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Week of April 26, 2021

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Week of April 26, 2021

Paperback releases for the week of April 26th include THE SENTINEL, the 25th entry in the Jack Reacher series and the first collaboration between Lee Child and his brother, Andrew Child, whose protagonist ends up in a town near Pleasantville, Tennessee --- but there’s nothing pleasant about the place; THE LAW OF INNOCENCE, a heart-stopping thriller from Michael Connelly, in which Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller must defend himself against murder charges; HELLO, SUMMER, the latest book from the Queen of the Beach Reads, Mary Kay Andrews, which revolves around small town scandals and big-time secrets; FRIENDS AND STRANGERS by J. Courtney Sullivan, an insightful and hilarious novel about a complicated friendship between two women who are at two very different stages in life; and THE CHIFFON TRENCHES, a deeply revealing memoir by legendary style icon André Leon Talley that captures the fashion world from the inside out, in its most glamorous and most cutthroat moments.

The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir by André Leon Talley - Memoir

April 27, 2021

THE CHIFFON TRENCHES offers a candid look at the who’s who of the last 50 years of fashion. At once ruthless and empathetic, this engaging memoir tells with raw honesty the story of how André Leon Talley not only survived the brutal style landscape but thrived --- despite racism, illicit rumors, and all the other challenges of this notoriously cutthroat industry --- to become one of the most renowned voices and faces in fashion. Also woven throughout the book are André’s own personal struggles that have impacted him over the decades, along with intimate stories of those he has turned to for inspiration (Diana Vreeland, Diane von Fürstenberg and Lee Radziwill, to name a few) and, of course, his Southern roots and ongoing faith, which have guided him since childhood.

Choppy Water: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods - Thriller/Adventure

April 27, 2021

Stone Barrington and his friends are vacationing in Maine when their leisure is suddenly disrupted by extreme weather. To make matters worse, the inclement conditions allow for a menacing adversary to sneak in unnoticed and deliver a chilling message. Soon it becomes clear that the target of the incident is one of Stone's closest companions, and that these enemies have a grander scheme in mind. From the bustling streets of New York City to the sun-drenched shores of Key West, Stone intends to nab the criminals that appear behind him at every step. But his search only leads him further down a trail of peril and corruption, and he'll soon find that at the end of the road is a more dangerous foe than he could have imagined.

Dewey Defeats Truman: The 1948 Election and the Battle for America's Soul by A. J. Baime - History

April 27, 2021

On the eve of the 1948 election, America was a fractured country. Racism was rampant, foreign relations were fraught, and political parties were more divided than ever. Americans were certain that President Harry S. Truman’s political career was over. The only man in the world confident that Truman would win was Mr. Truman himself. And win he did. The year 1948 was a fight for the soul of a nation. In DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN, A. J. Baime sheds light on one of the most action-packed six months in American history, as Truman not only triumphs, but oversees watershed events --- the passing of the Marshall plan, the acknowledgement of Israel as a new state, the careful attention to the origins of the Cold War, and the first desegregation of the military.

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto - Fiction/Humor

April 27, 2021

When Meddelin Chan ends up accidentally killing her blind date, her meddlesome mother calls for her even more meddlesome aunties to help get rid of the body. Unfortunately, a dead body proves to be a lot more challenging to dispose of than one might anticipate, especially when it is inadvertently shipped in a cake cooler to the over-the-top billionaire wedding that Meddy, her Ma and aunties are working. It's the biggest job yet for the family wedding business, and not even an unsavory corpse will get in the way of her auntie's perfect buttercream flowers. But things go from inconvenient to downright torturous when Meddy's great college love --- and biggest heartbreak --- makes a surprise appearance amid the wedding chaos.

The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird - Dystopian Thriller

April 27, 2021

The year is 2025, and a mysterious virus has broken out in Scotland --- a lethal illness that seems to affect only men. When Dr. Amanda MacLean reports this phenomenon, she is dismissed as hysterical. By the time her warning is heeded, it is too late. The virus becomes a global pandemic --- and a political one. The victims are all men. The world becomes alien --- a women's world. What follows is the immersive account of the women who have been left to deal with the virus's consequences, told through first-person narratives. Through these women and others, we see the uncountable ways that the absence of men has changed society.

Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan - Fiction

April 27, 2021

Elisabeth, an accomplished journalist and new mother, is struggling to adjust to life in a small town after nearly 20 years in New York City. She neglects her work, losing untold hours to her Brooklyn moms' Facebook group, her "influencer" sister's Instagram feed, and text messages with the best friend she never sees anymore. Enter Sam, a senior at the local women's college, whom Elisabeth hires to babysit. Sam is struggling to decide between the path she's always planned on and a romantic entanglement that threatens her ambition. In short order, they grow close. But when Sam finds an unlikely kindred spirit in Elisabeth's father-in-law, the true differences between the women's lives become starkly revealed and a betrayal has devastating consequences.

Hard Cash Valley by Brian Panowich - Thriller

April 27, 2021

As a lifelong resident and ex-arson investigator for McFalls County, Dane Kirby has lived his life in one of the most chaotic and crime-ridden regions of the south. When he gets called in to consult on the brutal murder of Arnie Blackwell in a Jacksonville, Florida, motel room, he and his FBI counterpart, Special Agent Roselita Velasquez, begin an investigation that leads them back to the criminal circles of his own backyard. Someone is hacking a bloody trail throughout the Southeast looking for Arnie’s younger brother, a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome who possesses an unusual skill with numbers that could make a lot of money and that has already gotten a lot of people killed --- and has even more of the deadliest people alive willing to do anything it takes to exploit him.

Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews - Fiction

April 27, 2021

Conley Hawkins left her family’s small-town newspaper, The Silver Bay Beacon, in the rearview mirror years ago. Now a star reporter for a big-city paper, Conley is exactly where she wants to be and is about to take a fancy new position in Washington, D.C. Or so she thinks. When the new job goes up in smoke, Conley finds herself right back where she started, working for her sister, who is trying to keep The Silver Bay Beacon afloat --- and she doesn’t exactly have warm feelings for Conley. Soon she is given the unenviable task of overseeing the local gossip column, “Hello, Summer.” Then Conley witnesses an accident that ends in the death of a local congressman --- a beloved war hero with a shady past. The more she digs into the story, the more dangerous it gets.

Hot Lead, Cold Justice: A Caleb York Western by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins - Western

April 27, 2021

When Sheriff Caleb York's deputy is shot down in cold blood, York has no doubt the bullets were meant for him. It's the first nasty step in a plan rustled up by Luke "Burn 'Em" Burnham --- eliminate the law, corral a team to rob a bank in booming Las Vegas, New Mexico, then lay low. With a treacherous local merchant for cover, and York out of the picture, all they'll have to do is wait for the calm. Then they get wind of one little hitch: not only is York still alive, but he's gunning for justice --- and revenge. As the winter weather bears down, a chilling cat-and-mouse begins. York isn't about to let Burnham and his gang of miscreants get away. It'd be a cold day in hell if he did.

How to Pronounce Knife: Stories by Souvankham Thammavongsa - Fiction/Short Stories

April 27, 2021

A failed boxer painting nails at the local salon. A woman plucking feathers at a chicken processing plant. A housewife learning English from daytime soap operas. A mother teaching her daughter the art of worm harvesting. In her debut story collection, O. Henry Award winner Souvankham Thammavongsa focuses on characters struggling to make a living, illuminating their hopes, disappointments, love affairs, acts of defiance and, above all, their pursuit of a place to belong. In spare, intimate prose charged with emotional power and a sly wit, she paints an indelible portrait of watchful children, wounded men and restless women caught between cultures, languages and values.

The Law of Innocence: A Lincoln Lawyer Novel by Michael Connelly - Legal Thriller

April 27, 2021

On the night he celebrates a big win, defense attorney Mickey Haller is pulled over by police, who find the body of a former client in the trunk of his Lincoln. He is immediately charged with murder but can’t post the exorbitant $5 million bail slapped on him by a vindictive judge. Haller elects to represent himself and is forced to mount his defense from his jail cell in the Twin Towers Correctional Center in downtown Los Angeles. He knows he’s been framed, whether by a new enemy or an old one. As his trusted team, including his half-brother, Harry Bosch, investigates, Haller must use all his skills in the courtroom to counter the damning evidence against him.

Little Family by Ishmael Beah - Fiction

April 27, 2021

Hidden away from a harsh outside world, five young people have improvised a home in an abandoned airplane, a relic of their country’s tumultuous past. Elimane, the bookworm, is as street-smart as he is wise. Clever Khoudiemata maneuvers to keep the younger kids --- athletic, pragmatic Ndevui, thoughtful Kpindi, and especially their newest member, Namsa --- safe and fed. When Elimane makes himself of service to the shadowy William Handkerchief, it seems as if the little family may be able to keep the world at bay and their household intact. But when Khoudi comes under the spell of the “beautiful people” --- the fortunate sons and daughters of the elite --- the desire to resume an interrupted coming of age and follow her own destiny proves impossible to resist.

Man of My Time by Dalia Sofer - Fiction

April 27, 2021

Set in Iran and New York City, MAN OF MY TIME tells the story of Hamid Mozaffarian, who is as alienated from himself as he is from the world around him. After decades of ambivalent work as an interrogator with the Iranian regime, Hamid travels on a diplomatic mission to New York, where he encounters his estranged family and retrieves the ashes of his father, whose dying wish was to be buried in Iran. As he reconnects with his brother and others living in exile, Hamid is forced to reckon with his past, with the insidious nature of violence, and with his entrenchment in a system that for decades ensnared him.

Near Dark by Brad Thor - Political Thriller

April 27, 2021

The world’s largest bounty has just been placed upon America’s top spy. His only hope for survival is to outwit, outrun and outlast his enemies long enough to get to the truth. But for Scot Harvath to accomplish his most dangerous mission ever --- one that has already claimed the lives of the people closest to him, including his new wife --- he’s going to need a lot of help. Not knowing whom he can trust, Harvath finds an unlikely ally in Norwegian intelligence operative Sølvi Kolstad. Just as smart, just as deadly and just as determined, she has not only the skills, but also the broken, troubled past to match Harvath’s own.

The Next Wife by Kaira Rouda - Psychological Thriller

May 1, 2021

Kate Nelson had it all --- a flourishing company founded with her husband, John; a happy marriage; and a daughter, Ashlyn. Until John left for another woman. Half his age, Tish Nelson has cultivated a friendship with Ashlyn and believes she’s won. Despite her youth, influence, a life of luxury and a new husband, there’s a lot of baggage: namely, his first wife --- and suspicions of his infidelity. Maybe it’s time for a romantic getaway, far from his vindictive ex. If Kate plans on getting John back, Tish is one step ahead of her. But what happens next is something neither Kate nor Tish saw coming. As best-laid plans come undone, there’s no telling what a woman will do in the name of love --- and revenge.

Peace Talks: A Novel of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher - Urban Fantasy

April 27, 2021

When the Supernatural nations of the world meet up to negotiate an end to ongoing hostilities, Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, joins the White Council's security team to make sure the talks stay civil. But can he succeed, when dark political manipulations threaten the very existence of Chicago --- and all he holds dear?

Queen of Storms: Book Two of The Firemane Saga by Raymond E. Feist - Fantasy

April 27, 2021

Hatushaly and his young wife, Hava, have arrived in the prosperous trading town of Beran’s Hill to restore and reopen the fire-damaged Inn of the Three Stars. They are also preparing for the popular midsummer festival, where their friends Declan and Gwen will be wed. But Hatu and Hava are only posing as inkeepers; in fact, they are assassins from the mysterious island of Coaltachin, home to the powerful and lethal Nocusara, the fearsome “Hidden Warriors.” Hatu conceals an even more dangerous secret. He is the last remaining member of the legendary Firemanes, the ruling family of Ithrace. Hatu works hard to hide his true identity from all who would seek to use or to destroy him, as fate has other plans for the noble warrior.

Red Dress in Black and White by Elliot Ackerman - Fiction

April 27, 2021

Catherine has been married for many years to Murat, an influential Turkish real estate developer, and they have a young son, William. But when she decides to return home to the United States with William and her lover, Peter, Murat takes a stand. He enlists the help of an American diplomat to prevent them from going --- and, in so doing, becomes further enmeshed in a web of deception and corruption. As the hidden architecture of these relationships is gradually exposed, we move to the heart of intersecting worlds populated by struggling artists, wealthy businessmen, expats and spies. And, at the center, a child torn between his parents.

The Sentinel: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child and Andrew Child - Thriller

April 27, 2021

In broad daylight, in a town near Pleasantville, Tennessee, Jack Reacher spots a hapless soul walking into an ambush. He intervenes, with his own trademark brand of conflict resolution. The man he saves is Rusty Rutherford, an unassuming IT manager, recently fired after a cyberattack locked up the town’s data, records, information…and secrets. Rutherford wants to stay put, look innocent and clear his name. Reacher is intrigued; there’s more to the story. The bad guys who jumped Rutherford are part of something serious and deadly, involving a conspiracy, a cover-up and murder --- all centered on a mousy little guy in a coffee-stained shirt who has no idea what he’s up against.

The Son of Good Fortune by Lysley Tenorio - Fiction

April 27, 2021

Excel knows that his family is far from normal. His mother, Maxima, was once a Filipina B-movie action star who now makes her living scamming men online. The old man they live with is Maxima’s lifelong martial arts trainer. And years ago, on Excel’s 10th birthday, Maxima revealed a secret that he must keep forever: he is undocumented, and one accidental slip could uproot his entire life. Excel joins his girlfriend, Sab, on a journey south to a ramshackle desert town called Hello City, which offers him a chance to forge his own path for the first time. But after so many years of trying to be invisible, who does he want to become? And is it possible to put down roots in a country that has always considered you an outsider?

Stray: A Memoir by Stephanie Danler - Memoir

April 27, 2021

After selling her first novel --- a dream she'd worked long and hard for --- Stephanie Danler knew she should be happy. Instead, she found herself driven to face the difficult past she'd left behind a decade ago: a mother disabled by years of alcoholism, further handicapped by a tragic brain aneurysm; a father who abandoned the family when she was three, now a meth addict in and out of recovery. After years in New York City, she's pulled home to Southern California by forces she doesn't totally understand, haunted by questions of legacy and trauma. Here, she works toward answers, uncovering hard truths about her parents and herself as she explores whether it's possible to change the course of her history.

Summer Darlings by Brooke Lea Foster - Historical Fiction

April 27, 2021

In 1962, coed Heddy Winsome leaves her hardscrabble Irish Brooklyn neighborhood behind and ferries to glamorous Martha’s Vineyard to nanny for one of the wealthiest families on the island. But as she grows enamored with the alluring and seemingly perfect young couple and chases after their two mischievous children, Heddy discovers that her academic scholarship at Wellesley has been revoked, putting her entire future at risk. Determined to find her place in the couple's wealthy social circles, Heddy nurtures a romance with the hip surfer down the beach while wondering if the better man for her might be a quiet, studious college boy instead. But no one she meets on the summer island is as picture-perfect as they seem.

Worse Angels: An Isaiah Coleridge Novel by Laird Barron - Mystery/Thriller

April 27, 2021

Ex-majordomo and bodyguard to an industrial tycoon-cum-U.S. senator, Badja Adeyemi is in hiding and shortly on his way to either a jail cell or a grave, depending on who finds him first. In his final days as a free man, he hires Isaiah Coleridge to tie up a loose end: the suspicious death of his nephew four years earlier. At the time police declared it an accident, and Adeyemi isn't sure it wasn't, but one final look may bring his sister peace. So it is that Coleridge and his investigative partner, Lionel Robard, find themselves in a tiny town in New York State that is home to outsized secrets and an unnerving cabal of locals who are protecting them. At the epicenter of it all is the site of a stalled supercollider project, an immense subterranean construction that may have an even deeper, more insidious purpose.