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Week of March 22, 2021

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Week of March 22, 2021

Paperback releases for the week of March 22nd include THE NIGHT WATCHMAN, a powerful novel based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather, who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C.; THE BOOK OF LONGINGS by Sue Monk Kidd, an inspiring account of one woman's bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place and culture devised to silence her; THE SECOND LIFE OF TIGER WOODS, in which Michael Bamberger --- who has covered Tiger Woods since the golfer was an amateur --- draws upon his deep network of sources inside locker rooms, caddie yards, clubhouses, fitness trailers and back offices to tell the true and inspiring story of the legend’s second act; and HERE'S THE CATCH, right fielder Ron Swoboda's account of the Mets' amazing 1969 season, the people he played with and against (sometimes at the same time), and what life was like as an Every Man ballplayer.

The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey - Historical Fiction

March 23, 2021

In August 1939, 30-year-old Hetty Cartwright arrives at Lockwood Manor to oversee a natural history museum collection, the contents of which have been taken out of London for safekeeping. She is unprepared for the beautiful and haunted Lucy Lockwood. For Lucy, who has spent much of her life cloistered at Lockwood suffering from bad nerves, the arrival of the museum brings with it new freedoms. But it also resurfaces memories of her late mother, and nightmares in which Lucy roams Lockwood hunting for something she has lost. When the animals appear to move of their own accord, and exhibits go missing, they begin to wonder what exactly it is that they might need protection from.

The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey - Fiction

March 23, 2021

For Duffy Sinclair, life boils down to one simple thing: maintaining his residence at the idyllic Centennial Assisted Living. Without it, he’s destined for the roach-infested nursing home down the road --- and after wasting the first 88 years of his life, he refuses to waste away for the rest. So he keeps his shenanigans to the bare minimum with the help of his straight-laced best friend and roommate, Carl Upton. But when Carl’s granddaughter, Josie, climbs through their bedroom window with booze on her breath and a black eye, Duffy is faced with trouble that’s sticking around and hard to hide --- from Centennial’s management and Josie’s toxic boyfriend. Before he knows it, he’s running a covert operation that includes hitchhiking and barhopping.

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd - Fiction

March 23, 2021

Raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee, Ana is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and a daring spirit. She is expected to marry an older widower, but an encounter with 18-year-old Jesus changes everything. Their marriage evolves with love and conflict, humor and pathos in Nazareth, where Ana makes a home with Jesus, his brothers, and their mother, Mary. Ana's pent-up longings intensify amid the turbulent resistance to Rome's occupation of Israel, partially led by her brother, Judas. She is sustained by her fearless aunt Yaltha, who harbors a compelling secret. When Ana commits a brazen act that puts her in peril, she flees to Alexandria, where startling revelations and greater dangers unfold, and she finds refuge in unexpected surroundings.

The Bramble and the Rose: A Henry Farrell Novel by Tom Bouman - Mystery

March 23, 2021

A headless stranger is found in the woods of Wild Thyme, a small town in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania. All signs point to a man-killing bear, and Officer Henry Farrell would just as soon leave this hunt to the Game Commission. But doubts arise when he discovers the victim was a retired investigator. What drew the investigator to sleepy Wild Thyme? Before Henry can find answers, his own nephew disappears into the hills. Then an old flame dies under suspicious circumstances, leaving Henry as the prime suspect. Torn between protecting his family and clearing his name, Henry fights to protect the most he’s ever had to lose.

The Everlasting by Katy Simpson Smith - Historical Fiction

March 23, 2021

Spanning 2,000 years, THE EVERLASTING follows four characters whose struggles resonate across the centuries: an early Christian child martyr, a medieval monk on crypt duty in a church, a Medici princess of Moorish descent, and a contemporary field biologist conducting an illicit affair. Outsiders to a city layered and dense with history, this quartet separated by time grapple with the physicality of bodies, the necessity for sacrifice, and the power of love to sustain and challenge faith. Their small rebellions are witnessed and provoked by an omniscient, time-traveling Satan who, though incorporeal, nonetheless suffers from a heart in search of repair. As their dramas unfold amid the brick, marble and ghosts of Rome, they each must decide what it means to be good.

The Good, the Bad, and the Dumped by Jenny Colgan - Fiction/Humor

March 23, 2021

Posy Fairweather is over the moon when her boyfriend, Matt, proposes in what is probably the most romantic way possible --- on top of a mountain, in a thunderstorm, like something from a Nicholas Sparks novel. But a few days later he dumps her. Crushed and humiliated, Posy wonders why all her romances have always been such train wrecks. Determined to gain some insight, Posy resolves to get online, track down her exes and ask them. Which doors from Posy’s past should stay closed? Which might open? Can she learn from past mistakes? And what if she has let Mr. Right slip through her fingers along the way?

Here's the Catch: A Memoir of the Miracle Mets and More by Ron Swoboda - Sports/Memoir

March 23, 2021

Ron Swoboda wasn’t the greatest player the Mets ever had, but he made the greatest catch in Met history, saving a game in the 1969 World Series, and his RBI clinched the final game. By Met standards that makes him legend. The Mets even use a steel silhouette of the catch as a backing for the right field entrance sign at Citi Field. In this smart, funny and insightful memoir, which is as self-deprecating as a lifetime .249 hitter has to be, he tells the story of that magical year nearly game by game, revealing his struggles, his triumphs and what life was like for an everyday, Every Man player, even when he was being platooned.

House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a Twentieth-Century Jewish Family by Hadley Freeman - Memoir

March 23, 2021

Hadley Freeman knew her grandmother Sara lived in France just as Hitler started to gain power, but rarely did anyone in her family talk about it. Long after her grandmother’s death, she found a shoebox tucked in the closet containing photographs of her grandmother with a mysterious stranger, a cryptic telegram from the Red Cross, and a drawing signed by Picasso. This discovery sent Freeman on a decade-long quest to uncover the significance of these keepsakes, taking her from Picasso’s archives in Paris to a secret room in a farmhouse in Auvergne to Long Island to Auschwitz. Freeman pieces together the puzzle of her family’s past, discovering more about the lives of her grandmother and her three brothers.

The Last Tourist by Olen Steinhauer - Thriller

March 23, 2021

In AN AMERICAN SPY, reluctant CIA agent Milo Weaver thought he had finally put “Tourists” --- CIA-trained assassins --- to bed. A decade later, Milo is hiding out in Western Sahara when a young CIA analyst arrives to question him about a series of suspicious deaths and terrorist chatter linked to him. Their conversation is soon interrupted by a new breed of Tourists intent on killing them both, forcing them to run. As he tells his story, Milo is joined by colleagues and enemies from his long history in the world of intelligence, and the young analyst wonders what to believe. He wonders, too, if he’ll survive this encounter.

Molly Bit by Dan Bevacqua - Fiction

March 23, 2021

Molly Bit is a great actress. From her first acting classes to her big break, she is different from the others struggling to make it. But fame is perilous. She uses --- and is used by --- the Hollywood system. Her collaborator is an addict. The producer who promises her stardom is ruthless and unhinged by grief. Fans, friends, strangers --- they want and want. And one dangerously obsessed fan wants to take away everything.

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich - Historical Fiction

March 23, 2021

Thomas Wazhashk is the night watchman at the jewel-bearing plant, the first factory located near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota. He is also a Chippewa Council member who is trying to understand the consequences of a new “emancipation” bill on its way to the floor of the United States Congress. It is 1953, and he and the other council members know the bill isn’t about freedom; Congress is fed up with Indians. The bill is a “termination” that threatens the rights of Native Americans to their land and their very identity. How can the government abandon treaties made in good faith with Native Americans “for as long as the grasses shall grow, and the rivers run”?

The Second Life of Tiger Woods by Michael Bamberger - Sports/Biography

March 23, 2021

Tiger Woods’ long descent into a personal and professional hell reached bottom in the early hours of Memorial Day in 2017. Woods’ DUI arrest that night came on the heels of a desperate spinal surgery, just weeks after he told close friends he might never play tournament golf again. Instead of sinking beneath the public disgrace of drug abuse and the private despair of a battered and ailing body, Woods embarked on the long road to redeeming himself. In THE SECOND LIFE OF TIGER WOODS, Michael Bamberger draws upon his deep network of sources to tell the true and inspiring story of the legend’s return. Packed with new information and graced by insight, Bamberger’s story reveals how this iconic athlete clawed his way back to the top.

Swing Kings: The Inside Story of Baseball's Home Run Revolution by Jared Diamond - Sports/History

March 23, 2021

The 2019 Major League Baseball season saw the most home runs ever, obliterating a record set just two years before. It is a shift that has transformed the way the game is played, contributing to more strikeouts, longer games and what feels like the logical conclusion of the analytics era. In SWING KINGS, Wall Street Journal national baseball writer Jared Diamond reveals that the secret behind this unprecedented shift isn’t steroids or the stitching of the baseballs, it’s the most elemental explanation of all: the swing. In this lively narrative romp, he tracks a group of baseball’s biggest stars --- including Aaron Judge, J.D. Martinez and Justin Turner --- who remade their swings under the tutelage of a band of renegade coaches, and remade the game in the process.

The Woman in the Mirror by Rebecca James - Gothic Thriller

March 23, 2021

In 1947, Londoner Alice Miller accepts a post as governess at Winterbourne Hall, looking after Captain Jonathan de Grey’s twin children. Falling under the de Greys’ spell, Alice believes the family will heal her own past sorrows. But then the twins’ adoration becomes deceitful and taunting. Their father, ever distant, turns spiteful and cruel. The manor itself seems to lash out. In present-day New York, art gallery curator Rachel Wright has learned she is a descendant of the de Greys and heir to Winterbourne. Adopted as an infant, she never knew her birth parents or her lineage. At long last, Rachel will find answers to questions about her identity that have haunted her entire life. But what she finds in Cornwall is a devastating tragic legacy that has afflicted generations of de Greys.