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Week of September 26, 2011

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Week of September 26, 2011

In Marcia Muller's LOCKED IN, San Francisco private eye Sharon McCone was shot in the head and suffered from locked-in syndrome: almost total paralysis but with an alert, conscious mind. Now, in COMING BACK, Sharon's friend from physical therapy goes missing, causing Sharon to call upon those closest to her to find out the truth behind the disappearance.

Jonathan Frazen's first novel in nine years, FREEDOM is an epic novel of contemporary love and marriage. Comically and tragically, Frazen captures the temptations and burdens of liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, and the heavy weight of empire.

The Anniversary Man by R.J. Ellory - Thriller


Twenty years ago, John Costello's life as he knew it ended. He and his beautiful girlfriend, Nadia, became victims of the deranged "Hammer of God" killer who terrorized Jersey City throughout the summer of 1984.

Bad Blood: A Virgil Flowers Novel by John Sandford - Thriller


Two bodies in two days. One is murder. The other is suicide. Virgil Flowers never imagined that discovering the connection would lead him into the perverse history of the Minnesota farm community, and almost unimaginable darkness.

Bird Cloud: A Memoir by Annie Proulx - Memoir


Proulx's first work of nonfiction in more than 20 years, BIRD CLOUD is the story of designing and constructing a house in Wyoming --- with its solar panels, Japanese soak tub, concrete floor and elk horn handles on kitchen cabinets. It is also an enthralling natural history and archaeology of the region.

Coming Back: A Sharon McCone Mystery by Marcia Muller - Mystery


In LOCKED IN, San Francisco private eye Sharon McCone was shot in the head and suffered from locked-in syndrome: almost total paralysis but with an alert, conscious mind. When Sharon's friend from physical therapy goes missing, she must call upon those closest to her to find out the truth behind the disappearance.

Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela - Memoir


Nelson Mandela is one of the most inspiring and iconic figures of our age. Now, after a lifetime of recording thoughts and events, hardships and victories, he has opened his personal archive, which offers unprecedented insight into his remarkable life.

Cross Fire by James Patterson - Thriller


Detective Alex Cross' wedding plans are put on hold when he is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington D.C.'s most corrupt: a dirty congressmen and an underhanded lobbyist. Next, the elusive gunman begins picking off other crooked politicians --- but is the marksman a hero or a vigilante?

Dangerous to Know by Tasha Alexander - Historical Mystery

Returning from her honeymoon with Colin Hargreaves and a near brush with death in Constantinople, Lady Emily convalesces at her mother-in-law's beautiful estate in Normandy. But the calm she so desperately seeks is shattered when, out riding a horse, she comes upon the body of a young woman whose wounds are identical to those inflicted on the victims of Jack the Ripper. Pursuing a trail of clues and victims to the beautiful medieval city of Rouen and a crumbling chateau in the country, Emily is forced to match wits with a brilliant and manipulative killer. Only her courage, keen instincts and formidable will to win can help her escape descending into madness and becoming his next victim.

Dead or Alive Tom Clancy with Grant Blackwood - Thriller


Uniting characters from Clancy’s fictional world, DEAD OR ALIVE follows them on a mission to capture a middle eastern terrorist known as "The Emir," a character heavily based on Osama bin Laden, and responsible for the 9/11 attacks in the universe's storyline

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen - Fiction

Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul --- the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation. But now, in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a mystery.

Gingerbread Cookie Murder Joanne Fluke, Leslie Meier and Laura Levine - Mystery


Christmas is coming, and the cookies --- and bodies --- are piling up across the country in this smorgasbord of murder mysteries. This assortment of different yet satisfying stories dishes out the tasty goods that are sure to please mystery lovers.

Hell to Pay by Wendy Corsi Staub - Thriller

Survivors of a serial killer who invaded their childhood, Lucy and Jeremy are married now, replacing nightmares of their terrifying past with joyful dreams of the upcoming birth of their first child. Fiercely determined to protect the fragile balance of their lives, Lucy doesn’t know that her new husband guards a deadly secret.

Hypothermia: An Icelandic Thriller by Arnaldur Indridason - Thriller


Inspector Erlunder has spent his career evading the phantoms of his past, and now he finds himself twice haunted --- first, at a séance attended by the victim of a suspicious suicide, and again by the puzzle of two young people who went missing 30 years ago. 

The Kingdom of Childhood by Rebecca Coleman - Fiction

16-year-old Zach Patterson, uprooted and struggling to reconcile his knowledge of his mother's extramarital affair, and Judy McFarland, a kindergarten teacher watching her family unravel before her eyes, are thrown together to organize a fundraiser for their failing private school. Bonded by loneliness, they begin an affair that at first thrills, then corrupts each of them.

Mule: A Novel of Moving Weight by Tony D'Souza - Fiction

Absorbing and timely, MULE perfectly captures the anxieties of plunging into the criminal world and of being a young person making do in a moment when the American Dream you never had to believe in --- because it was handed to you, fully wrapped and ready to go at the takeout window --- suddenly vanishes from the menu.

My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella - Essays, Parenting & Family


In this book, Lisa and Francesca spill all their family secrets --- which sound a lot like yours, if you understand that three generations of women is the formula for spontaneous combustion.

Nashville Chrome by Rick Bass - Fiction

Lyrical and nuanced, NASHVILLE CHROME hits all the right grace notes with its vivid evocation of an era in American music, while at its heart it is a wrenching meditation on the complexities of fame and of one family --- forgotten yet utterly unforgettable when reclaimed by Bass --- who experienced them firsthand.

Selected Stories by William Trevor - Short Stories


Over a career spanning more than half a century, Trevor has crafted exquisitely rendered tales that brilliantly illuminate the human condition. SELECTED STORIES is a powerful collection by "the greatest living writer of short stories in the English language" (The New Yorker).

Shock Warning by Michael Walsh - Political Thriller

It begins in California with a devastating biological attack --- a horrific display of homegrown terror unseen on U.S. soil --- just weeks before the presidential election. For the White House, it is a political nightmare. But for the NSA's undercover agent Devlin, it is the ultimate warning.

Waiting for Robert Capa by Susana Fortes - Fiction


Susana Fortes offers a gorgeously written novel about the real-life romance between two photojournalists furiously in love: Robert Capa and Gerda Taro. During the Spanish Civil War, Capa and Taro risked everything documenting Francisco Franco’s Fascist uprising --- even as they risked everything for love.

The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early And Television Went Crazy by Bill Carter - Entertainment


In candid detail, Carter charts the vortex that sucked in --- not just Leno and O'Brien --- but also Letterman, Stewart, Fallon, Kimmel, and Ferguson as frantic agents and network executives tried to manage a tectonic shift in television's most beloved institution.