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Week of February 6, 2012

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Week of February 6, 2012

In DREAMS OF JOY, Lisa See returns to the story of sisters Pearl and May from SHANGHAI GIRLS, and Pearl’s strong-willed 19-year-old daughter Joy, who runs away to Shanghai in early 1957 to find her birth father.

In Helen Schulman THIS BEAUTIFUL LIFE, 15-year-old Jake Bergamot receives --- and then forwards to a friend --- a sexually explicit video that an eighth-grade admirer sent to him. The video goes viral within hours, and the scandal that ensues threatens to shatter his family and his world.

Townie: A Memoir by Andre Dubus III - Memoir


After their parents divorced, Andre Dubus III and his siblings grew up with their mother in a depressed mill town. Nearby, his father taught on a college campus. In TOWNIE, Dubus shares how he escaped the cycle of violence and bridged the rift between his father and himself.

Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson - Psychological Thriller


Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love --- all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine’s life

Dreams of Joy by Lisa See - Historical Fiction


In DREAMS OF JOY, Lisa See returns to the story of sisters Pearl and May from SHANGHAI GIRLS, and Pearl’s strong-willed 19-year-old daughter Joy, who runs away to Shanghai in early 1957 to find her birth father.

Fadeaway Girl by Martha Grimes - Mystery


For waitress and cub reporter Emma Graham, tragedy defines where she lives. Spirit Lake, La Porte and Lake Noir have been plagued by intertwined crimes. And with the arrival of an unexpected visitor, it looks like the bad times have only just begun.

Far From Here by Nicole Baart - Fiction


When Danica Greene’s pilot husband disappears during a trip to Alaska, Danica begins a desperate journey to find him. But when she learns that her husband wasn’t flying alone and that a woman is missing too, she is forced to search for the truth in her marriage.

Four of a Kind by Valerie Frankel - Fiction


When the mothers of four Brooklyn Heights private school kids are thrown together on a school committee, they impulsively turn their first meeting into a game of poker. But instead of betting with money, they play for intimate secrets about each other’s lives.

History of a Suicide: My Sister's Unfinished Life by Jill Bialosky - Memoir


On April 15, 1990, Jill Bialosky’s 21-year-old sister Kim climbed into a car in the garage, turned on the ignition, and fell asleep. Now, Jill recreates her sister’s inner life, and the events and emotions that led her to take her life on this particular night.

Lucifer's Tears: An Inspector Vaara Novel by James Thompson - Thriller


Still recovering from his last case and struggling with his personal life, Kari Vaara is pushed into the case of a 90-year-old national hero for war crimes committed during World War II --- which may be related to a murder-by-torture case that he’s also investigating.

Overbite by Meg Cabot - Fiction


In this irresistibly delicious sequel to INSATIABLE, Meena Harper is hired by a secret demon-hunting unit of the Vatican to use her psychic powers to save New York City from a feared vampire clan.

Restoration by Olaf Olafsson - Historical Fiction


Having grown up in a circle of wealthy British ex-pats in Florence in the 1920s, Alice Orsini shocks everyone when she marries the son of a minor Italian landowner. But her restlessness pulls her a reckless affair that will have devastating consequences.

The Secret Soldier by Alex Berenson - Thriller


In Saudi Arabia, a series of terrorist attacks has put the Kingdom on edge. King Abdullah is losing his hold, and his own secret police cannot be trusted. With nowhere to turn, the king asks for ex-CIA agent John Wells's help.

This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman - Fiction


The events of a single night shatter a family's sense of security and identity in this provocative and deeply affecting domestic drama --- a brilliantly observed portrait of modern life and the underlying truths we take for granted.
The Union Quilters: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini - Fiction


In 1862, the men of Water's Ford, Pennsylvania, rally to President Lincoln's call while Dorothea Granger marshals her friends to "wield their needles for the Union." As their men struggle on the battlefield, the women forge a new independence that will forever change Elm Creek Valley.

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown - Fiction

Three sisters have returned to their childhood home, where books are a way of life. They struggle to communicate with one another, and now, faced with their parents' frailty and their own disappointments, not even a book can solve what ails them.

What Happened to Hannah by Mary Kay McComas - Fiction


As a teenager, Hannah Benson ran away from home in order to save herself. Now, 20 years later, the past comes calling and delivers life-changing news: her mother and sister have passed away, leaving Hannah the guardian of her 15-year-old niece.

A Widow's Story: A Memoir by Joyce Carol Oates - Memoir


In this memoir, Joyce Carol Oates sheds light on the unexpected death of her husband of 46 years. She shares the derangement of denial, the anguish of loss, the disorientation of the survivor amid a nightmare of "death-duties," and the solace of friendship.

The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse - Mystery


Young World War I veteran Freddie Watson meets an enigmatic young woman one night while traveling through the French Pyrenees. By dawn, he will have unearthed a tragic mystery that goes back centuries, and discovered his own role in the life of this old remote town.