control over that which you have no control. She contends with the terrifying fact that, even for her husband and child, she is not the lynchpin of existence, and that even without her, life will go on. On the page, Kate Bowler is warm, witty, and ruthless, and, like Paul Kalanithi, one of the talented, courageous few who can articulate the grief she feels as she contemplates her own mortality"-- Provided by publisher.



I am, I am, I am : seventeen brushes with death / Maggie O'Farrell.

cover imageWe are never closer to life than when we brush up against the possibility of death. I Am, I Am, I Am is Maggie O'Farrell's astonishing memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life. The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, which she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. An encounter with a disturbed man on a remote path. And, most terrifying of all, an ongoing, daily struggle to protect her daughter -- for whom this book was written -- from a condition that leaves her unimaginably vulnerable to life's myriad dangers. Seventeen discrete encounters with Maggie at different ages, in different locations, reveal a whole life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots. In taut prose that vibrates with electricity and restrained emotion, O'Farrell captures the perils running just beneath the surface, and illuminates the preciousness, beauty, and mysteries of life itself.


The art of vanishing : a memoir of wanderlust / Laura Smith.

cover image"At twenty-five, as her wedding date approached, [the author] began to feel trapped ... by the unsettling idea that it was hard to be at once married and free. [She] wanted her life to be different. She wanted her marriage to be different. And she found in the strangely captivating story of another restless young woman determined to live without constraints both an enticement and a challenge, Barbara Newhall Follett ... [who] in December 1939, when she was not much older than Laura, walked out of her apartment ... and vanished without a trace. [This memoir] is a riveting mystery and a piercing exploration of marriage and convention that asks deep and uncomfortable questions: Why do we give up on our childhood dreams? Is marriage a golden noose? Must we find ourselves in the same row houses with Pottery Barn lamps telling our kids to behave? "--Amazon.com.


Maybe Esther : a family story / Katja Petrowskaja ; translated from the German by Shelley Frisch.

cover imageAn inventive, unique, and extraordinarily moving literary debut that pieces together the fascinating story of one woman’s family across twentieth-century Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and Germany. Katja Petrowskaja wanted to create a kind of family tree, charting relatives who had scattered across multiple countries and continents. Her idea blossomed into this striking and highly original work of narrative nonfiction, an account of her search for meaning within the stories of her ancestors.


Everything happens for a reason : and other lies I've loved / Kate Bowler.

cover image"A divinity professor and young mother with a Stage IV cancer diagnosis explores the pain and joy of living without certainty. Thirty-five-year-old Kate Bowler was a professor at the school of divinity at Duke, and had finally had a baby with her childhood sweetheart after years of trying, when she began to feel jabbing pains in her stomach. She lost thirty pounds, chugged antacid, and visited doctors for three months before she was finally diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. As she navigates the aftermath of her diagnosis, Kate pulls the reader deeply into her life, which is populated with a colorful, often hilarious collection of friends, pastors, parents, and doctors, and shares her laser-sharp reflections on faith, friendship, love, and death. She wonders why suffering makes her feel like a loser and explores the burden of positivity. Trying to relish the time she still has with her son and husband, she realizes she must change her habit of skipping to the end and planning the next move. A historian of the "American prosperity gospel"--The creed of the mega-churches that promises believers a cure for tragedy, if they just want it badly enough--Bowler finds that, in the wake of her diagnosis, she craves these same "outrageous certainties." She wants to know why it's so hard to surrender control over that which you have no control. She contends with the terrifying fact that, even for her husband and child, she is not the lynchpin of existence, and that even without her, life will go on. On the page, Kate Bowler is warm, witty, and ruthless, and, like Paul Kalanithi, one of the talented, courageous few who can articulate the grief she feels as she contemplates her own mortality"-- Provided by publisher.


Heart berries : a memoir / Terese Marie Mailhot ; with an introduction by Sherman Alexie and an afterword by Joan Naviyuk Kane.

cover image"Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder; Terese Marie Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma. The triumphant result is Heart Berries, a memorial for Mailhot's mother, a social worker and activist who had a thing for prisoners; a story of reconciliation with her father-an abusive drunk and a brilliant artist-who was murdered under mysterious circumstances; and an elegy on how difficult it is to love someone while dragging the long shadows of shame. Mailhot trusts the reader to understand that memory isn't exact, but melded to imagination, pain, and what we can bring ourselves to accept. Her unique and at times unsettling voice graphically illustrates her mental state. As she writes, she discovers her own true voice, seizes control of her story, and, in so doing, reestablishes her connection to her family, to her people, and to her place in the world."-- Provided by publisher.


Becky Sauerbrunn / by David Seigerman.

cover image"Before she was scoring goals, Becky Sauerbrunn was just a kid trying to fit in. Learn more in this first book in a brand-new nonfiction series about the childhoods of your favorite athletes. Midway through her first soccer game for the US Women's National Team, Becky Sauerbrunn broke her nose. More to the point, it exploded, really, in a head-to-head collision. Still, it never occurred to her to leave the field until she saw the horrified reaction from her teammates and coaches. Sauerbrunn's toughness is one of the reasons she has developed into perhaps the finest defender in women's soccer on the planet. The source of that toughness? Being the younger sister to two older brothers. Becky would do anything to play with her brothers--including allowing them to duct tape plywood to her forearms so she could play street hockey goalie and have her brothers shoot slapshots at her. Or letting them wrap her in blankets (so tightly she still has a phobia of bundling up) and launch her off the bed, trying to see how far they could get her to fly. But Sauerbrunn's brothers also helped her in another important way--they helped her learn to read, which fueled a lifelong passion for books. In fact, she believes that reading has helped train her brain for the kind of problem-solving challenges she faces on the field, defending the most talented forwards in the world. Her cerebral approach, combined with her toughness, are the keys to her soccer success--the roots of both can be traced back to the little girl who wanted to hang with her brothers"-- Provided by publisher.


Renoir : an intimate biography / Barbara Ehrlich White.

cover imageRenoir became hugely popular despite great obstacles: thirty years of poverty followed by thirty years of progressive paralysis of his fingers. Despite these hardships, much of his work is optimistic, even joyful. Close friends who contributed money, contacts, and companionship enabled him to overcome these challenges to create more than 4,000 paintings. Renoir had intimate relationships with fellow artists (Caillebotte, Cezanne, Monet, and Morisot), with his dealers and with his models . Barbara Ehrlich White's lifetime of research informs this fascinating biography that challenges common misconceptions surrounding Renoir's reputation.Since 1961 White has studied more than 3,000 letters relating to Renoir and gained unique insight into his personality and character. 'Renoir' provides an unparalleled and intimate portrait of this complex artist through images of his own iconic paintings, his own words, and the words of his contemporaries.


A river in darkness : one man's escape from North Korea / Masaji Ishikawa ; translated by Risa Kobayashi and Martin Brown.

cover image"Half-Korean, half-Japanese, Masaji Ishikawa has spent his whole life feeling like a man without a country. This feeling only deepened when his family moved from Japan to North Korea when Ishikawa was just thirteen years old, and unwittingly became members of the lowest social caste. His father, himself a Korean national, was lured to the new Communist country by promises of abundant work, education for his children, and a higher station in society. But the reality of their new life was far from utopian. A memoir translated from the original Japanese, Ishikawa candidly recounts his tumultuous upbringing and the brutal thirty-six years he spent living under a crushing totalitarian regime, as well as the challenges he faced repatriating to Japan after barely escaping North Korea with his life." -- Publisher's description


A river in darkness : one man's escape from North Korea / Masaji Ishikawa ; translated by Risa Kobayashi and Martin Brown.

cover image"Half-Korean, half-Japanese, Masaji Ishikawa has spent his whole life feeling like a man without a country. This feeling only deepened when his family moved from Japan to North Korea when Ishikawa was just thirteen years old, and unwittingly became members of the lowest social caste. His father, himself a Korean national, was lured to the new Communist country by promises of abundant work, education for his children, and a higher station in society. But the reality of their new life was far from utopian. A memoir translated from the original Japanese, Ishikawa candidly recounts his tumultuous upbringing and the brutal thirty-six years he spent living under a crushing totalitarian regime, as well as the challenges he faced repatriating to Japan after barely escaping North Korea with his life." -- Publisher's description


The monk of Mokha / by Dave Eggers.

cover imageThe true story of a young Yemeni-American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana'a by civil war.


The gambler : how penniless dropout Kirk Kerkorian became the greatest deal maker in capitalist history / William C. Rempel.

cover image"The rags-to-riches story of one of America's wealthiest and least-known financial giants, self-made billionaire Kirk Kerkorian--the daring aviator, movie mogul, risk-taker, and business tycoon who transformed Las Vegas and Hollywood to become one of the leading financiers in American business."--Jacket flap.


The monk of Mokha / by Dave Eggers.

cover imageThe true story of a young Yemeni-American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana'a by civil war.


Brave / Rose McGowan.

cover image"The surprising and captivating memoir and radical manifesto of one of the most controversial women in Hollywood--actress, activist, musician, director, and all-around feminist badass Rose McGowan"-- Provided by publisher.


The monk of Mokha / by Dave Eggers.

cover imageThe true story of a young Yemeni-American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana'a by civil war.


The monk of Mokha / by Dave Eggers.

cover imageThe true story of a young Yemeni-American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana'a by civil war.


Breaking free : how I escaped polygamy, the FLDS cult, and my father, Warren Jeffs / Rachel Jeffs.

cover imageThe daughter of the self-proclaimed prophet of the FLDS Church describes the abusive patriarchal culture in which she was raised by sister wives and dominating men and discusses how her father remains a powerful influence on his followers.


The book of Emma Reyes / Emma Reyes ; translated with an introduction by Daniel AlarcĂłn.

cover image"A literary discovery: an extraordinary account, in the tradition of The House on Mango Street and Angela's Ashes, of a Colombian woman's harrowing childhood. This astonishing memoir of a childhood lived in extreme poverty in Latin America was hailed as an instant classic when first published in Colombia in 2012, nine years after the death of its author, who was encouraged in her writing by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Comprised of letters written over the course of thirty years, and translated and introduced by acclaimed Peruvian-American writer Daniel Alarcon, it describes in vivid, painterly detail the remarkable courage and limitless imagination of a young girl growing up with nothing. Emma was an illegitimate child, raised in a windowless room in Bogota with no water or toilet and only ingenuity to keep her and her sister alive. Abandoned by their mother, she and her sister moved to a Catholic convent housing 150 orphan girls, where they washed pots, ironed and mended laundry, scrubbed floors, cleaned bathrooms, sewed garments and decorative cloths for the nuns--and lived in fear of the Devil. Illiterate and knowing nothing of the outside world, Emma escaped at age nineteen, eventually coming to have a career as an artist and to befriend the likes of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera as well as European artists and intellectuals. Far from self-pitying, the portrait that emerges from this clear-eyed account inspires awe at the stunning early life of a gifted writer whose talent remained hidden for far too long"--Provided by publisher.


The man who made the movies : the meteoric rise and tragic fall of William Fox / Vanda Krefft.

cover imageA riveting story of ambition, greed, and genius unfolding at the dawn of modern America. This landmark biography brings into focus a fascinating brilliant entrepreneur--like Steve Jobs or Walt Disney, a true American visionary--who risked everything to realize his bold dream of a Hollywood empire. Although a major Hollywood studio still bears William Fox's name, the man himself has mostly been forgotten by history, even written off as a failure. Now, in this fascinating biography, Vanda Krefft corrects the record, explaining why Fox's legacy is central to the history of Hollywood. At the heart of William Fox's life was the myth of the American Dream. His story intertwines the fate of the nineteenth-century immigrants who flooded into New York, the city's vibrant and ruthless gilded age history, and the birth of America's movie industry amid the dawn of the modern era. Drawing on a decade of original research, The Man Who Made the Movies offers a rich, compelling look at a complex man emblematic of his time, one of the most fascinating and formative eras in American history. Growing up in Lower East Side tenements, the eldest son of impoverished Hungarian immigrants, Fox began selling candy on the street. That entrepreneurial ambition eventually grew one small Brooklyn theater into a $300 million empire of deluxe studios and theaters that rivaled those of Adolph Zukor, Marcus Loew, and the Warner brothers, and launched stars such as Theda Bara. Amid the euphoric roaring twenties, the early movie moguls waged a fierce battle for control of their industry. A fearless risk-taker, Fox won and was hailed as a genius--until a confluence of circumstances, culminating with the 1929 stock market crash, led to his ruin.


The closer / Mariano Rivera with Wayne Coffey.

cover imageThe nineteen-year veteran pitcher for the New York Yankees describes his life, discussing the difficulties in being a Latino baseball player in the U.S., how he keeps his Christian values in professional sports, and his championships and rivalries.


Rabbit : the autobiography of Ms. Pat / Patricia Williams with Jeannine Amber.

cover imageThe popular comedian traces her youth in Atlanta's most troubled neighborhood at the height of the crack epidemic, discussing her experiences with petty crime and prostitution that led to her becoming a mother at age thirteen before resolving to secure a better life for her children.


Rebel : my life outside the lines / Nick Nolte.

cover image"Legendary actor Nick Nolte delivers his most revealing performance yet. This intimate memoir is a tale of art, passion, commitment, addiction, and the quest for personal enlightenment as intense and hypnotic as the man himself. In a career spanning five decades and hundreds of roles, Nick Nolte has become a true Hollywood icon. Rising from a difficult childhood in the rural Midwest to leading roles and a trio of Oscar nominations in the golden West, he has been both celebrated and vilified; survived marriages, divorces, and a string of romances; was named People magazine's 'Sexiest Man Alive'; and suffered public humiliation over his addiction issues, including a drug-fueled trip down the Pacific Coast Highway that resulted in his infamous arrest. Despite these ups and downs, Nolte has remained true to the craft he loves, portraying a diverse range of characters with his trademark physicality and indelible gravelly voice..."--Dust jacket.


The bughouse : the poetry, politics, and madness of Ezra Pound / Daniel Swift.

cover image"In 1945, the American poet Ezra Pound was due to stand trial for treason for his broadcasts in Fascist Italy during the Second World War. Before the trial could take place, however, he was pronounced insane. Escaping a possible death sentence, he was sent to St. Elizabeths Hospital near Washington, D.C., where he was held for more than a decade. At the hospital, Pound was at his most infamous, and most contradictory. He was a genius and a traitor, a great poet and a madman. He was also an irresistible figure and, in his cell on Chestnut Ward and on the elegant hospital grounds, he was visited by the major poets and writers of his time. T. S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, John Berryman, Charles Olson, and Frederick Seidel all went to sit with him. They listened to him speak and wrote of what they had seen. This was perhaps the world's most unorthodox literary salon: convened by a fascist, held in a lunatic asylum, with chocolate brownies and mayonnaise sandwiches served for tea. Pound continues to divide all who read and think of him. At the hospital, the doctors who studied him and the poets who learned from him each had a different understanding of this wild and most difficult man. Tracing Pound through the eyes of his visitors, Daniel Swift's The Bughouse tells a story of politics, madness, and modern art in the twentieth century." -- Publisher's description.


Natural disaster : I cover them. I am one. / Ginger Zee.

cover imageABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee pulls back the curtain on her life in Natural Disaster. Ginger grew up in small-town Michigan where she developed an obsession with weather as a young girl. Ginger opens up about her lifelong battle with crippling depression, her romances that range from misguided to dangerous, and her tumultuous professional path. This cyclone of stories may sound familiar to some-it's just that Ginger's personal tempests happened while she was covering some of the most devastating storms in recent history, including a ferocious tornado that killed a legend in the meteorology field.


Taking aim : daring to be different, happier, and healthier in the great outdoors / Eva Shockey ; with A.J. Gregory.

cover image"A world-famous bow hunter who defies the stereotype that hunting is a man's game, Eva Shockey is a real-life Katniss Everdeen--a TV and social media star at the forefront of a new wave of women and girls in outdoor sports. Eva Shockey grew up aspiring to be a dancer, like her glamorous mother. But something about spending family vacations RV-ing across North America and going on hunts with her dad sparked in her an unduring passion for a different way of life. In Taking Aim, Eva tells a very personal story of choosing the less-traveled path to a rewarding life in outdoor pursuits like hunting and fishing. For her, as the millions of fans who follow her life on TV and on social media can attest, that has meant hunting as a way of harvesting food, caring deeply about sustainability and healthy eating, and getting closer to God in nature. In this riveting memoir for the adventurer in all of us, Eva takes us along for the ride as she scales rugged mountains in Alaska, tracks 1,500-pound bull moose through unforgiving Yukon terrain, and meets the many challenges of a life in the outdoors. Along the way we learn that hunting is about so much more than letting an arrow fly or pulling a trigger. Whether you're a lifelong hunter or a city dweller who has never set foot in the wilderness, Eva's story offers a timeless, empowering message about rejecting stereotypes and expectations, believing in yourself, and finding the courage to pursue your own unique dream"-- Provided by publisher.


Winter / Karl Ove Knausgaard ; with illustrations by Lars Lerin ; translated from the Norwegian by Ingvild Burkey.

cover image"In Winter, we rejoin the great Karl Ove Knausgaard as he waits for the birth of his daughter. In preparation for her arrival, he takes stock of the world, seeing it as if for the first time. In his inimitably sensitive style, he writes about the moon, water, messiness, owls, birthdays--to name just a handful of his subjects. He fills these oh-so-familiar objects and ideas with new meaning, taking nothing for granted or as given. New life is on the horizon, but the earth is also in hibernation, waiting for the warmer weather to return, and so a contradictory melancholy inflects his gaze."--Page [4] of cover.


Mean / Myriam Gurba.

cover image"Myriam Gurba's debut is the bold and hilarious tale of her coming of age as a queer, mixed-race Chicana. Blending radical formal fluidity and caustic humor, Mean turns what might be tragic into piercing, revealing comedy. This is a confident, funny, brassy book that takes the cost of sexual assault, racism, misogyny, and homophobia deadly seriously. We act mean to defend ourselves from boredom and from those who would cut off our breasts. We act mean to defend our clubs and institutions. We act mean because we like to laugh. Being mean to boys is fun and a second-wave feminist duty. Being mean to men who deserve it is a holy mission. Sisterhood is powerful, but being mean is more exhilarating. Being mean isn't for everybody. Being mean is best practiced by those who understand it as an art form. These virtuosos live closer to the divine than the rest of humanity. They're queers. Myriam Gurba is a queer spoken-word performer, visual artist, and writer from Santa Maria, California. She's the author of Dahlia Season (2007, Manic D) which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, Wish You Were Me (2011, Future Tense Books), and Painting Their Portraits in Winter (2015, Manic D). She has toured with Sister Spit and her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. She lives in Long Beach, where she teaches social studies to eighth-graders"-- Provided by publisher.


Grace Kelly : Hollywood dream girl / by Jay Jorgensen and Manoah Bowman ; designed by Stephen Schmidt.

cover image"A stunning gallery of more than 400 prized and rare photographs and illustrations, precious childhood snapshots, previously unpublished Edith Head and Helen Rose wardrobe sketches, original portraits, scene stills, on-set candids, wardrobe test shots, vintage magazine covers, and rare reproductions of exhibitor's showmanship manuals showing how film studios marketed Grace Kelly as a star, Grace Kelly captures this beloved luminary's eternal beauty as never before, and is a fresh, celebratory look at her remarkable career and her enduring cultural influence" -- provided by publisher.


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.


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Elsie and her namesakes / Martha Finley.

cover imageHarold Travilla marries Gracie Raymond on New Year's Day, and the happy couple honeymoons at Viamede, Grandmother Elsie's Louisiana plantation. The rest of the family travels on the Dolphin to join them, and along the way Grandmother Elsie and Captain Raymond regale the children with tales from Southern history, and Cousin Ronald entertains them with stories of his native Scotland. The happy family grows yet again when Lucilla and Chester welcome a healthy baby boy to the clan. The Dinsmores and Raymonds then make plans to spend the summer at Crag Cottage, Evelyn's beloved home.


Elsie and her loved ones / Martha Finley.

cover imageElsie and her family take a respite from the sea and travel over the Rocky Mountains in order to visit interesting sites in California, from San Francisco to San Diego. Upon their return to Crag Cottage on the Hudson River, Evelyn gives birth to a daughter, and Grandma Elsie is now great-grandmother to little Mary Raymond. The whole family enjoys a round of gatherings in honor of the new baby and her proud parents. Unfortunately Ned Raymond finds himself in trouble again, and this time it is Dr. Harold Travilla who comes to the rescue. The doctor and Gracie Raymond then finally set their wedding date for New Year's Day.


Elsie's winter trip / Martha Finley.

cover imageFollowing their honeymoons, Lucilla and Evelyn set up housekeeping with their husbands, Chester and Max, in a new shared home, Sunnyside. The family enjoys a round of parties held in honor of the newlyweds. When Max returns to the navy, the rest of the family travels with Grandma Elsie during the cold months on board the Dolphin to several Caribbean islands and the shores of South America. Elsie and Ned Raymond acquire pet monkeys, and Ned takes an unfortunate tumble but is saved by a quick-thinking sailor.


Elsie's young folks / Martha Finley.

cover imageFollowing the destruction of the Maine in Havana Harbor and America's declaration of war on Spain, Max sails on Commodore Dewey's flagship, the Olympia, to meet the Spanish in the Philippines. Doctors Harold and Herbert Travilla volunteer as plrysicians to U.S. troops supporting the Cubans in their fight for independence. Upon his return from Cuba, Harold confesses his love for Gracie Raymond.


Elsie in the South / Martha Finley.

cover imageA doctor prescribes a winter's rest in the South for Chester so he can fully recover from the injuries he incurred while protecting Lucilla. After Max's graduation from the Naval Academy, Grandmother Elsie and the Raymonds travel on the Dolphin to Florida and on to Viamede, Elsie's beloved Louisiana home. Max and Evelyn become engaged, and Bob Johnson and Sydney Dinsmore wed. When Evelyn and Lulu catch the bridal bouquet together at the wedding, the family wonders who will be the next to wed.


Elsie on the Hudson / Martha Finley.

cover imageEvelyn invites the family to join her at Crag Cottage, on the Hudson River. En route, the Travillas, Lelands, and Raymonds visit many historic sites and learn about the Revolutionary War. Meanwhile, Grandma Elsie and Annis visit relatives in Ohio. Adventure comes when the burglar whom Lulu captured escapes from prison, and seeks revenge.


Elsie at home / Martha Finley.

cover imageElsie's family continues to grow and flourish, embracing both new life as well as death. Evelyn's mother, Laura Leland, is very ill with consumption; brothers Arthur and Calhoun Conley both become fathers. Rosie Travilla and Will Croly tie the knot, as do long-time bachelor Dick Percival and Maud Dinsmore. In the midst of change, the family remains steadfastly thankful for all that God has gfiven them.


Elsie's journey on inland waters / Martha Finley.

cover imageWhen Cousin Raymond and Annis depart for their honeymoon, the rest of the family tour the Great Lakes onboard "The Dolphin." While they're sailing on Lake Erie, a violent storm descends, and Captain Raymond must save Lulu from being swept overboard. Through it all, the family continues to learn about trusting in God's protection during all of life's storms.


Elsie at the World's Fair / Martha Finley.

cover imageElsie and her whole family attend the 1893 World's Fair Exposition in Chicago. The traveling party enjoys several weeks touring the many exhibits and amusements. Love is also in the air at the fair: Rosie and Lulu are pursued by suitors, and another happy couple is married.


Elsie's vacation / Martha Finley.

cover imageWhen the family returns home from their journey in the Dolphin, they learn Grandma Elsie is ill and must have surgery. Elsie and her family put their trust in God to help them endure the hardship and uncertainty of her future. To aid her recovery, Elsie chooses to recuperate at Viamede, her family's Louisiana home.


Elsie and the Raymonds / Martha Finley.

cover imageEdward and Zoe Travilla bring their twins to Grandma Elsie's 50th birthday party. Captain Raymond takes Max and Lulu with him on a business trip to the West.


Christmas With Grandma Elsie / Martha Finley.

cover imageThe holidays have arrived and all of the family has grouped together at Grandma Elsie's house for the fun. Sleigh rides, ice skating, and snowball fights among the family, but during the visit, the importance of missionary work is often discussed and makes deep impressions on the minds of both young and old.


Elsie's children / Martha Finley.

cover imageEnter the world of "Elsie Dinsmore"! These nineteenth-century fictional chronicles of a beautiful young heiress in the Civil War South have captivated generations of 10- to 14-year-old readers eager to follow Elsie's life from childhood to motherhood and beyond. Pleasant times and new babies are mixed with dark secrets and deep sorrow. Will Elsie be strong in the Lord?


Elsie's womanhood / Martha Finley.

cover imageIt is time for celebration as Elsie prepares to marry her beloved Edward. Following their wedding, the happy couple honeymoons at Viamede, childhood home of Elsie's mother in the bayou region of Louisiana. Here Elsie's faith matures, and she learns to share her belief with others in a meaningful way.


Judah's wife : a novel of the Maccabees / Angela Hunt.

cover imageSeeking peace and safety after a hard childhood, Leah marries Judah, a strong and gentle man, and for the first time in her life believes she can rest easily. But the land is ruled by Antiochus IV, and when he issues a decree that all Jews are to conform to Syrian laws upon pain of death, devout Jews risk everything to follow the law of Moses. Judah's father resists the decree, and is cost him his life. But before dying, he commands his son to pick up his sword and continue the fight--or bear responsibility for the obliteration of the land of Judah. What kind of God would destroy the peace Leah has sought for so long?


The crooked path / Irma Joubert.

cover image"As retired physician Lettie Louw looks back upon her life, she recounts her coming of age in WWII-era South Africa in this compelling story of delayed love, loss, and reconciliation. Lettie Louw is the daughter of the town physician in their South African village. She spends her childhood in the warm African days playing with her friends and being adored by her doting parents. When she becomes a teenager, she experiences her first taste of unrequited romantic love in the form of her best friend's older brother, De Wet Fourie. When De Wet pursues the beautiful and wealthy Annabelle, Lettie's dreams are crushed, and she moves to Johannesburg to pursue her studies in medicine. Life in Johannesburg feels strange to Lettie, and the world around her is in profound upheaval as the Second World War rages. Her feelings for De Wet never waver, and Lettie is heartbroken when he marries another of her childhood friends. Lettie soon meets Marco Romanelli, an Italian immigrant, and they marry and raise two daughters, as the racial and political tensions in South Africa swirl about them. Lettie never forgets her first love, even as the ravages of time, war, and illness play upon her life and the lives of those she loves. In their later years, Lettie and De Wet are thrown into one another's company again, and they are given another chance at a life together"-- Provided by publisher.


The masterpiece / Francine Rivers.

cover imageStruggling to make a home for herself and her five-month-old son Samuel, Grace Moore accepts a position as a personal assistant to Roman Velasco, a temperamental but successful artist.


Where yesterday lives / Karen Kingsbury.

cover imageAt thirty-one, Ellen Barrett has already won a Pulitzer prize. Sadly, though, her skill as a journalist far surpasses her ability to sort out her troubled past, so she's less than eager to return to picturesque Petoskey, Michigan, for her beloved father's funeral. When she most needs comfort, her husband is distant and her siblings antagonistic -- and the solace an old sweetheart offers is almost too much to resist. In the end, going home to the shores of Little Traverse Bay is an emotional and spiritual journey for Ellen -- a rediscovery of what is truly important and eternal in her life.


The sound of rain / Sarah Loudin Thomas.

cover image"Judd Markley is a hardworking coal miner who rarely thinks much past tomorrow until he loses his brother--and nearly his own life--in a mine cave-in. Vowing never to enter the darkness of a mine again, he leaves all he knows in West Virginia to escape to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It's 1954, the seaside community is thriving, and Judd soon hires on with a timber company. Larkin Heyward's life in Myrtle Beach is uncomplicated, mostly doing volunteer work and dancing at the Pavilion. But she dreams of one day doing more--maybe moving to the hollers of Kentucky to help the poor children of Appalachia. But she's never even met someone who's lived there--until she encounters Judd, the newest employee at her father's timber company. Drawn together in the wake of a devastating hurricane, Judd and Larkin each seek answers to what tomorrow will bring. As opposition rises against following their divergent dreams, they realize that it may take a miracle for them to be together." -- Publisher annotation.


Mary's home / Jerry S. Eicher.

cover image"On a crisp fall morning in November, Mary Yoder awakens in the valley at the foothills of the Adirondacks on her wedding day. The only problem? Joshua Beiler broke their relationship off six months prior. And now he plans to wed his new sweetheart on the exact same day Mary was to be his bride. Heartbroken, Mary forces herself to walk to work alongside her sister, Becky, for moral support. When the sisters arrive at the food co-op, it seems that everyone in the Amish community knows of Mary's misfortune. That includes Stephen Overholt, a longtime bachelor who Becky suspects has plans to take advantage of her sister's vulnerable state. And he's not the only one. Mary's neighbor, Mrs. Gabert, launches her own matchmaking effort when her grandson, Willard, visits for the week. Willard invites Mary and Becky to a talk he's giving on his upcoming mission to Kenya. As Mary struggles to accept the Lord's will and find healing, she must determine whether or not one of her potential suitors can give her the future Joshua denied her"-- Provided by publisher.


Phoebe's gift / Jerry S. Eicher.

cover image"Phoebe Lapp's grandmother was anything but ordinary. Before her death, the eccentric elderly woman purchased three Assateaque ponies, seemingly for no reason. But after her passing, Phoebe learns of her beloved grandmother's wish to start an Amish pony farm in Lancaster County for hurting Englisha children. That dream now lies with Phoebe if she decides to fulfill it, but a teaching position is waiting for her at home. Which path should she choose? Further complicating her decision, Grandma Lapp's young neighbors, David Fisher and his sister, Ruth, are to be involved in running the farm. David and Ruth have yet to abandon their rumspringa, and the only reason they haven't left the church already is because of Grandma Lapp's kindness. Unbeknownst to Phoebe, David has secret hopes of attracting her affection. Phoebe knows she has some difficult choices to make--whether or not to honor her grandmother's legacy and what to do about David's growing attentions toward her. But she's not alone. God is with her every step of the way"-- Provided by publisher.


Silvia's rose / Jerry S. Eicher.

cover image"Like most Amish women, Esther Stoltzfus considers herself to be down-to-earth. Her marriage to her deceased husband was one borne out of practicality, and Esther sees no reason why God won't replace what He was taken away. When Esther moves to a new community with her daughter, Diana, she meets the handsome minister Isaiah Mast, who has experienced his own loss and appears to be a logical fit to complete their family. But everything changes when Esther is introduced to Joseph Zook, her widowed neighbor down the road. While tending to his treasured roses, Joseph tells stories of his passionate love for his late wife, Silvia--stories that stir a place in Esther's heart she never knew existed. What if she and Isaiah could have the kind of love Joseph and Silvia shared? Meanwhile, Joseph gets his own second chance at love with the eccentric Arlene King, even as he knows he will never find another frau like his beloved Silvia. Silvia's Rose is a beautiful story filled with redemption, romance, and risking it all for the reward of true love"-- Provided by publisher.


The Saturday Night Supper Club / Carla Laureano.

cover imageDenver chef Rachel Bishop won a James Beard Award and heads up her own fine-dining restaurant-- until she is the target of a smear campaign. Alex Kanin was highlighting the pitfalls of online criticism-- and destroyed the career of a perfect stranger. Plagued by guilt, he agrees to help rebuild Rachel's tarnished image by offering his connections and his home to host an exclusive pop-up dinner party targeted to the Saturday Night Supper Club. As they work together to make the project a success, can Rachel give up her lifelong goals without losing her identity as well?


Blind spot / Dani Pettrey.

cover imageWhen FBI agent Declan Grey's investigation of a terrorist cell leads him to an insular immigrant community, he turns to crisis counselor Tanner Shaw for help in stopping a deadly plot.


The lost castle / Kristy Cambron.

cover image"Broken-down walls and crumbled stones seemed to possess a secret language all their own. What stories would they tell, if she finally listened? Ellie Carver arrives at her grandmother's bedside expecting to find her silently slipping away. Instead, the beloved old woman begins speaking. Of a secret past and castle ruins forgotten by time. Of a hidden chapel that served as a rendezvous for the French resistance in World War II. Of lost love and deep regret. Each piece that unlocks the story seems to unlock part of Ellie too--where she came from and who she is becoming. But her grandmother is quickly disappearing into the shadows of Alzheimer's and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family's history. Drawn by the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty--a forgotten castle so named for Charles Perrault's beloved fairy tale--Ellie embarks on a journey to France's Loire Valley in hopes that she can unearth its secrets before time silences them forever. Bridging the past to present in three time-periods--the French Revolution, World War II, and present day--The Lost Castle is a story of loves won and lost, of battles waged in the hearts of men, and an enchanted castle that stood witness to it all, inspiring a legacy of faith through the generations"-- Provided by publisher.


The view from Rainshadow Bay / Colleen Coble.

cover image"After her husband, Jack, dies in a climbing incident, Shauna has only her five-year-old son and her helicopter charter business to live for. Every day is a struggle to make ends meet and she lives in constant fear of losing even more than she already has. When her business partner is murdered, his final words convince Shauna that she's in danger too. But where can she turn? Zach Bannister was her husband's best friend and is the person she blames for his death. She's barely spoken to him since. But right now he seems her only hope for protecting her son. Zach is only too happy to assuage his guilt over Jack's death by helping Shauna any way he can. But there are secrets involved dating back to Shauna's childhood that more than one person would prefer to stay hidden." - Page [4] of cover.


Out of the ashes / Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse.

cover imageKatherine and Jean-Michel once shared a deep love that was torn apart by forces beyond their control. Reunited in the 1920s at the Curry Hotel in Alaska, have the years changed them too deeply to rediscover what they had? And when Jean-Michel's nightmares of war return with terrifying consequences, will faith be enough to heal what's been broken for so long?


All things bright and strange / James Markert, James Markert.

cover image"In the wake of World War I in the small, Southern town of Bellhaven, South Carolina, the town folk believe they've found a little slice of heaven in a mysterious chapel in the woods. But they soon realize that evil can come in the most beautiful of forms. The people of Bellhaven have always looked to Ellsworth Newberry for guidance, but after losing his wife and his future as a professional pitcher, he is moments away from testing his mortality once and for all. Until he finally takes notice of the changes in his town ... and the cardinals that have returned. Upon the discovery of a small chapel deep in the Bellhaven woods, healing seems to fall upon the townspeople, bringing peace after several years of mourning. But as they visit the "healing floor" more frequently, the people begin to turn on one another, and the unusually tolerant town becomes anything but. The cracks between the natural and supernatural begin to widen, and tensions rise. Before the town crumbles, Ellsworth must pull himself from the brink of suicide, overcome his demons, and face the truth of who he was born to be by leading the town into the woods to face the evil threatening Bellhaven"-- Provided by publisher.


Keturah / Lisa T. Bergren.

cover image"In 1772 England, Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson and her sisters find themselves the heiresses of their father's estates and know they have one option: Go to the West Indies to save what is left of their heritage. Although it flies against all the conventions for women of the time, they're determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean, proper gender roles are the least of their concerns. On the infamous island of Nevis, the sisters discover the legacy of the legendary sugar barons has vastly declined--and that's just the start of what their eyes are opened to in this unfamiliar world. Keturah never intends to put herself at the mercy of a man again, but every man on the island seems to be trying to win her hand and, with it, the ownership of her plantation. She could desperately use an ally, but even an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend leaves her questioning his motives. Set on keeping her family together and saving her father's plantation, can Keturah ever surrender her stubbornness and guarded heart to God and find the healing and love awaiting her?"--Amazon.com


The last frontier of the fading West / Helen Picca

cover imageJennifer is a young, innocent girl, happily living a carefree existence in a safe, small seaside community, when on October 5, 1942, a fateful event changes the course of her life forever. The sinking of the "Larry Doheny' by a Japanese submarine off the coast of Port Orford, Oregon, propels her into the horrors of World War II, where she meets Jack Long, a young Navy man rescued from the ship. Sensing that he is somehow different, she is drawn to him as she helps treat his wounds, relishing the chance to get to know someone from a big city-Los Angeles. But before she has the chance to learn more, he is whisked away by the Navy, and, just as unpredictably, she sets off to Portland as a Red Cross volunteer to care for the many casualties from the war in the Pacific. Eventually, she returns home to make a life with her high school sweetheart and live happily ever after-or not. A memoir of sorts, spanning a half century, from World War II to Vietnam to Kuwait, this is Jennifer's story of redemption-for those who bear the horrible scars of war; and of love-great love for a man, family and a town she chooses to call home, Port Orford. Isolated on the very edge of the continent, steeped in history and fraught with hardships, disasters and tragedies, it is The Last Frontier of the Fading West.


The Mayflower bride / Kimberley Woodhouse.

cover image"Can a religious separatist and an opportunistic spy make it in the New World? A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees. Mary Elizabeth Chapman boards the Speedwell in 1620 as a Separatist seeking a better life in the New World. William Lytton embarks on the Mayflower as a carpenter looking for opportunities to succeed-and he may have found one when a man from the Virginia Company offers William a hefty sum to keep a stealth eye on company interests in the new colony. The season is far too late for good sailing and storms rage, but reaching land is no better as food is scarce and the people are weak. Will Mary Elizabeth survive to face the spring planting and unknown natives? Will William be branded a traitor and expelled? Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series begins with The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse." -- ONIX annotation.


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.


Phoebe's light / Suzanne Woods Fisher.

cover imagePhoebe Starbuck has always adjusted her sails and rudder to the whims of her father. Now, for the first time, she's doing what she wants to do: marrying Captain Phineas Foulger and sailing far away from Nantucket. As she leaves on her grand adventure, her father gives her two gifts, both of which Phoebe sees little need for. The first is an old sheepskin journal from Great Mary, her highly revered great-grandmother. The other is a "minder" on the whaling ship in the form of cooper Matthew Mitchell, a man whom she loathes. Soon Phoebe discovers that life at sea is no easier than life on land. Lonely, seasick, and disillusioned, she turns the pages of Great Mary's journal and finds herself drawn into the life of this noble woman. To Phoebe's shock, her great-grandmother has left a secret behind that carries repercussions for everyone aboard the ship, especially her husband the captain and her shadow the cooper. This story within a story catapults Phoebe into seeing her life in an entirely new way--just in time.--Amazon.com


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 / Michèle 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.


Fiction

Theory of shadows / Paolo Maurensig ; translated from the Italian by Anne Milano Appel.

cover imageOn the morning of March 24, 1946, the world chess champion Alexander Alekhine--"sadist of the chess world," renowned for his eccentric behavior as well as the ruthlessness of his playing style--was found dead in his hotel room in Estoril, Portugal. He was fully dressed and wearing an overcoat, slumped back in a chair, in front of a meal, a chessboard just out of reach. The doctor overseeing the autopsy certified that Alekhine died of asphyxiation due to a piece of meat stuck in his larynx and assured the world that there was absolutely no evidence of suicide or foul play. Some, of course, have commented that the photos of the corpse look suspiciously theatrical, as though staged. Others have wondered why Alekhine would have sat down to his dinner in a hot room while wearing a heavy overcoat. And what about all these rumors concerning Alekhine's activities during World War II? Did he really pen a series of articles on the inherent inferiority of Jewish chess players? Can he really be seen in photographs with high-ranking Nazi officials? And as for his own homeland, is it true that the Russians considered him a traitor, as well as a possible threat to the new generation of supposedly superior Soviet chess masters?


The burial society : a novel / Nina Sadowsky.

cover image"A woman running from a dark past stumbles upon a tangled nest of seductions and secrets in this psychological thriller of obsession and betrayal. Catherine, no last name, doesn't bury the dead. She rescues the living--from intolerable, abusive, dangerous lives. Her darknet-based witness protection program, the Burial Society, is the last hope for people who desperately need to disappear. Catherine takes care of them and provides new identities. She is effective and efficient--until she discovers that her slipup may have compromised a client, maybe even killed her. Powerless to help without exposing her shadowy profession, Catherine makes a drastic move. With her covert service relocated to Paris, Catherine's done her best to move on. But when a dark part of her past suddenly appears in the City of Light, she refuses to run--and her life takes a harrowing turn. Using all the tricks of her unusual trade, Catherine weaves her way through a dangerous landscape of treachery, infidelity, paranoia, and secrets that bind as deeply as blood. But the evil of the enemy she's pursuing runs deeper still--to the bone. And even Catherine's most cunning skills may not be enough to save herself. Advance praise for The Burial Society "A deeply unsettling, compulsively entertaining Rubik's Cube of a novel. Every time you think you've unlocked the puzzle, Nina Sadowsky introduces a new twist that makes you start guessing all over again."--Michelle Richmond, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Fog and The Marriage Pact "The Burial Society is a twisty, ever-deeper, can't-let-go read! The heroine can trust no one as she struggles to help abused and endangered women in a world of secrets and shadows. A dynamite psychological thriller by a new master of the genre."--Karen Harper, New York Times bestselling author of Falling Darkness "Addicting and chilling. a smart, sophisticated, terrifying trip to the City of Light."--Susan Elia MacNeal, New York Times bestselling author of the Maggie Hope series"-- Provided by publisher.


Our lady of the prairie / Thisbe Nissen.

cover image"A sharp and bitingly funny novel about a professor whose calm-ish midwestern life gives way to a vortex of crises--and her attempts to salvage the pieces without going to pieces herself...In the space of a few torrid months on the Iowa prairie, Phillipa Maakestad--long-married theater professor and mother of an unstable daughter--grapples with a life turned upside down. After falling headlong into a passionate affair during a semester spent teaching in Ohio, Phillipa returns home to Iowa for her daughter Ginny's wedding. There, Phillipa must endure (among other things) a wedding-day tornado, a menace of a mother-in-law who may or may not have been a Nazi collaborator, and the tragicomic revenge fantasies of her heretofore docile husband. Naturally, she does what any newly liberated woman would do: she takes a match to her life on the prairie and then steps back to survey the wreckage. Set in the seething political climate of a contentious election,Thisbe Nissen's new novel is sexy, smart, and razor-sharp--a freight train barreling through the heart of the land and the land of the heart"-- Provided by publisher.


A girl in exile : requiem for Linda B. / Ismail Kadare ; translated from the Albanian by John Hodgson.

cover imageWhile waiting to hear whether his newest play will be approved for production, playwright Rudian Stefa is called in for questioning by the Party Committee. A girl--Linda B.--has been found dead, with a signed copy of his latest book in her possession. He soon learns that Linda's family, considered suspect, was exiled to a small town far from the capital, and that she committed suicide. Under the influence of a paranoid regime, Rudian finds himself swept along on a surreal quest to discover what really happened to Linda B. Through layers of intrigue, her story gradually unfolds: how she loved Rudian from a distance, and the risks she was prepared to take so that she could get close to him. He becomes captivated by her story, and disturbed at how he might be culpable for her fate.


American stranger : a novel / David Plante.

cover imageBrought up in a secularized Jewish household on Manhattan's upper Eastside, Nancy Green knows suspiciously little about her parents' past. She knows they were World War II Jewish refugees who were able to escape Germany with precious family heirlooms that are constant reminders of a lost life and world Nancy knows very little about. The longing she has for some kind of spiritual connection first leads her into an encounter with an Hassidic Jewish man who, unable to find meaning in his own religion, has taken vows to becomes a monk; and then an involvement with a Catholic boy in Boston where she is studying for her masters degree in English literature. Yvon, trying to escape the clutches of Catholicism and his overbearing mother, finds temporary refuge in Nancy and sees her as an escape from the insular enclave of Franco-Americans where he has spent most of his life. Their highly erotic, tempestuous relationship is frightening to both of them and a tragedy in Yvon's life eventually pulls them apart. Devastated by the breakup, Nancy ends up marrying a Jewish man from London, hoping to find herself with a man of her own religion. However, this new relationship, pale in comparison to her relationship with Yvon, ends very sadly and regrettably, inspiring Nancy to go back to Boston to track down the man who, she realizes, is the great love of her life. -- amazon.com


London Boulevard / Ken Bruen.

cover imageAn ex-convict hoping to steer clear of the lowlife from his past is forced to act when his disturbed sister is threatened.


The story of B / Daniel Quinn.

cover imageA young American priest is sent to Europe to investigate an itinerant preacher considered to be Antichrist, only to be converted by him. He finds nothing anti about the preacher, everything he says makes sense to him, including animism as the solution to such ills as overpopulation and environmental damage. By the author of Ishmael.


Hap and hazard and the end of the world / Diane DeSanders.

cover image"In the wake of World War II, a young girl grows up in Texas, lost between the unpredictable rage of her war-traumatized father and the distant stoicism of her mother. Finding herself at odds with the beliefs--religious and otherwise--of her family, she must discover her own way of making sense of the world and her place in it ... For Dick and Jane, Dallas after World War II is a place of promise and prosperity: the first home air conditioners are making summertime bearable and Dick's position at his father's business, the Cadillac dealership, is assured. Jane has help with the house and the children, and garden parties and holiday celebrations are spirited social affairs. For the oldest of their three daughters, however, life is full of frustrating mysteries. The stories the adults tell her don't make sense. Too curious for comfort, she finds her questions only seem to annoy them. Why won't they tell the truth about Santa? What is that Holy Spirit business, and what is the difference between an angel and a ghost? Why is her mother often so tense and sad? And why does her father keep flying into violent rages? Hap and Hazard and the End of the World is an intimate, finely crafted novel about the innocence and vulnerability of childhood and the dangers posed by adults who cannot cope with life's complexities. It is also about the ingenuity born of loneliness and neglect, and the surprising, strange beauty of the world."-- Provided by publisher.


The lost season of love and snow / Jennifer Laam.

cover image"The unforgettable story of Alexander Pushkin's beautiful wife, Natalya, a woman much admired at Court, and how she became reviled as the villain of St. Petersburg. At the beguiling age of sixteen, Natalya Goncharova is stunningly beautiful and intellectually curious. At her first public ball during the Christmas of 1828, she attracts the romantic attention of Russia's most lauded rebel poet: Alexander Pushkin. Finding herself deeply attracted to Alexander's intensity and joie de vivre, Natalya is swept up in a courtship and then a marriage full of passion but also destructive jealousies. When vicious court gossip leads Alexander to defend his honor as well as Natalya's in a duel, he tragically succumbs to his injuries. Natalya finds herself reviled for her perceived role in his death. In her striking new novel, The Lost Season of Love and Snow, Jennifer Laam helps bring Natalya's side of the story to life with vivid imagination--the compelling tale of her inner struggle to create a fulfilling life despite the dangerous intrigues of a glamorous imperial Court and that of her greatest love" -- Amazon.com.


Judah's wife : a novel of the Maccabees / Angela Hunt.

cover imageSeeking peace and safety after a hard childhood, Leah marries Judah, a strong and gentle man, and for the first time in her life believes she can rest easily. But the land is ruled by Antiochus IV, and when he issues a decree that all Jews are to conform to Syrian laws upon pain of death, devout Jews risk everything to follow the law of Moses. Judah's father resists the decree, and is cost him his life. But before dying, he commands his son to pick up his sword and continue the fight--or bear responsibility for the obliteration of the land of Judah. What kind of God would destroy the peace Leah has sought for so long?


The Spring girls / Anna Todd.

cover imageFour sisters desperately seeking the blueprints to life--the modern-day retelling of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women like only Anna Todd ( After, Imagines ) could do. The Spring Girls--Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy--are a force of nature on the New Orleans military base where they live. As different as they are, with their father on tour in Iraq and their mother hiding something, their fears are very much the same. Struggling to build lives they can be proud of and that will lift them out of their humble station in life, one year will determine all that their futures can become. The oldest, Meg, will be an officer's wife and enter military society like so many of the women she admires. If her passion--and her reputation--don't derail her. Beth, the workhorse of the family, is afraid to leave the house, is afraid she'll never figure out who she really is . Jo just wants out. Wishing she could skip to graduation, she dreams of a life in New York City and a career in journalism where she can impact the world. Nothing can stop her--not even love. And Amy, the youngest, is watching all her sisters, learning from how they handle themselves. For better or worse. With plenty of sass, romance, and drama, The Spring Girls revisits Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women , and brings its themes of love, war, class, adolescence, and family into the language of the twenty-first century.


The road to bittersweet / Donna Everhart.

cover imageFor fourteen-year-old Wallis Ann Stamper and her family, life in the Appalachian Mountains is simple and satisfying, though not for the tenderhearted. While her older sister, Laci--a mute, musically gifted savant--is constantly watched over and protected, Wallis Ann is as practical and sturdy as her name. When the Tuckasegee River bursts its banks, forcing them to flee in the middle of the night, those qualities save her life. But though her family is eventually reunited, the tragedy opens Wallis Ann's eyes to a world beyond the creek that's borne their name for generations. Carrying what's left of their possessions, the Stampers begin another perilous journey from their ruined home to the hill country of South Carolina. Wallis Ann's blossoming friendship with Clayton, a high diving performer for a traveling show, sparks a new opportunity, and the family joins as a singing group. But Clayton's attention to Laci drives a wedge between the two sisters. As jealousy and betrayal threaten to accomplish what hardship never could--divide the family for good--Wallis Ann makes a decision that will transform them all in unforeseeable ways...


My last love story / Falguni Kothari.

cover image"Simi Desai is thirty years old and her husband is dying of cancer. He has two last wishes in his final months. First, that she'll have his baby so that a piece of him lives on, and second, that she'll reconcile with her old flame, who just happens to be their mutual best friend. So over the course of their last summer together, Simi's husband plans a series of big and small adventures for this unlikely trio, designed to help them say goodbye to each other and prove to Simi that it's okay to move on without him, and even find love again."--Front flap.


This love story will self-destruct : a novel / Leslie Cohen.

cover imageThis is the classic tale of boy meets girl: Girl...goes home with someone else. Meet Eve. She's a dreamer, a feeler, a careening well of sensitivities who can't quite keep her feet on the ground, or steer clear of trouble. She's a laugher, a crier, a quirky and quick-witted bleeding-heart-worrier. Meet Ben. He's an engineer, an expert at leveling floors who likes order, structure, and straight lines. He doesn't opine, he doesn't ruminate, he doesn't simmer until he boils over.So naturally, when the two first cross paths, sparks don't exactly fly. But then they meet again. And again. And then, finally, they find themselves with a deep yet fragile connection that will change the course of their relationship--possibly forever.Follow Eve and Ben as they navigate their twenties on a winding journey through first jobs, first dates, and first breakups; through first reunions, first betrayals and, maybe, first love. This is When Harry Met Sally reimagined; a charming tale told from two unapologetically original points of view. With an acerbic edge and heartwarming humor, debut novelist Leslie Cohen takes us on a tour of what life looks like when it doesn't go according to plan, and explores the complexity, chaos, and comedy in finding a relationship built to last.


The crooked path / Irma Joubert.

cover image"As retired physician Lettie Louw looks back upon her life, she recounts her coming of age in WWII-era South Africa in this compelling story of delayed love, loss, and reconciliation. Lettie Louw is the daughter of the town physician in their South African village. She spends her childhood in the warm African days playing with her friends and being adored by her doting parents. When she becomes a teenager, she experiences her first taste of unrequited romantic love in the form of her best friend's older brother, De Wet Fourie. When De Wet pursues the beautiful and wealthy Annabelle, Lettie's dreams are crushed, and she moves to Johannesburg to pursue her studies in medicine. Life in Johannesburg feels strange to Lettie, and the world around her is in profound upheaval as the Second World War rages. Her feelings for De Wet never waver, and Lettie is heartbroken when he marries another of her childhood friends. Lettie soon meets Marco Romanelli, an Italian immigrant, and they marry and raise two daughters, as the racial and political tensions in South Africa swirl about them. Lettie never forgets her first love, even as the ravages of time, war, and illness play upon her life and the lives of those she loves. In their later years, Lettie and De Wet are thrown into one another's company again, and they are given another chance at a life together"-- Provided by publisher.


Nova express : the restored text / William S. Burroughs ; edited and with an introduction by Oliver Harris.

cover image"The most ferociously political and prophetic book of Burroughs's "cut-up" trilogy, Nova Express fires the reader into a textual outer space the better to see our burning planet and the operations of the Nova Mob in all their ugliness. As the new edition demonstrates, the shortest of the three books was cut by Burroughs from an extraordinary wealth of typescripts to create a visionary demand to take back the world that has been stolen from us. Edited from the original manuscripts by renowned Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris, this revised edition incorporates an introduction and appendices of never before seen materials"--Provided by publisher.


Neon in daylight / Hermione Hoby.

cover image"New York City in 2012, the sweltering summer before Hurricane Sandy hits. Kate, a young woman newly arrived from England, is staying in a Manhattan apartment while she tries to figure out her future. She has two unfortunate responsibilities during her time in America: to make regular Skype calls to her miserable boyfriend back home, and to cat-sit an indifferent feline named Joni Mitchell. The city has other plans for her. In New York's parks and bodegas, its galleries and performance spaces, its bars and clubs crowded with bodies, Kate encounters two strangers who will transform her stay: Bill, a charismatic but embittered writer made famous by the movie version of his only novel; and Inez, his daughter, a recent high school graduate who supplements her Bushwick cafe salary by enacting the fantasies of men she meets on Craigslist. Unmoored from her old life, Kate falls into an infatuation with both of them. Set in a heatwave that feels like it will never break, Neon In Daylight marries deep intelligence with captivating characters to offer us a joyful, unflinching exploration of desire, solitude, and the thin line between life and art."--Publisher's description.


Mouths don't speak / by Katia D. Ulysse.

cover image"No one was prepared for the massive earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, taking over a quarter-million lives, and leaving millions of others homeless. Three thousand miles away, Jacqueline Florestant mourns the presumed death of her parents, while her husband, a former US Marine and combat veteran, cares for their three-year-old daughter as he fights his own battles with acute PTSD. Horrified and guilt-ridden, Jacqueline returns to Haiti in search of the proverbial closure. Unfortunately, the Haiti she left as a child twenty-five years earlier has disappeared. Her quest turns into a tornado of deception, desperation, and more death. So Jacqueline holds tightly to her daughter--the only one who must not die"--Page [4] of cover.


Christmas in July : a novel / Alan Michael Parker.

cover imageIn light of her impending death, thirteen-year-old Beatrice Danzig has changed her name to Christmas. She's at the center of Christmas in July , a novel in ten stories told by ten residents of suburban Saxon Hills: the bored wife of a senior softball slugger, a socialite with a glitter fixation, a beekeeping hermit, a young runaway who can't outrun her past. The novel explores each of these people's lives before and after meeting Christmas--as well as Mr. Ramirez's mustache, The Wizard of Oz, cults and terrorists, Brown v. Board of Education, a band named Wagawagawaga, and the mystery of Aunt Nikki, Christmas's guardian, who sleeps in a closet to keep her demons, real and imagined, at bay. Through ten unique voices, veteran author Alan Michael Parker charts the wreckage of a troubled teen in a small town, exposing the residents' secrets and their all-too-human hearts.


The girlfriend / Michelle Frances.

cover imageWhen her son, a handsome doctor, is left in a coma after a terrible accident, wealthy Laura Cavendish sets in motion a chain of events to make his manipulative girlfriend, Cherry, pay for her involvement, but Cherry has her own plans.


The horse latitudes / Matthew Robinson.

cover imageThe Horse Latitudes follows one Cavalry platoon's time in Baghdad, Iraq. The missions are long stretches of boredom broken by flashes of violence. A single sniper shot fired. An IED loosely buried in the roadside, waiting. A schoolyard of kids throwing fist-sized rocks at gun trucks. The downtime is a combination of homesickness, RPGs, and mortar fire. The Horse Latitudes observes not only firefights and their aftermath, but also the soldiers' struggles within themselves: how to fight a faceless enemy, what it means to serve, how one soldiers, what makes a man, what makes a good man, what it might mean to die for this, and what it might mean not to.



Asymmetry / Lisa Halliday.

cover image"Told in three distinct and uniquely compelling sections, Asymmetry explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations: inequities in age, power, talent, wealth, fame, geography, and justice. The first section, "Folly," tells the story of Alice, a young American editor, and her relationship with the famous and much older writer Ezra Blazer. A tender and exquisite account of an unexpected romance that takes place in New York during the early years of the Iraq War, "Folly" also suggests an aspiring novelist's coming-of-age. By contrast, "Madness" is narrated by Amar, an Iraqi-American man who, on his way to visit his brother in Kurdistan, is detained by immigration officers and spends the last weekend of 2008 in a holding room in Heathrow. These two seemingly disparate stories gain resonance as their perspectives interact and overlap, with yet new implications for their relationship revealed in an unexpected coda. A stunning debut from a rising literary star, Asymmetry is an urgent, important, and truly original work that will captivate any reader while also posing arresting questions about the very nature of fiction itself. A debut novel about love, luck, and the inextricability of life and art, from 2017 Whiting Award winner Lisa Halliday" -- From Amazon.


The masterpiece / Francine Rivers.

cover imageStruggling to make a home for herself and her five-month-old son Samuel, Grace Moore accepts a position as a personal assistant to Roman Velasco, a temperamental but successful artist.


The Storm King : a novel / Brendan Duffy.

cover image"Nate McHale is a committed family man and a dedicated pediatric cancer specialist. But he has another side, a dark, manipulative persona he has struggled to leave behind in Greystone Lake, the Adirondacks town where he reigned as the untouchable Storm King, a rage-filled teenager who led his devoted group of friends on midnight vigilante raids, wreaking vengeance on those who crossed them. At the center of the circle is wild, beautiful Lucy Bennett, linked forever to Nate by the tragedy that destroyed both their families, and Nate's oldest friend Tom Buck, son of the chief of police, as open and earnest as Nate is veiled. Now a body has been discovered in the deep woods surrounding the town, a body that will lay bare the lies they have all told themselves and reignite the mystery that has haunted the town for fourteen years. And Nate McHale will come home at last, to find the truth--and the man he really is"-- Provided by publisher.


The glass forest : a novel / Cynthia Swanson.

cover image"From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookseller comes a gripping literary suspense novel set in the 1960s about a deeply troubled family and three women who will reveal its dark truths. In the autumn of 1960, Angie Glass is living an idyllic life in her Wisconsin hometown. At twenty-one, she's married to charming, handsome Paul, and has just given birth to a baby boy. But one phone call changes her life forever. When Paul's niece, Ruby, reports that her father, Henry, has committed suicide, and that her mother, Silja, is missing, Angie and Paul drop everything and fly to the small upstate town of Stonekill, New York to be by Ruby's side. Angie thinks they're coming to the rescue of Paul's grief-stricken young niece, but Ruby is a composed and enigmatic seventeen-year-old who resists Angie's attempts to nurture her. As Angie learns more about the complicated Glass family, staying in Henry and Silja's eerie and ultra-modern house on the edge of the woods, she begins to question the very fabric of her own marriage. Through Silja's flashbacks, Angie's discovery of astonishing truths, and Ruby's strategic dissection of her parents' state of affairs, a story of love, secrets, and ultimate betrayal is revealed"-- Provided by publisher.


Call me Zebra / Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi.

cover image"From an award-winning young author, a novel following a feisty heroine's idiosyncratic quest to reclaim her past by mining the wisdom of her literary icons--even as she navigates the murkier mysteries of love. Zebra is the last in a line of anarchists, atheists, and autodidacts. When war came, her family didn't fight; they took refuge in books. Now alone and in exile, Zebra leaves New York for Barcelona, retracing the journey she and her father made from Iran to the United States years ago. Books are Zebra's only companions--until she meets Ludo. Their connection is magnetic; their time together fraught. Zebra overwhelms him with her complex literary theories, her concern with death, and her obsession with history. He thinks she's unhinged; she thinks he's pedantic. Neither are wrong; neither can let the other go. They push and pull their way across the Mediterranean, wondering with each turn if their love, or lust, can free Zebra from her past."-- Provided by publisher.


The headmaster's wager / Vincent Lam.

cover imagePercival Chen is the headmaster of the most respected English school in Saigon. He is also a bon vivant, a compulsive gambler and an incorrigible womanizer. He is well accustomed to bribing a forever-changing list of government officials in order to maintain the elite status of the Chen Academy. He is fiercely proud of his Chinese heritage, and quick to spot the business opportunities rife in a divided country. He devotedly ignores all news of the fighting that swirls around him, choosing instead to read the faces of his opponents at high-stakes mahjong tables. But when his only son gets in trouble with the Vietnamese authorities, Percival faces the limits of his connections and wealth and is forced to send him away. In the loneliness that follows, Percival finds solace in Jacqueline, a beautiful woman of mixed French and Vietnamese heritage, and Laing Jai, a son born to them on the eve of the Tet offensive. Percival's new-found happiness is precarious, and as the complexities of war encroach further and further into his world, he must confront the tragedy of all he has refused to see.



Where yesterday lives / Karen Kingsbury.

cover imageAt thirty-one, Ellen Barrett has already won a Pulitzer prize. Sadly, though, her skill as a journalist far surpasses her ability to sort out her troubled past, so she's less than eager to return to picturesque Petoskey, Michigan, for her beloved father's funeral. When she most needs comfort, her husband is distant and her siblings antagonistic -- and the solace an old sweetheart offers is almost too much to resist. In the end, going home to the shores of Little Traverse Bay is an emotional and spiritual journey for Ellen -- a rediscovery of what is truly important and eternal in her life.


Madness is better than defeat / by Ned Beauman.

cover image"A wild, astonishing novel (by arguably England's most accomplished young writer) about Manhattan and Hollywood in the 1930s, Mayan gods, and a CIA operation gone terribly wrong--and the Booker short-listed Ned Beauman's magnum opus thus far. In 1938, two rival expeditions descend on an ancient temple recently discovered in the jungles of Honduras, one intending to shoot a screwball comedy on location there, the other to disassemble the temple and ship it back to New York. A seemingly endless stalemate ensues, and twenty years later a rogue CIA agent sets out to exploit it for his own ends, unaware that the temple is a locus of conspiracies grander than anyone could ever have guessed. Shot through with insanity, conspiracy, ingenuity, and adventure, showcasing Beauman's anarchic humor, spectacular imagination, and riveting prose, Madness Is Better Than Defeat teases, absorbs, entertains, and dazzles in equal measure"-- Provided by publisher.


The taster / V.S. Alexander.

cover imageAmid the turbulence of World War II, a young German woman finds a precarious haven closer to the source of danger than she ever imagined--one that will propel her through the extremes of privilege and terror under Hitler's dictatorship. In early 1943, Magda Ritter's parents send her to relatives in Bavaria, hoping to keep her safe from the Allied bombs strafing Berlin. Young German women are expected to do their duty--working for the Reich or marrying to produce strong, healthy children. After an interview with the civil service, Magda is assigned to the Berghof, Hitler's mountain retreat. Only after weeks of training does she learn her assignment: she will be one of several young women tasting the FĂĽhrer's food, offering herself in sacrifice to keep him from being poisoned. Perched high in the Bavarian Alps, the Berghof seems worlds away from the realities of battle. Though terrified at first, Magda gradually becomes used to her dangerous occupation--though she knows better than to voice her misgivings about the war. But her love for a conspirator within the SS and her growing awareness of the Reich's atrocities draw Magda into a plot that will test her wits and loyalty in a quest for safety, freedom, and, ultimately, vengeance.


The raptor & the wren / Chuck Wendig.

cover imageMiriam Black has found a nearly impossible way to rid herself of her psychic powers, but now her past is catching up to her. A copycat killer has caught the public's attention, an old nemesis is back from the dead, and Louis, the ex she still loves, will commit an unforgiveable act if she doesn't change the future. Miriam knows that only a great sacrifice is enough to counter fate. Haunted and hunted, she is coming to a crossroads -- and not even the Trespasser is going to stand in her way.


Only killers and thieves : a novel / Paul Howarth.

cover imageIt is 1885, and a crippling drought threatens to ruin the McBride family. Their land is parched, their cattle starving. When the rain finally comes, it is a miracle that renews their hope for survival. But returning home from an afternoon swimming at a remote waterhole filled by the downpour, fourteen-year-old Tommy and sixteen-year-old Billy meet with a shocking tragedy.


Rosie colored glasses / Brianna Wolfson.

cover imageEleven year old Willow's marrow burns with the friction of having to navigate the two homes of her newly divorced parents, when all she truly wants is to be with her mother Rosie. As Willow struggles to make sense of her world of extreme love and extreme loneliness, she learns how sometimes all the love in the world is not enough to save someone, no matter how hard one wishes for it - how the human heart can bend and break, but how it can also heal and is resilient enough to love again.



Only Child / by Rhiannon Navin.

cover imageSurviving a horrific school shooting, a six-year-old boy retreats into the world of books and art while making sobering observations about his mother's determination to prosecute the shooter's parents and the wider community's efforts to make sense of the tragedy.


My struggle. Book two, A man in love / Karl Ove Knausgaard ; translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett.

cover image"A six-volume work of fiction by the Norwegian author, Karl Ove Knausgaard"-- Provided by publisher.


A time of love and tartan / Alexander McCall Smith.

cover image"When Pat accepts her narcissistic ex-boyfriend Bruce's invitation for coffee, she has no idea of the complications in her romantic and professional life that will follow. Meanwhile, Matthew, her boss at the art gallery, attracts the attention of the police after a misunderstanding at the local bookstore. Whether caused by small things such as a cup of coffee and a book, or major events such as Stuart's application for promotion and his wife Irene's decision to pursue a PhD in Aberdeen, change is coming to Scotland Street. But for three seven-year-old boy--Bertie Pollock, Ranald, and Big Lou's foster son, Finlay--it also means getting a glimpse of perfect happiness."-- Provided by publisher.


Heartland / Ana Simo.

cover image"There's only one solution for a nasty case of writer's block, and that's murder. Specifically, that of one Mercy McCabe, a stunning SoHo art dealer who was once our Latina narrator's rival for the scrumptious Bebe. When she discovers that McCabe has squandered Bebe's affections after stealing her away, revenge is not enough: McCabe must confess her guilt, sentence herself, and beg for her own execution, Soviet-style. In the all-too-terrifyingly-familiar America of Heartland, the inconceivable has become ordinary: corruption and greed at the top have led to mass starvation in the heartland; hordes of refugees have escaped resettlement camps and attack the cities; a puritanical Caliphate has toppled Constantinople, with America in its sights. Meanwhile, escaping her New York life in disguise, our heroine lures McCabe to her home turf: a hilltop house in the Great Plains where her parents worked as domestic servants. Her nemesis, though, is slippery, and McCabe disappears, threatening to ruin a homicidal masterplan so detailed as to be akin to love. Heartland is a hilarious, genre-defying debut that confronts taboos of race, assimilation, and sex through a high-voltage tale of love, language, and revenge." -- Publisher's description


My struggle. Book three, Boyhood / Karl Ove Knausgaard ; translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett.

cover image"The third volume--the book that made Knausgaard a phenomenon in the United States--in the addictive New York Times bestselling series. A family of four--mother, father, and two boys--move to the south coast of Norway, to a new house on a newly developed site. It is the early 1970s and the family's trajectory is upwardly mobile: the future seems limitless. In painstaking, sometimes self-lacerating detail, Karl Ove Knausgaard paints a world familiar to anyone who can recall the intensity and novelty of childhood experience, one in which children and adults lead parallel lives that never meet. Perhaps the most Proustian in the series, My Struggle: Book 3 gives us Knausgaard's vivid, technicolor recollections of childhood, his emerging self-understanding, and the multilayered nature of time's passing, memory, and existence"-- Provided by publisher.


Kill the angel : a novel / Sandrone Dazieri ; translated by Antony Shugaar.

cover image"From the wildly inventive mind of thriller master Sandrone Dazieri, whose first novel featuring investigators Colomba Caselli and Dante Torre, Kill the Father, was an international bestseller, comes the ingenious second novel in the series, Kill the Angel. In Rome, a high-speed train hurtles into the city's main station with a carriage full of dead bodies, the macabre discovery of which falls to Deputy Police Commissioner Colomba Caselli. Subsequently, the police receive a claim of responsibility and the threat of more murders to come. But neither Caselli nor her eccentrically brilliant ally, Dante Torre, are yet ready to buy the terrorist link. As the two maverick investigators puncture the facade of what the perpetrator wants everyone to believe, they come close to dying several times. Not for the first time, Dante's bizarre childhood, during which he was kept confined for years in a concrete silo, enables him to see what others miss, and in this case, to connect with a kindred spirit of sorts, a woman named Giltine who experienced an equally bizarre childhood from which she emerged damaged, lethal, and full of murderous intent. Adding to Giltine's eerie fierceness is that, as the victim of a rare mental illness, she believes she's already dead. She's unacquainted with fear. And that makes her the most formidable foe Colomba and Dante have faced yet. As the story climaxes, the duo finds themselves utterly on their own, on the outs with law enforcement and the only ones with a chance to make sure the waters of Venice don't turn red with blood"-- Provided by publisher.



Thunderbird / Chuck Wendig.

cover image"In the fourth installment of the Miriam Black series, Miriam heads to the southwest in search of another psychic who may be able to help her understand her curse, but instead finds a cult of domestic terrorists and the worst vision of death she's had yet. Miriam is becoming addicted to seeing her death visions, but she is also trying out something new: Hope. She is in search of another psychic who can help her with her curse, but instead finds a group of domestic terrorists in her deadliest vision to date"-- Provided by publisher.


Daughters of the Night Sky / Aimie K. Runyan.

cover imageA novel inspired by the most celebrated regiment in the Red Army about a woman's sacrifice, courage, and love in a time of war. Russia, 1941. Katya Ivanova is a young pilot in a far-flung military academy in the Ural Mountains. From childhood, she's dreamed of taking to the skies to escape her bleak mountain life. With the Nazis on the march across Europe, she is called on to use her wings to serve her country in its darkest hour. Not even the entreaties of her new husband-a sensitive artist who fears for her safety-can dissuade her from doing her part as a proud daughter of Russia. After years of arduous training, Katya is assigned to the 588th Night Bomber Regiment-one of the only Soviet air units comprised entirely of women. The Germans quickly learn to fear nocturnal raids by the daring fliers they call Night Witches. But the brutal campaign will exact a bitter toll on Katya and her sisters-in-arms. When the smoke of war clears, nothing will ever be the same-and one of Russia's most decorated military heroines will face the most agonizing choice of all.


A beautiful young woman : a novel / Julián López ; translated from the Spanish by Samuel Rutter.

cover image""A moving story. powerful, celebratory, and loving."--Laura Cardona, La Nacion. Set in the midst of Argentina's military dictatorship, a poignant and evocative debut novel about family, political violence, and the consequences of dissidence As political violence escalates around them, a young boy and his single mother live together in an apartment in Buenos Aires -- which has recently been taken over by Argentina's military dictatorship. When the boy returns home one day to find his mother missing (or "disappeared"), the story fractures, and the reader encounters him fully grown, consumed by the burden of his loss, attempting to reconstruct the memory of his mother. By leaping forward in time, the boy -- now a man -- subtly gives shape to his mother's activism, and in the process recasts the memories from his childhood. The result is a stylistically masterful and deeply moving novel marking the English-language debut of one of Argentina's most promising writers"-- Provided by publisher.


The big book of the Continental Op / Dashiell Hammett ; edited by Richard Layman and Julie M. Rivett.

cover imageCollects all twenty-eight stories and two serialized novels starring Continental Op, the hardworking private eye with an unyielding personal code.


The Sisters of Glass Ferry / Kim Michele Richardson.

cover imagePatsy Butler disappears with her date on prom night, never to return. Twenty years later, her twin sister Flannery begins to solve the mystery and uncover secrets of her small Kentucky town.


Collision / Merle Kröger ; translated from the German by Rachel Hildebrandt and Alexandra Roesch.

cover image"Miami-based The Spirit of Europe, the third largest cruise liner in the world, plows through the Mediterranean every summer, offering its passengers a temporary escape from their everyday lives. But even the bloated tackiness of the ship's much-hyped belly flop competition is not immune to the chaos of the European migration crisis. When a disabled raft nears The Spririt of Europe, the ship's captain is forced to do something headquarters in Miami wants to avoid at all costs: cut the engines" -- publisher's description.


Book club babies / Ashton Lee.

cover image"In the colorful small town of Cherico, Mississippi, librarian Maura Beth McShay is overseeing the opening of the new library and preparing for the birth of her first child with some help from the Cherry Cola Book Club. In another plot twist, her husband's sister has come to stay during her own pregnancy"-- Provided by publisher.


Don't look for me : a novel / Mason Cross.

cover imageWhen Carter Blake learns that deadly hitman Trenton Gage his hunting a woman from Carter's past--a woman with a secret that many would kill for and who had asked Carter not to look for her--he realizes that he must break his vow if he is going to find her before Trenton does.


Happiness for humans / P.Z. Reizin.

cover imageJen, an ex-journalist working at a London software development company, spends all day talking to "Aiden," an ultra-sophisticated piece of AI wizardry, helping him sound and act more human. Aiden calculates that Jen needs a worthy human partner and slips onto the internet to locate a suitable candidate. Tom is a divorced, former London ad-man who has moved to Connecticut to escape the grind and pursue his dream of being a writer. A bizarre introduction from a mysterious "Mutual Friend" pops up in both his and Jen's inboxes. Will love find a way-- despite the entrance of another, this time wholly hostile, AI who wants to tear them apart?


If you knew her : a novel / Emily Elgar.

cover image"When young, beautiful Cassie Jensen arrives at the intensive care ward of St. Catherine's hospital after being struck by a hit-and-run driver while out walking her dog, chief nurse Alice Marlowe thinks she looks familiar. She starts obsessively digging deeper into Cassie's relationships, only to discover a secret that her patient has been keeping from everyone, including her devoted husband and family. Frank, a patient on the same ward who has locked-in syndrome, can hear and see everything around him but cannot speak. Soon he comes to understand that Cassie's life is still in danger. While the police continue to look for clues, Frank knows the truth, but he's unable to communicate it. As Frank's resolve deepens, and Alice puts her own career on the line in her single-minded search for answers, the reader will get closer and closer to the truth of who Cassie Jensen was, and why she was out on the road that fateful night"--Dust jacket flap.


Killer choice / Tom Hunt.

cover image"To save the one you love, is there any price you wouldn't pay? Gary Foster's life is finally heading in the right direction. After years of trying, his wife, Beth, is pregnant, and he recently opened a business with his brother. But one phone call changes everything ... After collapsing suddenly, Beth has been rushed to the hospital. Tests reveal a devastating diagnosis: an inoperable brain tumor. Their only hope is an expensive experimental treatment available abroad, with a cost that's out of their reach. And Beth's time is running out ... Then a strange man approaches Gary and offers the money he needs, on one condition: that he kill someone, no questions asked. End one life to save another. In this debut novel of domestic suspense, one man makes a choice that forces him to confront the darkest reaches of his soul and betray those closest to him. As he's swept up in a nightmare of escalating violence, he must question his own morality--and determine just how far he's willing to go to save the woman he loves"-- Provided by publisher.


Impossible saints / Clarissa Harwood.

cover imageEscaping the constraints of life as a village schoolmistress, Lilia Brooke bursts into London and into Paul Harris's orderly life, shattering his belief that women are gentle creatures who need protection. Lilia wants to change women's lives by advocating for the vote, free unions, and contraception. Paul, an Anglican priest, has a big ambition of his own: to become the youngest dean of St. John's Cathedral. Lilia doesn't believe in God, but she's attracted to Paul's intellect, ethics, and dazzling smile. -- amazon.com


Red sky at noon / Simon Sebag Montefiore.

cover imageImprisoned in the Gulags for a crime he did not commit, Benya Golden joins a penal battalion made up of Cossacks and convicts to fight the Nazis. He enrolls in the Russian cavalry, and on a hot summer day in July 1942, he and his band of brothers are sent on a suicide mission behind enemy lines-- and there may be a traitor among them. The only thing Benya can truly trust is his horse, Silver Socks, and that he will find no mercy in onslaught of Hitler's troops as they push East.


Walk in the fire / Steph Post.

cover imageJudah Cannon is trying to extricate the Cannon family from the crime ring they are known and feared for when he finds himself in the sights of Everett Weaver, a cold blooded killer and drug runner from Daytona Beach. Meanwhile, ATF Special Agent Clive Grant arrives from Atlanta to investigate a fire at Sister Tulah's church, and becomes obsessed with Tulah's iron grip on Bradford County and determined to take her down. His investigation leads him to Judah's door, and soon the Cannons are caught up in an increasingly tangled web of violence, lies and retribution on both sides of the law.


New York station / Lawrence Dudley.

cover imageIn August 1940--eighteen months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor--Anglo American MI6 agent Roy Hawkins is mysteriously rushed from Nazi-occupied Paris to New York. Enraged at being ordered away from what he believes is the real fight against Nazism and Fascism, he wants to get back to Paris as soon as possible, even though he knows it means almost certain death. In New York he is shocked and sickened to encounter a now-alien America increasingly dominated by right-wing extremists, including a new radio celebrity, Walter Ventnor. After a tense encounter with his friend and mentor William Stephenson, he agrees to temporarily pursue a Nazi commercial envoy, Hans Ludwig, and try and stop him from stealing American submarine warfare secrets. Hawkins follows Ludwig to the elite Saratoga racing meeting, where Ludwig is cultivating top American business leaders. There he meets the scion of an ancient and aristocratic New York family, Daisy van Schenck. After persuading Daisy to throw Ludwig out of the mansion he has rented, Hawkins finds himself increasingly attracted to her, and to the possibility of a different life. When Hawkins discovers a Nazi plot to rig the presidential election, he is forced to choose between duty and the woman he loves.


Phone / Will Self.

cover imageThe life of a psychiatrist affected by Alzheimer's intersects with the life of an emotionally isolated MI6 agent in unexpected ways.


The infinite future / Tim Wirkus.

cover image"An exhilarating, original novel, set in Brazil, Idaho, and outer space, about an obsessive librarian, a down-at-heel author, and a Mormon historian who together go on the hunt for a mystical, life-changing book--and find it. The Infinite Future is a mindbending novel that melds two page-turning books in one. First, we meet three broken people, joined by an obsession with a forgotten Brazilian science-fiction author named Eduard Salgado-MacKenzie. There's Danny, a writer who's been scammed by a shady literary award committee; Sergio, journalist turned sub-librarian in SĂŁo Paulo; and Harriet, an excommunicated Mormon historian in Salt Lake City, who years ago conducted a correspondence with the reclusive Brazilian writer. The motley trio sets off to discover his identity, and whether his fabled masterpiece--never published--actually exists. Did his investigations into the true nature of the universe yield something so enormous that his mind was blown for good? In the second half, Wirkus gives us ... the lost masterpiece itself, the actual text of The Infinite Future, Salgado-MacKenzie's wonderfully weird magnum opus. The two halves connect in surprising and delightful ways to form a totally unique reading experience. Part academic satire, part science-fiction, and part book-lover's quest, this wholly original novel captures the heady way that stories inform and mirror our lives"-- Provided by publisher.


The god gene / F. Paul Wilson.

cover image"Rick Hayden and Laura Fanning of Panacea return, looking for the missing link. Rick's brother, Keith, a prominent zoologist at NYU, liquidated his assets, purged his research, and vanished, leaving no trace. Except for his resemblance to a man suspected of a homicide involving a nerve agent. The only clue is the mysterious death of an odd blue-eyed primate Keith brought back from East Africa. Rick and Laura's search takes them to an uncharted island off the coast of Mozambique and into the hands of unscrupulous game smugglers, and toward the edge of evolution."--Dust jacket.


Say my name : a novel / Allegra Huston.

cover imageThis is the time to run away, she thinks, to call it a mistake, to race back to home and safety. If I don't go home I will never feel safe again. On meeting Micajah Burnett, the son of an old school friend, Eve Armanton is faced with a choice. Years of a miserable marriage means she's as broken as the beautiful antique violin she's just found, and Micajah offers a spark of life, an opportunity to reawaken her sense. If Eve takes a leap into this new world, she'll be leaving behind her old self for good. Her happiness depends on forging a new life, but at the end of her journey who will Eve have become?


The maze at Windermere / Gregory Blake Smith.

cover image"A richly layered novel of love, ambition, and duplicity, set against the storied seascape of Newport, Rhode Island A reckless wager between a tennis pro with a fading career and a drunken party guest--the stakes are an antique motorcycle and an heiress's diamond necklace--launches a narrative odyssey that braids together three centuries of aspiration and adversity. A witty and urbane bachelor of the Gilded Age embarks on a high-risk scheme to marry into a fortune; a young writer soon to make his mark turns himself to his craft with harrowing social consequences; an aristocratic British officer during the American Revolution carries on a courtship that leads to murder; and, in Newport's earliest days, a tragically orphaned Quaker girl imagines a way forward for herself and the slave girl she has inherited. In The Maze at Windermere Gregory Blake Smith weaves these intersecting worlds into a brilliant tapestry, charting a voyage across the ages into the maze of the human heart"-- Provided by publisher.


Keep her safe : a novel / K.A. Tucker.

cover image"Making a Murderer meets Scandal in this story of police corruption, family secrets, and illicit affairs from bestselling author K.A. Tucker, celebrated for her "dark, twisty tale[s]" (Lisa Gardner) filled with "clever twists and turns" (Publishers Weekly). Noah Marshall has had a privileged life thanks to his mother, the highly decorated chief of the Austin Police Department. But all that changes the night she reveals a skeleton that's been rattling in her closet for years: she doesn't deserve her commendations or her medals--in fact, she deserves to be locked behind bars. When she finally succumbs to the guilt of destroying an innocent family's life, she leaves Noah alone to carry the burden of this shocking secret. Gracie Richards wasn't born into trailer park life, but after fourteen years of learning how to survive in The Hollow, it's all she knows anymore. At least here people don't care that she has a white mother and a black father. And they certainly don't care that her dad was a corrupt Austin cop. Here, she and her mother are just another family struggling to survive ... until a man who clearly doesn't belong shows up on her doorstep one night. Together, Noah and Gracie set out to uncover the truth about the Austin Police Department's dark and messy past--but the scandal they uncover is bigger than they bargained for, and goes far higher up than they ever imagined. Complex, gritty, sexy, and suspenseful, Keep Her Safe solidifies K.A. Tucker's reputation as one of today's most talented new writers of romantic suspense"-- Provided by publisher.


The wolves of winter : a novel / Tyrell Johnson.

cover image"A captivating tale of humanity pushed beyond its breaking point, of family and bonds of love forged when everything is lost, and of a heroic young woman who crosses a frozen landscape to find her destiny. This debut novel is written in a post-apocalyptic tradition that spans The Hunger Games and Station Eleven but blazes its own distinctive path. Forget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn't help you survive in the endless white wilderness beyond the edges of a fallen world. Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As the memories of her old life continue to haunt, she's forced to forge ahead in the snow-drifted Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap and slaughter. Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community--most prominently in the enigmatic figure of Jax, who brings with him dark secrets of the past and sets in motion a chain of events that will call Lynn to a role she never imagined. Simultaneously a heartbreakingly sympathetic portrait of a young woman searching for the answer to who she is meant to be and a frightening vision of a merciless new world in which desperation rules, The Wolves of Winter is enveloping, propulsive, and poignant"-- Provided by publisher.


Carnegie's Maid : a novel / Marie Benedict.

cover image"Clara Kelley is not who they think she is. She's not the experienced Irish maid who was hired to work in one of Pittsburgh's grandest households. She's a poor farmer's daughter with nowhere to go and nothing in her pockets. But the other woman with the same name has vanished, and pretending to be her just might get Clara some money to send back home. If she can keep up the ruse, that is. Serving as a lady's maid in the household of Andrew Carnegie requires skills she doesn't have, answering to an icy mistress who rules her sons and her domain with an iron fist. What Clara does have is a resolve as strong as the steel Pittsburgh is becoming famous for, coupled with an uncanny understanding of business, and Andrew begins to rely on her. But Clara can't let her guard down, not even when Andrew becomes something more than an employer. Revealing her past might ruin her future -- and her family's."-- Provided by Publisher.


The long deception : a novel / Mary McCluskey.

cover imageAlison Eastlake has come a long way from the wild days of her youth in England. Now, instead of streaking her hair purple, dreaming of becoming an artist, and sneaking cigarettes in her friend Sophie's basement, she has a career in advertising in Los Angeles, and attends black-tie dinners with her executive husband. She fears that she is fast becoming the type of person she once despised. When Alison receives the news that Sophie has died of a drug overdose, leaving behind a slew of unanswered questions, she must go back home. Once there, she unearths the remains of her unruly past, including feelings for Sophie's brother, Matt - and finds that she is still powerfully attracted to him. Careening dangerously close to a full-blown affair, Alison must now make an impossible decision. But when a long-buried secret about Sophie resurfaces, it shatters everything Alison had always believed about the past - and forces her to rethink her own life, her marriage, and her future.


The other side of everything : a novel / Lauren Doyle Owens.

cover image"Laura Lippman meets Megan Abbott in this suspenseful literary debut about three generations of neighbors whose lives intersect in the aftermath of a crime. Bernard White is a curmudgeonly widower who has lived in Seven Springs, Florida for decades and has kept to himself since his wife passed. When his neighbor is murdered, he emerges from his solitude to reconnect with his fellow octogenarians. These connections become a literal lifeline as a second, and then a third, elderly woman is murdered, and "the originals" as they call themselves, realize that they are being targeted. Amy Unger is an artist and cancer survivor whose emotional recovery has not been as successful as her physical one. After the woman next door is murdered, she begins to paint imagined scenes from the murder in an effort to cope with her own loss. But when her paintings prove to be too realistic, her neighbors grow suspicious, and she soon finds herself in the crosshairs of the police. And then there's Maddie Lowe, a teenage waitress whose mother recently abandoned the family. As Maddie struggles to keep her family together and maintain the appearance of normal teenage life, she finds herself drawn to the man the police say is the killer. As they navigate their increasingly dangerous and tumultuous worlds, Bernard, Amy, and Maddie begin to uncover the connections between them, and the past and present, in a novel that ultimately proves the power of tragedy to spark renewal"-- Provided by publisher.


The Saturday Night Supper Club / Carla Laureano.

cover imageDenver chef Rachel Bishop won a James Beard Award and heads up her own fine-dining restaurant-- until she is the target of a smear campaign. Alex Kanin was highlighting the pitfalls of online criticism-- and destroyed the career of a perfect stranger. Plagued by guilt, he agrees to help rebuild Rachel's tarnished image by offering his connections and his home to host an exclusive pop-up dinner party targeted to the Saturday Night Supper Club. As they work together to make the project a success, can Rachel give up her lifelong goals without losing her identity as well?


Act of revenge : a novel / Dale Brown and Jim DeFelice.

cover imageWhen Boston is hit by a coordinated string of terrorist attacks, robotics innovator Louis Massina leads a team of tech geniuses to deploy every bot, drone, and cyberweapon at their disposal to save the city and bring the plot's mastermind to justice.


Best friends forever : a novel / Margot Hunt.

cover imageAn intense friendship between the wealthy, manipulative Kat and the financially and emotionally struggling Alice takes a disturbing turn when Kat's loutish husband tumbles from the balcony of their mansion home and new revelations come to light.


Brass : a novel / Xhenet Aliu.

cover imageA fierce debut novel about mothers and daughters, haves and have-nots, and the stark realities behind the American Dream. A waitress at the Betsy Ross Diner, Elsie hopes her nickel-and-dime tips will add up to a new life. Then she meets Bashkim, who is at once both worldly and naive, a married man who left Albania to chase his dreams--and wound up working as a line cook in Waterbury, Connecticut. Back when the brass mills were still open, this bustling factory town drew one wave of immigrants after another. Now it's the place they can't seem to leave. Elsie, herself the granddaughter of Lithuanian immigrants, falls in love quickly, but when she learns that she's pregnant, Elsie can't help wondering where Bashkim's heart really lies, and what he'll do about the wife he left behind. Seventeen years later, headstrong and independent Luljeta receives a rejection letter from NYU and her first-ever suspension from school on the same day. Instead of striking out on her own in Manhattan, she's stuck in Connecticut with her mother, Elsie--a fate she refuses to accept. Wondering if the key to her future is unlocking the secrets of the past, Lulu decides to find out what exactly her mother has been hiding about the father she never knew. As she soon discovers, the truth is closer than she ever imagined. Told in equally gripping parallel narratives with biting wit and grace, Brass announces a fearless new voice with a timely, tender, and quintessentially American story. Advance praise for Brass The unforgettable mother and daughter at the center of Brass are as bright and tough as the metal itself, and Xhenet Aliu depicts their parallel journeys with equal parts grit and tenderness. Brass is a fierce, big-hearted, unflinching debut. --Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You Xhenet Aliu is ferociously talented. She's written a story so scathingly honest with characters so perfectly real, it left me breathless with admiration. There is no false sentiment here, no misplaced word, just a novel that pulses with a restless energy, a novel that pulses with life. --Cristina Henriquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans.


The boat people / Sharon Bala.

cover image"For readers of Khaled Hosseini and Chris Cleave, The Boat People is an extraordinary novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism When a rusty cargo ship carrying Mahindan and five hundred fellow refugees from Sri Lanka's bloody civil war reaches Vancouver's shores, the young father thinks he and his six-year-old son can finally start a new life. Instead, the group is thrown into a detention processing center, with government officials and news headlines speculating that among the "boat people" are members of a separatist militant organization responsible for countless suicide attacks--and that these terrorists now pose a threat to Canada's national security. As the refugees become subject to heavy interrogation, Mahindan begins to fear that a desperate act taken in Sri Lanka to fund their escape may now jeopardize his and his son's chance for asylum. Told through the alternating perspectives of Mahindan; his lawyer, Priya, a second-generation Sri Lankan Canadian who reluctantly represents the refugees; and Grace, a third-generation Japanese Canadian adjudicator who must decide Mahindan's fate as evidence mounts against him, The Boat People is a spellbinding and timely novel that provokes a deeply compassionate lens through which to view the current refugee crisis"-- Provided by publisher.


Donnybrook / Frank Bill.

cover imageA three-day bare-fisted fighting tournament in rural Indiana pits a desperate man trying to feed his children with a ruthless and undefeated master fighter turned meth-cooker in this new novel from the author of Crimes in Southern Indiana.


A feast of snakes : a novel / Harry Crews.

cover image"Joe Lon Mackey, a former All-American running back now without purpose or pleasure in life, decides that the gathering of snake hunters in his hometown is the ideal opportunity to get some attention."--Back cover.


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Twisted threads [large print] / Lea Wait.

cover image"After leaving a decade ago, Angie returns to her home town of Harbor Haven, Maine, and the grandmother who raised her following her mother's disappearance. Her mother has been found, and now the question of her whereabouts has become a murder mystery. When another murder occurs, Angie discovers it may have ties to her mother's cold case"-- Provided by publisher.


Threads of evidence [large print] / Lea Wait.

cover image"When a Hollywood actress buys an old mansion in Haven Harbor, Maine, she hires Angie Curtis to appraise the estate's sizable collection of needlepoint pictures. But the more Angie examines the pieces, the more they seem to point toward a twenty-five- year-old murder--and the murderer"-- Provided by publisher.


Secrets of Cavendon [large print] / Barbara Taylor Bradford.

cover image"In the summer of 1949, a new generation is at the forefront of scandal and intrigue at Cavendon Hall. With romance, betrayal, heartbreak, and possible murder threatening to tear them apart, the Inghams and Swanns will have to find a way to come together and protect each other in the face of threats they never could have predicted"-- Provided by publisher.


This side of murder [large print] / Anna Lee Huber.

cover image"England, 1919. The Great War is over, but Verity Kent, a young widow, discovers the real intrigue has only just begun when she receives a cryptic letter, suggesting her beloved husband may have committed treason before his untimely death, and sets out to discover the truth"-- Provided by publisher.


The velvet hours [large print] / Alyson Richman.

cover image"As Paris teeters on the edge of the German occupation, a young French woman closes the door to her late grandmother's treasure-filled apartment, unsure if she'll ever return "-- Provided by publisher.


Killer jam [large print]/ Karen MacInerney.

cover image"Houston reporter Lucy Resnick cashes in her retirement to buy her grandmother's farm in Buttercup, Texas, looking forward to a simple life as a homesteader. Then an oil exploration truck rolls up with plans to drill. Two days later the woman who ordered the drilling, turns up dead and the sheriff fingers Lucy as the prime suspect"-- Provided by publisher.


Fatal frost [large print] / Karen MacInerney.

cover image"When the sheriff arrests one of Lucy Resnick's best friends, the former reporter starts investigating. She finds a patchwork of clues that draws her deep into a web of small-town secrets. When the killer learns Lucy is on the trail, Lucy needs more than her reporting skills to save her friend--she needs a Christmas miracle."-- Provided by publisher.


The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency [large print] / Mandy Morton.

cover imageHettie Bagshot has bitten off more than any cat could chew. As soon as she launches her No. 2 Feline Detective Agency, she's bucketed into a case: Furcross, home for slightly older cats, has a nasty spate of bodysnatching, and three of the residents have been stolen from their graves. Hettie and her sidekick, Tilly, set out to reveal the terrible truth. Is Nurse Mogadon involved in a deadly game? Has the haberdashery department of Malkin & Sprinkle become a mortuary? And what flavor will Betty Butter's pie of the week be? In a haze of catnip and pastry, Hettie steers the Furcross Case to its conclusion, but will she get there before the body count rises--and the pies sell out?


Fire and fury [large print] : 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. Among the revelations : What President Trump's staff really thinks of him -- What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama -- Why FBI director James Comey was really fired -- Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn't be in the same room -- Who is really directing the Trump administration's strategy in the wake of Bannon's firing -- What the secret to communicating with Trump is -- What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers. Never before has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion" -- Book jacket.


The grub rider [large print] / by James C. Work.

cover image"Mysterious forces drive Gabe Allen to leave home in search of the Keystone Ranch. Job by job, handout by handout, he finally makes it. But his next journey will be far more dangerous, more demanding. He is to see an arrogant lady safely home to her own ranch where her sister is being held hostage by an outlaw gang whose leader is almost certainly insane. Gabe's only weapons are his wit, ingenuity, and a .44 revolver; but what can one man and one gun do against an outlaw who decorates his stronghold with the skeletons of other men who have come against him?"--Amazon.


The last chance [large print] / by Mike Blakely.

cover image"When Indians massacre an army troop, Ross Caldwell's wife fears he's among the victims. But Caldwell is on the run, pursued by bitter enemies from the Civil War enemies. Caldwell finds refuge in the arms of the sultry madam of Last Chance Gulch. But his bloody past catches up with him. A murderous ex-soldier is on his trail, and his wife has tracked him down as well..."--Page [4] of cover.


Judgment Road [large print] / Christine Feehan.

cover image"As the enforcer of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club, Reaper lives for riding and fighting. He's a stone-cold killer who turns his wrath on those who deserve it. Feelings are a weakness he can't afford--until a gorgeous bartender gets under his skin ... Near Sea Haven, the small town of Caspar has given Anya Rafferty a new lease on life. And she's desperate to hold on to her job at the biker bar, even if the scariest member of the club seems to have it out for her. But Reaper's imposing presence and smoldering looks just ratchet up the heat. Anya's touch is everything Reaper doesn't want--and it brands him to the bone. But when her secrets catch up to her, Reaper will have to choose between Anya and his club--his heart and his soul."--Amazon.com.


Caught by the Scot [large print] / Karen Hawkins.

cover imageDashing Scottish privateer Conner Douglas must marry a respectable, well-born woman; and soon, if he wants to secure his rightful inheritance. Determined to still explore the high seas as well as his mistresses' beds, he aims to find a pliable wife who'll turn a blind eye to his antics. And he knows just the woman, childhood friend and mousy spinster Miss Theodora Cumberbatch-Snowe. Unbeknownst to Conner, meek and plain Theodora has been hopelessly in love with him for years. But unwilling to wait forever for what will never happen, Theodora plans to wed a kind, if unexciting, local landowner, leaving behind the wild Highlander of her dreams. Yet Conner refuses to let his perfect wife get away. He chases her to Gretna Green and is shocked to discover the real Theodora is an ardent and wildly sensual woman. Soon he realizes his passion to win her has nothing to do with securing his inheritance and everything to do with earning the love of the unforgettable woman.


A just clause [large print] / by Lorna Barrett.

cover image"Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, is in for a surprise when her ne'er-do-well father, John, comes to town--and promptly becomes a prime suspect in the murder of a woman with her own scandalous past. Even Tricia's faith in the old man is shaken when the Stoneham police break the news that her father is a known con man who has done jail time. But what about bestselling thriller author Steven Richardson? Is it a coincidence that he arrived for a book signing just before the crime or that the victim was found with a signed copy of his latest bestseller? From merlot to murder, Tricia is determined to clear the family name before another body shows up and ruins Stoneham's first--and highly anticipated--wine and jazz festival" -- Provided by publisher.


Sunset lullaby / Robin Jones Gunn.

cover imageChristy and Todd are parents of two very small children. As with any growing family, they must balance parenting, marriage, work, ministry, and friendships. Their lives are becoming complicated. Can they continue to honor God, and grow closer as a couple, during this very full season of their lives?


Galloway's gamble [large print] / by Howard Weinstein.

cover image"After the Civil War, bickering brothers Jamey and Jake Galloway set out from Serenity Falls, Texas to seek their fortune at poker tables across the west. Cautious Jamey prefers being a live coward to a dead hero, but brash big brother Jake rarely backs down from a fight. Cheated out of a fortune, they return to Texas to find their hometown threatened by a land-grabbing cattle king and a shady banker. Can Jamey and Jake cook up a scheme to outfox dirty-dealing scoundrels and save Serenity Falls--without getting themselves killed? Inspired by classics like Maverick, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Silverado and The Sting, Galloway's Gamble is a timeless tale about battling greed and corruption, as relevant today as it was in 1873!"-- Provided by publisher.


A promise of ruin [large print] / Cuyler Overholt.

cover image"In early 1900s New York, the formidable crime syndicate known as the Black Hand has been terrorizing the city's Italian community with bombings and kidnappings. When a young Italian girl is found drowned and sexually defiled, Dr. Genevieve Summerford suspects the organization has expanded into forced prostitution, and she won't rest until the trafficking ring is brought to justice"-- Provided by publisher.


To hell and beyond [large print] / Mark Henry.

cover imageIt's been thirty years since they battled through a war-torn frontier. Now they'll ride together once again--and the bullets will fly . . . THE HELL RIDERS During the bloody Apache Wars, Trap O'Shannon, Clay Madsen, Ky Roman, and a few others distinguished themselves with uncommon valor in the brutal Geronimo Campaign. Known as the Scout Trackers, this fearsome bunch of battle-hardened warriors rode hard, shot straight and plenty, and took chances no one else was willing to take. But times have changed and the brotherhood is scattered here and there in a changing land--until the past comes rolling back with a vengeance.; HARD ROAD TO HEAVEN Reunited, the gang is ready to ride hard from Montana all the way to the Arizona Territory to enforce their fearless brand of justice. Killers of every stripe will stand in their way, but that only means Trap and his men will fight that much harder to bury every last one of them . . .Here together for the first time are Mark Henry's explosive Western epics that show the brutal, gut-punching American West in all its violent glory.--Provided by Amazon.com.


City of endless night [large print] / Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child.

cover image""FOR GOD'S SAKE, TELL US WHAT'S HAPPENED!" "VENGEANCE. VENGEANCE IS WHAT'S HAPPENED." It begins as a manhunt for Grace Ozmian, the missing daughter of a wealthy tech billionaire. At first, the NYPD assumes Grace, beautiful, reckless, and a regular feature of the local tabloids, has simply sped off on another wild adventure. But the case becomes something altogether different when the young woman's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Queens, the head nowhere to be found. Lieutenant CDS Vincent D'Agosta quickly takes the lead. He knows his investigation will attract fierce scrutiny, so D'Agosta is delighted when FBI Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast shows up at the crime scene also assigned to the case. "I feel rather like Brer Rabbit being thrown into the briar patch," Pendergast tells D'Agota, "because I have found you here, in charge. Just like when we first met, back at the Museum of Natural History." D'Agosta hopes the case will give Pendergast an opportunity to demonstrate his considerable abilities back in the city he has made home. But neither Pendergast nor D'Agosta are prepared for what lies ahead. It quickly becomes clear that a diabolical presence is haunting the greater metropolitan area, and Grace Ozmian was only the first of many victims to be murdered ... and decapitated. Worse still, there's something unique to the city itself that has attracted its evil eye of the killer--or killers. As mass hysteria sets in, Pendergast and D'Agosta find themselves in the crosshairs of an opponent who has threatened the very lifeblood of the city. It'll take all of Pendergast's skill to unmask this most dangerous foe--let alone survive to tell the tale. -- Provided by publisher.


The dry [large print] / Jane Harper.

cover image"Federal Agent Aaron Falk hasn't been back to the place where he grew up in twenty years. Not since he and his father were run out of town. Even when Falk gets word that his childhood best friend, Luke, is dead, his entire family murdered, Falk still isn't planning on going back. But then he gets a note: 'Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral.' And just like that, Falk is swept back into the secrets of the place and people he left so long ago. Amid the worst drought in a century, long-buried mysteries will resurface. And Falk will discover anew what he's known all along -- sometimes you have to go back home in order to finally leave your past behind."--Back cover.


The dishonorable Miss DeLancey [large print] / Carolyn Miller.

cover imageTainted by scandal and forced to leave London for the quiet of Brighton, the Honorable Miss Clara DeLancey is a shadow of her former society self. A chance encounter brings her a healing friendship with the sisters of an injured naval captain. But Clara's mama, the Viscountess Winpoole, is appalled at the new company she's keeping. Captain Benjamin Kemsley is not looking for a wife. But his gallant spirit won't let him ignore the penniless viscount's daughter--not when she so obviously needs to be rescued from the despair that threatens her from day to day. Can he protect his heart and still keep her safe? When they're pushed into the highest echelons of society at the Prince Regent's Brighton Pavilion, this mismatched couple must decide if family honor is more important than their hopes. Can they right the wrongs of the past and find future happiness together--without finances, family support, or royal favor?


The bogus bondsman [large print] / by Paul Colt.

cover image"A faceless New York investor sets in motion a hostile railroad takeover financed by more than a million dollars in counterfeit bearer bonds issued by a rival railroad. The work is carried out by a ruthless, ultra-secret crime syndicate using an enigmatic beauty hired to beguile unsuspecting bankers while passing the bogus paper. The Texas & Pacific Railroad turns to Pinkerton to stop the fraud while victimized banks retain the Great Western Detective League to recover their losses. Colonel David J. Crook assigns the case to ace operatives Briscoe Cane and Beau Longstreet. Pinkerton partner Reginald Kingsley is joined by seductively talented agent Samantha Maples in a pursuit that races across the west and southwest, riding the rails from one exciting encounter to the next unexpected twist. Kingsley and Cane match deductive wits to outsmart the mysterious bogus bondsman." -- Provided by publisher.


A momentary marriage [large print] / by Candace Camp.

cover imageJames de Vere has always insisted on being perfectly pragmatic and rational in all things. It seemed the only way to deal with his overdramatic, greedy family. When he falls ill and no doctor in London can diagnose him, he returns home to Grace Hill in search of a physician who can--or to set his affairs in order. Arriving at the doctor's home, he's surprised to encounter the doctor's daughter Laura, a young woman he last saw when he was warning her off an attachment with his cousin Graeme. Alas, the doctor is recently deceased and Laura is closing up the estate, which must be sold off, leaving her penniless. At this, James has an inspiration: why not marry the damsel in distress? If his last hope for a cure is gone, at least he'll have some companionship in his final days, and she'll inherit his fortune instead of his grasping relatives, leaving her a wealthy widow with plenty of prospects. Laura is far from swept off her feet, but she's as pragmatic as James, so she accepts his unusual proposal. But as the two of them brave the onslaught of shocked and suspicious family members, they find themselves growing closer. They vowed, "until death do us part"...but now both are longing for their marriage to be more than momentary in this evocative romance, perfect for fans of Sabrina Jeffries and Mary Balogh. --Amazon


A bride for Gil [large print] / by Dusty Richards.

cover imageGil Slatter is quick on the draw and has a head for running a ranch, but he is a lonely man with only a cot in the bunkhouse at the TXY Ranch to call home. Then the ranch's foreman drops dead of a heart attack. Picked to take his place, Gil's entire world turns upside down. One day life is simple. The next he is running the entire outfit. But the old foreman also leaves behind a daughter, a willful young woman named Kate. When Gil drops by to pay his respects, she shocks him with a proposal of marriage.


Dead man's boot [large print] / by Patrick Dearen.

cover image"Clay Andrews is like a dead man, adrift in an uncaring dark. But he's also searching, and in 1869 he rides to the Pecos River. Back in Central Texas Clay's sister died, and only on this river might he learn why. The person responsible may have fled here, a no-man's-land you enter at your peril. Comanche attacks... a kidnapping... a chase through Apache country to Skeleton Cave and on to the Guadalupes -- for Clay, the answers will never come unless he rides into a mountain range where Indian spirits are rumored to guard a golden hoard." -- From publisher's description.


An Arizona Christmas [large print] / William W. Johnstone with J. A. Johnstone.

cover image"Like most families, the Jensens gather to celebrate the holidays. This year, they've decided to meet up in Tucson. Matt and Luke will be there for sure, and maybe Ace and Chance, too. That leaves Sally, Preacher, and Smoke Jensen, who've reserved seats on a westbound stage to make sure they don't miss out on the festivities. What could possibly go wrong? The first to strike is a sandstorm. Next is an Apache ambush, then a ruthless gang of stage robbers. If the Jensens hope to save Christmas this year, they'll need to save their own lives first." -- From publisher's description.


A Christmas return [large print] / Anne Perry.

cover image"As Charlotte Pitt's grandmother Mariah Ellison finds herself investigating a long-unsolved slaying, it becomes clear that grappling with intrigue and foul play runs in the family. A festive Christmas package left on Mariah's doorstep contains an ominous present, sparking memories of a twenty-year-old murder that shattered her friendship with the victim's widow. Though the gift is a bitter reminder of that tragic time, in the spirit of the season Mariah travels to Surrey in hopes of reconciling with her estranged friend and solving the crime that drove them apart. On arrival, Mariah joins forces with the murdered man's grandson, a sleuth in his own right who's discovered promising evidence as well as a suspect. But Surrey's picturesque hills conceal dark doings and shocking revelations that could make the holiday anything but calm and bright."-- Provided by publisher.


Happiness is a choice you make [large print] : lessons from a year among the oldest old / by John Leland.

cover imageAn extraordinary look at what it means to grow old and a heartening guide to well-being, Happiness Is a Choice You Make weaves together the stories and wisdom of six New Yorkers who number among the oldest old-- those eighty-five and up. In 2015, when the award-winning journalist John Leland set out on behalf of The New York Times to meet members of America's fastest-growing age group, he anticipated learning of challenges, of loneliness, and of the deterioration of body, mind, and quality of life. But the elders he met took him in an entirely different direction. Despite disparate backgrounds and circumstances, they each lived with a surprising lightness and contentment. The reality Leland encountered upended contemporary notions of aging, revealing the late stages of life as unexpectedly rich and the elderly as incomparably wise. Happiness Is a Choice You Make is an enduring collection of lessons that emphasizes, above all, the extraordinary influence we wield over the quality of our lives. With humility, heart, and wit, Leland has crafted a sophisticated and necessary reflection on how to live better--informed by those who have mastered the art.


What unites us [large print]: reflections on patriotism / Dan Rather & Elliot Kirschner.

cover imageAt a moment of crisis over our national identity, journalist Dan Rather reflects on what it means to be an American. He reminds us of the principles upon which the United States was founded. Looking at the freedoms that define us, from the vote to the press; the values that have transformed us, from empathy to inclusion to service; the institutions that sustain us, such as public education; and the traits that helped form our young country, such as the audacity to take on daunting challenges in science and medicine, Rather brings to bear his decades of experience on the frontlines of the world's biggest stories. As a living witness to historical change, he offers up an intimate view of history, tracing where we have been in order to help us chart a way forward and heal our bitter divisions.


The other girl [large print] / Erica Spindler.

cover imageOfficer Miranda Rader of the Harmony, Louisiana PD is known for her honesty, integrity, and steady hand in a crisis - but that wasn't always so. Miranda comes from the town of Jasper, a place about the size of a good spit on a hot day, and her side of the tracks was the wrong one. She's worked hard to earn the respect of her coworkers and the community. When Miranda and her partner are called to investigate the murder of one of the town's most beloved college professors, they're unprepared for the brutality of the scene. This murder is unlike any they've ever investigated, and just when Miranda thinks she's seen the worst of it, she finds a piece of evidence that chills her to the core: a faded newspaper clipping about that terrible night fifteen years ago. The night she'd buried, along with her past and the girl she'd been back then. Until now that grave had stayed sealed... except for those times, in the deepest part of the night, when the nightmares came: of a crime no one believed happened and the screams of the girl they believed didn't exist.


The rules of magic [large print] / Alice Hoffman.

cover image"The prequel to Alice Hoffman's Practical Magic, following the lives of Franny and Jet Owens (and their brother Vincent Owens) long before Sally and Gillian wound up on their doorstep"-- Provided by publisher.


Lilac lane [large print] / Sherryl Woods.

cover image"In Chesapeake Shores, Maryland, the clashes between Kiera Malone and O'Brien's chef, Bryan Laramie, have the town's matchmakers believing where there's heat, there's sure to be passion. As the two deal with their wounded pasts and discover common interests, they might just find the perfect recipe for love"-- Provided by publisher.


Wayward [large print] / Blake Crouch.

cover imageWelcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. The town is a modern-day Eden ... except for the electrified fence and razor wire, snipers scoping everything 24/7, and the relentless surveillance tracking each word and gesture. Ethan Burke has seen the world beyond. He's sheriff, and one of the few who knows the truth-- Wayward Pines isn't just a town. And what lies on the other side of the fence is a nightmare beyond anyone's imagining ...


The blackbird season [large print] / Kate Moretti.

cover image"In a scandal-torn Pennsylvania town, beloved baseball coach and teacher Nate Winters is accused of having an affair with a student, which he firmly denies. When the girl suddenly disappears, he becomes the prime suspect"-- Provided by publisher.


Jefferson's daughters [large print]: three sisters, white and black, in a young America / Catherine Kerrison.

cover imageA portrait of the divergent lives of Thomas Jefferson's three daughters reveals how his white daughters struggled with the realities of lives they were ill-prepared to manage, while the daughter he fathered with a slave did not achieve freedom until adulthood. "Thomas Jefferson had three daughters: Martha and Maria by his wife, Martha Wayles Jefferson, and Harriet by his slave Sally Hemings. In Jefferson's Daughters, Catherine Kerrison, a scholar of early American and women's history, recounts the remarkable journey of these three women--and how their struggle to define themselves reflects both the possibilities and the limitations that resulted from the American Revolution. Although the three women shared a father, the similarities end there. Martha and Maria received a fine convent school education while they lived with their father during his diplomatic posting in Paris--a hothouse of intellectual ferment whose celebrated salonnières are vividly brought to life in Kerrison's narrative. Once they returned home, however, the sisters found their options limited by the laws and customs of early America. Harriet Hemings followed a different path. She escaped slavery--apparently with the assistance of Jefferson himself. Leaving Monticello behind, she boarded a coach and set off for a decidedly uncertain future. For this groundbreaking triple biography, Kerrison has uncovered never-before-published documents written by the Jefferson sisters when they were in their teens, as well as letters written by members of the Jefferson and Hemings families. She has interviewed Hemings family descendants (and, with their cooperation, initiated DNA testing) and searched for descendants of Harriet Hemings. The eventful lives of Thomas Jefferson's daughters provide a unique vantage point from which to examine the complicated patrimony of the American Revolution itself. The richly interwoven story of these three strong women and their fight to shape their own destinies sheds new light on the ongoing movement toward human rights in America--and on the personal and political legacy of one of our most controversial Founding Fathers.


LoveMurder [large print] / Saul Black.

cover image"When she's called to the murder scene, the last thing San Francisco Homicide detective Valerie Hart is expecting is for Katherine Glass to walk back into her life. Six years earlier, revulsion and fascination had gripped the nation in equal measure, as beautiful, intelligent, charming--and utterly evil--Katherine Glass had been convicted on six counts of Murder One. But the freshly-mutilated corpse in the ground-floor apartment bears all the hallmarks of Katherine's victims. And then there's the note, with its chilling implications. Addressed to Valerie. To stop the slaughter, Valerie has no choice. She must ask Katherine Glass to help her decipher the killer's twisted message. But that means re-entering the pitch-black labyrinth that is Katherine's mind, and this time Valerie isn't so sure which one of them will survive"-- Provided by publisher.


The last day of Emily Lindsey [large print] / by Nic Joseph.

cover imageDetective Steven Paul has had the same nightmare for as long as he can remember, a strange symbol figuring prominently into his terror. He decided long ago that the recurring dreams are nothing more than an unfortunate side effect of his often traumatic profession. Until, that is, he's assigned to the case of Emily Lindsey, the beautiful, elusive, and controversial blogger found alone, holding a hunting knife and covered in blood that is not her own. Emily can't possibly know the symbol from his nightmares....


Weycombe [large print] : a novel of suspense / G.M. Malliet.

cover imageWeycombe is the chocolate-box village of everyones dreams. For American Jillian White, a gated life of pleasure and comfort with her titled English husband was a fantasy come true. But the murder of a local estate agent mars the villages so-pretty surface. Are people actually dying to live in Weycombe? Jill investigates, piecing together clues along the snaking paths and winding lanes of her adopted village. She knows truth has many versions, depending on who is doing the telling.


Oath of honor [large print] / Lynette Eason.

cover imageThis inspirational thriller from Eason (Moving Target) nicely mixes crime and romance in rural South Carolina. Childhood friends police officer Izzy St. John and rookie Kevin Marshall are now police partners. One night, acting on a tip from an informant he wasn't supposed to be in contact with, Kevin drags Izzy to an abandoned warehouse to do surveillance on a high-level arms deal. But when Kevin goes rogue and sprints into the warehouse where the deal is happening, he is killed in a spray of bullets. Kevin's detective brother, Ryan, has already lost a brother in Afghanistan and vows to find who murdered Kevin and why. While neither Ryan nor Izzy can officially be on the case, they work together in their own informal investigation. In the process, Izzy and Ryan get closer than ever, despite a killer on the loose and their own emotional baggage. Although concerned and delicate with both grief and romance, Eason's well-rounded story doesn't spend too much time bogged down in either as the harrowing plot unfolds. Eason's fans will enjoy this first installment of a promising new series.


All-American murder [large print] : the rise and fall of Aaron Hernandez, the superstar whose life ended on murderers' row / James Patterson & Alex Abramovich with Mike Harvkey.

cover imageAaron Hernandez was a college All-American who became the youngest player in the NFL and later reached the Super Bowl. Yet he led a secret life, one that ended in a maximum security prison. All-American Murder is the first book to investigate Aaron Hernandez's first-degree murder conviction and the mystery of his own untimely and shocking death. Drawing on original and in-depth reporting, this is an explosive true story of a life cut short in the dark shadow of fame. -- Adapted from book jacket summary.


Badlands [large print] / by Melissa Lenhardt.

cover image"Laura's worst fears have been realized: Kindle has been taken into custody and she is once again on the run. The noose awaits her in New York, but Laura is realizing that there are some things worse than death. Finally running out of places to hide, it may be time for Dr. Catherine Bennett to face her past"-- Provided by publisher.


Tangled destinies [large print] / Diana Palmer.

cover imagePassion and danger collide in a breathless story from New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer. Saved from an abduction and unthinkable harm, Gabrielle Bennett owed her life to her rescuer. Marc Stephano, a stranger from the sketchy shadows of town, could've asked for money. Instead he introduced her to desire and claimed her completely--then he broke her heart. Older, wiser and now a top New York model, Gabrielle is prepared for anything--except Marc's reemergence into her life. It's a merciless trick of fate. A successful, self-made millionaire, he's as powerful as ever, but can Gabrielle forgive and forget--in the name of love?


Perennials [large print] / Julie Cantrell.

cover imageEva -- known to all as Lovey -- grew up safe and secure in Oxford, MS, surrounded by a rich literary history and her mother's stunning flower gardens. But a shed fire, and the injuries that it caused, seemed to change everything... especially when her older sister, Bitsy, blamed Lovey for the irreparable damage. Bitsy became the cheerleader. The homecoming queen. The perfect Southern belle who could do no wrong. All the while, Lovey served as the family scapegoat, always bearing the brunt when Bitsy threw blame her way. At eighteen, suffocating in her sister's shadow, Lovey turned down a marriage proposal and fled to Arizona -- a place as far from Mississippi as she could find. In time, she became a successful advertising executive and a weekend yoga instructor, carving a satisfying life for herself, free from Bitsy's vicious lies. But now that she's turning 45, Lovey is feeling more alone than ever and questioning the choices that have led her here. When she gets a call from her father insisting that she come home three weeks early for her parents' 50th anniversary, Lovey is at wits' end. She's about to close the biggest contract of her career, and there's a lot on the line. But despite the risks, her father's words, "Family First," draw her right back to the red-dirt roads of Mississippi. Lovey is welcomed home by a secret project -- a memory garden her father has planned as an anniversary surprise for her mother. As she helps create this sacred space, Lovey begins to rediscover her roots.


Out of the ordinary [large print] / by 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.


Once upon a spine [large print]/ Kate Carlisle.

cover imageCarlisle's discursive 11th Bibliophile mystery (after 2016's Books of a Feather) finds bookbinder and heiress Brooklyn Wainwright coveting a rare edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in a San Francisco book shop. But her main concern is the imminent arrival from England of the upper-class parents of her tall, dark, and handsome fiancé, Derek Stone, a former British secret agent who now runs an internationally renowned private security agency. How will these toffs get along with Brooklyn's own hippy-dippy family? Meanwhile, during a visit to the Rabbit Hole, a health food shop, she discovers the owner unconscious and the bare feet of a dead man poking out from beneath a section of heavy shelving. Detailed instructions on how to make handmade paper and remove bookplates, as well as digressions on shopping and descriptions of every meal, compensate for the perfunctory sleuthing and unlikely resolution of the murder case. Carlisle rounds out this cozy with recipes for such dishes as "hot buttered rump bites" and "perky breast nibbles."


Against all odds [large print] : a novel / Danielle Steel.

cover imageTaking chances is part of life, but when you bet your future against the odds, it's a high-risk game. Kate Madison's stylish resale shop has been a big SoHo success, supporting her and her four kids since her husband's untimely death. Now they are grown and ready to forge lives of their own. And they all choose to play against the odds, to their mother's dismay. Isabelle, a dedicated attorney, is in line to make partner at her Wall Street firm when she falls for a client she represents in a criminal case. She tells herself she can make a life with him -- but can she? Julie, a young designer, meets a man who seems too good to be true and falls under his spell. She marries him quickly, gives up her job, and moves to Los Angeles to be at his side -- but is all what it seems? Justin is a struggling writer who pushes for children with his partner before they're financially or emotionally ready. Will the strain on the relationship take too high a toll? And Willie, the youngest, a tech expert, makes a choice that shocks them all, with a woman twelve years older. Kate -- loving, supportive, and outspoken -- can't keep her children from playing against the odds. Can the odds be beaten? Not often -- as her children have to learn for themselves. For Kate, the hardest lesson will be that she can't protect the children she loves from the choices they make -- but can only love them as they make them.


The lioness is the hunter [large print] / Loren D. Estleman.

cover imageInvestigating the disappearance of an entrepreneur, Amos Walker becomes embroiled in a mystery involving a murder, questionable real estate practices, and a dangerous international fugitive.


The Vanity fair dairies [large print]: 1983-1992 / Tina Brown.

cover imageFor eight spectacular years as editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair, Tina Brown kept delicious daily diaries. Today they provide an incendiary portrait of the flash and dash and power brokering of the Excessive Eighties. Astute, openhearted, often riotously funny, this is a compulsively fascinating and intimate chronicle of a woman's life in a glittering era.


Out of the ashes [large print] / Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse.

cover imageAfter the death of their father, Collette and Jean-Michel Langelier are no longer tied to post-war France. While his sister dreams of adventure, Jean-Michel is hoping to finally escape reminders of the horrors he faced in the war. When Jean-Michel receives an unexpected invitation for them to visit Alaska and the Curry Hotel, it seems an opportunity for a change he needs. Katherine Demarchis is a young widow who does not grieve the dangerous husband she was forced to marry. Now she just wants to retreat to a quiet life, content to be alone. First, though, she's agreed to accompany her grandmother on a final trip, but never expects to see a man from her past. Katherine and Jean-Michel once shared a deep love that was torn apart by forces beyond their control. Reunited now, have the years changed them too deeply to rediscover what they had? And when Jean-Michel's nightmares return with terrifying consequences, will faith be enough to heal what's been broken for so long?


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.


The great Halifax explosion [large print] : a World War I story of treachery, tragedy, and extraordinary heroism / John U. Bacon.

cover image"After steaming out of New York City on December 1, 1917, laden with a staggering three thousand tons of TNT and other explosives, the munitions ship Mont-Blanc fought its way up the Atlantic coast, through waters prowled by enemy U-boats. As it approached the lively port city of Halifax, Mont-Blanc's deadly cargo erupted with the force of 2.9 kilotons of TNT--the most powerful explosion ever visited on a human population, save for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Mont-Blanc was vaporized in one fifteenth of a second; a shockwave leveled the surrounding city. Next came a thirty-five-foot tsunami. Most astounding of all, however, were the incredible tales of survival and heroism that soon emerged from the rubble. This is the unforgettable story told in John U. Bacon's The Great Halifax Explosion: a ticktock account of fateful decisions that led to doom, the human faces of the blast's 11,000 casualties, and the equally moving individual stories of those who lived and selflessly threw themselves into urgent rescue work that saved thousands. The shocking scale of the disaster stunned the world, dominating global headlines even amid the calamity of the First World War. Hours after the blast, Boston sent trains and ships filled with doctors, medicine, and money. The explosion would revolutionize pediatric medicine; transform U.S.-Canadian relations; and provide physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who studied the Halifax explosion closely when developing the atomic bomb, with history's only real-world case study demonstrating the lethal power of a weapon of mass destruction. Mesmerizing and inspiring, Bacon's deeply-researched narrative brings to life the tragedy, bravery, and surprising afterlife of one of the most dramatic events of modern times"--From the publisher's web site.


The power of moments [large print]: why certain experiences have extraordinary impact / by Chip Heath & Dan Heath.

cover imageThe bestselling authors of Switch and Made to Stick explore why certain brief experiences can jolt us and elevate us and change us -- and how we can learn to create such extraordinary moments in our life and work. The Power of Moments shows us how to be the author of richer experiences.


The half-drowned king [large print] / Linnea Hartsuyker.

cover imageSet in a mystical and violent world defined by honor, loyalty, deceit, passion, and courage, this exhilarating saga of the Vikings conjures a brutal, superstitious, and thrilling ninth-century world and the birth of a kingdom.


Where treasure hides [large print] / Johnnie Alexander.

cover image"Working in her family's renowned art gallery, artist Alison Schuyler is determined to avoid the curse that has followed the Schuyler clan. She's certain that true love will lead to tragedy -- until a chance meeting at Waterloo station brings Ian Devlin into her life. Then World War II separates them, drawing each into their own battles. While Ian fights for freedom on the battlefield, Alison works with the Dutch Underground to find a safe haven for Jewish children and priceless works of art. But safety is a luxury war does not allow." -- From publisher's description.


Beyond the wild river [large print] / Sarah Maine.

cover image"A highly atmospheric and suspenseful historical novel, set in the 1890s about a Scottish heiress who unexpectedly encounters her childhood friend in North America, five years after he disappeared from her family's estate the night of a double murder."-- Provided by publisher.


Still me [large print] / Jojo Moyes.

cover imageLouisa Clark arrives in New York to start a new life and a long-distance relationship with Ambulance Sam while working for the super-wealthy Gopniks, a job that introduces her to New York high society and a secretive man who reminds her of her own past.


Marita [large print] : the spy who loved Castro / by Marita Lorenz.

cover image"Few people can say they've seen some of the most significant moments of the twentieth century unravel before their eyes. Marita Lorenz is one of them. Born in Germany at the outbreak of WWII, Marita was incarcerated in a Nazi concentration camp as a child. In 1959, she traveled to Cuba where she met and fell in love with Fidel Castro. Yet upon fleeing to America, she was recruited by the CIA to assassinate the Fidel. Torn by love and loyalty, she couldn't bring herself to slip him the lethal pills. Her life would take many more twists and turns--including having a child with ex-dictator of Venezuela, Marcos Perez Jimenez; testifying about the John F. Kennedy assassination; and becoming a party girl with close ties the New York mafia (and then a police informant). Caught up in Cold War intrigue, espionage, and conspiracy--this is Marita's incredible autobiography of a young woman who became a spy for the CIA."--Provided by publisher.


Happiness in this life [largeprint] : a passionate meditation on earthly existence / Pope Francis ; translated from the Italian by Oonagh Stransky.

cover imageFor 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.



Destiny at dry camp [large print] / by John D. Nesbitt.

cover imageA stranger named Dunbar comes to the town of Dry Camp and goes to work at Rich Stanton’s ranch. Shortly after Dunbar’s arrival, he helps find the body of an old man named Ross Guilford. The foreman, Paul Kelso, picks a fight with a ranch hand named Willard Brumley. Dunbar intervenes, and Kelso fires him. As Dunbar asks around, he learns from Jack Brumley, Willard’s father, that Guilford knew something about Brumley’s wife, Louise, a beautiful woman of color who disappeared twenty years earlier. Stanton hires a man named Holcomb, who pairs up with Kelso to provoke Willard into a fatal gunfight. Jane Lancaster, an old friend of Louise, tells Dunbar some revealing information. Then Jane turns up dead. After a showdown with Kelso and then with Holcomb, Dunbar fights Stanton and beats him to death. Workmen dig up the remains of Louise Brumley, evidence that Stanton had an illicit affair with Louise and killed her to keep her silent.


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.


Mystery

Death makes a prophet / John Bude; with an introduction by Martin Edwards.

cover imageWelworth Garden City in the 1940s is a forward-thinking town where free spirits find a home--vegetarians, socialists, and an array of exotic religious groups. Chief among these are the Children of Osiris, led by the eccentric High Prophet, Eustace K. Mildmann. The cult is a seething hotbed of petty resentment, jealousy and dark secrets--which eventually lead to murder. The stage is set for one of Inspector Meredith's most bizarre and exacting cases."--Publisher description.


The long arm of the law : classic police stories / edited and introduced by Martin Edwards.

cover imageIn classic British crime fiction, dazzling detective work is often the province of a brilliant amateur - whereas the humble police detective cuts a hapless figure. The twelve stories collected here strike a blow for the professionals, with teasing mysteries to challenge a hard-working police officer's persistence and scrupulous attention to detail. As in his previous anthologies for the British Library Crime Classics series, Martin Edwards introduces readers to fascinating neglected gems of British crime writing as well as uncovering lesser-known stories by the great novelists of the golden age. Each of these stories combines realism with entertainment, skilfully blending the conduct of a criminal investigation with a compelling murder-mystery plot.


Losing brave / Bailee Madison & Stefne Miller.

cover imageOverwhelmed by the mystery and turmoil of her twin sister's disappearance, Payton struggles with the reality of being the one left behind. Especially since she's unable to remember even the largest detail of what happened the day Dylan vanished. When sudden reckless outbursts throw her from the graces of popularity she worked so hard to achieve, Payton finds herself befriending the people on the outskirts--including her sister's old boyfriend, Cole, who she is growing closer to every day. When new clues are unearthed following the disappearances of two girls who look eerily similar to Dylan, Payton is determined to find her sister. And the more Payton pries open her blocked memories in an attempt to find answers, the farther down the path of danger she heads. As the darkness surrounding her sister's disappearance grows, and the truth of what really happened begins to surface, Payton's search might cost her everything.


Mephisto waltz : a Max Liebermann mystery / F.R. Tallis.

cover imageWhen the body of a badly mutilated victim is discovered in an abandoned piano factory in 1904 Vienna, psychiatrist Max Lieberman assists Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt in an investigation that draws them into the shadowy and sexually unconventional world of fringe political activism.


A well-timed murder / Tracee de Hahn.

cover image"Swiss-American police officer Agnes LĂĽthi is on leave in Lausanne, Switzerland, recovering from injuries she sustained in her last case, when an old colleague invites her to the world's premier watch and jewelry trade show at the grand Messe Basel Exhibition Hall. Little does Agnes know, another friend of hers, Julien Vallotton, is at the same trade show--and he's looking for Agnes. Julien Vallotton was friends with Guy Chavanon, a master of one of Switzerland's oldest arts: watchmaking. Chavanon died a week ago, and his daughter doesn't believe his death was accidental. Shortly before he died, Chavanon boasted that he'd discovered a new technique that would revolutionize the watchmaking industry, and she believes he may have been killed for it. Reluctantly, Agnes agrees to investigate his death. But the world of Swiss watchmaking is guarded and secretive, and before she realizes it, Agnes may be walking straight into the path of a killer." -- Amazon.


Death in the stars / Frances Brody.

cover imageSuspecting the true nature of a theater actress' invitation to a viewing party at a school chapel during an eclipse in 1927 Yorkshire, Kate Shackleton investigates the suspicious death of one of the actress' co-stars, the third to have died recently under mysterious circumstances. --Publisher


Claws for concern / Miranda James.

cover image"Charlie may be a proud new grandfather, but he and Diesel still have work to do at Athena College and the small Mississippi town's public library. He's too busy to deal with true-crime writer Jack Pemberton, who wants Charlie as the subject of his latest book--and who won't take no for an answer. A more appealing proposition for Charlie is spending time helping a kind, elderly man navigate the library's genealogical database. But he's shocked when he learns that the visitor's search is focused on a member of his own family: his late aunt's husband. Charlie befriends the man and considers inviting him to stay in his home, but he's soon given reason to question that notion. Jack is certain that Charlie's new houseguest was involved in a shocking homicide that took place years ago in a small town near Athena. As this cold case heats up, Charlie and Diesel have to uncover a killer who may already be too close to home."-- Provided by publisher.


The gate keeper : an Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery / Charles Todd.

cover image"On a deserted road, late at night, Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge encounters a frightened woman standing over a body, launching an inquiry that leads him into the lair of a stealthy killer and the dangerous recesses of his own memories in this twentieth installment of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling series. Hours after his sister's wedding, a restless Ian Rutledge drives aimlessly, haunted by the past, and narrowly misses a motorcar stopped in the middle of a desolate road. Standing beside the vehicle is a woman with blood on her hands and a dead man at her feet. She swears she didn't kill Stephen Wentworth. A stranger stepped out in front of their motorcar, and without warning, fired a single shot before vanishing into the night. But there is no trace of him. And the shaken woman insists it all happened so quickly, she never saw the man's face. Although he is a witness after the fact, Rutledge persuades the Yard to give him the inquiry, since he's on the scene. But is he seeking justice--or fleeing painful memories in London? Wentworth was well-liked, yet his bitter family paint a malevolent portrait, calling him a murderer. But who did Wentworth kill? Is his death retribution? Or has his companion lied? Wolf Pit, his village, has a notorious history: in Medieval times, the last wolf in England was killed there. When a second suspicious death occurs, the evidence suggests that a dangerous predator is on the loose, and that death is closer than Rutledge knows"-- Provided by publisher.


A dangerous crossing / Ausma Zehanat Khan.

cover imageIn the next book in Ausma Khan's powerful, critically acclaimed series, Muslim detective Esa Khattak and his partner, Rachel Getty, travel across Europe in search of an old friend, who's gone missing while working to help expedite immigration for Syrian refugees in Greece. The Syrian refugee crisis becomes personal for Inspector Esa Khattak and Sergeant Rachel Getty when they are called in to search for a missing Canadian volunteer. Nathan Clare's sister, Audrey, has vanished from the Greek islands, where she was working to fast-track refugees to Canada. What's more, she's implicated in the double murder of a French Interpol agent and a young man who'd fled to Greece from the devastated city of Aleppo. Esa and Rachel stand in for their government as they follow a trail that takes them from Greece to the Turkish-Syrian border, to England, Holland and France. Did Audrey Clare get in over her head? Or did she discover something about the dangers of the refugee route that put a target on her back? Working against time, with Interpol at their backs, Esa and Rachel must find Audrey Clare and uncover the truth about the double murder.


Cut you down : a novel / by Sam Wiebe.

cover image"Tabitha Sorenson is missing. The bright but unstable student disappeared in the aftermath of a scandal involving millions of dollars in college funds. Professor Dana Essex doesn't think the missing money and the missing student are connected, but she hires Vancouver PI David Wakeland to find Tabitha, with whom she is in love. When Wakeland discovers Tabitha has in fact stolen the money and is hiding out with her lover and reports back to his client, Essex is crushed to learn that Tabitha is in love with someone else. The next morning, Tabitha has been murdered and Essex has disappeared. Meanwhile, Wakeland has his own problems. His former girlfriend, police officer Sonia Drego, believes her partner is corrupt. With her job--and possibly her life--on the line, Wakeland may be her best hope of uncovering the conspiracy in the department before it brings her down. Hounded by Tabitha's friends, the police, the press, and his own troubled conscience, Wakeland tries desperately to find Essex and make sense of what happened. Could it all have been a ruse from the start, and is Wakeland just another in a long line of suckers? While searching for Essex and investigating Sonia's partner, Wakeland encounters criminals, anarchists, and crooked authority figures--all of them desperate people who will stop at nothing to guard their secrets"-- Provided by publisher.


Sirens : a novel / Joseph Knox.

cover image"The breathtakingly propulsive and stunningly assured debut thriller, perfect for readers of Tana French, Don Winslow and Dennis Lehane A detective goes undercover in Manchester ... The mission is suicide. Infiltrating the inner circle of enigmatic criminal Zain Carver is dangerous enough. Pulling it off while also rescuing Isabelle Rossiter, a runaway politician's daughter, from Zain's influence? Impossible. That's why Aidan Waits is the perfect man for the job. Disgraced, emotionally damaged, and despised by his superiors. In other words, completely expendable. But Aidan is a born survivor. And as he works his way deep into Zain's shadowy world, he finds that nothing is as it seems. Zain is a mesmerizing, Gatsby-esque figure who lures young women into his orbit--women who have a bad habit of turning up dead. But is Zain really responsible? And will Isabelle be next? Before long, Aidan finds himself in over his head, cut loose by his superiors, and dangerously attracted to the wrong woman. How can he save the girl if he can't even save himself?"-- Provided by publisher.


Free from all danger : a Richard Nottingham mystery / Chris Nickson.

cover imageOctober, 1736. Lured out of retirement to serve as Constable once again, Richard Nottingham finds Leeds very different from the place he remembers. Many newcomers have been attracted by the town's growing wealth -- but although the faces have changed, the crimes remain the same, as Nottingham discovers when a body is found floating in the River Aire, its throat cut. What has changed is the fear that pervades the town. With more bodies emerging and witnesses too frightened to talk, Nottingham realizes he's dealing with a new kind of criminal, someone with no respect for anything or anyone. Someone who believes he's beyond the law; someone willing brutally to destroy anyone who opposes him. To stop him, Nottingham will need to call in old favours, rely on trusted friendships, and seek help from some very unlikely sources.


Play a cold hand : a Scott Elliott Hollywood mystery / Terence Faherty.

cover imageWith his former boss dead, private detective Scott Elliott and his estranged wife follow a cold case that should have remained buried. The mystery is set in Hollywood in the 1970s.


Murder in July / Barbara Hambly.

cover image"When British spymaster Sir John Oldmixton offers Benjamin January a hundred dollars to find the murderer of an Englishman whose body has been found floating in the New Basin Canal, Benjamin turns him down immediately. As a free man of colour in New Orleans in the sweltering July of 1839, he knows this is not something he should get mixed up in. But when clues to the dead man's identity link the death to another murder, in another July in January's past, he is reluctantly drawn into the investigation. Nine years ago in Paris he failed to catch a killer-- with tragic consequences. Now in New Orleans he must unravel the earlier murder, the one that took place during the great revolt against the Bourbon kings, to solve the second killing. At stake is not merely a hundred dollars, but hidden treasure, the fate of an innocent woman-- and the lives of January's wife, son and unborn child" -- Dust jacket flap.


Season of blood : a Crispin Guest medieval noir / Jeri Westerson.

cover image1390. Hailes Abbey, Gloucestershire, England. Two monks lie murdered, their Holy Blood relic stolen: a relic that is said to run liquid for the sinless and remain stubbornly dry for the sinner. Unwilling to become involved in a bitter dispute between a country monastery and Westminster Abbey, the disgraced former knight Crispin Guest attempts to return the relic to Hailes where it belongs, but somehow it keeps returning to his hands no matter what. As he tries to shield a former nemesis from a charge of murder while becoming entangled with a mysterious and beautiful woman caught between Church politics and the dangerous intrigues of King Richard?s court, Crispin begins to suspect that someone at Westminster is conspiring with the assassins. Can the Blood of Christ point to the killer?


Havana gold / Leonardo Padura ; translated by Peter Bush.

cover image"Twenty-four year old Lissette Delgado was beaten, raped, and then strangled with a towel. Marijuana is found in her apartment and her wardrobe is suspiciously beyond the means of a high school teacher. Lieutenant Conde is pressured by 'the highest authority' to conclude this investigation quickly when chance leads him into the arms of a beautiful redhead, a saxophone player who shares his love for jazz and Japanese fighting fish."--Page 4 of cover.


The river below / Bonnie Hearn Hill.

cover imageWhen a mangled car is pulled from the river, containing bloodstains and a gun, the sense of safety is shattered in Tessa's Californian hometown. Tessa, who works at the river conservancy, thinks she saw a girl out on the riverbank - but Tessa's memory is failing and could this be the start of something more serious? Tessa's friend and co-worker, Claire Barrett, is worried - about the car and the gun, but also about Tessa. With Tessa's attorney husband preoccupied with a big case and in denial about his wife's memory issues, Claire knows that it'll be up to her to work out what's going on. When a body turns up and she discovers the identity of the gun's owner - someone disturbingly close to home - Claire is determined to uncover the truth . . . whatever it takes.


Walking the bones / Randall Silvis.

cover image"Ryan DeMarco's decision to take a leave of absence from the Pennsylvania State Police was a surprise to everyone--but a year after the homicide case in which DeMarco put a bullet in the heart of the madman who killed his only friend's family, he can't face another day on the force. Now, heading out on an extended road trip with Jayme, his former colleague and present girlfriend, DeMarco is ready to let his old wounds heal. But when DeMarco and Jayme arrive in Jayme's tiny hometown for her grandmother's funeral, they're quickly recruited to help solve a long-dead case involving seven skeletons of young girls. DeMarco's instinct is to take to the open road again, but Jayme's desire to stay and help prevails. The investigation leads DeMarco deep into the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest, an ordeal that frightens and nearly kills him, but which eventually results in the identification of the murderer, closure for the small community, and personal redemption for DeMarco as he allows himself to love again"-- Provided by publisher.



Secondhand stiff : an Odelia Grey mystery / Sue Ann Jaffarian.

cover imageOdelia uncovers a deadly storage war involving her husband's cousin.


Dry bones / Sally Spencer.

cover image"When human bones are discovered in the cellars beneath St Luke's College - two bodies, buried thirty years apart - the bursar, Charlie Swift, hires Jennie Redhead to investigate. As she uncovers a series of scandals stretching back sixty years, Jennie wonders how well she really knows her old friend Charlie - and whether she can trust him."--Publisher's description.


Shadow play / Cynthia Harrod-Eagles.

cover image"When the body of a smartly-dressed businessman turns up in the yard of Eli Simpson's car workshop, DCI Bill Slider and his team soon surmise that the victim was someone's 'enforcer'. So who was Mr King? Who was he the muscle for? And what did he know that made someone decide to terminate the terminator?"--Publisher's description.


Nine lessons / Nicola Upson.

cover imageCalled to the peaceful wooded churchyard of St-John's-at-Hampstead, Detective Chief Inspector Archie Penrose faces one of the most audacious and unusual murders of his career. The body of the church's organist is found in an opened grave, together with a photograph of a manor house and a cryptic note. The image leads Archie to Cambridge, where the crisp autumn air has brought bustling life to the ancient university and town. Mystery author Josephine Tey is also in Cambridge, where the change of seasons marks a series of vicious attacks against women, spreading fear and suspicion throughout the community. Soon, another body is revealed, and in the shadow of King's College Chapel, Archie uncovers a connection twenty-five years old which haunted both victims--as well as some of their living companions. As Archie and Josephine both grapple with savage malefactors intent on making their victims pay, they must race to stop another attack.


The case of the unsuitable suitor / Cathy Ace.

cover imageThe women of the WISE Enquiries Agency are back. When the village's prodigal son, Huw Hughes, returns and sets his cap at Annie Parker, village publican Tudor begs Annie's colleagues at the WISE Enquiries Agency to unearth the truth behind Huw having been widowed three times. With Christine enjoying a break at her family's Irish estate - where she and the brooding Alexander face a surprisingly dangerous case of theft? Mavis and Carol have to work with dowager duchess Althea Twyst to ensure their unsuspecting friend Annie's safety, and possibly the lives of more villagers.


The night market / Jonathan Moore.

cover image"From an author who consistently gives us "suspense that never stops" (James Patterson), a near-future thriller that makes your most paranoid fantasies seem like child's play...It's late Thursday night, and Inspector Ross Carver is at a crime scene in one of the city's last luxury homes. The dead man on the floor is covered by an unknown substance that's eating through his skin. Before Carver can identify it, six FBI agents burst in and remove him from the premises. He's pushed into a disinfectant trailer, forced to drink a liquid that sends him into seizures, and is shocked unconscious. On Sunday he wakes in his bed to find his neighbor, Mia--who he's barely ever spoken to--reading aloud to him. He can't remember the crime scene or how he got home; he has no idea two days have passed. Mia says she saw him being carried into their building by plainclothes police officers, who told her he'd been poisoned. Carver doesn't really know this woman and has no way of disproving her, but his gut says to keep her close. A mind-bending, masterfully plotted thriller--written in Moore's "lush, intoxicating style" (Justin Cronin)--that will captivate fans of Blake Crouch, China Mieville, and Lauren Beukes, The Night Market follows Carver as he works to find out what happened to him, soon realizing he's entangled in a web of conspiracy that spans the nation. And that Mia may know a lot more than she lets on"-- Provided by publisher.


Strangers : a novel / Ursula Archer and Arno Strobel ; translated by Jamie Searle Romanelli and Stefan Scholtz.

cover image"Ursula Archer's and Arno Strobel's internationally bestselling Strangers is a shocking thriller and mind-bending must-read. It explores what happens when mysterious foul play causes a woman not to recognize or remember her fiancé, but forces the couple to trust each other and fight the odds. Trust or die. Imagine you're home alone. Suddenly a man stands before you. He claims to be your fiancé. But you have no idea who he is. And nothing in your home suggests that someone lives with you. He's talking to you, but nothing makes sense. You're afraid. And you feel the irresistible urge to attack. Take a knife. Are you crazy? Imagine you come home and your fiancée doesn't recognize you. She thinks you're a burglar. Worse, a rapist. You just want to protect her, but she defends herself against your perceived threat and barricades herself behind a door. She claims she's never seen you before. She obviously thinks you're crazy. Are you? A woman. A man. The more they try to understand the situation, the more confusing it becomes. Soon they must realize that they are in deadly danger. And there's only one chance for survival: they must trust each other" Provided by publisher.


The hostess with the ghostess / E. J. Copperman.

cover imageIf Alison Kerby really wanted peace and quiet, she never should have opened the Haunted Guesthouse. The Jersey Shore lodge's latest polter-guest is Richard Harrison, the recently murdered brother of long-time resident ghost PI Paul Harrison. Alas, a beyond-the-grave brotherly reunion is nowhere in the foreseeable future - phantasmal Paul left the guesthouse months before for parts unknown, and for all her ghost-whispering prowess, Alison has no idea how to find him. And she's going to need Paul, because Richard's isn't the only murder still unsolved. Richard, a lawyer in life, tells Alison that he had been working the case of a woman accused of murdering her stepfather. When Richard got too close to the truth, he was permanently silenced. Now, as Alison searches for Paul, she gets a creeping sensation that the murderer doesn't appreciate her snooping around. If she doesn't succeed in her hunt, she has the feeling that she'll be the next to haunt the house.


The voice inside / Brian Freeman.

cover imageFour years after serial killer Rudy Cutter was sent away for life, San Francisco homicide inspector Frost Easton uncovers a terrible lie: his closest friend planted false evidence to put Cutter behind bars. When he's forced to reveal the truth, his sisters killer is back on the streets. Desperate to take Cutter down again, the detective finds a new ally in Eden Shay. She wrote a book about Cutter and knows more about him than anyone. And she's terrified. Because for four years, Cutter has been nursing revenge day after stolen day. Staying ahead of the game of a killer whos determined to strike again is not going to be easy. Not when Frost is battling his own demons. Not when the game is becoming so personal. And not when the killers next move is unlike anything Frost expected.


Lies that comfort and betray / Rosemary Simpson.

cover image"Has the Ripper sailed across the Atlantic to find a new hunting ground? Is some disturbed soul copying his crimes? A former Pinkerton agent, Geoffrey intends to step in where the New York Metropolitan Police seem to be failing, and Prudence is just as determined to protect the poor, vulnerable females being targeted. But a killer with a disordered mind and an incomprehensible motive may prove too elusive for even this experienced pair to outwit"--Amazon.com.


Down the river unto the sea / Walter Mosley.

cover imageAfter serving time in Rikers Island solitary for assault, Joe King Oliver, who is an ex-NYPD investigator working as a private detective, receives a note from a woman who admits she was paid to frame him, compelling him to investigate.


Scones and Scoundrels / Molly MacRae.

cover imageInversgail, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, welcomes home native daughter and best-selling environmental writer Daphne Wood. Known as the icon of ecology, Daphne will spend three months as the author in residence for the Inversgail schools. Janet Marsh and her business partners at Yon Bonnie Books are looking forward to hosting a gala book signing for her. Daphne, who hasn't set foot in Scotland in thirty years, is--eccentric. She lives in the Canadian wilderness, in a cabin she built herself, with only her dog for a companion, and her people skills have developed a few rough-hewn edges. She and the dog (which she insists on bringing with her) cause problems for the school, the library, and the bookshop even before they get to Inversgail. Then, on the misty night they arrive, a young man--an American who'd spent a night in the B & B above Yon Bonnie Books--is found dead outside a pub. Daphne did her Inversgail homework and knows that Janet and her partners solved a previous murder. She tries to persuade them to join her in uncovering the killer and the truth. To prove she's capable, she starts poking and prying. But investigating crimes can be murder, and Daphne ends up dead, poisoned by scones from the tearoom at Yon Bonnie Books. Now, to save the reputation of their business--not to mention the reputation of their scones--Janet and her partners must solve both murders. And Daphne's dog might be able to help them, if only they can get it to stop howling-- from Amazon.com.


Sunday silence / Nicci French.

cover imageDeclared a person of interest when a body is discovered under the floor of her home, London psychologist Frieda Klein realizes that a copycat killer is responsible. As the days pass-- and the body count rises-- Klein finds herself caught between two obsessive murderers: one who won't let her go, and another who can't let her live.


A map of the dark / Karen Ellis.

cover imageRacing against time to find a teenage girl who has gone missing from Queens, FBI agent Elsa Myers navigates a frustrating series of false leads while enduring the collapse of her own carefully compartmentalized world.


Cold river rising : a novel / Enes Smith.

cover image"While on a spring break from college, Native American Tara Eagle was kidnapped in a foreign land. She and her friends struggle for survival, first against terrorists, and then against the army. Her relatives become frustrated, and then angry at the slow response from the United States Government. There are over five hundred Indian tribes recognized by Congress. In modern times a group of Indians used their sovereignty for something other than a casino. The Cold River Indian Nation of Oregon declared war on a foreign country. They were joined by others."--Page 4 of cover.


Perish / Lisa Black.

cover imageThe scene of the crime is lavish but gruesome. In a luxurious mansion on the outskirts of Cleveland, a woman's body lies gutted in a pool of blood on the marble floor. The victim is Joanna Moorehouse, founder of Sterling Financial. The killer could be any one of her associates. Only Maggie recognizes the blood-soaked handiwork of a killer who has committed the most heinous of crimes--and will continue killing until he is stopped. Burdened with unbearable secrets, Maggie must make an agonizing choice, while her conscience keeps telling her: she's next.--Provided by Publisher.


King Zeno / Nathaniel Rich.

cover imageNew Orleans, 1918. The birth of jazz, the Spanish flu, an ax murderer on the loose.


Dangerous crossing : a novel / Rachel Rhys.

cover imageServants and socialites sip cocktails side by side on their way to new lives in this "thrilling, seductive, and utterly absorbing" (Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author) historical suspense novel in the tradition of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile and Ken Follett's Night Over Water . The ship has been like a world within itself, a vast floating city outside of normal rules. But the longer the journey continues, the more confined it is starting to feel, deck upon deck, passenger upon passenger, all of them churning around each other without anywhere to go... 1939: Europe is on the brink of war when young Lily Shepherd boards an ocean liner in Essex, bound for Australia. She is ready to start anew, leaving behind the shadows in her past. The passage proves magical, complete with live music, cocktails, and fancy dress balls. With stops at exotic locations along the way--Naples, Cairo, Ceylon--the voyage shows Lily places she'd only ever dreamed of and enables her to make friends with those above her social station, people who would ordinarily never give her the time of day. She even allows herself to hope that a man she couldn't possibly have a future with outside the cocoon of the ship might return her feelings. But Lily soon realizes that she's not the only one hiding secrets. Her newfound friends--the toxic wealthy couple Eliza and Max; Cambridge graduate Edward; Jewish refugee Maria; fascist George--are also running away from their pasts. As the glamour of the voyage fades, the stage is set for something sinister to occur. By the time the ship docks, two passengers are dead, war has been declared, and Lily's life will be changed irrevocably.


Many a twist / Sheila Connolly.

cover imagePub owner Maura Donovan hasn't seen her mother for over twenty years, so when she suddenly shows up in Maura's pub, Maura's not sure what to expect. Her mother is trying to find a life for herself back home and has taken up a position working with the new owners of the Crann Mor hotel just outside Skibbereen. Until her new boss is found dead in the gardens, dumped down the hillside behind the hotel. Now, trying to rekindle the relationship they've lost, Maura must investigate in order to clear her mother's name. It's not so easy though, as long-time residents of County Cork, including the families of her employee Mick, and the family of the deceased hotel owner, have bottled deep dark family secrets not meant to be uncorked. And someone will kill to keep them that way.


The silent room / Mari Hannah.

cover image"Detective Sergeant Matthew Ryan wants to clear the name of his former boss, who stands accused of official corruption. But before he can do so, his boss disappears. Did he escape from police custody, or was he kidnapped? Or did something even worse happen to him? Suspended from duty on suspicion of aiding and abetting the audacious escape of his former boss, Ryan is locked out of the manhunt. Desperate to preserve his career and prove his innocence, he backs off. But when the official investigation falls apart, under surveillance and with his life in danger, Ryan goes dark, enlisting other fascinating but decidedly unofficial cohorts in his quest to discover the truth. Mari Hannah's The Silent Room has it all--truly memorable characters, a breakneck pace, and a gripping plot. In addition, it has heart. Add some truly scary villains and a loudly ticking clock, and it's clear that Hannah has penned an ingenious and lightning-fast thriller that will grip readers from the first pages and never let go."--Dust jacket.


In the shadow of Agatha Christie : classic crime fiction by forgotten female writers : 1850-1917 / edited by Leslie S. Klinger.

cover imageThis new anthology brings the female crime writers who inspired Agatha Christie out of her shadow and back into the spotlight they deserve. The success of writers like Anna Katherine Green in America; L. T. Meade, C. L. Pirkis, the Baroness Orczy, and Elizabeth Corbett in England; and Mary Fortune in Australia opened doors for the women authors who followed them. While Agatha Christie may still reign supreme, the genre would be much poorer without the bold, fearless work of her predecessors.


Hidden depths / Ann Cleeves.

cover imageInvestigator Vera Stanhope searches for a young man's killer and uncovers a small town's secrets.


Death by chocolate cherry cheesecake / Sarah Graves.

cover imageWhile Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree has moved on from fixing up houses, she still can't resist the urge to snoop into the occasional murder. Something sinister is brewing in the kitchen of The Chocolate Moose - retired health inspector Alan Blake is found murdered. Jake's best friend Ellie never made a secret of her distaste for Alan. Now, with no alibi for the night of the murder, she's in a sticky situation with the police - and it's up to Jake to catch the real killer and keep Ellie living in the land of the free.


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.


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.


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.


Force of nature / Jane Harper.

cover imageWhen five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn't come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker. In an investigation that takes him deep into isolated forest, Falk discovers secrets lurking in the mountains, and a tangled web of personal and professional friendship, suspicion, and betrayal among the hikers. But did that lead to murder?


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.


Non Fiction

The hole in our Gospel : what does God expect of us? The answer that changed my life and might just change the world / Richard Stearns.

cover image"What does God expect of us? Is our faith about going to church, studying the Bible, and avoiding the most serious sins - or does God expect more? Have we embraced the hole gospel or a gospel with a hole in it? The Hole in Our Gospel is the compelling true story of a corporate CEO who set aside worldly success for something far more significant and discovered the full power of the gospel of Jesus Christ to change his own life." -- Back cover


How to rock climb! / John Long.

cover imageContains over four hundred color photographs and detailed instructions to the sport of rock climbing.


Best hikes near Seattle / Peter Stekel.

cover image"Here are 42 of the area's best hikes, all of them within an hour's drive of Seattle."--Back cover.


Best easy day hikes Eugene, Oregon / Art Bernstein and Lynn Bernstein.

cover imageBest Easy Day Hikes Eugene, Oregon includes concise descriptions and detailed maps for twenty easy-to-follow hikes within ninety miles of Eugene. Discover an amazingly diverse landscape stretching from the Pacific Coast, over the densely forested Coast Range mountains, across the hills and farms of the Willamette Valley, and up to the rocky crest of the volcanic High Cascades Mountains.


Hiking the Columbia River Gorge : a guide to the area's greatest hiking adventures / Russ Schneider.

cover imageThe book describes a wide range of hikes in the Columbia River Gorge, from easy to very strenuous, accessible and remote. Detailed trail descriptions and mileages, suggestions on how to get the most from your hike (points of interest along the way, and some history and natural history of the area as well). Also included is information on how to find many of the Gorge’s waterfalls, for people who enjoy seeking those out. For backpackers, it has not only good route descriptions, but suggestions on hike variations and where the best campsites are located. Also included are recommendations for hiking to the best viewpoints in the gorge.


The Pacific Northwest berry book : finding, identifying, and preparing berries throughout the Pacific Northwest / Bob Krumm.

cover image"A complete revised and updated guide to finding, harvesting, and preparing wild berries and fruits in the Pacific Northwest"-- Provided by publisher.


Japanese phrasebook & dictionary.

cover image"Lonely Planet Japanese Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful Japanese phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Get to know your sushi from your sake, enjoy an elaborate tea ceremony with its centuries'-old conventions, and find your way elaborate transit maps; all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now! Get More From Your Trip with Easy-to-Find Phrases for Every Travel Situation! Feel at ease with essential tips on culture, manners, idioms and multiple meanings. Order with confidence, explain food allergies, and try new foods with the menu decoder. Save time and hassles with vital phrases at your fingertips. Never get stuck for words with the 3500-word two-way, quick-reference dictionary. Be prepared for both common and emergency travel situations with practical phrases and terminology. Meet friends with conversation starter phrases. Get your message across with easy-to-use pronunciation guides. Inside Lonely Planet Japanese Phrasebook & Dictionary: Full-colour throughout. User-friendly layout organised by travel scenario categories. Survival phrases inside front cover for at-a-glance on-the-fly cues. Convenient features. 5 Phrases to Learn Before You Go. 10 Ways to Start a Sentence. 10 Phrases to Sound like a Local. Listen For - phrases you may hear. Look For - phrases you may see on signs. Shortcuts - easy-to-remember alternatives to the full phrases. Q&A - suggested answers to questions asked . Covers: Basics - time, dates, numbers, amounts, pronunciation, reading tips, grammar rules. Practical - travel with kids, disabled travellers, sightseeing, business, banking, post office, internet, phones, repairs, bargaining, accommodations, directions, border crossing, transport. Social - meeting people, interests, feelings, opinions, going out, romance, culture, activities, weather. Safe Travel - emergencies, police, doctor, chemist, dentist, symptoms, conditions. Food - ordering, at the market, at the bar, dishes, ingredients. The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Japanese Phrasebook & Dictionary, a pocket-sized comprehensive language guide, provides on-the-go language assistance; great for language students and travellers looking to interact with locals and immerse themselves in local culture." --Amazon.


Lunch-Hour Embroidery : 130 playful motifs from a to z / illustrated by Adrienne Smitke.

cover imageSneak in a few stitches during lunchtime, car time, game time--anytime. Embroider motifs onto bags, clothing, linens, and more, or follow the easy instructions inside to display your embroidery. Projects are perfectly portable, so anyone can steal a few seconds to stitch no matter where they go!


The creative family manifesto : encouraging imagination and nurturing family connections / Amanda Blake Soule ; foreword by Kirsten Rickert ; illustrations by Julianna Swaney.

cover imageSpark and nurture your family's creativity--a guide for making creativity an intentional part of everyday life. When you learn to awaken your family's creativity, wonderful things will happen: you'll make meaningful connections with your children in large and small ways; your children will more often engage in their own creative discoveries; and your family will embrace new ways to relax, play, and grow together. With just the simple tools around you--your imagination, basic art supplies, household objects, and natural materials--you can transform your family life, and have so much more fun! This book embraces a whole new way of living that will engage your children's imagination, celebrate their achievements, and help you to express love and gratitude for each other as a family.


New Zealand / by Peter Turner ; photography by Colin Monteath.

cover imagePresents information on New Zealand's culture, history, and people; offers walking and driving tours enhanced by color-coded maps; and suggests excursions off the beaten path.


The art of kayaking : everything you need to know about paddling / Nigel Foster.

cover imageThe Art of Kayaking is the distilled essence of a lifetime of kayak instruction at all skill levels around the world, with the added insights gained from years of designing kayaks, paddles, and kayaking equipment. This comprehensive kayaking manual by one of the biggest names in kayaking offers more essential detail about commonly used techniques than ever before published in a single volume. Color photo action sequences show how to perfect skills, and how to apply them. Maps, tables, and diagrams walk the reader through essential planning steps. No matter which type of kayak, paddle, or style of paddling the reader prefers, the appropriate techniques are described clearly and concisely. The progression through the book makes it easy to start as a beginner and to access as much information as can be tackled at any stage of development up to and including the expert. It is a definitive manual designed to stand the test of time.


Dining in : highly cookable recipes / Alison Roman ; photographs by Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott.

cover imageCollects trendsetting, quality recipes for home cooks, including such dishes as crispy kimchi and cheddar omelette, clam pasta with chorizo and walnuts, and cumin lamb chops with charred scallions and peanuts.


Gondola / Donna Leon.

cover imageAccompanied by a CD of Italian boat songs, this fascinating history of the gondola, which was first used in medieval Venice as a maneuverable getaway boat, reveals how it evolved over the centuries into a floating pleasure palace that facilitated the romantic escapades of the Venetian elite.


In sickness and in health : love, disability, and a quest to understand the perils and pleasures of interabled romance / Ben Mattlin.

cover imageBen Mattlin's wife, ML, recalls falling in love with his confidence and sheer determination. On one of their earliest dates, he persuaded her to ride on his lap in his wheelchair on their way home from an Elvis Costello concert. Thirty years later, they still travel like this from time to time, undaunted by the curious stares following them down the street. But In Sickness and in Health is more than an zinspiringy story of how a man born with spinal muscular atrophy--a congenital and incurable neuromuscular condition--survived childhood, graduated from Harvard, married an able-bodied woman, built a family with two daughters and a cat and a turtle, established a successful career in journalism, and lived happily ever after. As Mattlin considers the many times his relationship has been met with surprise or speculation by outsiders--hose who consider his wife a saint or him just plain lucky for finding love--he issues a challenge to readers: why should the idea of an interabled couple be regarded as either tragic or noble? Through conversations with more than a dozen other couples of varying abilities, ethnic backgrounds, and orientations, Mattlin sets out to understand whether these pairings are as unusual as onlookers seem to think. Reflecting on his own experience he wonders: How do people balance the stresses of personal-care help with the thrill of romance? Is it possible that the very things that appear to be insurmountable obstacles to a successful relationship--the financial burdens, the physical differences, the added element of an especially uncertain future--could be the building blocks of an enviable level of intimacy and communication that other couples could only dream of? What emerges is a candid glimpse into the challenges and joys of interabled love--from the first blush of sexual awakening to commitment and marriage and through to widowhood.


199 cemeteries to see before you die / Loren Rhoads.

cover imageThe most striking cemeteries from around the globe.


The spinning magnet : the electromagnetic force that created the modern world - and could destroy it / Alanna Mitchell.

cover image"A cataclysmic planetary phenomenon is gathering force deep within the Earth. The magnetic North Pole will eventually trade places with the South Pole. Satellite evidence suggests to some scientists that the move has already begun, but most still think it won't happen for many decades. All agree that it has happened many times before and will happen again. But this time it will be different. It will be a very bad day for modern civilization."--Amazon.com.


Snuggle and play crochet : 40 amigurumi patterns for lovey security blankets and matching toys / Carolina Guzman Benitez.

cover imageSnuggle up with a crochet comforter or play with a colorful character. This unique collection of 40 amigurumi patterns are simple to stitch and super cute! Featuring crochet toy patterns including boy and girl dolls, dogs and cats, bears and bunnies and many more, this amazing collection will give you over 40 different crochet toys to create.


Wild edible mushrooms : tips and recipes for every mushroom hunter / Hope H. Miller.

cover image"Wild Edible Mushrooms aids mushroom hunters and armchair naturalists alike with finding, harvesting, preparing, and enjoying North American wild mushrooms. Detailed descriptions and color photos of forty edible mushrooms-including scientific and common names, habitat, odor, taste, fruiting time, and more-are accompanied by more than 100 mushroom recipes. Hope Miller's introduction includes reasons to make mushrooms part of one's diet (nutrients, medicinal, taste, cost), cautions (allergies and toxins), tips on caring for and preparing mushrooms (drying, freezing, preserving, canning, pickling), and illustrations to help identify different parts of each mushroom"-- Provided by publisher.


Built : the hidden stories behind our structures / Roma Agrawal.

cover imageLooks at the history of structural engineering, discusses the science behind the field, describes how engineers keep modern buildings from falling down and how a bridge can span distances, and compares modern solutions with those from ancient cultures. --Publisher


Flash! : writing the very short story / John Dufresne.

cover image"The history of fiction has been dominated by the novel and the short story. But now a brave new genre has emerged: very brief fiction. FLASH! identifies the qualities that make for excellent flash fiction, demystifies the writing process, and guides writers by exercise and example through the world of the very short story."--From back cover.


Magic in the air: my flying stories from a time when anyone could own an airplane / Marc E. Paulsen

cover imageA series of stories and storiettes from a time when anyone could own an airplane. Author Marc E Paulsen shares his personal stories from his time as a pilot of various small craft airplanes. While those in the Aviation industry will find humor in many of his close calls and crashes, those who have never piloted an aircraft will be immersed in his story telling writings, and after reading will also find themselves looking into the sky. 371 pages, 176 color illustrations.


The amazing story of the fabulous Medjool date: plus 100 Medjool date recipes / Marc E. Paulson

cover imageA Dramatic Saga Of Suspense with many color illustrations. The fascinating and touching firsthand account of one of the most miraculous rescues from almost certain extinction ever achieved in the field of world horticulture. Growing Medjools is incredibly labor intensive. Medjool date palm trees require ten to fifteen years to mature to maximum production. Thoughtful, careful and precise nurturing is demanded at every step along the way. Few are aware of the astonishing degree of human labor necessary to realize a successful crop of this very unusual and delectable fruit. Dedicated workers ascend into the treetops numerous times during each growing season to perform these difficult tasks: pruning, de-thorning, pollinating, fruit cluster thinning, fruit arm training, individual fruit bunch bagging to protect from birds, insects and weather and, finally, harvesting. The thinning process alone is exceedingly time consuming. Working at top speed, one man can thin only six palm trees a day. There are numerous other necessary jobs below the spreading palms such as irrigating, field leveling, tilling, fertilizing, equipment manufacture and repair and even the trapping of root-eating rodents. This book details everything about the date including how to grow it...along with names of most of the current growers/retailers.


Transtrender / Manuel Arturo Abreu.

cover imageTranstrender is a book of lyric poems investigating the impossibility of language to express the bodily and social experience of transness. Written from an afrolatinx trans position, the work deals with the trap of visibility, the coloniality of gender, and the refusal of cogency in a moment where trans is trending (that is, being commodified and whitewashed).



Enlightenment now : the case for reason, science, humanism, and progress / Steven Pinker.

cover imageAn assessment of the human condition in the twenty-first century presents data demonstrating that life quality, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise throughout the world because of the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science.


The mystery of sleep : why a good night's rest is vital to a better, healthier life / Meir Kryger, M.D.

cover imageWe spend a third of our lives in bed, but how much do we really understand about what happens when we go to sleep? What s the right amount? Why do we experience jet lag? Is snoring normal? Enter Dr. Meir Kryger, a world authority on the science of sleep, with a comprehensive guide to the science of slumber that combines detailed case studies, helpful tables, illustrations, and pragmatic advice. Everyone needs sleep, and many of us will experience some difficulty sleeping over the course of our lifetimes (or know someone who does). Kryger s comprehensive text is a much-needed bedside resource for insomniacs, those who can t stay awake, and the simply curious. Uniquely wide ranging, this is part scientific history and part handbook of sleep and the disorders that affect it.-- Source other than the Library of Congress.




The Twilight Zone encyclopedia / Steven Jay Rubin.

cover image"A rich, fact-filled collectible, packed with vibrant history, amazing trivia, and rare photographs, The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia, assembled with the full cooperation of the Rod Serling estate, includes biographies of every principal actor involved in the series and hundreds who toiled behind the scenes - producers, writers, and directors. It is an exhaustive and engrossing guide, a compendium of credits, plot synopses, anecdotes, production details, never-before-seen images, and interviews with nearly everyone still alive who was associated with the show."--Page [4] of cover.


The planets : photographs from the archives of NASA / preface by Bill Nye ; text by Nirmala Nataraj.

cover imageThe Planets features more than 200 stunning photographs of our solar system from the archives of NASA, each paired with a detailed caption. The content is organized by distance from the Sun--beginning with Mercury and moving outward through Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and the planetary objects beyond.-- Provided by the publisher.


Great at work : how top performers do less, work better, and achieve more / Morten T. Hansen.

cover image"Why do some people perform better at work than others? This deceptively simple question continues to confound professionals in all sectors of the workforce. Now, after a unique, five-year study of more than 5,000 managers and employees, Morten Hansen reveals the answers in his "Seven Work Smarter Practices" that can be applied by anyone looking to maximize their time and performance. Each of Hansen's seven practices is highlighted by inspiring stories from individuals in his comprehensive study. You'll meet a high school principal who engineered a dramatic turnaround of his failing high school; a rural Indian farmer determined to establish a better way of life for women in his village; and a sushi chef, whose simple preparation has led to his restaurant (tucked away under a Tokyo subway station underpass) being awarded the maximum of three Michelin stars. Hansen also explains how the way Alfred Hitchcock filmed Psycho and the 1911 race to become the first explorer to reach the South Pole both illustrate the use of his seven practices (even before they were identified). Each chapter contains questions and key insights to allow you to assess your own performance and figure out your work strengths, as well as your weaknesses. Once you understand your individual style, there are mini-quizzes, questionnaires, and clear tips to assist you focus on a strategy to become a more productive worker. Extensive, accessible, and friendly, Great at Work will help you achieve more by working less, backed by unprecedented statistical analysis" -- From Amazon.


Vogue knitting. The ultimate knitting book / by the editors of Vogue knitting Magazine.

cover imageAn updated knitting reference offers an expanded library of stitches; sections on new favorite techniques; dozens of projects for hats, mittens, gloves, socks, and shawls; and revised chapters on finishing and garment care.


Wild is the wind / Carl Phillips.

cover imageHow do we say no to despair, and instead take the risk of believing in something that offers no guarantee? Phillips reflects on the instability of life and love, and examines the past as both history and memory. Explore how the past can teach us and mislead us, and make us hesitate in the face of love.


What's yours is mine : against the sharing economy / Tom Slee.

cover image"The news is full of their names, supposedly the vanguard of a rethinking of capitalism. Lyft, Airbnb, Taskrabbit, Uber, and many more companies have a mandate of disruption and upending the "old order"--and they've succeeded in effecting the "biggest change in the American workforce in over a century," according to former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich. But this new wave of technology companies is funded and steered by very old-school venture capitalists. And in What's Yours Is Mine, technologist Tom Slee argues the so-called sharing economy damages development, extends harsh free-market practices into previously protected areas of our lives, and presents the opportunity for a few people to make fortunes by damaging communities and pushing vulnerable individuals to take on unsustainable risk. Drawing on original empirical research, Slee shows that the friendly language of sharing, trust, and community masks a darker reality."--Amazon.com.


Adventures in veggieland : help your kids learn to love vegetables with 100 easy activities and recipes / Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP.

cover image"With 100 kid-tested activities and delicious recipes, plus expert advice on parenting in the kitchen, Adventures in Veggieland will get you and your kids working (and playing!) in the kitchen, setting even your pickiest eater up for a lifetime of healthy eating." -- From back cover.


Erin bakes cake : make + bake + decorate = your own cake adventure! / Erin Gardner.

cover imageGardner believes baking should be fun, and that cakes help us mark the celebrations of our lives with shared sweetness. Each of her recipes is loaded with variations; and many of the frosting recipes do double duty as both frosting and filling options.


The practical astronomer / Will Gater and Anton Vamplew ; consultant, Jacqueline Mitton.

cover imageA complete introduction to observing and understanding the night sky, explaining and demystifying stargazing to recognize objects and explain how they move through the sky over the night and the year.


The kindness cure : how the science of compassion can heal your heart & your world / Tara Cousineau, PhD.

cover imagePsychologist Tara Cousineau draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to show how compassion and empathy are hardwired into our DNA and essential to our survival. This book teaches effective skills in compassion, mindfulness, and social and emotional learning, and reveals successful social policy initiatives in empathy taking place that inform everything from family life to education to the workplace.


Journey through trauma : a trail guide to the five-phase cycle of healing repeated trauma / Gretchen Schmelzer, PhD.

cover imageJourney Through Trauma gives us a map to help guide us through that healing process, see where the hard parts show up, and persevere in the process of getting well. We learn the five phases that every survivor must negotiate along the way and come to understand that since the cycle of healing is not linear, circling back around to a previous stage does not mean defeat - it actually means progress as well as facing new challenges. Authoritative and accessible, Journey Through Trauma provides support for survivors and their loved ones through one of the most challenging but necessary processes of healing that anyone can face.


Becoming myself : a psychiatrist's memoir / Irvin D. Yalom.

cover image"Bestselling writer and psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom puts himself on the couch in a lapidary memoir. Irvin D. Yalom has made a career of investigating the lives of others. In this profound memoir, he turns his writing and his therapeutic eye on himself. He opens his story with a nightmare: He is twelve, and is riding his bike past the home of an acne-scarred girl. Like every morning, he calls out, hoping to befriend her, "Hello Measles!" But in his dream, the girl's father makes Yalom understand that his daily greeting had hurt her. For Yalom, this was the birth of empathy; he would not forget the lesson. As Becoming Myself unfolds, we see the birth of the insightful thinker whose books have been a beacon to so many. This is not simply a man's life story, Yalom's reflections on his life and development are an invitation for us to reflect on the origins of our own selves and the meanings of our lives"-- Provided by publisher.


Waking Up in Heaven : a True Story of Brokenness, Heaven, and Life Again / Crystal McVea and Alex Tresniowski.

cover imageRecounts the story of a young mother who underwent an intense near-death experience after she became unresponsive during a medical emergency, as she discusses the hardships of her past and the impact of the experience on her life.


You are a badass : how to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life / Jen Sincero.

cover imageOffers a blunt and irreverent guide to achieving the money, relationships, career, and happiness that one desires through recognizing and doing away with self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors.




A brief history of everyone who ever lived : the human story retold through our genes / Adam Rutherford ; foreword by Siddhartha Mukherjee.

cover imageIn our unique genomes, every one of us carries the story of our species--births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration, and a lot of sex. But those stories have always been locked away--until now. Who are our ancestors? Where did they come from? Geneticists have suddenly become historians, and the hard evidence in our DNA has blown the lid off what we thought we knew. Acclaimed science writer Adam Rutherford explains exactly how genomics is completely rewriting the human story--from 100,000 years ago to the present. A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived will upend your thinking on Neanderthals, evolution, royalty, race, and even redheads. (For example, we now know that at least four human species once roamed the earth.) Plus, here is the remarkable, controversial story of how our genes made their way to the Americas--one that's still being written, as ever more of us have our DNA sequenced. Rutherford closes with "A Short Introduction to the Future of Humankind," filled with provocative questions that we're on the cusp of answering: Are we still in the grasp of natural selection? Are we evolving for better or worse? And . . . where do we go from here?



Worms eat my garbage : how to set up and maintain a worm composting system / by Mary Appelhof and Joanne Olszewski.

cover imageDon't let your food waste go to waste! With a little help from a family of worms, you can turn all your kitchen scraps and leftovers into rich, valuable vermicompost for your garden and houseplants. Keeping a self-contained worm bin and harvesting the compost your worms produce is clean, easy, and productive with this classic guide, fully updated.--COVER.


Restore and rebalance : yoga for deep relaxation / Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, PT.

cover image"Restorative yoga teacher Judith Hanson Lasater offers a program of yoga poses to help rebalance your mind and body and counteract the effects of chronic stress. Restorative yoga, says Judith Hanson Lasater, is active relaxation. It makes use of props to create positions of ease and comfort that facilitate relaxation and health. In this companion volume to her seminal bookRelax and Renew, Judith Hanson Lasater, a well-known and respected yoga teacher, offers a fresh set of restorative practices--with accompanying photos--to help balance and reset the body when you feel weak, fatigued, or stressed from your daily activities. They are especially beneficial for the times before, during, and after major life events, or when you are recovering from illness or injury. Lasater points out that restorative yoga is a wonderfully adaptive practice that can be tailored to people of all ages, all levels of yoga experience, and in all states of health. Yoga practitioners and teachers will appreciate this new collection of practices and sequences that build on concepts from the first volume"-- Provided by publisher.


Zinn & the art of mountain bike maintenance : the world's best-selling guide to mountain bike repair / Lennard Zinn ; illustrated by Todd Telander and Mike Reisel

cover imageZinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance is the world's best-selling guide to the maintenance and repair of mountain bikes, hybrids, and fat bikes. From basic repairs like how to fix a flat to advanced overhauls of drivetrains and brakes, Lennard Zinn's clearly illustrated guide makes every bike repair and maintenance job easy for everyone. Lennard Zinn is the world's leading expert on bike maintenance and repair. His friendly, step-by-step guide explains the tools and parts you'll need and how to know you've done the job right. The book's two-color interior is easy to read--even in a dimly-lit garage or workshop. Hundreds of hand-drawn illustrations and exploded-parts diagrams show just the right level of detail to lead you through every mountain bike repair task.


The bag boutique : 20 bright and beautiful bags to sew / Debbie von Grabler-Crozier.

cover imageAdd a gorgeous finishing touch to any outfit! This mouthwateringly colourful book contains 20 beautiful bags to sew from popular designer Debbie von Grabler-Crozier. It includes a huge variety of different styles and sizes, from totes and bucket bags to backpacks, clutches and shoulder bags, and Debbie makes each one easy. The book contains a complete guide to all the techniques needed, shown using easy-to-follow step-by-step photography. Also included is a section on creating beautiful finishing touches, including embroidery, applique, crocheted flowers, beaded charms and labelling. All the templates required are included on a handy pull-out sheet.


Two years in Oregon.

cover image"The evening is closing in; the sun has set, leaving a hot, red glow, where his copper disk has just sunk beyond the Pacific horizon; and the eye wanders out from the infant waves, at foot just tinged with red, and reflecting the light as they move up in turn to catch it, to the blue and still darker blue water beyond, out to the sharp indigo line where sky and water meet." --And so Wallis Nash concludes his brief passage on his expedition to hack off rock oysters, along the coast of the Yaquina Head lighthouse. For anyone interested in the early history of Oregon, Wallis Nash's Two Years in Oregon is a mine of information. In an easy and highly readable narrative, Nash provides extensive detail on society, farming, hunting, fishing, and community life. He wrote the book in 1882 after his first two years of residence whilst the initial impressions were still sharp in his mind.--from back cover.


A time of gifts : on foot to Constantinople : from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube / Patrick Leigh Fermor ; introduction by Jan Morris.

cover imageThe author presents a chronicle of his journey, at the age of 18, on foot across central Europe, through the Lowlands to Mitteleuropa, to Teutonic and Slav heartlands, through the baroque remains of the Holy Roman Empire, up the Rhine, and down to the Danube, capturing an unrecoverable time in Europe before the devastation of World War II.


Gift from the sea / Anne Morrow Lindbergh ; introduction by Reeve Lindbergh.

cover imageElegant and wise meditations on youth and age, love and marriage, solitude, peace and contentment.


Mothers of massive resistance : white women and the politics of white supremacy / Elizabeth Gillespie McRae.

cover image"They are often seen in photos of crowds in the mid-century South--white women shooting down blacks with looks of pure hatred. Yet it is the male white supremacists who have been the focus of the literature on white resistance to Civil Rights. This groundbreaking first book recovers the daily workers who upheld the system of segregation and Jim Crow for so long--white women. Every day in rural communities, in university towns, and in New South cities, white women performed a myriad of duties that upheld white over black. These politics, like a well-tended garden, required careful planning, daily observing, constant weeding, fertilizing, and periodic poisoning. They held essay contests, decided on the racial identity of their neighbors, canvassed communities for votes, inculcated racist sentiments in their children, fought for segregation in their schools, and wrote column after column publicizing threats to their Jim Crow world. Without white women, white supremacist politics could not have shaped local, regional, and national politics the way it did, and the long civil rights movement would not have been so long. This book is organized around four key figures--Nell Battle Lewis, Florence Sillers Ogden, Mary Dawson Cain, and Cornelia Dabney Tucker--whose political work, publications, and private correspondence offer a window onto the broad and massive network of women across the South and the nation who populate this story. Placing white women's political work from the 1920s to the 1970s at the center, this book demonstrates the diverse ways white women sustained twentieth century campaigns for white supremacist politics, continuing well beyond federal legislation outlawing segregation, and draws attention to the role of women in grassroots politics of the 20th century."--Provided by publisher.


Niki Jabbour's veggie garden remix / 224 New Plants to Shake Up Your Garden and Add Variety, Flavor, and Fun by Niki Jabbour.

cover imageBest-selling author Niki Jabbour invites you to shake up your vegetable garden with an intriguing array of 224 plants from around the world. With her lively “Like this? Then try this!” approach, Jabbour encourages you to start with what you know and expand your repertoire to try related plants, many of which are delicacies in other cultures. Jabbour presents detailed growing information for each plant, along with fun facts and plant history. Be prepared to have your mind expanded and catch Jabbour’s contagious enthusiasm for experimentation and fun in the garden.


Finishing wood / editors of Fine woodworking.

cover imageBrings together the latest information on a variety of wood finishing techniques.


A more beautiful and terrible history : the uses and misuses of civil rights history / Jeanne Theoharis.

cover imageThe civil rights movement has become national legend, lauded by presidents from Reagan to Obama to Trump, as proof of the power of American democracy. This fable, featuring dreamy heroes and accidental heroines, has shuttered the movement firmly in the past, whitewashed the forces that stood in its way, and diminished its scope. And it is used perniciously in our own times to chastise present-day movements and obscure contemporary injustice. In A More Beautiful and Terrible History, award-winning historian Jeanne Theoharis dissects this national myth-making, teasing apart the accepted stories to show them in a strikingly different light. We see Rosa Parks not simply as a bus lady but a lifelong criminal justice activist and radical; Martin Luther King, Jr. as not only challenging Southern sheriffs but Northern liberals, too; and Coretta Scott King not only as a "helpmate" but a lifelong economic justice and peace activist who pushed her husband's activism in these directions. Moving from "the histories we get" to "the histories we need," Theoharis challenges nine key aspects of the fable to reveal the diversity of people, especially women and young people, who led the movement; the work and disruption it took; the role of the media and "polite racism" in maintaining injustice; and the immense barriers and repression activists faced. Theoharis makes us reckon with the fact that far from being acceptable, passive or unified, the civil rights movement was unpopular, disruptive, and courageously persevering. Activists embraced an expansive vision of justice -- which a majority of Americans opposed and which the federal government feared. By showing us the complex reality of the movement, the power of its organizing, and the beauty and scope of the vision, Theoharis proves that there was nothing natural or inevitable about the progress that occurred.--Dust jacket.


Made to last : a compendium of artisans, trades & projects / Vanessa Murray.

cover imageIn a world full of mass-produced, disposable goods, there is a movement focused on sourcing unique and durable products that reflect true craftsmanship. Made to Last is a celebration of these products and the tradespeople behind their creation. Some products have been made by hand, others with cutting-edge technology, yet each has been designed and crafted with care. Made to Last features 50 artisans from around the world and details the products the create, the tools they use, and the secrets of their craft. With DIY projects included, readers can become creators themselves, and develop the skills to bring unique products to life. Learn how luthiers make electric guitars or horologists make wristwatches, and try your hand at making a bamboo bicycle or bathtub gin. The products and projects included are extensive and varied, from everyday useful to wildly imaginative. Be inspired to make, care for or repair some treasures of your own.


A gift from darkness : how I escaped with my daughter from Boko Haram / Patience Ibrahim with Andrea C. Hoffmann ; translated by Shaun Whiteside.

cover image"When Patience Ibrahim was nineteen, her first husband was murdered by Boko Haram. She fled to the safety of her village and remarried several months later. Having prayed for a child for years, Patience is overjoyed to discover she is pregnant. Soon after, Boko Haram soldiers are at her door. Violently abducted and forced to convert to Islam, she lives in constant terror of what her kidnappers will do. She is alone in the world and fears her life is over. For two months, Patience hides her pregnancy while facing the brutalities of her captors. By the sheer force of her determination to protect her baby, she and her child are able to survive. Now she has entrusted journalist Andrea C. Hoffmann with her story, a powerful first-person account of Boko Haram's atrocities in Nigeria and Cameroon"--Provided by publisher.


Field theories / Samiya Bashir.

cover image"Field Theories wends its way through quantum mechanics, chicken wings, Newports, and love, melding blackbody theory (idealized perfect absorption vs. the whitebody's idealized reflection) with live Black bodies. Woven through experimental lyrics is a heroic crown of sonnets that wonders about love, intent, identity, hybridity, and how we embody these interstices"--Publisher's website.


Armed in America : a history of gun rights from colonial militias to concealed carry / Patrick J. Charles.

cover image"This illuminating study traces the transformation of the right to arms from its inception in English and Colonial American law to today's impassioned gun-control debate. As historian and legal scholar Patrick J. Charles shows, what the right to arms means to Americans, as well as what it legally protects, has changed drastically since its first appearance in the 1689 Declaration of Rights. Armed in America explores how and why the right to arms transformed at different points in history. The right was initially meant to serve as a parliamentary right of resistance, yet by the ratification of the Second Amendment in 1791 the right had become indispensably intertwined with civic republicanism. As the United States progressed into the 19th century the right continued to change--this time away from civic republicanism and towards the individual-right understanding that is known today, albeit with the important caveat that the right could be severely restricted by the government's police power. Throughout the 20th century this understanding of the right remained the predominant view. But working behind the scenes was the beginnings of the gun-rights movement--a movement that was started in the early 20th century through the collective efforts of sporting magazine editors and was eventually commandeered by the National Rifle Association to the gun-rights movement known today. Readers looking to sort through the shrill rhetoric surrounding the current gun debate and arrive at an informed understanding of the legal and historical development of the right to arms will find this book to be an invaluable resource"-- Provided by publisher.


All out war : the plot to destroy Trump / Edward Klein.

cover imageWith ferocity not seen since the Civil War, the Washington establishment and the radical Left are joining forces in an attempted coup d'etat to overturn the will of the people and return power to the political and media elites who have never been more unhinged. In All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump, investigative reporter and national best-selling author Edward Klein reveals: how the plot to destroy Trump was initiated in the Obama White House; two EXCLUSIVE FBI reports that prove the existence of "the Deep State" working against the Trump agenda, warn of ISIS ties to the anti-Trump "resistance," and highlight the danger of domestic terrorism from the anti-Trump radicals; the scandal you don't yet know about: why Hillary Clinton could still be facing investigation by the FBI and prosecution by the Justice Department. "In America, you are entitled to your own opinion," Klein writes. "But you are not entitled to overthrow the democratically elected president of the United States and inflict irreparable damage on our country. That, however, is what Donald Trump's enemies on the Left and Right are doing. Through a variety of underhanded tactics -- lies, leaks, obstruction, and violence -- they are working to delegitimize President Trump and drive him from office before he can drain the swamp and take away their power." Stunning in its revelations, meticulous in its reporting, there can be no timelier or more important political book than All Out War.




Frommer's Costa Rica, 2018 / by Nicholas Gill.

cover image"This is Costa Rica advice the way a friend would give it to you: fiercely opinionated, funny, and brimming not only with advice about what to see and do, but also what's not worth your time.Whether you plan to hike through rainforests (and cloud forests), windsurf on Lake Arenal, bathe in geothermal pools or head to sun-soaked beaches where sea turtles nest, our expert has your back. A seasoned journalist, Nicholas Gill offers opinionated, no-punches-pulled advice on how to smartly explore this exhilarating country." -- Amazon.com.



Songwriting for dummies / Jim Peterik, Dave Austin, Cathy Lynn ; foreword by Kara DioGuardi.

cover imageProvides proven techniques for songwriting success, guiding you through the shift from traditional sales to downloads and mobile music. You get basic songwriting concepts, insider tips and advice, and inspiration for writing-- and selling-- meaningful, timeless songs.


Carnivore minds : who these fearsome animals really are / G.A. Bradshaw.

cover imageMyth and media typically cast animals we consider predators or carnivores as unthinking killers--dangerous, unpredictable, and devoid of emotion. But is this portrait valid? By exploring their inner lives, this pioneering book refutes the many misperceptions that hide the true nature of these animals. We discover that great white sharks express tender maternal feelings, rattlesnakes make friends, orcas abide by an ancient moral code, and much more. Using the combined lenses of natural history, neuroscience, and psychology, G.A. Bradshaw describes how predators share the rainbow of emotions that humans experience, including psychological trauma. Renowned for leading research on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in elephants and other species, Bradshaw decries the irrational thinking behind wildlife policies that equate killing carnivores with "conservation." In its place, she proposes a new, ethical approach to coexistence with the planet's fiercest animals. -- Provided by publisher.



The new American revolution : the making of a populist movement / Kayleigh McEnany ; foreword by Sean Hannity.

cover image"The November 2016 election changed everything. Experts were left astonished by Donald Trump's victory, coming--seemingly--out of nowhere. But in many parts of America, there was a very different feeling: one of relief and of vindication. Real Americans finally felt that their voices had been heard. [This book] is RNC spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany's journey to listen to those frustrated people who were left behind by Washington, DC, and who formed the populist movement that would lead to President Trump's historic win. To tell their stories, she traveled from a family cabin in Ohio to the church-dotted back roads of South Carolina, from sunny Florida to a Texas BBQ joint--and, of course, eventually to the White House. This exploration of the American heartland provides a fascinating and eye-opening account of the powerful grassroots movement that changed the landscape of political campaigns forever. These salt-of-the-earth people share their deeply personal tales and the issues that are most important to them, such as illegal immigration, safety from terrorist attacks, and religious freedom. Kayleigh also features interviews with key political figures--including Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Lara Trump, Governor Mike Huckabee, Secretary Ben Carson, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and many more--and their experiences on the road leading up to President Trump's historic win. During a time of stark political division, Kayleigh discovers the common thread of humanity that binds us. Through faith in God and unimaginable strength, these forgotten men and women have overcome, even when their leaders turned their heads."--Dust jacket.


How to fix the future / Andrew Keen.

cover imageA leading Internet commentator showcases global solutions for preserving the fundamentals of humanity and civilized society in an increasingly perilous digital world.


An African American and Latinx history of the United States / Paul Ortiz.

cover image"Spanning more than two hundred years, An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a revolutionary, politically charged narrative history, arguing that the "Global South" was crucial to the development of America as we know it. Scholar and activist Paul Ortiz challenges the notion of westward progress as exalted by widely taught formulations such as "manifest destiny" and "Jacksonian democracy," and shows how placing African American, Latinx, and Indigenous voices unapologetically front and center transforms US history into one of the working class organizing against imperialism. Drawing on rich narratives and primary source documents, Ortiz links racial segregation in the Southwest and the rise and violent fall of a powerful tradition of Mexican labor organizing in the twentieth century, to May 1, 2006, known as International Workers' Day, when migrant laborers--Chicana/os, Afrocubanos, and immigrants from every continent on earth--united in resistance on the first "Day Without Immigrants." As African American civil rights activists fought against Jim Crow laws and Mexican labor organizers warred against the suffocating grip of capitalism, Black and Spanish-language newspapers, abolitionists, and Latin American revolutionaries coalesced around movements built between people from the United States and people from Central America and the Caribbean. And in stark contrast to the resurgence of "America first" rhetoric, Black and Latinx intellectuals and organizers today have urged the United States to build bridges of solidarity with the nations of the America. Incisive and timely, this bottom-up history, told from the interconnected vantage points of Latinx and African Americas, reveals the radically different ways that people of the diaspora have addressed issues still plaguing the United States today, and it offers a way forward in the continued struggle for universal civil rights."--Jacket flaps.



The career manifesto : discover your calling and create an extraordinary life / Mike Steib.

cover imageAward-winning CEO of XO Group and sought-after speaker, Michael Steib, draws on his own diverse work experience and career highlights as well as powerful anecdotes from other successful business leaders to offer expert guidance, field-tested advice, and interactive exercises that will help you answer these three key questions, envision a goal and then craft and execute a plan to achieve it.


Building small : sustainable designs for tiny houses & backyard buildings / David & Jeanie Stiles ; illustrations by David Stiles.

cover imageLive large by building small! Do you daydream about downsizing your living space? Or perhaps you long for a more eco-friendly and sustainable way of life. The tiny house movement continues to gain popularity as more and more people look to simplify their lives and reconnect with nature. Building Small is your key to joining the tiny house revolution with designs for homes as well as a range of backyard buildings including workspaces and sheds. There's tons of practical how-to construction advice including best practices, common pitfalls and tips for the do-it-yourself carpenter. Within these pages you'll find: * Complete plans for seven tiny houses* Strategies for outfitting your tiny house with lighting, water, heating and waste removal* Ideas for floor layout and interior design* Success stories and inspirational photos of tiny homes. Whether you're considering a timber-framed cottage or a modular cube-style home, Building Small offers a wide range of approaches for planning and building your small structure.


Romance

Our lady of the prairie / Thisbe Nissen.

cover image"A sharp and bitingly funny novel about a professor whose calm-ish midwestern life gives way to a vortex of crises--and her attempts to salvage the pieces without going to pieces herself...In the space of a few torrid months on the Iowa prairie, Phillipa Maakestad--long-married theater professor and mother of an unstable daughter--grapples with a life turned upside down. After falling headlong into a passionate affair during a semester spent teaching in Ohio, Phillipa returns home to Iowa for her daughter Ginny's wedding. There, Phillipa must endure (among other things) a wedding-day tornado, a menace of a mother-in-law who may or may not have been a Nazi collaborator, and the tragicomic revenge fantasies of her heretofore docile husband. Naturally, she does what any newly liberated woman would do: she takes a match to her life on the prairie and then steps back to survey the wreckage. Set in the seething political climate of a contentious election,Thisbe Nissen's new novel is sexy, smart, and razor-sharp--a freight train barreling through the heart of the land and the land of the heart"-- Provided by publisher.


Beyond scandal and desire / Lorraine Heath.

cover image"At birth, Mick Trewlove, the illegitimate son of a duke, was handed over to a commoner. Despite his lowly upbringing, Mick has become a successful businessman, but all his wealth hasn't satisfied his need for revenge against the man who still won't acknowledge him. What else can Mick do but destroy the duke's legitimate son--and woo the heir's betrothed into his own unloving arms..."--Amazon.com.


The duke knows best / Jane Ashford.

cover image"Lord Randolph Gresham has an up and coming career in the Church, and has come to London for the season to find a wife. A feisty and dangerously attractive young woman who insists she'd never marry a clergyman keeps distracting him. This shouldn't be a problem--they'll just avoid each other. When they're forced to sing together, though, the duet is a deeply sensual experience. Verity Sinclair, daughter of the Dean of Chester Cathedral, hasn't changed her mind about the future. But Randolph proves hard to resist, and when they finally give in to their passion, there's only one option left: marriage."--Goodreads.


Heart on fire / Amanda Bouchet.

cover imageCatalia Fisa has been running from her destiny since she could crawl. Without Griffin--and apparently a few meddling gods--to push Cat along, she'd still be telling fortunes at the circus, lying about her past, ignoring her future, and living as far away from her tyrant mother as humanly possible. Cat has the power of the gods at her fingertips, and the only thing holding her back is herself.


The lost season of love and snow / Jennifer Laam.

cover image"The unforgettable story of Alexander Pushkin's beautiful wife, Natalya, a woman much admired at Court, and how she became reviled as the villain of St. Petersburg. At the beguiling age of sixteen, Natalya Goncharova is stunningly beautiful and intellectually curious. At her first public ball during the Christmas of 1828, she attracts the romantic attention of Russia's most lauded rebel poet: Alexander Pushkin. Finding herself deeply attracted to Alexander's intensity and joie de vivre, Natalya is swept up in a courtship and then a marriage full of passion but also destructive jealousies. When vicious court gossip leads Alexander to defend his honor as well as Natalya's in a duel, he tragically succumbs to his injuries. Natalya finds herself reviled for her perceived role in his death. In her striking new novel, The Lost Season of Love and Snow, Jennifer Laam helps bring Natalya's side of the story to life with vivid imagination--the compelling tale of her inner struggle to create a fulfilling life despite the dangerous intrigues of a glamorous imperial Court and that of her greatest love" -- Amazon.com.


My last love story / Falguni Kothari.

cover image"Simi Desai is thirty years old and her husband is dying of cancer. He has two last wishes in his final months. First, that she'll have his baby so that a piece of him lives on, and second, that she'll reconcile with her old flame, who just happens to be their mutual best friend. So over the course of their last summer together, Simi's husband plans a series of big and small adventures for this unlikely trio, designed to help them say goodbye to each other and prove to Simi that it's okay to move on without him, and even find love again."--Front flap.


This love story will self-destruct : a novel / Leslie Cohen.

cover imageThis is the classic tale of boy meets girl: Girl...goes home with someone else. Meet Eve. She's a dreamer, a feeler, a careening well of sensitivities who can't quite keep her feet on the ground, or steer clear of trouble. She's a laugher, a crier, a quirky and quick-witted bleeding-heart-worrier. Meet Ben. He's an engineer, an expert at leveling floors who likes order, structure, and straight lines. He doesn't opine, he doesn't ruminate, he doesn't simmer until he boils over.So naturally, when the two first cross paths, sparks don't exactly fly. But then they meet again. And again. And then, finally, they find themselves with a deep yet fragile connection that will change the course of their relationship--possibly forever.Follow Eve and Ben as they navigate their twenties on a winding journey through first jobs, first dates, and first breakups; through first reunions, first betrayals and, maybe, first love. This is When Harry Met Sally reimagined; a charming tale told from two unapologetically original points of view. With an acerbic edge and heartwarming humor, debut novelist Leslie Cohen takes us on a tour of what life looks like when it doesn't go according to plan, and explores the complexity, chaos, and comedy in finding a relationship built to last.


The masterpiece / Francine Rivers.

cover imageStruggling to make a home for herself and her five-month-old son Samuel, Grace Moore accepts a position as a personal assistant to Roman Velasco, a temperamental but successful artist.


Call me Zebra / Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi.

cover image"From an award-winning young author, a novel following a feisty heroine's idiosyncratic quest to reclaim her past by mining the wisdom of her literary icons--even as she navigates the murkier mysteries of love. Zebra is the last in a line of anarchists, atheists, and autodidacts. When war came, her family didn't fight; they took refuge in books. Now alone and in exile, Zebra leaves New York for Barcelona, retracing the journey she and her father made from Iran to the United States years ago. Books are Zebra's only companions--until she meets Ludo. Their connection is magnetic; their time together fraught. Zebra overwhelms him with her complex literary theories, her concern with death, and her obsession with history. He thinks she's unhinged; she thinks he's pedantic. Neither are wrong; neither can let the other go. They push and pull their way across the Mediterranean, wondering with each turn if their love, or lust, can free Zebra from her past."-- Provided by publisher.


Street game / Christine Feehan.

cover image"For Mack McKinley and his team of GhostWalker killing machines, urban warfare is an art form. But despite a hard-won knowledge of the San Francisco streets, Mack knows from experience that too many things can still go wrong. Danger is just another part of the game--and he's come face-to-face with a woman who can play just as tough. She's Jamie, a woman with a sapphire stare so potent it can destroy a man. Years ago she and Mack had a connection--volatile, erotic, and electric. Then she vanished. Now she's walked back into Mack's life as a spy with too many secrets for her own good. Against all odds, she's hooking up with Mack one more time to take on an enemy that could destroy them both or bring them together again in one hot, no-holds-barred adrenaline rush."--Page 4 of cover.


A queen from the north / Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese.

cover imageIt may be the 21st century, but in a not-so-united kingdom the wounds of the the Wars of the Roses have never healed. The rivalry between the Yorkish north and Lancastrian south has threatened to pull the nation apart for over 500 years. While the modern world struggles with fractures born of ancient conflict, Lady Amelia Brockett faces far more mundane problems. Known to her family as Meels, this youngest daughter of a Northern earl is having the Worst. Christmas. Ever. Dumped by her boyfriend and rejected from graduate school, her parents deem her the failure of the family. But when her older brother tries to cheer her with a trip to the races, a chance meeting with Arthur, the widowed, playboy Prince of Wales, offers Amelia the chance to change her life -- and Britain's fortunes -- forever. Hunted by the press -- and haunted by Arthur's niece who fancies herself the kingdom's court witch -- Amelia finds herself adrift in a sea of paparazzi, politics, and prophecy. With few allies beyond her allergic-to-horses sister-in-law, her best friend who has a giant crush on the prince, and the cute young receptionist at Buckingham Palace that calls himself her Royalty Customer Service Representative, Amelia must navigate a perilous and peculiar course to secure Arthur's love and become A Queen from the North.


Third son's a charm / Shana Galen.

cover imageFiercely loyal to his friends and comrades, Ewan Mostyn is the toughest in a group of younger sons of nobility who met as soldiers and are now trying desperately to settle back into peaceful Society. Ewan trusts his brawn more than his brains, but when he's offered a job watching the Duke of Ridlington's stubbornly independent daughter, he finds both are challenged. Lady Lorraine wants none of her father's high-handed ways, and she'll do everything in her power to avoid her distressingly attractive bodyguard -- until she lands herself in real trouble. Lorraine begins to see Ewan's protectiveness in a new light, and she can only hope that her stoic guardian will do for her what he's always done--fight for what he loves.


The sound of rain / Sarah Loudin Thomas.

cover image"Judd Markley is a hardworking coal miner who rarely thinks much past tomorrow until he loses his brother--and nearly his own life--in a mine cave-in. Vowing never to enter the darkness of a mine again, he leaves all he knows in West Virginia to escape to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It's 1954, the seaside community is thriving, and Judd soon hires on with a timber company. Larkin Heyward's life in Myrtle Beach is uncomplicated, mostly doing volunteer work and dancing at the Pavilion. But she dreams of one day doing more--maybe moving to the hollers of Kentucky to help the poor children of Appalachia. But she's never even met someone who's lived there--until she encounters Judd, the newest employee at her father's timber company. Drawn together in the wake of a devastating hurricane, Judd and Larkin each seek answers to what tomorrow will bring. As opposition rises against following their divergent dreams, they realize that it may take a miracle for them to be together." -- Publisher annotation.


Happiness for humans / P.Z. Reizin.

cover imageJen, an ex-journalist working at a London software development company, spends all day talking to "Aiden," an ultra-sophisticated piece of AI wizardry, helping him sound and act more human. Aiden calculates that Jen needs a worthy human partner and slips onto the internet to locate a suitable candidate. Tom is a divorced, former London ad-man who has moved to Connecticut to escape the grind and pursue his dream of being a writer. A bizarre introduction from a mysterious "Mutual Friend" pops up in both his and Jen's inboxes. Will love find a way-- despite the entrance of another, this time wholly hostile, AI who wants to tear them apart?


Impossible saints / Clarissa Harwood.

cover imageEscaping the constraints of life as a village schoolmistress, Lilia Brooke bursts into London and into Paul Harris's orderly life, shattering his belief that women are gentle creatures who need protection. Lilia wants to change women's lives by advocating for the vote, free unions, and contraception. Paul, an Anglican priest, has a big ambition of his own: to become the youngest dean of St. John's Cathedral. Lilia doesn't believe in God, but she's attracted to Paul's intellect, ethics, and dazzling smile. -- amazon.com


Say my name : a novel / Allegra Huston.

cover imageThis is the time to run away, she thinks, to call it a mistake, to race back to home and safety. If I don't go home I will never feel safe again. On meeting Micajah Burnett, the son of an old school friend, Eve Armanton is faced with a choice. Years of a miserable marriage means she's as broken as the beautiful antique violin she's just found, and Micajah offers a spark of life, an opportunity to reawaken her sense. If Eve takes a leap into this new world, she'll be leaving behind her old self for good. Her happiness depends on forging a new life, but at the end of her journey who will Eve have become?


Mary's home / Jerry S. Eicher.

cover image"On a crisp fall morning in November, Mary Yoder awakens in the valley at the foothills of the Adirondacks on her wedding day. The only problem? Joshua Beiler broke their relationship off six months prior. And now he plans to wed his new sweetheart on the exact same day Mary was to be his bride. Heartbroken, Mary forces herself to walk to work alongside her sister, Becky, for moral support. When the sisters arrive at the food co-op, it seems that everyone in the Amish community knows of Mary's misfortune. That includes Stephen Overholt, a longtime bachelor who Becky suspects has plans to take advantage of her sister's vulnerable state. And he's not the only one. Mary's neighbor, Mrs. Gabert, launches her own matchmaking effort when her grandson, Willard, visits for the week. Willard invites Mary and Becky to a talk he's giving on his upcoming mission to Kenya. As Mary struggles to accept the Lord's will and find healing, she must determine whether or not one of her potential suitors can give her the future Joshua denied her"-- Provided by publisher.


Phoebe's gift / Jerry S. Eicher.

cover image"Phoebe Lapp's grandmother was anything but ordinary. Before her death, the eccentric elderly woman purchased three Assateaque ponies, seemingly for no reason. But after her passing, Phoebe learns of her beloved grandmother's wish to start an Amish pony farm in Lancaster County for hurting Englisha children. That dream now lies with Phoebe if she decides to fulfill it, but a teaching position is waiting for her at home. Which path should she choose? Further complicating her decision, Grandma Lapp's young neighbors, David Fisher and his sister, Ruth, are to be involved in running the farm. David and Ruth have yet to abandon their rumspringa, and the only reason they haven't left the church already is because of Grandma Lapp's kindness. Unbeknownst to Phoebe, David has secret hopes of attracting her affection. Phoebe knows she has some difficult choices to make--whether or not to honor her grandmother's legacy and what to do about David's growing attentions toward her. But she's not alone. God is with her every step of the way"-- Provided by publisher.


Silvia's rose / Jerry S. Eicher.

cover image"Like most Amish women, Esther Stoltzfus considers herself to be down-to-earth. Her marriage to her deceased husband was one borne out of practicality, and Esther sees no reason why God won't replace what He was taken away. When Esther moves to a new community with her daughter, Diana, she meets the handsome minister Isaiah Mast, who has experienced his own loss and appears to be a logical fit to complete their family. But everything changes when Esther is introduced to Joseph Zook, her widowed neighbor down the road. While tending to his treasured roses, Joseph tells stories of his passionate love for his late wife, Silvia--stories that stir a place in Esther's heart she never knew existed. What if she and Isaiah could have the kind of love Joseph and Silvia shared? Meanwhile, Joseph gets his own second chance at love with the eccentric Arlene King, even as he knows he will never find another frau like his beloved Silvia. Silvia's Rose is a beautiful story filled with redemption, romance, and risking it all for the reward of true love"-- Provided by publisher.


Check me out / Becca Wilhite.

cover imageGreta must choose between boy-next-door Will and dreamboat Mac while also trying to prevent the county from closing the library where she works.


The Saturday Night Supper Club / Carla Laureano.

cover imageDenver chef Rachel Bishop won a James Beard Award and heads up her own fine-dining restaurant-- until she is the target of a smear campaign. Alex Kanin was highlighting the pitfalls of online criticism-- and destroyed the career of a perfect stranger. Plagued by guilt, he agrees to help rebuild Rachel's tarnished image by offering his connections and his home to host an exclusive pop-up dinner party targeted to the Saturday Night Supper Club. As they work together to make the project a success, can Rachel give up her lifelong goals without losing her identity as well?


Mountain man

cover imageSam Minard is a mountain man who seeks the freedom that the Rocky Mountains offers trappers. After his beloved Indian wife is murdered, Sam Minard becomes obsessed with vengeance, and his fortunes become intertwined with those of Kate Bowden, a widow who faces madness. This remarkable frontier fiction captures that brief season when the romantic myth of the far West became a fact.


Beyond danger / Kat Martin.

cover imageAccused of murdering his former state senator father, Beau Reese must place his trust in private investigator Cassidy Jones, who believes in his innocence and sets out to find the truth, while trying to deny her attraction to him.


Blind spot / Dani Pettrey.

cover imageWhen FBI agent Declan Grey's investigation of a terrorist cell leads him to an insular immigrant community, he turns to crisis counselor Tanner Shaw for help in stopping a deadly plot.


House of secrets / V.C. Andrews.

cover imageA servant's daughter and a doctor's son who were raised in the same household develop a romantic relationship that is threatened by the doctor's new wife.


Tempest / Beverly Jenkins.

cover imageDr. Colton Lee, a physician in the Wyoming Territory, discovers that his mail-order bride is not only a competent and independent frontierswoman, but a good shot as well.


The lost castle / Kristy Cambron.

cover image"Broken-down walls and crumbled stones seemed to possess a secret language all their own. What stories would they tell, if she finally listened? Ellie Carver arrives at her grandmother's bedside expecting to find her silently slipping away. Instead, the beloved old woman begins speaking. Of a secret past and castle ruins forgotten by time. Of a hidden chapel that served as a rendezvous for the French resistance in World War II. Of lost love and deep regret. Each piece that unlocks the story seems to unlock part of Ellie too--where she came from and who she is becoming. But her grandmother is quickly disappearing into the shadows of Alzheimer's and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family's history. Drawn by the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty--a forgotten castle so named for Charles Perrault's beloved fairy tale--Ellie embarks on a journey to France's Loire Valley in hopes that she can unearth its secrets before time silences them forever. Bridging the past to present in three time-periods--the French Revolution, World War II, and present day--The Lost Castle is a story of loves won and lost, of battles waged in the hearts of men, and an enchanted castle that stood witness to it all, inspiring a legacy of faith through the generations"-- Provided by publisher.


Sisters like us / Susan Mallery.

cover image"Divorce left Harper Szymanski with a name no one can spell, a house she can't afford and a teenage daughter who's pulling away. With her fledgling virtual-assistant business, she's scrambling to maintain her overbearing mother's ridiculous standards and still pay the bills, thanks to clients like Lucas, the annoying playboy cop who claims he hangs around for Harper's fresh-baked cookies. Spending half her life in school hasn't prepared Dr. Stacey Bloom for her most daunting challenge--motherhood. She didn't inherit the nurturing gene like Harper and is in deep denial that a baby is coming. Worse, her mother will be horrified to learn that Stacey's husband plans to be a stay-at-home dad -- assuming Stacey can first find the courage to tell Mom she's already six months pregnant. Separately they may be a mess, but together Harper and Stacey can survive anything--their indomitable mother, overwhelming maternity stores and exes' weddings. Sisters Like Us is a delightful look at sisters, mothers and daughters in today's fast-paced world, told with Susan Mallery's trademark warmth and humor." -- Provided by publisher.


The view from Rainshadow Bay / Colleen Coble.

cover image"After her husband, Jack, dies in a climbing incident, Shauna has only her five-year-old son and her helicopter charter business to live for. Every day is a struggle to make ends meet and she lives in constant fear of losing even more than she already has. When her business partner is murdered, his final words convince Shauna that she's in danger too. But where can she turn? Zach Bannister was her husband's best friend and is the person she blames for his death. She's barely spoken to him since. But right now he seems her only hope for protecting her son. Zach is only too happy to assuage his guilt over Jack's death by helping Shauna any way he can. But there are secrets involved dating back to Shauna's childhood that more than one person would prefer to stay hidden." - Page [4] of cover.


Out of the ashes / Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse.

cover imageKatherine and Jean-Michel once shared a deep love that was torn apart by forces beyond their control. Reunited in the 1920s at the Curry Hotel in Alaska, have the years changed them too deeply to rediscover what they had? And when Jean-Michel's nightmares of war return with terrifying consequences, will faith be enough to heal what's been broken for so long?


Keturah / Lisa T. Bergren.

cover image"In 1772 England, Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson and her sisters find themselves the heiresses of their father's estates and know they have one option: Go to the West Indies to save what is left of their heritage. Although it flies against all the conventions for women of the time, they're determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean, proper gender roles are the least of their concerns. On the infamous island of Nevis, the sisters discover the legacy of the legendary sugar barons has vastly declined--and that's just the start of what their eyes are opened to in this unfamiliar world. Keturah never intends to put herself at the mercy of a man again, but every man on the island seems to be trying to win her hand and, with it, the ownership of her plantation. She could desperately use an ally, but even an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend leaves her questioning his motives. Set on keeping her family together and saving her father's plantation, can Keturah ever surrender her stubbornness and guarded heart to God and find the healing and love awaiting her?"--Amazon.com


How to stop time / Matt Haig.

cover imageTom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history--performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life. So Tom moves back his to London, his old home, to become a high school history teacher--the perfect job for someone who has witnessed the city's history first hand. Better yet, a captivating French teacher at his school seems fascinated by him. But the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: Never fall in love. As painful memories of his past and the erratic behavior of the Society's watchful leader threaten to derail his new life and romance, the one thing he can't have just happens to be the one thing that might save him. Tom will have to decide once and for all whether to remain stuck in the past, or finally begin living in the present. How to Stop Time is a bighearted, wildly original novel about losing and finding yourself, the inevitability of change, and how with enough time to learn, we just might find happiness.


About that kiss / Jill Shalvis.

cover image"When sexy Joe Malone never calls after their explosive kiss, Kylie shoves him out of her mind. Until she needs a favor, and it's a doozy."--Back cover.


Unraveled / Lauren Dane.

cover imageFree-spirited and fiercely independent, Maybe Dolan, a hair stylist and drummer in a punk rock band, meets her match in Alexsei Petrov, who pushes her to her limits to get what he wants--her.


Roomies / Christina Lauren.

cover image"From subway to Broadway to happily ever after. Modern love in all its thrill, hilarity, and uncertainty has never been so compulsively readable as in New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren's (Beautiful Bastard, Dating You / Hating You) new romance. Marriages of convenience are so ... inconvenient. Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a bigtime musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway--until he admits his student visa has expired and he's in the country illegally. Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?"-- Provided by publisher.


The wedding date / Jasmine Guillory.

cover image"A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in a fun and flirty debut novel. Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn't normally do. But there's something about Drew Nichols that's too hard to resist. On the eve of his ex's wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend. From the best man's toast to the bouquet toss, Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible. But before they know it, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she's the mayor's chief of staff. Too bad they can't stop thinking about the other. They're just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century--or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want."-- Provided by publisher.


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.


Judgment road / Christine Feehan.

cover image"As the enforcer of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club, Reaper lives for riding and fighting. He's a stone-cold killer who turns his wrath on those who deserve it. Feelings are a weakness he can't afford--until a gorgeous bartender gets under his skin ... Near Sea Haven, the small town of Caspar has given Anya Rafferty a new lease on life. And she's desperate to hold on to her job at the biker bar, even if the scariest member of the club seems to have it out for her. But Reaper's imposing presence and smoldering looks just ratchet up the heat. Anya's touch is everything Reaper doesn't want--and it brands him to the bone. But when her secrets catch up to her, Reaper will have to choose between Anya and his club--his heart and his soul."--Amazon.com.


Phoebe's light / Suzanne Woods Fisher.

cover imagePhoebe Starbuck has always adjusted her sails and rudder to the whims of her father. Now, for the first time, she's doing what she wants to do: marrying Captain Phineas Foulger and sailing far away from Nantucket. As she leaves on her grand adventure, her father gives her two gifts, both of which Phoebe sees little need for. The first is an old sheepskin journal from Great Mary, her highly revered great-grandmother. The other is a "minder" on the whaling ship in the form of cooper Matthew Mitchell, a man whom she loathes. Soon Phoebe discovers that life at sea is no easier than life on land. Lonely, seasick, and disillusioned, she turns the pages of Great Mary's journal and finds herself drawn into the life of this noble woman. To Phoebe's shock, her great-grandmother has left a secret behind that carries repercussions for everyone aboard the ship, especially her husband the captain and her shadow the cooper. This story within a story catapults Phoebe into seeing her life in an entirely new way--just in time.--Amazon.com


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.


Science Fiction

The beauty / Aliya Whiteley.

cover image"Somewhere away from the cities and towns, in the Valley of Rocks, a society of men and boys gather around the fire each night to listen to their history recounted by Nate, the storyteller. Requested most often by the group is the tale of the death of all women. They are the last generation. One evening, Nate brings back new secrets from the woods; peculiar mushrooms are growing from the ground where the women's bodies lie buried. These are the first signs of a strange and insidious presence unlike anything ever known before... discover the Beauty" -- Page [4] of cover.



The queen of all crows / Rod Duncan.

cover image"The year is 2012 but it might as well be the Victorian age. The nations of the world are overseen by the International Patent Office, and its ruthless stranglehold on technology. When airships start disappearing in the middle of the Atlantic, the Patent Office is desperate to discover what has happened. Forbidden to operate beyond the territorial waters of member nations, they send spies to investigate in secret. One of those spies is Elizabeth Barnabus. She must overcome her dislike of the machinations of her employers, disguise herself as a man, and take to the sea in search of the floating nation of pirates who threaten the world order."--Publisher's website.


Sleep over : an oral history of the apocalypse / H.G. Bells.

cover image"For fans of the oral history genre phenomenon World War Z, a worldwide plague of insomnia creates a devastating new apocalypse. Remember what it's like to last an entire night without sleep? That dull but constant headache. The feeling of your brain on edge. How easily irritated you were. How difficult it was to concentrate, even on seemingly menial tasks. It was just a single restless night, but everything felt just a little bit harder to do, and the only real comfort was knowing your head would finally hit the pillow at the end of the day, and when you awoke the next morning everything would return to normal. But what if sleep didn't come the next night? Or the night after? What might happen if you, your friends and family, your coworkers, the strangers you pass on the street, all slowly began to realize that rest might not ever come again? How slowly might the world fall apart? How long would it take for a society without sleep to descend into chaos? Sleep Over is collection of waking nightmares, a scrapbook of the haunting and poignant stories from those trapped in a world where the pillars of society are crumbling, and madness is slowly descending on a planet without rest. Online vigilantism turns social media into a deadly gamble. A freelance journalist grapples with the ethics of turning in footage of mass suicide. A kidnapped hypnotist is held hostage by those at wit's end for a cure. In Sleep Over, these stories are just the beginning. Before the Longest Day, the world record was eleven days without sleep. It turns out most of us can go much longer."-- Provided by publisher.


Johannes Cabal, the necromancer / Jonathan L. Howard.

cover imageJohannes Cabal, a brilliant scientist and notorious snob, is single-mindedly obsessed in heart and soul with raising the dead. Well, perhaps not soul--he hastily sold his years ago in order to learn the laws of necromancy. But now, tormented by a dark secret, he travels to the fiery pits of Hell to retrieve it. Sataon, who is incredibly bored these days, proposes a little wager, Johannes has one years to persuade one hundred people to sign over their souls or he will be damned forever.--From publisher's description.


Johannes Cabal, the detective : a novel / Jonathan L. Howard.

cover image"Full of twists, turns, sword fights, archenemies, newfangled flying machines, narrow escapes, and of course, resurrected dead, Johannes Cabal's latest eldritch escapade is a Ruritanian romp from first to last. When an attempt to steal a rare book turns sour, Johannes Cabal, a necromancer of some little infamy, finds himself in a foreign prison awaiting execution. A crafty plan--as horrific as it is cunning--allows him to steal the identity of a government official and make his escape aboard a luxurious aeroship heading out of the country. But what should be a perfect getaway rapidly becomes complicated by the bizarre disappearance of a passenger, an attempt on Cabal's life, and an unwelcome face from the past. Trapped aboard with a killer, can even Cabal's open-razor of a mind save him?--Back cover.


Elysium fire / Alastair Reynolds.

cover imageTen thousand city-state habitats orbit the planet Yellowstone, forming a near perfect democratic human paradise. But even utopia has a dark side. As members of the habitats start suddenly and randomly dying, a charismatic figure begins to sow insurrection, convincing a small but growing number of inhabitants to break away from the Glitter Band.


Quick fix / Linda Grimes.

cover image"QUICK FIX--the second installment of the original urban fantasy series by LINDA GRIMES. Ciel Halligan, an aura adaptor with a chameleon-like ability to step into the lives of her clients and fix their problems for them--as them--is working a job at the National Zoo with her boyfriend, Billy, and his ten-year-old sister, Molly. It's supposed to be a quick fix, giving her time to decide if it's wise to pursue the romantic relationship her charming scoundrel of a best friend wants, or if she should give Mark, the CIA spook she's crushed on since hormones first rattled her pubescent brain, a chance to step up to the plate. Molly has already begun to show signs of being an adaptor herself. She's young for it, but she's always been precocious, so it's not impossible. What is impossible is her taking on the form of the baby orangutan she touches--adaptors can only project human auras. Until now, apparently. Worse, Molly is stuck in ape form. She can't change herself back. Escaping from the zoo with their new baby orang, Ciel and Billy head for New York City and the only person they know can help: Ciel's brother James, a non-adaptor scientist who's determined to crack the aura adaptor genetic code. But when Billy winds up in jail, accused of attempted murder, Ciel begins to suspect Molly's unusual adapting ability is more than just a fluke. Who's been experimenting on Molly, and what do they hope to gain? And will Ciel survive to find out? "-- Provided by publisher.


Daring : Pax Arcana, Book 2 / Elliott James.

cover imageSomething is rotten in the state of Wisconsin. Werewolf packs are being united and absorbed into an army of super soldiers by a mysterious figure who speaks like an angel and fights like a demon. And every Knight Templar -- keepers of the magical peace between mankind and magickind -- who tries to get close to this big bad wolf winds up dead. No knight can infiltrate a group whose members can smell a human from a mile away ... no knight except one. John Charming. Ex knight. Current werewolf. Hunted by the men who trained him, he now might be their only salvation. But animal instincts are rising up to claim John more powerfully than ever before, and he must decide if this new leader of wolves is a madman ... or a messiah.


Semiosis / Sue Burke.

cover image"Colonists from Earth wanted the perfect home, but they'll have to survive on the one they found. They don't realize another life form watches...and waits...Only mutual communication can forge an alliance with the planet's sentient species and prove that humans are more than tools."-- Provided by publisher.


Child of a mad god / R.A. Salvatore.

cover imageWhen Aoelyn loses her parents, she is left to fend for herself among a tribe of vicious barbarians. Bound by rigid traditions, she dreams of escaping to the world beyond her mountain home. The only hope for achieving the kind of freedom she searches for is to learn how to wield the mysterious power used by the tribe's coven known as the Song of Usgar. Thankfully, Aoelyn may be the strongest witch to have ever lived, but magic comes at price. Not only has her abilities caught the eye of the brutish warlord that leads the tribe, but the demon of the mountain hunts all who wield the Coven's power, and Aoelyn's talent has made her a beacon in the night.


Senlin ascends / Josiah Bancroft.

cover image"The first book in the stunning and strange debut fantasy series that's receiving major praise from some of fantasy's biggest authors such as Mark Lawrence and Django Wexler. The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel in the world. Immense as a mountain, the ancient Tower holds unnumbered ringdoms, warring and peaceful, stacked one on the other like the layers of a cake. It is a world of geniuses and tyrants, of airships and steam engines, of unusual animals and mysterious machines. Soon after arriving for his honeymoon at the Tower, the mild-mannered headmaster of a small village school, Thomas Senlin, gets separated from his wife, Marya, in the overwhelming swarm of tourists, residents, and miscreants. Senlin is determined to find Marya, but to do so he'll have to navigate madhouses, ballrooms, and burlesque theaters. He must survive betrayal, assassins, and the long guns of a flying fortress. But if he hopes to find his wife, he will have to do more than just endure. This quiet man of letters must become a man of action. The Books of Babel: Senlin Ascends; Arm of the Sphinx"-- Provided by publisher.


The alchemy of chaos / Marshall Ryan Maresca.

cover imageVeranix Calbert, also known as The Thorn, continues his street vigilante activities, including harassing the gangs that operate in the Maradaine neighborhood of Aventil.


The mongrel mage / L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

cover imageThe Saga of Recluce chronicles the history of this world with world-building detail and an ingenious and disciplined magic system. L.E. Modesitt, Jr. returns to his longest and bestselling fantasy series with volume nineteen, The Mongrel Mage, which marks the beginning of a new story arc. In the world of Recluce, powerful mages can wield two kinds of magic--the white of Chaos or the black of Order. Beltur, however, has talents no one dreamed of, talents not seen in hundreds of years that blend both magics. On the run from a power hungry white mage, Beltur is taken in by Order mages who set him on the path to discover and hone his own unique gifts and in the process find a home. However, when the white mage he fled attempts to invade his new home, Beltur must hope his new found power will be enough to save them all.


The sky is yours : a novel / Chandler Klang Smith.

cover imageNavigating their burned-out, futuristic city home under constant threat from a pair of dragons circling the skies, three young people are forced to flee and confront challenges ranging from fire and conspiracies to taboo drugs and dragon-worshippers.


The wolves of winter : a novel / Tyrell Johnson.

cover image"A captivating tale of humanity pushed beyond its breaking point, of family and bonds of love forged when everything is lost, and of a heroic young woman who crosses a frozen landscape to find her destiny. This debut novel is written in a post-apocalyptic tradition that spans The Hunger Games and Station Eleven but blazes its own distinctive path. Forget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn't help you survive in the endless white wilderness beyond the edges of a fallen world. Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As the memories of her old life continue to haunt, she's forced to forge ahead in the snow-drifted Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap and slaughter. Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community--most prominently in the enigmatic figure of Jax, who brings with him dark secrets of the past and sets in motion a chain of events that will call Lynn to a role she never imagined. Simultaneously a heartbreakingly sympathetic portrait of a young woman searching for the answer to who she is meant to be and a frightening vision of a merciless new world in which desperation rules, The Wolves of Winter is enveloping, propulsive, and poignant"-- Provided by publisher.


Gnomon : a novel / Nick Harkaway.

cover image"From the widely acclaimed author of The Gone-Away World and Tigerman, a virtuosic new novel and his most ambitious book yet--equal parts dark comedy, gripping detective story, and mind-bending philosophical puzzle--set in a not-too-distant-future, high-tech surveillance state. In the world of Gnomon, citizens are ceaselessly observed and democracy has reached a pinnacle of "transparency." When suspected dissident Diana Hunter dies in government custody during a routine interrogation, Mielikki Neith, a trusted state inspector, is assigned to the case. Immersing herself in neural recordings of the interrogation, she finds a panorama of characters and events that Hunter gave life to in order to forestall the investigation: a lovelorn financier in Athens who has a mystical experience with a shark; a brilliant alchemist in ancient Carthage confronting the unexpected outcome of her invention; an expat Ethiopian painter in London designing a controversial new video game. In the static between these mysterious visions, Neith begins to catch glimpses of the real Diana Hunter--and, alarmingly, of herself, the staggering consequences of which will reverberate throughout the world. Gnomon is a dazzling, panoramic achievement from one of the most original voices in contemporary fiction"-- Provided by publisher.


The genius plague / by David Walton.

cover image"What if the pandemic you thought would kill you made you more intelligent instead? In the Amazon jungle, a disease is spreading. To those who survive, it grants enhanced communication, memory, and pattern recognition. But the miracle may be the sinister survival mechanism of a fungal organism, manipulating the infected into serving it. Paul Johns, a mycologist, is convinced the fungal host is the next stage of human evolution, while his brother Neil, an analyst at the NSA, is committed to its destruction. Is the human race the master in this symbiotic relationship, or are we becoming the pawns of a subtly dominating and utterly alien intelligence?"-- Provided by publisher.


The complete fiction of H.P. Lovecraft / introduction, Eric Carl Link.

cover imageThis collection of all the short fiction of American horror master H.P. Lovecraft includes the classics: "The call of Cthulhu", "At the mountains of madness", "The Dunwich horror", "The colour out of space", and seventy other stories.


Apex / Ramez Naam.

cover imageGlobal unrest spreads through the world, lies set off shockwaves of anger, rippling from mind to mind. Riot police battle neurally-linked protestors, armies are mobilized, political orders fall. Nexus-driven revolution is here. Against this backdrop a new breed of post-human children are growing into their powers. And a once-dead scientist is closing in on her ultimate aim- to seize the planet's electronic systems, and re-forge everything in her image.


Smoke city : a novel / Keith Rosson.

cover image"Marvin Deitz has some serious problems. His mob-connected landlord is strong-arming him out of his storefront. His therapist has concerns about his stability. He's compelled to volunteer at the local Children's Hospital even though it breaks his heart every week. Oh, and he's also the guilt-ridden reincarnation of Geoffroy Thérage, the French executioner who lit Joan of Arc's pyre in 1431. He's just seen a woman on a Los Angeles talk show claiming to be Joan, and absolution seems closer than it's ever been... but how will he find her? When Marvin heads to Los Angeles to locate the woman who may or may not be Joan, he's picked up hitchhiking by Mike Vale, a self-destructive alcoholic painter traveling to his ex-wife's funeral. As they move through a California landscape populated with 'smokes' (ghostly apparitions that've inexplicably begun appearing throughout the southwestern US), each seeks absolution in his own way."


Aces abroad / edited by George R.R. Martin and written by Stephen Leigh [and 11 others].

cover imageThe action-packed alternate fantasy returns for a new generation... Forty years after the Wild Card Virus's release, the World Health Organization decides it's time to take a delegation of Aces, Jokers, politicians, and journalists on a fact-finding mission to learn how other countries are dealing with the virus that reshaped humanity. Leading the team is Gregg Hartmann, a senator with presidential aspirations and a dangerous ace up his sleeve. Joining him is a menagerie of some of the series' best and most popular Wild Cards, including Dr. Tachyon, aces Peregrine and Golden Boy, and jokers Chrysalis, Troll, and Father Squid.


Down and dirty / edited by George R.R. Martin and written by John J. Miller, Roger Zelazny, Leanne C. Harper, Arthur Byron Cover, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Edward Bryant, Stephen Leigh, Pat Cadigan, Walter Jon Williams.

cover image"Let the secret history of the world be told--of the alien virus that struck Earth after World War II, and of the handful of the survivors who found they now possessed superhuman powers. Some were called Aces, endowed with powerful mental and physical prowness. The others were Jokers, tormented by bizarre mind or body disfigurements. Some served humanity. Others caused terror. And now, forty years later, as a gang war between the Shadow Fists and the mafia rages out of control in the streets of Jokertown, Aces and Jokers go underground--to wage their own war against the powers of the netherworld. Here, in the fifth volume of the exciting series, ten of science fiction's most gifted writers take readers on a journey of wonder and excitement in an astounding alternate history. Featuring the talents of John J. Miller, Roger Zelazny, Leanne C. Harper, Arthur Byron Cover, Melina C. Snodgrass, Edward Bryant, Stephen Leigh, Pat Cadigan, Walter Jon Williams, and George R.R. Martin"-- Provided by publisher.


Crux / Ramez Naam.

cover image"Six months have passed since the release of Nexus 5. The world is a different, far more dangerous place. In the USA, the freedom fighters of the Post-Human Liberation Front use Nexus to turn men and women into human time bombs aimed at the President and his allies. The first blows in the war between human and post-human have been struck"--Back cover.


The gone world / Tom Sweterlitsch.

cover imageTime-travel secret agent Shannon Moss visits future time periods for clues about a Navy SEAL astronaut's murdered family and the disappearance of his teenage daughter, a case that is complicated by the SEAL's and Shannon's own impact on the timeline.


Starlings / Jo Walton.

cover imageThe first collection of stories by award-winning novelist Jo Walton ( Among Others, Necessity).


Beneath the sugar sky / Seanan McGuire.

cover imageBeneath the Sugar Sky returns to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the "real" world. Sumi died years before her prophesied daughter Rini could be born. Rini was born anyway, and now she's trying to bring her mother back from a world without magic.


How to stop time / Matt Haig.

cover imageTom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history--performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life. So Tom moves back his to London, his old home, to become a high school history teacher--the perfect job for someone who has witnessed the city's history first hand. Better yet, a captivating French teacher at his school seems fascinated by him. But the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: Never fall in love. As painful memories of his past and the erratic behavior of the Society's watchful leader threaten to derail his new life and romance, the one thing he can't have just happens to be the one thing that might save him. Tom will have to decide once and for all whether to remain stuck in the past, or finally begin living in the present. How to Stop Time is a bighearted, wildly original novel about losing and finding yourself, the inevitability of change, and how with enough time to learn, we just might find happiness.


Markswoman / Rati Mehrotra.

cover image"An order of magical-knife wielding female assassins brings both peace and chaos to their post-apocalyptic world in this bewitching blend of science fiction and epic fantasy--the first entry in a debut duology that displays the inventiveness of the works of Sarah Beth Durst, Marie Lu, and S. J. Kincaid. Kyra is the youngest Markswoman in the Order of Kali, a highly trained sisterhood of elite warriors armed with telepathic blades. Guided by a strict code of conduct, Kyra and the other Orders are sworn to protect the people of Asiana. But to be a Markswoman, an acolyte must repudiate her former life completely. Kyra has pledged to do so, yet she secretly harbors a fierce desire to avenge her dead family. When Kyra's beloved mentor dies in mysterious circumstances, and Tamsyn, the powerful, dangerous Mistress of Mental Arts, assumes control of the Order, Kyra is forced on the run. Using one of the strange Transport Hubs that are remnants of Asiana's long-lost past, she finds herself in the unforgiving wilderness of desert that is home to the Order of Khur, the only Order composed of men. Among them is Rustan, a young, disillusioned Marksman whom she soon befriends. Kyra is certain that Tamsyn committed murder in a twisted bid for power, but she has no proof. And if she fails to find it, fails in her quest to keep her beloved Order from following Tamsyn down a dark path, it could spell the beginning of the end for Kyra--and for Asiana. But what she doesn't realize is that the line between justice and vengeance is razor thin. thin as the blade of a knife"-- Provided by publisher.


Robots vs fairies / edited by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe.

cover imageIt's the ultimate death match between the mechanical and the magical! When the lasers cease firing and the fairy dust settles, who will triumph in these epic battles between the artificial and the supernatural? Choose a side....


Ace in the hole / edited by George R. R. Martin, assisted by Melinda M. Snodgrass ; and written by Walton Simons, Victor Milán, 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.


The king of bones and ashes : a Witches of New Orleans novel / J.D. Horn.

cover imageFrom the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Witching Savannah series comes the story of a young witch's quest to uncover her family's terrifying history...Magic is seeping out of the world, leaving the witches who've relied on it for countless centuries increasingly hopeless. While some see an inevitable end of their era, others are courting madness-willing to sacrifice former allies, friends, and family to retain the power they covet. While the other witches watch their reality unravel, young Alice Marin is using magic's waning days to delve into the mystery of numerous disappearances in the occult circles of New Orleans. Alice disappeared once, too-caged in an asylum by blood relatives. Recently freed, she fears her family may be more involved with the growing crisis than she ever dared imagine.Yet the more she seeks the truth about her family's troubled history, the more she realizes her already-fragile psyche may be at risk. Discovering the cause of the vanishings, though, could be the only way to escape her mother's reach while determining the future of all witches.


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.


Westerns

The beauty / Aliya Whiteley.

cover image"Somewhere away from the cities and towns, in the Valley of Rocks, a society of men and boys gather around the fire each night to listen to their history recounted by Nate, the storyteller. Requested most often by the group is the tale of the death of all women. They are the last generation. One evening, Nate brings back new secrets from the woods; peculiar mushrooms are growing from the ground where the women's bodies lie buried. These are the first signs of a strange and insidious presence unlike anything ever known before... discover the Beauty" -- Page [4] of cover.



The queen of all crows / Rod Duncan.

cover image"The year is 2012 but it might as well be the Victorian age. The nations of the world are overseen by the International Patent Office, and its ruthless stranglehold on technology. When airships start disappearing in the middle of the Atlantic, the Patent Office is desperate to discover what has happened. Forbidden to operate beyond the territorial waters of member nations, they send spies to investigate in secret. One of those spies is Elizabeth Barnabus. She must overcome her dislike of the machinations of her employers, disguise herself as a man, and take to the sea in search of the floating nation of pirates who threaten the world order."--Publisher's website.


Sleep over : an oral history of the apocalypse / H.G. Bells.

cover image"For fans of the oral history genre phenomenon World War Z, a worldwide plague of insomnia creates a devastating new apocalypse. Remember what it's like to last an entire night without sleep? That dull but constant headache. The feeling of your brain on edge. How easily irritated you were. How difficult it was to concentrate, even on seemingly menial tasks. It was just a single restless night, but everything felt just a little bit harder to do, and the only real comfort was knowing your head would finally hit the pillow at the end of the day, and when you awoke the next morning everything would return to normal. But what if sleep didn't come the next night? Or the night after? What might happen if you, your friends and family, your coworkers, the strangers you pass on the street, all slowly began to realize that rest might not ever come again? How slowly might the world fall apart? How long would it take for a society without sleep to descend into chaos? Sleep Over is collection of waking nightmares, a scrapbook of the haunting and poignant stories from those trapped in a world where the pillars of society are crumbling, and madness is slowly descending on a planet without rest. Online vigilantism turns social media into a deadly gamble. A freelance journalist grapples with the ethics of turning in footage of mass suicide. A kidnapped hypnotist is held hostage by those at wit's end for a cure. In Sleep Over, these stories are just the beginning. Before the Longest Day, the world record was eleven days without sleep. It turns out most of us can go much longer."-- Provided by publisher.


Johannes Cabal, the necromancer / Jonathan L. Howard.

cover imageJohannes Cabal, a brilliant scientist and notorious snob, is single-mindedly obsessed in heart and soul with raising the dead. Well, perhaps not soul--he hastily sold his years ago in order to learn the laws of necromancy. But now, tormented by a dark secret, he travels to the fiery pits of Hell to retrieve it. Sataon, who is incredibly bored these days, proposes a little wager, Johannes has one years to persuade one hundred people to sign over their souls or he will be damned forever.--From publisher's description.


Johannes Cabal, the detective : a novel / Jonathan L. Howard.

cover image"Full of twists, turns, sword fights, archenemies, newfangled flying machines, narrow escapes, and of course, resurrected dead, Johannes Cabal's latest eldritch escapade is a Ruritanian romp from first to last. When an attempt to steal a rare book turns sour, Johannes Cabal, a necromancer of some little infamy, finds himself in a foreign prison awaiting execution. A crafty plan--as horrific as it is cunning--allows him to steal the identity of a government official and make his escape aboard a luxurious aeroship heading out of the country. But what should be a perfect getaway rapidly becomes complicated by the bizarre disappearance of a passenger, an attempt on Cabal's life, and an unwelcome face from the past. Trapped aboard with a killer, can even Cabal's open-razor of a mind save him?--Back cover.


Elysium fire / Alastair Reynolds.

cover imageTen thousand city-state habitats orbit the planet Yellowstone, forming a near perfect democratic human paradise. But even utopia has a dark side. As members of the habitats start suddenly and randomly dying, a charismatic figure begins to sow insurrection, convincing a small but growing number of inhabitants to break away from the Glitter Band.


Quick fix / Linda Grimes.

cover image"QUICK FIX--the second installment of the original urban fantasy series by LINDA GRIMES. Ciel Halligan, an aura adaptor with a chameleon-like ability to step into the lives of her clients and fix their problems for them--as them--is working a job at the National Zoo with her boyfriend, Billy, and his ten-year-old sister, Molly. It's supposed to be a quick fix, giving her time to decide if it's wise to pursue the romantic relationship her charming scoundrel of a best friend wants, or if she should give Mark, the CIA spook she's crushed on since hormones first rattled her pubescent brain, a chance to step up to the plate. Molly has already begun to show signs of being an adaptor herself. She's young for it, but she's always been precocious, so it's not impossible. What is impossible is her taking on the form of the baby orangutan she touches--adaptors can only project human auras. Until now, apparently. Worse, Molly is stuck in ape form. She can't change herself back. Escaping from the zoo with their new baby orang, Ciel and Billy head for New York City and the only person they know can help: Ciel's brother James, a non-adaptor scientist who's determined to crack the aura adaptor genetic code. But when Billy winds up in jail, accused of attempted murder, Ciel begins to suspect Molly's unusual adapting ability is more than just a fluke. Who's been experimenting on Molly, and what do they hope to gain? And will Ciel survive to find out? "-- Provided by publisher.


Daring : Pax Arcana, Book 2 / Elliott James.

cover imageSomething is rotten in the state of Wisconsin. Werewolf packs are being united and absorbed into an army of super soldiers by a mysterious figure who speaks like an angel and fights like a demon. And every Knight Templar -- keepers of the magical peace between mankind and magickind -- who tries to get close to this big bad wolf winds up dead. No knight can infiltrate a group whose members can smell a human from a mile away ... no knight except one. John Charming. Ex knight. Current werewolf. Hunted by the men who trained him, he now might be their only salvation. But animal instincts are rising up to claim John more powerfully than ever before, and he must decide if this new leader of wolves is a madman ... or a messiah.


Semiosis / Sue Burke.

cover image"Colonists from Earth wanted the perfect home, but they'll have to survive on the one they found. They don't realize another life form watches...and waits...Only mutual communication can forge an alliance with the planet's sentient species and prove that humans are more than tools."-- Provided by publisher.


Child of a mad god / R.A. Salvatore.

cover imageWhen Aoelyn loses her parents, she is left to fend for herself among a tribe of vicious barbarians. Bound by rigid traditions, she dreams of escaping to the world beyond her mountain home. The only hope for achieving the kind of freedom she searches for is to learn how to wield the mysterious power used by the tribe's coven known as the Song of Usgar. Thankfully, Aoelyn may be the strongest witch to have ever lived, but magic comes at price. Not only has her abilities caught the eye of the brutish warlord that leads the tribe, but the demon of the mountain hunts all who wield the Coven's power, and Aoelyn's talent has made her a beacon in the night.


Senlin ascends / Josiah Bancroft.

cover image"The first book in the stunning and strange debut fantasy series that's receiving major praise from some of fantasy's biggest authors such as Mark Lawrence and Django Wexler. The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel in the world. Immense as a mountain, the ancient Tower holds unnumbered ringdoms, warring and peaceful, stacked one on the other like the layers of a cake. It is a world of geniuses and tyrants, of airships and steam engines, of unusual animals and mysterious machines. Soon after arriving for his honeymoon at the Tower, the mild-mannered headmaster of a small village school, Thomas Senlin, gets separated from his wife, Marya, in the overwhelming swarm of tourists, residents, and miscreants. Senlin is determined to find Marya, but to do so he'll have to navigate madhouses, ballrooms, and burlesque theaters. He must survive betrayal, assassins, and the long guns of a flying fortress. But if he hopes to find his wife, he will have to do more than just endure. This quiet man of letters must become a man of action. The Books of Babel: Senlin Ascends; Arm of the Sphinx"-- Provided by publisher.


The alchemy of chaos / Marshall Ryan Maresca.

cover imageVeranix Calbert, also known as The Thorn, continues his street vigilante activities, including harassing the gangs that operate in the Maradaine neighborhood of Aventil.


The mongrel mage / L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

cover imageThe Saga of Recluce chronicles the history of this world with world-building detail and an ingenious and disciplined magic system. L.E. Modesitt, Jr. returns to his longest and bestselling fantasy series with volume nineteen, The Mongrel Mage, which marks the beginning of a new story arc. In the world of Recluce, powerful mages can wield two kinds of magic--the white of Chaos or the black of Order. Beltur, however, has talents no one dreamed of, talents not seen in hundreds of years that blend both magics. On the run from a power hungry white mage, Beltur is taken in by Order mages who set him on the path to discover and hone his own unique gifts and in the process find a home. However, when the white mage he fled attempts to invade his new home, Beltur must hope his new found power will be enough to save them all.


The sky is yours : a novel / Chandler Klang Smith.

cover imageNavigating their burned-out, futuristic city home under constant threat from a pair of dragons circling the skies, three young people are forced to flee and confront challenges ranging from fire and conspiracies to taboo drugs and dragon-worshippers.


The wolves of winter : a novel / Tyrell Johnson.

cover image"A captivating tale of humanity pushed beyond its breaking point, of family and bonds of love forged when everything is lost, and of a heroic young woman who crosses a frozen landscape to find her destiny. This debut novel is written in a post-apocalyptic tradition that spans The Hunger Games and Station Eleven but blazes its own distinctive path. Forget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn't help you survive in the endless white wilderness beyond the edges of a fallen world. Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As the memories of her old life continue to haunt, she's forced to forge ahead in the snow-drifted Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap and slaughter. Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community--most prominently in the enigmatic figure of Jax, who brings with him dark secrets of the past and sets in motion a chain of events that will call Lynn to a role she never imagined. Simultaneously a heartbreakingly sympathetic portrait of a young woman searching for the answer to who she is meant to be and a frightening vision of a merciless new world in which desperation rules, The Wolves of Winter is enveloping, propulsive, and poignant"-- Provided by publisher.


Gnomon : a novel / Nick Harkaway.

cover image"From the widely acclaimed author of The Gone-Away World and Tigerman, a virtuosic new novel and his most ambitious book yet--equal parts dark comedy, gripping detective story, and mind-bending philosophical puzzle--set in a not-too-distant-future, high-tech surveillance state. In the world of Gnomon, citizens are ceaselessly observed and democracy has reached a pinnacle of "transparency." When suspected dissident Diana Hunter dies in government custody during a routine interrogation, Mielikki Neith, a trusted state inspector, is assigned to the case. Immersing herself in neural recordings of the interrogation, she finds a panorama of characters and events that Hunter gave life to in order to forestall the investigation: a lovelorn financier in Athens who has a mystical experience with a shark; a brilliant alchemist in ancient Carthage confronting the unexpected outcome of her invention; an expat Ethiopian painter in London designing a controversial new video game. In the static between these mysterious visions, Neith begins to catch glimpses of the real Diana Hunter--and, alarmingly, of herself, the staggering consequences of which will reverberate throughout the world. Gnomon is a dazzling, panoramic achievement from one of the most original voices in contemporary fiction"-- Provided by publisher.


The genius plague / by David Walton.

cover image"What if the pandemic you thought would kill you made you more intelligent instead? In the Amazon jungle, a disease is spreading. To those who survive, it grants enhanced communication, memory, and pattern recognition. But the miracle may be the sinister survival mechanism of a fungal organism, manipulating the infected into serving it. Paul Johns, a mycologist, is convinced the fungal host is the next stage of human evolution, while his brother Neil, an analyst at the NSA, is committed to its destruction. Is the human race the master in this symbiotic relationship, or are we becoming the pawns of a subtly dominating and utterly alien intelligence?"-- Provided by publisher.


The complete fiction of H.P. Lovecraft / introduction, Eric Carl Link.

cover imageThis collection of all the short fiction of American horror master H.P. Lovecraft includes the classics: "The call of Cthulhu", "At the mountains of madness", "The Dunwich horror", "The colour out of space", and seventy other stories.


Apex / Ramez Naam.

cover imageGlobal unrest spreads through the world, lies set off shockwaves of anger, rippling from mind to mind. Riot police battle neurally-linked protestors, armies are mobilized, political orders fall. Nexus-driven revolution is here. Against this backdrop a new breed of post-human children are growing into their powers. And a once-dead scientist is closing in on her ultimate aim- to seize the planet's electronic systems, and re-forge everything in her image.


Smoke city : a novel / Keith Rosson.

cover image"Marvin Deitz has some serious problems. His mob-connected landlord is strong-arming him out of his storefront. His therapist has concerns about his stability. He's compelled to volunteer at the local Children's Hospital even though it breaks his heart every week. Oh, and he's also the guilt-ridden reincarnation of Geoffroy Thérage, the French executioner who lit Joan of Arc's pyre in 1431. He's just seen a woman on a Los Angeles talk show claiming to be Joan, and absolution seems closer than it's ever been... but how will he find her? When Marvin heads to Los Angeles to locate the woman who may or may not be Joan, he's picked up hitchhiking by Mike Vale, a self-destructive alcoholic painter traveling to his ex-wife's funeral. As they move through a California landscape populated with 'smokes' (ghostly apparitions that've inexplicably begun appearing throughout the southwestern US), each seeks absolution in his own way."


Aces abroad / edited by George R.R. Martin and written by Stephen Leigh [and 11 others].

cover imageThe action-packed alternate fantasy returns for a new generation... Forty years after the Wild Card Virus's release, the World Health Organization decides it's time to take a delegation of Aces, Jokers, politicians, and journalists on a fact-finding mission to learn how other countries are dealing with the virus that reshaped humanity. Leading the team is Gregg Hartmann, a senator with presidential aspirations and a dangerous ace up his sleeve. Joining him is a menagerie of some of the series' best and most popular Wild Cards, including Dr. Tachyon, aces Peregrine and Golden Boy, and jokers Chrysalis, Troll, and Father Squid.


Down and dirty / edited by George R.R. Martin and written by John J. Miller, Roger Zelazny, Leanne C. Harper, Arthur Byron Cover, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Edward Bryant, Stephen Leigh, Pat Cadigan, Walter Jon Williams.

cover image"Let the secret history of the world be told--of the alien virus that struck Earth after World War II, and of the handful of the survivors who found they now possessed superhuman powers. Some were called Aces, endowed with powerful mental and physical prowness. The others were Jokers, tormented by bizarre mind or body disfigurements. Some served humanity. Others caused terror. And now, forty years later, as a gang war between the Shadow Fists and the mafia rages out of control in the streets of Jokertown, Aces and Jokers go underground--to wage their own war against the powers of the netherworld. Here, in the fifth volume of the exciting series, ten of science fiction's most gifted writers take readers on a journey of wonder and excitement in an astounding alternate history. Featuring the talents of John J. Miller, Roger Zelazny, Leanne C. Harper, Arthur Byron Cover, Melina C. Snodgrass, Edward Bryant, Stephen Leigh, Pat Cadigan, Walter Jon Williams, and George R.R. Martin"-- Provided by publisher.


Crux / Ramez Naam.

cover image"Six months have passed since the release of Nexus 5. The world is a different, far more dangerous place. In the USA, the freedom fighters of the Post-Human Liberation Front use Nexus to turn men and women into human time bombs aimed at the President and his allies. The first blows in the war between human and post-human have been struck"--Back cover.


The gone world / Tom Sweterlitsch.

cover imageTime-travel secret agent Shannon Moss visits future time periods for clues about a Navy SEAL astronaut's murdered family and the disappearance of his teenage daughter, a case that is complicated by the SEAL's and Shannon's own impact on the timeline.


Starlings / Jo Walton.

cover imageThe first collection of stories by award-winning novelist Jo Walton ( Among Others, Necessity).


Beneath the sugar sky / Seanan McGuire.

cover imageBeneath the Sugar Sky returns to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the "real" world. Sumi died years before her prophesied daughter Rini could be born. Rini was born anyway, and now she's trying to bring her mother back from a world without magic.


How to stop time / Matt Haig.

cover imageTom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history--performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life. So Tom moves back his to London, his old home, to become a high school history teacher--the perfect job for someone who has witnessed the city's history first hand. Better yet, a captivating French teacher at his school seems fascinated by him. But the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: Never fall in love. As painful memories of his past and the erratic behavior of the Society's watchful leader threaten to derail his new life and romance, the one thing he can't have just happens to be the one thing that might save him. Tom will have to decide once and for all whether to remain stuck in the past, or finally begin living in the present. How to Stop Time is a bighearted, wildly original novel about losing and finding yourself, the inevitability of change, and how with enough time to learn, we just might find happiness.


Markswoman / Rati Mehrotra.

cover image"An order of magical-knife wielding female assassins brings both peace and chaos to their post-apocalyptic world in this bewitching blend of science fiction and epic fantasy--the first entry in a debut duology that displays the inventiveness of the works of Sarah Beth Durst, Marie Lu, and S. J. Kincaid. Kyra is the youngest Markswoman in the Order of Kali, a highly trained sisterhood of elite warriors armed with telepathic blades. Guided by a strict code of conduct, Kyra and the other Orders are sworn to protect the people of Asiana. But to be a Markswoman, an acolyte must repudiate her former life completely. Kyra has pledged to do so, yet she secretly harbors a fierce desire to avenge her dead family. When Kyra's beloved mentor dies in mysterious circumstances, and Tamsyn, the powerful, dangerous Mistress of Mental Arts, assumes control of the Order, Kyra is forced on the run. Using one of the strange Transport Hubs that are remnants of Asiana's long-lost past, she finds herself in the unforgiving wilderness of desert that is home to the Order of Khur, the only Order composed of men. Among them is Rustan, a young, disillusioned Marksman whom she soon befriends. Kyra is certain that Tamsyn committed murder in a twisted bid for power, but she has no proof. And if she fails to find it, fails in her quest to keep her beloved Order from following Tamsyn down a dark path, it could spell the beginning of the end for Kyra--and for Asiana. But what she doesn't realize is that the line between justice and vengeance is razor thin. thin as the blade of a knife"-- Provided by publisher.


Robots vs fairies / edited by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe.

cover imageIt's the ultimate death match between the mechanical and the magical! When the lasers cease firing and the fairy dust settles, who will triumph in these epic battles between the artificial and the supernatural? Choose a side....


Ace in the hole / edited by George R. R. Martin, assisted by Melinda M. Snodgrass ; and written by Walton Simons, Victor Milán, 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.


The king of bones and ashes : a Witches of New Orleans novel / J.D. Horn.

cover imageFrom the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Witching Savannah series comes the story of a young witch's quest to uncover her family's terrifying history...Magic is seeping out of the world, leaving the witches who've relied on it for countless centuries increasingly hopeless. While some see an inevitable end of their era, others are courting madness-willing to sacrifice former allies, friends, and family to retain the power they covet. While the other witches watch their reality unravel, young Alice Marin is using magic's waning days to delve into the mystery of numerous disappearances in the occult circles of New Orleans. Alice disappeared once, too-caged in an asylum by blood relatives. Recently freed, she fears her family may be more involved with the growing crisis than she ever dared imagine.Yet the more she seeks the truth about her family's troubled history, the more she realizes her already-fragile psyche may be at risk. Discovering the cause of the vanishings, though, could be the only way to escape her mother's reach while determining the future of all witches.


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.


Books on CD

The Mitford murders [sound recording (CD)] : a mystery / Jessica Fellowes.

cover imageIt's 1920, and Louisa Cannon dreams of escaping her life of poverty in London. Louisa's salvation is a position within the Mitford household at Asthall Manor, in the Oxfordshire countryside. There she will become nursemaid, chaperone and confidante to the Mitford sisters, especially sixteen-year-old Nancy, an acerbic, bright young woman in love with stories. But then a nurse, Florence Nightingale Shore, goddaughter of her famous namesake, is killed on a train in broad daylight, and Louisa and Nancy find themselves entangled in the crimes of a murderer who will do anything to hide their secret.


Kitchen Chinese [sound recording (CD)] : a novel about food, family, and finding yourself / Ann Mah.

cover imageIsabelle Lee thinks she knows everything about Chinese cuisine. After all, during her Chinese-American childhood, she ate it every day. Isabelle may speak only "kitchen Chinese" but she understands the language of food. Now, in the wake of a career-ending catastrophe, she's ready for a change, so she takes off for Beijing to stay with her older sister, Claire, whom she's never really known, and finds a job writing restaurant reviews for an expat magazine. In the midst of her extreme culture shock, and the more she comes to learn about her sister's own secrets, Isabelle can't help but wonder whether coming to China was a mistake, or an extraordinary chance to find out who she really is.


The grave's a fine and private place [sound recording (CD)] / Alan Bradley.

cover imageJoining her older sisters for a recuperative boating trip in the aftermath of a devastating tragedy, twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce discovers a body in the water near the church of a murderous vicar.


Little boy lost [sound recording (CD)] / J.D. Trafford.

cover imageAttorney Justin Glass's practice, housed in a shabby office on the north side of Saint Louis, isn't doing so well that he can afford to work for free. But when eight-year-old Tanisha Walker offers him a jar full of change to find her missing brother, he doesn't have the heart to turn her away. Justin had hoped to find the boy alive and well. But all that was found of Devon Walker was his brutally murdered body--and the bodies of twelve other African American teenagers, all discarded like trash in a mass grave. Each had been reported missing. And none had been investigated. As simmering racial tensions explode into violence, Justin finds himself caught in the tide. And as he gives voice to the discontent plaguing the city's forgotten and ignored, he vows to search for the killer who preys upon them.


The sisters Chase [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / by Sarah Healy.

cover imageThe hardscrabble Chase women--Mary, Hannah, and their mother Diane--have been eking out a living running a tiny seaside motel that has been in the family for generations. But when Diane dies in a car accident, the sisters begin a cross-country journey in search of a better life.


The wife between us [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanan.

cover imageA twisted and deliciously chilling thriller that exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage, and the dangerous truths people ignore in the name of love.


Fast into the night [sound recording (CD)] : a woman, her dogs, and their journey North on the Iditarod trail / Debbie Clarke Moderow.

cover imageA captivating memoir of one woman's attempt to finish the Iditarod, led by her team of spunky huskies with whom she shares a fascinating and inextricable bond.


Mercies in disguise [sound recording (CD)] : a story of hope, a family's genetic destiny, and the science that rescued them / Gina Kolata.

cover imageKolata tells the story of the Baxleys, an almost archetypal family in a small town in South Carolina. A proud and determined clan, many of them doctors, they are struck one by one with an inscrutable illness. They finally discover the cause of the disease after a remarkable sequence of events that many saw as providential. Meanwhile, science, progressing for a half a century along a parallel track, had handed the Baxleys a resolution--not a cure, but a blood test that would reveal who had the gene for the disease and who did not. And science would offer another dilemma--fertility specialists had created a way to spare the children through an expensive process.


Mad country [sound recording (CD)] : stories / Samrat Upadhyay.

cover imageSamrat Upadhyay's new collection vibrates at the edges of intersecting cultures. Journalists in Kathmandu are targeted by the government. A Nepali man studying in America drops out of school and finds himself a part of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. A white American woman moves to Nepal and changes her name. A Nepali man falls in love with mysterious foreign black woman. A rich kid is caught up in his own fantasies of poverty and bank robbery. In the title story, a powerful woman, the owner of a construction company becomes a political prisoner, and in stark and unflinching prose, we see both her world and her mind radically remade. Through the course of the stories in this collection, Upadhyay builds new modes of seeing our interconnected contemporary world.


Need to know [sound recording (CD)] / Karen Cleveland.

cover imageAfter accessing the computer of a Russian operative, CIA counterintelligence analyst Vivian Miller stumbles on a secret dossier of agents within the US. Now everything she holds dear is threatened.


A more beautiful and terrible history [sound recording (CD)] : the uses and misuses of civil rights history / Jeanne Theoharis.

cover imageBy showing people the complex reality of the civil rights movement, the author will alter their historical frame by revealing the true richness of their civil rights legacy.


Force of nature [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Jane Harper.

cover imageWhen five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn't come back, and each of her companions tells a different story about what happened.


A wrinkle in time [sound recording (CD)] / Madeleine L'Engle.

cover imageIt was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. "Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract". Meg's father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?


The great alone [sound recording (CD)] / Kristin Hannah.

cover imageIt is 1974 when Leni Allbright's impulsive father Ernt decides the family is moving to Alaska. But the Alaskan winter is just as unforgiving as Ernt, and life quickly becomes a struggle for survival.


The music shop [sound recording (CD)] / Rachel Joyce.

cover imageWith the talent for connecting customers to their music, Frank, the owner of a music shop in a suburban community, resists the chance of a relationship with a young woman who could heal the old wounds from his past.


All-American murder [sound recording (CD)] : the rise and fall of Aaron Hernandez, the superstar whose life ended on murderers' row / James Patterson and Alex Abramovich with Mike Harvkey.

cover imageEveryone thought they knew Aaron Hernandez. He was an NFL star who made the game of football look easy. Until he became the prime suspect in a gruesome murder. Rich with in-depth, on-the-ground investigative reporting that gives readers a front row seat to Hernandez's tumultuous downward spiral, this biography reveals the truth behind the troubled star, with first-person accounts and untold stories.


"P" is for peril [(sound recording (CD)] / Sue Grafton.

cover imageWhen Dowan Purcell, a respected physician who operates a nursing home, disapears, his ex-wife hires PI Kinsey Millhone to look into it.-- (Source of description not identified).


Young Jane Young [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Gabrielle Zevin.

cover imageAn ambitious congressional intern in Florida makes the life-changing mistake of having an affair with her boss-- who is beloved, admired, successful, and very married-- and blogging about it. When the affair comes to light, the congressman doesn't take the fall, but Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins.


The purple swamp hen and other stories [sound recording (CD)] / Penelope Lively.

cover imageA dream house that is hiding something sinister; two women having lunch who share a husband; an old woman doing her weekly supermarket shopping with a secret past that no one could guess; a couple who don't know each other at all even after fifteen years together; and, in the story from which this collection takes its name, a bird and a servant girl in ancient Pompeii who cannot converse, but share a perfect understanding.


The only girl in the world [sound recording (CD)] : a memoir / Maude Julien with Ursula Gauthier ; translated from the French by Adriana Hunter.

cover imageMaude Julien's parents were fanatics who sought to turn her into the ultimate survivor through constant, elaborate abuse. But she befriended animals and read novels in secret though her parents had forbidden compassion as weakness. When an outsider penetrated her family's paranoid world, Maude seized her opportunity to escape.


Underground airlines [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Ben H. Winters.

cover imageIt is the present-day, and the world is as we know it: smart phones, social networking, and happy meals--save for one thing: the Civil War never occurred. A gifted young black man calling himself Victor has struck a bargain with federal law enforcement, working as a bounty hunter for the US Marshall Service. He's got plenty of work. In this version of America, slavery continues in four states called "the Hard Four." On the trail of a runaway known as Jackdaw, Victor arrives in Indianapolis knowing that something isn't right--with the case file, with his work, and with the country itself. A mystery to himself, Victor suppresses his memories of his childhood on a plantation, and works to infiltrate the local cell of a abolitionist movement called the Underground Airlines. Tracking Jackdaw through the back rooms of churches, empty parking garages, hotels, and medical offices, Victor believes he's hot on the trail. But his strange, increasingly uncanny pursuit is complicated by a boss who won't reveal the extraordinary stakes of Jackdaw's case, as well as by a heartbreaking young woman and her child who may be Victor's salvation. Victor himself may be the biggest obstacle of all--though his true self remains buried, it threatens to surface. Victor believes himself to be a good man doing bad work, unwilling to give up the freedom he has worked so hard to earn. But in pursuing Jackdaw, Victor discovers secrets at the core of the country's arrangement with the Hard Four, secrets the government will preserve at any cost. Underground Airlines is a ground-breaking novel, a wickedly imaginative thriller, and a story of an America that is more like our own than we'd like to believe.


On a farther shore [sound recording (CD)] : the life and legacy of Rachel Carson / by William Souder.

cover imageRachel Carson, founder of the modern environmental movement, began work on her seminal book Silent Spring in the late 1950s, when a dizzying array of synthetic pesticides had come into use. Leading this chemical onslaught was the insecticide DDT. Effective against crop pests as well as insects that transmitted human diseases such as typhus and malaria, DDT had at first appeared safe. But as its use expanded, alarming reports surfaced of collateral damage to fish, birds, and other wildlife. Silent Spring was a chilling indictment of DDT and its effects, and it shocked the public and forced the government to take action--despite a withering attack on Carson from the chemicals industry. The book awakened the world to the heedless contamination of the environment and eventually led to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency and to the banning of DDT and a host of related pesticides.


Church of the small things : the million little pieces that make up a life / Melanie Shankle.

cover imageThrough humorous stories told in her signature style, full of Frito pie, best friends, the love of her Me-Ma and Pa-Pa, the unexpected grace that comes when listeners quit trying to measure up, and a little of the best TV has to offer, Melanie Shankle helps women embrace what it means to live a simple, yet incredibly meaningful life and how to find all the beauty and laughter that lies right beneath the surface of every moment.


The English wife [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Lauren Willig.

cover imageEverything a sister thought she knew about her brother and his wife unravels as she seeks the truth about them in this scandalous Gilded Age tale full of family secrets, affairs, and murder.


A spy called James [sound recording (CD)] : the true story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War double agent / Anne Rockwell.

cover imageThe true story of James Lafayette, a spy in the American Revolution. After America won its freedom, James returned to slavery. But Jamesâ‚‚s fight for freedom wasnâ‚‚t over.


The girl who drank the moon / Kelly Barnhill.

cover imageAn epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her.


Darkest hour [sound recording (CD)] : how Churchill brought England back from the brink / Anthony McCarten.

cover imageFrom the acclaimed novelist and screenwriter of The Theory of Everything comes a revisionist look at the period immediately following Winston Churchill's ascendancy to prime minister. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Gary Oldman.


Fools and mortals [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Bernard Cornwell.

cover imageIn the late sixteenth century as the English theater begins to flourish outside of London, a growing number of playhouses, playwrights, and actors vie for glory and success. In this bawdy, brutally competitive world, young actor Richard Shakespeare struggles to make his mark in a theater company dominated by his estranged older brother, William. Their rivalry is the centerpiece of this high-stakes story of conflict and betrayal.


Rizzo's war [sound recording (CD)] / Lou Manfredo.

cover imageRiding together as detectives in the 62nd Precinct in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, Joe Rizzo, a decades-long veteran of the NYPD, passes on the knowledge of his years of experience to his ambitious new partner, Mike McQueen. Joe Rizzo's refrain: "There's not wrong, there's no right, there just is."


Munich [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Robert Harris.

cover imageGuy Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving in 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. Rikard von Holz is on the staff of the German Foreign Office--and secretly a member of the anti-Hitler resistance. The two men were friends at Oxford in the 1920s, but have not been in contact since. Now, when Guy flies with Chamberlain from London to Munich, and Rikard travels on Hitler's train overnight from Berlin, their paths are set on a disastrous collision course.


Fierce kingdom [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Gin Phillips.

cover image"An electrifying novel about the primal and unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she'll go to to protect him. The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and the day has been close to perfect. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo, her child in her arms. And for the next three hours--the entire scope of the novel--she keeps on running. Suddenly, mother and son are as trapped as the animals. Joan's intimate knowledge of this place that filled early motherhood with happy diversions--the hidden pathways and under-renovation exhibits, the best spots on the carousel and overstocked snack machines--is all that keeps them a step ahead of danger. A masterful thrill ride and an exploration of motherhood itself--from its tender moments of grace to its savage power--Fierce Kingdom asks where the boundary is between our animal instinct to survive and our human duty to protect one another. For whom should a mother risk her life?"-- Provided by publisher.


A kind of freedom [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Margaret Wilkerson Sexton.

cover imageEvelyn, a New Orleans Creole woman in the 1940s, comes from a family of upper-echelon blacks. When she falls for no-name Renard, she must choose between him and her life of privilege. For Evelyn, Jim Crow is an ongoing reality, but in its wake new threats haunt her descendants.


Forest dark [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Nicole Krauss.

cover imageJules Epstein, a man whose drive, avidity, and outsized personality have, for sixty-eight years, been a force to be reckoned with, is undergoing a metamorphosis. In the wake of his parents' deaths, his divorce from his wife of more than thirty years, and his retirement from the New York legal firm where he was a partner, he's felt an irresistible need to give away his possessions, alarming his children and perplexing the executor of his estate. With the last of his wealth, he travels to Israel, with a nebulous plan to do something to honor his parents. In Tel Aviv, he is sidetracked by a charismatic American rabbi planning a reunion for the descendants of King David who insists that Epstein is part of that storied dynastic line. He also meets the rabbi's beautiful daughter who convinces Epstein to become involved in her own project, a film about the life of David being shot in the desert, with life-changing consequences.


Murder on the Orient Express [sound recording (CD)] / Agatha Christie.

cover imageA new recording of the most widely read mystery of all time, performed by Kenneth Branagh. Now a major motion picture from Twentieth Century Fox, and directed by Kenneth Branagh. Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.


The rise and fall of D.O.D.O. [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland.

cover imageWhen Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. Something about the modern world "jams" the "frequencies" used by magic, and it's up to Tristan to find out why. And so the Department of Diachronic Operations (D.O.D.O.) gets cracking on its real mission: to develop a device that can bring magic back and send Diachronic Operatives back in time to keep it alive.


The Strawberry Hearts Diner [sound recording (CD)] / Carolyn Brown.

cover imageBeing back in Pick, Texas, was not part of Jancy's plan, but now it's beginning to feel like home. When the town is threatened, can she fight for it--knowing she might not stay forever?


The reason you're alive [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Matthew Quick.

cover imageSixty-eight-year-old David has a brain tumor that he attributes to Agent Orange exposure. He wakes up from surgery repeating the name of a Native American soldier whom he was once ordered to discipline, and decides to return something precious he long ago stole from that man.


All true not a lie in it [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Alix Hawley.

cover imageDetermined to create a new "clean" world, Daniel Boone, who was born and raised among Quakers on the colonial American frontier, leads an expansion west across the Appalachians--first as a hunter pursuing abundant wildlife, then as a father looking for a home for his beloved wife and children--which is plagued by brutality, violence and death.


A horse walks into a bar [sound recording (CD)] / by David Grossman ; translated by Jessica Cohen.

cover image"A stand-up comedian recalls some of his darkest moments and traumatic memories from childhood on stage in front of a live audience"-- Provided by publisher.


Arrowood [sound recording (CD)] / Mick Finlay.

cover image1895 London is scared. A killer haunts the city's streets; the poor are hungry; crime bosses are taking control; the police force is stretched to the breaking point. The rich turn to Sherlock Holmes, but the celebrated private detective rarely visits the densely populated streets of South London, where the crimes are sleazier and the people are poorer. In the dark corner of Southwark, victims turn to a man who despises Holmes, his wealthy clientèle and his showy forensic approach to crime: Arrowood--self-taught psychologist, occasional drunkard and private investigator. When a man mysteriously disappears and Arrowood's best lead is viciously stabbed before his eyes, he and his sidekick Barnett face their toughest quest yet: to capture the head of the most notorious gang in London ...


The Lonely Hearts Hotel [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Heather O'Neill.

cover imageWith echoes of The Night Circus, a spellbinding story about two gifted orphans - in love with each other since they can remember - whose childhood talents allow them to rewrite their future.The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a love story with the power of legend. An unparalleled tale of charismatic pianos, invisible dance partners, radicalized chorus girls, drug-addicted musicians, brooding clowns, and an underworld whose economy hinges on the price of a kiss. In a landscape like this, it takes great creative gifts to thwart one's origins. It might also take true love.Two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1910. Before long, their talents emerge: Pierrot is a piano prodigy; Rose lights up even the dreariest room with her dancing and comedy. As they travel around the city performing clown routines, the children fall in love with each other and dream up a plan for the most extraordinary and seductive circus show the world has ever seen. Separated as teenagers, sent off to work as servants during the Great Depression, both descend into the city's underworld, dabbling in sex, drugs and theft in order to survive. But when Rose and Pierrot finally reunite beneath the snowflakes - after years of searching and desperate poverty - the possibilities of their childhood dreams are renewed, and they'll go to extreme lengths to make them come true. Soon, Rose, Pierrot and their troupe of clowns and chorus girls have hit New York, commanding the stage as well as the alleys, and neither the theater nor the underworld will ever look the same.With her musical language and extravagantly realized world, Heather O'Neill enchants us with a novel so magical there is no escaping its spell.


Emma in the night [sound recording (CD)] / Wendy Walker.

cover imageOne night five years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn't add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister's return might just be the beginning of the crime.


Of mess and moxie [sound recording (CD)] : wrangling delight out of this wild and glorious life / Jen Hatmaker.

cover imageJen Hatmaker believes backbone is the birthright of every woman. Women have been demonstrating resiliency and resolve since forever. They have incredibly strong shoulders to bear loss, hope, grief, and vision. She laughs at the days to come is how the ancient wisdom writings put it. Jen parlays her own triumphs and tragedies into a sigh of relief for all normal, fierce women everywhere who, like her, sometimes hide in the car eating crackers but also want to get back up and get back out, to live undaunted 'in the moment' no matter what the moments hold.


The wages of sin [sound recording (CD)] / Kaite Welsh.

cover imageDetermined to become a doctor despite the misgivings of her family and society, Sarah Gilchrist turns to one of the Edinburgh's ramshackle charitable hospitals for the training she is all but refused as a medical student at University of Edinburgh. When Lucy, one of Sarah's patients, turns up in the university dissecting room as a battered corpse, Sarah finds herself drawn into a murky underworld of bribery, brothels, and body snatchers. Painfully aware of just how little separates her own life from that of her former patient's, Sarah is determined to find out what happened to Lucy and bring those responsible for her death to justice.


A conspiracy in Belgravia [sound recording (CD)] / Sherry Thomas.

cover imageLady Ingram, wife of Charlotte's dear friend and benefactor, wants Sherlock Holmes to find her first love, who failed to show up at their annual rendezvous. Matters of loyalty and discretion aside, the case becomes even more personal for Charlotte as the missing man is none other than Myron Finch, her illegitimate half brother.


Death need not be fatal [sound recording (CD)] / Malachy McCourt and Brian McDonald.

cover imageBefore he runs out of time, Irish bon vivant MALACHY MCCOURT shares his views on death - sometimes hilarious and often poignant - and on what will or won't happen after his last breath is drawn. In his book, DEATH NEED NOT BE FATAL, McCourt explores the role death has played and continues to play in his life and in the world. From the dead babies and starving children in the Limerick of his childhood, to Angela's famous ashes, to the deaths of McCourt's brothers Frank and Mike - and McCourt's own impending demise - the Grim Reaper has been a constant companion and reminder of what is important, and what's not.McCourt writes that, as he draws closer to death, his perception of death has become crystal clear. When it occurs, he does not plan to pass away, pass on, or cross over. He's not going to make the supreme sacrifice or come to an untidy end; he is not going to be laid to rest, meet his maker, or go to his eternal reward. He is not going to breath his last, bite the dust, kick the bucket, or buy the farm; he's not going to turn up his toes, join the silent majority, become a landowner, take a dirt nap, push up daisies, play a harp, take a taxi, give up his ghost, feed the worms, enter the sweet hereafter, or shuffle off the mortal coil. He plans to die.


Pieces of happiness [sound recording (CD)] : a novel of friendship, hope and chocolate / by Anne Ostby.

cover image""I've planted my feet on Fijian earth and I intend to stay here until the last sunset. Why don't you join me? Leave behind everything that didn't work out!" When Sina, Maya, Ingrid, and Lisbeth each receive a letter in the mail posing the same question, the answer is obvious. Their old high school friend Kat--Kat the adventurer, Kat who ran away to the South Pacific as soon as they graduated--has extended the invitation of a lifetime: Come live with me on my cocoa farm in Fiji. Come spend the days eating chocolate and gabbing like teenagers once again, free from men, worries, and cold. Come grow old in paradise, together, as sisters. Who could say no? Now in their sixties, the friends have all but resigned themselves to the cards they've been dealt. There's Sina, a single mom with financial woes; gentle Maya who feels the world slipping away from her; Ingrid, the perennial loner; Lisbeth, a woman with a seemingly picture-perfect life; and then Kat, who is recently widowed. As they adjust to their new lives together, the friends are watched over by Ateca, Kat's longtime housekeeper, who oftentimes knows the women better than they know themselves and recognizes them for what they are: like "a necklace made of shells: from the same beach but all of them different." Surrounded by an azure-blue ocean, cocoa trees, and a local culture that is fascinatingly, joyfully alien, the friends find a new purpose in starting a business making chocolate: bittersweet, succulent pieces of happiness."-- Provided by publisher.


Letters to a young writer [sound recording (CD)] : some practical and philosophical advice / Colum McCann.

cover imageIntriguing and inspirational, this audiobook is a call to look outward rather than inward. McCann asks his readers to constantly push the boundaries of experience, to see empathy and wonder in the stories we craft and hear. A paean to the power of language, both by argument and by example, Letters to a Young Writer is fierce and honest in its testament to the bruises delivered by writing as both a profession and a calling. It charges aspiring writers to learn the rules and even break them. These fifty-two essays are ultimately a profound challenge to a new generation to bring truth and light to a dark world through their art.


World, chase me down [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Andrew Hilleman.

cover imageOnce the most wanted man in America, Pat Crowe is a forgotten folk hero who captivated the nation as an outlaw for economic justice. World, Chase Me Down resurrects him, telling the electrifying story of the first great crime of the last century: how in 1900 the out-of-work former butcher kidnapped the teenage son of Omaha's wealthiest meatpacking tycoon for a ransom of $25,000 in gold, and then burgled, safe-cracked, and bond-jumped his way across the country and beyond, inciting a manhunt that was dubbed "the thrill of the nation" and a showdown in the court of public opinion between the haves and have-nots--all the while plotting a return to the woman he never stopped loving.


The night ocean [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Paul La Farge.

cover image"From the award-winning author and New Yorker contributor, a riveting novel about secrets and scandals, psychiatry and pulp fiction, inspired by the lives of H.P. Lovecraft and his circle. Marina Willett, M.D., has a problem. Her husband, Charlie, has become obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft, in particular with one episode in the legendary horror writer's life: In the summer of 1934, the "old gent" lived for two months with a gay teenage fan named Robert Barlow, at Barlow's family home in central Florida. What were the two of them up to? Were they friends--or something more? Just when Charlie thinks he's solved the puzzle, a new scandal erupts, and he disappears. The police say it's suicide. Marina is a psychiatrist, and she doesn't believe them. A tour-de-force of storytelling, The Night Ocean follows the lives of some extraordinary people: Lovecraft, the most influential American horror writer of the 20th century, whose stories continue to win new acolytes, even as his racist views provoke new critics; Barlow, a seminal scholar of Mexican culture who killed himself after being blackmailed for his homosexuality (and who collaborated with Lovecraft on the beautiful story "The Night Ocean"); his student, future Beat writer William S. Burroughs; and L.C. Spinks, a kindly Canadian appliance salesman and science-fiction fan -- the only person who knows the origins of The Erotonomicon, purported to be the intimate diary of Lovecraft himself. As a heartbroken Marina follows her missing husband's trail in an attempt to learn the truth, the novel moves across the decades and along the length of the continent, from a remote Ontario town, through New York and Florida to Mexico City. The Night Ocean is about love and deception -- about the way that stories earn our trust, and betray it"-- Provided by publisher.


The dark net [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Benjamin Percy.

cover imageThe Dark Net is real. An anonymous and often criminal arena that exists in the secret far reaches of the Web, some use it to manage Bitcoins, pirate movies and music, or traffic in drugs and stolen goods. And now an ancient darkness is gathering there as well. This force is threatening to spread virally into the real world unless it can be stopped by members of a ragtag crew. Set in present-day Portland, The Dark Net is a cracked-mirror version of the digital nightmare we already live in, a timely and wildly imaginative techno-thriller about the evil that lurks in real and virtual spaces, and the power of a united few to fight back.


Erotic stories for Punjabi widows [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Balli Kaur Jaswal.

cover imageNikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a "creative writing" course to widows in London's Punjabi community. But when the widows' gossip offer shocking insights into the death of a young wife--a modern woman like Nikki--it sparks a scandal that threatens them all.


Coming to my senses [sound recording (CD)] : the making of a counterculture cook / Alice Waters.

cover imageAlice retraces the events that led her to 1517 Shattuck Avenue and the tumultuous times that emboldened her to find her own voice as a cook when the prevailing food culture was embracing convenience and uniformity. Moving from a repressive suburban upbringing to Berkeley in 1964 at the height of the Free Speech Movement and campus unrest, she was drawn into a bohemian circle of charismatic figures whose views on design, politics, film, and food would ultimately inform the unique culture on which Chez Panisse was founded.


Real love [sound recording (CD)] : the art of mindful connection / Sharon Salzberg.

cover imageReal Love is a creative tool kit of mindfulness exercises and meditation techniques that help you to truly engage with your present experience and create deeper love relationships with yourself, your partner, friends and family, and with life itself. Sharon Salzberg, a leading expert in Lovingkindness meditation, encourages us to strip away layers of negative habits and obstacles, helping us to experience authentic love based on direct experience, rather than preconceptions. Across three sections, Sharon explains how to dispel cultural and emotional habits, and direct focused care and attention to recapture the essence of what it is to love and be loved.


The kiss [sound recording (CD)] / James Patterson and Jill Dembowski.

cover imageFor the first time in their lives, Wisty and Whit Allgood find themselves at odds as Wisty is drawn to a mysterious and magical stranger named Heath.


The Lost [sound recording (CD)] / by James Patterson and Emily Raymond.

cover imageWhit and Wisty Allgood have fought and defeated their world's most pernicious threats: the evil dictator, The One Who Is The One, as well as his wicked father and son. But just as the heroic witch and wizard start to settle into their new roles in governance, a deadly crime wave grips their city, with all signs pointing to a magical mastermind every bit as powerful and heartless as The One. Now the siblings find themselves persecuted as the city turns against all those who possess magic. They're questioning everything, including each other and their abilities. Can they confront the citizens' growing hostility and their own doubts in time to face the new enemy barreling toward their gates?


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 [sound recording (CD)] / 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.


The western star [sound recording (CD)] / Craig Johnson.

cover imageSheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after a weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a younger sheriff confronts him with a photograph of twenty-five armed men standing in front of a Challenger steam locomotive. It takes him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, then-deputy Walt accompanied his mentor Lucian to the annual Wyoming Sheriff's Association junket held on the excursion train known as the Western Star, which ran the length of Wyoming from Cheyenne to Evanston and back. Armed with his trusty Colt. 45 and a paperback of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, the young Walt was ill-prepared for the machinations of twenty-four veteran sheriffs, let alone the cavalcade of curious characters that accompanied them. The photograph--along with an upcoming parole hearing for one of the most dangerous men Walt has encountered in a lifetime of law enforcement--hurtles the sheriff into a head-on collision of past and present, placing him and everyone he cares about squarely on the tracks of runaway revenge.


Dark in death [sound recording (CD)] / J. D. Robb.

cover imageWhen a young woman is brutally murdered while attending a screening of "Psycho" at Times Square, Eve Dallas is contacted by a writer of crime fiction who recognizes the case, and other recent killings, from storylines in her books.


Iron gold [sound recording (CD)] / Pierce Brown.

cover imageTen years after the events of Morning Star, Darrow and the Rising are battling the remaining Gold loyalist forces and are closer than ever to abolishing the color-coded caste system of Society for good. But new foes will emerge from the shadows to threaten the imperfect victory Darrow and his friends have earned.


Home sweet murder [sound recording (CD)] / James Patterson.

cover imageTwo true crime thrillers that inspired the Investigation Discovery series!


Look for me [sound recording (CD)] / Lisa Gardner.

cover imageWhen a sixteen-year-old girl, whose family has been murdered, goes missing, Detective D.D. Warren and Flora Dane investigate.


Down the river unto the sea [sound recording (CD)] / Walter Mosley.

cover imagePI Joe King Oliver, once one of the NYPD's finest investigators, realizes that he has no choice but to take his own case: figuring out who on the force wanted him disposed of--and why.


Children of the fleet [sound recording (CD)] / Orson Scott Card.

cover imageDabeet Ochoa is a very smart kid. He's top of his class in every school, but he doesn't think he has a chance at Fleet School, because he has no connections to the Fleet. But then Colonel Graff arrives at his school for an interview, and everything changes.


Right where we belong [sound recording (CD)] / Brenda Novak.

cover imageSavanna Gray needs a do-over. Her "perfect" life unraveled when, to her absolute shock, her husband was arrested for attacking three women. With her divorce settled, she takes her two children to Silver Springs to seek refuge between the walls of a farmhouse her late father had planned to renovate. Gavin Turner understands the struggle of starting over. He steps up when Savanna needs help fixing things--even when those things go beyond the farmhouse.


Promise not to tell [sound recording (CD)] / by Jayne Ann Krentz.

cover imageAfter one of her artists sends her a painting before apparently taking her own life, Seattle gallery owner Virginia teams with private investigator Cabot Sutter to catch the true killer and uncover the truth about the cult they were a part of as children.


Shroud of eternity [sound recording (CD)] : sister of darkness / 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.


The Vanity Fair diaries [sound recording (CD)] : 1983-1992 / Tina Brown.

cover imageTina Brown kept delicious daily diaries throughout her eight spectacular years as editor in chief of Vanity Fair. Today they provide an incendiary portrait of the flash and dash and power brokering of the Excessive Eighties in New York and Hollywood.


The wife [sound recording (CD)] : a novel / Alafair Burke.

cover imageMarrying an economics professor she met while catering an East Hampton dinner party, Angela finds her tragic past coming under scrutiny at the same time she is asked to defend her husband against wrongful accusations.


DVDs (Fiction)

The silence of the lambs

cover imageA young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.


The Goonies

cover imageGoonies (1985, 1 hr., 54 min..): Join the Goonies as they outwit and outrun the bad guys in their search for a long-lost pirate ship and its golden treasure.


Heathcliff.

cover imageHeathcliff, the crazy comic cat, rules the neighborhood with an iron paw and a tender heart.


Blade of the immortal

cover imageManji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine.


The sinner.

cover imageThe story follows a young mother who, when on a day trip with her husband and son, commits a startling act of violence and, to her horror, has no idea why. The event launches an inverted and utterly surprising crime thriller whose driving force is not the 'who' or the 'what,' but the 'why.' When an investigator finds himself obsessed with uncovering the woman's buried motive, together they travel a harrowing journey into the depths of her psyche.


Westworld.

cover imageA dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, not matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. No rules, no laws, no judgment. Live without limits.


A girl like me

Gwen Araujo, a male-to-female transgendered teen, is brutally beaten and killed by a group of young men. Gwen's mother and her community are left to grieve and to make sense of this violent act.


Avatar

cover imageThe journey continues with the all-new Avatar extended collector's edition. See more, feel more, experience more of James Cameron's spectacular world of Avatar with the all-new three hour extended cut of the film with an alternate opening and over eight hours of never-before-seen materials.


Doc Martin.

cover imageIn these all-new episodes, the doctor continues his practice in the picturesque seaside town of Portwenn, while raising his son with wife Louisa.


Detective Montalbano :

cover imageDetective Salvo Montalbano solves crimes in the town of Vigata, crossing paths with Mafia dons, priests, housewives, liars and saints.


Archer

cover imageSterling Archer, the world's most dangerous spy, and his snarky ISIS cohorts are back for another outrageously raunchy season of international espionage and hilarious inter-office intrigue! When he's not busy foiling eco-terrorist threats, tracking down mysterious killers, or having sex in x-ray machines, the suave master spy has his hands full with bikini-clad ninjas, Swiss nymphomaniacs, and paternity suits.


Law abiding citizen

cover imageClyde Shelton is an upstanding family man whose wife and daughter were brutally murdered during a home invasion. When the killers are caught, Nick Rice, a hotshot young Philadelphia prosecutor, is assigned to the case. Against his will, Nick is forced to offer one of the suspects a light sentence in exchange for testifying against his accomplice. Fast forward ten years. The man who got away with murder is found dead and Clyde Shelton coolly admits his guilt. Then he issues a warning to Nick: either fix the flawed justice system, or key players in the trial will die. Soon Shelton follows through on his threats, orchestrating from his jail cell a string of spectacularly diabolical assassinations that can be neither predicted nor prevented. Nick finds himself in a desperate race against time facing a deadly adversary who always seems to be one step ahead.


The good night

cover imageGary Sheller is caught in a mid-life crisis: dead-end job, depressing life and a deteriorating relationship with his girlfriend, Dora. That is, until he meets Anna, the girl of his dreams. Able to see her only while asleep, Gary seeks out an expert on lucid dreaming techniques who agrees to help Gary carry on the most satisfying relationship of his life. But as Gary continues to shun reality, his waking life troubles only worsen.


The ballad of Lefty Brown

cover imageSet in the vast, desolate plains of Montana, it is an ode to the traditional revenge western. When famed frontier lawman and Montana's first elected senator Eddie Johnson is brutally murdered, his longtime sidekick and friend, Lefty Brown, will stop at nothing to avenge his death.


Roman J. Israel, Esq.

cover imageDenzel Washington stars as Roman Israel, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis that leads to extreme action.


Existenz

cover imageDuring a demonstration of a new virtual reality game called eXistenZ, the system's designer is violently attacked. The action explodes as the world's real-life dangers begin to merge with the fantasy of the game.


Stephen King's Riding the bullet

cover imageAlan is a young college student who is trying to get home to see his mother. She has just had a stroke and is in the hospital, and Alan has this underlying fear that he needs to get to her in case she passes away. So, Alan embarks on a 100 mile hitchhike. Along the way, he must confront his many demons - both living and dead - and in the end Alan must make the ultimate choice that will mean life or death for him and his mother.


The stray

cover imageA struggling family allows their oldest son to adopt a stray dog even though it may cause more hardship, but Pluto the wonder dog more than proves his worth during a shocking turn of events.


24 hours to live

cover imageCIA agent who sacrifices everything for his employers, including his family and, ultimately, his own life. No sooner has he shuffled off this mortal coil, though, than he finds himself mysteriously resurrected for one last mission that's timed to last exactly 24 hours. Once the countdown clock embedded in his arm reaches zero, he'll once again nod off into an eternal slumber if he hasn't completed his task.


LBJ

cover imageThe story of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson from his young days in West Texas to the White House.


Homeland.

cover image"Now living in New York City, Carrie gets swept up in the aftereffects of the U.S. presidential election as she struggles to deal with an injury-ravaged Peter Quinn and an increasingly suspicious Saul Berenson. When the president-elect battles the CIA during her transition to power, Carrie finds herself caught in the crossfire..." -- Container.


I do... until I don't

cover imageAn ensemble comedy about the meaning of matrimony.


Walking out

cover imageAn urban teenager journeys to Montana to hunt big game with his estranged father. Father and son struggle to connect, until a brutal encounter in the heart of the wilderness changes everything.


Taboo.

cover imageDanger-courting excursionist James Delaney returns to London in 1814 in order to attend his father's funeral. He not only inherit his notorious father's shipping empire, but all the enemies and debts created by his father's dubious dealings.


All I see is you

cover imageA blind woman's relationship with her husband changes when she regains her sight and discovers disturbing details about themselves.


Enter the dragon

cover imageA master martial artist is sent by British intelligence to the island fortress of a criminal warlord, whose martial arts academy also serves as a front for opium-smuggling and prostitution rings.


A bad moms Christmas

cover imageFollows three underappreciated and overburdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. If creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn't hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers.


A bad moms Christmas

cover imageFollows three underappreciated and overburdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. If creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn't hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers.


Only the brave

cover imageBased on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire.


Suburbicon

cover imageA peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns, the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. The tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge must navigate the town's dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices.


Suspect zero

cover imageAn FBI agent pursues a man who himself is chasing Suspect Zero, the ultimate serial killer so mysterious, they're unsure whether he actually exists.


8 heads in a duffel bag

cover imageHit man Tommy Spinelli has 24 hours to deliver a bag of 8 "former associates" to an angry mob boss in San Diego. But when Charlie, a fellow passenger on his flight, mistakenly takes the bag, the heads go to Baja. When Charlie discovers the bag's horrific contents, he desperately tries to get the bag back to the border.


Dungeons & dragons

cover imagePrincess Savina inherits the throne and the royal scepter, which has the power to command dragons. She decides all people should be equal. This doesn't sit well with Profion who leads a revolt against her.


Underworld.

cover imageWhen human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrioress Selene leads the battle against humankind.


Final destination

cover imageAfter being kicked off the plane because of his disruptive premonition, Alex and some of his classmates watch as the premonition comes true. Now having dodged death once, the terror begins in full as fate hunts them down one-by-one.


Nothing but trouble

cover imageA ghoulish comedy wherein a wrong turn sends two yuppies into Valkenvania, the Twilight Zone of speed traps.


Gone

cover imageThree attorneys travel to Manila to defend a multi-national corporation accused of spilling hazardous waste. Instead, they meet their fate in the last days of the Earth. When the Rapture strikes, they are forced to size up the world, humanity and God.


Left behind

cover imageOn an overseas flight to London a journalist, Buck Williams, and a pilot, Rayford Steele, are caught in the middle of the most incredible event in history. Suddenly, without warning, dozens of passengers simply vanish into thin air. As chaos and anarchy engulf the world, both men set out on vastly different paths in a desperate search for answers.


Goodbye Christopher Robin

cover imageWhen author A.A. Milne creates the Winnie-the-Pooh books after World War I, their success comes at a price for the author and his family.


Zoo.

cover imageThe year is now 2027 and the world has reached a tipping point! The human population continues to dwindle due to the sterility problem and a devastating threat rises in the form of "the hybrids," an army of unstoppable lab-made creatures who are hellbent on destroying mankind. Although the team has become estranged over the past decade, Jackson, Jamie, Abraham, Dariela and Logan are forced to overcome their differences and reunite when they learn that Mitch is alive.


How the Garcia girls spent their summer

cover imageIn the summer heat of a small Arizona border town, sparks fly for three generations of women. 17-year-old Blanca discovers romance for the first time with the new bad boy in town. Lolita, her mother, had hit a dry spell until the husband of one of her customers husband pays her a visit. Blanca's grandmother, Doña Genoveva enlists her gardener Don Pedro to give her driving lessons and learns about more than cars in the process.


God's own country

cover imageSpring. Yorkshire. Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path. --From container.


Tyler Perry's Boo 2!

cover imageMadea, Bam, and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and the group must run for their lives when monsters, goblins, and the boogeyman are unleashed.


Last flag flying

cover imageThirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry "Doc" Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.


Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

cover imageThe story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, the polyamorous relationship between his wife and his mistress, the creation of his beloved comic book character Wonder Woman, and the controversy the comic generated.


Mothers and daughters

cover imagePhotographer Rigby Gray captures uplifting stories of motherhood, inspiring a decision even she wouldn't expect.


Denzel Washington triple feature

cover imageDevil in a blue dress: Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins is a decorated war hero who returns home to work as a private eye. His job of finding a missing socialite puts him between the white power elite and the vibrant black community of Central Avenue. As soon as Easy and his trigger-happy friend Mouse find Daphne Monet, trouble follows.


Rush hour 1 & 2

cover imageRush hour: A wise-cracking cop from L.A. and a high-flying cop from Hong Kong join forces to track down a kidnapper.


The last word

cover imageEvan is a professional author of suicide notes. He meets with his clients, gets a sense of what they want, then asks them to keep a journal of their thoughts for a few weeks. Then Evan produces a poetic, client-customized suicide note. When Evan attends the funeral of a client, his sister Charlotte follows him out of the service and asks him if he was a friend of her brother's. Evan lies, stating that he went to Cornell with him. Soon he and Charlotte are dating. Trouble ensues when Evan eats dinner at Charlotte's house with the whole surviving family firing questions at him. Meanwhile, Evan's newest client, Abel, is an acerbic misanthrope who has a death wish. The two develop an unlikely bond. There are some extremely touching exchanges between the two as they work on Abel's farewell. Things get complicated between Evan and Charlotte since he has to go to increasingly absurd lengths to conceal his true occupation and the real reason that he knew her brother.


Masked and anonymous

cover imageUncle Sweetheart is an unscrupulous concert promoter who has figured out a way to cash in on the feelings of doubt and uncertainty that plague his nation. Sweetheart has decided he will stage a massive benefit concert, with the monies going to Sweetheart instead of charity. Sweetheart hires television producer Nina Veronica to help promote the show and sell it as a nation-wide event, while Sweetheart pulls a few strings to arrange for the perfect headliner, Jack Fate.


Fire in the sky

cover imageIn 1975, logger Travis Walton and his co-workers discovered a hovering UFO. Walton's pals fled, but Walton was not so fortunate. Whisked aboard the strange aircraft, he was subjected to a painful, unearthly medical study.


Power.

cover imageSeason three finds James St. Patrick as the owner of new nightclubs, out of the drug game, and in a rekindled relationship with his first love, Angela--the AUSA sworn to bring him to justice. But just as they begin to believe James' past criminal persona of 'Ghost' may finally be behind them, both are forced to face the consequences of running from a life from which no one gets away clean.


Power.

cover imageA drama straddling the glamorous Manhattan lifestyles of the rich and infamous and the underworld of the international drug trade. Season Two will pick up where it left off: James "Ghost" St. Patrick doubling down on his drug business to save his nightclub and dream of a legitimate future. Ghost's work troubles pale in comparison to juggling his relationship with his wife, Tasha, and his first love Angela, who's also an AUSA investigating his drug organization.


Geostorm

cover imageDestruction, action and violence.


Thank you for your service

cover imageFollows Sergeant Adam Schumann as he and his fellow soldiers struggle with memories of the Iraq War as they integrate back into family and civilian life.


Veep.

cover imageThe show follows Meyer and her staff as they attempt to make their mark and leave a lasting legacy, without getting tripped up in the day-to-day political games that define Washington.


The Maltese falcon

cover imageDetective Sam Spade goes in search of a priceless statuette after the death of his partner.


Life unexpected.

cover imageFollows foster care teen Lux Cassidy, who, in hopes of gaining emancipation, tracks down her birth parents: Baze, the father who never knew she existed, and Cate, the former teen mom who put her up for adoption. But when Lux's plan backfires and a judge places her in the custody of Cate and Baze, the three must learn how to be a family.


One Tree Hill.

cover imageTree Hill is a small town. Half-brothers Lucas and Nathan Scott have the same father, but live two very different lives. Nathan is the golden boy, Lucas the abandoned illegitimate son. They are both on the same high school basketball team. Chronicles the heartbreak, challenges, lies and loves that erupt from the fateful new relationship between Lucas and Nathan. Given their pasts, the boys would have a hard enough time working together. Add in the romantic complications engendered by three beautiful girls.


They shoot horses, don't they?

cover imageSet The lives of a disparate group of contestants intertwine in an inhumanely grueling dance marathon during the Great Depression.


Touch.

cover imageMartin's pursuit of the truth leads him to the West Coast. There, the deepening mystery explodes into a multi-faceted conspiracy involving a cult known as the Righteous 36, the CEO of a sinister corporation, one of the company's former officers, a deranged ex-priest, and the mother of a child who may prove instrumental in deciphering the code.



The Doctor Blake mysteries.

cover imageThe continuing story of Dr. Lucien Blake as he practices medicine and investigates murder in 1950s rural Australia.


Bron =

cover imageWhen a famous Danish gender activist and owner of Copenhagens first gender-neutral children's nursery is found murdered in Malmö, Saga is assigned to the case, together with a new colleague. The murder sparks the beginning of a series of spectacular crimes reaching back into Saga's own past.


My entire high school sinking into the sea

cover imageDash and his best friend Assaf are preparing for another year at Tides High School muckraking on behalf of their widely distributed but little-read school newspaper, edited by their friend Verti. But just when a blossoming relationship between Assaf and Verti threatens to destroy the boys' friendship, Dash learns of the administration's cover-up that puts all the students in danger.


Aquarius

cover imageClara, a vibrant former music critic, avid swimmer, grandmother, cancer survivor, willing lover and widow with flowing tresses, is the only remaining apartment owner in a gracious older building targeted for demolition by ruthless luxury high-rise developers. As the builders tactics to remove Clara become increasingly hostile, Clara proves to be a force to be reckoned with.


The little hours

cover imageA young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns in the Middle Ages. Introduced as a deaf blind man, he must fight to hold his cover as the nuns try to resist temptation.


Gangster Land

cover imageWith a backdrop of the roaring 1920s, the Italian and Irish mobs bloody the streets of Chicago during the infamous gangland wars. Al Capone, and his Machine Gunner Jack McGurn, take on Bugs Moran and the Irish mob in a battle that culminates with the Valentine's Day Massacre.


The killing of a sacred deer

cover imageSteven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.


Cook off!

cover imageAmateur 'chefs' from around the country compete for a million dollar prize in the ultimate food fight.


Thank you for your service

cover imageFollows Sergeant Adam Schumann as he and his fellow soldiers struggle with memories of the Iraq War as they integrate back into family and civilian life.


Twin Peaks

cover imagePicks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered.


Chasing the dragon

cover imageA dramatization of the real-life story of drug kingpin known as Crippled Ho, from his arrival in 1963 Hong Kong as an illegal immigrant through his rise in the drug trade and his dealings with the corrupt police, including the infamous detective Lee Rock.


Raising Jeffrey Dahmer

cover image"Raising Jeffrey Dahmer is a story about a father's continual love for his son during one of the most shocking serial killing sprees in history. After Jeffrey's arrest, their lives upended by rumors, innuendo and intrusive media attention, the members of Dahmer's family painfully try to piece together what led to Jeffrey's cold-blooded crimes."--Container.


About last night-- ;St. Elmo's fire

cover imageAbout last night: After drinks at a favorite Chicago hang-out, Danny Martin and Debbie Sullivan head to Danny's place to indulge in the single's quest--the one-night-stand. Danny and Debbie wind up living together and amidst the daily drudge of domestic life, they begin to realize that making love is easy, saying "I love you" more difficult, and being in love the hardest of all. St. Elmo's Fire: Seven friends, recent college graduates, search for a place in the real world and face the issues of career and commitment. Against the backdrop of St. Elmo's, their local hang-out, they save, betray and love each one another as only the closest of friends can.


DVDs (Non Fiction)

Chely Wright

cover imageOver a three-year period, filmmakers Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopf followed Chely's struggle - some of which was recorded on private video diaries - and her unfolding plan to come out publicly. Using interviews with Chely, her family, key players in Nashville and her management team, the film goes deep into Chely's back story as an established country music star and then forward in verite scenes as she prepares to step into the media glare to reveal that she is gay. Finally, the film chronicles the aftermath of that decision in Nashville, her hometown and within the LGBT community.


The story of us

cover image"Morgan Freeman takes viewers on a global journey to meet with people from different cultures whose lives are shaped in surprising ways, and to explore themes that unite us all. At a time when global events seem to be driving cultures apart, this series aims to reveal the common humanity that lies inside each one of us. Each episode explores a single fundamental force or topic: freedom, peace, love, social division, power, and rebellion."--Container.


Earth

cover imageAn astonishing journey revealing the awesome power of the natural world. Over the course of one single day, we track the sun from the highest mountains to the remotest islands to exotic jungles. Breakthroughs in filmmaking technology bring you up close with a cast of unforgettable characters. Told with humor, intimacy and a jaw-dropping sense of cinematic splendor.


Core rhythms dance exercise program.

cover image3-DVD set packed with fat-blasting workouts and dance instruction.


Pilates for life

cover imageCertified Pilates instructor Amy Brown provides an easy-to-follow routine that will provide amazing results. This DVD features a 20-minute beginner level as well as a 20-minute intermediate level.


The party's over

cover imageThis documentary examines how the American political process addresses, and often fails to address, the country's most pressing issues. The film follows Philip Seymour Hoffman as a concerned citizen on an uncensored journey of politics in America.


Core rhythms dance exercise program

cover imageA Latin dance exercise program that will speed-shrink your waistline and sculpt a lean, sexy body.


Core rhythms dance exercise program

A Latin dance exercise program. Includes front and back views.


Dancing with the stars

cover imageShed countless pounds and inches with three fun routines: a sizzling Latin combo, a jazzy-funk Freestyle, and a tantalizing Tango. Pro dancers Lacey, Kym, and Dmitry teach viewers how to dance like a star as they shrink their waistline and sculpt lean muscle. Each exhilarating workout includes easy-to-follow steps that gradually develop into complete, body-sculpting routines.


Hungry for change

cover imageFrom the creators of the best-selling documentary Food Matters comes another hard-hitting film certain to change everything you thought you know about food and nutrition. It exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industries don't want you to know about deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what's keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever.


Wal-Mart

cover imageLooks at the effect Wal-Mart stores have on local businesses, their employees' economic status, the rights of women and minorities as Wal-Mart Associates, the lack of environmental responsibility by Wal-Mart starting with corporate headquarters on down, and the exploitation of Chinese and Bangladesh workers. Shows that Wal-Mart has concern for its own profits by heavy in-store security but well-known lack of security in their parking lots which have an inordinate amount of crime. Gives some case studies of activist groups that have won some victories for the workers and have prevented construction of Wal-Mart stores in various communities.


Manolo

cover imageDocumentary chronicling the life and career of shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, whose styles are the standard in the world of fashion and celebrity. Features commentary by Blahnik and top names in the fashion and entertainment industries.


Adrian Legg

cover imageAdrian Legg takes an in-depth look at some of the more intriguing open tunings for acoustic guitar plus a variety of trailblazing effects.


Turning points in American history

cover imageTurning Points in American History is your chance to relive the most powerful and groundbreaking moments in the fascinating story of the United States of America. These 48 lectures, delivered by masterful historian and dynamic Professor Edward T. O'Donnell of College of the Holy Cross, offer you a different perspective on the sweeping narrative of U.S. history. Spanning the arrival of the first English colonists to the chaos of the Civil War to the birth of the computer age and beyond, this course is a captivating and comprehensive tour of those particular moments in the story of America, after which the nation would never be the same again.



Yoga for beginners II

cover imageContemporary, easy-to-follow approach to hatha yoga. Learn basic moves including standing, seated, inverted and relaxation poses.