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Week of April 1, 2013

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Week of April 1, 2013

Lisa Genova, the award-winning author of STILL ALICE and LEFT NEGLECTED, has written LOVE ANTHONY, a heartfelt novel about an accidental friendship that gives a grieving mother a priceless gift: the ability to understand the thoughts of her eight-year-old autistic son and make sense of his brief life.

BLOOM is an inspiring and heartfelt memoir that celebrates the beauty found in the unexpected, the strength of a mother’s love, and, ultimately, the amazing power of perspective. Kelle Hampton interweaves lyrical prose and stunning four-color photography as she recounts the unforgettable story of the first year in the life of her daughter Nella, who has Down syndrome.

An Accidental Affair by Eric Jerome Dickey - Romantic Suspense


James Thicke has channeled the intensity of his soul into twin passions --- success as a screenwriter, and marriage to movie actress Regina Baptiste. In the midst of filming his latest script, he receives a video of his wife caught in the most compromising of situations. As James tries to protect Regina from Hollywood's underbelly, lust, blackmail and revenge become his constant companions.

Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton - Psychological Suspense


In the aftermath of the devastating fire that tears her family apart, Grace embarks on a mission to find the person responsible and protect her children from further harm. This fire was not an accident, and her daughter Jenny may still be in grave danger. Grace is the only one who can discover the culprit, and she will do whatever it takes to save her family.

Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel - Graphic Novel

In her highly anticipated follow-up to FUN HOME, bestselling author Alison Bechdel searches for the meaning of motherhood in her own life, not only from her actual mother but also from therapists, lovers, writers, and more. ARE YOU MY MOTHER? is a poignant, compelling and utterly fascinating journey from one of the most profound graphic creators of our era.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter - Fiction

In 1962, a young innkeeper in Italy spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman approaching him on a boat. He soon learns that she’s an American actress --- and she’s dying. And the story begins again today, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot, searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected: A Memoir by Kelle Hampton - Memoir


When Kelle Hampton learned she was pregnant with her second child, she and her husband were ecstatic. But the moment her new daughter was placed in her arms in the delivery room, Kelle knew that something was wrong. She was certain that Nella had Down syndrome --- a fear her pediatrician soon confirmed.

Delusion in Death by J. D. Robb - Thriller


An airborne virus is unleashed on the patrons of a bar, killing 80 people. Surviving witnesses talk about seeing things, and they describe sudden, overwhelming feelings of fear, rage and paranoia. It appears the bar patrons were exposed to a cocktail of chemicals and illegal drugs that could drive anyone to temporary insanity, if not kill them outright. But that doesn’t explain who would unleash such horror --- or why.

The Giving Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini - Fiction


At Elm Creek Manor, the week after Thanksgiving is “Quiltsgiving,” a time to commence a season of generosity. From near and far, quilters and aspiring quilters gather for a special winter session of quilt camp. Each quilter, ever mindful that many of her neighbors, friends and family members are struggling through difficult times, uses her creative gifts to alleviate their collective burden.

The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne -



Eighty-year-old Georgy Jachmenev is haunted by his past. Living in England with his beloved wife, Georgy prepares to make one final journey back to the Russia he once knew and loved. As he remembers days gone by, we are transported to St. Petersburg, to the Winter Palace of the czar, in the early 20th century --- a time of change, threat and bloody revolution. As Georgy overturns the most painful stone of all, we uncover the story of the house of special purpose.

The House that Love Built by Beth Wiseman - Romance


Brooke Holloway has only loved one man, her late husband. Owen Saunders is rebuilding after a painful divorce. Can a mysterious house bring them together for a second chance at love? Throw an eccentric uncle into the mix, along with the town’s teenage troublemaker, even a finicky cat, and one thing becomes clear: God is bringing them all together for a reason.

The House that Ruth Built: A New Stadium, the First Yankees Championship, and the Redemption of 1923 by Robert Weintraub - Baseball, Biography, Sports

Readers may come to Robert Weintraub's THE HOUSE THAT RUTH BUILT: A New Stadium, the First Yankees Championship, and the Redemption of 1923 and ask, “Another book about Yankee Stadium?” In truth, one would have thought that ship had sailed either in 1998, when the legendary ballpark celebrated 75 years of service, or in 2008, when it closed its doors to make way for progress. How many times do we need to hear about Babe Ruth's boozing and womanizing or Lou Gehrig's initial awkwardness or the Yankees' juggernaut?

I Hate Everyone... Starting with Me by Joan Rivers - Humor


An uncensored and totally uninhibited Joan Rivers gives the best of her worst to First Ladies, closet cases, hypocrites, Hollywood, feminists, and overrated historical figures. And even when letting herself have it, Joan doesn’t hold back in this honest, unabashedly hilarious love letter to the hater in all of us.

I, Michael Bennett James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge - Thriller


A South American crime lord has brought New York the worst lawlessness and violence the city has ever seen, with police being shot on the street and judges murdered in the courtroom. Detective Michael Bennett takes his 10 kids and their nanny upstate to try and avoid the chaos, but it just follows them, endangering his entire family.

The Jaguar: A Charlie Hood Novel by T. Jefferson Parker - Thriller

Erin McKenna, a beautiful songwriter married to an L.A. sheriff 's deputy, is kidnapped by the ruthless leader of the powerful Gulf Cartel. But his demands turn out to be as unusual as the crumbling castle in which Erin is kept. 

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman - Historical Fiction


Tom Sherbourne takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on a remote and isolated island when a boat carrying a dead man and a living baby hit his shore. His wife, Isabel, has already suffered several miscarriages, and even though Tom’s conscience is telling him otherwise, they keep the little girl. Two years later, they return to the mainland and are reminded that there is someone out there desperate to find her lost baby.

Love Anthony by Lisa Genova - Fiction


The subject of LOVE ANTHONY is autism, but that implacable disorder is only part of the story. Blending neuroscience and emotional insight, Lisa Geonva --- best known for 2008’s STILL ALICE --- delivers a heartfelt tale of two women who emerge from tragedy and betrayal to make a fresh start.

The New Republic by Lionel Shriver - Fiction


Lionel Shriver's new novel teases out the intimate relationship between terrorism and cults of personality, explores what makes certain people so magnetic, and reveals the deep frustrations of feeling overshadowed by a life-of-the-party who may not even be present.

Night Watch by Linda Fairstein - Thriller


Alexandra Cooper arrives in France to visit her boyfriend and famed restaurateur, Luc Rouget. But she quickly finds herself entangled in the murder of a young woman with only one piece of evidence: a matchbox from Luc’s restaurant. Alex is pulled back to New York for a high-profile case, but finds that the two cases may be connected as another of Luc’s matchboxes appears on the scene.

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline - Fiction


A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly Ayer out of juvie and worse. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that they aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life --- answers that will ultimately free them both.

Overseas by Beatriz Williams - Historical Romance

A young Wall Street analyst, Kate Wilson learned to rely on logic and cynicism. So why does she fall so desperately in love with Julian Laurence, a billionaire with a mysterious past? What she doesn't know is that he has been waiting for her...the enchanting woman who emerged from the shadows of the Great War to save his life.

Robert B. Parker's Lullaby: A Spenser Novel by Ace Atkins - Mystery


When 14-year-old Mattie Sullivan asks Spenser to look into her mother's death, he's not completely convinced by her claim that the original investigation was botched. But her need for closure and her determination to make things right hit Spenser where he lives: they're the very characteristics he abides by.

Severe Clear: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods - Mystery


When the Presidents of Mexico and the United States decide to meet in Los Angeles to sign an important new treaty, terrorists take advantage of the event to plan the deadliest strike ever to take place on American soil. It's up to Stone Barrington and Holly Barker to avert this tragedy.

Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son Anne Lamott with Sam Lamott - Memoir


Stunned to learn that her son, Sam, is about to become a father at 19, Anne Lamott begins a journal about the first year of her grandson Jax's life. Lamott and Sam struggle to balance their changing roles with the demands of college and work, as they both forge new relationships with Jax's mother.

Thunder and Rain by Charles Martin - Thriller


Despite his strong moral compass, third generation Texas Ranger Tyler Steele has trouble seeing his greatest weakness. But when Samantha and her daughter Hope, on the run from a seemingly inescapable situation, enter his life, Ty realizes he must confront his true weaknesses if he wants to become the man he needs to be.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple - Fiction


Bernadette Fox has disappeared. It began when her daughter, Bee, aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle --- and people in general --- has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents and secret correspondence.

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax - Fiction


When the concierge of The Alexander, a historic Atlanta apartment building, invites his fellow residents to join him for weekly screenings of “Downton Abbey,” four very different people find themselves connecting with the addictive drama --- and, even more unexpectedly, with each other.

The Yard by Alex Grecian - Historical Mystery


Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only 12 detectives --- known as “The Murder Squad” --- to investigate countless murders every month. But no one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their of the 12.