Pulitzers Just Announced!

April 14, 2014

This year’s Pulitzer Awards for excellence in journalism and the arts have just been announced.  Click here for the main announcements page.

We own all of the literary awards except the poetry prize winner. I am reproducing those below.

 

FICTION

Tartt, Donna.  The Goldfinch.  Little, Brown, and Company, 2013. 

The goldfinch

The author of the classic bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel. A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend’s family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld. Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America, and a drama of almost unbearable acuity and power. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art”– Provided by publisher.

 

 

 

HISTORY

Taylor, Alan. The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832. W. W. Norton & Company, 2013.    

The internal enemy : slavery and war in Virginia, 1772-1832

 

Drawn from new sources, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian presents a gripping narrative that recreates the events that inspired hundreds of slaves to pressure British admirals into becoming liberators by using their intimate knowledge of the countryside to transform the war.

 

 

 

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

Marshall, Megan. Margaret Fuller: A New American Life.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. 

Margaret Fuller : a new American life

Explores the life and career of the 19th-century American journalist, intellectual, and advocate of personal liberation.
The author tells the story of how Fuller, tired of Boston, accepted Horace Greeley’s offer to be the New-York Tribune’s front-page columnist. The move unleashed a crusading concern for the urban poor and the plight of prostitutes, and a late-in-life hunger for passionate experience. In Italy as a foreign correspondent, Fuller took a secret lover, a young officer in the Roman Guard; she wrote dispatches on the brutal 1849 Siege of Rome; and she gave birth to a son. Yet, when all three died in a shipwreck off Fire Island shortly after Fuller‘s fortieth birthday, the sense and passion of her life‘s work were eclipsed by tragedy and scandal. Marshall’s inspired account brings anAmerican heroine back to indelible life. –from inside jacket.

GENERAL NON-FICTION

Fagin, Dan. Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation. Bantam Books, 2013. 
Toms River : a story of science and salvation
Recounts the decades-long saga of the New Jersey seaside town plagued by childhood cancers caused by air and water pollution due to the indiscriminate dumping of toxic chemicals.

If you’re a fan of The Office,  B. J. Novak needs no introduction as an actor, but as an author he is debuting at the number 4 spot on the New York Times hardcover fiction list for Sunday February 23.  His new book One More Thing, a quite long series of quite short essays and vignettes, is full of quirky “insight” into his world. It seems a perfect standby for bus stops and waiting rooms. I have a pristine ARC for the first to comment.

One more thing : stories and other stories

“B.J. Novak’s One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes–only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins–turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We also meet Sophia, the first artificially intelligent being capable of love, who falls for a man who might not be ready for it himself; a vengeance-minded hare, obsessed with scoring a rematch against the tortoise who ruined his life; and post-college friends who try to figure out how to host an intervention in the era of Facebook. Along the way, we learn why wearing a red T-shirt every day is the key to finding love, how February got its name, and why the stock market is sometimes just. down. Finding inspiration in questions from the nature of perfection to the icing on carrot cake, One More Thing has at its heart the most human of phenomena: love, fear, hope, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element that might just make a person complete. Across a dazzling range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, the many pieces in this collection are like nothing else, but they have one thing in common: they share the playful humor, deep heart, sharp eye, inquisitive mind, and altogether electrifying spirit of a writer with a fierce devotion to the entertainment of the reader”– Provided by publisher.

The Reference and User Services Association publishes a list of notables books for adults and we have the title information for 2014, thanks to Terry Beck and Nancy Messenger.  The RUSA website should be publishing these soon as well.  As the site explains,

Since 1944, the goal of the Notable Books Council has been to make available to the nation’s readers a list of 25 very good, very readable, and at times very important fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books for the adult reader.

The list includes some exceptional literature.  I’m posting the fiction and non-fiction here.  Many of these titles are book kits as well, or likely will be soon. I am purchasing at least two copies of the audio of each title if we didn’t already own it and can acquire it. 

FICTION

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi.  Americanah.  Knopf.

Atkinson, Kate.  Life After Life.  Reagan Arthur Books.

Danticat, Edwidge.  Claire of the Sea Light.  Knopf.

Garey, Juliann.  Too  Bright to Hear Too Loud to See. Random House.

Harding, Paul.  Enon.  Random House.

Jansma, Kristopher.  Unchangeable Spots of Leopards. Viking.

Koch, Herman.  The Dinner.  Hogarth.

Marra, Anthony.  Constellation of Vital Phenomena. Hogarth.

Messud, Claire. The Woman Upstairs.  Knopf.

Ozeki, Ruth.  Tale for the Time Being.  Viking.

Tartt, Donna.  Goldfinch.  Little, Brown.

NON-FICTION

Anderson, Scott.  Lawrence in Arabia.  Doubleday.

Baruma, Ian. Year Zero. Penguin.

Basbanes, Nicholas. On Paper: the Everything of its Two-Thousand Year History. Knopf.

Beam, Cris.  To the End of June:  the Intimate Life of American Foster Care. Houghton Mifflin.

Brown, Daniel. Boys in the Boat. Viking.

Fink, Sheri.  Five Days at Memorial. Crown.

Fox, Margalit. The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest. HarperCollins.

Garfield, Simon.  On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks. Gotham Books.

Hilburn, Robert.  Johnny Cash: The Life. Little, Brown.

Koerner, Brendan I.  The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking. Crown.

Morell, Virginia.  Animal Wise.  Crown.

Schlosser, Eric.  Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety. Penguin Press.

Solnit, Rebecca.  The Faraway Nearby. Viking.

Here’s a new batch of book discussion titles courtesy of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation, with more to come.

Defending Jacob : a novelAn edible history of humanityMe before youOrange is the new black : my year in a women's prisonThe round houseThe twelve tribes of Hattie

Defending Jacob by William Landay 

Summary:

Andy Barber has been an ADA in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But after a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

The Dinner by Herman Koch

Summary:

An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives–all over the course of one meal.

An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage

Summary:

The bestselling author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses brilliantly charts how foods have transformed human culture through the ages. Throughout history, food has acted as a catalyst of social change, political organization, geopolitical competition, industrial development, military conflict, and economic expansion. An Edible History of Humanity is a pithy, entertaining account of how a series of changes–caused, enabled, or influenced by food–has helped to shape and transform societies around the world. The first civilizations were built on barley and wheat in the Near East, millet and rice in Asia, corn and potatoes in the Americas. Why farming created a strictly ordered social hierarchy in contrast to the loose egalitarianism of hunter-gatherers is, as Tom Standage reveals, as interesting as the details of the complex cultures that emerged, eventually interconnected by commerce. Trade in exotic spices in particular spawned the age of exploration and the colonization of the New World. Food’s influence over the course of history has been just as prevalent in modern times. In the late eighteenth century, Britain’s solution to food shortages was to industrialize and import food rather than grow it. Food helped to determine the outcome of wars: Napoleon’s rise and fall was intimately connected with his ability to feed his vast armies. In the twentieth century, Communist leaders employed food as an ideological weapon, resulting in the death by starvation of millions in the S oviet Union and China. And today the foods we choose in the supermarket connect us to global debates about trade, development, the environment, and the adoption of new technologies. Encompassing many fields, from genetics and archaeology to anthropology and economics–and invoking food as a special form of technology– An Edible History of Humanity is a fully satisfying discourse on the sweep of human history.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Summary:

“They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose. Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life–steady boyfriend, close family–who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident. Will has always lived a huge life–big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel–and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy–but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. A Love Story for this generation, Me Before Youbrings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common–a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart? “– Provided by publisher.

Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Summary:

NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES – #1 “NEW YORK TIMES “BESTSELLER With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424–one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system. From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance.

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Summary:

National Book Award Winner One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe’s life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared. While his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning. Written with undeniable urgency, and illuminating the harsh realities of contemporary life in a community where Ojibwe and white live uneasily together, The Round House is a brilliant and entertaining novel, a masterpiece of literary fiction. Louise Erdrich embraces tragedy, the comic, a spirit world very much present in the lives of her all-too-human characters, and a tale of injustice that is, unfortunately, an authentic reflection of what happens in our own world today.

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

Summary:

A stunning debut reminiscent of the beloved novels of John Hart and Tom Franklin, A Land More Kind Than Home is a mesmerizing literary thriller about the bond between two brothers and the evil they face in a small western North Carolina town For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when your mother catches you spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is enormously protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can’t help sneaking a look at something he’s not supposed to–an act that will have catastrophic repercussions, shattering both his world and Jess’s. It’s a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he’s not prepared. While there is much about the world that still confuses him, he now knows that a new understanding can bring not only a growing danger and evil–but also the possibility of freedom and deliverance as well. Told by three resonant and evocative characters–Jess; Adelaide Lyle, the town midwife and moral conscience; and Clem Barefield, a sheriff with his own painful past–A Land More Kind Than Home is a haunting tale of courage in the face of cruelty and the power of love to overcome the darkness that lives in us all. These are masterful portrayals, written with assurance and truth, and they show us the extraordinary promise of this remarkable first novel.

A Thousand Pardons by Jonathan Dee

Summary:

What do we really want when we ask for forgiveness? Ben, a partner in a prestigious law firm, has become unpredictable at work and withdrawn at home. The change weighs heavily on his wife, Helen, and their preteen daughter, Sara. Then, in one afternoon, Ben’s recklessness takes an alarming turn, and everything the Armsteads have built together unravels. As she is confronted with the biggest case of her career, the fallout from her marriage, and Sara’s increasingly distant behavior, Helen must face the limits of accountability and her own capacity for forgiveness.

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

Summary:

The newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. The arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction. A debut of extraordinary distinction: Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family. In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. She vows to prepare them for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their later lives, to meet a world that will not love them, a world that will not be kind. Captured here in twelve luminous narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother’s monumental courage and the journey of a nation. Beautiful and devastating, Ayana Mathis’s The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is wondrous from first to last–glorious, harrowing, unexpectedly uplifting, and blazing with life. An emotionally transfixing page-turner, a searing portrait of striving in the face of insurmountable adversity, an indelible encounter with the resilience of the human spirit and the driving force of the American dream.

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The High Druid’s Blade
Brooks, Terry
Legend has it that Paxon Leah is descended from the royals and warriors who once ruled the Highlands and waged war with magical weapons. But those kings, queens, and heroes are long gone, and there is nothing enchanted about the antique sword that hangs above Paxon’s fireplace. Running his family’s modest shipping business, Paxon leads a quiet life–until extraordinary circumstances overturn his simple world . . . and rewrite his destiny.
 
The Bootlegger
Cussler, Clive / Scott, Justin
It is 1920, and both Prohibition and bootlegging are in full swing. When Isaac Bell’s boss and lifelong friend Joseph Van Dorn is shot and nearly killed leading the high-speed chase of a rum-running vessel, Bell swears to himself that he will hunt down the lawbreakers, but he doesn’t know what he is getting into. When a witness to Van Dorn’s shooting is executed in a ruthlessly efficient manner invented by the Russian secret police, it becomes clear that these are no ordinary criminals. Bell is up against a team of Bolshevik assassins and saboteurs–and they are intent on overthrowing the government of the United States.
 
Trouble in Mind: The Collected Stories
Deaver, Jeffery
A devoted housekeeper embarks on a quest to find the truth behind her employer’s murder. A washed-up Hollywood actor gets one last, high-stakes chance to revive his career. A man makes an impulsive visit to his hometown, and learns more about his past than he bargained for. Two Olympic track hopefuls receive terrorist threats. And Deaver’s beloved series characters Lincoln Rhyme, Kathryn Dance, and John Pellam return in stories now in print for the first time.
 
Private L.a.
Patterson, James / Sullivan, Mark
Thom and Jennifer Harlow are the perfect couple, with three perfect children. They are two of the biggest mega movie stars in the world, but they’re also great parents, philanthropists and just all-around good people. When they disappear without a word from their ranch, facts are hard to find. They live behind such a high wall of security and image control that even world-renowned Private Investigator Jack Morgan can’t get to the truth. But as Jack keeps probing, secrets sprout thick and fast–and the world’s golden couple may emerge as hiding behind a world of desperation and deception that the wildest reality show couldn’t begin to unveil. Murder is only the opening scene.
 
Concealed in Death
Robb, J. D.
When her husband discovers evidence of 12 murders while demolishing a former New York shelter for troubled teens, Lieutenant Eve Dallas tracks down the stories of each victim only to realize that they are connected by someone Eve knows.
 
Power Play
Steel, Danielle
In Northern California two successful CEOs are both indispensable to their growing companies’ futures. Both are brilliant at the power game. But the difference between them is huge. One is a man, the other a woman. In this riveting novel, Danielle Steel explores what that means as she takes readers into the rarefied world of those at the pinnacle of international business and reveals the irrevocable choices they make, what drives them, and how others perceive them. The heady drug of power impacts everything they do.
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Death of a Policeman
Beaton, M. C.
Local police stations all over the Scottish Highlands are being threatened with closure. This presents the perfect opportunity for Detective Chief Inspector Blair, who would love nothing more than to get rid of Sergeant Hamish Macbeth. Blair suggests that Cyril Sessions, a keen young police officer, visit the town of Lochdubh to monitor exactly what Macbeth does every day. Macbeth hears about Blair’s plan and is prepared to insure that Cyril returns back to headquarters with a full report. But Cyrilis soon found dead and Hamish quickly becomes the prime suspect in his murder.
 
Do or Die
Brockmann, Suzanne
Navy SEAL Ian Dunn went rogue in a big way when he turned his talents to a lawless life of jewel heists and con jobs. Or so the world has been led to believe. In reality, the former Special Ops warrior is still fighting for good, leading a small band of freelance covert operatives who take care of high-stakes business in highly unofficial ways. That makes Ian the hands-down choice when the U.S. government must breach a heavily guarded embassy and rescue a pair of children kidnapped by their own father, a sinister foreign national willing to turn his kids into casualties.
 
Confessions of a Wild Child
Collins, Jackie
Lucky Santangelo, a fifteen-year-old wild child ready to discover life, love and independence. Daughter of the notorious Gino, Lucky discovers her mother’s murdered body floating in the family swimming pool at the tender age of four. Since then Gino has kept her protected from life closeted in their Bel Air mansion. But in Jackie Collins’ Confessions of a Wild Child, Lucky finally breaks free, and running away from boarding school the adventures begin. Boys, sex, drugs and rock n’ roll – Lucky explores it all in preparation for the strong, kick-ass woman she eventually becomes. Delve into the world that Lucky rules!
 
The Chase
Evanovich, Janet / Goldberg, Lee
Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, Special Agent Kate O’Hare. Together they’ll go undercover to swindle and catch the world’s most wanted and untouchable criminals.
 
The Museum of Extraordinary Things
Hoffman, Alice
From the beloved, bestselling author of The Dovekeepers, a mesmerizing new novel about the electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the twentieth century.
 
Moving Target
Jance, Judith A.
Lance Tucker, an incarcerated juvenile offender and talented hacker in his own right, is set on fire one night and severely burned while hanging Christmas decorations in a lockup rec room. B. Simpson, Ali Reynolds’ fiancé and the man who helped put Lance in jail, feels obliged to get to the bottom of what happened. With Ali off in England to help Leland Brooks at a reunion with his long-estranged family, B. turns to someone else to help out Ali’s good friend and Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm.
 
Killer: An Alex Delaware Novel
Kellerman, Jonathan
The City of Angels has more than its share of psychopaths and no one recognizes that more acutely than the brilliant psychologist and police consultant Dr. Alex Delaware. Despite that, Constance Sykes, a sophisticated, successful physician, hardly seems like someone Alex needs to fear. Then, at the behest of the court, he becomes embroiled in a bizarre child custody dispute initiated by Connie against her sister and begins to realize that there is much about the siblings he has failed to comprehend. And when the court battle between the Sykes sisters erupts into cold, calculating murder and a rapidly growing number of victims, Alex knows he’s been snared in a toxic web of pathology.
 
The Mark of Evil
LaHaye, Tim F. / Parshall, Craig
Economies have fallen, freedom has been suppressed, and peace is a distant memory. The world is falling apart. As a Biblical prophecy is fulfilled each new day, Ethan and the others in the Remnant struggle to eat, to procure necessary goods, and to avoid the Global Alliance—in short, to survive.
 
The Forever Girl
McCall Smith, Alexander
At age 4, Thursday chooses her own name. At age 6, she falls in love with her best friend, James, with whom she happily spends all her time. But in the adult world, things are not so simple: at the same time that Thursday’s mother finds she’s fallen out of love with her husband, she realizes that James’s father is interested in her. As the children grow into adulthood, their connection becomes more complicated as well: James drifts away from Thursday, but she keeps him in her sights: she attends the same college in Scotland and then follows him to London, Sydney, Singapore, rebuilding her life in every city, hoping each time that James will see what he is missing. As Thursday and James, and their parents, navigate their irresistible but baffling mazes of emotion, we are given a beautifully realized tale about how love, even if unrequited, can shape a life.
 
Kiss and Tell
Michaels, Fern
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Andrew’s Brain
Doctorow, E. L.
A deeply psychological tale by the award-winning author of Billy Bathgate recounts the experiences of Andrew, who confesses to an unknown recipient the memory- and truth-challenging events, loves and tragedies that have led him to a mysterious act.
 
Cell
Cook, Robin
Entering a profession on the brink of radical transformation by a new smartphone technology capable of diagnosing and treating patients, radiology resident George Wilson is horrified when his fiancée and several patients die after beta testing the technology. By the best-selling author of Intervention.
 
Dark Wolf
Feehan, Christine
Already tasked with shielding half of his soul, Skyler must save Carpathian Dimitri after he is marked for extermination by the Lycans, in the second novel of the Carpathian trilogy following Dark Lycan.
 
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches: A Flavia De Luce Novel
Bradley, Alan
A latest entry in the best-selling series of cozy mysteries finds young chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce using her knowledge of poisons and indefatigable spirit to solve a dastardly crime on the English countryside while learning new clues about her mother’s disappearance. By the author of The Red Herring Without Mustard.
 
Fear Nothing: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel
Gardner, Lisa
Seriously injured after stumbling into a crime scene she cannot remember, Boston Detective D. D. Warren learns about a second murder with the same characteristics only to discover that she is being personally targeted by the killer. By the award-winning author of The Neighbor.
 
The Invention of Wings
Kidd, Sue Monk
Traces more than three decades in the lives of a wealthy Charleston debutante who longs to break free from the strictures of her household and pursue a meaningful life; and the urban slave, Handful, who is placed in her charge as a child before finding courage and a sense of self. By the best-selling author of The Secret Life of Bees.
 
River Road
Krentz, Jayne Ann
Returning 13 years after an embarrassing incident from her teens to the hometown of her beloved late aunt, forensic genealogist Lucy Sheridan makes shocking discoveries about her aunt’s death, the disappearance of a cold-blooded local and an attractive former cop. By the best-selling author of Dream Eyes.
 
Standup Guy
Woods, Stuart
Giving legal advice to an unusually well-deported gentleman only to discover that several people are interested in the man’s link to a long-ago crime, Stone Barrington pursues a winner-take-all investigation that leads him from Florida’s tropical beaches to the posh vacation homes of the Northeast.
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Alice Munro, Canadian writer who is admired especially for her short stories, has won the Nobel Prize for literature. Here is the PW story.

We are short a few of her titles in print but have selected more eBooks in both OverDrive and 3M and eAudio in OverDrive.

Too much happiness : [stories] Dear life : stories Runaway : stories

 
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Brazen: Deluxe Hardcover Edition
Armstrong, Kelley / Daumarie, Xaviere (ILT)
Nick Sorrentino knows everyone in the supernatural world considers him the Pack’s playboy, the pretty but not very useful werewolf whose only reputation involves his amorous exploits. Usually, Nick couldn’t care less what anyone outside the Pack thinks of him. But when it affects his hunt for Malcolm Danvers, a psychotic bogeyman from the Pack’s past, it matters. Necessity forces Nick to team up with mercenary half-demon Vanessa Callas to run Malcolm to ground in Detroit. Together, they discover Malcolm is more deadly than ever. And he wants to play. It’s time for Nick to prove he’s not just a lover. He’s a fighter.
 
Command Authority
Clancy, Tom / Greaney, Mark
There’s a new strong man in Russia, but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past, and the solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan.
 
Hazardous Duty
Griffin, W. E. B. / Butterworth, William E.
When three U.S. tankers are hijacked by Somali pirates at the height of Mexican drug cartel violence in Laredo and El Paso, a vindictive U.S. President raises suspicions about his increasing instability by targeting forcibly retired Colonel Charley Castillo and his former team, many of whom have been forced into hiding.
 
Murder As a Second Language: A Claire Malloy Mystery
Hess, Joan
With new-found leisure time, Claire Malloy tries to learn French cooking and becomes an ESL tutor, but ends up investigating a murder when one of her students, an unpleasant Russian woman, is found dead at the Farberville Literary Council.
 
The Death Trade
Higgins, Jack
When an eminent scientist makes a startling breakthrough in nuclear weapons research only to have the lives of his family threatened if he does not give his technology to the Iranian regime, Sean Dillon, Afghan war hero Sara Gideon and the rest of their team embark on a daring rescue mission that rapidly spins out of control.
 
Innocence
Koontz, Dean R.
Foraging for supplies by night in a beautiful but hostile urban world where strangers would kill him on sight, Addison endures a solitary existence before meeting a quicksilver girl engaged in a dangerous duel of wits with a malicious, well-placed enemy. By the best-selling author of the Odd Thomas series.
 
Starry Night: A Christmas Novel
Macomber, Debbie
Hoping to further her dream of becoming a serious journalist by tracking down a reclusive best-selling writer in the Alaskan wilds, gossip columnist Carrie Slayton discovers that her subject, Finn, is as mysterious as his reputation suggests before facing a difficult choice between her career and her heart.
 
Forget Me Not
Michaels, Fern
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The Spook Lights Affair: A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery
Muller, Marcia / Pronzini, Bill
A would-be Sherlock Holmes assists a dual investigation in 1895 San Francisco that finds Sabina Carpenter struggling to solve the disappearance of a suicide-victim debutante’s body and John Quincannon hunting down a murderous gang of bank robbers.
 
A Christmas Hope
Perry, Anne
A latest holiday-themed tale by the best-selling author of The Sheen on the Silk finds Hester Monk’s co-worker, Claudine Burroughs, investigating a Christmas-party murder involving an endearingly romantic poet and the prostitute escort he has brought uninvited to an employee Christmas party.
 
Hunted
Robards, Karen
When the chief of police and the mayor of New Orleans are taken hostage by disgraced former co-worker Reed Ware, top hostage negotiator Caroline Wallace allows herself to be taken captive by the handsome Reed only to learn that he is being targeted for his discovery of high-level government corruption. By the best-selling author of Forbidden Love.
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Blog Giveaway

September 27, 2013

I have an ARC of Dave Eggers’ new novel The Circle.  Please claim by commenting to this post and I’ll see you get it. Thanks!

This title is on order.

“The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award. When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world–even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge”–

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