Stumped for a good read?

April 17, 2014

Stumped for a good read?

The staff in Collection Development (well, ok, just me) recommend a few titles to tickle your fancy.

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Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
Bohjalian, Christopher A.
Emily Shepard is hiding out in a shelter made of ice and trash bags after a nightmarish meltdown at a nuclear plant in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom that left her parents dead. Since the meltdown might have been her father’s fault, she’s not reaching out for help, but she does take a homeless boy named Cameron under her wing.
Power Play
Coulter, Catherine
Natalie Black, the U.S. ambassador to the Court of St. James, has returned to Washington, her job in jeopardy. Her fiancé, George McCallum, Viscount Lockenby, has died in a car accident, and mysterious rumors begin that she’s responsible begin to surface: she broke off the engagement and, heartbroken, he killed himself. Then someone tries to force her off the M-2 outside London. Again, rumors claim it was a sympathy ploy. When she returns to the United States, she’s nearly killed when a car tries to mow her down while she’s out for a run. No one believes her except FBI Special Agent Davis Sullivan.
Christmas in Cowboy Country
Dailey, Janet
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For All Time
Deveraux, Jude
In the second contemporary romance in her “Nantucket Brides” trilogy, Deveraux offers a charming tale of improbable romance. When Toby meets Graydon Montgomery, heir to the Lanconian throne, she can distinguish him from his twin, Rory–something no one else can do. According to legend, that means she is his true love. Alas, Graydon is unhappily set to marry an eligible royal. Will love and legend or duty win out?
Born of Fury
Kenyon, Sherrilyn
Counted among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella: an organization that has declared war on the League. They rule the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrify it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk’s enemies are legion, but he fears nothing and no one. He will do whatever it takes to survive and protect his Sentella brethren.
The Night Searchers
Muller, Marcia
When new clients Jay and Camilla Givens come to Sharon McCone with Camilla’s stories of devil worshippers performing human sacrifices in San Francisco, the detective is skeptical, to say the least. However, when she discovers that Jay is involved with the treasure hunting group The Night Searchers, she starts looking into what exactly he and the other participants are up to after dark. As she digs deeper into the Searchers, Sharon joins their ranks in order to find out more-while someone is searching for her.
Eden in Winter
Patterson, Richard North
Two months after the suspicious and much-publicized death of his father on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, it is taking all of Adam Blaine’s will to suture the deep wounds the tragedy has inflicted upon his family and himself. As the court inquest into Benjamin Blaine’s death casts suspicions on those closest to him, Adam struggles to protect them from those who still suspect that his father was murdered by one of his kin.
A Moment in Time
Peterson, Tracie
Scarred by an attack that killed her father, Alice Chesterfield relocates to a Texas ranch to start over, confront the truth about her father’s dealings, rediscover her faith, reconnect with her mother and pursue a relationship with an unavailable man. By the award-winning author of All Things Hidden.
The Girls of August
Siddons, Anne Rivers
Every August, four women would gather together to spend a week at the beach, renting a new house each year. The ritual began when they were in their twenties and their husbands were in medical school, and became a mainstay of every summer thereafter. They called themselves the Girls of August. But when one of the Girls dies tragically, the group slowly drifts apart and their vacations together are brought to a halt. Years later, a new marriage reunites them and they decide to come together once again on a remote barrier island off the South Carolina coast. There, far from civilization, the women make startling discoveries that will change them in ways they never expected.
Act of War: A Thriller
Thor, Brad
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The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War
Winspear, Jacqueline
By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained–by Thea’s passionate embrace of women’s suffrage, and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea’s brother, Tom, who runs the family farm. When Kezia and Tom wed just a month before war is declared between Britain and Germany, Thea’s gift to Kezia is a book on household management–a veiled criticism of the bride’s prosaic life to come. Yet when Tom enlists to fight for his country and Thea is drawn reluctantly onto the battlefield, the farm becomes Kezia’s responsibility. Each must find a way to endure the ensuing cataclysm and turmoil.
Posted by Jenifer Brown
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Nine Lives to Die
Brown, Rita Mae
Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown return with an all-new mystery starring Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, intrepid kitty sleuths Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker, the ever-faithful crime-solving corgi. This time around, Harry and her animal friends track a killer whose trail has gone as cold as the weather in December.
Top Secret Twenty-One
Evanovich, Janet
A latest entry in the fan-favorite mystery series by the best-selling author of the Alexandra Barnaby novels finds bounty hunter Stephanie Plum immersed in an ultra-secret case.
Terminal City
Fairstein, Linda A.
A latest Alex Cooper thriller by the best-selling author of Death Angel finds the assistant DA and detective Mike Chapman confronting Grand Central Terminal’s dark secrets as well as their own changing relationship.
Blood Red
Lackey, Mercedes
Little Red Riding Hood’s real name is Gretchen Schwarzwald, and she is from the Schwarzwald (the Black Forest) in Germany. Ten years ago, she was orphaned by an evil Earth Master who wanted her parents’ land and killed them all with the werewolves he created. She was rescued by a Fire Master, a member of the Woodsman’s Lodge, and taught how to use her own Fire Powers. Now another werewolf pack is ravaging Exmoor, and she has come to help London’s White Lodge eradicate it and find and destroy the Elemental Master behind it.
Child of Mine
Lewis, Beverly / Lewis, David
A desperate woman engineers a meeting with a man she believes is raising her kidnapped daughter before unexpectedly falling in love with him. Co-written by the best-selling author of The Last Bride.
The Arsonist
Miller, Sue
A series of summer house fires exposes deep social faults in the hometown of Frankie Rowley, who makes unsettling discoveries about her aging parents while engaging in a passionate affair with a local journalist. By the best-selling author of While I Was Gone.
Patterson, James / Ellis, David
On leave from her FBI researcher career, Emmy Dockery tries to convince her boyfriend that hundreds of unsolved cases are linked to a single perpetrator.
The Red Room
Pearson, Ridley
Pressured into brokering an art deal in Istanbul, surveillance expert John Knox and his partner, the fearless Grace Chu, orchestrate a brief meeting with a mysterious man only to be thwarted by an unexpected number of adversaries.
The Long Mars
Pratchett, Terry / Baxter, Stephen
When her long-lost father–the inventor of the original Stepper device–contacts her, Sally joins him on an ill-fated voyage to Long Mars, while U.S. Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman leads an expedition to the outer limits of the far Long Earth and Joshua becomes embroiled in the plight of the Next. 
Posted by Jenifer Brown
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The Lincoln Myth
Berry, Steve
A latest high-stakes thriller featuring favorite American President Cotton Malone finds him tackling the secrets of Mormonism, a U.S. Senator’s stealthy secession plan and a history-shaping letter that was handed down through the Chief Executive line.
Skin Game
Butcher, Jim
Chicago wizard Harry Dresden must help a hated enemy, Nicodemus Archleone, break in to a high security vault to steal something belonging to the Lord of the Underworld in the latest novel of the humorous fantasy series following Cold Days.
Earth Awakens
Card, Orson Scott / Johnston, Aaron
Nearly 100 years before the events of Orson Scott Card’s bestselling novel “Ender’s Game,” humans were just beginning to step off Earth and out into the Solar System. No one had seen any sign of other space-faring races; everyone expected that First Contact, if it came, would happen in the future, in the empty reaches between the stars. Then a young navigator on a distant mining ship saw something moving too fast, heading directly for our sun.
When the alien ship screamed through the solar system, it disrupted communications between the far-flung human mining ships and supply stations, and between them and Earth. But there are a few men and women who see that if Earth doesn’t wake up and pull together, the planet could be lost.
Ghost Ship
Cussler, Clive / Brown, Graham
Waking with conflicted memories after an injury sustained while trying to rescue passengers from a sinking yacht, Kurt Austin searches for answers from a state-sponsored cybercrime ring that takes him from Monaco to North Korea. By the best-selling authors of Devil’s Gate.
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood
Gabaldon, Diana
In her now classic novel “Outlander, “Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall, an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946, and disappears . . . into 1743. The story unfolded from there in seven bestselling novels, and CNN has called it “a grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across centuries.” Now the story continues in “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.”
Vertigo 42: A Richard Jury Mystery
Grimes, Martha
At Vertigo 42, a bar high above London’s financial district, Richard Jury meets Tom Williamson – a friend of a friend who is convinced his wife, Tess, was murdered 17 years ago. Tess’s death was ruled accidental – a fall caused by vertigo – but Jury agrees to re-examine the case. A young girl’s fatal fall at children’s party 22 years ago at Tom and Tess’s home may be connected. After an elegantly dressed woman falls from a tower near a pub that Jury and his cronies frequent, and her estranged husband is later found dead, Jury begins to suspect that the now grown “children” from Tess’s ill-fated party are the key to solving these interwoven mysteries”—
Problems With People: Stories
Guterson, David
The best-selling author of Snow Falling on Cedars returns to his Pacific Northwest settings-and moves beyond them-in ten sharply observed, funny, and wise new stories that explore the mysteries of love, and unravel our complex desires to connect with others.
A Shiver of Light
Hamilton, Laurell K.
I am Princess Meredith NicEssus. Legal name Meredith Gentry, because “Princess” looks so pretentious on a driver’s license. I was the first faerie princess born on American soil, but I wouldn’t be the only one for much longer. Merry Gentry, ex-private detective, now full-time princess, knew she was descended from fertility goddesses, but when she learned she was about to have triplets, she began to understand what that might mean. Infertility has plagued the high ranks of faerie for centuries. Now nobles of both courts of faerie are coming to court Merry and her men, at their home in exile in the Western Lands of Los Angeles, because they will do anything to have babies of their own.
Mr. Mercedes
King, Stephen
In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.
Stormy Persuasion
Lindsey, Johanna
#1 “New York Times” bestselling author Johanna Lindsey returns to the dazzlingly passionate world of the Malorys, an aristocratic family of rakehell adventurers and spirited ladies, in a thrilling new tale of unbridled desires where he will fight with all his mettle to win the right to her heart.
Palmer, Michael
Delivering a speech for his boss at a national conference in Atlanta, Dr. Lou Welcome takes an exclusive tour of the Centers for Disease Control and learns about the development of biological weapons before becoming enmeshed in a case involving the abduction of a leading scientist.
China Dolls
See, Lisa
In 1938, three friends are competing for a single job as showgirl on San Francisco’s Chop Suey Circuit, the glittery underworld of all-Asian revues. Chinese American Grace has fled her Midwestern home and beatings by her father, Helen’s family has long resided in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and, crucially, Ruby is Japanese but passing for Chinese. With the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans are being interned, among them Ruby. Did one of her friends betray her?
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Brown, Dale
With the death of his heroic father, bomber and space warfare veteran Patrick McLanahan, Bradley McLanahan must now fly solo, leading a team of young engineers designing Starfire, the world’s first orbiting solar power plant.
The Skin Collector
Deaver, Jeffery
The killer’s methods are terrifying. He stalks the basements and underground passageways of New York City. He tattoos his victims’ flesh with cryptic messages, using a tattoo gun loaded with poison, resulting in an agonizing, painful death. When a connection is made to the Bone Collector-the serial killer who terrorized New York more than a decade ago-Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are immediately drawn into the case.
Midnight Crossroad
Harris, Charlaine
Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town. Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth…
The Last Kind Words Saloon
McMurtry, Larry
Tracing their rich, varied lives from the town of Long Grass to Buffalo Bill’s show in Denver, then from Mobetie, Texas, to Tombstone, Arizona, where the story dramatically culminates in the famed gunfight at the OK Corral, Larry McMurtry’s first novel in five years is a vivid pastiche that echoes many of his earlier works, including his Pulitzer Prize winning Lonesome Dove.
Unlucky 13
Patterson, James / Paetro, Maxine
The Women’s Murder Club is stalked by a killer with nothing to lose. San Francisco Detective Lindsay Boxer is loving her life as a new mother. With an attentive husband, a job she loves, plus best friends who can talk about anything from sex to murder, things couldn’t be better. Then the FBI sends Lindsay a photo of a killer from her past, and her happy world is shattered. The picture captures a beautiful woman at a stoplight. But all Lindsay sees is the psychopath behind those seductive eyes: Mackie Morales, the most deranged and dangerous mind the Women’s Murder Club has ever encountered.
The Kraken Project
Preston, Douglas
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is designing a probe which will be dropped into the Kraken Mare, one of the methane seas of Titan. There, it will embark on a journey of exploration. As the probe is being tested at Goddard, things go awry, and an explosion kills seven scientists. The AI program in the probe, a powerful, self-modifying AI called “Dorothy,” flees into the Internet. Series character Wyman Ford is tapped by the president’s science advisor to track down the software with the help of Dorothy’s creator, Melissa Veld.
Field of Prey
Sandford, John
The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky. He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was . . . something smelled bad–like, “really “bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. 
Posted by Jenifer Brown 
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The Target

Baldacci, David
The highly skilled assassin who brought in a rogue assassin The Hit and who became a target himself when he refused a mission in The Innocent returns for his third adventure in the best-selling series.
Destroyer Angel: An Anna Pigeon Novel
Barr, Nevada
Testing outdoor sporting equipment designed for a disabled companion, U.S. Park Services ranger Anna Pigeon returns from a solo outing to discover that her fellow campers have been abducted. By the best-selling author of The Rope.
Chestnut Street
Binchy, Maeve
A story written in stages throughout the best-selling author’s career traces the experiences of diverse characters that revolve around Chestnut Street. By the author of Tara Road.
Cavendon Hall
Bradford, Barbara Taylor
A tale spanning 16 years in Edwardian England finds the centuries-long relationship between the aristocratic Inghams and the Swann family who serves them tested by the outbreak of World War I. By the award-winning author of A Woman of Substance.
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Clark, Mary Higgins
Five years after her husband’s murder, Laurie Moran, an award-winning TV producer and single mother, starts filming a new “cold case” series in which four women involved in the unsolved murder of a wealthy Westchester matron reunite to recreate the scene of the crime–along with the real killer.
Natchez Burning
Iles, Greg
Penn Cage must investigate when his father, a beloved family doctor and pillar of the community, is accused of murdering Violet Davis, the beautiful nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the early 1960s.
Live to See Tomorrow
Johansen, Iris
When her mentor, Hu Chang, tasks her with rescuing an imprisoned journalist in Tibet, shadowy CIA Operative Catherine Ling is pitted against a man so vile that she wonders if she is being used as a pawn in a game of revenge that is not hers to play.
The Last Bride
Lewis, Beverly
Eloping with the man she loves in spite of her father’s disapproval, Amish woman Tessie Miller poses as a single woman and keeps her marriage a secret until an unexpected challenge threatens the couple with censure. By the Christy Award-winning author of The Brethren.
Night Diver
Lowell, Elizabeth
Returning to the Caribbean island of St. Vincent to help save her family’s treasure-hunting business, financial expert Kate Donnelly must form an uneasy alliance with British military diver Holden Cameron when equipment, treasure and even divers start disappearing into the depths of the ocean.
A Family Affair
Michaels, Fern
A young dancer finds an unexpected partner, and finally is able to live according to her heart.
A Sensible Arrangement
Peterson, Tracie
Answering an advertisement to become a mail-order bride to troubled young banker Jake, Marty leaves her Texas ranch for a new home in Denver, where the couple navigates societal dynamics and economic threats while Jake realizes that he misses ranching life.
Otherwise Engaged
Quick, Amanda
Barely escaping a would-be abductor who has left a trail of victims in his wake, world traveler Miss Amity Doncaster discovers that her attacker has become obsessed with gossip that ties Amity to scientist Benedict Stanbridge, a spy for the throne who resolves to bring the killer to justice.
The Collector
Roberts, Nora
Witnessing an apparent murder-suicide during a job, professional house-sitter Lila Emerson is recruited by the alleged perpetrator’s brother, talented artist Ashton Archer, to help uncover what really happened. By the best-selling author of Whiskey Beach.
Keep Quiet
Scottoline, Lisa
When they are involved in a terrible car accident, Jake Whitmore makes a split-second decision that saves his son from formal punishment, but plunges them both into a world of guilt, lies and secrecy where a dangerous enemy comes forward threatening to expose them.
All Fall Down
Weiner, Jennifer
Struggling with the demands of her job, distant husband, spoiled daughter and Alzheimer’s patient father, Allison becomes addicted to painkillers and lands in rehab, where amid fellow inpatients she confronts incompatible recovery techniques, barely trained counselors and her own denial. By the best-selling author of In Her Shoes.
Carnal Curiosity
Woods, Stuart
Investigating a series of clever crimes targeting Manhattan’s elite, Stone and Dino are drawn into the world of high-end security and fraud only to discover that the mastermind behind the incidents may have intimate ties to Stone. By the Edgar Award-winning author of Chiefs.
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Board Stiff
Anthony, Piers
Be careful what you wish for…”I’m actually a smart girl who would make any man an excellent wife. But no man sees that. No man is interested in my mind or personality, just my whatevers. So here is my wish: I’m board stiff. I want Adventure, Excitement, and Romance.” So begins Piers Anthony’s 38th Xanth novel, in which Irrelevant Candy, looks at her reflection in the water of the shallow well and sees luxuriant midnight black hair to her breathtakingly slender waist, matching dark eyes in a lovely face. A torso coming yea-close to absolute perfection. She was man’s desire. That was part of the problem.
Missing You
Coben, Harlan
It’s a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she’s ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé Jeff, the man who shattered her heart and who she hasn’t seen in 18 years.
The Alpine Yeoman: An Emma Lord Mysterya
Daheim, Mary
Forced to shelve a story about a murder victim whose information cannot be confirmed, Alpine Advocate editor Emma Lord investigates a series of local runaways at the same time Deputy Sam Heppner takes a leave of absence for secret reasons.
Blossom Street Brides
Macomber, Debbie
As three women’s lives intersect in unexpected ways in and around A Good Yarn knitting store, Lydia, Lauren and Bethanne realize that love heals every heart–and the best surprises still lay ahead.
NYPD Red 2
Patterson, James / Karp, Marshall
A vigilante serial killer is on the loose in New York City, tracking down and murdering people whose crimes have not been punished.  NYPD Red Detective Zach Jordan and his partner Kylie MacDonald are put on the case when a woman of vast wealth and even greater connections disappears.
Death on Blackheath: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel
Perry, Anne
Investigating evidence of a violent struggle at the home of Ministry of Defense member Dudley Kynaston, Pitt and the Special Branch discover the brutally murdered body of a young woman before realizing that Kynaston is not who he appears to be.
Raising Steam
Pratchett, Terry
Change is afoot in Ankh-Morpork–Discworld’s first steam engine has arrived, and once again Moist von Lipwig finds himself with a new and challenging job.
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A staff member in Community Libraries reminded me that we had not posted the list of titles added to the Best Bets collection in December.  I apologize for the delay.  You should see these (or have a memory of them!) on your displays:

Takedown   Twenty Evanovich, Janet FIC EVANOVI
Gods of Guilty Connelly, Michael FIC CONNELL
Ender’s Game Card, Orson Scott FIC CARD
Hild Griffith, Nicola FIC GRIFFIT
We Are Water Lamb, Wally FIC LAMB
Things That Matter Krauthammer, Charles 973.93 KRAUTHA
My Story Smart, Elizabeth BIO SMART SMART
Champion Lu, Marie TEEN LU
Curtsies & conspiracies Carriger, Gail TEEN CARRIGE
Emerald green Gier, Kerstin TEEN GIER
Last Olympian Riordan, Rick TEEN RIORDAN
Michael   Vey. [3], Battle of the Ampere  Evans, Richard Paul TEEN EVANS
Big   Nate. I can’t take it! Peirce, Lincoln J PEIRCE
Cool creations in 35 pieces Kenney, Sean on order
Hard luck Kinney, Jeff J KINNEY
Revenge of the lizard club Stilton, Thea J STILTON
Surprise attack of Jabba the Puppett Angleberger, Tom J ANGLEBE
Tales from a not-so-talented pop star Russell, Rachel Renee J RUSSELL
Totally cool creations Kenney, Sean on order

The third selection for Oprah’s new, more periodic book club (2.0)  is Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings, due out next month. (The first two were Wild by Cheryl Strayed and The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis).

Here is the link to her announcement on her website.  We have 17 copies of the book and 4 of the audiobook on order, but I imagine we will now have more demand.

The invention of wings : a novel

[T]he story follows Hetty “Handful” Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. “The Invention of Wings” follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined”– Provided by publisher



The 2013 National Book Awards were announced on 11/21.  Expect hold queues to grow for the winners:

For fiction:  The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride

Nonfiction:  The Unwinding:  an Inner History of the New America, by George Packer

Poetry:  Incarnadine:  Poems, by Mary Szybist

Young People’s (their term, not ours):  The Thing About Luck, by Cynthia Kadohata

The National Book Awards celebrate the best of American literature each year.  Conferred by the National Book Foundation, the goal of the award program (and the organization) is to expand the audience of readers and contribute to the cultural landscape of American letters. 

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