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Week of July 4, 2011

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Week of July 4, 2011

Daniel Silva’s THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR marks the return of art restorer Gabriel Allon as he gets pulled into a race across the globe.

In SCOUT, ATTICUS, AND BOO, Mary McDonagh Murphy commemorates more than half a century of Harper Lee's classic, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.

Blind Fury by Lynda La Plante - Mystery

When the body of a young woman is discovered close to a highway service station, Detective Inspector Anna Travis is brought onto the team of investigators by her former lover and boss Detective Chief Superintendant Langton. As more evidence is uncovered the team realizes that they are contending with a triple murder investigation --- and no suspect.

Body Work: A V. I. Warshawski Novel by Sara Paretsky - Mystery

The last thing V.I. Warshawski was expecting when she showed up at Chicago's Club Gouge was that she'd wind up cradling a dying performance artist in an alley. A PTSD-stricken soldier is presumed guilty of the murder, but it's up to V.I. to find out what kinds of shady activities are really happening at Club Gouge...

Dracula in Love: The Private Diary of Mina Harker by Karen Essex - Historical Fiction

London, 1890. Mina Murray Harker, the rosy-cheeked, quintessentially pure Victorian heroine, becomes Count Dracula’s object of desire. To preserve her chastity, five male “defenders” rush in to rescue her from the vampire’s evil clutches. This is the story we have been told. But now, from Mina’s own pen, we discover a tale more sensual, more devious, and more enthralling than the Victorians could have ever imagined.

Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy - Fiction

Simon Van Booy brings to the page his unique talent for poetic dialogue and sumptuous imagery in this, his remarkable debut novel of love and loss, dependence and independence.

French Lessons by Ellen Sussman - Fiction

A single day in Paris changes the lives of three Americans as they each set off to explore the city with a French tutor, learning about language, love and loss as their lives intersect in surprising ways.

Memory Wall: Stories by Anthony Doerr - Fiction/Short Stories

From an award-winning and extraordinarily eloquent author whose "prose dazzles" (The New York Times Book Review) comes a second stunning collection.

Set on four continents, Anthony Doerr's new stories are about memory, the source of meaning and coherence in our lives, the fragile thread that connects us to ourselves and to others. Every hour, says Doerr, all over the globe, an infinite number of memories disappear. Yet at the same time children, surveying territory that is entirely new to them, push back the darkness, form fresh memories, and remake the world.

The Prophecy by Chris Kuzneski - Thriller

Pittsburgh multi-millionaire Jonathon Payne is a man of many talents. He is CEO of Payne Industries, a generous benefactor to deserving charities and a highly decorated former Special Forces officer. One snowy night, while Payne addresses a wealthy black-tie-and-formal-dress crowd at a charity event on the University of Pittsburgh campus, he catches the eye of a woman standing in the shadows near the back of the room. She is noticeably underdressed and seemingly out of place. Payne’s instincts and years of military training warn him something is not quite right.

The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva - Thriller

Since his last assignment, Israeli spy --- make that ex-spy --- Gabriel Allon has retreated to a bucolic retirement on a stretch of peaceful coast in England. But his retirement is interrupted by an old acquaintance, art dealer Julian Isherwood. Julian owns a fashionable gallery in London that those in the art world describe as never boring, and that’s in his worst times. Now Julian has a problem, a big and definitely unboring problem. It seems that a newly discovered Rembrandt entrusted to him for restoration has gone missing, leaving him holding the bag for $45 million.

The Scarlet Contessa: A Novel of the Italian Renaissance by Jeanne Kalogridis - Historical Fiction

Caterina Sforza is the daughter of the Duke of Milan, a man not known for his tempered tastes or actions. The Duke is mean, cruel and superstitious, and the only one he seems to like is his daughter, Caterina. She takes after him in many ways, including his sometimes cruel behavior and love of wonton actions and excesses. In her later years, this inherited personality trait will serve her well.

Scout, Atticus & Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird by Mary McDonagh Murphy - Literary Criticism

It became an instant bestseller, winning the Pulitzer Prize and having a screen adaptation made, which is ranked one of the best of all time. Fifty years after its publication, it still sells nearly a million copies every year. What other book can touch the success of Harper Lee’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD?

To Fetch a Thief: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn - Mystery

Chet is a police dog extraordinaire. Technically, he’s not a card-carrying police dog because he failed the final exam due to an incident with a squirrel. But, as Chet likes to say, “That’s a story for another time.” Chet is a handsome, 100+ pound dog of undetermined parentage, and the voice of the entertaining and original mystery series that has captured the imaginations of every mystery-loving dog owner who is lucky enough to have discovered him.

Whiplash: An FBI Thriller by Catherine Coulter - Paranormal Romantic Suspense

Catherine Coulter’s new novel, WHIPLASH, features the return of FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock. This time, the husband-and-wife team investigates the seemingly unrelated murders of several people.

The Wife’s Tale by Lori Lansens - Fiction

When Mary Gooch finally looks up from the daily rut she has happily created for herself, she begins shedding pounds that accumulated from loss, stress, sadness, boredom and her marriage.

Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss And Gain by Portia de Rossi - Memoir

Portia de Rossi weighed only 82 pounds when she collapsed on the set of the Hollywood film in which she was playing her first leading role. This should have been the culmination of all her years of hard work—first as a child model in Australia, then as a cast member of one of the hottest shows on American television. On the outside she was thin and blond, glamorous and successful. On the inside, she was literally dying.

Yellow Dirt: An American Story of a Poisoned Land and a People Betrayed by Judy Pasternak - History

Atop a craggy mesa in the northern reaches of the Navajo reservation lies what was once a world-class uranium mine called Monument No. 2. Discovered in the 1940s—during the government’s desperate press to build nuclear weapons—the mesa’s tremendous lode would forever change the lives of the hundreds of Native Americans who labored there and of their families, including many who dwelled in the valley below for generations afterward.